March 2018 Archives

With the cyberworld facing the most disturbing security threats quite early on, 2018 is predicted to be an eventful year on the cyberthreat front. GitHub faced the largest ever DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack last week, which peaked at 1.3 terabits per second, or 126.9 million packets per second. And the record of the largest DDoS attack got broken just within a week, when earlier this month, a customer of US based service provider suffered a 1.7 Tbps attack, as reported by the Arbor Networks. Although no outage was experienced as proper security measures were in place by this provider but the attack is proof enough that memcached attacks are among the cyberthreats that should be considered seriously by the network administrators in the future. These DDoS attacks were based on UDP (User Datagram Protocol) Memcached traffic. Memcached is a protocol used to cache data and decrease strain on heavy data stores such as disk or databases. It enables the server to be enquired…
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Microsoft announced a number of new services and updates to its Azure cloud platform, aimed at making it easier for organizations to migrate mission critical database workloads to its cloud data centers. The new services include SQL Database Managed Instance, Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL, Azure Database Migration Service and Azure Migrate. The SQL Database Managed Instance is a managed version of SQL Server running in the cloud, which enables migration of SQL Server workloads to a completely managed database service. Currently available for preview, the new service is fully compatible with SQL Server engine and native virtual network (VNET). To streamline databases migration to SQL Database Managed Instance, Microsoft also announced expanding Azure Database Migration Service (Azure DMS) for supporting SQL Database Managed Instance. DMS is a comprehensive solution for moving on-premises SQL Server to Azure SQL Database for complete…
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RackNap – the cloud services delivery and business process automation platform – today announced the availability of its RackNap application in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With this, now, Microsoft partners can easily install the application in their Azure Subscription with a few clicks and deliver Microsoft cloud services including Microsoft Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365. As a service delivery platform, RackNap is a right-fit for Cloud Solution Providers (CSP), Managed Service Providers (MSP), Telcos, Datacenters and other subscription-based IT service providers for delivering cloud as well as traditional IT services (e.g. Hosting). It also helps CSPs manage their provisioning, billing, support, inventory, partner and customer lifecycle from a single platform. “We have a strong and long-standing relationship with Microsoft that has spanned a decade now.” said Guruprit Ahuja, CEO, RackNap. “This is another milestone in our alliance and will fast track the adoption and…
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Researchers from Corero Network Security have discovered a practical ‘kill switch’ that will be able to mitigate the Memcached vulnerability, recently used in causing the record breaking DDoS attacks. They have disclosed the existence of this switch to national security agencies. Corero said that the potential of Memcached vulnerability is more extensive than reported originally, and the attacked servers can be used by hackers to steal or modify the data. This data can be database records, emails, API data, Hadoop information, website customer information, etc. Memcached, the open source memory caching system decreases data access time by storing it in RAM. Since access does not require authentication, it was originally designed to be inaccessible from the internet. The exploit allows attackers to generate fake requests and magnify the attacks creating traffic flood. Currently more than 95,000 servers answer on UDP port 11211, which means all of them are vulnerable to the DDoS…
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MADRID, Spain — Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) tools provider MarketGoo is the newest addition to the Vendasta Marketplace. Vendasta is the leading platform for companies who sell digital solutions to local businesses and the Marketplace serves as a platform for agencies and media companies to browse, pick out and sell digital products that are developed by third parties.

MarketGoo’s SEO tools help website owners and small businesses with no previous technical knowledge improve their site traffic and online visibility.


“With current demand for search engine optimization tools coupled with our own partners’ desire for a wider variety of offerings spanning different price points, incorporating MarketGoo into the Vendasta marketplace was a logical next step,” said Ed O’Keefe, Executive Vice-President of Marketplace at Vendasta.

SMBs and Agencies can now run SEO reports and assess easy-to-read results that will help guide their digital strategy, and attract and retain new customers.

MarketGoo generates a report of the user’s website, presenting a custom plan with improvements that should receive priority attention and simultaneously giving instructions on how it should be done. Features include:

– User friendly, step-by-step search engine optimization plan
– Tools and recommendations focused on increasing sites’ quality traffic and inbound links
– Analytics to help track improvements
– Competitor tracking
– Mobile Optimization and improvements

“The Vendasta Marketplace was a perfect fit for us to broaden our reach. We’re beyond excited for their Agency partners to be able to quickly access our SEO tool, package it and sell it to clients who want to improve their online results. Our experience with Vendasta has shown us that they truly care about the success of every business that forms part of their ecosystem and we have very high hopes for this channel,” said Wences García, CEO of MarketGoo.

About MarketGoo
Founded in 2012, Madrid-based MarketGoo offers solutions for SMBs to grow their business online by providing powerful, yet simple and easy to use search optimization tools. MarketGoo is also available as a white label, turnkey solution to monetise and educate website customers. Partners such as Telcos, Hosting companies and providers are currently distributing it to enhance their value-added portfolios. For more information, please visit marketgoo.com.

About Vendasta Marketplace
Vendasta Marketplace (vendasta.com/marketplace) is a full suite of third party apps and digital marketing solutions integrated directly into the Vendasta sales & marketing automation platform. Similar to how an app store connects people to tools that are tailored to specific needs, Marketplace provides SMBs instant access to à la carte marketing offerings via our Agency Partner’s brand. The resale platform has been a valuable addition to the Vendasta stack, with an average monthly revenue growth rate of 38% in its first year.

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Vilnius, Lithuania – Specialized in a range of high-quality virtual dedicated servers for professionals, the company Time4VPS has introduced an AES-256 encrypted VPN service. The brand new service has been launched to ensure the secure access to various online resources. VPN servers are available on three continents: Europe, North America, and Asia.

According to Time4VPS CEO Arvydas Strausas, nowadays internet users are concerned about their privacy and security. In fact, not all internet apps, such as e-mail, web, messaging, Facebook, etc., are secure. In this case, the VPN service provides extra encryption and security for transferring personal data.


“We use plenty of various applications each day. In fact, not all of them are secure. At the end of the day, insecure browsing can end up with a theft of our passwords and other personal information. Basically, the VPN service is one of the most reliable solutions to protect ourselves from this”, – says Mrs. Strausas.

By encrypting internet traffic, VPN service helps to avoid leaking of such personal data as user’s online activity or web browsing history to the third parties. For example, advertisers. Also, VPN protects against cyber criminals when using low-security networks, such as public Wi-Fi hotspot, and helps to evade country restriction.

Time4VPS offers a ready-to-use and easy to set up VPN service that allows using P2P safely. L2TP and OpenVPN protocols are available to perform fast speed, even on connections with a high latency and across great distances.

About Time4VPS
Time4VPS is a part of Lithuanian company “Interneto Vizija” which was founded in 2003 and has quickly grown to serve more than 100,000 clients across 110 different countries. Time4VPS operates its own TIER III data center in Vilnius, the geographic midpoint of Europe, with high-speed communication networks and highly qualified specialists. By combining affordable and scalable options with enterprise-level technology, Time4VPS is able to supply its customers with self-managed full-access VPS services with Linux and Windows operating systems, as well as VPN and Storage services.

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