DreamHost considers its next steps in its fight to protect subscriber data.
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It's being called a 500-year storm and Houston, Texas-based Elevated Technologies finds itself smack in the middle of it.
As early as the middle of last week, the managed services provider (MSP) began reaching out to clients, preparing the organizations as much as humanly possible for the fury of Hurricane Harvey.
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But despite the best-laid plans, the extent of damage to the state's Gulf Coast still came as a shock.
"No one really anticipated this," Jason Rorie, founder of Elevated Technologies, told MSPmentor today.
"I don't think anyone really anticipated the kind of flooding that Houston would be subject to," he added. "The city is basically underwater."
Task number one for the MSPs five-member team was ensuring customers' data would survive.
"We started talking really on Wednesday when they projected where it would hit," Rorie said. "First thing we did is make sure that all of our clients, all of their offsite backups were running successfully. We use Veeam and StorageCraft."
As the storm neared landfall on Friday afternoon, the MSP began instructing clients to shut down on-premises servers before those employees left for the day.
"The flooding causes power outages and once your UPS (uninterruptible power supply) batteries drain and your servers crash, that's when problems really start," Rorie said.
The hope is that once the storm
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(Bloomberg) — U.S. prosecutors prevailed in their request to seek information about subscribers to an anti-Trump website allegedly linked to rioting during the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
A judge in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday ordered DreamHost LLC, the host of the website disruptj20.org, to comply with a government warrant seeking information about the site's subscribers. The government says the site was used to recruit and organize hundreds of people who rioted in the city on Jan. 20, the day President Donald Trump was sworn in, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage over nearly two dozen city blocks.
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Chief Judge Robert Morin ruled that DreamHost was obligated to turn over subscriber data, but that prosecutors would have to tell the judge which data it intended to seize. The judge said he would oversee the use of the data to make sure the government's seizure was limited to individuals linked to the riots and not people who merely posted messages or communicated with others through the site.
"I'm trying to balance the First Amendment protections and the government's need for this information," Morin said. "My view here is that this best protects both legitimate interests."
Morin denied DreamHost's request to put his ruling on hold until they could appeal his decision.
The ruling on Thursday came after