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A hybrid cloud service called Online Tech recently acquired Echo Cloud. The move is expected to help Online Tech reach the Midwest market and will help strengthen the complaint services of the company. Online Tech is based out of Michigan, while Echo Cloud is based in Kansas City.

Two edge data centers are now a part of Online Tech from the acquisition. Both are found in Kansas City and will be added to the other four data centers the company owns. The existing services will be combined to give customers access to all Online Tech can now offer.

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Microsoft, a cloud services company, recently acquired Deis from PaaS company Engine Yard. The Deis platform will be used by Microsoft to help attract developers. It offers tools for application addition to containers. No financial details were released.

Deis is a San Francisco based company, while Microsoft is based in Redmond, Washington. The goal of the acquisition is to make Microsoft Azure the best platform available for application development. Deis is an open source option with tools, such as Helm and Workflow.

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Peter Sunde, a former co-founder of Pirate Bay has launched a domain name registration anonymization service. The service is called Njalla and offers protection for customer data and privacy. Instead of the customer owning the domain, the company will own it on behalf of the customer.

Njalla isn’t a domain registrar and doesn’t offer ownership by proxy, like many other privacy services. They own the domain fully for the customer and give the customer full control over it. The domain can even be transferred to the customer or another third party without charge.

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The Mirai botnet launched a record 620 Gpbs attack against Dyn last October, but according to new research the DNS provider may not have been the intended target.
A team of researchers from Google, Cloudflare, Merit Networks, Akamai, and several universities released a report at the Usenix conference last week which analyzed the Mirai botnet and found that the attacker was likely targeting gaming infrastructure, including the PlayStation network, but incidentally disrupted service to Dyn's broader customer base.
Report: Mirai Remains Threat as Hackers Repurpose Botnets
"Although the first several attacks in this period solely targeted Dyn's DNS infrastructure, later attack commands simultaneously targeted Dyn and PlayStation infrastructure, potentially providing clues towards attacker motivation," the researchers said. "Interestingly, the targeted Dyn and PlayStation IPs are all linked to PlayStation name servers— the domain names ns.playstation.net resolve to IPs with reverse DNS records pointing to ns.p05.dynect.net, and the domain names ns.playstation.net resolve to the targeted PlayStation infrastructure IPs."
"The attacks on Dyn were interspersed amongst other attacks targeting Xbox Live, Microsoft DNS infrastructure, PlayStation, Nuclear Fallout game hosting servers, and other cloud servers. These non-Dyn attacks are either ACK/GRE IP floods, or VSE, which suggests that the targets were
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Lenovo's smartphone and server businesses, bulked up through multibillion-dollar acquisitions, again struggled to make money amid supply constraints, rising costs and aggressive pricing from competitors.
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The hosted private cloud service – now available in all regions – is billed as a way to free up in-house IT resources for more valuable tasks, with a solution featuring standardized VMware architecture, and continuous updates and lifecycle management.
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