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A new cyber threat campaign called Sea Turtle is manipulating the DNS systems to target public and private entities, including national security organizations, in the Middle East and North Africa. As per the researchers at Cisco Talos, it is very likely that the cyber threat started in January 2017 and has continued through the first quarter of 2019. “Our investigation revealed that at least 40 different organizations across 13 different countries were compromised during this campaign. We assess with high confidence that this activity is being carried out by an advanced, state-sponsored actor that seeks to obtain persistent access to sensitive networks and systems,” according to the researchers. The attackers carried out the attack through DNS hijacking, which means that they modified the DNS name records for directing the users to servers that were controlled by them. In January this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had warned about this campaign that cybercriminals…
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – HostColor.com (HC) has launched a Fully Managed Cloud Infrastructure service plans delivered from its Midwest U.S. data center, based out of South Bend, Indiana. The Managed plans are available with all Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds.

HC Managed Clouds include initial setup; installation of Windows or Linux based operating system; antivirus and anti-spam protection; configuration of the Public or a Private Cloud environment to the client’s custom settings; regular maintenance and updates of all software programs and applications; 24/7/365 resource monitoring; security updates; system reboots, cloud instance recovery; data backups.


The Managed Public Cloud Servers are used for hosting of websites, mail servers and various software applications accessible via public Internet connection.

The Managed Hosted Private Clouds are configured on demand to support certain workloads that organizations need to move to “the cloud”. They are not visible over the public Internet. The Private Clouds are secure computing instances created for internal use and organizations operate them behind firewalls and access them through virtual private networks.

“Managed Clouds means that we provide technical support from A to Z, from planning and setting up any Cloud instance to backing it up and recovering it whenever necessary”, says the company’s CEO and founder Dimitar Avramov. “In terms of quality the Host Color’s Cloud Infrastructure services match those of the ‘Major Clouds’. However, unlike them we don’t charge for technical support on our Unmanaged Cloud service plans. The infrastructure support is included and is always 24/7”, adds the Host Color’s CEO.

All Clouds – Public, Private and Hybrid ones – are provisioned and hosted on top of the Host Color’s Cloud Computing infrastructure built with VMware ESXi – arguably the world’s most reliable virtualization technology, used by organizations that need to have an IT infrastructure with 100% availability. The HC clients’ data is hosted on a Storage Area Network (SAN), which features built-in protection and safeguards the information under any circumstances without performance impact.

About Host Color (HC)
HC has been an IT infrastructure and Web Hosting service provider since 2000. The company operates a South Bend, Indiana based physical IT Colocation center and Virtual Date Center since 2003.

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DENVER, CO – CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) (“the Company”), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced that it has expanded its Washington DC campus with a new colocation data center facility (“DC2”) that is open and operational.

The DC2 data center leverages its existing interconnected campus environment and delivers the following attributes:

  • Connects via high-count dark fiber to CoreSite’s DC1 data center, one of the Company’s key interconnection hubs on the East Coast, as well as to its Reston campus in Northern Virginia thereby delivering a rich community of –
    enterprises, networks with over 90 domestic and international carriers, leading cloud providers with native cloud on-ramps, and best-of-breed solution partners to further serve customers’ needs
  • Uniquely supports high-growth requirements for digital transformation and hybrid cloud demands in the heart of downtown Washington D.C.
  • Provides the ability to scale in a facility with unmatched proximity to government agencies and local enterprises
  • Creates a resilient, diverse data center alternative to those in Northern Virginia

“The addition of our DC2 data center increases our robust ecosystem to serve customers with one of the most inter-connected data center campuses in Washington D.C.,” said Juan Font, CoreSite’s SVP of General Management. “The addition of this facility to our D.C. campus delivers large scale and efficient data center design that enables local enterprises and government agencies to solve for mission critical, performance-sensitive hybrid cloud applications, as well as serving as a diverse point of interconnection to Northern Virginia submarkets.”

Highlights/Key Facts
– Scalability in downtown Washington D.C. – Scale from a single rack to a private suite in downtown Washington D.C. in this brand new 25,000 square foot data center.
– Cloud exchanges and peering-Access the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange® for one-to-many cloud access or benefit from connecting to the Any2Exchange® for Internet peering.
– Cloud services- Build an efficient, high-performance hybrid cloud architecture with native access to AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Alibaba Cloud, IBM Cloud Direct Link and Oracle FastConnect.
– Network Rich- Create a low-latency network solution with access to 95+ networks of your choice, including global carriers, subsea cables, metro networks, SDNs and more.
– Managed and professional services- Whether you need assistance building a hybrid cloud roadmap, or require move and migration services, CoreSite partnerships provide a seamless platform to build a holistic IT architecture.
– Operational excellence- CoreSite offers a 100% uptime SLA, supported by a tenured operations team and in-house security staff. Dedicated employees have delivered industry-leading customer satisfaction for several years running.

About CoreSite
CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions to a growing customer ecosystem across eight key North American markets. More than 1,350 of the world’s leading enterprises, network operators, cloud providers, and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. Our scalable, flexible solutions and 450+ dedicated employees consistently deliver unmatched data center options — all of which leads to a best-in-class customer experience and lasting relationships.

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San Francisco, CA – Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, announced results from the fourth quarter of 2018. In the final three months of the year, Cloudflare continued to expand its global footprint with 10 new data centers, launched its first mobile application, and opened a new office in Munich, Germany.

“We closed out 2018 with significant network expansion, our first consumer application, and a new European office,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “I’m proud of the growth our team accomplished in the final quarter, as we brought our network even closer to our global users and opened an office to be closer to our European users.”


Cloudflare’s new data centers bring its network to 165 global points of presence. With these additions in the United States, Bahrain, Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan, and France (Reunion), Cloudflare announced a total of 46 new cities in 2018.

Cloudflare also announced its first mobile application, the 1.1.1.1 app. Cloudflare launched the 1.1.1.1 DNS offering in March 2018 to provide users with a faster and more private Internet browsing experience. The 1.1.1.1 app allows iOS and Android users to quickly toggle 1.1.1.1 on and off on their phones to easily access an encrypted browsing experience. Since launching the 1.1.1.1 app in November, nearly one million users have downloaded the app.

Cloudflare also published an update on the one year anniversary of the Athenian Project, an effort to restore confidence in democracy by providing vulnerable election websites with Cloudflare’s enterprise-level service, for free.

In December 2018, Cloudflare received high scores from the 2018 Gartner Critical Capabilities report for Cloud Web Application Firewalls (WAFs)*. In addition, Cloudflare is continuing to expand its network across the world and now has a network capacity of 20Tbps.

Cloudflare had more than 865 employees at the end of 2018, up from 539 just over a year ago as the company continues to grow its engineering, sales, marketing, and support teams across its offices worldwide.

*Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Cloudflare
Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., London, Munich, and Singapore.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the expansion of its global footprint to South Korea with its new International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Seoul. This carrier-neutral data center—called SL1—will provide interconnection and colocation services to businesses in support of their digital transformation initiatives and adoption of cloud. The new SL1 IBX data center will provide more than 18,000 square feet (approximately 1,680 square meters) of colocation space, offering an initial capacity of 550 cabinets in the first phase, and is scheduled to open in Q3 2019.

South Korea is one of the top 15 largest economies in the world[1] and one of the most vibrant digital economies globally—with high bandwidth and advanced applications driving many of its industries. It also ranks second globally for its focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)[2], making it a key market for many of today’s global enterprises. It has a high broadband penetration rate, with numerous internet service providers (ISP) that require carrier-neutral data centers for their interconnection needs. By entering this new market, Equinix will help our global customers expand into South Korea, while helping local companies across the enterprise, service provider, cloud and content spaces accelerate their digital transformation initiatives via Platform Equinix®.


The expansion into South Korea coincides with the impending nationwide launch of 5G networks in March 2019. The introduction of 5G will usher in a new era of next-generation services and breakthroughs in industries such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will require data transactions at higher speeds and volumes, with lower latencies. With data expected to continue to grow exponentially, the need for data centers that are able to meet the demands of businesses through colocation or interconnection services will be further amplified.

This market expansion is significant to Equinix as it supports the company’s ongoing global expansion and strengthens its leadership position in the Asia-Pacific region. The launch of the SL1 IBX data center will expand the company’s Asia-Pacific coverage, enabling customers to securely deploy their infrastructure, reach global ecosystem partners and scale their businesses at the digital edge.

Over the past three years, Equinix has invested more than $800 million to organically build and expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. These IBX facilities are built on Platform Equinix, which is comprised of 200 IBX data centers across 52 markets and 24 countries, providing data center and interconnection services for more than 9,800 of the world’s leading businesses. Equinix currently has 40 IBX data centers across 12 markets in Asia-Pacific.

The new addition to Platform Equinix will be located at Sangam, known as Digital Media City, near Seoul’s central business district, and offer an initial capacity of 550 cabinets.

Currently, Equinix provides customers with access to more than 1,800 networks and over 2,900 cloud, IT and system integrator services globally. This strategic expansion to Seoul will help address the rising demand for carrier-neutral, network-dense data center services from companies in South Korea.

The expansion will also support the rapidly increasing private exchange of data between businesses—also known as interconnection. According to the second volume of the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, Interconnection Bandwidth capacity in Asia-Pacific—a measurement of direct and private data exchange between businesses—is expected to grow at a 51% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021, contributing more than 27% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.

Designed for global and local businesses that require network and ecosystem density, the SL1 IBX data center will offer a wide range of connectivity options, including cross connects, Equinix Connect, Equinix Internet Exchange and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), providing businesses with secure and direct connections to their customers, partners and the world’s leading services providers.

With ECX Fabric, Equinix customers can discover and dynamically connect to any other customer and partner through an easy-to-use portal and a single connection to the Equinix platform. This will include direct and secure connectivity to a wide array of network service providers as well as cloud and IT service providers globally.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In 52 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. Equinix.com.

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TORONTO – RANK Software, an AI-based security analytics and threat intelligence platform, and Scalar, Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, today announced a partnership to deliver next-generation cybersecurity solutions through new Security Operations Centers.

The problem of preventing today’s increasingly sophisticated cyber security attacks from harming enterprise networks is exacerbated by the estimated gap of 3 million skilled cybersecurity professionals worldwide.


RANK and Scalar address this problem by combining RANK’s Virtual Advisor to Security Analysts (VASA) AI-based threat detection platform that provides real-time threat hunting capabilities with Scalar’s expertise as a leading Managed Security Services Provider.

Combined, the two organizations will focus on creating next-generation Security Operations Centers and advance the development of VASA by removing friction to enterprise customers consuming leading security solutions. These Centers will create a new model by forming teams of cybersecurity experts that deliver VASA’s proactive threat hunting capability as a service.

VASA helps identify and prevent security threats in real-time by ingesting data from network sources and identifying anomalies for security analysts to review. VASA addresses the challenges of identifying internal and unknown threats commonly missed today by perimeter defense systems through:

Active Learning. RANK Software helps reduce the false positives generated by most AI tools by recoding analyst feedback and allowing them to apply an action to similar alerts. This makes the VASA platform smarter over time allowing security analysts to become more efficient.

Enterprise Scale. RANK Software ingests data from over 40 sources out of the box including System Network Traffic and End Point log files. It is capable of handling more than 1 billion events a day at 10+ gigabits per second.

Contextualization. RANK Software builds on the results of AI, machine learning, and behavioral analytics by making the data more consumable and understanding risk thresholds based on context. This helps assemble and interpret the signals needed to hunt and assess threats faster and with high precision.

Flexible Architecture. On the cloud or on-premise, RANK Software provides unparalleled context and visibility into potential breaches.

“The cybersecurity landscape continues to increase in severity and sophistication,” said Paul Kerr, President and CEO of Scalar. “VASA enables customers to take action against proactive threats. Combined with our expertise in service delivery, we’re excited to offer our clients this software as a way to increase their security posture against a rising tide of possible threats.”

“RANK overcomes the challenges of batch analytics, delivers context to data, and focuses on data fidelity,” said Rick Constanzo, CEO, RANK Software. “This partnership with Scalar gives us the ability to create next-generation Security Operations Center that will combine the best AI tools for threat hunting with the best cybersecurity.”

About Scalar
Scalar is Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, focused on security, infrastructure, and cloud. Founded in 2004, Scalar is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Scalar was recently named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, named to CRN’s 2018 Solution Provider 500 List, and listed on the Growth 500 for the ninth year running. In addition, Scalar was deemed a major player in the IDC MarketScape for Canadian managed security service providers and ranked the #1 ICT security company on the 2014 -2018 editions of the Branham 300. For further details, visit www.scalar.ca or follow Scalar on Twitter, @scalardecisions.

About RANK Software
RANK Software is a leader in security intelligence and analytics. The company’s first product, VASA, is an AI-based threat detection platform that helps enterprises identify and analyze cybersecurity threats in real time, allowing them to take a proactive security posture in the rapidly changing cyber threat landscape. For more information, please visit www.ranksoftwareinc.com.

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