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Microsoft has announced the public preview of its new Azure VM family – the B-series, which will offer cost efficiency and burstability to workloads that are running in Azure. These VMs are best suited for workloads that do not need a continuous CPU performance like web servers, small databases and development/test environments. The B-series VMs are designed to optimize performance during less workload, and burst capacity during increased workloads. The concept is quite similar to what AWS and Google have been offering through T2 instances and f1-micro and g1 small instances, respectively. During less workloads, the B-series VMs will run in low points without utilizing the full capacity of the CPU. However, the user will pay for the full CPU only. Once the VM accumulates enough credits, it can burst above its baseline up to 100% when any application requires high performance. Thus, these VM sizes will give cost flexibility to the end-users, who can adjust CPU usage during less and…
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A school district in South Carolina lost access to data on close to half of the servers in its data center sometime over the summer. In what the district characterized as a ransomware attack, data on the servers was encrypted and as a result made inaccessible by its staff, Dorchester School District Two said in a statement, assuring student and staff that no personal information had been compromised.
"A thorough investigation determined this was a ransom request and there was no identity theft involved and no student or staff information had been accessed or compromised," the statement read.
After negotiations (presumably with the attackers), the district paid a $2,900 ransom to decrypt the files.
Ransomware attacks, where the attackers demand money (usually in the form of cryptocurrency) in exchange for giving the victim access to their data, have become commonplace in recent years, most of them targeting individual users. But attacks on organizations have been on the rise.
Earlier this year, two global-scale ransomware attacks targeted organizations large and small. The so-called WannaCry attack in May spread across more than 150 countries, affecting among others Britain's National Health Service. The following month, a second attack, which spread a virus called Petya, affected healthcare providers around the world, as well as companies like Maersk and FedEx.
The Dorchester school district did not specify when the
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A class-action suit was recently filed against Yahoo Small business and Aabaco, the parent company. A customer believes that Yahoo took down his website without warning or notice and still charged him for hosting it.

The suit was filed by Photographer Ronald Meyer in Northern California District Court. He is demanding a jury trial to seek damages and “declaratory relieve.” The suit is said to be in the amount of more than $5 million.

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The use of cloud services by Australian consumers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) increased 11 percent in 2013 over 2012, according to a report released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority on Tuesday.

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