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A new malware has been discovered in 53 different apps on Google Play, that could steal Facebook credentials and push ads to infected devices. Exposed by security researchers at Trend Micro as ANDROIDOS_GHOSTTEAM, the malware was present in many apps, created as early as April 2017. These Android apps were published in Play Store as utility apps (flashlight, QR code scanner, compass), video downloaders for social media, and performance boosters (file transfer, cleaner). One of the app was downloaded over 100,000 times, and seemed to have infected thousands of users. Trend Micro found that samples of some of these apps were in Vietnamese language, indicating that the apps were developed in Asia. The configurations of GhostTeam were in English and Vietnamese, and if the geolocation of the user was outside Vietnam, English will be the default language. The malware was primarily affecting Android users in India, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Philippines. It was rapidly spreading via…
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Microsoft had recently released security updates to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities from its systems. However, it was found that these security updates impact the system performance of computers and servers. Adding more to the difficulties, Microsoft has now said that it is offering Windows security updates released on January 3rd to only those devices that are running antivirus software from partners who have their software updated with January 2018 Windows operating system security update. In its security notes, Microsoft stated that compatibility issues occur with the anti-virus applications which make unsupported calls into kernel memory of Windows. The unsupported calls make the device unable to boot, showing the blue screen errors (stop errors). Thus, the users running incompatible antivirus applications in their system won’t receive the security updates issued by Microsoft. Microsoft and Intel had responded to the Meltdown and Spectre malicious actors which…
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DULLES, VA – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that it has released SmartParking(TM) for automated cloud cost optimization. The ParkMyCloud platform helps Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud customers save money on cloud resources by automatically integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. ParkMyCloud saves money by scheduling cloud resources to turn off when they are not needed – which they call “parking”.

With the new SmartParking release, the ParkMyCloud platform will look for patterns in utilization data from AWS CloudWatch, and create recommend schedules for each instance to turn them off when they are typically idle. This minimizes idle time to maximize savings on cloud resources – saving customers 65% or more.


“No other cloud management vendor is doing this,” said ParkMyCloud CTO Bill Supernor. “This new layer of automation takes cost optimization a step further than most tools go, from visibility to actionable, evidence-based scheduling, for maximized cost savings with minimal employee time needed to manage it.”

Like an investment portfolio, users can choose to receive SmartParking schedules that are “conservative”, “balanced”, or “aggressive” — where conservative schedules protect all historic “on” times, while aggressive schedules prioritize maximum savings.

“ParkMyCloud has helped my team save so much on our AWS bill already, and SmartParking will make it even easier,” said ParkMyCloud customer Tosin Ojediran, DevOps Engineer at a FinTech company. “The automatic schedules will save us time and make sure our instances are never running when they don’t need to be.”

This release supports SmartParking for AWS resources, with near term plans to add Azure and Google Cloud SmartParking support as well.

About ParkMyCloud
ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that helps enterprises optimize their public cloud spend by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes and automatically reducing resource waste — think “Nest for the cloud”. ParkMyCloud has helped customers such as McDonald’s, Capital One, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings for customers using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

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TORONTO, CANADA – ServerMania, a leading provider of cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting, is adopting security measures to protect its customers from the privacy and security risks posed by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The company has also released an advisory urging dedicated server hosting customers to update server operating systems as soon as possible.


Spectre and Meltdown are critical vulnerabilities that exploit flaws in processors manufactured by Intel, ARM, and AMD. These processors are used in almost every computing device, from servers to smartphones. The vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker able to run code on the affected machines, revealing sensitive data by bypassing the processor’s built-in protections.

Microsoft and leading Linux distributions, including CentOS and Ubuntu, have released patches that mitigate the risk. Updating server operating systems to patched versions is the only way to protect server hosting customers and their users.

“The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities expose the vast majority of servers to the risk of compromise and data theft. It’s a huge problem, but the industry has reacted quickly to develop solutions that mitigate most of the risk,” explained ServerMania CEO, Kevin Blanchard, “At ServerMania, we are working with customers to secure servers across our cloud and hybrid server hosting ranges. Dedicated server hosting customers should update their servers as soon as possible.”

Spectre and Meltdown can be exploited by anyone in a position to run code on a server. They are particularly hazardous for multi-tenant systems like the public cloud, which hosts several users on the same server. A malicious user could theoretically run code in a virtual machine they control and access data from the host environment and other virtual machines hosted on the same server. Spectre and Meltdown present a risk in any scenario that allows unvetted code to be run on a server.

ServerMania offers a variety of infrastructure hosting options, including dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and public and private cloud platforms. The company is proactively patching its cloud and hybrid server platforms and is working with its customers to secure dedicated servers.

About ServerMania
ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit https://www.servermania.com.

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To protect users from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Microsoft had recently released security updates for its systems. However, these security updates slow down the performance of some computers and servers. More than a week ago, security researchers discovered the Meltdown and Spectre malicious actors which were affecting all mobile devices and computers. These attacks take place in three variants- Variant 1 (Spectre), Variant 2 (Spectre), and Variant 3 (Meltdown). Microsoft currently supports 45 editions of Windows, and have issued security updates for 41 of them already. Talking about slow system performance, the tech giant said that Variant 1 and Variant 3 don’t affect much, but Variant 2 seems to have more performance impact on devices. Windows 10 users with 2016-era CPUs or newer won’t see much performance impact as the benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns that are reflected in milliseconds. While the Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 users with 2015-era CPUs or…
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HONG KONG – LayerStack, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announced an expansion in Japan with the launching of its fourth datacenter in Tokyo. The company, which offers multi-region data center selections with premium global network, has invested huge amount of resources in cloud infrastructure and platform for further cloud developments and enhancing customer experience. Its technologies have enabled great variety of business globally, from start-ups to multinational companies.

Japan as a critical economic hub in APAC region, plays an important role to LayerStack strategical expansion with the additional cloud capabilities. This new data center is expected to widen the “Cloud Coverage” of Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, Singapore and the U.S. (West Coast) which ensure users enjoying seamless cloud experiences. This also allows users to split critical workloads and data across preferred regions for achieving higher availability.


LayerStack has been steadily increasing its investment in APAC regions including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore to serve its growing base of customers. In the future, LayerStack’s data center footprint will continue to expand around the world.

About LayerStack
LayerStack is an IaaS provider leveraging on hardware and networks to provide stable and high performance cloud solutions launched by Pacificnet Hosting Limited. LayerStack offers cloud solution from Hong Kong and Singapore Datacenters to SME, government, agencies, and major listed companies across Asia Pacific, Europe and the rest of the world.

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