August 2019 Archives

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Amazon is acquiring the Israeli flash storage technology startup E8 Storage for around $50-$60 million, reported the “Globes.” E8 Storage lists 30 employees on LinkedIn. The team and the technology at E8 will merge with Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services) development center in Tel Aviv. The startup provides centralized, rack-scale flash for the enterprise and software-defined cloud with high performance, low latency, and simplified storage to meet the needs of enterprises. E8 Storage solutions are also upgradeable and expandable. E8 solution helps enterprises to build a private internal organizational infrastructure which can be used for transition from local server to a high-speed storage data center that meets their required scale of storage. This is Amazon’s second acquisition in Israel this year, following the cloud computing firm CloudEndure, which was acquired in January. Other notable acquisitions by Amazon in 2019 include Canvas Technology, Eero, TSO Logic, Sizmek and Bebo….
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Microsoft has announced the preview of a brand-new Azure service called Azure Dedicated Host, that will allow Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs) to run on single-tenant physical servers. The new service will provide users the full control and visibility over everything that goes on the server without sharing its resources. “With an Azure Dedicated Host, you can control all host-level platform maintenance initiated by Azure (e.g., host OS updates). An Azure Dedicated Host gives you the option to defer host maintenance operations and apply them within a defined maintenance window, 35 days,” explained Ziv Rafalovich, Principal Program Manager, Azure Compute, Microsoft, in a blog post. “During this self-maintenance window, you can apply maintenance to your hosts at your convenience, thus gaining full control over the sequence and velocity of the maintenance process.” Azure Dedicated Host enables enterprises to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. This will…
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools provider marketgoo has partnered with Mijndomein, a leading web hosting and domain name registrar based in the Netherlands. marketgoo will be powering Mijndomein’s SEO Tools, which enable any website owner to grow their business by optimizing their site for higher search rankings and more traffic. “​We focus on simplifying complex issues and truly helping our Users and Customers achieve online success. Making an easy SEO tool available to our Customers is aligned with those values and we believe it provides added benefits to our existing offerings,” said Henri de Jong, Owner of Mijndomein. Mijndomein customers can now generate comprehensive SEO audits, download reports and act upon easy-to-read results and instructions that will help guide their digital strategy. The marketgoo-powered SEO Start is the first step for Customers that want to work on SEO and improve their Google search rankings. Their website is scanned every week and they receive a…
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At the DEF CON 27 security conference in Las Vegas, Eclypsium security research team uncovered serious security flaws in more than 40 device drivers from 20 different vendors. These flaws could allow attackers to deploy malware on the vulnerable devices. “Drivers that provide access to system BIOS or system components for the purposes of updating firmware, running diagnostics, or customizing options on the component can allow attackers to turn the very tools used to manage a system into powerful threats that can escalate privileges and persist invisibly on the host,” Eclypsium wrote in its report. These drivers can provide an attacker the most privileged access that can be used to launch malicious actions within all versions of Windows including Windows Kernel. All the affected drivers are certified by Microsoft. In a statement to ZDNet, Mickey Shkatov, Principal Researcher at Eclypsium noted that the design flaw in Windows device drivers have a functionality that can be misused to…
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During hardening the security of Remote Desktop Services, Microsoft security team has found a couple of new critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities. The new vulnerabilities— CVE-2019-1181 and CVE-2019-1182, are also wormable like the recently fixed BlueKeep vulnerability. This means that the future malware that exploits these vulnerabilities can propagate from one vulnerable system to another without any user interaction. According to Microsoft, the following versions of the Windows are affected by the newly discovered vulnerabilities: Windows 7 SP1 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 R2 All supported versions of Windows 10, including server versions. The tech giant mentioned that the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) itself isn’t affected. These versions are not affected by the new wormable vulnerabilities—Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. The previously patched BlueKeep vulnerability also exists in the RDP…
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