ICANN – The heart of the Internet has been hacked

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in IT News

Security concept: Lock on digital screen

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Tuesday that they have fallen victim to a phishing attack which resulted in the attackers gaining administrative access to some of ICANN’s systems, including its Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS). ICANN believes that the attack was committed in late November using emails sent to staff members that were designed to look like they came from within ICANN. As a result of the attack, the email credentials of several ICANN staff members were compromised. Those credentials were then used to compromise other ICANN systems, including the CZDS. Read the full...

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Microsoft LOVES Linux

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in IT News


Back in 2001, Microsoft used to attack Linux like it was a cancer but now they love Linux. Wow! “Microsoft loves Linux” is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond’s cloud offerings on Monday. According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft’s Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans to always have first-class support for Linux distributions in its public cloud offerings. Read the full story...

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Hangouts is now a part of the core Google Apps suite

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in IT News


Google+ Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and videos, and even start free video calls — one-on-one or with a group! Android, iOS, and desktop users can all be in the same video conference. The experience is great!! As Hangouts is now a part of the core Google Apps suite it’s covered under the same terms that support other Google Apps products, like Gmail and Drive. Google has got your back with 24×7 phone support and a 99.9% uptime guarantee as well as ISO27001, SSAE 16 and SOC 2 certification. Read the full...

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Microsoft to drop support for older versions of Internet Explorer

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in IT News


Microsoft announced today that it’s dropping support, including security updates, for older Internet Explorer versions. The changes, which take effect in 18 months, are meant to push the vast Windows installed base to Internet Explorer 11. If you’ve stubbornly resisted upgrading Internet Explorer on an older PC, you might be forced to act soon. (Of course, if you work for a company that has stubbornly insisted on making you use an ancient version of IE, this is good news.) Starting January 12, 2016, Microsoft is changing its list of supported Windows configurations. Effective that date, the company said in an announcement today, “only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” Support for the five-year-old Internet Explorer 8 will be dropped completely for Windows desktop and server releases. On mainstream PCs, Internet Explorer goes into the same bucket as Windows XP, which reached its end-of-support date in April 2014. Microsoft will not release security updates for Internet Explorer 8 on desktop versions of Windows after the first Patch Tuesday of 2016 (security updates for Internet Explorer 8 will continue to be available after the cutoff date for a handful of embedded operating systems). Read the full...

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HEALTHCARE.GOV – A billion dollar website

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in IT News


Whoever heard of a pure IT project that cost a billion dollars to build (so far)? A GAO investigation goes deep into just how bad the process of building HealthCare.gov was. Not only was the project a technical disaster — development was originally supposed to be complete October 1, 2013, but the schedule is now for the end of 2014 — but it has cost far, far beyond what was budgeted and far further than what could be called reasonable for such a system. The report says (page 9) that, through March 2014, the total cost of the project was $946 million. $840 million of this was spent by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), with the rest by the IRS and Department of Veterans Affairs. But the development costs continue to rise and are likely already over $1 billion. Read the full...

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