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How Bad Was Cloudbleed?

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Cloudflare reveals the extend of "Cloudbleed," the bug leading to the mass leaking of encrypted browsing sessions-- it was triggered over 1 million times in the past 6 months before it was patched.

CloudbleedlAccording to the post-mortem by Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince there is "no evidence" the bug was maliciously exploited, even if it had the "potential to be much worse." In total the bug was triggered 1.2 million times from 6500 websites, and the company is still going through Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo search engine caches to scrub leaked data off the memory of cached sites.

“We’ve successfully removed more than 80000 unique cached pages," Prince writes. "That underestimates the total number because we’ve requested search engines purge and recrawl entire sites in some instances."

Typo Brings Down Amazon S3!

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On 28 February 2016 the Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 cloud storage service failed, bringing down major websites and services, including Imgur, Medium and the Docker Registry Hub. The reason why might just surprise you!

Amazon datacentreA detailed postmortem reveals what brought down the S3 service-- an employee apparently typed an input command "incorrectly," causing a larger-than-expected set of servers to be removed from the service. The servers in question supported other AWS products and services, leading to a chain reaction demanding reboot of critical AWS systems.

The reboot is what lead to the S3 failure. The cheap and popular Amazon service finds use mainly for file storage, which is why websites were technically still working even if they were loading slowly or not loading images. At one point even the AWS dashboard was down because of the S3 issue.

Luxul Ships Epic 4 Routers

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Luxul announces the Epic 4 routers-- a range of commercial-grade routers the company says is optimised for SMB and retail applications as well as smart buildings.

Luxul Epic 4The routers feature integration with 3rd party embedded software, including content filtering from Router Limits and a remote management tool from Domotz. Further applications will be available in the near future, such as Ihiji remote network management tools and Luxul Roam-Assist wireless controller technology. Installers can implement any of these advanced features as required.

ELB Launches Prowise Board

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ELB (formerly Electroboard) debuts the Prowise-- a native 4K interactive presentation display, digital whiteboard and video collaboration solution. A collaboration board, in other words.

ELB ProwiseThe Prowise features a built-in Windows 10 PC, wide area microphones, soundbar with subwoofer and a 1080p conferencing camera. Mounting comes through either motorised, height-adjustable mobile stand or fixed wall mount bracket. The company says all Prowise panels have a dust-resistant, fan-free silent running design to extend product life, since ventilators and filters are no longer necessary.

Microsoft Intros Network Performance Monitor

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Microsoft presents the Network Performance Manager-- a means for Operations Management Suite (OMS) customers to diagnose network connectivity problems affecting hybrid cloud setups.

Network Performance ManagerPart of the Log Analytics services in the OMS IT management and monitoring offering, Network Performance Manager continuously tests for reachability between various points on the network across public clouds, datacentres and user locations. As a result it enables admins to quickly identify a specific network segment or device causing problems, such as performance dips below a desired threshold.

Network Performance Monitor appears as an own tile in the OMS portal. It does not require direct access to network devices, meaning it can be used to supplement existing network management tools. As a standalone solution, it supports several use cases, including monitoring the health of connections between on-premises networks and public clouds, as well as the monitoring of links between multiple datacentres and office connected via public or private networks. Microsoft recommends customers use two agent for each subnet they want to monitor.

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