CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for December 31

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for December 31, 2018:

  • European Commission Announces “Bug Bounties” for Friendly Hackers: Julia Reda, member of the European Pirate Party and co-founder of the Free and Open Source Software Audit (FOSSA) project, has announced 15 “bug bounties” to help the European Commission discover security flaws in their most popular open source software. Such applications include Apache Tomcat, Drupal, Filezilla, VLC, KeePass, Notepad++ and 7-zip, and the bounties range from €25,000 to €90,000. In total, the European Commission is offering €851,000 in awards to “ethical” hackers who can nip any glitches in the bud.
  • Cloudflare Reportedly Servicing a Handful of Unsavory Organizations: The Huffington Post is reporting that Cloudflare, a tech giant, is offering cybersecurity services to at least seven foreign terrorist organizations and militant groups, including al-Shabab, the Taliban and Hamas. This news isn’t entirely surprising to industry observers, since Cloudflare has previously been in the news for controversial clients, such the neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer. According to HuffPost, Cloudflare has not been authorized by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to provide services these organizations. “We try to be neutral and not insert ourselves too much as the arbiter of what’s allowed to be online,’ Doug Kramer, Cloudflare’s general counsel, told HuffPost. “We are very aware of our obligations under the sanctions laws…we think about this hard, and we’ve got a policy in place to stay in compliance with those laws.”
  • New SquareNorth Korean Actors Disrupt Tribune Publishing: Forbes is reporting that an investigation into a server outage at Tribune Publishing over the weekend which prevented the printing and distribution the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, was the result of a cyber-attack likely from the hands of North Korean hackers. The attack was executed with the highly successful Ryuk ransomware family, attributed to the Lazarus Group, known to actually be based in China. As of Sunday evening, the European editions of many publications were still inaccessible.
  • CenturyLink Network Management Card to Blame for 911 Outage: East Coast residents who experienced or heard of a major outage in emergency phone service that lasted for almost two full days after Christmas now have an answer as to why it happened – a faulty network management card brought down the CenturyLink cloud network. This according to veteran security journalist Brian Krebs, who obtained a copy of the official notice by CenturyLink sent to their “core customers” via a confidential source. An FCC investigation into the outage is now underway to determine how such a highly redundant network could have been down for what is basically an eternity in the world of telecoms.