Video streaming has been amplifying our entertainment methods for quite some time. We love to binge-watch our favorites from Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, but live streaming offers an educational element you might not have noticed.

Massive US Voter Data leak, Skype suffers from DDOS Attack and Google Cloud launches in Sydney

This week’s Tech news has seen one big cyber security crisis after another. The first security blunder saw Deep Root Analytics leave the details of around 200 million US voters on an unsecured server, accessible to anyone who found the link. The data included the personal details of citizens such as their names and addresses, as well as their religious affiliations and political views on controversial topics. The shocking discovery made by a cyber analyst at UpGuard, suggests that even electoral data is not immune from the constant cyber security demands on modern organizations.

No less concerning is the news that Skype’s European service was derailed by a DDOS attack earlier this week, suspected to have been orchestrated by a hacker group called ‘CyberTeam’. Following the attack, the group claimed responsibility on Twitter, as users scrambled back online after having been left unable to use the app to communicate via IM or video. The apparent fragility of Skype’s system raises further questions about contemporary approaches to cyber security. Skype is one of the most widely used messenger apps online and one DDOS attack managed to knock their service out of commission. It’s now more important than ever that organizations stay active in protecting their network infrastructure from unscrupulous attackers.

On a more positive note, Google Cloud has finally launched a data center in Sydney, as Australia and New Zealand are given a new native data hub. The data center will enable users to transfer information without being subjected to high amounts of latency. Prior to the data center, users had to send their data to the nearest centers in Singapore and Tokyo. The move comes as part of a development program that seeks to situate Google as a dominant player in the Australasian data scene.

One of the most common forms of attack that your server could come under is a brute force attack. These attacks are commonly used against software where there are no other known or easily used exploits available to gain access. It is a long winded and slow method to compromise a server. They tend to be performed by an automated attacking script; here’s how.

It’s often the case that you are not alone when managing a server. This is more pertinent when you have a fleet of servers in use. When you have multiple users working on and managing your servers, it helps to have a defined user accounts policy that helps spell out how accounts are created and used.

By 2020 global ecommerce might be worth $4 trillion and there’s no sign its growth will slow. How do you create your own successful ecommerce cash cow? Here’s how.

 

There are over a billion websites online today and as many as 75 million servers. Of these, as many as 2 million are owned by Microsoft and Google. With a business there comes a website. We all know this means a server too. The basic, shared, inexpensive hosting plans are great at first, but within a short time we discover they just don’t have the bandwidth to help support our online needs as a business grows.

The next question is: Should the next choice be a dedicated or a virtual server? What is more important, security or flexibility? We can help you decide!

 

Machine learning tools have the potential to change our lives. Many people might argue they already have. When a computer can learn from past experience and adapt its behavior accordingly, it ceases to be a passive processor of instructions. Machine learning involves a degree of judgment that helps computers to make decisions, process data or predict patterns of behavior.

This week’s Tech News has seen a great deal of expansion with respect to CenturyLink’s cloud connectivity, the circulation of Microsoft’s data visualization software and the on-demand data storage expansion of Google Drive. CenturyLink has announced the launch of a new joint venture with Cisco Meraki to help companies to oversee their SD-WAN, wire and wireless related services through one managed enterprise solution. As a result, users will be able to access all their data through one cloud-based interface. For large organizations this will make widespread data management much easier, as employees will be able to log into the cloud system to access the data that they need.