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NHS systems fell offline for 1,300+ hours over 36 months, cyber-nasties fingered – FoI study

NHS trusts across England experienced more than 1,300 hours of downtime in the last three years, according to results from Freedom of Information (FoI) requests. Nearly a third of the trusts (25 out of 80) that responded to an FoI request from Intercity Technology admitted they had experienced outages across their IT systems …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2018
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Noise from blast of gas destroys Digiplex data depot disk drives

It's a bit rich when a fire prevention system designed to protect a data centre kills its servers, but that's what happened when inert gas was injected into a Nasdaq Digiplex bit barn in Sweden. The gas release – on 18 April – caused a loud, high-pitched whistle, which resulted in vibrations destroying server disk drives, the …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
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UK health service boss in the guts of WannaCry outbreak warns of more nasty code infections

The UK's National Health Service has learned from last year's WannaCry attack – and started putting in place disaster recovery measures that will allow it to maintain services in the face of an even fiercer assault. The worldwide spread of WannaCry last May hit hospital networks particularly hard and left doctors and nurses …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2018

Botched upgrade at Belgian bank Argenta sparks phishing frenzy

Belgian bank Argenta has apologised for a botched tech plumbing upgrade that delayed transfers and confronted customers with incorrect balance data. The bank, which has 1.4 million Belgian customers, blamed the problems on post-upgrade issues with the data transfer mechanism between its two data centres, among other things. …
John Leyden, 6 Apr 2018
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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

This Damn War Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. It's a law most IT people would understand and perhaps even fear. It was my third day as the new network manager for a reasonably sized estate across several sites, most inhabited by weirdy beardies who had jobs like counting bats, frogs and other animals you may never have heard of. It …
Stuart Burns, 5 Apr 2018
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Most FTSE 100 boards kept in the dark about cyber resilience plans

Only one in five FTSE 100 companies disclose testing of online business protection plans. Most (57 per cent) of FTSE 100 companies talk about their overall crisis management, contingency or disaster recovery plans within their annual reports but few in comparison mention cybersecurity. Just 21 per cent of UK Blue Chip …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2018
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Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages

Exclusive Hard-pressed outsourcing titan Capita wrestled with almost sixty separate outages at its data centres in the space of just half a year, The Register can exclusively reveal. An internal log of the problems dating between June and December 2017, seen by us, detailed the extent of the downtime, with as many as 44 incidents …
Kat Hall, 20 Feb 2018

Dell soups up low-end Data Domain deduper

Down in the Dell there is a new Data Domain box – a smallish, entry-level one – the DD3300. It is a 2U rackmount chassis with 3TB or 4TB SAS disk drives providing up to 32TB of usable capacity, said to be 1.6PB after deduplication (logical capacity) and data can be ingested at 7TB/hour using Data Domain Boost. If a backend …
Chris Mellor, 5 Feb 2018
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Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, an IaaS startup, whose board includes Veeam co-founder and President Ratmir Timashev, for $42.5mn cash. It said N2WS was the main provider of cloud-native enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), which makes it the main public cloud backup and DR IaaS …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2018
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Avast urges devs to secure toolchains after hacked build box led to CCleaner disaster

VB2017 Avast staffers spoke at the Virus Bulletin International Conference in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday to shed more light on their postmortem of the CCleaner fiasco – and urge developers to protect their software's toolchain and distribution systems from hackers. The widely used utility, which removes unwanted temporary files and …
John Leyden, 6 Oct 2017
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UK lotto players quids in: Website knocked offline by DDoS attack

The UK National Lottery has apologised for a website outage that left money in the pockets of punters unable to play games on Saturday evening. “We're very sorry that many players are currently unable to access The National Lottery website or app. Our 46,000 retailers are unaffected,” it said on Twitter before adding “please …
John Leyden, 2 Oct 2017
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Ouch: Brit council still staggering weeks after ransomware bit its PCs

A ransomware assault late last month is continuing to affect the operations of Copeland Borough Council in the northwest of England. The processing of planning applications is still being affected weeks after a major cyberattack hit the council in rural North West England. The planning application for a housing development of …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2017
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Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

With Houston in the midst of severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, telcos say they are so far maintaining service and will help with emergency efforts by waiving service costs. Mobile carriers AT&T, Verizon and T‑Mobile all say they will be providing residents of the areas hit hardest by the storm free calls and data service …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2017

NotBeingPetya: UK critical infrastructure firms face huge fines for lax security

The UK government has announced that businesses providing essential services like energy and transport could be fined as much as £17m or 4 per cent of global turnover for failing to have effective cyber security measures in place. The proposals from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport satisfy requirements under …
John Leyden, 8 Aug 2017
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Cisco loses customer data in Meraki cloud muckup

Cisco has admitted to a cloud configuration cockup that erased customer data. The networking giant explained: “On August 3rd, 2017, our engineering team made a configuration change that applied an erroneous policy to our North American object storage service and caused certain data uploaded prior to 11:20AM Pacific time on …
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Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

The owner of the Dettol brand and Durex condoms could be left millions out of pocket after falling victim to the NotPetya ransomware last week. The malware attack, which centred on Ukraine but also affected several multinationals worldwide, disrupted production and deliveries at UK-based Reckitt Benckiser, a consumer goods …
John Leyden, 6 Jul 2017

That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

The massive IT systems failure caused by a power surge at British Airways' primary data centre will cost the airline £80m. Willie Walsh, the chief executive of BA's parent body International Airlines Group, issued the news to a roomful of investors at the company's AGM this afternoon. The systems crash on the morning of May …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Jun 2017
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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

Analysis An IT bod from a data centre consultancy has been fingered as the person responsible for killing wannabe budget airline British Airways' Boadicea House data centre – and an explanation has emerged as to what killed the DC. Earlier this week Alex Cruz, BA's chief exec, said a major "power surge" at 0930 on Saturday 27 May …

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