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29 October, 2015
Newsletter issue 17

Security (or lack thereof) is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now in the tech world. Breaches of high-profile companies have been occurring left and right. One of the more interesting ones recently is the use of CCTV cameras as a botnet for launching DDoS attacks. With all the cybercriminal shenanigans going on, major companies are upping their game; with the biggest mail inbox provider now putting forth plans to implement the strict DMARC protocol within the next few months.

Big ol’ Microsoft is also beefing up its law enforcement muscle by partnering with Taser for an evidence management tool in the cloud.

Also with security in mind, we’re releasing the instructions here on how you can manually authorize specific IP addresses to access your IPMI Management console.

We hope you enjoy reading this month’s newsletter. Onwards to a more secure digital experience!

Your account manager,
Natalia

In this issue

IPMI Client Access Manual

For security reasons IPMI access is only allowed from IP addresses explicitly authorized to do so by the account owner. We are happy to inform you that you can manually manage list of IP addresses to access IPMI of your servers from Alnitech Client Area.

Please read detailed instructions on how you can manually authorize specific IP addresses to access your IPMI here.


CCTV Cameras as a Botnet for Launching DDoS Attacks

October 21, 2015, security company Imperva Incapsula reported discovering roughly 900 CCTV cameras that have been compromised and used in a botnet.

Incapsula researchers found a malicious code that turned the said CCTV cameras into a botnet, which can be used to launch DDoS attacks to unsuspecting systems. In this particular case, the target of the DDoS attack was a “rarely-used asset of a large cloud service, catering to millions of users worldwide.”

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Yahoo, AOL, and Google Use DMARC to Combat Spam

October 20, 2015—In a move to better fight spammed messages, two of the world’s biggest mailbox providers, Yahoo and Google, will be implementing the DMARC protocol. DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, & Conformance, a protocol, which checks for email spoofing by referencing all incoming messages against both Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM) and Sender Policy Framework (SPF) validation systems.

DKIM uses a cryptographic signature to verify a sender’s domain. SPF, on the other hand, lets senders specify which hosts can carry their messages thereby making spoofed emails easier to identify. In the DMARC protocol, if DKIM and SPF checks aren’t verified, the email is then quarantined. In layman’s terms, DMARC will reject any mail spoofing an email provider’s domain if it does not come from said provider’s own servers...

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Microsoft and Taser Partner for Cloud Law Enforcement Tool

October 26, 2015—At the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Chicago, Microsoft and Taser announced that they are partnering to bring about a law enforcement tool in the cloud through the combined capabilities of the Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform, and Windows 10 devices with Taser’s Axon platform and Evidence.com solution...

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