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Monthly Archives: June 2018

21
Jun
2018

A Bug at T-Mobile Reportedly Left Personal Customer Data Unprotected

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There has been a glitch reported that may affect roughly 74 million T-Mobile customers and their privacy. The glitch allowed for anyone to look up a customer’s private details including their names, addresses, billing account numbers, and even some tax information. Additional information could have also been accessed including whether bills are past due, whether the customer has ever had their service suspended, and references for account pins. With all that information, hackers might access accounts by calling T-Mobile customer service to do as they please.

A security researcher named Ryan Stevenson exposed the bug and it was found that its cause was an unprotected PI on the subdomain, promotool.t-mobile.com. Stevenson was rewarded $1000 for reporting the bug through the bug bounty program. The program is in place so that should a researcher find a malfunction and report it, could get fairly compensated as well as treated. It’s something that has surely saved T-Mobile. Ryan Stevenson sent several screenshots of customer’s information to ZDNet so that the problem could be mended.

The time is now to hold cellular providers to a higher standard. This offset could have potentially not only given hackers access to information that could be detrimental to running businesses smoothly but also could set people back by getting digital identity theft. Money could be taken out of customer’s accounts and it wouldn’t be detected for a while because of the loops that hackers could take by calling and pretending they are the customer.

The flaw is now supposedly fixed and things are back to normal with all accounts within T-Mobile’s customer base. However, this problem is similar to an earlier bug that was almost identical and was found in 2017 on a different T-Mobile subdomain. One thing that is not known is how long the latest bug was in effect, yet there is information that suggests that the site has been active since at least October of 2017.

Data protection is an increasingly important aspect of all digital commerce, and breaches like these are a big part of what NationalNet helps our customers to avoid. Talk to the NationalNet security team any time if you have questions, see something suspicious on your sites, or want to discuss the steps that can be taken to further lockdown the data in your fully managed hosting network.

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12
Jun
2018

Protests at Google Continue With the News That the Pentagon Plans to Expand AI Projects

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The battle over the future of artificial intelligence continues as a number of Google employees are asking their own company to stop supporting a Pentagon artificial intelligence program called Project Maven. The project studies imagery, and in the future could be used to improve completely automated drone strikes on battlefields during war times, causing more than 4,000 employees at Google to sign a petition urging the company to stop its involvement. Google’s direct involvement is unclear and will likely continue to be so. However, by putting this petition in motion, Google employees may inspire other companies to go the same way.

Project Maven is more formally known as the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team and began in April of 2017 but has since doubled its publicly documented funding to 131 million dollars, making the controversy at Silicon Valley’s top tech company an expensive one. The Pentagon is also reportedly planning a new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center that will serve the US Military and intelligence agencies as an extension of Project Maven. Amazon and Microsoft are also noted as partners in the project.

The first goal of Project Maven was to create a system that would help analysts to process drone video through the help of the internet company’s machine learning techniques to distinguish and track military targets. This goal was set for December 2017. Project Maven will use leading edge AI to give military and intelligence analysts access to surveillance algorithms via sophisticated cameras and should speed up the processing of information dramatically. All of that appears to be acceptable to executives in the tech community. The friction seems to be solely on the issue of “turning over” that analysis completely to machine learning systems and obviating the need for a human analyst in the process.

As computer learning and AI continue to become smarter at an ever-accelerating pace, the danger of arming the machines with drone strike capabilities based on its own sense of targeting priority appears to be a real world problem that would have bene the sort of stuff used in a sci-fi film plots only a decade ago. On the one hand it does raise ethical questions for philosophers to sort out, but on the other hand it clearly demonstrates the enormous power computing is capable of presenting when used correctly and at NationalNet we see many productive uses for AI and machine learning in our own mission to bring customers the fastest throughput with the greatest uptime imaginable.

Let’s all hope humanity finally figures out how to harness the constructive power of new tech rather to all of our advantage rather than the destructive side of the equation to all of our demise.

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10
Jun
2018

Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

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You may want to look at your home router different nowadays, it could be infected and a hotspot for the next devastating digital attack. They have become a hacker’s haven or a way to turn a keylogger into a king. People are being warned about an intelligent group of hackers that has malware-infected routers that could be used to spread chaos all over the Internet as well as networks.

Even Cisco the worldwide leader in IT and networking spoke on the new type of malware called VPNFilter. Cisco’s Talos security division said that VPNFilter has infected almost half a million home and small business routers.

The routers infected are Netgear, TP-Link, Linksys, MicroTik and QNAP. Cisco’s Talos security division thinks the malware-infected routers’ code is to serve as a tool to spy on others while hiding attackers’ origin. The malware also, scarily, allows the hackers to corrupt the firmware of the hacked routers, which means they are bricked.

The most people who have been victimized by the VPNFilter malware, 500,000 victims, their routers are in Ukraine. All indications of the malware infections point at the hackers prepping a mass plan to take down thousands of Ukrainian networks. Talos are telling people to restart their routers because it removes part of the router malware’s functionality. Talos says completely cleaning your affected router requires reinstalling the router firmware.

Our dedicated hosting services are never compromised as NationalNet has what we believe is the most dedicated media hosting and a content delivery network within your company’s fingertips. Our services include, Advanced Monitoring, Disaster Recovery, Data Backup & Restore, just to name a few. Let us build you.

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09
Jun
2018

Offshore Wind Power For Hosting?

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Imagine having the same web hosting experience with NationalNet right at your fingertips for less of the cost? That could happen in states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island after they were both awarded major offshore wind contracts. Again showing the tech industry the importance and economic viability of renewable energy.

Offshore wind energy was once thought as too expensive, but just how we provide our loyal customer base with a creative implementation of high quality, cost-effective, enterprise-class managed web and business hosting services; offshore wind energy will be cost-effective as well.

The wind farm in Massachusetts will be 14 miles off Martha’s Vineyard and will be call “Vineyard Wind.” The installation will have a capacity of 800MW and should be generating electricity back to the grid by 2021. The contract was won by Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, which are both headquartered in Europe. The two energy giants will be sharing 50/50 ownership of the project in Martha’s Vineyard.

This new contract with Massachusetts gets the state half way to their goal to build 1.6GW of wind energy capacity off its coast by 2027. Not only is this project going to build cost-efficient energy, these major hydroelectric and offshore wind resources will help reduce the state’s carbon footprint and deliver clean energy to the area. They say the project “will reduce Massachusetts’ carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from state roads.”

The second major contract was awarded Deepwater Wind and will come from the state of Rhode Island. The project will be called “Revolution Wind,” and will help Rhode Island meet its personal target for 1GW of renewable energy. Deepwater Wind is also working on a project to install a 90MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island.

It is great to see major companies looking for cost-effective ways to generate new energy while being conscious of our earth’s environment. Like NationalNet guides clients through all pivotal phases of their IT initiatives, these two energy giants seem to have their initiatives and priorities (cost and clean energy) in a line. Hopefully these giant renewable energy projects are a theme across the country and we could implement the cost-effectiveness and clean energy to our servers and hosts.

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08
Jun
2018

Are IoT Devices Eavesdropping?

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Alexa, are you spying on me? A Portland family found out that a private conversation they had was recorded by an Amazon Echo and then was sent to someone on their contact list. The report instantly sparked concern and outrage that Amazon’s Echo smart speaker is listening to and recording much more than the company claims. The woman who reported the claim said that one of her husband’s co-workers reached out to her family saying they received a text message with an audio recording of the couple’s conversations.

The woman, who felt invaded, told a local news company that she felt “invaded” and will never be “plugging that device again.” An Amazon spokesperson explained that the “Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.'”

When an Echo hears its wake word, “Alexa,” it will send what the user said to the cloud for processing. Once it decides to send after “Alexa” hears a “Voice Message” it will make sure that it heard it correctly, then continues to record until the user stops talking. Amazon is looking over the matter because it finds it pretty strange that the convo was heard so wrong. Technology is far from flawless, if you have to have a serious conversation regarding family life, job security or any type of personal issues, always turn off your Echo. If you really love your privacy then an Echo may just not be for you and your family, despite what the new tech fads are.

NationalNet strives to form close, long-term relationships with our clients to become a trusted extension of their business. Your information, business and hosting is safe under our umbrella of high quality services.

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07
Jun
2018

Facebook Wants to Wire the World

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The Internet of Things

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg vouched to the tech industry to help everyone to be connected, wire-to-wire with free basic Internet? Internet data in these days is just as important to the average human as food, water and shelter. Zuckerberg told millions in a 10-page white paper share from his iPhone that free Internet was a universal right for all. He wanted getting Internet data to people to be a hundred times cheaper than it was standing at. The Zuck said it would be feasible within five to 10 years, but like many tech giants they were stopped in their digital tracks.

Facebook then launched Internet.org, which was a collection of initiatives to get the masses hooked on the web. Looking back now, who would’ve thought we would need initiatives to get people hooked on something that they already were? In typical Zuckerberg fashion the two projects would get deals with phone services to make a minimal amount of web-services available through a free app.

Zuckerberg’s efforts were seen as a humanitarian effort, dubbed the name “dot-org.” Zuckerberg didn’t even care if Facebook earned a profit from delivering for the next few billion people. The technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is worth almost 80 billion said that his motives were all moral and not financial one. Zuckerberg saw that billions of Americans did not yet no how to surf the web and wanted to change that. Like many in the digital age, Zuckerberg feels connecting people on the Internet would change the shift in global power because of sharing and redistributing information.

Zuckerberg took his efforts to India and Barcelona, but they weren’t well received. All in all, Facebook’s initiatives were not highly received across the globe but it says it is working with 86 partners to offer the Free Basics app in 60 countries. In a Facebook April 25 call, they said the company’s Internet.org have brought 100 million people to the Internet.

As a web-based hosting service and a company that respects the infrastructure of the Internet we understand what Mark Zuckerberg is trying to do. Also, as a hosting solution that takes your company to the next level of productivity and efficiency NationalNet wants the best for it’s customers and partnerships with as diversified, secure and private a footprint as possible.

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06
Jun
2018

Creating Instant Websites?

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With the ever evolving technology of websites and their hosts, building a website has become tremendously easy and carpel tunnel free. Not only has it become as simple as reciting the alphabet, and not JavaScript, building and updating a full-service site is common ground for the common folk. Now you can simply load a picture update onto your phone and drag it into the web host and then it’s loaded onto the home page of your site. For some in businesses that are charity based across the globe that is huge for consistent, quick and no-limit updating.

Building your company’s site while also maintaining it has become a touch a way in today’s modern day digital world, but a West Coast startup has taken it to another level. A San Francisco startup in beta, provides a URL, hosting services and a dead-simple app to build a website. This startup acts a grid for your site, it allows users to move text, video and photos into The Grid’s program. When you load it, the AI of The Grid arranges the content into a visually pleasing layout based on best practices for the sites backend.

Say you are building an e-commerce page, the artificial intelligence will create click-through boxes under the images and prices are automatically turned into click-through buttons to the shopping cart page. The Grid’s AI actually improves the overall esthetic to the site as well as its effectiveness, colors, photographs and text through the AI.

The founder and CEO Dan Tocchini IV ‘s goal is to give business and website owners back their control from designers and website services who take forever to get back to you with results or an actual finished product. “The Grid” is for website and business owners to create their own platform. The Grid is monetized at the start so you know what you are getting before actually put dollars and manpower into creating it.

NationalNet is here to develop lasting and successful partnerships with your company. We want to see you grow as much as you want to and we most certainly have the platform and infrastructure for you to accelerate your milestones quickly.

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05
Jun
2018

How to Choose the Right Host for Your Website

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Web hosting companies gives your company the services that literally connect your site to the Internet. With so many options, plans and packages it can be hard for an entrepreneur to choose the right plan for his or her business. Each major type of hosting company and service has their pros and cons to help your business succeed with their own customizable plans and criteria. As you start the trek for a web-hosting plan, you’ll run across a number of different types or services and serves, including these options:

Individual plans are referred to as “shared hosting plans” because they share space on hosting servers with other webmasters. Once a Webmaster outgrows the features or the shared hosting plan they will have to upgrade to a plan that allows them their own personal server. If your company is the size for a shared hosting plan, make sure that plan allows for seamless account transitions if you think growth is on the way.

So, what do you really need to look for in a hosting plan after you decide on the type? Cost. Reviews. Support. Storage. When it comes to cost, stay away from free hosting services because they are probably unreliable and a gimmick. On the other hand, customer reviews are a great way to benchmark a web host. Search for reviews online from past customers before deciding on a web hosting service, because just like Yelp or any other crowd-sourced review site, the company or owner’s marketing team could have made a fake post.

Customer support. Whether you’re a beginning Webmaster or a more experienced digital business owner, you’ll want a dependable customer support team behind your web-hosting plan. Things can and will go wrong on your website’s backend, but getting support when you need it can go a long way toward minimizing any potential damage to your business.

National Net’s customer support is impeccable. We provide our loyal customers with a creative implementation of high-quality, cost-effective and business hosting services. Our mission is “to add value and profitability to our small and midsized customers by providing them a high-quality, cost-effective, enterprise-class hosting solution” making NationalNet your best bet for a web tech partner.

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04
Jun
2018

What To Do If Your Web Service Provider Goes Down

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At NationalNet, we have an outstanding track record of performance and uptime over decades of experience. If you are currently hosting somewhere else and are having issues with uptime, this advice may be particularly useful.

A popular web service provider went down a while back and caused millions of small business websites to go down due to “a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables.” As one of the biggest website hosts in the world, this company also manages one of the largest Domain Name System (DNS) databases. DNS is a comprehensive list of names and addresses that allows the web’s computers to connect to each other.

Has your site for your business ever go down? Here are some steps to keep business non-stop if your site happens to go down.

1. Check if the issue is with your site or your web host.
You don’t have to be an IT wizard to get deep down into your company’s domain name servers. It is actually fairly easy to understand how your servers work without IT support. There are several online resources that can help you like Pingdom, DNSsy and DNSniffer.

All of the resources mentioned generate reports on the status of how your site is interacting with other sites. If you see your service provider on these lists, well, that means your site could be affected.

2. Reach out to customers
If your site is down, you should probably immediately reach out to the customers who visit the site. You want to let them know that you know there is a problem and that your company is working to resolve the problem. You can take to social media like Facebook and Twitter to let customers know while your site is down.

3. Consider migrating your site to another web host
It the site outage is extensive, it may be time to change web hosts, even though this can be a giant task. Since your migrating to a new service, the traditional way of backing your content up, changing exactly where the DNS is pointed, installing your new files and turning off the old site will all need to be done by an IT professional.

As your dedicated hosting partner, our job is make sure your hosting is up as permanently as humanly possible. NationalNet has technical support people available around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in the Network Operations Center. Our technical support professionals are well versed in helping our partners solve all hosting needs and we are also one phone call away. That said, outages due to weather conditions or other catastrophic events can happen, and we highly recommend all companies have protocols in place to handle any eventualities that may occur.

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04
Jun
2018

Apple Releases New Update For High Sierra – Be Sure To Update

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There is a new release for the MacOS: High Sierra 10.13.5. The June 1, 2018 update adds a few things: notably, the ability to use Messages in iCloud support. The update is also important because of the new security and enterprise updates that come with it. If your Mac is supported, you can update the  OS by downloading it and installing it from the Mac App Store.

A long awaited feature, Messages in iCloud, is finally here! In beta releases of recent Apple software, Messages had been added (then removed) a number of times. It was first officially added to iOS 11.4 earlier in the week, and with support added on Macs now, more supported devices can use the feature.

More information can be found in Apple’s release notes for the update:

The MacOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.

This update adds support for Messages in iCloud, which lets you store messages with their attachments in iCloud and free up space on your Mac. To enable Messages in iCloud, go to Preferences in Messages, click Accounts, then select ”Enable Messages in iCloud.”

Enterprise content:

• Variables used in SCEP payloads now expand properly

• Configuration profiles containing a Wi-Fi payload and SCEP payload install as expected when the KeyIsExtractable key of the SCEP payload is set to false.

The Messages in iCloud feature means you can now store the communications that you receive in the Messages app, as well as the attachments that are sent via Messages, in iCloud. For people that use Messages, this can help save them internal storage space on their local devices. It also means that if people delete a message on one machine, that deletion will happen on a person’s other devices and Mac computers as well. It also means that new devices will have access to the messages immediately after being logged into your iCloud account.

People utilizing this feature will need to have available space in iCloud, which is a service that allows people to pay for various amounts of storage. Getting the latest updates is one way to get the most recent security for your devices. As the top hosting service, NationalNet is dedicated to keeping your devices and information safe by providing the latest news. The next major MacOS release is expected to be announced on June 4th at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and will be released later in the year.

All too often a hosting “problem” is caused by someone who failed to update their OS accessing a server backend and forwarding that code to the cloud. Staying up to date with security patches and system upgrades is a key part of what we do here at NationalNet, and it’s a task made far easier by conscientious clients who also take the time to update their own terminals as well.

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