(Bloomberg View) — It was inevitable that the fallout from violent protests in Virginia organized by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups would extend to the virtual world of the web. The internet is our modern commons. But the past few days have shown how fast we can glide down the slippery slope to web censorship.
Facebook and Twitter were perfectly within their rights, legally and ethically, when they banned accounts of certain hate groups and their leaders. These are private companies enforcing their own rules about how their services and platforms can be used. Providers of web infrastructure, however, must be held to a stricter standard since they act as choke points that can prevent an individual or group from being able to express themselves online.
Cloudflare CEO Says Company Could Not Remain “Neutral” as it Bans Daily Stormer
Soon after the Charlottesville events, domain name registrars GoDaddy and Google separately decided to no longer serve the Daily Stormer after the neo-Nazi site wrote a disparaging story about Heather Heyer, the woman who died after being struck by a car while protesting the Charlottesville rally. Registrars act as a sort of phone book for the internet by turning a raw IP address — like 62.23.150.94 — into a line of text, like “Bloomberg.com.” Without GoDaddy or Google, it would be impossible for people to find the Daily Stormer online. Shortly afterwards, CloudFlare, which offers firewall services for

 

(Bloomberg) — Lenovo Group Ltd. posted a surprise quarterly loss after losing its grip on the global personal computer market, while its smartphone unit continues to bleed money.
China’s largest PC maker reported a net loss of $72 million in the three months ended June — its first in six quarters and well below projections for income of $32.9 million. That drove its stock down as much as as 4.2 percent in Hong Kong to its lowest intraday level in more than a year.
Lenovo lost its position as the world’s top PC maker as HP Inc. and Dell Inc. win back customers with new models. Its smartphone and server businesses, bulked up through multibillion-dollar acquisitions, again struggled to make money amid supply constraints, rising costs and aggressive pricing from competitors. Chief Operating Officer Gianfranco Lanci told reporters he expects costs for essential components such as memory chips to keep rising throughout the rest of the year, albeit at a slower pace.
“Lenovo is facing a great deal of performance pressure in its first two quarters of new fiscal year,” said Antonio Wang, associate vice-president for IDC China. It “is facing a transformation period as the executive team tries to reorganize business in major regions and reconstruct its business model.”
Revenue for the period slipped a tad to $10 billion, a whisker above predictions for $9.9 billion.
Its dismal quarter contrasts with HP, which has reported revenue in excess of projections for

 

(Bloomberg) — Cisco Systems Inc., whose machines form the backbone of the internet, predicted another revenue decline as the company tries to remake itself amid a changing networking industry.
Revenue in the current period may decline as much as 3 percent from a year earlier, the San Jose, California-based company said. That indicates sales of as little as $11.98 billion and compares with an average estimate by analysts for $12.1 billion. Net income in the fiscal first quarter, which ends in October, will be 48 to 53 cents a share. On average, analysts project earnings of 52 cents.
Cisco’s transition into a company that’s less dependent on hardware is hurting its overall growth as the software and services businesses that Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins is trying to build take time to gain ground. The company still gets the biggest chunk of revenue from high-priced hardware and that’s a challenge during an industry shift toward cheaper, software-based networking.
“It’s a big company and this kind of transition just has to be a gradual one,” said Simon Leopold, an analyst at Raymond James & Associates. “People will be patient. If you ask me how patient, I can’t say.”
Cisco shares fell 3.7 percent to $31.14 at 10:03 a.m. in New York Thursday. That brought its gains for the year to 3 percent, compared with a 17 percent gain by the Nasdaq Composite Index.
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Robbins is working to restore the kind of growth that made Cisco one of

 

(Bloomberg) — Cisco Systems Inc., whose machines form the backbone of the internet, predicted another revenue decline as the company tries to remake itself amid a changing networking industry.
Revenue in the current period may decline as much as 3 percent from a year earlier, the San Jose, California-based company said. That indicates sales of as little as $11.98 billion and compares with an average estimate by analysts for $12.1 billion. Net income in the fiscal first quarter, which ends in October, will be 48 to 53 cents a share. On average, analysts project earnings of 52 cents.
Cisco’s transition into a company that’s less dependent on hardware is hurting its overall growth as the software and services businesses that Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins is trying to build take time to gain ground. The company still gets the biggest chunk of revenue from high-priced hardware and that’s a challenge during an industry shift toward cheaper, software-based networking.
“It’s a big company and this kind of transition just has to be a gradual one,” said Simon Leopold, an analyst at Raymond James & Associates. “People will be patient. If you ask me how patient, I can’t say.”
Cisco shares fell 3.7 percent to $31.14 at 10:03 a.m. in New York Thursday. That brought its gains for the year to 3 percent, compared with a 17 percent gain by the Nasdaq Composite Index.
Cloud Competition
Robbins is working to restore the kind of growth that made Cisco one of

 

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A massive, worldwide ransomware attack is currently unfolding, powered from more than 11,625 distinct IP addresses in 133 different countries, experts at cyber security vendor Comodo said today.
The campaign was first detected on Aug. 9, and more than 62,000 phishing emails related to the attack were detected at Comodo-protected endpoints alone, as of Friday.
Emails use social engineering to induce users into opening a docx, pdf, jpg, zip or other file, containing the ransomware, dubbed “IKARUSdilapidated,” after a phrase that appears in the code string.
“If the user does as instructed, the macros then save and run a binary file that downloads the actual encryption Trojan, which will encrypt all files that match particular extensions (including the common ones on most machines),” Comodo researchers wrote in a report that was provided to MSPmentor in draft form, because it is still being completed. “Filenames are converted to a unique 16 letter and number combination with the .locky file extension.”
Locky is a very common type of ransomware that emerged in 2016 and has been used in a wide range of cyber attacks since.
“The attachment is an archive file, with the name ‘E 2017-08-09 (580).vbs’ where 580 is a number changing for each email and vbs is an extension which varies as well,” the report says.
Many endpoint protection solutions have been updated to detect Locky ransomware but as a new variant, emails containing

 

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A massive, worldwide ransomware attack is currently unfolding, powered from more than 11,625 distinct IP addresses in 133 different countries, experts at cyber security vendor Comodo said today.
The campaign was first detected on Aug. 9, and more than 62,000 phishing emails related to the attack were detected at Comodo-protected endpoints alone, as of Friday.
Emails use social engineering to induce users into opening a docx, pdf, jpg, zip or other file, containing the ransomware, dubbed “IKARUSdilapidated,” after a phrase that appears in the code string.
“If the user does as instructed, the macros then save and run a binary file that downloads the actual encryption Trojan, which will encrypt all files that match particular extensions (including the common ones on most machines),” Comodo researchers wrote in a report that was provided to MSPmentor in draft form, because it is still being completed. “Filenames are converted to a unique 16 letter and number combination with the .locky file extension.”
Locky is a very common type of ransomware that emerged in 2016 and has been used in a wide range of cyber attacks since.
“The attachment is an archive file, with the name ‘E 2017-08-09 (580).vbs’ where 580 is a number changing for each email and vbs is an extension which varies as well,” the report says.
Many endpoint protection solutions have been updated to detect Locky ransomware but as a new variant, emails containing

 

In an unprecedented move by Cloudflare, the DDoS protection provider has fired neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer as a customer, following a string of similar moves by web hosting firms earlier this week.
In a decision announced Wednesday, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said that it terminated Daily Stormer’s account and is taking measures to “ensure they cannot sign up for Cloudflare’s services ever again.”
“Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology,” Prince said in a blog post. “Our team has been thorough and have had thoughtful discussions for years about what the right policy was on censoring. Like a lot of people, we’ve felt angry at these hateful people for a long time but we have followed the law and remained content neutral as a network. We could not remain neutral after these claims of secret support by Cloudflare.”
See also: String of Web Hosts Boot Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer
Cloudflare has run into criticism before for its neutral stance, but it’s not the only internet services company that has had to grapple with similar decisions. Recently, Shopify had to defend its decision to provide services to Breitbart, the controversial right-wing website.
In a 2013 interview, Cloudflare CEO Prince said that he doesn’t believe his political

 

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Two years after it did a pilot fuel-cell installation at one of its Silicon Valley data centers, Equinix is making a big bet on the technology, which uses a chemical process to convert natural gas to electricity.
The Redwood City, California-based data center provider today announced a deal that will see fuel cells installed at 12 additional US data centers. The deal will be financed by the utility Southern Company, with whom Equinix signed a power purchase agreement for a total of about 37MW of generation capacity, which will be the largest single deployment of fuel cells for data centers to date.

The fuel cells will be supplied by Bloom Energy, a leader in the market whose energy servers have been deployed on corporate campuses, at data centers by eBay, Apple, NTT, CenturyLink, and at two Verizon data centers Equinix took over when it acquired the large data center portfolio from the telco earlier this year.
Fuel cells produce significantly fewer carbon emissions than traditional gas-fueled power plants; they also don’t require water, unlike power plants, which consume massive amounts of water to generate energy. Apple has made fuel cells part of its corporate sustainability program, using Bloom’s technology to provide 10MW of capacity for its Maiden, North Carolina, data center campus.
The technology, which produces energy on-site, is also considered more reliable than America’s old, outage-prone electrical grid. eBay

 

(Bloomberg) — London is set to retain its position as the city with the greatest capacity in private data links, a lead that may help stem any erosion in the city’s position as Europe’s premier financial center, even after the U.K. leaves the European Union.
The U.K. capital currently has an installed bandwidth of 159 terabytes per second, a figure that exceeds any other European city and is greater than the capacities in either New York or Silicon Valley, according to a new report from Equinix Inc., a U.S. company specializing in data centers that host many of these private data connections.
The report, released Wednesday, forecasts that London will retain this lead, with its overall private bandwidth tripling to 486 terabytes per second by 2020.
Businesses are turning to private data networks due to the huge amounts of data they are now generating, where public internet connections may struggle, said Russell Poole, managing director of Equinix’s U.K. business.
The rapid transfer of data has long been of importance to the financial sector. Exchanges have been letting traders place their computer servers next to exchange systems — a practice known as colocation — in order to facilitate high frequency trading.
After telecommunications companies and firms that sell cloud and IT services, the banking and insurance sector is the largest user of private networks, Equinix said. And by 2020, the sector will exceed even those network-centric industries in its use

 

Endurance International Group has announced that its board of directors has appointed Jeffrey H. Fox as president and chief executive officer, effective August 22.
Fox, who will also join the company’s board of directors, succeeds Endurance founder Hari Ravichandran.
“Jeff’s extensive experience leading strategy and operations for organizations in the technology, information services, and telecom industries make him ideally suited to lead the company as it focuses on balancing operational execution with profitable growth and free cash flow generation,” said James C. Neary, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Endurance International Group.
Executive leadership experience Fox brings to Endurance includes a stint from 2010 to 2012 as CEO of Convergys Corporation, and he has served since then as chairman of the board. He founded and is currently a principle of investment and advisory firm The Circumference Group LLC. Fox also previously served as COO, Group President – Shared Services, and Group President – Alltel Information Services for Alltel Corporation.
“I am excited to begin working with the board and the talented team at Endurance,” said Fox. “I have a deep appreciation for the dedication that has gone into building this company and am honored to have been selected to guide it through its next phase.”
The company announced in April it had adopted a plan to transition to a new “CEO who can take Endurance to the

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