Posts Tagged ‘News’

Human Hacking Fears; Half a Million Pacemakers Recalled

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


You know you’re living in the future when half a million people are called in for a personal firmware update.

Two weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 465,000 pacemakers after discovering security flaws that could allow hackers to run batteries down or alter people’s heartbeats.

In May, researchers at a security firm discovered these and many other pacemakers could be intercepted using equipment as cheap as $15, and all bought on eBay.

Since pacemakers are battery-operated devices that are surgically implanted into a patient’s chest to control their heartbeats, the risk to human life was obvious.

“As medical devices become increasingly interconnected via the Internet, hospital networks, other medical devices, and smartphones, there is an increased risk of exploitation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, some of which could affect how a medical device operates,” the FDA stated in a security advisory.


SysAdmin Accidentally Deletes $32.9 Million Dollar Company’s Data, Suffers Major Backup Failure

Friday, February 3rd, 2017


Whoops. A SysAdmin at a high profile Silicon Valley company went to tidy up their database—and accidentally deleted the directory instead.

The employee in question belonged to $32.9 Million start-up GitLab—a virtual workplace for programmers to merge individual projects, similar to GitHub and Atlassian.

The problem started when spammers were hammering the database. This lead to load time and stability problems, forcing an outage.

To fix the problem, the SysAdmin went to the backup database to tidy and use it to fix the problem. Except they accidentally typed the command to delete the directory.

By the time he cancelled the rm -rf command, just 4.5GB remained of their 300GB directory.


Over 70% of Washington DC’s CCTV Hacked Before Trump Inauguration

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017


Scant days before President Trump’s inauguration, the majority of Washington DC’s surveillance cameras were hacked by criminals in a massive cyber attack.

The infection downed 123 of its 187 network video recorders, each controlling four cameras each. And the perpetrator’s virus and motivations aren’t hard to guess.


June Newsletter

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Our newsletter for June is out! It’s got the the latest information on upcoming (and exciting) product releases and the latest backup news from around the globe: June’s contents include:

  • Announcing our new add-on, Exchange Granular Restore
  • BackupAssist v7.1 is coming in a few short days
  • And the notorious Backup News

All of this is available in detail and in full high definition (depending on your device) at our web version of the June newsletter.

You can sign up to get it straight in your inbox here.

Tape Backup Infographic

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Magnetic tape for digital storage has now been around for over 60 years and in the tech world, that’s more than old, it’s positively ancient. After reading some recent survey results which showed that for many businesses tape was the primary backup storage, we thought it was time to revisit this esteemed and distinguished medium. (more…)