ZDNet: Google Chrome experiment crashes browser tabs, impacts companies worldwide. “A Google Chrome experiment has gone horribly wrong this week and ended up crashing browsers on thousands, if not more, enterprise networks for nearly two days.”
TechCrunch: Google launches TensorFlow Enterprise with long-term support and managed services. “Google open-sourced its TensorFlow machine learning framework back in 2015 and it quickly became one of the most popular platforms of its kind. Enterprises that wanted to use it, however, had to either work with third parties or do it themselves. To help these companies — and capture some of this lucrative market itself — Google is launching TensorFlow Enterprise, which includes hands-on, enterprise-grade support and optimized managed services on Google Cloud.”
Ars Technica: The count of managed service providers getting hit with ransomware mounts. “When more than 20 local governments in Texas were hit this summer by ransomware in one day. The attack was apparently tracked back to one thing the organizations had in common: a managed service provider. With limited IT resources of their own, local governments have increasingly turned to MSPs to operate significant portions of their networks and applications, as have other organizations and businesses—often placing critical parts of their business operations in the MSPs’ hands. And that has made MSPs a very attractive target to ransomware operators.”
Ars Technica: Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs. “Hackers are actively unleashing attacks that attempt to steal encryption keys, passwords, and other sensitive data from servers that have failed to apply critical fixes for two widely used virtual private network (VPN) products, researchers said.”
Bleeping Computer: Misconfigured JIRA Servers Leak Info on Users and Projects. “Jira is a popular solution for project management, developed by Atlassian for agile teams. It is used by Fortune 500 companies for easy tracking the progress of various tasks and issues. Organizations like Google, Yahoo, NASA, Lenovo, 1Password, Zendesk, as well as governing bodies across the world left unprotected private details that could have jeopardized their developments.”
TechAcute: New Work: Setting up an Internal-Only Instagram Account for Your Teams. “Instagram is incredibly successful and popular amongst all kind of demographics. It goes without saying that Instagram should be part of every organization’s social media portfolio for public communication and marketing, but what about internal comms? And what about clubs? NPOs? All the people out there that form teams and independent groups. This is not only interesting for companies.” What an interesting idea.
Ars Technica: WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers. “If you’re wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little. Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill.”