Archive for July 22, 2021

NSO Group To World: It’s Not Our Fault

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2021 by itnerd

The NSO Group is hitting back as claims of its spyware going after all sorts of high value targets circulate. It’s current (as this might change the longer that this story is out there) response to this is this: It’s not us, it’s our customers fault.

But on Wednesday, the spokesman said: “If I am the manufacturer of a car and now you take the car and you are driving drunken and you hit somebody, you do not go to the car manufacturer, you go to the driver. 

“We are sending the system to governments, we get all the correct accreditation and do it all legally. 

“You know, if a customer decides to misuse the system, he will not be a customer anymore. 

“But all the allegations and all the finger-pointing should be at the customer.”

Well, on one hand their drunk driver analogy is a novel point. But on the other hand, when you produce military grade spyware and from all reports sell it to countries that don’t exactly have the best reputations when it comes to human right among other areas. And surprise they misuse it in ways that are horrible, you can’t be surprised that some will point the finger at the maker of said spyware as being the culprit. The fact is that this is an example where a company has to question if they are in the right line of business if their product has all of these negative effects. Or perhaps NSO group is too busy counting the dollars that their sales produce to really care. Methinks it’s the latter.

Major Websites Are Down Due To Akamai Outage

Posted in Commentary on July 22, 2021 by itnerd

If there’s a website that you’re going to, and you can’t see anything, chances are it’s not you. Websites such as Amazon.com, Apple, HBO Max, UPS, Steam, PlayStation Network, LastPass, The Home Depot, Costco, American Express, are affected. Some of these outages are regional, so not all users will see all affected sites impacted.

The root cause is an outage with Akami. Or more specially, an Akamai DNS server malfunction. When a DNS server goes down, you can’t get from point A, to point B from your web browser. The word on the streets is that Akamai has implemented a fix and service should return to normal shortly.

Now if any of this seems familiar, it is kind of similar to the Fastly outage from a few weeks ago. Which brings into question the level of resiliency that content delivery networks like these have. That’s a question I would love to see an answer to.

Fisker Reveals Brand Experience Center Rollout & Reservation System Details

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2021 by itnerd

Fisker Inc., passionate creator of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – today announced details for the first wave of its global brand experience centers. Starting in the first half of 2022, the company will open its inaugural center in Los Angeles, followed by a European center in Munich. Fisker Brand Experience Centers will offer prospective customers the opportunity to see and experience the company’s vehicles, as well as speak with product experts on hand.

Following Los Angeles and Munich, the company plans to open at least four additional centers in London, New York, Miami and Copenhagen through the second half of 2022. The Fisker Ocean will make its global debut at the upcoming 2021 LA Auto Show in November, with production starting Nov. 17, 2022. Production prototype testing will begin this year. 

The Fisker Ocean will enter the U.S. market at a starting MSRP of $37,499 (excluding EV-related subsidies) and below €32,000 in Germany (including taxes and EV-related subsidies), offering compelling, high-value option packages to customers across the Ocean’s entire price range. 

Including fleet orders from companies such as Credit Agricole Consumer Finance, Onto and Viggo, Fisker has more than 62,000 hand-raisers and 17,300 paid reservations for the Ocean. The Fisker reservation system, accessed via the Fisker App and Fisker website, was set up in late 2019, enabling prospective customers to place a vehicle reservation with the flexibility to cancel at any time. Each vehicle reservation requires a $250 deposit with a 10% charge ($25) to cover third-party and administrative costs in the event of a cancellation.

Fisker Inc. is an American electric vehicle company headquartered in California and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the FSR ticker symbol. The co-founders are the largest shareholders, with the majority of the shareholder base located in the United States.

Fisker Inc. has the stated aim to lead on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) – and to produce the world’s most sustainable vehicles.

Download the revolutionary new Fisker mobile app from the App Store or Google Play store.

Commvault Named A Leader In 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant For Enterprise Backup & Recovery Software Solutions For A 10th Consecutive Time

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2021 by itnerd

Today Commvault, a recognized global enterprise leader in Intelligent Data Services across on-premises, cloud, and SaaS environments, announced that Gartner has named the company as a “Leader” in its most recent report: “2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions.” 

The 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions recognizes the dynamic backup and recovery market, focusing on a large range of workloads and capabilities from vendors in the space. 

To read the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions report, visit: https://www.commvault.com/itleaders

Gartner, 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software Solutions, Jerry Rozeman, Santhosh Rao, Nik Simpson and Michael Hoeck, July 19, 2021.

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The Gartner Magic Quadrant report was titled “Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions” from 2016-2020.