Linux Cryptominer Uses Virtual Machines to Attack Windows, macOS

bleepingcomputer | June 20, 2019

A new cryptocurrency mining malware dubbed LoudMiner uses virtualization software to deploy a Linux XMRig coinminer variant on Windows and macOS systems via a Tiny Core Linux virtual machine.The malware comes bundled within cracked copies Windows and macOS VST software such as Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live, Sylenth1, Nexus, Reaktor, and AutoTune. LoudMiner is distributed via an attacker-controlled website which currently links to 137 VST-related apps, 42 of them for Windows and 95 for the macOS platform, all of them frequently updated and hosted on 29 servers, as discovered by ESET Research's detection engineer Michal Malik.

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As communications service providers move forward on their digital transformation journey, more IT and virtualization technology is being adopted to manage telco workloads. In this interview, Michael Kragen, the CTO at Mellanox, discusses how CSPs are transforming their infrastructure to enable new use cases and next-generation services.

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As communications service providers move forward on their digital transformation journey, more IT and virtualization technology is being adopted to manage telco workloads. In this interview, Michael Kragen, the CTO at Mellanox, discusses how CSPs are transforming their infrastructure to enable new use cases and next-generation services.

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Scale Computing Partners with Wasabi Technologies

Scale Computing | June 22, 2022

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Centrica Modernizes Applications with VMware Tanzu

VMware | June 17, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced today that it is assisting Centrica in its aim to help consumers live more sustainably, easily, and inexpensively by improving insight into the company's cloud-native apps running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Centrica can receive deeper insights and trends into their platforms thanks to VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, enabling an easier road to new products and services. Centrica uses VMware to provide analytics through easy dashboards on smart home apps, allowing its clients to utilize energy more effectively. Tanzu Observability gives Centrica a consistent perspective of their various, dispersed AWS environments, enabling them to swiftly obtain actionable business information (BI) and keep business-critical services operational for their customers. The Centrica team used Tanzu Observability to address problems that impeded app development early in the lifecycle. Tanzu Observability also promotes a uniform approach to security and, according to the business, has assisted Centrica in achieving a 25% decrease in monthly cloud costs by aggregating underutilized resources. “We needed to monitor the performance of our AWS infrastructure and empower the development team with a better understanding of customer demands. Tracking trends and patterns in customer behavior is vital to develop new releases that are more relevant to customers. We adopted Tanzu Observability to set up alerts, troubleshoot problems, and provide meaningful real-time dashboards to monitor system health. In turn, we were able to shift from reactive to proactive IT management and our teams were able to focus on delivering new services to our customers.” Christopher Livermore, head of operations at Centrica Tanzu Observability provides enterprises with a complete view of their whole AWS infrastructure, including AWS Lambda and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), with easier AWS Marketplace consumption. Customers of both VMware and AWS can benefit from increased visibility and extra insights into AWS, on-premises, and hybrid environments with Tanzu Observability at every point of their cloud journey. With out-of-the-box dashboards and alert conditions, AWS clients can quickly see metrics, events, tracing, or other data sources as a first glass pane for quicker problem identification and resolution with applied intelligence throughout their whole stack. Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Modern Applications & Management Business Group, VMware said that, “Businesses today are defined by the digital services they deliver. Tanzu Observability is empowering developers at organizations who are optimizing their application modernization efforts on AWS for speed, quality, and security in support of their journey to become a digital enterprise. Providing Tanzu Observability through AWS Marketplace gives our joint customers the flexibility to scale their observability needs as they progress along their AWS cloud journey.”

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Mavenir | May 30, 2022

Mavenir, the network software company transforming the way the world connects by contributing to the growth of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud, today announced that it has won the SCF Small Cell Awards 2022 for Significant Contributions to Emerging Technology or Architecture for its design and delivery of the first fully containerized small cell Open Virtualized Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) for indoor and outdoor connectivity. Mavenir's containerized Open vRAN solution is the first of its type, combining Open RAN compatibility with container mobility and flexibility. This small cell solution applies the same forward-thinking ideas that have had substantial benefits in macro networks to small cell networks. The adoption of a containerized solution is an important step in the development of connectivity, as it shifts away from physical infrastructure and toward a digital cloud-based environment. Containers advance virtualization by enabling network workloads to operate anywhere: on-premise, private cloud, or public cloud. The same solution may be readily migrated to a new platform with no modifications, resulting in the optimum resource usage at the best pricing. Containerization gives more flexibility while also providing considerable advantages in terms of deployment time and cost. Moving network operations to a new platform takes just minutes. The combination of Open RAN with containerization in a single architecture results in: By reducing the profitability barrier for small cell installations, new income sources are created. more task management flexibility increased supplier pool and promotion of innovation “The judges were excited by this solution because it has combined two important technologies in a way that contributes to a key goal for operators – fully distributed load and traffic management. This will be very important for making virtualized small cell networks scalable and efficient.” Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Technology Research

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