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Microsoft not the Feds
WASHINGTON — Microsoft organized 35 nations on Tuesday to take down one of the world’s largest botnets — malware that secretly seizes control of millions of computers around the globe. It was an unusual disruption of an internet criminal group, because it was carried out by a company, not a government.
The action, eight years in the making, was aimed at a criminal group called Necurs, believed to be based in Russia. Microsoft employees had long tracked the group as it infected nine million computers around the world, hijacking them to send spam emails intended to defraud unsuspecting victims. The group also mounted stock market scams and spread ransomware, which locks up a computer until the owner pays a fee.
“Rapidly, they (Microsoft) took over or froze six million domain names that Necurs was using or had inventoried for future attacks.” A domain name can be a website — www.nytimes.com is a legitimate one, for example — but Necurs had created an algorithm to spawn millions of new domains, often with deceptive names, for future use against unsuspecting victims. Microsoft engineers had cracked the code.
Strategic and Financial Benefits
The strategic and financial benefits of a combination between Xerox and HP are self-evident.
After listening to HP’s shareholders, Xerox has increased its offer to:
$24.00 per share | $18.40 in cash and 0.149 Xerox shares for each HP share*
*Based on Xerox’s closing share price of $37.68 on February 6, 2020.
AMD soars on 7nm product roadmap
New products on the way: Zen 2 CPUs, third-gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors, AMD X570 chipset, RDNA gaming architecture, and the Radeon RX 5700-series gaming graphics card.
Cowen analyst Matthew Ramsey weighs in on what the roadmap means for AMD and competitor Intel (INTC -0.9%): “With 7nm Ryzen 3 PC and Rome server CPUs launching in mid-2019, Intel will no longer be able to rely on its n-node silicon advantage, and will instead lean on its incumbency and breadth of silicon as its 10nm chips are not expected out until late 2019 in PCs and 2020 in servers.”
World Wide Web Runs on Apache ~ Open Source (Free)
The Apache HTTP Server, colloquially called Apache (/əˈpætʃi/ ə-PATCH-ee), is free and open-source cross-platform web server software, released under the terms of Apache License 2.0. Apache is developed and maintained by an open community of developers under the auspices of the Apache Software Foundation.
The vast majority of Apache HTTP Server instances run on a Linux distribution, but current versions also run on Windows and a wide variety of Unix-like systems. Past versions also ran on OpenVMS, NetWare, OS/2and other operating systems.
Originally based on the NCSA HTTPd server, development of Apache began in early 1995 after work on the NCSA code stalled. Apache played a key role in the initial growth of the World Wide Web, quickly overtaking NCSA HTTPd as the dominant HTTP server, and has remained most popular since April 1996. In 2009, it became the first web server software to serve more than 100 million websites. As of August 2018, it was estimated to serve 39% of all active websites and 35% of the top million websites.[
Switch in heavy trading after narrow revenue miss, light guidance
Switch (NYSE:SWCH) is switching from positive to negative and back again on robust after-hours volume following a Q4 report where it narrowly missedrevenue expectations after ticking up just short of 4%.
The company swung to an operating gain of $16.9M from a year-ago loss of $54.6M; this year’s total saw an impact of $7.5M in equity-based compensation expense, vs. $79.9M a year ago.
Net income was $11.2M, vs. last year’s loss of $60.3M. EBITDA came to $53.6M, up slightly from a year-ago $51.1M, and EBITDA margin rose to 52% from 51.4%.
Churn rose to 0.4% from 0.3%.
Total debt was $524.5M, and liquidity as of Dec. 31 was $581.6M.
For the full year, it’s guiding to revenue of $436M-$445M (8.5% growth at the midpoint, and light of expectations for $449.9M), EBITDA of $217M-$223M (50% margin at the midpoint) and capex of $210M-$260M.
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