S.E.A. vs. ASA – Syrian Electronic Army Cyber-Attacks NYTimes.com, Twitter

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This is why Internet security is more imperative than ever.

Just yesterday, an electronic hacktivist group known as the S.E.A. (Syrian Electronic Army) seemingly compromised both The New York TImes’ and Twitter’s websites.

It started around late afternoon yesterday, when Forbes and Gawker began posting about the incident. Apparently, upon visiting NYTimes.com, some users found an ominous screenshot of an SEA emblem and a declaration that the page was “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.” Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the world-famous news publication tweeted that yes, this was likely an external malicious attack.

Twitter, who has been the victim of recent SEA cyber attacks–including the hijacking of BBC, 60 Minutes, AP, and Reuters feeds–was targeted once again and fell victim yesterday as well. This time, DNS records for their image server, twimg.com, were compromised and renamed to state “sea@sea.sy” as being the admin. This caused image-serving requests to be sent to someone else’s server. Thankfully, the hacktivists were not able to redirect Twitter’s main server traffic:

It was then announced later on that the Times’ DNS (domain name server) registrar was attacked, a company called Melbourne IT; this is the same registrar that Twitter uses. So, because Melbourne IT was hacked, SEA had access to both Twitter and NYTimes DNS records.

The SEA are what the NYTimes defines as “a hacker collective that supports the Syrian president, Bashar, al-Assad” (via NYTimes.com). One of the more recent tweets coming from the above account states that “the @nytimes attack was going to deliver an anti-war message but our server couldn’t last for 3 minutes #SEA.” Whatever the case, two very powerful and influential online media outlets were just hijacked in the same day, allegedly from another country.

At planIT HARDWARE, we sell Cisco ASA’s (adaptive security appliances) and similar units, to provide any datacenter or business with a reliable piece of IT security hardware. As the manufacturer puts it, ASA’s “deliver a robust suite of highly integrated, market-leading security services for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprises, service providers, and mission-critical data centers- in addition to providing unprecedented services flexibility, modular scalability, feature extensibility, and lower deployment and operations costs.” Our units are sturdy and reliable and just what you need to keep a secure server going in your business.

So, whether you’re a vendor or an SMB looking for reliable hardware, remember: it’s always smart to wear protection.

Good Call: Video Conferencing and How “Back to the Future Pt II” Predictions Were Right

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The 1989 sci-fi classic Back to the Future Pt II has become increasingly more relevant in the last few years. In the film, Marty McFly and the Doc travel forward to the year 2015. With only two years to go until the duo’s date of arrival, people are chomping at the bit for a hoverboard more than ever. In having to construct a vision of the future to set the movie in, Director Robert Zemeckis and his team ended up inventing, interpreting and incorporating a lot of technology and trends that have since become a present reality. Today, we’re going to focus on one innovation in particular.

Even as far back as the advent of The Jetsons, people have been daydreaming and clamoring for personal, digital technological advancements…in both the home and the office. One of the most common desires: video calling. While Skype has pioneered the home part, Cisco has had a handle on the office game for quite some time now. According to CTO Guido Jouret, Cisco TelePresence has been integrated into 75% of the Fortune 500. Cisco’s TelePresence technology makes it possible to have high-definition video calls that are about as interactive as it gets, short of meeting in person. It is this kind of technology that brought Michael J. Fox and Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) together on screen. It is this kind of technology that allows for someone in New Jersey to teach live to students in South Korea, for the Brown University Freshman to stay connected to her family while figuring out the difference between sociology and psychology, for the President to take a meeting while maybe finally finishing that pen-and-ink sketch of a snowy barn he’s been working on (everyone has to unwind). Whatever the function, Cisco has made Zemeckis’ and many a fanboy’s dream of video calling come true…and it’s not even October 21st, 2015 yet.

planIT HARDWARE carries stock of Cisco CTS-1000, along with other TelePresence units, so contact us for a quote today!

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No Messing with a G-unit

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The G-unit is a type of high-end switch, comprised of several Ethernet ports that are all infused with gigabit speeds. A veritable entourage of ports allows these units to reach speeds of Ethernet connectivity that surpass its megabit-capacity counterparts. These ports allow data to be transferred rapidly, fired back and forth across a network. Protect yo neck.

With today’s high-traffic network demands, and in a time where digital multitasking is more available (and expected) than ever, a G-unit is an invaluable device to provide the necessary bandwidth. Let’s say you walk into the conference room and are asked to give a presentation…but you’re giving that presentation not just to everyone in the room, but also to the clients in Asia via an IP video call; you’re sending out an outline to everyone present; you’re pulling the website up to demonstrate recent changes made to the user interface. The power of Gigabit Ethernet that a G-unit can provide can make all of this possible for multiple devices at once.

No one can mess with the G-unit.

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Cicada Season: A New Brood of PowerConnect Switches Emerges

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It’s been said that some areas can average up to 1.5 million cicadas per acre; that’s a lot at once. Here at planIT, we’ll occasionally get large, incoming swarms of IT hardware, both new-in-box and new-out-of-box and also refurbished.

Recently, we received a brood of Dell 3548 PowerConnect 3500 Series Switches.

Locust? More like, low cost. We’re fully stocked with these bad boy switches, and since we’re planIT HARDWARE, they’re going to be about 80% less than the list price. The 3548P is a 48-port stackable switch that is capable of supplying power to PoE-enabled devices like WiFi access points. So what are you waiting for? Come plague us with inquiries and orders!

Cisco UBR-MC20X20V-20D Just Landed

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Cisco  UBR-MC20X20V-20D just landed at planIT Hardware.  They use Cisco’s DOCSIS 3.0 which delivers faster speeds and higher density while also having a lower total cost of ownership. For those of you looking to prep your networks for massive growth of IP traffic look no further.

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How Can We Help You? – Shipping and Other Accommodations

How can we help you?

No, seriously…how can we help you?

Do you need to purchase equipment for your data center? Perhaps you have dreams of a powerful home wireless network. Maybe you’re another vendor, just like us, and you’re looking to add to your inventory.

I’ve got ya–I’m here for you. Well, actually, planIT HARDWARE’s got you. We’re all here for you—whatever your need may be. You see, we can be very accommodating, much like a lush hotel.

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As far as shipping goes, we offer every option under (and above) the sun. Need your item the very next day? We offer a range of same-day services and work with all of the big names: USPS, DSL, FedEx, UPS. We can offer international air freight, next day priority, standard overnight…any option that our shipping providers offer. We can even offer same-day courier services.

planIT HARDWARE will bend over backwards to suit your needs. Ask as many questions as you need, offer us a trade, try negotiating with us even (like a good masseuse, we’re tough yet tender–but we’ll do it if it’s a good deal!). We’re flexible and open to hear you out and have been known to make special accommodations before. So, reach out to us today and let’s see what we can’t do for you there! *cracks knuckles*

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Technology Through The Gates

horsemindRobert Miller, DVM,  said horses might have the fastest reaction time of any domesticated animal, which likely results from evolving with flight (an innate instinct to run from things) as their main defense mechanism. It only makes sense then that horses are the ultimate racing beast upon which we ride.

With Derby season descending upon us, the world is all abuzz about horses right now; someone here in our office even named their hypothetical dream racehorse “Hoof-Hearted”–I know, totally immature…

But with all this horse talk and equine matters on the mind, we found ourselves chomping at the bit to discuss the merits of the Cisco NPE-G2 Network Processing Engine and its processing speed that rivals even the maned competitors.

The NPE-G2:

–Performs twice as well as the prior model, the G1

–Has a processing speed that reaches 2 million pps (packets per second)

–Provides three fixed Gigabit Ethernet ports and optical ports that maximize LAN connectivity without consuming any     bandwidth points

As you can see, this thing is a horse. No, really, it’s a horse.

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