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RAID != Backup

Published: 2009-01-03
Last Updated: 2009-01-04 16:09:54 UTC
by Rick Wanner (Version: 1)
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Reader Tomasz sent in a message discussing the demise of JournalSpace.  JournalSpace was a relatively small player in the whole blogging boom, but the interesting bit is what caused their demise.  Their main database was RAID-1, in other words mirrored to another drive, For reasons that are not entirely clear, both the primary disk and the mirror were overwritten. Speculation is a malicious insider is responsible.  Software error is also a possibility.

While this is sad, the important lesson from this is that RAID is not a substitute for a good backup strategy. Your data is your business...If your business is important to you, you should have a comprehensive backup strategy that involves daily backups and most importantly offsite storage of backups.

 

-- Rick Wanner rwanner at isc dot sans dot org

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Gaza<->Israel Defacements/Hacks

Published: 2009-01-03
Last Updated: 2009-01-04 00:08:06 UTC
by Rick Wanner (Version: 1)
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Emails have been trickling into the ISC with information about the ongoing Cyberwar accompanying the Israel and Gaza conflict. Predictibly it started off with defacements, and denial of service attacks, and has escalated to hacks.  Information received today indicates that the Cyberwar has extended beyond the Israeli servers that were predominantly the targets of the initial attacks to include websites and servers in Iran as well as high profile Western targets.

If you are the admin for high profile websites in any of these areas I would recommend being extra vigilant...keep an eye on your webserver and firewall logs for signs of possible attack.

-- Rick Wanner rwanner at isc dot sans dot org

Keywords: defacement hack
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