UPDATE: Link to full details from the source. https://blog.cloudflare.com/incident-report-on-memory-leak-caused-by-cloudflare-parser-bug/
In a major information security announcement earlier this week, it was revealed that CloudFlare (a large firewall and content distribution service) has been inadvertently leaking data from websites utilizing their services. The data leaks apparently started in September 2016 and were finally discovered and mitigated February 18, 2017.
Potential data exposure includes passwords, website cookies, personal information and a wide variety of other data points.
How Data Surfaced
The data leak was the result of roughly 3,400 websites in CloudFlare’s customer base becoming transmitters of random data from potentially ANY of CloudFlare’s 5.5M customer websites directly into pages and search results. Leaked data would appear as random garbage text/images within pages of the affected sites and within search result text on Google, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines.
What This Means
Anyone visiting any website which used CloudFlare during this time could have been a victim of data exposure. This includes major websites and services like Uber, Salesforce, Cisco, OkCupid, and many others.
Based on the depth and length of this leak, NetTech recommends changing passwords on important accounts and recycling logins on mobile devices. Logging out of apps and back in will reset session validation data that may have been exposed to third parties by such a leak.
NetTech has already recycled all of our hosted website user account sessions as one step to mitigate potential data exposure.
The breadth and impact of data leaked as a result of this security hole may not be seen for weeks or months. We urge our customers, colleagues and friends to update your credentials on any accounts with access to financial or sensitive information.
An in-depth article explaining the details of the leak was written by WordFence, a WordPress cybersecurity provider, and is available at the link below:
The Hacker News channel on YCombinator has the latest insider comments on the leak and its potential impact:
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Exciting Announcement from NetTech
NetTech, our area’s leading technology services provider, announced today that it has completed a merger of operations with Business Technology Group. The merger provides new growth opportunities for NetTech, as well as strengthens our complementary service lines through new technology offerings.
“This merger allows NetTech to expand our products, services and teams, and strengthens our methodical, proactive approach towards our customers’ technology environments, enabling us to offer true solutions to customer needs, not just products,” said Tom Bullock, President of NetTech.
The principals at Business Technology Group have developed a stellar reputation while delivering successful projects for Ruston area customers year after year. This history makes them a perfect fit for the NetTech team, and we are excited to have them. BTG has long been an area leader in Phone Systems/Service and IP Voice networks, and we look forward to immediately offering these new products to the Monroe area. Further, the added capacity from the merger and the resulting growth of both our ownership and technical teams will allow us to be more proactive in our support, more personal with our customers, and will enhance redundancy among our support personnel and roles.
Again, everyone at NetTech is excited about our new partners Aaron Paul, Tim Soto, and Cody Davis, as well as the whole team at Business Technology Group, and we look forward to a continued relationship with your business.