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CERT NZ Reports Highest Ever Quarterly Financial Losses to Cyber Crime

In a busy fourth quarter of 2021 for cyber trolls, New Zealanders reported 3,977 cyber incidents, a 92% increase on the third quarter, according to CERT NZ.

NZ Companies to Write Off Millions in Cloud Investment

A change in financial reporting standards means that companies who had previously recorded cloud-based infrastructure as an asset on their books, are being forced to reclassify it as an expense.

DCI Data Centers Secures 5-Hectare Site in Auckland

American company DCI is joining the likes of Amazon and Microsoft in building not one, but two big new datacenters in Auckland. The two investments are expected to bring over $600 million to the Auckland region.

Log4Shell Exploit Found in Popular Java Logging Library

Originally discovered by some bright spark at Alibaba, the vulnerability was reported to the Apache Software Foundation on December 9th, who gave it a CVSS rating of 10, the highest possible score. Dubbed “Log4Shell”, and christened with an awe-inspiring MS Paint logo, the vulnerability has been described as “the single biggest, most critical vulnerability of the last decade”, due to the library’s widespread usage.

Amazon Web Services Experiences Global Outages; CERT NZ Releases Report

In another series of platform outages, AWS has this morning been experiencing downtime. The issues have been reported to affect sites including Facebook, Amazon, McDonalds, and several gaming platforms, according to Downdetector:

German Government Adopts Open-Source Strategy

Nextcloud is sending their congratulations to the German government for adopting measures to increase the use of open-source software in public IT projects, with “an eye towards Digital Sovereignty of the German government”:

Google Cloud Suffers Global Outage

According to Internet monitoring sites Pingdom and Downdetector, multiple major websites have been experiencing outages today, apparently as a result of a Google Cloud outage. According to Internet tracking website NetBlocks, the outage is:

ASB Signs on with Microsoft for Cloud Services

After posting a record profit of $1.321 billion dollars back in August, ASB has decided to sign on with Microsoft as an anchor tenant for their yet-to-be-completed Auckland datacenter. This follows ACC signing up last month as part of an all-of-government agreement between Microsoft and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram Suffer Global Outage

Major social media services are suffering outages today, further highlighting the importance of decentralised services. It’ll likely be a while before anyone figures out exactly Whatsappened, but security researcher Brian Krebs seems to think the following: