Level3 Up and Running!

We added a 10Gbps link to Level3 at our One Wilshire location yesterday. Routes are up and we’re pushing almost 1Gbps through select prefixes. Wow I’m so exited about these great routes that Level3 brings in!






Apple keyboards hacked at Black Hat/Defcon

While most networking pros worry about firewalls and anti-malware software, a new keyboard hack promises to completely ignore all such protections. At the Black Hat and Defcon computer security conferences in Las Vegas, a hacker has demonstrated a hacked Apple keyboard that can log keystrokes and autonomously complete nefarious commands.

Apple keyboards have 8K of Flash memory along with 256 bytes of RAM. K.Chen managed to fit his code into this miniscule space and activates the software with a few taps of the return key. Since the software runs inside the keyboard, no batteries are required and the malware is undetectable from the operating system.

Chen included code in the PDF of his talk and the link is included at the end of the article. So what can you do with this hacked keyboard? Chen said you can disable keys, intentionally brick the keyboard and of course record the keystrokes to both flash (more than a 1000 keystrokes) and RAM (approximately a couple dozen keystrokes).

Chen showed off his hacked keyboard in the press room and Charlie Demerjian of Semi Accurate and George Ou of Digital Society managed to record a demonstration.

Bloody hell… Trojan horse (not) on the Defcon CD

Update August 2 2009

After being warned about a possible Trojan horse on the Defcon CD, a few malware analysts ripped through the CD contents looking for the file.  It was pretty amazing seeing the two guys work.  One used a Mac laptop while the other ran the PDF in a VMWare session.  They zeroed in on a few files and looked at the binary information along with the connections the file was trying to make.  In the end, both figured out that the trojan horse warning was just a false positive.  Crisis adverted.


Well that’s just great, the Defcon CD has a confirmed Trojan horse and everyone has been told to not view/use the files. I guess it shouldn’t come as any surprise that a hacking convention would have a hacked CD. The danger here is that there are federal agents and security professionals here with some serious information on their laptops.


We’re at Defcon, Las Vegas

Protecting our network and your servers is top priority for our Abuse Department. We’re here in Las Vegas learning security tricks from the best professionals in the world. For the next three days, we’ll be posting the latest news that can help you secure your servers.

New Reseller Panel Added to Vault

We have added a new Reseller Inventory Panel to our Vault control center. The Reseller Inventory list allows all our Resellers to view our entire server stock as well as any Rapid Deployment servers. Rapid Deployment servers are already pre-configured servers that are ready to go within 30 minutes! Resellers can simply order these by the server name based on their desired specification!

New Crystal Package Xeon X5472

Our HiDefServers.com line has been updated with the new Xeon X5472 processor. Head over to http://www.hidefservers.com/crystal_package.php to check it out. Use Coupon code “CRYSTAL30” to receive 30% off each month!! Limited time offer while supplies last!

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New X5472 Packages

We received another shipment of a new Xeon X5472 package that we will be offering for both Krypt.com and HiDefServers.com (Crystal Package). The X series Xeon CPU from Intel is unique in that the processor can be overclocked because the CPU multiplier is unlocked but you pay a small price of added heat output. We won’t be overclocking any CPU’s though to preserve longevity of the processor  =)

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New Krypt Website Launched!

Hey Everyone!

Today we have released our new and improved Krypt Website!  We have been building this for months and are excited to say it is finally LIVE!  Go ahead and navigate around the site to see what we have to offer!  Our web team has been putting in countless hours towards the launch of the site and I have to say, they have done a fantastic job!

Any feedback you have or bugs you find, please let us know!

Stay cool guys!

Welcome To The Official VPLS.net Blog

Hey Everyone! Welcome to the new VPLS.net blog! We’ll be updating this daily with the latest in new hardware, tours of our datacenters and offices, tips and tricks to managing your server, and much much more! We’re very excited to start interacting more with our customers and sharing everything we know with them to make their experience with Krypt more comfortable and relaxing.

To start off, I think I will go ahead and introduce myself a little bit just so you know who you’re talking to here. My name is Chris Geiger and I am a software developer at VPLS Inc. I develop our internal systems for managing the thousands of servers we have in our datacenters. Many of my projects involve creating graphing tools and many other tools to help improve productivity for the employees here at VPLS. I started here at VPLS in 2007 and have watched an amazing company grow from a mom and pop company into a huge enterprise. When I first started we were only at a few hundred servers with one datacenter. Two years later and we’ve hit the multiple thousand mark with 4 datacenters!

I hope you all stay tuned into our blog for lots of updates about our datacenters, hardware, and special coupon codes!

In my next blog post I will give you a tour of our Orange office!