Data center groups push for LEED cert; IT channel news in brief

Big wigs drag LEED into data centers; Canonical, HP work on Ubuntu server certification; F-Secure slammed by SQL injection.

IT channel headlines for Monday, Feb. 16, 2009

Big wigs drag LEED into data centers

The data center community recently joined forces to petition the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to adopt a green building certification for data centers, reports The goal of data center groups, including The Green Grid, the Uptime Institute and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), is to develop a rating system for green data centers that the USGBC would adopt under its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

Canonical, HP work on Ubuntu server certification

Canonical Ltd. says it's working with Hewlett-Packard Co. to win server certification for Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is a favorite among Linux desktop users, but Canonical hopes for credibility on the server as well. Certification on HP ProLiant servers would mean that HP could list Ubuntu as a supported operating system and verify full compatibility.

F-Secure slammed by SQL injection

Last week, F-Secure Corp. was the latest victim in a series of SQL injection attacks targeting security firms, according to

A Romanian hacker detailed the attack on F-Secure's website in a posting on the forum. The anonymous hacker said he viewed some statistics regarding past virus activity after exploiting coding errors on F-Secure, a Helsinki, Finland-based antivirus vendor's website. The hacker said the website was vulnerable to both SQL injection and cross-site scripting attacks. F-Secure, an Internet services and computer security software vendor, confirmed the breach but characterized it as a low-level threat. The server was taken down for an investigation.

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