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July 17, 2015

Patch Tuesday, techUK & Digital Realty: 3 things CBR didn’t believe this week

How a ratings leak revealed an acquisition plan.

By CBR Staff Writer

As school ends and people prepare to leave for their summer holidays, the British IT sector is making its last moves before a well deserved break. Here’s what caught us by surprise this week:

1. Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle rush fixes after Hacking Team leak

A number of vulnerabilities have emerged in the wake of a cyberattack on the Italian security firm Hacking Team, exposing a number of software companies.

This week Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle moved to tackle the problem with a wave of patches fixing the errors (some of which had exploit code in the wild) as well as many related to other problems. This was also the last Patch Tuesday for Windows Serve 2003, which is now out of support.

2. Jacqueline de Rojas named techUK President

Amidst ongoing difficulties recruiting women to the IT sector the lobby group techUK named Citrix VP Jacqueline de Rojas as its president.

techUK CEO Julian David said: "We’re delighted to welcome Jacqueline to her new role as President of the techUK main board. Her passion and enthusiasm for tech will be of enormous value to techUK and the whole industry."

3. Did accidental post reveal data centre takeover impact

A change in the investment rating of Digital Realty inadvertently gave away its intention to buy Telx Group.

A statement released by Fitch Ratings was hastily retracted, prompting Tiny Haynes, research director at Gartner, to say: "Digital Realty Trust is highlighting the underlying trend REITs [Real Estate Investment Trusts] are moving to smaller co-location deals."

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