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    [EN] Sabotage attempt thwarted at Microsoft data center


    Outside the Microsoft cloud computing site in Boydton, Virginia


    By SUSAN KYTE | SovaNow.com
    February 04, 2017

    An employee conducting a routine safety check Thursday afternoon at the Microsoft data center in Boydton stopped what authorities describe as an attempted sabotage of one of the newest buildings under construction at the cloud computing site.

    Wiring inside a panel box, which supplies power to the building, was “crossed,” according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Had power been turned on to the building, there would have been an electrical explosion, and flying debris and the resulting flash could have killed anyone standing within 40 feet of the box.

    MCSO Sgt. Andy Ramsey said he and Investigator Andy Moseley were called to the plant Friday morning after a worker discovered the problem in Building 7, also known at the site as BN7. Ramsey said from what he saw and was told by officials with both Microsoft and its general contractor, Hensel Phelps, someone with electrical knowledge intentionally tampered with the box.

    Hensel Phelps Construction Co. is overseeing the construction of the Boydton data facility. The company, based in Greeley, Colorado, is one of the largest general contractors and construction managers in the United States.

    While company officials have pegged the damage between $50,000 and $60,000, Ramsey said, they were more concerned that had an explosion occurred, lives could have been lost.

    Ramsey said the panel box had not been activated — no current was running to the box — even though it was initially installed in November.

    He said Moseley is working with Microsoft officials to determine who had access to the building as well as who installed or might have worked on the panel box in question. They’re reviewing data from swipe cards, security cameras and more.
    This is not the first instance where a worker at the plant has attempted to disrupt work at the site, Ramsey said, adding that so far, company officials and investigators have no motive for the attack.

    “We’re in the early stages of the investigation,” Ramsey said.

    This case is the latest to highlight the challenge that businesses like Microsoft face in trying to protect their computing networks from rogue insiders and those with privileged access to systems.

    Ramsey said officials he spoke to have acknowledged that dealing with such threats is a challenge despite the many safety standards they’ve implemented. Typically, these measures slow down construction as they investigate and install new controls for monitoring access to both the buildings and the equipment housed inside.

    Since 2010, Microsoft has invested nearly $2 billion in its cloud computing data center located on U.S. 58 in Boydton. The project has created more than 250 permanent, non-construction related jobs and another 300-800 construction jobs, depending on the pace of work underway. Microsoft’s Mecklenburg County site is said to be one of the world’s largest cloud computing facilities.

    Microsoft’s original project in 2010 involved an investment of up to $499 million and created 50 new jobs. In 2011, the company invested $150 million more to expand the site, and in 2013 it announced a third, $348 million expansion. In June 2014, Microsoft invested another $346.7 million and was projected to create 90 new jobs. A fourth expansion came in November 2015, when the company invested $402.4 million and reported 42 new jobs created.

    A year later, in November 2016, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant said it was investing an additional $251.6 million to expand the Boydton data center and bring 44 new jobs to the community.

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    Esta foto é de um data center da Amazon. Qual a probabilidade da Microsoft usar a mesma grade?



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    Ou será que a foto atribuida à Amazon é um data center da Microsoft?




    ITPACs da Microsoft em Boydton

    "... the site will include both regular old data center buildings as well as some of these cool modules, which the company calls ITPACs" (2013)

    https://www.wired.com/2013/02/boydton/
    Última edição por 5ms; 07-02-2017 às 23:42.

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