CloudFlare

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CloudFlare
Cloudflare-logo-horizontal.png
Founded July 2009 (2009-07)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Founder(s) Matthew Prince
Lee Holloway
Michelle Zatlyn
Key people Matthew Prince (CEO)
Lee Holloway
Michelle Zatlyn
Industry Internet
Products CloudFlare
Services Website performance,
security-as-a-service
Website www.cloudflare.com
Alexa rank Increase 1,202 (September 2014)

CloudFlare is a company which provides a content delivery network and distributed domain name server, sitting between the visitor and the CloudFlare user's hosting provider, thus acting as a reverse proxy for websites. The service is marketed as providing security, as well as improving website performance and speed.

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CloudFlare uses a modified version of Nginx as a key technology.[1] As of July 2014, it said it had 28 data centers.[2]

While CloudFlare's main business is protecting customers from DoS attacks, they also provide other services like a web application firewall (WAF). A report by Zero Science Lab from 2013 comparing web application firewalls found that CloudFlare's WAF is less effective than ModSecurity and Incapsula.[3]

History[edit]

CloudFlare was created in 2009 by Matthew Prince, Lee Holloway, and Michelle Zatlyn,[4][5] who had previously worked on Project Honey Pot.[5][6] CloudFlare was launched at the September 2010 TechCrunch Disrupt conference.[4][5]

CloudFlare received media attention in June 2011, not all of it positive, after providing security to LulzSec's website.[4][7]

In July 2011, CloudFlare announced receiving $20 million in venture funding from New Enterprise Associates, Venrock, and Pelion Venture Partners.[8][9]

In October 2011, CloudFlare was named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company of 2011 by The Wall Street Journal.[10] The World Economic Forum (WEF) noted CloudFlare's "innovative algorithms" and ability to adapt in its "Technology Pioneers 2012" report.[11][12] The WEF called LulzSec's use of CloudFlare's services "a vote of confidence in CloudFlare's approach".[11][12]

In June 2012, the hacker group UGNazi attacked CloudFlare partially via flaws in Google's authentication systems, gaining administrative access to CloudFlare and using it to deface 4chan.[13][14]

In June 2014, CloudFlare acquired Ryan Lackey's company CryptoSeal.[15]

In June 2014, CloudFlare protected the "PopVote" website in Hong Kong against 300Gb/s of DDoS attacks that were meant to abort the voting process. Under its protection, more than 100,000 successful electronic votes were recorded within the first two hours of the voting process.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prince, Matthew (June 15, 2012). "Introducing SPDY". CloudFlare. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Joshua, Motta (July 22, 2014). "Listo! Medellin, Colombia: CloudFlare's 28th Data Center". CloudFlare. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Perez, Tony (9 March 2013). "Protect Your Website Vulnerabilities With a WAF – New Compairson Report – CloudFlare vs Incapsula vs ModSecurity". Tony on Security. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Henderson, Nicole (2011-06-17). "CloudFlare Gets an Unusual Endorsement from Hacker Group LulzSec". Webhost Industry Review. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. ^ a b c "Our story". CloudFlare. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  6. ^ "CloudFlare Beta". Project Honey Pot. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  7. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik (2011-06-10). "Web Security Start-Up Cloudflare Gets Buzz, Courtesy of LulzSec Hackers". All Things Digital. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  8. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik (2011-07-12). "Web Security Start-Up CloudFlare Lands $20 Million Funding Round". AllThingsD. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  9. ^ Milian, Mark (December 18, 2012). "Why a Fast-Growing Startup Tries to Keep Its Venture Funding Secret". Tech Deals. Bloomberg. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "CloudFlare Named Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company". CDN-Advisor.com. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Technology Pioneers 2012". World Economic Forum. September 2011. p. 8. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  12. ^ a b Anderson, Nate (2011-09-01). "CloudFlare named "tech pioneer" after protecting LulzSec website". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  13. ^ Simcoe, Luke (2012-06-14). "The 4chan breach: How hackers got a password through voicemail". Maclean's. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  14. ^ Ms. Smith (2012-06-03). "Hacktivists UGNazi attack 4chan, CloudFlare and Wounded Warrior Project". Privacy and Security Fanatic. NetworkWorld. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  15. ^ "CloudFlare Acquires CryptoSeal". CloudFlare. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  16. ^ "力保佔中公投系統運作 CloudFlare CEO分享抗黑客實錄". House News. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  17. ^ "Cyberattack on Occupy Central poll is 'most sophisticated onslaught ever seen'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 

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