Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:
Kenneth G. Brill, founder of the Uptime Institute, died on Tuesday. He was 68. Brill is credited with defining the modern data center, with innovations in energy efficiency and creating a tiered system to measure data center productivity.
A technique shown at the Black Hat security conference shows how HTTPS cryptography is open to a new attack, which allows hackers to steal e-mail addresses and some security credentials from the encrypted pages in 30 seconds.
Cisco acquired Composite Software, Inc., makers of data virtualization software and services. Cisco says the acquisition will expand its portfolio of Smart Services. Cisco paid $180 million in cash and retention-based incentives for the Composite shares.
At the Black Hat security conference, Trend Micro researcher Kyle Wilhoit said attackers are targeting industrial control systems connected to the Internet. He created a honeypot system to attract attackers and used a tool to track information on their systems.