"Port 1984 (El Reg presumes the port number is pure coincidence)"
I assumed that someone at the NSA has a dark sense of humor.
Rackspace has patched an arbitrary code execution bug in its Windows environment, following an advisory from CloudPassage. CloudPassage discovered that the Rackspace Windows Agent and Updater allowed unauthenticated users to upload a modified version of the agent binary to Rackspace Cloud Server instances. The modified code …
This kind of thing is why automatic updates scare me. Every update service is essentially a backdoor which you're just supposed to trust will only be used for benevolent purposes. Anything goes wrong (either with their security or their ethics) and a huge number of computers can be pwned all at once.