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LeaseWeb responds to MegaUpload tweets

Thu, 20th June 2013, 05:14

Kim Dotcom has taken to Twitter to vent his anger that one of the web hosting company used by Megaupload has wiped 690 servers of user data, allegedly without warning. Dotcom called the deletion by LeaseWeb "the largest data massacre in the history of the Internet caused by the US government, the Department of Justice and Dutch web hosting company LeaseWeb.

 

LeaseWeb Responds 

Alex de Joode (LeaseWeb's Senior Regulatory Counsel) responded to Dotcom's Tweets in a LeaswWeb blogpost. 

On Twitter today we saw Kim Dotcom tweeting some statements saying LeaseWeb wiped data from dedicated servers formerly in use by his storage service MegaUpload. I think this calls for a reaction.

First of all, we appreciate the long period of time MegaUpload has been a valued customer. Secondly, we hope Kim Dotcom will succeed in copying his success and his innovative business ideas to his new storage market initiative.

 

630 dedicated servers

Having said this, let me explain what happened in the last couple of months. Although we didn’t mention the client name before officially, we now feel we have to respond. When Megaupload was taken offline, 60 servers owned by MegaUpload were directly confiscated by the FIOD and transported to the US. Next to that, MegaUpload still had 630 rented dedicated servers with LeaseWeb. For clarity, these servers were not owned by MegaUpload, they were owned by LeaseWeb. For over a year these servers were being stored and preserved by LeaseWeb, at its own costs. So for over one whole year LeaseWeb kept 630 servers available, without any request to do so and without any compensation.

LeaseWeb has 60,000 servers under its management and more than 15,000 clients worldwide. The storage of the 630 servers – while a relatively small burden – must serve a purpose. During the year we stored the servers and the data, we received no request for access nor any request to retain the data. After a year of nobody showing any interest in the servers and data we considered our options. We did inform MegaUpload about our decision to re-provision the servers.

 

MegaUpload didn’t respond

As no response was received, we commenced the re-provisioning of the servers in February 2013. To minimize security risks and maximize the privacy of our clients, it is a standard procedure at LeaseWeb to completely clean servers before they are offered to any new customer.

We absolutely regret the setbacks Kim Dotcom has had since MegaUpload was taken offline, but we hope he as an entrepreneur will understand our side of the story and the decisions deliberately taken. (end)

Kim Dotcom responding to the post says

There was no warning before the data was zapped. Petabytes of data have been destroyed including crucial evidence for the Megaupload legal defense in the secondary copyright infringement case that he and three associates are fighting. 

Dotcom denies receiving notice from LeaseWeb that the servers were going to be wiped clean. "I have not received any such notice from LeaseWeb. Our legal team has provided LeaseWeb with several data preservation demands in order to prevent the destruction of evidence and to keep user data safe. What LeaseWeb has done is just wrong." 

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Sago Networks acquires Pennsylvania hosting provider Razor Servers

Wed, 19th June 2013, 13:22

Managed hosting, colocation and data center provider Sago Networks announced it has acquired Pennsylvania hosting provider Razor Servers for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition is the latest move in the company’s ongoing expansion strategy.

Founded in 2005, Razor Servers operates a 26,000 square-foot data center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, from which it offers a comprehensive suite of dedicated hosting, colocation, and cloud based services. Razor Servers is a leader in providing self-managed dedicated and cloud hosting services and are well known in the industry for providing fast and reliable services to their clients. “Acquiring not only the clients of Razor Servers but also their staff gives us a group of hosting professionals who can continue to bring their broad knowledge of the industry to the Sago Networks team” said Miller Cooper, Sago Networks President and CEO.

Sago Networks will integrate these services with its own operations while migrating all clients to their 200,000 square foot world class data center located in Atlanta Georgia. The Sago Networks data center, which is situated in one of the most well connected areas of the United States, provides direct access to many transit providers as well as peering. In addition to the facility improvements, Razor Servers clients will now benefit from 24/7 telephone support through the Atlanta and Tampa NOC locations staffed by Sago Networks.

Sago Networks acquisition of Razor Servers is strategic to its expansion plans, and strengthens its connection in to the world of dedicated and cloud based hosting solutions. The 200,000 square foot Sago Networks data center is SSAE 16 Type 2 compliant, is strategically located in the hub of the Southeast, and features virtually unmatched power and cooling capabilities in addition to its diverse carrier offerings.

 

 

Rackspace Response to Cloud Privacy & Government Surveillance Concerns

Tue, 11th June 2013, 12:37

The recent revelation that major tech/telecom firms are willfully participating in the U.S. government's vast and warrant-less surveillance of citizens may have web hosting clients speculating whether their particular web hosting company have also allowed warrant-less access to user data including email by governments.  Claims of valuing a customer's privacy, as bestowed in the Privacy Policy touted by the Terms of Service (ToS) of most web hosts, is certainly suspect as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Verizon, and the many other companies now under scrutiny, all claimed similar protections.

In-spite of the hypocrisy being demonstrated by certain firms, the importance of web hosts and network providers clarifying their stance regarding this behavior can't be understated.

 

Rackspace response to Cloud Privacy & Government Surveillance

By now practically everyone has heard about the so-called PRISM program run by the NSA and there has been a lot of discussion among lawyers, reporters, bloggers, academics and others about whether Internet companies can be forced by the government to access and disclose data which is stored by its customers in their cloud or dedicated hosted environments. This statement is intended to explain Rackspace’s view of the law, and our approach to the issue.

Rackspace has been in the hosting services business since 1998. We have a lot of experience with law enforcement requests for customer data, and we have an evolved approach to dealing with law enforcement requests for customer-owned content stored in the cloud at Rackspace.

Our primary guiding principle for responding to requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies (“LEA”) is the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution which states that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Further, we are very familiar with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) which controls how stored data is treated by providers.

Based on our interpretation of the Fourth Amendment and ECPA, we are of the view that Rackspace is prohibited from accessing and turning over customer data stored on a customer’s server or other storage device in a U.S. data center without a properly issued, lawful request ( e.g. search warrants, court orders, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Orders) from a U.S. court with appropriate jurisdiction over Rackspace and the data sought. This view applies to all LEA requests, including those under the PATRIOT Act. Rackspace’s interpretation of the law is based on the specific relationship that Rackspace has with its customers. By contract and in practice, Rackspace’s customers have full control over their servers and any data that may be stored on those servers. Rackspace does not have that control.

By agreement, our customers own and are responsible for the protection of data they store on their Rackspace servers against exposure and loss. This includes allowing them full control of the servers, including the ability to lock Rackspace out of the servers, control passwords used to access their data, and maintain the security of the data stored on those servers to the exclusion of others. Because of this, we take the view that, in legal terms, Rackspace has neither “possession” nor “care, custody and control” over customer stored data, and that we are legally prohibited from accessing that data on our own. It is also our position that we can’t give any customer data to third parties other than in compliance with a proper search warrant. Our experience over the past dozen or so years working with law enforcement, lawyers and our customers gives us a great deal of confidence in our position and approach. We have never been served with a blanket warrant, or anything close to it, that requires us to give data owned by multiple customers. This is true for all of our businesses. If we were served with such a warrant, we would fight it because it would be, by its very nature, overreaching and, given our business model and cloud architecture, nearly impossible to comply with. It just wouldn't make any sense.

That takes us back to the Fourth Amendment. A blanket warrant covering thousands of customers cannot possibly comply with the Fourth Amendment. Maybe that's why we have never seen one. We have seen a number of warrants over the years. All have been precise, directed at a particular, identifiable customer environment, and very clearly based on probable cause. Our dealings with LEA have been straight up and we have found them to be reasonable and respectful of privacy laws and our customer agreements. It has been distressing for us to read about the wholesale collection of data, because we think that stretches the Fourth Amendment in a particularly dangerous way. We hope that the White House and Congress will take a hard look at what has happened and how data is collected to ensure that our constitutional rights are protected.

Alan Schoenbaum

SVP & General Counsel for Rackspace Hosting

IBM to acquire SoftLayer

Tue, 4th June 2013, 16:57

DreamHost picked a very bad day to announce their new Managed WordPress Service. In what is sure to be the biggest web hosting news story of the year, IBM is confirming earlier rumors surrounding an acquisition bid for Dallas based web hosting company SoftLayer Technologies.  IBM  feels the acquisition of SoftLayer, considered the largest privately held cloud computing infrastructure provider,  will strengthen IBM's leadership position in cloud computing and help speed business adoption of public and private cloud solutions.

Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services says:

As businesses add public cloud capabilities to their on-premise IT systems, they need enterprise-grade reliability, security and management. To address this opportunity, IBM has built a portfolio of high-value private, public and hybridcloud offerings, as well as software-as-a-service business solutions. With SoftLayer, IBM will accelerate the build-out of our public cloud infrastructure to give clients the broadest choice of cloud offerings to drive business innovation.

The press release states IBM is acquiring SoftLayer to make it easier and faster for clients around the world to incorporate cloud computing by marrying the speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services with the enterprise grade reliability, security and openness of the IBM SmartCloud portfolio.

SoftLayer serves approximately 21,000 customers with a global infrastructure platform spanning 13 data centers in the U.S., Asia and Europe.  IBM says these clients will benefit greatly as new enterprise grade functionality from IBM emerges for SoftLayer customers, who will then have a unique opportunity to incorporate it as their business grows.

Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer says:

SoftLayer has a strong track record with born-on-the-cloud companies, and our move today with IBM will rapidly expand that footprint globally as well as allow us to go deep into the large enterprise market,” said . The compelling opportunity is connecting IBM’s geographic reach, industry expertise and IBM’s SmartCloud breadth with our innovative technology. Together SoftLayer and IBM expand their reach to new clients – both born-on-the-cloud and born-in-the-enterprise.

Following the close of the acquisition of SoftLayer, expected in third quarter of 2013, SoftLayer will be combined with IBM SmartCloud into a new Cloud Services division. IBM expects to reach $7 billion annually in cloud revenue by the end of 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed but a number in the vicinity of $2 Billion dollar has been speculated.

SoftLayer is majority held by GI Partners, which purchased all of the equity in a partnership deal with SoftLayer management in 2010. After the deal, GI Partners merged The Planet and SoftLayer.  

Magical summer promo – City Network Shared hosting

Mon, 3rd June 2013, 19:31

City Network have discounted 3000 shared hosting packages to $1 USD for the first year. The offer is valid until all 3000 shared hosting packages have been sold or until 2013-08-31. This really is as good as it gets and you´re invited to check it out!

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Gimme me a break... 1&1 USA discount coupons Expires 6/30/13

Thu, 23rd May 2013, 17:03

Web hosting provider 1and1 USA recently unveiled a set of new inclusive features for its popular MyWebsite instant website package. The features add functionality to 1&1 MyWebsite and are designed to enhance both the appearance, and capability of a small business website. Looking for a way to quickly create your own website?

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HostJury compiles discount web hosting coupons and special offerings by various hosts. As always we recommend that while price may be a consideration when choosing a web host, it should only be one of the many factored into your research. Page load speeds, additional features, good communication, and a fast knowledgeable support team will always top saving a few cents per day... And as always, HostJury makes no recommendation or endorsement of providers. So when the market forecast sound as certain as the weather saving a few cents is just bullish!

 

Richard Swanson's Dream Tragically Ended

Thu, 16th May 2013, 01:54

Richard Swanson, a graphic designer and avid soccer fan from Seattle, Washington, had a dream of an amazing adventure. On May 1st 2013, Richard began to live that dream of dribbling a One World Futbol from Seattle to São Paulo, Brazil. The trip from Seattle to Sao Paulo, through 11 countries, and close to 10,000 miles, was expected to take over a year to complete. He hoped to arrive for the first game of the 2014 World Cup.

On January 7th Richard registered the domain breakawaybrazil.com. The website, built on Wordpress, utilized the services of web hosting company Web Hosting Hub.

Richard began sharing his plans and seeking sponsors for what he described as as the “trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible”.

In a YouTube video uploaded in March, Swanson explained that he had lost his job in graphic design, after switching from a career as a private investigator. He was having "a hard time" finding another job and it had given him time to "think about what you want out of life". He said he'd always wanted to go to the World Cup and instead of walking there, wanted to honor the tournament by dribbling a football. Having no mortgage, no career and two grown up sons meant that "all the pieces seemed to fit" for making the trip, he said.

Swanson aims included raising money for the One World Futbol Project. One World Futbol donates durable footballs to kids in developing countries.  


Richard Swanson tweeted from ‏@BreakawayBrazil on 14 May

 
Read about my rainy day in Lincoln City at the Newsguard by Jeremy Ruark. Hey, Jeremy, can you send my team a... http://fb.me/2GqjJoEEn

 

Tragically just two weeks into his trip, Richard Swanson was struck by a truck in Lincoln City Oregon. His football was recovered near his body.

Picture of Richard Swanson from his facebook page 

A statement on Swanson's Facebook Page announced Swanson's death and said: "His team, family, friends, and loved ones will miss him and love him dearly. You made it to Brazil in our hearts, Richard." 

Update from "Team Richard" as he kept calling us):

 

We want to express our most sincere gratitude on behalf of Richard's family, friends, and Team Richard for all the condolences, love, and continued support that the world has given to Richard Swanson. We are sure he is smiling down at all the posts, kind words, and love being shared.

He was so thankful for the generosity of each person he met along the way. He not only shared his excitement in his daily posts, but he always made time to tell his team how much he loved meeting each person along the way and how you all touched his life. He was excited everyday about his continued growing support. If he could see his page now! We are so proud of him.

We wanted to share a couple of updates with all who love him. Richard is donating his organs. He would appreciate that his super x-ray vision and beautiful blue eyes will give new life to someone and give them super powers too.

Seattle: We would like to have people gather at Die Bierstube, 6106 Roosevelt Way NE, in Seattle this Sunday, May 19th (Richard's birthday) from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate the life of Richard Swanson. We are hoping to pack the establishment with people who loved him and was inspired by him! Please join us to celebrate the start of Richard's Journey to Brazil.

Team Richard 

Help us continue the dream

Donate to Break Away Brazil using paypal and Richard’s email address ‘breakawaybrazil2014@gmail.com’  


A very inspiring man who in a very short time walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family.

 

Like a game of musical chairs for clients of web host K-Disk and VMPort

Tue, 14th May 2013, 15:41

Clients of the web hosting companies K-Disk and VMPort must be starting to feel like pawns on a chess board. After being acquired by FTNHosting in a 2012 deal, Root Level Technology has now announced the acquisition of FTNHosting, along with its web-hosting brands  - URPad.net, K-Disk Networks and VMPort.net.

Randal Burns, Vice President of Sales, Root Level Technology states: 

We really felt that the FTNHosting brands had a great customer base behind them and a lot of great history behind it. I personally appreciated that the original owner of the company was a soldier like myself and was headed overseas when his country called upon him, and it just felt right returning from my service in Afghanistan and being able to step into the role. When we acquire a company of this size we really do look for the companies that have a strong foundation. Since we have begun, our mission has been to build a family, not a company and this was a great addition to our family. Now it’s our turn to show you what it means to be part of the family.

The acquisition expands the Root Level Technology hosting family and reflects the company’s commitment to best-in-class solutions for hosting and development with the following additions:

 

  • URPad.net – a premier hosting provider offering web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, and Windows RDP hosting
  • K-Disk Networks – a pioneer and industry leader in providing the best hosting solutions for web hosting, reseller hosting, and managed VPS hosting
  • VMPort.net – a recognized name in the virtual server industry... 

(Editor's note on VMPort.net.. maybe not so recognized as GoDaddy has it on a parked page with a "NOTICE: This domain name expired on 05/13/2013 and is pending renewal or deletion.")

In the near term, all FTNHosting brands will continue to operate individually and no accounts will be merged with any other brand, but it was revealed that plans have already begun to increase customer satisfaction levels. Root Level Technology is adding U.S.-based staff to handle the requests of a growing client base and to reduce ticket response times. 

Web Hosting Clients of this big happy family can review their experiences here!

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UKFast pushes Manchester as next UK digital hub

Tue, 14th May 2013, 13:13

Manchester-based cloud hosting specialist UKFast has announced that they've inked a deal with wireless technology provider, Metronet (UK).UKFast will house 24 racks for the business, in its MANOC 4 data centre. Working with UKFast will help Metronet grow its network and, ultimately, its business.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: 

I'm passionate about boosting speed, innovation and connectivity in the North West, and working with clients who share that passion is what drives me every day. Building our clients' businesses and helping them to grow is the core objective of UKFast, and I'm excited to help Metronet (UK) expand its network and push Manchester forward as the next UK digital hub. 

Metronet (UK) CEO, Elliott Mueller, said: 

Metronet (UK) is very pleased to have expanded our core connectivity to include UKFast's data centres. Their infrastructure significantly contributes to Manchester's increasing importance as worldwide technology hub and provides an excellent platform to help us meet our growing co-location requirements. 

"UKFast are an excellent partner and, in addition to also being a great Manchester success story, share our commitment to meeting customer requirements and providing the highest standards of customer service. 

Metronet (UK) specialises in providing wired and wireless technology to extend the power of dedicated leased line connectivity beyond the reach of traditional fibre. This technology delivers services 10x faster than traditional fibre and copper-based solutions. Providing the top service level agreements and customers support in its field, Metronet (UK) shares UKFast's obsession with speed and customer care.

 

Plan to secretly take control of Linode.com becomes pain for Name.com clients

Wed, 8th May 2013, 22:44

Name.com has sent an email to customers regarding a potential security breach. The compromised data was said to potentially include usernames, email addresses, encrypted passwords, and encrypted credit card data. Name,com is hosted by Linode.com. But that is just the beginning... just try following this one!

 

According to a Linode.com blog post,

A group named HTP claimed responsibility for accessing Linode Manager web servers, we believe by exploiting a previously unknown zero-day vulnerability in Adobe’s ColdFusion application server. The vulnerabilities have only recently been addressed in Adobe’s APSB13-10 hotfix (CVE-2013-1387 and CVE-2013-1388) which was released less than a week ago.

 

Now HTP's version of events from Hacker News...

HTP ("Hack The Planet") is a group that likes to break into things. Another (unnamed) group of people impersonated a third group of people ("ac1db1tch3z") and tried to cause trouble for HTP.

The impersonators located HTP by examining one of HTP's botnets (a collection of compromised computers that are used to launch things like denial of service attacks). Botnets have to receive instructions (e.g., targets to attack) from somewhere, so it's likely that the impersonators followed the path taken by commands to the botnet, and found the network(s) that HTP uses to organize themselves.

HTP realized this, and wanted to get back at the impersonators. They found out that the impersonators used an IRC channel (chat room) hosted on a network called SwiftIRC. If HTP could break into SwiftIRC (which is hosted on Linode), they could cause all sorts of trouble for the impersonators. So HTP decided to break into Linode, so they could break into SwiftIRC, so they could break into the group of impersonators.

To break into Linode, HTP broke into their domain name registar (name.com). They planned to secretly take control of linode.com, and replace it with a version of linode.com would look and feel and work correctly, but had one additional feature -- it would collect the login information that people typed in. HTP probably hoped to gain the login for SwiftIRC directly, or collect the logins for Linode admins and obtain SwiftIRC's login from there.

But, before they enacted the domain takeover (a maneuver that would likely be somewhat difficult to employ without being noticed), an HTP member discovered a new vulnerability in ColdFusion, the server software used by Linode. The ability to discover a new exploit on demand implies a high level of skill within the group. Using this exploit, HTP obtained direct access to Linode. They proceeded to gain access to SwiftIRC, as well as other sites hosted on Linode, including a well-known security site, nmap.org

The FBI apparently had a mole in HTP, and they alerted Linode that HTP had access to nmap.org. This posed a bit of a problem for HTP: if it became public knowledge that they had obtained access to Linode, then perhaps they wouldn't have time to go after the impersonators using their newfound access to SwiftIRC. So, HTP tried to strong-arm Linode into staying quiet until May 1st. HTP had obtained the customer information and credit cards of all the Linode customers. HTP threatened to widely publish all this sensitive information if Linode didn't stay quiet. If Linode complied, then HTP would just delete all the info.

Linode, though, was forced by the FBI to announce that they'd been broken into. HTP told Linode to just publicly acknowledge that HTP was the group that broke into Linode, and they'd delete the sensitive info. Linode did so.

HTP conducted an internal investigation to determine which group member(s) were working with the FBI and kicked the mole out of the group.

Remember, this is the story according to HTP... but it is sweet!

 

The official email notice from Name.com

Name.com recently discovered a security breach where customer account information including usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords and encrypted credit card account information may have been accessed by unauthorized individuals. It appears that the security breach was motivated by an attempt to gain information on a single, large commercial account at Name.com.

Name.com stores your credit card information using strong encryption and the private keys required to access that information are stored physically in a separate remote location that was not compromised. Therefore, we don’t believe that your credit card information was accessed in a usable format. Additionally, your EPP codes (required for domain transfers) were unaffected as they are also stored separately. We have no evidence to suggest that your data has been used for fraudulent activities.

As a response to these developments, and as a precautionary measure, we are requiring that all customers reset their passwords before logging in. If you use your previous Name.com password in other online systems, we also strongly recommend that you change your password in each of those systems as well.

We take this matter very seriously. We've already implemented additional security measures and will continue to work diligently to protect the safety and security of your personal information.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. If you need any additional assistance or have any questions please email customercare@name.com. We’ll continue to be as open and honest with you as possible as additional important information becomes available, so keep your eye out for a blog post or additional emails.

Thanks,
The Name.com Team

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App Host Parse Launches into Web Hosting

Wed, 8th May 2013, 13:35

Parse, the cloud-based app development platform has announced its adding Parse Hosting to its product offerings. The service is being marketed as a solution for developers wishing to create a website without worrying about servers or scaling. Parse says developers can deploy their web presence through Parse Hosting with only a couple of commands.

Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar says: 

“though the company has been focused on mobile first, many developers have a need for web hosting. Otherwise they have had to use yet another third-party platform. It’s a big piece of product infrastructure we've had a lot of demand for” 

Parse has a free hosting model but requires the $199 monthly Pro, or a Enterprise level plan to use a custom domain name. Parse does offers limited free technical support to all applications running on the Parse platform, but it’s free support and is provided as “best effort and has no guaranteed response time”. (editor’s note.. Premium Support is available, call for quote) 

  • Files are limited to 10 megabytes.
  • You cannot upload more than 500 hosted files. 

Despite a claim to make every interaction with Parse an easy and painless experience (they do have an active forum community), Parse lives ups to one of its guiding principles. Built by developers.. for developers. Their documentation is not for the novice or weak of heart!

Parse’s physical infrastructure is hosted and managed within Amazon’s secure data centers and utilize Amazon Web Service (AWS) technology. A Facebook acquisition deal for Parse announced April 25 hasn't closed yet, but the social network says it plans to keep Parse in operation. 

 

Zap5 Networks Launches New VPS Plans

Tue, 7th May 2013, 12:23

Zap5 Networks has announced that the company is in the process of making changes and updates to their VPS plan product line. Plans have been added, while others have been removed to position the company to offer a wider spectrum of VPS servers plans. Plans now range from a budget VPS starting at $7.00 per month, all the way up to high performance servers offered at around $600.00 per month.

Existing customers are not being impacted by the changes, with legacy plans remaining unchanged. However, existing clients wishing to upgrade to one of the new VPS plans will be given $10 off, while new customers are able to enjoy the new VPS plan products immediately.

The VPS plan changes are improvements made to better serve customers. The non hosting related services many Zap5 Networks customers have come to count on, such as web design, web development, and logo and branding design, as well as domain registration are still available of course.

Zap5 Networks can review their experiences here. For more information and web hosting reviews pertaining to the VPS plan enhancements or other services visit here.

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Ex-Hostgator employee arrested at Rackspace. Charged with rooting 2,700 servers

Mon, 22nd April 2013, 16:54

A former employee of Texas based web hosting provider Hostgator has been arrested and charged with installing a backdoor that gave him almost unfettered control over more than 2,700 servers according to a report by Ars Technica. Eric Gunnar Gisse has been charged with felony breach of computer security,. Gisse worked as a medium-level administrator from September 2011 until he was terminated by Hostgator on February 15, 2012.

After Gisse dismissal, a backdoor application that allowed Gisse to log in to servers from remote locations, including a computer located at the Hetzner Data Center in Nuremberg, Germany was found.

Hostgator COO Patrick Pelanne: 

As the article says he abused his access bestowed upon to do his job... akin to leaving a window open at your buddies house and then sneaking back in later. There was no indication he had any time to do anything malicious before he was caught. 

Additionally, he had no access to any critical system, i.e: billing, tickets, etc. 

Pelanne also shared that while the Hostgator incident happened over a year ago, the FBI picked up Eric Gisse at Rackspace in San Antonio... where he was working as a DC Tech.

Eric Gisse has apparently worked in 2 other Data Centers between HostGator & Rackspace. A Court docket shows Gisse is scheduled to be arraigned next month and gives no indication he has entered a plea in the case. He's being held at the Harris County Jail on $20,000 bond, a spokeswoman at the district attorney's office said.

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Reports of Wordpress demise have been greatly exaggerated!

Sat, 13th April 2013, 14:00

Apocalyptic headlines that sound like Hollywood movie titles have appeared everywhere. Global Wordpress Brute Force Flood - Hackers Point Large Botnet At WordPress Sites To Steal Admin Passwords And Gain Server Access - Brute Force Attacks Build WordPress Botnet - Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet.. The silliness culminates with a Forbes headline claiming Wordpress Under Attack: How To Avoid The Coming Botnet.. followed by some equally ill informed commentator stating: 

WordPress is easy. That’s why people like it. It’s quick to set up a simple site. It’s easy to manage large amounts of content. It’s easy to add functionality without having to know how to code php because there is such a large developer community that makes tons of free plugins. 

It’s also pretty easy to hack. ...

What.. Where did that come from!

Wordpress is now utilized on approximately half the websites on the web. By default it has becomes a target of everyone from the unscrupulous types to the kids in their parent basement looking for bragging rights on some hack forum. Similarly, the developer and wordpress coding community, along with countless individuals and firms designing, deploying, and maintaining the installs, likely makes wordpress one of the most scrutinized scripts on the web! Pretty easy to hack. ... I think not.

The reality is that the hype appears to be from a certain content delivery network (CDN) provider intent on orchestrating another fear mongering marketing blitz of their product.

movie poster depicting an alien invasion 

The Botnet Swamp Thingie

There is a botnet going around WordPress installations trying to login with the “admin” username and 1,000 or so common passwords. If you still use “admin” as a username on your blog, it may be time to change it, along with using a strong password. Of more importance, ensure you are using the the latest version of WordPress and plugins.

Do this and you’ll be ahead of 99% of sites and probably never have a problem. Most other advice isn’t great — supposedly this botnet has over 90,000 IP addresses, so an IP limiting or login throttling plugin isn’t realistic. (they could try from a different IP a second for 24 hours)

Make sure your website, whether it be wordpress, joomla, drupal, magento, E107.. has regular back ups of your data. Many web hosting companies make backups for their use.. not yours. What is the policy of your web host?

Many web hosting companies also regularly scan for intrusions and anomalies of client accounts. Does your web host?

Finally, ignore the hype being flared up by that cloud CDN provider so they get the the hint we are not buying what they are selling! 

Web Hosting

 

Win a VIP trip for Lucas Oil Off Road Racing from Lunarpages!

Fri, 12th April 2013, 19:45

In a recent HostJury post discussing various web hosting companies and their fascination with the racing scene, we shared that Lunarpages Internet Solutions will distinguish its inaugural season with Team Lucas, by awarding some exciting prize packages to a trio of weekend events in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to contest winners who enter through a variety of websites and social networks...

Lunarpages has announced a chance to enter to win a VIP experience for two—valued at $1,000—to Round 3 of the upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway short course track.

Picture of Lunarpages racing truck catching air 

Lunarpages is giving one lucky winner a VIP Experience for two to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event on Saturday April 27th.

The VIP Experience includes:

  • two VIP Hospitality tickets
  • private escort from the Front Gate to the VIP area
  • helicopter ride above the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • personal meet-and-greet with the Hart & Huntington race team
  • an on-track ride-a-long in a Pro 2 race truck with a series driver
  • lunch in the Lucas Oil VIP tent
  • a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lucas Oil Production Studios’ television trucks. 

The winner and his or her guest will also get to watch the show’s producers and TV crew in action while they call the shots and direct the show from the TV production trucks—a once in a lifetime experience—and they will spend the day with series sponsors, Lucas Oil staff, professional race teams and industry VIP’s.

And that’s not all… the lucky winner of the Lunarpages Internet Solutions Sweepstakes will also take home a brand new ready-to-run Team Associated SC10 remote controlled race truck (a $350 retail value) and a surprise “goodie bag” from Lunarpages and the Hart & Huntington race team...

 

Awesome but want more..

Use Twitter to tweet that that you read about the contest on @HostJury and if you win, we’ll throw in a extra $100 in cold hard cash!

 

How about more..

If you win and tweet a picture from Vegas on race day, holding a sign saying "I review my web host at HostJury.com", we’ll give you another $150.00.
(editors note: the cash is strictly from HostJury and is not sanctioned by LunarPages.. but what do you care.. its cash!)

The contest runs until April 18 and the winner will be announced on April 19th. Enter today to win!

ENTRY FORMS can be found on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Facebook page: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LUCASOILOFFROADRACINGSERIES

Lunarpages answers the phone when you call them!

Canadian Web Hosting & GlenCanning.com. Resource Limit Reached

Thu, 11th April 2013, 15:03

Glen Canning wrote on his website that “this is the only statement I am able to make. I'm too devastated. I feel like I'm dead inside. As word spread and traffic to GlenCanning.com increased, people began to see another message instead. The resources for the website hosted on Canadian Web Hosting had been reached. The post by Glen Canning attracting widespread attention was titled “Rehtaeh Parsons Was My Daughter

 

Domain name: glencanning.com

Name Servers:
   ns308.canadianwebhosting.com

   ns309.canadianwebhosting.com 

 

Rehtaeh Parsons, 17 was taken off life-support Sunday after trying to hang herself in the bathroom of her home on April 4. She was allegedly raped by four boys when she was 15, then mercilessly bullied after photos of the attack circulated online. The case has sparked a nationwide outcry that has many comparisons to the recent Steubenville, Ohio rape case. (minus the justice)

Hacker collective Anonymous says it has identified two of the four boys involved. In a statement Wednesday the group stated: 

We are currently confirming a third and it is only a matter of time before the fourth is identified as well. Our demands are simple: We want the Nova Scotia RCMP to take immediate legal action against the individuals in question. 

We do not approve of vigilante justice as the media claims. What we want is justice. And that's your job. So do it. 

Glen Canning wrote that he had to say something: 

I don't want her life to defined by a Google search about suicide or death or rape. I want it to be about the giving heart she had. Her smile. Her love of life and the beautiful way in which she lived it. He spoke of his daughter love for animals. The gifts of life that she gave to others in her death. 

My daughter saved the life of a young woman with her heart. How fitting. 

She also gave someone a new liver, a kidney, a new breath, and a new chance to love. She saved the lives of four people with her final gift of life. She was that wonderful. 

Someone out there is going to look at the world with my daughter's eyes. The most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. 

picture of Rehtaeh Parsons 

Yet many were unable to read these tender words spoken by a father, because the website he chose to write them on was hosted by Canadian Web Hosting. The resource limits on the Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth plans offered by Canadian Web Hosting had been reached.

 

GlenCanning.com. Image showing site offline 

Canadian Web Hosting claims that it represent a comprehensive service structure designed to meet client's most demanding requirements. With proven experience and stability that is unique for a technology company, That it is a leading managed hosting company that specializes in hosting business and enterprise-class clients...

Canadian Web Hosting also claims to be one of the fastest growing web hosting companies in Canada. Recognized for its leadership and technology innovations.

Yet this same company boosting of its leadership and innovation can’t migrate a website with a traffic surge to a server with more available resources?

Canadian Web Hosting isn’t to be faulted for not anticipating the surge of traffic that surely overwhelmed the server. Websites in a shared hosting environment are expected to share the resources for the benefit of all clients. There is an expectation that one site will not be allowed to degrade or compromise the services of others on the server.

By the same standard, isn’t there a reasonable expectation by those same clients that when a website is ‘dug’ , written about in a major publication, gets an unexpected surge in traffic, or has a father pour his heart out for his daughter... that the web host would make every reasonable effort to ensure the site is reachable again!

Shame on Canadian Web Hosting. GlenCanning.com is available again. The domain is redirecting to the Huffington Post.

 

Response from Canadian Web Hosting

Thank you for contacting Canadian Web Hosting.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that was caused.  From reviewing the email ticket (ANS-337173), it looks like this was a resource issue with the account.  Our support agent Christopher indicated that after further investigation he able to sort out a script under the account which is causing the resource over usage.  From reviewing the account we noticed the hosting plan is a standard shared hosting plan, which does have resources limits.


With Shared hosting plans it means that one physical server is used by multiple websites and website owners. The resources of that piece of equipment are divided among the users like disk space, monthly traffic, email accounts, FTP accounts, databases etc.  However, if one user or any of the other users of the server experience a tremendous amount of traffic, take up a large portion of CPU availability, or overuse the email system. Any of these activities could negatively affect the other users by slowing down their functioning or even causing a system shut down that will lead to website functions being unavailable.

Our servers are monitored 24/7 and our support team's is responsible for reduce any service issue as quickly as possible so all clients are able to access their account quickly as possible.

If you have any additional questions please let us know and we would be glad to assist you.

Regards,

Teo | Customer Care 

 

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What do half naked race car drivers know about web hosting?

Tue, 9th April 2013, 18:08

Rhetorically speaking, that caricature of an alligator used by HostGator isn't really that awe-inspiring. Yet the gator (or possibly the success of the web hosting company that adopted it) has seemingly spawned a host of imitators over the years. Hawk HostCrocWeb, Flipper HostHostCatsHostTiger, and Hosting Lizard name just a few of the web hosting companies utilizing mascots of animal caricatures to market their brand.

Just how much does your average bird, crocodile, beaver or turtle know about web hosting? Using the same rationale, what does a clown, a king, or a girl with red ponytails know about hamburgers. Is McDonald's successful at providing the best burger on the planet, or is McDonald's simply successful at selling burgers?

While obviously we all borrow ideas, one web hosting company in particular has had few examples to draw inspiration from. Go-Daddy’s marketing model under Bob Parsons was as much reliant on the conversation that ensued around his tacky adverts, as the salacious adverts themselves. Parsons masterful ability to create buzz around his company, with even the most negative story, (think elephant), or even out of thin air, is unmatched by any company, in any industry.

In 2006 IndyCar driver Danica Patrick joined the "Go-Daddy Girl" lineup and began playing a prominent role in the company's commercials. While tech and web hosting companies like OLM.net may have ventured onto the track first, it was Go-Daddy entrance to the sport that couldn't be ignored. Not unlike the Hostgator mascot, many have followed suit.

 

M247 turn their hand to racing

Recently M247, a Manchester based web host and ICT company announced their sponsorship of Joe Girling, who will be driving for Tech-Speed and Finesse Motorsport and will be running under the banner of M247 Racing. Joe Girling will be competing for the Jack Sears trophy in the British Touring Car Championships 2013.

M247 Technical Director, Chris Byrd explains:

M247 operate some of the most technically advanced datacentres and networks in Europe, so it seemed appropriate for us to partner with an equally innovative and forward-thinking team. We wish Joe the best of luck for the season and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action.

 

SpamExperts sponsors Matt Wallis, CEO of UnitedHosting

While SpamExperts, a provider of professional email security products from Amsterdam, isn't exactly a web hosting company, it makes the list for its 2nd consecutive year of sponsoring the HotBadger team competing in the Toyota MR2 motor racing Championship.

HotBadger Motorsport driver Matt Wallis is the CEO of UK web host UnitedHosting, who along with his brother Simon Wallis are joining forces for their 2nd assault of the championship this year.The challenging Toyota MR Championship will start on March 23rd and run through famous UK circuits such as Donington Park, Brands Hatch and Silverstone. The spectacular ending is scheduled on Oct 26th with a dramatic 6-Hour Endurance Race at Silverstone. 

Matt Wallis, CEO of UnitedHosting says: 

We are very much looking forward to 2013 championship. Our performance in 2012 would not have been so amazing without the help of our sponsors. We are grateful to SpamExperts for backing us again in 2013. We can certainly say that their support is twofold: filtering our email and giving us peace of mind to concentrate on the race and actually sponsoring us in the championship (editor’s note... nice plug Matt)

 

BlackSun

Canadian web host BlackSun sponsored the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway ("ACMS") event known as the "BlackSun 150". ACMS is part of the NASCAR Canadian Tire racing series. The event located outside of Saskatoon features Pro Truck races, Mini series, and the 150 lap Super Late model race.

Steve Rogoschewsky, CEO of BlackSun Inc... 

BlackSun has been apart of the association for over 10 years. Last year's event was a huge success. The BlackSun 150 was partly a tribute to our customers in Saskatchewan. We invited all of our clients to come out and meet our team in the VIP garage.

BlackSun also sponsored the Indy light series for a few years when Indy came to Canada, and we continued the sponsorship in the USA as well. James Hinchcliffe took us for the win more than a few times! Ironically, our efforts to compete with GoDaddy on a larger scale now has Hinchcliffe racing for Godaddy!

 

LunarPages

Lunarpages Internet Solutions has been a sponsor with the Hart and Huntington Premiere Motorsports Group Off Road Race Team in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the past two seasons and will continue with the Team's Rob "Fig" Naughton, driving the Pro2 as well as Ryan Beat, who finished second in Pro Lite a year ago.

This year Lunarpages became a partner of Team Lucas and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the 2013 season. Lunarpages Internet Solutions CEO George Natzic says:

We're excited to expand our involvement in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series by joining Team Lucas and taking advantage of all it has to offer. It's a program that provides excellent exposure and hospitality opportunities.

Lunarpages Internet Solutions will distinguish its inaugural season with Team Lucas by awarding exciting prize packages to a trio of weekend events in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to contest winners who enter through a variety of web sites and social networks...

Lunarpages Team Lucas car flying through the air

(editors note..these races are even more cool than Nascar.. where do I sign up!)

VPS.net 

Lunarpages isn’t the only company awarding prize packages to the races. Last year VPS.net gave away a F1 Dream Vacation for two that included First Class airfare, four nights of 5 Star Hotel accommodations , limousine service and two VIP F1 Paddock Club passes to the United States Grand Prix.

 

David Heinemeier Hansson

While David Heinemeier Hansson isn't a web host, many web hosts and their clients are familiar with his work. The self described creator of Ruby on Rails, partner at 37signals, best-selling author, public speaker, hobbyist photographer, and family man is also a race car driver! (editor *shakes head*.. gee where does he find the time)

David Heinemeier Hansson says:

I'm competing in the World Endurance Championship for 2013 in the LMP2 class with OAK Racing. The season starts at Silverstone in April and includes the 24 hours of Le Mans in June. I'm racing together with Olivier Pla and Alex Brundle. It's going to be a tough season with 12 regular LMP2 competitors throughout and no less than 22(!) for Le Mans.

David started racing sportscars in the Cayman Interseries in 2009, moved to 911 GT3 Cup Cars at the end of 2010 (winning the gold class in his first race!), and then went all out in 2011 with races in GT3 Challenge, Radical Masters, ALMS GTC, Grand-Am ST, and ILMC (in Lotus below).

David Heinemeier Hansson in his lotus race car

“That was all warm up for my break-out season in 2012. Together with Conquest Endurance, I competed in the American Le Mans Series with LMP2 class-wins at Mosport and Road America to finish second in the championship. That performance earned me SPEED's Rookie of the Year”, Heinemeier Hansson says.

 

Fused

While David McKendrick, CEO of Fused has his work cut out for him if he is to match Heinemeier Hansson resume, there is a whisper (and pictures) that suggest all of his energy isn’t devoted to keeping those web hosting clients happy. Word on the street is that Fused will soon be sponsoring it’s own CEO on a asphalt-eating speed rocket!

Fused CEO David Mckendrick racing motorcycle at racetrack 

 

HostGator

Back to where this started. HostGator has sponsored Joe Nemechek’s NEMCO Motorsports entries in a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races.

Lance Custen, CEO of HostGator.com said,

We are excited and proud to become a part of NEMCO Motorsports and support a veteran driver like Joe. Many of our current customers and staff are huge fans of NASCAR, and we look forward to serving the many NASCAR Fans in the future. We (HostGator.com and Nemechek ) got our start in Florida, and we are happy to begin our sponsorship in Florida.

Picture of HostGator race car driving beside Go-Daddy race car

It would be silly to suggest web hosting companies adopt mascots or become involved in racing just because their counterparts in the industry have. As suggested by many of the spokespeople, and eloquently stated by Lance, many web hosting customers and staff are huge racing fans.

Notwithstanding Go Daddy does hosts 36 million sites — nearly 6% of the world's websites. HostGator hosts over 8 million domains, which makes up approximately 2% of the world’s Internet traffic. Whether they, like McDonald, are successful at providing the best burger on the planet, or just simply successful at selling the burgers maybe open to a subjective opinion. Either way, they are all doing something right.

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Pay as you play Cloud Storage about to get cheaper

Thu, 4th April 2013, 20:43

Pay as you play cloud storage provider Amazon Web Services has cut the cost of getting data out of its storage service, putting pressure on rivals Google Cloud Storage and Microsoft Windows Azure. Request pricing for S3 Storage GET operations across the company's nine globe-spanning data center hubs has been reduced by 60 per cent, and prices for PUT, LIST, COPY, and POST requests have been cut by 50 percent.

Announcing the change on the Amazon Web Services website, the company wrote: 

We are happy to pass along these savings to you as we continue to drive down our costs. New pricing is effective April 1st and will be applied to your bill for all requests on or after this date. PUT requests now cost $0.005 per 1,000, compared with $0.01 previously, and GET requests have fallen fro $0.004 per 1,000 from $0.01.  

Comparison of Data Storage Pricing 

  • Amazon Web ServicesChart showing Storage cost using Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage 

Although the image show US standard pricing from Amazon, Ireland (EU), and Singapore (Asia) pricing is equal to the USA. Further information with a region-by-region breakdown is available on Amazon's pricing page 

  • Windows Azure Cloud StorageChart showing Storage cost using Microsoft Azure cloud storage 
  • Google Storage PricingChart showing Storage cost using Google cloud storage 

For the moment anyway it appears that Google Cloud Storage Data Storage is cheaper than both Amazon or Windows Azure.  

Comparision of Network Transfer Prices 

  • Amazon Web ServicesChart showing network transfer costs using Amazon Web Services cloud storage 

Amazon's EU pricing appear similar to US pricing shown. Asian pricing structure is higher 

  • Windows AzureChart showing network transfer costs using Microsoft Azure cloud storage 

Microsoft Azure considers North America and Europe as Zone one.. Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are Zone two. 

  • Google Cloud StorageChart showing network transfer cost using Google cloud storage

Comparision of Cost when 'Getting' or 'Putting' that Data

As noted earlier, Amazon Web Services has lowered the PUT request costs to $0.005 per 1,000, and GET requests have fallen fro $0.004 per 1,000.

Google PUT and GET requests are still priced at $0.01 per 1000. Further information on pricing is available on Google Cloud Storage pricing page. 

Microsoft Azure is slightly more confusing in their language:

Service Bus is charged at the following rates: 

  • $0.01 per 10,000 messages
  • $0.10 per 100 relay hours (this only applies when using the Service Bus Relay capability) 

Messages are charged based on the number of messages sent to, or delivered by, the Service Bus during the billing month. This includes delivery of “null” messages in response to receive requests against empty queues/subscriptions. Messages over 64KB in size will be charged an additional message for each additional 64KB of data (rounded up).

There is no relay hour charge if you are only using Service Bus Queues and Topics.In addition to the prices noted above for Service Bus, you will also be charged for the associated data transfers for egress outside the data center in which your services are provisioned... Microsoft Azure Pricing. 

Windows Azure does appear to be the winner in this category.

 

The Free Trials

Many people prefer set monthly fees and are wary of the unknown and potential impact inherent with usage based rate structures... but just in case your curious...

AWS Free Usage Tier

Amazon Web Services lets you start with Amazon S3 for free. Upon sign-up, new AWS customers receive for one year... 

  • 5 GB of Amazon S3 standard storage
  • 20,000 Get Requests
  • 2,000 Put Requests
  • 15GB of data transfer out each month 

Windows Azure offers 90 days free and includes: 

  • 70 GB Storage
  • 50,000,000 storage transactions
  • unlimited inbound transfer
  • 25GB outbound transfer

 

Google Cloud Storage offers a free trial quota until June 30, 2013. This quota is only applicable to your first project that uses Google Cloud Storage and gives you free usage of resources within that project, up to: 

  • 5 GB of storage
  • 25 GB of download data (20 GB to Americas and EMEA*; 5 GB to Asia-Pacific)
  • 25 GB of upload data (20 GB to Americas and EMEA*; 5 GB to Asia-Pacific)
  • 12,000 class A operations
  • 60,000 class B operations 

Regardless of which is the best deal, Amazon's pricing cuts will likely yield a wave of tit-for-tat price reductions across the cloud storage service sector!

 

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Hivelocity newest Dedicated Server doesn't come cheap!

Wed, 3rd April 2013, 20:12

Tampa based web host and Infrastructure service provider HiVelocity announced it was adding quad socket Intel Sandy Bridge E5-4600 systems to its dedicated server offerings. The E5-4600 processors will enable Hivelocity to offer dedicated servers with 32 physical cores of Intel processing power and up to 1 terabyte of memory.

The E5-4600 systems are geared towards enterprise customers whose system resource requirements are extreme. The hyper-threaded E5 processors allow for 32 physical cores as well as another 32 virtual cores. Additionally these Sandy Bridge processors include Intel’s Turbo Technology which boosts clock speed at times of need. It does come at a price though.. these dedicated quad-processor systems start at $1299 per month.

HiVelocity’s Sales Manager Drew Adams says:

The older quad-socket E7 systems we sell have historically been popular with our customers offering VPS hosting. The amount of physical cores these systems allow really lets our customers offer their customers a very powerful virtualized solution.

These systems are not for everyone, but for those that want the maximum amount of RAM and processor for their enterprise they are ideal.

Another reason these processors may be so popular with customers utilizing virtualization technology is Intel’s built-in I/O reducer included on each chip. Bottlenecks and latency are dramatically reduced with these versatile chips increasing operating efficiencies.

About HiVelocity

Hivelocity provides dedicated servers, cloud and colocation hosting services to customers in over 130 countries around the world. Hivelocity was recently named as one of Tampa’s fastest growing privately held companies and is in the process of building out an additional 8000 square feet of datacenter space to accommodate growth.

The SSL Store. Overpriced Slick Marketing

Wed, 3rd April 2013, 15:37

The bold headline on a press release declares, The SSL Store™ is First to Qualify as a Symantec Website Security Specialist Partner.  Symantec Corporation, one of the world’s largest security software companies, has announced that The SSL Store™ is the first company worldwide to qualify as a Website Security Specialist Partner.

 

Now the marketing spiel..

This new level of accreditation recognizes businesses that have demonstrated the highest level of expertise in website security..  only available to companies that were already Platinum or Gold partners of Symantec. ... now have access to specialist online security blogs and roundtables to further ensure they can stay on top of the industry, in addition to Symantec’s preferred partner chat service, which is designed to help streamline a high volume of sales and support contacts... ahh there are the keywords “high volume of sales

Founded in 2007, The SSL Store™ has since grown to become one of the largest SSL providers in the world...  Yada yada yada.

 

Save 20% Compared to Vendor Pricing.. okay whatever!

The SSL Store™ provides an overwhelming array of choices, and pricing with their website offerings.

Example of SSL certificate pricing on The SSL Store website 

One example listed on The SSL Store front page: 

The  Symantec™ Secure Site Pro with EV (SGC)

Enable Server Gated Cryptography (SGC) to Ensure Strong Encryption
1 Year @ $1,199.00 per year [RRP: $1,499.00 ] 20%. of savings
2 Years @ $1,049.00 per year [RRP: $2,695.00 ] 22%. of savings Recommended

The Symantec™ Secure Site Pro with EV SSL Certificate, with 99.9% browser recognition, provides a minimum of 128-bit and up to 256-bit encryption. The Symantec™ Secure Site Pro with EV SSL Certificate includes Server Gated Cryptography (SGC) to ensure strong encryption (a trillion times a trillion times stronger than 40-bit) to all site visitors, including those with nonstandard or older browsers and OSs. Its $1.5 million NetSure® extended warranty is the highest in the SSL industry. Includes the Norton™ Secured Seal.

Extended Validation (EV) enables the green address bar in major browsers, and True 128-bit SSL Certificates (i.e., those with SGC) allow every site visitor to experience the strongest SSL encryption on the market.

Some nonstandard and older browsers and operating systems will not connect at the strongest encryption level without Server Gated Cryptography (SGC) SSL encryption in place. Symantec™ is the leading Certification Authority (CA) for SGC-enabled SSL Certificates, providing across-the-board coverage more than any other company, encryption that protects over 99.9% of Internet users.

(dig deeper and you will find slightly less expense “deals” although it appears you may have to forgo that familiar green address bar)

 

Server Gated Cryptography to Ensure Strong Encryption???

The reality is that there is no need for Server Gated Cryptology (SGC) to conduct secure transactions. SGC was a workaround to some antiquated US law, now-repealed, that prevented US companies from exporting software using encryption higher than 40-bit. SGC allowed the encryption level to “step up” to 128-bit.  All modern browsers provide support for at least 128-bit encryption — which, even with today’s computers, cannot be compromised.

The only people affected by lower-bit encryption are using international versions of the following browsers and/or operating systems: 

  • Internet Explorer® versions from 3.02 but before version 5.5
  • Netscape® versions after 4.02 and up through 4.72
  • Windows® 2000 systems shipped prior to March 2001 that have not downloaded Microsoft’s High Encryption Service Pack and are using Internet Explorer
These antiquated browsers — if you’re still using them you need to get off the web super highway! Internet Explorer 3 was released in 1996 and Netscape no longer even makes an Internet browser — they are so old that the security risk from using them is greater than any risk posed by 40-bit encryption.

 

Paying these prices for SSL certificates is just really dumb

Comparison of pricing offered by various SSL issuers   

Go-Daddy is one of many SSL provider, offering standard certificates with 256-bit encryption and 99% browser recognition, in less time, and at substantially less money. Go-Daddy also offers Premium SSL extended validation certificate which validates domain ownership and verifies the overall legitimacy of the business through extensive vetting. These SSL have the green URL address bar and padlock, as well Verification Seal Options for $99.99 per year... buy the 2 year option for even less!   As I said, Go-Daddy is not the only option out there.

A very quick price check underscores the point. Web host Fused SSL certificates are $65.00 per year and SiteGround SSL certs are priced at $82 per year. Many web hosting companies now include as standard SSL certificates on business packages. Both Fused and A Small Orange business web hosting plans are inclusive of SSL certificates as standard.

There are numerous web hosting companies offering similar pricing and deals. Seriously, why pay more than you need to for an SSL certificate for your website!

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Rackspace acquires Exceptional Cloud Services

Thu, 28th March 2013, 15:59

Rackspace has another acquisition intended to enhance their toolset for developers deploying and managing applications on the open cloud. A post on the Rackspace blog announced that Exceptional Cloud Services and its suite of developer solutions, including error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service capabilities are now in the Rackspace family.

The post shared a number of reasons  Exceptional Cloud Services is a good fit with Rackspace:

The Products

Exceptional offers a deep portfolio of developer-focused tools, including Exceptional.io for error tracking in web applications; Airbrake.io for collecting and aggregating errors generated by other applications; and Redis To Go for easy Redis instance management.

The Users

The offerings are used by more than 50,000 app developers! Its customers include startups like StickerMule and HowAboutWe, and large companies like Exec, Groupon, HotelTonight, Oracle, TaskRabbit and Zendesk, all of which use these technologies to enhance their development, troubleshooting and Big Data applications.

The Team

This acquisition brings with it an incredibly talented team led by CEO Jonathan Siegel, who co-founded RightScale, RightCart and ELC Technologies. Siegel and his crew bring a wealth of developer tooling experience with them to Rackspace and extend our mission to serve developers.

The Technology

The acquisition will allow Rackspace to ad key technologies to their open cloud that boost their focus on the developer community.  Exceptional’s technologies provides the tools and expertise to help startups and cloud developers bring their cloud-based apps to market faster.

Exceptional Cloud Services’ collection of technologies joins other key acquisitions Rackspace has made in the past several months including Mailgun, a programmable email platform, and ObjectRocket, a scalable and high-performing MongoDB database as a service.

About Rackspace 

Fanatical Support has made Rackspace the world's leader in hosting. Rackspace deliver enterprise-level hosting services to businesses of all sizes and kinds around the world. Rackspace got started in 1998 and since have grown to serve more than 99,000 customers, including over 80,000 cloud computing customers. Rackspace integrates the industry's best technologies for each customer's specific need and delivers it as a service via the company's commitment to Fanatical Support. Rackspace core products include Rackspace Managed Hosting, The Rackspace Cloud and Rackspace Email & Apps. 

 

Host4Geeks launch Semi-Dedicated Hosting Plans

Thu, 28th March 2013, 11:40

Miami web hoster Host4Geeks has announced the launch of their Semi-Dedicated Hosting services. Speaking on the occasion, Kushal – CEO for Host4Geeks commented, “providing quality hosting services at an affordable price has always been the prime focus for us here at Host4Geeks and today’s launch is just one more step forward.” Aimed towards power users and small businesses the Semi-Dedicated plans offers a perfect intermediate step between standard shared hosting and virtual private servers.

The pricing on the Semi-Dedicated Hosting packages is lower than that offered by many web hosting companies. HostJury received a very quick response to our request for clarification 

Regarding your query, our semi-dedicated services like our other services is aimed at providing the best possible services at an affordable price. With our Semi-Dedicated packages a user has access to larger amount of server resources. For e.g our Stared Shared Hosting packages allocated 25% of 1 CPU Core to each user and 20 Concurrent Connections whereas our Semi-Dedicated Plans offer 100% of 1 CPU Core or 100% of 2 CPU Core (depending on the package) to the user as well as a limit of 30 and 50 Concurrent Connections. 

Due to the increased resource allocation to the users these servers host a less number of account than our traditional shared hosting servers 

The company is looking to target bloggers, forums and businesses that are hitting the limits of standard shared hosting services but cannot commit to upgrade to a VPS or a Dedicated Server. Kushal, also mentioned that this is just one of the many new launches that are planned over the month of April. The company is soon planning to launch, Master Resellers and VPS Services. 

About Host4Geeks:

Host4Geeks was founded in early 2012 with a motive to deliver affordable hosting solutions without compromising on quality. We were tired of people frustrated and disappointed with their webhosting provider and expressing their disappointment via various forums and blogs. So, we wanted to build a company that focused on customers and customer service from the ground up.

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My Wordpress site suffered a transient error. Am I @#$%

Wed, 27th March 2013, 17:10

Yesterday, a Wordpress site I'm involved with went down for a number of hours. It would be great to sit here all innocent like, ranting and writing a real nasty review of how the web hosting company messed up, but I simply can’t. It was all my doing and the blame rests squarely on my shoulders. The website is hosted by a company with the most awesome support team. Without their diligence to remedy the adulterated corruption created, the downtime would have been notably extended

WordPress straight out of the box comes ready to embrace search engines. Its features and functions are designed to guide a search engine through the posts, pages, and categories to help the search engine crawl your site and gather the information it needs. Despite this knowledge, there's nothing like a little tweak to make a good thing even better... right. Maybe not!

The collateral damage and resultant fallout was not directly induced by my aspirations to match Yoast's prowess for SEO. Rather it was precipitated by my haste to scrutinize the implemented changes. Deactivating one cache plugin while activating another will decimate a MySql database!

As my initial goal was to increase visibility of the website on the web, I wondered at the cost of my amateur SEO antics. I sought help from the expert of experts in search engine algorithm Matt Cutts:

http://youtu.be/jMxCOV99Umo 

 

While 100% uptime may be the goal of every legitimate web hosting company, the realities in life will dictate a number that fall slightly short of this, a fact that search enigine recognize. Downtime will be inevitable with every web host... (the amount of downtime can certainly be influenced by your choice in web host). Downtime can also be caused by a newb swapping plugins and crashing his wordpress site. How long it remains down can be minimized by having an awesome web host willing to overlook that 3rd party script policy just long enough to revert the chaos.

Lesson in life learned today 

  • Google does forgive short periods of web site downtime.. how often they are forgiving would be speculative on my part.
  • It never hurts to have a web host with an awesome support staff
  • What a transient error is
  • How a little knowledge in the wrong hands is a dangerous thing indeed!

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MyDediServer says Hoo Roo

Fri, 22nd March 2013, 15:56

It would appear that Ozzy dedicated server provider MyDediServer has sent a pretty self explanatory email to their clients, stating that under the current global business climate, they have been left with no option but to close down... bugger that!

MyDediServer
19 Aldenhoven Rd,
Lonsdale SA 5160
Phone: 08 8186 1800

Dear Valued Customer,

We must regretfully inform you that MyDediServer will cease trading as of Monday 15th April 2013. This decision has come about due to being unable to stay competitive with costs and remain a viable business at the same time.

Our customer service team will be available until 5.30pm on our last day of business which will be on Friday 12th April 2013. If you have any enquiries or require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us on the telephone number above.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued loyalty in choosing us over the years. Without your support, our success would not have been possible but under the current global business climate, we have been left with no option but to close down.

Kind Regards,

The Team at MyDediServer

 

Bug in 123-Reg Panel Allows Unauthorized Domain Transfers.. maybe!

Thu, 21st March 2013, 15:05

El Reg is reporting a claim by a source that anyone with a hosting package from 123-Reg simply had to change the final section of the URL manually to be able to gain access to another site's emails, name servers and billing. El Reg has updated their report to state that Nominet is now clarifying “that 123-reg was not the only domain company involved. Four registrars had domain names that were affected"

The original story had 300 domain names misappropriated using a security flaw in 123-Reg control panel. The thief allegedly gained access and changed the contact details for UK registry Nominet to a new email address. A password reset request would be sent to the new email address.

The name game was up when Nominet discovered some irregularities in registration and renewal patterns after a query from a registrant last year.  As part of Nominet's standard operating procedures they locked the affected domains from any transfer or adjustment while they investigated further. Nominet has said that its investigations into the issue revealed a total of 300 domains had been transferred over to a new registrant in the post-expiry period without the permission of the original registrant.

Nominet has reportedly terminated their registrar agreement with one registrar.

The El Reg report says that neither Nominet or 123-Reg would comment on how the the breach had come about. Nominet says it couldn't elaborate any further because “we understand there is an ongoing police investigation into this issue while 123-Reg is offering its full support to resolve the matter.

A quick search in the 123-Reg blog reveals no mention of the incident although that is likely to change.

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