Articles about Hosting

Brute force

WordPress hosting biz confesses to breach, urgently contacts 30,000 users

WordPress hosting outfit WP Engine has confessed to a security breach, prompting it to reset 30,000 customers' passwords. "At WP Engine we are committed to providing robust security. We are writing today to let you know that we learned of an exposure involving some of our customers’ credentials," it said in a statement …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2015

Web hosting biz Servint hit by network-toppling DDoS attack

Web hosting provider Servint has been hit by a network outage, reportedly due to a DDoS attack. In a tweet, the company said: "We are aware of an issue affecting a portion of our network. We are attempting to diagnose it and will update as we get information." Email provider SMTP2GO was one of the company's customers to be …
Kat Hall, 03 Sep 2015
trolley_shopping_648

Interoute slips ring on cloudy hosting rival Easynet

Euro-bit-barn-operator-cum-cloud-hosting-provider Interoute is to wolf down pan-regional managed services outfit Easynet for £402m, including debts. The transaction, which is subject to certain closing conditions, is all about cross-selling products and services to the firms’ respective bases of enterprise, public sector and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

Amazon, GoDaddy get sueball for hosting Ashley Madison data

Amazon and GoDaddy are being sued for handling stolen Ashley Madison data by three of the affair-enabling site's customers. Three John Doe plaintiffs have filed a complaint (PDF) against Amazon Web Services, GoDaddy, and 20 John Roes (anonymous defendants), in the Arizona District Court, for "intentionally inflicting emotional …

Woe, Daddy! GoDaddy customers wail as hosting service GOES TITSUP

Hosting outfit GoDaddy is suffering what appears to be a pretty widespread outage hitting website operators in the UK this morning. The company's own site was struggling to load at time of writing. A miserable message wrapped in a pink box on GoDaddy's support page coughs to a "known issue" with its hosting system. However, …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Sep 2014
£1.92bn buys a lot of dog food

GoDaddy float values puppy-bothering hosting company at £1.9bn

Domain name, registration, web and mail hosting company GoDaddy is expected to be valued at $2.87bn (£1.92bn) when it floats to become a PLC with the stock ticker GDDY. The US company manages about 20 per cent of the world’s internet domains and has grown through use of attractive women in its advertising, not least Indy …
Simon Rockman, 20 Mar 2015

$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money

Analysis Website hosting may not be the first thing you consider when looking at tech industry growth, but venture capitalists North Bridge are betting different. This week, the investment biz sank $23m (£15.4m) in WP Engine, a hosting company in Austin, Texas, that specializes in the WordPress open-source online publishing software. …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2015
SoftLayer's data center

SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

Reseller and IT services outfit SCC has won a two-year hosting deal for the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) troubled universal credit programme for a sum worth "over six figures". The deal was awarded through the G-Cloud and is part of the DWP's next "digital service" phase of the programme, which is currently being …
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2015
you_fail_extended_648

Freeparking web hosting services go TITSUP after migration

Customers have complained at not having access to their emails and websites from domain names and web hosting company Freeparking for over a week, due to a migration issue. Customer Sean Osguthorpe said: "I have been without some of mine since the 25th May and every helpdesk request I send is ignored." The service is currently …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
Artist's view of a binary black hole. Pic credit: NASA, ESA and G Bacon (STScI)

Boffins clock MONSTER BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy near Earth

Scientists have spotted two central black holes raging and skating around each other in Markarian 231 (Mrk 231) – the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar. The binary black hole could collide in just a few 100,000 years from now, predicted astroboffins who made the discovery using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. "We are …
Team Register, 29 Aug 2015
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

Why carrier neutrality matters for 'proper hosting'

When you sign up for data centre services, it's easy to focus on the core stuff like uptime, cooling and cabinet availability, while forgetting that getting wide-area (private circuit or internet) links can sometimes be tricky. If you forget to examine how carrier-neutral your provider is, though, then you risk delays in moving …
Dave Cartwright, 08 May 2015

UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

The Cabinet Office is seeking a joint venture partner to help it tackle what it describes as one of the most costly areas of public sector tech – hosting. Crown Hosting (CHS), along with Government Digital Services, is hunting for a "private sector partner" to take a minimum 75 per cent stake in a joint venture vehicle to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014
CoreOS

CoreOS takes Manhattan with Quay container-hosting gobble

Cloud-friendly Linux vendor CoreOS has snapped up Docker container hosting startup Quay for an undisclosed sum, in a move designed to flesh out its offering for business customers. "We are building out a set of products to offer a complete solution for users who are running their infrastructure in this new, container-y way," …
Neil McAllister, 13 Aug 2014
US Pentagon. Pic: DoD photo by MSgt Ken Hammond, USAF

You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data. The new Department of Defense (DoD) rules [PDF] include requirements on how contractors who handle government information should deal with computer network breaches and attacks, and how …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015

Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

A US-based web hosting firm has gone bust after it discovered too late that its "lifetime" plans for customers pretty much cost the company its (ahem) life. NodeKi told subscribers in an email message (h/t to Reg reader Darren) that it would be going titsup for good as of 1 February. "We want to inform you in advance that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014
Brute force

Gang behind '1.2 billion' megahack ransack is pwning our customers – hosting firm

Anecdotal evidence is emerging that the Russian botnet raiders behind the "biggest-ever" password theft have begun attacks against web services using stolen login credentials. The CyberVor gang is reported to have amassed a vast stockpile of compromised login credentials for "1.2 billion" accounts, Hold Security warned in August …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2014

Comms giant Vodafone ready to smash up hosting and services market

Hosting and managed services players are about to face a heated battle as comms bigwig Vodafone prepares to jump into the market later this year, sources close to the vendor are claiming. The telco acquired Cable & Wireless Worldwide in the spring of 2012 and sucked up a load of hosting and management service capability that is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

Furious Easyspace customers moan about 'random' site outages

Websites hosted by Easyspace have been dropping since Christmas with no explanation given to customers, whose complaints were only confirmed by the company this morning. Easyspace's customers are complaining of hosting problems and of poor customer service in response to their complaints, leading some to opt to switch their …

GitHub falls offline, devs worldwide declare today a snow day

Updated Popular and widely used source-code hosting service GitHub is, for the moment, no longer a widely used source-code hosting service. It has fallen offline. Since 1632 PT (0032 UTC, 1132 AEDT), the website has been down. Right now, the San Francisco-headquartered upstart reports: "We're investigating a significant network …
Chris Williams, 28 Jan 2016
trolley_shopping_648

Ingram Micro acquires cloud automation smarts from Parallels – sources

Exclusive Tech distributor Ingram Micro has acquired a hosting and cloud service management system from Parallels, sources have told The Channel. The deal includes the Odin Service Automation platform, related cloud management stuff, the IP, and the Odin brand, we're informed. Our contacts were not aware of the financials involved. The …
Paul Kunert, 01 Dec 2015

Google Drives into web hosting

Google Drive has turned on a feature that lets the cloud storage service become a limited web host. It's long been possible to allow others to access data stored in the service, which can produce a URL for files. The new tweak means it's possible to ask for a “Preview” of an HTML file stored in Google Drive. Doing so renders the …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2013
server_stock_pic_hosting

PEER 1 gobbles up UK managed-hosting biz for £25m

Global hosting firm PEER 1 Hosting has snapped up NetBenefit, a Brit-based hosting company, for £25m in cold hard cash. NetBenefit, a division of internet service provider Group NBT, provides managed hosting services for UK and French businesses and had reported revenues of £7m last year. "This deal strengthens our position as …
Green light

Interoute gets green light for £402m Easynet gobble

Cloudy hosting company Interoute has Wednesday been given the green light by Blighty's competition watchdog to snap up networks outfit Easynet for £402m. Interoute said the acquisition will almost double the size and of its enterprise ICT services business, which will create a combined total revenue of €700m (£495m) based on …
Kat Hall, 04 Nov 2015
£10 notes. Pic: Howard Lake

Six Degrees grabs £12m pot of cash from private equity overlord

The private equity backer that coughed for hosting and managed services outfit Six Degrees has stumped up £12m to fund organic expansion in 2016. The cash injection comes half a year after Charlesbank Capital Partners beat off competition from other finance houses to buy Six Degrees - the sale process started in February and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jan 2016
Road closed

dotCloud dotGone: Ex-Docker PaaS passes away amid bankruptcy

Platform-as-a-service upstart dotCloud will shut down next month after its parent Cloud Control filed for bankruptcy. Just a few hours ago, an email was sent to dotCloud users warning them that the service will end on February 29, along with a link to instructions on how to migrate their data. For those wondering if the …
Chris Williams, 22 Jan 2016
trolley_shopping_648

Onyx to erect 'for sale' sign outside corp HQ, say sources

Data centre and hosting slinger Onyx will erect a "for sale" sign outside its Stockton-on-Tees HQ in 2016, and the expectation from multiple sources is this will happen sooner rather than later. The private equity-backed business is working with adviser Deloitte to run the sale but as yet no Information Memorandum has been …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2016

Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords

Online takeaway service Hungryhouse has reset the passwords of thousands of its customers following an apparent data breach at a third party hosting company. Scott Fletcher, chief executive of Hungryhouse, said: "We had no affiliation with the web hosting company that was hit by a data breach. But when our head of security …
Kat Hall, 27 Nov 2015
Bang by Guian Bolisay

Rackspace: Amazon? Sure, you can buy their cloud ... from us

Rackspace has reportedly formed a partnership with Amazon Web Services to help customers move their data centers to the online retail giant's public cloud. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, an American financial newspaper, the two companies plan to announce their new relationship at Amazon's AWS:reinvent …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2015
The Register breaking news

Hundreds of websites go titsup in Prime Hosting disk meltdown

Hundreds of UK-hosted websites and email accounts fell offline when a disk array failed at web biz Prime Hosting. As many as 860 customers are still waiting for a fix more than 48 hours after the storage unit went titsup. The downtime at the Manchester-based hosting reseller began at 5am on 31 July, and two days later some sites …
Anna Leach, 02 Aug 2012
HMRC photo, Gov.uk

HMRC U-turns on VAT rules for cloud

HMRC has U-turned on its proposals to hand out VAT refunds just for large system integrators, while forcing public sector bodies purchasing off-the-shelf "cloud" services to pay the full whack. Last year the body published guidelines that would effectively penalise public sector organisations for buying cheap, standardised off …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2015
Github octodex

Git a load of this: GitHub now valued at $2 billion

GitHub has received a $250m infusion of venture-capital cash that values the code-sharing website at $2bn. That means it's worth more than ZenDesk ($1.78bn), slightly less than the New York Times ($2.17bn), and more than stricken Yelp ($1.87bn). The San Francisco-based upstart said its Series-B funding round was led by VC …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015
A blade server from the UV2 super

Amazon now renting physical servers you can cuddle and love

This is different from hosting how exactly? Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on “EC2 Dedicated Hosts” - a new cloud service that offers “physical servers fully dedicated for your use.” The new service applies to over 30 variations of the instance types in the M4, C3, C4, G2, R3, D2, and I2 instance types and can run …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015
Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Marvel's Thor

And on Thor's Day, Ingram confirmed Odin's absorption

You read it here first, folks, Ingram Micro has indeed acquired service-provider-centric virtualiser Odin from Parallels. Odin was spun out of Parallels in March 2015, as the father of the father of the Gods decided things would be more orderly if its business was split into discrete service provider and desktop virtualisation …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2015

EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

An Electronic Arts server was hacked and used to host a phishing site targeting Apple ID holders, according to internet security firm Netcraft. The site has since been pulled down and EA has told various news sites that it is "investigating" the report. Netcraft security expert Paul Mutton posted on the company's blog that the …

Network Solutions' 30-day refund has a catch: It'll keep up to 30%

Network Solutions has been scolded by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading consumers over a "30-day money back guarantee" that wasn't quite what it seemed. The domain flogger and web hosting company has offered the "guarantee" since 2008 on its hosting deals, which range from $120 to $350 per year. But on a …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jun 2015
management governance3

White box servers? We can do that, says HP Enterprise chief

Interview The Far Eastern white box makers are sucking up some server volumes in Europe at the expense of the big brands – but that’s just fine, according to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s EMEA chief. Stats from IDC revealed that in Q2 the ODMs (original design manufacturers) grew unit sales and revenues by 40 and 42 per cent respectively …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2015
Toilet roll printed with fake US $100 bills

Vendors reporting their cloud revenue with funny money

There's no way to tell just how successful your suppliers are in the cloud, because nobody's counting cloud cash consistently. So says analyst house Gartner in a paper titled “Vendor Cloud Revenue Claims — Should Enterprises Care?” Gartner thinks you need to care, because vendors are finding all sorts of ways to cook up a big …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2016

Get James Bond in here: 13 million account passwords plundered from 000webhost

Hackers have made off with the names, email addresses, and unencrypted passwords of 13 million accounts at 000webhost, a free web hosting biz. If anyone hit by the raid has reused a 000webhost password on another website, now's the time to change it. Troy Hunt of HaveIBeenPwned fame said he has added the email addresses of …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2015
Cash on scales. Pic: Images Money, Flickr

Iomart, Logicalis and VIRTUS buy data centre firms

The data centre sector witnessed a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity today with three DC firms changing hands. Let’s start with Iomart, which is paying up to £11m for United Communications Ltd, a managed hosting firm based in Hemel Hempstead, with about 6500 mostly small business customers. Iomart is paying £7.5m in …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2015

It was Shodan easy! MacKeeper user database left wide open

A database of 13 million MacKeeper users has been easily accessed online, potentially exposing personal details but not payment information. Email addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses and weakly hashed passwords for the controversial Apple Mac cleanup utility were exposed because MongoDB databases hosting the information …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2015
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Managed services biz Claranet adds £107m to war chest

Acquisition-hungry European managed services provider Claranet has drummed up £107m in a refinancing deal. Charles Nasser, Claranet Group founder and CEO, said: “Our financing now extends to 2020 and achieves greater flexibility for us as we plan for further growth and the development of our products and services." He added: " …
Kat Hall, 31 Mar 2015

FTC: Hey, Network Solutions, time we had a chat about 'refunds'

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement deal with web hosting provider Network Solutions over the latter's handling of customer refunds. The FTC had filed a complaint against Network Solutions arguing that the biz had been stiffing users on refunds given under its "30 Day Money Back Guarantee." The …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Apr 2015

CloudFlare CEO blasts Anonymous claims of ISIS terrorist support

Matthew Prince, CloudFlare's cofounder and CEO, has hit back at Anonymous, which claimed his firm backs ISIS by keeping terror websites up and running. CloudFlare is a content-distribution network: it acts like a huge sponge, soaking up deluges of internet traffic that would otherwise overwhelm small to medium-sized websites, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2015

Today is not the day to search for a beautician in Russia

Cyphort Labs researcher Nick Bilogorskiy says ransomware authors have infected some 60 Russian websites that collectively attract more than 20 million visitors a month. The malware man says the attacks are hosted on Russian hosting site Rustelekom. Visitors to the sites could have the CTB Locker ransomware dropped through the …
Team Register, 17 Nov 2015
The Register breaking news

Hosting firm suffers 'innocent' intrusion after billing system hacked

Web-hosting firm eUKHost has been hacked by Pakistani hacking team UrduHack, which appeared to have gained access to its billing system. The company sent out an email to customers and announced on its website over the weekend that it had spotted the intrusion within the last 24 hours. "We can confirm that an administrator level …

WordPress under attack by whack-a-mole ad-scam malware

Sucuri threat researcher Denis Sinegubko says a "massive" advertising scam campaign is affecting users visiting WordPress sites, injecting backdoors and constantly re-infecting sites. The prolific virus-destroyer (@unmaskparasites) says writers are injecting code into all JavaScript files on a targeted WordPress sites. …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2016
NetHack 3.6

ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

NetHack is one of the gaming industry's foundational texts. The animated adventure debuted in 1987, continuing an ASCII ancestry traceable to 1980's Rogue and earning it a place on the Museum Of Modern Art's list of games worthy of historical preservation. The game is simple: after choosing a race, gender and character class …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2015

Hackers upload bot code to Imgur in 8Chan attack

A nasty vulnerability in Imgur was used by attackers to hide malicious code in images, commandeer visitors' browsers, and hose the 4Chan and 8Chan image boards. Imgur has fixed the hole preventing the upload of malicious images, and says the compromised pages were served in targeted attacks and not published to the site's main …
Darren Pauli, 23 Sep 2015
Clog dancers. image via shutterstock http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-138156878/

Dutch government websites KO'd by 10-hour DDoS

The Netherlands government’s websites were taken offline for around 10 hours on Wednesday following a DDoS attack. The motive for the sustained packet-flinging assault – directed against the Dutch government website's hosting provider, Prolocation – remains unclear. A brief statement (Google translation here) by the Dutch …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2015

NetNames confirms easily.co.uk whacked by cyber crims

The UK’s number two website hosting business, Easily.co.uk, has confirmed to customers it has fallen prey to cyber crims. The NetNames-owned company, which hosts 100,000 sites including 65,000 in Britain, told punters yesterday IT systems were attacked by an “unknown third party”. “A forensic investigation by independent …
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2015