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Brit web host biz UKFast gears up to IPO on London Stock Exchange

UKFast, a British web hosting provider and bringer of clouds, is planning to float on the London Stock Exchange with the aim of raising a £350m war chest, The Register can exclusively reveal. The Manchester-based business, which employs 350 staff and operates five data centres – with two dedicated to the British public sector …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2018

Legal tech startup tries to haul 123-Reg to court over 24-hour backup claims

Customers of 123-Reg hit by the hosting business's recent web deletion woes are being asked to step forward and make a claim against the outfit by a legal tech ambulance chaser startup. In March a hardware failure on one of 123-Reg's servers led to some customers' websites being hit by an outage. The firm hosts a total 1.7 …
Kat Hall, 1 May 2018

GoDaddy told off for reeling in punters with 'misleading' prices

Hosting biz GoDaddy has been slammed by a Brit advertising regulator for "misleading" punters with the lure of cheap deals. The first complaint was made regarding the outfit's advertised £2.99 per month "basic" hosting package. The monthly price was thought to be misleading by complainant Ashley Rumbold because it had to be …
Kat Hall, 28 Mar 2018

123 Reg suffers deja vu: Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown

The UK's self-proclaimed number one website provider, 123 Reg, is having yet another very bad day, although arguably not as bad as those of its long-suffering customers. We're told 123 Reg has hit upon the ultimate method to protect users' website files from hackers by, er, losing them. The hosting biz suffered a storage …
Richard Speed, 6 Mar 2018

Heart Internet outage... three days and counting

A number of Heart Internet customers remain unable to get online for three days thanks to a hosting failure. On 28 January, the Nottingham-based web hosting biz explained in its status update page that one of its KVM hosts (KVMhost69) had suffered a disk failure, which had forced the file-system to mount in read-only mode. " …
Kat Hall, 31 Jan 2018
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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

Life is about to get a lot more expensive for some customers of Fasthosts with domain renewal price hikes as high as 160 per cent coming into effect late next month – unless of course they buy early. The UK-based web-hosting firm contacted customers – El Reg saw the letter – to warn a "new pricing structure will be applied to …
Paul Kunert, 2 Oct 2017
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Swedish slip-up leaks hosting company's customer data

A major Swedish web hosting has been compromised and its entire customer database leaked. The company, Loopia, made the announcement here, saying the breach happened last Tuesday (August 22), and it notified customers on Friday, advising of a system-wide password reset and telling them to update their personal information. …

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

Domain and hosting biz 123 Reg will hike its prices 20 per cent later this year. One customer got in touch to confirm he had received an advanced renewal notification from 123 Reg, which quoted the two-year renewal price of a domain as being £19.98 plus VAT. "I contacted 123 Reg support to query this as the ' …
Kat Hall, 16 Aug 2017

Gone daddy gone: GoDaddy offloads its cloud businesses

GoDaddy is killing its clouds. The company announced an OpenStack-powered public cloud in March 2016. Now it has emailed customers to let them know their servers won't be there after December 31st, 2017, while support of the Bitnami app provisioning service expires on November 15th. Early last week, GoDaddy announced it had …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017
A broken camera

Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Photobucket is cracking down on people embedding on third-party websites images it hosts, until now, for free. The photo-slinging internet elder now says that anyone who wants to use its service to display photos it hosts on other pages – such as signature banners in forum posts – will now need to open up their wallets and …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2017

123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

UK-based hosting and domains provider firm 123-reg has fixed an issue that meant access to some customers' databases ran over an unsecured link, creating a privacy risk in the process. A reader and 123-reg hosting customer got in touch over the issue after failing to get action directly from the hosting firm over the problem, …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2017
A Ransom Note

South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

A South Korean web hosting company is forking out just over US$1 million to ransomware scum after suffering more than eight days of nightmare. Nayana first announced the attack on June 10, saying customer video files and its database had been encrypted, and promising to work to recover the data. More than 150 servers were hit …

Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

Fasthosts left some customers without access to their backups for roughly six days – after it tore down systems it feared were vulnerable to the WannaCry malware. The Brit web hosting biz confirmed to The Register that it pulled the plug on gear hosting some of its customers' online storage service last Friday. These systems …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017

Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

US House Republicans are demanding prosecutors bring charges against the IT chap who hosted Hillary Clinton's private email service. The chairman of the House of Reps' Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Lamar Smith (R‑TX), today sent a formal letter [PDF] to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that charges be filed …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2017


Yahoo! has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its web-hosting service has been shutting down customers' websites for months while still charging them. The class-action complaint [PDF] was filed on Friday in the Northern California US District Court by a bloke called Ronald Meyer. He accused the Purple Palace's Small Business …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2017
Power outage

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day. Enetica's web hosting and domain/DNS service have been down with limited intermittent availability at best since Thursday. The latest updates from Webcity, Enetica's parent firm, …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2017

Where in the world is web hosting?

Web hosting services at are out of action in what would appear to be the final nail in the supplier's coffin. Back in December,, which used supplier 186k for its broadband services, advised customers to seek other providers as it was unable to "continue to supply" broadband services. Leeds-based 186k …
Kat Hall, 7 Mar 2017
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Smart Hosting offers up service credit in bid to hang on to clients

After provoking dissatisfaction from customers during its recent support ticket pile-up, Smart Hosting has apologised and offered £10 in service credit. Following Smart Hosting's merger with the equally pint-sized British hosting business Krystal, complaints over a pile-up of unanswered support tickets were met with radio …

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