Has SCO forgotten something?

GNU/Linux occupies a special place in the online economy. It is both the most significant result of the novel distributed software development process made possible by the Internet, and also a crucial part of the latter's infrastructure. As a consequence, SCO's escalating legal action against GNU/Linux and its users is of particular concern to those in the Web world. One reflection of this is the decision of EV1Servers to take out a licence from SCO - even if the company's CEO now seems to have his doubts about the wisdom of becoming the first public licensee.

SCO filed its $1 billion action against IBM on 6 March 2003, alleging "misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair competition and breach of contract". The complaint states that "Prior to IBM’s involvement, Linux was the software equivalent of a bicycle. UNIX was the software equivalent of a luxury car." Since then, there have been numerous petitions, claims and counterclaims from both sides.

Continue reading

EV1Servers Gains Sites In Wake of SCO Deal

EV1Servers continued its strong growth in March, bucking speculation that its licensing deal with The SCO Group would prompt a mass exodus of customers. The dedicated server company had a net gain of 32,054 hostnames for the period ended March 10, continuing robust growth that has seen EV1Servers add more than 460,000 hostnames in the past 12 months.

On March 1, EV1Servers becoming the first publicly identified company to have paid SCO to settle its disputed legal claims involving Linux. Our March data shows EV1Servers with a net gain of more than 28K hostnames on Linux, as calls for a boycott appear to have had little impact. About 37K hostnames moved from EV1Servers to other providers in the March tracking period - less than February's total of 44k and only slightly higher than the six-month average of 31k departures per month - while 32K hostnames migrated in from other providers. Continue reading

April 2004 Web Server Survey

In the April 2004 survey we received responses from 49,750,568 sites.

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - April 2004

Top Developers
Developer March 2004Percent April 2004Percent Change

Continue reading

New Phishing Scam Prompts Warnings

Phishing attacks have reached new heights of sophistication with a Javascript-driven scam that detects the user's browser, convincingly spoofs the address bar, and displays fake HTML source code. The new attack prompted a warning last night from the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which said the new technique has "serious security implications for consumers."

"This is one of the most sophisticated phishing attacks that we have yet detected," said Dave Jevans, chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). "Because the fake Address bar remains installed even after you leave the phisher's site, there is a possibility that a phisher could use this technique to secretly track every web site that you visit."

The new technique targets Citibank, commencing with e-mails bearing the subject "Verify your E-mail with Citibank." The IP address for the spoofed page ( is part of a block of addresses assigned to The Planet, a large hosting provider in Dallas, and was still active as of yesterday.

Continue reading

Interland Will Continue Trellix Services

Interland will continue to sell and support its Trellix line of private-label site building tools, and says the software remains an important part of its strategy despite recent staff cuts.

Interland bought Trellix last year for more than $12 million. On March 11 Interland closed the former Trellix headquarters in Concord, Mass. and laid off most staff at that office, prompting reports that the entire Trellix unit was shutting down. That's not the case, according to Fabrice Klein, Interland's vice president of strategy and investor relations. "It's a live platform with revenues, so we obviously want to support that," said Klein. "Customers are not going to see any change in service." Numerous ISPs, portals and domain registrars use Trellix Web Express as their private-label site building tool.

Largest Trellix Users, March 2004
Company Hostnames
using Trellix
 Primary Business&nbsp
Lycos 14,938 Portal
Earthlink 5,801 ISP
Interland 5,647 Mixed Hosting
InfoSpace Inc. 3,377 Portal
Hurricane Electric 2,948 Mixed Hosting
Abacus America, Inc. 2,299 Mixed Hosting

Continue reading

CAIDA: Witty Exposes ‘Spectacular Failure’ of Patch System

The Witty worm has exposed the "spectacular failure" of the current approach to computer security, according to a new analysis, which warns that the worm's innovations could be reproduced to create a vastly more damaging event.

The report by the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) says Witty broke new ground by simultaneously infecting dozens of machines maintained by security-savvy users, and targeting a very recent vulnerability. Witty's spread was limited primarily by its destructive nature and the small installed base of the ISS products it exploited, CAIDA noted, positing that similar tactics could be repeated using huge "botnets" of compromised boxes targeting Windows machines.

Continue reading