U.S. Military Blocks MySpace

The U.S. Department of Defense has begun blocking access to MySpace and YouTube on its network, citing security concerns and the need to prevent the network from being slowed by video traffic. "This is a bandwidth and network management issue," Julie Ziegenhorn, spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command, told Stars & Stripes. "We’ve got to have the networks open to do our mission. They have to be reliable, timely and secure."

Many troops stationed overseas use the DoD network to access the Internet, but some others use local providers. Ziegenhorn said the sites were becoming "a drain on the system," but the Stars & Stripes story also mentions security several times. MySpace has been a regular target of phishing scams seeking to steal account credentials. MySpace accounts themselves are of limited value, but can serve as a delivery mechanism for keylogging trojans, capturing home computers that may be used for shopping or online banking as well as social networking. Keylogging trojans would be problematic on computers on a secure military network.

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IPOWER, Endurance International Announce Merger

Shared hosting specialists IPOWER and Endurance International are merging in a deal designed to provide the combined company with the scale and resources to compete with Internet titans like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Go Daddy. The merger, which closed on May 4, will create a shared hosting company with 1.19 million hostnames and more than 580,000 active sites, according to Netcraft's Hosting Provider Switching Analysis.

While Endurance has made more than two dozen acquisitions of shared hosting companies, the deal with IPOWER is structured as a merger of equals, and both companies will continue to operate as unique entities with their own brands, according to Jean McCarthy, a spokesperson for Endurance. The deal allows the companies to benefit from their respective strengths, McCarthy said.

Endurance has grown primarily through acquisitions, and is known for its operational efficiency, particularly in migrating acquired hosting customers onto its technology platform. IPOWER, also known as iPowerWeb, is recognized for its marketing and customer acquisition capabilities, which have helped it achieve strong organic growth. "They're two very strong skillsets," McCarthy said.

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Rackspace, Easynet and Easyspace Most Reliable Hosting Companies In April 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
April 1st - 30th 2007

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Rackspace, Easynet and Easyspace are the most reliable hosting companies for April 2007, followed closely by New York Internet and Pair Networks.

The three leaders each had a perfect month, with no downtime and no failed requests for their corporate sites during an entire month of monitoring from eight locations around the globe. Rackspace continues to build upon its stellar uptime performance, having finished at the top of the survey six times in 2006. On April 30 the San Antonio-based managed hosting provider reported record 2006 revenues of $224 million, a 61 percent improvement over 2005. Rackspace said it added more than 3,000 new customers in 2006.

This marks the first time that either Easynet or Easyspace have been the most reliable host in our monthly performance tracking. Easynet is a pan-European managed hosting provider with operations in the UK, Belgium, Germany , France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Easyspace is the web hosting arm of the iomart group plc, a UK internet services specialist.

Three of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, four on Windows and two on FreeBSD.

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May 2007 Web Server Survey

In the May 2007 survey we received responses from 118,023,363 sites, an increase of nearly 4.4 million sites from last month. The Internet has added 12.8 million web sites thus far in 2007, roughly on pace with growth in 2006, when the Web gained a record 30.9 million sites.

With this month's survey, Netcraft has begun tracking Google's custom web server software known as GFE (Google Front End), which is currently found on 2.7 million hostnames, or 2.3% of all sites. Google customizes its web infrastructure, with in-house solutions for software and hardware, including energy-efficient servers and power supplies. GFE is the server found on Blogger sites at blogspot.com, while Google uses GWS (Google Web Server) on some other services, although none with the volume of hostnames seen at Blogger.

The GFE hostnames had previously been grouped under Apache, which sees a reduction in sites. As a result, Apache's market share slips by 2.86 percent to 56 percent, while Windows has a modest gain of 0.36% to 31.5 percent.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - May 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - May 2007

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - May 2007

Top Developers
DeveloperApril 2007PercentMay 2007PercentChange
Apache6689948558.866608769856.00-2.86
Microsoft3538012131.133717029031.490.36
Sun19076101.6821412521.810.13
lighttpd13828431.2214117881.20-0.02
Zeus4888380.434919890.42-0.01

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DataPipe, Navisite, MyHosting.com and iWeb8.com Most Reliable Hosting Companies In March 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
March 1st - 31st 2007

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DataPipe, Navisite, MyHosting.com and iWeb8 are the most reliable hosting companies for March 2007, followed closely by New York Internet and Webfusion. This marks the first time in the top spot of our monthly rankings for NaviSite and My Hosting.com, although each have been among the top 10 a number of times. DataPipe has been the most reliable host fives times previously, while iWeb8 was the top performer in January.

NaviSite is a managed hosting company in Andover, Mass., that also provides content distribution services. Navisite is publicly held, and was among the best performing U.S. stocks in the infrastructure sector in 2006, when its shares rose 457 percent. It has 950 customers in 14 data centers in the US, UK and India.

MyHosting.com is the hosting arm of SoftCom Technology Consulting, which also operates the mail2web email service. MyHosting.com is based in Toronto, Canada and was founded in 1997. The company specializes in hosting on the Microsoft platform, but added Linux hosting in 2004.

Three of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Windows, fiveon Linux and two on FreeBSD.

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Microsoft Patches Critical MCMS Security Hole

Microsoft's latest security updates include a patch for a security hole in Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) discovered by Netcraft's Martyn Tovey. Microsoft update MS07-18 addresses two issues in MCMS, including a cross-site scripting and spoofing vulnerability that was reported to Microsoft by Netcraft.

"The vulnerability could allow the injection of a client-side script in the user's browser," Microsoft notes in its summary. "In a Web-based attack scenario a compromised Web site could accept or host user-provided content or advertisements which could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. The script could take any action on the user's behalf that the Web site is authorized to take. This could include monitoring the Web session and forwarding information to a third party, running other code on the user's system, and reading or writing cookies."

Microsoft Content Management Server allows developers to build complex web sites atop the .NET framework, and is typically used to manage enterprise portals and e-commerce sites. Many of the functions of MCMS 2002 have been integrated into Office SharePoint Server 2007 product. MCMS continues to be widely used, and was found on more than 5,000 sites last year.

Netcraft provides a Web Application Testing service that rigorously tests the defenses of Internet networks and applications. It is part of the Audited by Netcraft service, which provides a range of advanced Internet security tests.