Go Daddy Assumes 850,000 RegisterFly Domains

Embattled registrar RegisterFly will transfer 850,000 domain names to GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain registrar under an agreement brokered by ICANN, the parties announced today. The move will be welcome news to domain owners who have been unable to manage their names since RegisterFly collapsed into financial and management turmoil in February.

"We worked with ICANN to effect a migration of the RegisterFly domains to GoDaddy.com and help those customers left in limbo,” said GoDaddy.com CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “It’s what many RegisterFly customers asked us to do. After they are moved over to GoDaddy.com, all RegisterFly customers will once again be able to manage and renew their domain names with confidence and will also enjoy the world-class support we provide all our customers. We expect the move to be completed over the next week."

"The RegisterFly situation has been extremely difficult -- first and foremost for registrants, as well as for the entire registry and registrar community," said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN's President and CEO. "The GoDaddy.com agreement is the best possible solution for RegisterFly customers since it’s a direct and automatic transfer to a competent and experienced customer service oriented organization."

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P2P Networks Hijacked for DDoS Attacks

Peer-to-peer networks are being hijacked to launch an increasing number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on web sites, according to security researchers and network service providers. In these attacks, large numbers of client computers running P2P software are tricked into requesting a file from the intended target of the DDoS, allowing the attacker to use the P2P network to overwhelm the target site with traffic.

These type of attacks had been discussed in papers by security researchers last year, but began appearing on the Internet in early 2007 and have accelerated in recent weeks, according to Prolexic Technologies, which specializes in DDoS defense. In a May 14 advisory, Prolexic reported an increase in the number and frequency of attacks. "The rash of large P2P attacks we have seen in the last month is a perfect example of how the DDoS problem constantly evolves," said Darren Rennick, CEO of Prolexic. "Until January of this year we had never seen a peer-to-peer network subverted and used for an attack. We now see them constantly being subverted."

The company said as many as 100,000 machines had been used in some of the attacks. The peer-to-peer DDoSes may be attractive to attackers, as they don't require the use of an existing "botnet" of compromised computers.

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Internet Passes 600,000 SSL Sites

Netcraft's SSL Survey has found more than 600,000 SSL sites on the Internet for the first time this month. SSL sites are used by ecommerce sites, online banking and financial services, and other secure online service providers.

Netcraft's survey of SSL sites has now been running for over ten years. The first survey, in November 1996, found just 3,283 sites; since then, the number of SSL sites has had an average compound growth of 65% per annum.

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The survey is a good guide to the growth of online trading and services. The survey counts sites by collecting SSL certificates; each distinct, valid SSL certificate is counted in the results. Each SSL certificate typically represents one company's details, and each certificate must be approved by a certificate authority, so the data is typically more consistent and less volatile than other attributes of the Internet's infrastructure.

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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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