British betting site operator Leisure & Gaming plc has paid $1.4 million to acquire the domain name vip.com. The sale is the highest publicly reported domain resale of 2005, nearly doubling the $750,000 price for sales of property.com and website.com. The deal comes just two months after Leisure & Gaming plc acquired VIP Management Services and its themed online betting sites for 23.4 million pounds (about $42 million US).
Prices for registering a stand-alone .com domain remained unchanged this month at all major providers except Register.com, which ended a $30 "sale" and is once again the priciest domain seller at $35. The bargains on new domains have shifted to packages in which a domain is bundled with a hosting account. Go Daddy last week began offering domains for $1.99 with the purchase of any non-domain product, such as hosting or SSL certificates. That slices $2 off the $3.99 price for that package, which Go Daddy introduced in January.
Retail Domain Name Prices, September 2005 Company One-year
Primary Business  Primary Region Netfirms $4.95 Shared Hosting America 1&1 Internet AG $5.99 Mixed Hosting Europe Hostway $6.95 Shared Hosting America Interland $7.95 Mixed Hosting America Web.com $7.95 Mixed Hosting America AIT Domains $7.99 Mixed Hosting America Stargate $8.49 Shared Hosting America Go Daddy Inc $9.20 Domain Registrar America Yahoo $9.95 Shared Hosting America Verio $9.95 Mixed Hosting America RegisterFly $9.99 Domain Registrar America Netcetera $12.64 Mixed Hosting Europe Dotster $14.95 Domain Registrar America FastHosts/UKReg $16.05 Mixed Hosting Europe Pipex/123Reg $16.23 Mixed Hosting Europe eNom $29.95 Domain Registrar America Network Solutions $34.99 Domain Registrar America Register.com $35.00 Domain Registrar America
Security researchers say they have found weaknesses in Cisco's Internet Operating System (IOS) which may enable an Internet worm to spread between Cisco routers. But Arhont Ltd. denied reports that such a worm had actually been developed.
In a post to the Bugtraq mailing list, Arhont's Andrei Mikhailovsky said his firm had discovered weaknesses in the way IOS uses the Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), which handles information exchange between routers. "Among the discovered issues are multiple vulnerabilities in EIGRP implementation," Mikhailovsky wrote. "Also, authors have addressed the _theoretical_ aspects of an algorithm for a cross-platform worm that could spread in IOS based devices." EIGRP supports the AppleTalk and IPX (Novell Netware) networking protocols in addition to IP, allowing cross-platform routing. Arhont offered no additional details, but said it is preparing an advisory for Cisco's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT).(more...)
A serious security hole has been discovered in TWiki, the popular open source collaboration software. The vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute shell commands on affected systems, and is already being actively exploited, with some analysts warning that a worm could soon follow. A hotfix is available from the TWiki web site.
TWiki is an enterprise collaboration platform typically used on development projects. It is used for internal communications at companies including IBM, Yahoo, Circuit City, Reuters, Boeing, General Electric, Wachovia and ZoneLabs. Some large companies use it to run web-facing Wikis, such as British Telecom's UK Telco B2B Forum.(more...)
Few of the data networks knocked offline by Hurricane Katrina have relocated their operations to backup sites outside the disaster zone, according to a new report examining the disaster's impact on infrastructure. More than 100 local networks on the U.S. Gulf Coast remain offline two weeks after Katrina, but major Internet networks saw only brief disruptions from the storm, according to the report from Renesys, which monitors Internet routing traffic.
"It is suprising to note how few of the networks in the region saw any service restored through disaster recovery services," the analysis noted. "Many networks in the affected region, especially those in Louisiana, have been unreachable for a prolonged period of time. These networks may not see service restored for some time to come, unless they can be brought back online at disaster recovery sites outside of the region."(more...)
A vulnerability has been reported in Firefox which could allow malicious sites to compromise computers running the browser. The security hole, which is rated highly critical by Secunia, affects all versions, including Firefox 1.0.6 and earlier and the just-released beta version of Firefox 1.5. An attack can be created using a specially-crafted URL, which will cause a buffer overflow in Firefox that results in a denial of service and, in some cases, remote code execution.
The flaw was discovered by researcher Tom Ferris of Security Protocols, who found an error in the way Firefox handles URLs (see description here). The vulnerability has been reported to the Mozilla Foundation, which is preparing a fix. There have been 86 million downloads of the Firefox browser, with recent estimates placing its market share at about 9 percent of Internet users.
Interland is selling its dedicated server business to Peer 1 Networks, which acquired Server Beach last year. Peer 1 said it is paying $14 million for 8,300 dedicated servers and 115,000 square feet of data center space in facilities in Atlanta, Miami and Fremont, Calif.
Peer 1 president and CEO Geoffrey Hampson called the deal an "outstanding fit" and promised little immediate change for Interland customers. “This transaction adds a large customer base, skilled staff, solid dedicated server equipment and three data centers to Peer 1 Network’s existing infrastructure," Hampson noted.
The dedicated server market has been the hottest segment of the web hosting industry over the past two years, as discount pricing allowed hosting resellers and web entrepreneurs to run their own server for less than $100 a month. The popularity of discount dedicated servers spurred huge growth for providers such as EV1Servers.net and The Planet. But dedicated hosting is more capital-intensive than other types of hosting, as providers must lay out cash to purchase hardware and licenses for each server.(more...)