Taiwan Earthquake Limits Access To Chinese Hosts

Tuesday’s earthquake off the coast of Taiwan damaged several key underwater cables, disrupting telephone and Internet access to key markets in Asia. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake damaged the Sea-Me-We3 and APCN2 cables, according to Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom. As a result, Asian financial markets have struggled with telecom and Internet access to support trading activities. Satellite connectivity is being examined as on option for restoring regional connectivity, as local telecom providers say cable repairs could take several weeks.

The impact of the disruption can be seen in the performance chart for Chinese hosting provider China NetCenter, which has been unreachable from our monitoring locations in the U.S. and Europe.

ChinaNet web site performance

Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides detailed uptime charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.

DDoS Attack Targets CafePress.com

CafePress.com, which provides online stores for thousands of blogs and web sites, has been hit with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) which has disrupted service for many of its merchants during the critical final shopping days before Christmas. The attack began Tuesday evening and was continuing to cause "significant service interruptions" late Thursday. The cafepress.com main site and a sampling of online stores were accessible early Friday.

"Some customers have access that appears normal, some have intermittent access, and some have no access at all," Cafe Press reported Thursday on its customer forum. "Those of you who are able to access CafePress may be experiencing difficulties with certain functions, such as uploading images. This is normal based on the type of attack we’re experiencing."

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November Phishing Site Competition Winners

Netcraft's November phishing site competition saw the number of blocked phishing sites go beyond 400,000. Progress of the latest competition can be tracked via the phishing site reporters list.

To show our appreciation to the community, Netcraft will be sending a top of the range black 80gb iPod video to the five people who reported the largest number of phishing reports accepted during November.

November's winners are: Robb, Martin, Cris, TomDe and DavidCh. Many thanks for your efforts! Each phishing site that is reported vastly reduces the number of victims falling prey to fraudulent activity on the Web. Netcraft has now received, reviewed and blocked more than 400,000 unique URLs reported to us as phishing sites.

The Netcraft Toolbar, which is available for both Internet Explorer and Firefox, serves as a giant neighborhood watch scheme for the Internet: members who encounter a phishing fraud can act to defend the larger community of users against the attack. Once the first recipients of a phishing mail have reported the target URL, it is blocked for toolbar users who subsequently access the URL and widely disseminated attacks simply mean that the phishing attack will be reported and blocked sooner.

In a manual evaluation of anti-phishing toolbars by Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab last month, the Netcraft Toolbar was shown to be the most effective, identifying 96% of phishing sites. No phishing sites were incorrectly identified as safe.

Tiscali Most Reliable Hoster in November

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
November 1st - 30th 2006


Tiscali is the most reliable hosting company for November 2006, followed closely by Datapipe, Rackspace, New York Internet and Webfusion.

Tiscali, a European provider of hosting and Internet access services, is having a strong year, as this is the third time it has led the survey in 2006. Tiscali is based in Cagliari, Italy, with operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. The company offers shared hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and domain names in addition to a wide range of telecom services.

Four of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, while three use FreeBSD and three are powered by Windows.

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December 2006 Web Server Survey

In the December 2006 survey we received responses from 105,244,649 sites, an increase of 3.8 million hostnames from last month, when the survey topped 100 million sites for the first time. The increase brings the Web's total growth for 2006 to 30.9 million sites, shattering the previous one-year record gain of 17.5 million sites from 2005.

In percentage terms, the Web grew by 41.5 percent this year. That's a significant gain, but still trails the record performance from 2000, when the explosive growth of the dot-com boom took the survey from 10 million to nearly 26 million sites, a one-year increase of 160 percent.

There was a split in this month's trends for web server market share, as Apache gained ground in hostnames (+0.32 percent top 50.6 percent share) while losing share in active sites, slipping 0.84 percent to fall below 60 percent share. Apache still holds a commanding lead in both metrics.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - December 2006

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - December 2006

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - December 2006

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CrystalTech hit By Cyber Monday DDoS

Cyber Monday was a busy day for cybervandals as well as online retailers. A distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) Monday morning caused more than four hours of downtime for customers of CrystalTech, a business hosting provider in Phoenix, Ariz. that hosts 91,000 web sites.

The DDoS featured more than 5,000 machines attacking CrystalTech's DNS servers, flooding the company's network. "This was not just a simple DDOS," Bob Cichon, the President and Chief Operating Officer of CrystalTech, said in a posting on the customer forum. We get those all the time and no one sees it, since our team and equipment handle it very well. This was a very well planned and professional DNS DDOS." The impact of the attack can be clearly seen in our performance chart for CrystalTech:


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