07/10/2006 Hosting Industry News Briefing

Here’s your hosting industry briefing for 07/10/2006

Intermedia Offers New SpamStopper

Intermedia, a provider of hosting solutions, announced that they have added SpamStopper to all of the hosted Exchange plans. SpamStopper includes content filtering capabilities to further reduce the amount of spam. The company already uses Antigen for Exchange to protect their clients, and feels that the addition of SpamStopper will work well with this program.

SpamStopper was developed specifically for Intermedia and is based on the popular open source program, Spam Assassin. Customers of Intermedia who wish to add this capability to their Exchange plans will need to pay an additional $1 per month, per mailbox.

“Spam can be a serious drag on business productivity,” says Serguei Sofinski, CEO of Intermedia. “With the new SpamStopper product, customers of our industry-leading hosted Exchange can enjoy sophisticated spam protection built in to their service, with almost no management required on their part.”

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4Domains Launches New VPS Plans

4Domains, a provider of domain name registration and hosting services, announced that they have added VPS hosting to their current hosting line-up. The company’s other brand, Bluehill.com will also offer this capability.

The new VPS plans will be available as Linux or Windows, depending on the customer’s preference. The company is currently completely the transition and expects to have the new changes up on their site very soon.

“We are excited to offer this new VPS product offering to our legacy VPS customers and that of new potential customers,” said Chuck Steinberger, CEO of 4Domains, a wholly owned subsidiary of SEInc. “We have already migrated and upgraded many legacy customers and so far the feedback is very positive on the new Virtual Private Server features.”

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Hackers Go After Banking Sites

Goldleaf Technology, a provider of hosting services, released information that a phishing attempt was made by hackers in an attempt to exploit several banking companies that use their hosting solutions.

The company stated, “its 600 client bank sites were affected by the security compromise for periods from nine to 91 minutes on May 25 between 1:35 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. CST. Goldleaf Technology says when customers logged onto the banking Web sites, they were redirected through a server in Madrid, Spain, and from there, customers were redirected again to servers in several countries. However, many customers felt suspicious as the phishing site didn’t resemble the official bank sites.”

“How [do] we prevent this in the future? Unfortunately, ... this type of activity will not stop,” says Scott Meyerhoff, executive VP for parent company Goldleaf Financial Solutions. “We will remain vigilant to safeguard our customers. Having security personnel on staff and fully reviewing the system on a regular basis will ensure we have the safest environment possible.”

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RegisterFly.com Starts New Reseller Program

RegisterFly, a provider of domain name registration services, announced that they have begun a new reselling program for their customers. Under this plan, resellers will be able to offer domain names for $6.50 each.

The company stated, “A XML-based API is provided that includes the most common domain management functions and even incorporates URL Redirection at no additional cost. Within the coming weeks additional domain name extensions, free privacy protection, SSL certificates and products will be available within the reseller channel.”

“A large number of our customers approached us about creating a reselling plan that did not require an excessive deposit,” states Terry Kocek, Vice President of Sales for RegisterFly.com, inc. “In addition to no deposit required, we also established the lowest reseller pricing in the industry at only $6.50 each. The response to the reseller program exceeded our expectations; over 10,000 resellers have signed up within the past four weeks alone.”

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