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TORONTO, CANADA – ServerMania, a leading provider of cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting, is adopting security measures to protect its customers from the privacy and security risks posed by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The company has also released an advisory urging dedicated server hosting customers to update server operating systems as soon as possible.


Spectre and Meltdown are critical vulnerabilities that exploit flaws in processors manufactured by Intel, ARM, and AMD. These processors are used in almost every computing device, from servers to smartphones. The vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker able to run code on the affected machines, revealing sensitive data by bypassing the processor’s built-in protections.

Microsoft and leading Linux distributions, including CentOS and Ubuntu, have released patches that mitigate the risk. Updating server operating systems to patched versions is the only way to protect server hosting customers and their users.

“The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities expose the vast majority of servers to the risk of compromise and data theft. It’s a huge problem, but the industry has reacted quickly to develop solutions that mitigate most of the risk,” explained ServerMania CEO, Kevin Blanchard, “At ServerMania, we are working with customers to secure servers across our cloud and hybrid server hosting ranges. Dedicated server hosting customers should update their servers as soon as possible.”

Spectre and Meltdown can be exploited by anyone in a position to run code on a server. They are particularly hazardous for multi-tenant systems like the public cloud, which hosts several users on the same server. A malicious user could theoretically run code in a virtual machine they control and access data from the host environment and other virtual machines hosted on the same server. Spectre and Meltdown present a risk in any scenario that allows unvetted code to be run on a server.

ServerMania offers a variety of infrastructure hosting options, including dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and public and private cloud platforms. The company is proactively patching its cloud and hybrid server platforms and is working with its customers to secure dedicated servers.

About ServerMania
ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit https://www.servermania.com.

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Pittsburgh, PA – Liberated Syndication, Inc. (OTCQB: LSYN) (“Libsyn”) announced today that it closed its acquisition of Internet hosting company Pair Networks, Inc. (Pair) on December 27, 2017. Libsyn paid $13.5 million in cash and issued 1,579,613 shares of restricted common stock valued at $2.5 million to acquire 100% of Pair. The combined businesses represented approximately $23 million in annual revenue and approximately $7 million in EBITDA for 2017.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that come from combining these two great, long standing, Pittsburgh-based companies,” said Chris Spencer, Libsyn CEO. “We have tremendous confidence in Pair’s leadership and employees and we intend to fuel revenue growth for the combined entities through sales and marketing investment, cross selling new and existing hosting products and streamlining network computing infrastructure.”


In order to finance the transaction, Liberated Syndication borrowed $10 million under a newly established Senior Secured Credit Facility (the “Bank Facility”) with First Commonwealth Bank, which also was closed on December 27, 2017. Borrowings under the Bank Facility are at variable rates which are, at the borrowers’ option. As of December 27, 2017, interest is set at LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) plus 175 basis points, or 3.44%.

Pittsburgh-based Capital Foundry, LLC acted as advisor to the Company and Arranger for the Bank Facility.

As of December 31, 2017, the combined companies had approximately 82,000 monthly subscribers for hosting services. Management believes there are many cross selling opportunities including website and blog hosting services for podcasters, full-service WordPress solutions for website and blog development, domain name registration and hosting, as well as co-location hosting services for larger podcast networks, an area of significant potential growth in the podcasting industry.

“Podcasts are expected to continue to grow in popularity and have become an integral part of brand strategy along with websites, blogs and social media outlets. Pair’s hosting, domain and WordPress offerings are the tools podcast producers look for to develop online strategies to extend their reach,” said Laurie Sims, Libsyn President. “Libsyn is often seen as a media company because of the type of content we host, but we are fundamentally a hosting platform. We have a lot of synergy with Pair and understand the monthly subscription business model. We are thrilled to add the Pair team, its reliable infrastructure and world class support they provide.”

Additionally, Libsyn management believes there are growth opportunities to be had by capitalizing on Pair’s vast computing infrastructure, cloud based hosting services
and utilizing Pair’s highly regarded customer support team. Focused cyber security services is another area of additional revenue growth potential given recent threats and limited expertise for small and medium-sized businesses.

Management plans to host a shareholder conference call during the first quarter of 2018 to outline its plans for the combined companies in greater detail.

About Liberated Syndication
Liberated Syndication (Libsyn) is the world’s leading podcast hosting network and has been providing publishers with distribution and monetization services since 2004. In 2016 Libsyn delivered over 4.59 Billion downloads. We host over 3.2 Million media files for more than 35,000 podcasts, including typically around 35% of the top 200 podcasts in iTunes. Podcast producers choose Libsyn to measure their audience, deliver popular audio and video episodes, distribute their content through smartphone Apps (iOS, and Android), and monetize via premium subscription services and advertising. We are a Pittsburgh based company with a world-class team. Visit us on the web at www.libsyn.com.

About Pair Networks
Pair Networks, founded in 1996, is one of the oldest and most experienced Internet hosting company providing a full range of fast, powerful and reliable Web hosting services. Pair offers a suite of Internet services from shared hosting to virtual private servers to customized solutions with world-class 24×7 on-site customer support. Based in Pittsburgh, Pair serves businesses, bloggers, artists, musicians, educational institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. Visit us on the web at www.pair.com.

Capital Foundry
Capital Foundry, LLC, is a Pittsburgh-based investment bank with a focus on small to medium sized enterprises. The bedrock of Capital Foundry is the deep and varied experience of its people, and the businesses the leadership team has helped to grow and transform.

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The recently discovered set of malicious actors (Spectre and Meltdown) which affect almost all the computing and mobile devices around the world, have created a buzz among the tech companies. As reported by Google Project Zero, Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can be injected through the JavaScript code running in browser. It enables the attackers to read the system memory in CPUs including the ones from Intel, AMD, and ARM. Attackers can read sensitive information in the system like passwords, encryption keys, etc. It was also found that if any virtual machine (VM) is attacked, the physical memory of host machine too can be accessed. Further, the attacker can access the memory of all the VMs running on same host. Variants of attack: Variant 1: bounds check bypass Variant 2: branch target injection Variant 3: rogue data cache load As per the researchers, the Variant 1 and Variant 2 take place by mounting Spectre vulnerability, while Variant 3 by Meltdown. The Meltdown enables the…
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Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply "wrapped" websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."
The rule has now been amended to read: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or "picker" model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,
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Japanese web hosting company GMO Internet is offering to pay part of its employees' salaries in bitcoin, in part to improve understanding of the cryptocurrency within company ranks, the Guardian reports.
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LAKE FOREST, CA – PSSC Labs, a developer of custom HPC and Big Data computing solutions, today announced its PowerWulf HPC clusters are now available with Intel’s new Xeon® Scalable Processors and Intel’s Omni-Path HPC Fabric to deliver the performance needed to tackle cutting edge computing tasks including real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing.

PowerWulf clusters are built with Intel’s Data Center Blocks to ensure a truly turnkey solution that addresses customer integration challenges. Today’s customer datacenters require unique server solutions that run complex, business-critical workloads. Intel Data Center Blocks configurations are purpose-built with all-Intel technology, optimized to address the needs of specific market segments. These fully validated blocks deliver performance, reliability and quality for solutions customer want and can trust to handle their demanding cloud, HPC, and business critical workloads.


PSSC Labs PowerWulf HPC Clusters are available as config-to-order (CTO) to meet the specific needs of a customer. Key features of these solutions include:

  • Pre-configured and fully validated blocks with the latest Intel HPC technology
  • Powered by the Intel Xeon processor Scalable family, delivers an overall performance increase up to 1.65x compared to the previous generation, and up to 5x Online Transaction Processing warehouse workloads versus the current install base.
  • 2 operating system options to choose: RedHat, SUSE, and CentOS Linux
  • Multiple models with different support options
  • Intel Fabric Suite 10.5.1, Lustre 2.10
  • Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface (Intel OP HFI) Adapter 100 Series and FDR/EDR InfiniBand Fabric
  • Intel Datacenter SATA and NVMe Solid State Drives (SSD)

“Intel’s integrated and fully-validated Data Center Blocks enables PSSC Labs to deliver more efficient and turnkey approach and reduce time to market, complexity and the costs of system design, validation and integration,” said Alex Lesser, EVP of PSSC Labs. “Partnering with Intel allows us to offer our customers the latest hardware options in our line of custom turn-key PowerWulf HPC clusters for a variety of applications across government, academic and commercial environments.”

PowerWulf HPC clusters also feature PSSC Labs CBeST Cluster Management Toolkit (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit) to deliver a preconfigured solution with all the necessary hardware, network settings and cluster management software prior to shipping. With its component structure, CBeST is the most flexible cluster management software package available.

Every PowerWulf HPC Cluster includes a three-year unlimited phone / email support package (additional year support available) with all support provided by PSSC Labs US-based team of engineers. PSSC Labs is an Intel HPC Data Center Specialist and has been a Platinum Provider with Intel since 2009. For more information see http://www.pssclabs.com/solutions/hpc-cluster/

About PSSC Labs
For technology powered visionaries with a passion for challenging the status quo, PSSC Labs is the answer for hand-crafted HPC and Big Data computing solutions that deliver relentless performance with the absolute lowest total cost of ownership. All products are designed and built at the company’s headquarters in Lake Forest, California. For more information, 949-380-7288, www.pssclabs.com

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