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Paras Jha and Josiah White have pleaded guilty to federal cybercrime charges in an Alaska court for creating the Mirai botnet and launching attacks including the one that took down Dyn in October of last year, ZDNet reports.
Jha, who was unmasked by cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs in January, was indicted along with White in early December, court documents unsealed Wednesday said.
"Jha conspired to conduct DDOS attacks against websites and web hosting companies located in the United States and Abroad," according to his plea agreement. The document also says Jha managed to infect more than 300,000 devices.
See also: Andromeda Botnet Brought Down by Law Enforcement Agencies, Private Sector
He also admitted to releasing the source code in order to create "plausible deniability" in case he was caught in possession of it. Having done so, Jha has allowed the threat to be reused and repurposed by other hackers, as Akamai detailed in a report earlier this year.
A justice department spokesperson indicated to ZDNet that further indictments in the case will be unsealed soon.
As was suggested by Krebs when he identified Jha, Dyn appears to have been collateral damage in a DDoS attack on game servers, as Jha and his co-conspirators, presumably meaning White, and possibly others, attempted to extort the companies hosting them.
Fast-growing botnet "IoT_reaper" was discovered to be using some of the Mirai code in October.

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MONTRÉAL – ROOT Data Center announces today that it is the first wholesale data center in the world to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to reduce the risk of data center downtime. ROOT Data Center has partnered with state-of-the-art AI and machine learning technology firm Litbit, within ROOT’s Montréal-based facility.

This unprecedented application of leading edge technology enhances ROOT’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) strategy, utilizing deep datasets to monitor and manage the overall health and status of critical systems within its data center. In addition to the crucial and constant monitoring by technicians, AI and machine learning capabilities help ROOT Data Center to better anticipate and manage potential failures before they occur. This helps ROOT staff to avoid, rather than recover, from operational outages.


“Reliability and uptime are key consideration for any data center user, ranging from cloud service providers, to hosting companies, video game developers and other large-scale IT organizations,” explains AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT Data Center. “At ROOT Data Center, we’ve made 100 percent uptime a top priority, and working with Litbit, we’ve pioneered the next wave of machine learning within data center operations to get us closer. Today, we’re proud to say that ROOT is championing the use of cutting-edge AI and machine learning technology to reduce the risk of downtime for customers of all sizes.”

The integration of AI into ROOT Data Center’s colocation ecosystem is designed to work alongside existing personnel as a partnership between humans and technology. Litbit provides AI Personas and machine-learning sensors trained by skilled data center technicians to identify indicators that fault is possible. ROOT can now utilize this new technology to augment their monitoring of the facility’s environment and help reduce the risk of outages.

“Business is everywhere and always in the data center more than anywhere else, but people can’t be,” says Scott Noteboom, CEO of Litbit. “That is the promise of AI, to help provide constant and intelligent oversight of the spaces and machines in a data center to improve business outcomes. We are proud to be working with ROOT to make good on that promise.”

While many large hosting companies and leading Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) move their data center operations to Montréal due to low electricity rates, cooler climate, and low-latency connectivity to Boston and New York City, the risk of costly facility downtime still remains. As a result of AI and machine learning integration to reduce that risk, ROOT Data Center is attracting a new wave of digital enterprise investment throughout Montréal, making the region a destination of choice for advanced colocation services.

About ROOT Data Center
ROOT is a next-generation data center company that provides colocation solutions to empower the world’s computing leaders. Its modular design promises optimal agility and efficiency, which enables all customers to scale their technology infrastructure and grow with confidence. Less power to waste, more power to you. For more information, visit www.rootdatacenter.com.

About Litbit
Litbit is San Jose-based company that has developed a platform that packages, automates, and magnifies domain expertise into AI personas with superhuman senses. Targeted at teams that manage spaces and equipment, its mobile-first solution makes it possible to implement end-to-end AI without the need for data scientists or complex deployments. Learn more at www.Litbit.com.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting and technology enablement, announced the appointment of Todd Benjamin as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Benjamin brings more than 30 years of telecommunications, managed hosting and operational support to Codero. In his new role, Mr. Benjamin will lead Codero’s expansion initiatives by leveraging strategic relationships with Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) industry leaders.

“In Todd, Codero has found the right person to increase our portfolio of RLEC partners and influence untapped resources to support our long-term growth strategy,” said John Martis, President and CEO of Codero. “He has a long track record of building and developing great relationships with service providers, enterprises, and partners alike. With the interest and traction we are experiencing in our RLEC solutions, this is the perfect time to bring someone with Todd’s sustained level of success and innovation into the organization.”


Mr. Benjamin joins Codero from Hostway, where he played an instrumental role in spearheading business development and strategic initiatives to national telecom service providers, specifically targeting small and medium sized businesses. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Rodopi Software, a provider of converged solutions to automate billing, provisioning, and customer care for web hosting companies. In both roles, he helped to introduce novel value-added solutions by forging tactical alliances with leading technology companies to expand distribution channels.

“I am excited to be joining Codero at this time,” said Benjamin. “Codero is uniquely qualified to provide our RLEC partners with a powerful and highly integrated business communications experience for their customers, with immediate and unrivaled benefits. I am looking forward to the opportunity to grow Codero’s base through creative partnering with the RLEC industry’s top businesses.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com.

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Web hosting companies that use influencer marketing should take care not to fall foul of the FTC's guidelines concerning paid endorsements.
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LONDON, UK – Netwise Hosting officially made the switch to true 100% renewable energy at its fast-filling London Central data centre. This places the organisation right at the head of the field in terms of its commitment to a sustainable future, as one of the first data centre operators to push entirely renewable energy in the UK.

Netwise will join ranks with the likes of Google, who are themselves committed to making the switch across their entire global estate by the end of the year.


This comes as welcome news to everyone in the industry, as current estimates predict global data centre power usage to top 500 terawatts by 2020. That’s over 3% of the world’s energy consumption, an unignorable figure that places data centres at the epicentre of responsibility for spearheading and supporting genuine renewable energy schemes.

Netwise Hosting, now two years on from launching its London Central facility, turned to specialist provider Ecotricity for the delivery of this ground-breaking change, as leaders in the supply of truly green energy.

Crucially, rather than relying on ambiguous carbon credits and misleading offset schemes, Ecotricity generate this energy themselves using the wind, the sun, and soon the sea. This is directly in keeping with Netwise Hosting’s own ethos of owning and controlling as much of the service chain as possible.

Matthew Butt, Managing Director at Netwise Hosting, gave comment on the recent change.

“This is a big step for us in setting the standard for the future of data centre operations, particularly in a major capital city like London. We are incredibly proud to be delivering our customers with what may well be the greenest data centre service set in London, if not the UK.”

This bold new move works together with the industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness rating already achieved at Netwise Hosting’s London Central data centre, which is one of the lowest in Europe. It is through the intelligent deployment of evaporative and free cooling technologies that allows the facility to reach its impressive PUE of just 1.12 [lower is better, with the average at 1.60].

Netwise Hosting work with a wide range of clients who now consider ‘going green’ to be a major priority for their service delivery. None of these are more prevalent than Krystal, who are one of the UK’s largest cloud hosting companies, and who actively push responsible service provision. Earnestly evolving energy procurement in line with these pressures has become a primary driving force behind Netwise making the jump to a renewable supply at its private facilities, both now and in the future.

Matt Seaton, Senior Manager at Netwise Hosting, also gave comment.

“We now work with several large service providers who are feeling added weight every day in reducing their carbon impact, as computational demands continue to increase. We’ve listened to this demand, and helped our early adopters in delivering this to their end clients.”

Netwise plan to run a range of events and engagement activities to increase awareness around the importance of delivering services to end clients using energy sourced responsibly. The first of these occurred this month, with a soft launch of the company’s new ‘green wall’, now in place at its London Central facility.

About Netwise Hosting
Netwise Hosting provide enterprise-grade hosted environments to a wide and varied customer-base, working closely with clients all around the world. By designing and building its own private data centres, and offering unparalleled flexibility in its colocation services as a result, Netwise Hosting brings to life a wholly unified approach to hosting. A young, energetic team sit at the helm, allowing Netwise to grow progressively and organically into the inimitable company it is today. The bespoke, almost boutique nature of the Netwise Hosting facilities, coupled with the unique dynamism of company operations, allows for the supply of truly individualised solutions which meet the exacting requirements of any business. http://www.netwisehosting.co.uk

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting services to SMBs and web professionals, is proud to announce the launch of the Liquid Web Premium Business Email product to further augment their wide portfolio of hosting products. Liquid Web’s Premium Business Email offers a fully managed email solution that includes standard features important to a professional presence, including access to email from anywhere through mobile, webmail and other mail clients but without any hardware to deploy or software to install and manage. This newest Liquid Web product serves the business customer providing feature-rich services including ample storage, high quality Spam and Virus protection and the ability to create a custom domain for professional branding.

“In a time where web hosting companies are transforming more into platform as a service type offerings, Premium Business Email will allow our customers to increase their productivity and lower their costs by not having to manage, maintain or troubleshoot their email servers,” said Joe Oesterling, CTO. “We have been fortunate to be able to service our customers for over 20 years by adapting to technology changes, and we look forward to continuing to empower our customers by providing them an additional managed hosting service like Premium Business email. Our mission is to enable our customers to focus on running their business and entrust Liquid Web with managing their hosting services.”


The Premium Business Email product augments Liquid Web’s already premium portfolio, and adds capabilities to further simplify web hosting and cloud services for it’s SMBs and the designers, developers and agencies who create for them. The feature-rich product is priced competitively and low enough in order to allow Liquid Web customers who support multiple clients to create their own revenue-generating opportunity. Premium Business Email joins other recent product announcements like the acquisition of Cloud Sites, an all-in-one platform designed for high-traffic websites, and Managed WordPress innovations, such as Image Compression, Visual comparison tool and the addition of iThemes Sync. Backed by industry-leading support, Liquid Web continues to execute on its strategic focus to simplify web hosting and cloud services, for rapidly growing businesses living, building and creating on the web and in the cloud.

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support delivering reliable, highly-available, secure and hassle-free hosting backed with a human touch. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.liquidweb.com, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog. Stay up to date with all Liquid Web events on Twitter and LinkedIn.

*2016 Net Promoter Score of 71

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