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SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Future Hosting, a managed VPS and dedicated hosting provider, has warned server hosting clients of the dangers posed by insecure Memcached instances. When configured incorrectly Memcached, a popular caching application, can be used by bad actors to launch massive Distributed Denial of Service attacks (as reported in CSO Online).

Memcached is used by millions of websites around the world. It is a key-value database that caches the results of database queries to accelerate the performance of web applications. Memcached can be configured to accept connections from arbitrary hosts on the open web. Bad actors can use insecure Memcached instances to launch amplified, reflected DDoS attacks against their victims, taking their websites and applications offline.


Memcached is one of many applications that can be used to amplify the bandwidth available to an attacker: open DNS servers and NTP servers are also common vectors. But Memcached is significantly more potent. It can be used to amplify the data in a DDoS attack by a factor of more than 50,000.

“Future Hosting provides server hosting for thousands of businesses, and we’re concerned that insecure Memcached instances pose a serious threat to our clients and other businesses on the web,“ said Maulesh Patel, VP of Operations of Future Hosting, “Memcached is ubiquitous on the modern web because of its usefulness, but less experienced system administrators are not configuring it securely, providing bad actors with a DDoS vector that threatens even the largest online businesses.”

Earlier this year, a popular version control platform was targeted by a record-breaking DDoS attack that peaked at 1.35 TB per second. Soon after, that record was broken by a DDoS attack that used insecure Memcached instances to send 1.7 TB per second to its victim. Few businesses can mitigate attacks of this magnitude.

Future Hosting urges server administrators to ensure that Memcached instances hosted on their servers are configured securely. Memcached should never be reachable from the open internet or configured to respond to requests from arbitrary hosts.

Developers and system administrators without the expertise to securely configure server software should consider hiring a professional system administrator or a managed server hosting provider that can configure a secure hosting environment.

About Future Hosting, LLC
Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Southfield, Michigan.

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BURLINGTON, Mass. – Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI), a leading provider of platform solutions designed to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed online, announced that it is offering free SSL Certificates for customers of its Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage brands to ensure customer data and transactions are secure for themselves and their visitors. The offer will help customers enjoy continued success online with the update of Google Chrome 68, which is more security-focused.

Beginning earlier this week, Google’s updated web browser Chrome 68 alerts users if a site does not use a secure HTTPS connection, making an SSL Certificate – an important aspect of any website – even more critical. Google’s updated browser displays a “Not Secure” message in the URL of any website that does not have a secure HTTPS connection, making visitors less likely to engage and reducing visibility in Google search results.


“Many of our customers are entrepreneurs, focused on running their businesses, not web developers adept at reacting to the ever-changing world of technology. Endurance is dedicated to helping millions of these small business owners succeed online and our SSL Certificate offer is just another example of providing our customers with the right tools and support to help them grow their businesses,” said Suhaib Zaheer, senior vice president and general manager, hosting brands at Endurance. “In this day and age, a secure website is no longer optional and SSL certification is now a ‘must-have’ for any website, which is why we’re proud to offer this to Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage customers free of charge in light of Google’s browser update.”

Why Encryption is Critical

For the millions of small businesses online today, a “Not Secure” notice could have a dramatic impact on their business. Without a SSL Certificate encrypting the data passing between them and the visitors to their site, both parties could be at risk, and without dedicated resources for site security, small businesses may be even more vulnerable to attacks.

A simple SSL Certificate can help to protect small businesses by:

Authenticating their presence – Validates that customers are talking to their servers and not someone pretending to be them.
Retaining data integrity – Prevents bad actors from modifying the communications between visitors’ computer and business servers, or even injecting unwanted content into sites.
Encrypting data – Keeps the data passing between a site and its visitors private.
Boosting SEO rank – Improves search optimization since Google will give a boost in the ranking of websites that use an SSL Certificate.

Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage customers will receive free basic SSL to help ensure their sites are secure, allowing their customers to interact with them with confidence. Paid options are also available for customers looking for additional SSL features, such as warranty and TrustLogo Site Seal to display on their website to show their customers that data is secure.

For more information, visit www.Bluehost.com,www.HostGator.com, www.Domain.com and www.iPage.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EIGI) helps millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,500 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WEB), a leading global provider of a full range of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small and medium‐sized businesses, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group, LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2 billion.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the members of Web.com’s board of directors, an affiliate of Siris will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Web.com for $25.00 per share in cash. The purchase price represents a 30% premium over Web.com’s 90-day volume-weighted average price ended on June 19, 2018.

A special meeting of Web.com’s shareholders will be held as soon as practicable following the filing of a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and subsequent mailing to its shareholders.

Web.com may solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties during a “go-shop” period from the date of the agreement until August 5, 2018. There is no guarantee that this process will result in a superior proposal, and the agreement provides Siris with a customary right to match a superior proposal. Web.com does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until the company determines such disclosure is appropriate.

“This transaction will provide shareholders with immediate and substantial cash value, while also providing us with a partner that shares in our commitment to customers and employees and can add strategic and operational value,” said David L. Brown, chairman, CEO and president of Web.com. “Based on our extensive engagement with Siris over the past two months and our prior discussions with them, we are confident that Siris’ support will enable Web.com to execute on its strategy and next phase of growth.”

Commenting on the transaction, Robert Aquilina, Siris Capital executive partner, said: “Web.com has a 20+ year legacy of leadership in the domain market with strong brand equity and a growing portfolio of attractive, value-add online and marketing services for SMBs. Siris looks forward to nurturing Web.com’s core domain business, supporting and anticipating the diverse needs of the company’s customers, and driving new opportunities for innovation and growth.”

Frank Baker, Co-Founder of Siris Capital, commented: “We are excited to partner with Web.com as it embarks on this new chapter of growth and market leadership. As a private company, Web.com will be able to make strategic investments for sustainable and profitable growth, while remaining agile and focused on delivering best-in-class solutions to its customers.”

The proposed transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is subject to approval by Web.com’s shareholders, along with the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and antitrust regulatory approvals, as necessary. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. Upon completion of the acquisition, Web.com will become wholly owned by an affiliate of Siris.

Web.com will file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q reporting its second quarter financial results but does not intend to host a quarterly earnings call.

About Web.com Group, Inc. | Web.com
Since 1997 Web.com (Nasdaq:WEB) has been the marketing partner for businesses wanting to connect with more customers and grow. We listen, then apply our expertise to deliver solutions that owners need to market and manage their businesses, from building brands online to reaching more customers or growing relationships with existing customers. For some, this means a fast, reliable, attractive website; for others, it means customized marketing plans that deliver local leads; and for others, it means customer-scheduling or customer-relationship marketing (CRM) tools that help businesses run more efficiently. Owners from big to small can focus on running the companies they know while we handle the marketing they need. To learn how this global company collaborates with customers and employees to achieve their potential, explore www.web.com or follow on Twitter at @webdotcom or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/web.com.

About Siris Capital Group, LLC | Siris Capital
Siris Capital is a leading private equity firm focused on making control investments in data, telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled business service companies in North America. Integral to Siris’ investment approach is its partnership with exceptional senior operating executives, or executive partners, who work with Siris on a consulting basis to identify, validate and operate investment opportunities. Their significant involvement allows Siris to partner with management to add value both operationally and strategically. To learn more, visit us at www.siriscapital.com.

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Leading cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has unveiled a new security solution called Deep Security Smart Check, enabling DevOps teams to continuously scan the container images before deployment. Trend Micro already provides Deep Security solution to protect the Docker hosts and containers that run on Linux distributions. The new solution will complement the Deep Security, said Trend Micro. Deep Security Smart Check can scan the container images in private and cloud registries even before they are deployed to production. It detects the malware, assess the vulnerabilities and notifies the users. DevOps teams can visualize the scan results through a dashboard and resolve the security issues in the development cycle itself, rather than after releasing the application. “Container platforms are enabling organizations to achieve faster software development release cycles, and they do not accept slowing down for additional security measures,” said Bill McGee, SVP and GM of Hybrid Cloud Security…
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TAMPA, FL – Hivelocity, a global provider of dedicated servers, cloud hosting, colocation and managed services, announced today the addition of AMD EPYC to its line of Instantly Deployable Dedicated Servers. Hivelocity currently offers 20 unique server configurations which deploy in minutes at their data centers in Tampa, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City. Customers with more than a few minutes to spare can custom configure their servers with thousands of customizable options and same day deployment.

“For the last decade plus we have offered Intel Xeon servers exclusively to our customers. When AMD introduced it’s new line of EPYC processors we were skeptical. It is no secret that AMD has let down our industry before with previous attempts like Bulldozer. Not only have the EPYCs not been a disappointment, they have truly blown away our expectations. We have early adopter customers using EPYCs for months who are telling us they have gone from maxing out their previous Dual E5 Xeons to about 25% load on their new EPYCs,” according to Hivelocity’s COO, Steve Eschweiler. “We asked a 3rd party to run some bench mark tests on these AMD systems to provide customers with an unbiased impression of their performance. The results of these tests can be found at https://www.hivelocity.net/blog/amd-epyc-benchmarks/.”


Hivelocity provides high-performance data center services to thousands of customers from over 130 countries since 2002. In September of 2017 Hivelocity completed the acquisition of Rack Alley, an IaaS provider with data centers in Los Angeles. AMD recently conducted a case study on Hivelocity which can be found at – https://www.amd.com/Documents/Delive…h-AMD-EPYC.pdf

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Datacenter.com, a global provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data center services that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while achieving a calculated, highly energy-efficient pPUE of 1.04 at their newly commissioned Amsterdam facility, has been nominated by Datacloud Europe under the ‘Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design’ award category. The winner of four nominees for this data center architecture award will be announced at the Datacloud Europe 2018 event to be held in Monaco in June.

Datacenter.com’s AMS1 data center, a facility part of a planned targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers that welcomed its first customers in November 2017, makes use of a unique Indirect Adiabatic Cooling setup as well as the latest Schneider Electric UPS technology. Datacenter.com has uniquely positioned its highly modular cooling infrastructure directly under the raised floor, with a height of 4.7 meters (!!) underneath an aisle containment solution with hot-aisle setup.

The Datacenter.com Amsterdam facility has been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design’ award category together with Kao Data, Altice Portugal and WestfalenWIND IT. One of these four data center companies will be selected as an award winner during the Datacloud Europe 2018 award ceremony in Monaco, 12-14 June 2018 (www.datacloudcongress.com).

Datacenter.com’s Architecture

“The first colocation facility commissioned by Datacenter.com, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, features a truly unique data center architecture,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Part of our global roll-out of data centers in select markets worldwide, this new facility in Amsterdam is engineered according to an innovative data center design with clear objectives – to reduce operational costs; to minimize our carbon footprint; and to offer highly flexible colocation solutions including power and network infrastructure. The result being a highly efficient, on-demand colocation services model delivered by Datacenter.com; a go-to-market model with high energy-efficiency levels and cloud-like elasticity with month-to-month colocation contracts.”

Datacenter.com uses a delta T (temperature between the data hall and the hot aisle) of 11-21 degrees Celcius, and combines this with an airflow of 2-5m/s. “This is a very low airflow rate,” added Mr. Steman. “In our Amsterdam data center, this results in a maximum absorption of the hot air. Our unique setup has resulted in a minimization of cool air loss while providing short air circulation, therefore significantly reducing the power needed in AMS1 while creating an ultra-low calculated pPUE of 1,04.”

To achieve maximum resilience, reliability and security levels, all critical data center infrastructure is installed outside the data hall in AMS1 so there’s no need to enter the data hall for maintenance. Water supply for the data center cooling solution is also located below the floor, so the data center roof is empty. This will prevent leakage from happening or potentially damaging customer equipment.

Modular Cooling Units, Schneider Electric UPS

Datacenter.com works with highly modular and relatively small cooling units. The cooling areas underneath the raised floor are directly below the corridors with hot-aisle setup. Datacenter.com pushes the hot air down towards the cooling engines, enabling the company to cool high density 54U, 11kW+ cabinets (from Schneider Electric) with a slow airflow without any use of compressors.

“These highly modular, small cooling units provide us with a granular cooling infrastructure designed for the highest operational and energy efficiency levels,” added Mr. Steman. “The design allows Datacenter.com to cool high-density 54U 19” cabinets which are fully loaded with servers without any problems. The flexible cooling technology also provides for quick replacement and expansion options of cooling units when needed. This is significantly saving operational costs for Datacenter.com and our customers.”

Schneider Electric’s newest Galaxy VX solution was selected as the central Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) platform for Datacenter.com AMS1. “We have been the first in the Netherlands to use this innovative UPS platform from Schneider Electric for our data centers,” added Mr. Steman. “It actually plays an important role in our overall efforts to reduce energy consumption. The average efficiency of a UPS is about 94,5%, meaning a waste of 6,5%. To reduce this overhead, we evaluated a variety of UPS solutions available in the market and ultimately decided to select the newest Schneider Electric Galaxy VX solution as the central UPS platform for Datacenter.com AMS1.”

“The Schneider Electric Galaxy VX solution helps to reduce power usage overhead in AMS1 to less than 1% in eco-mode, providing significant energy savings and also efficiency and significantly enhanced reliability in UPS operations,” concluded Mr. Steman. “A calculated pPUE figure of 1.04 as a result is a very low thus highly energy efficient figure being achieved. This will set the Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 facility apart from the rest in Amsterdam and beyond in the European data center market. It will also add to the innovative strength within the data center market on a wider scale, as we’re planning to roll-out best-in-class colocation data centers worldwide.”

About Datacenter.com
Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support.

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