Salacious, Messy Anonymous Hacking


It has become the old story now; cybercriminals steal users’ information, and customers or members are notified by hosting or social media websites. The customer’s situation is a complete mess; they shared the details with complete trust, and how such big websites get compromised. Wasn’t their security enough to stop hackers? The situation becomes salacious when they know that the hacker’s group is anonymous.

The companies claim the complete security of their user’s data and promise that they won’t be sharing or selling with 3-party companies without the user’s consent. But what if hackers breach the data? Why don’t companies take security as the topmost priority to stop such breaches? After the data gets compromised, news often comes out from such companies that the cyber security team has taken remedial action and then starts assuring customers with high priority security and privacy. The worst is when companies don’t know about such leaks for even months.

The mysterious online hacker community Anonymous always remains in news headlines. In February, a Twitter account with 7.9 million followers named “Anonymous” declared a “cyberwar” against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. The group claimed responsibility for cyberattacks that disabled websites and leaked Russian government agencies, state-run news outlets, and corporations’ data.

The Anonymous hacktivists employ coordinated cyberattacks against various world governments, corporations, or other groups, often in the name of social or political causes. On March 6, 2022, Anonymous claims to have hacked into the Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi (like Netflix) and live TV channels Russia 24, Channel One, and Moscow 24 to broadcast war footage from Ukraine. But that doesn’t make them heroes. Let’s have a look at their past deeds.

On November 17, 2021, Godaddy, an Internet domain and web hosting company based in New York, revealed a hack on September 6, 2021, which exposed its 1.2 million customers’ emails and numbers, putting them at risk of phishing attacks. An attacker sends a fraudulent message designed to trick the victim into giving them sensitive information. The company filed an incident report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stating that it had identified ‘suspicious activity in its Managed WordPress hosting environment by an unauthorized third party. They immediately began an investigation with the help of an IT forensics firm and contacted law enforcement. SSH File Transfer Protocol, a network protocol that provides file access, transfer, and management over a data stream, and database usernames and passwords got exposed for active customers. The company immediately blocked the unauthorized third party and reset both passwords.

The company spokesperson said: ‘We, GoDaddy leadership and employees, take our responsibility to protect our customers’ data very seriously and never want to let them down. We will learn from this incident and are already taking steps to strengthen our provisioning system with additional layers of protection.’

Why are hackers so high? Can they impact thousands of websites and bring down businesses? Even with so many protections, firewalls, anti-malware, anti-viruses, and best security, how the hosting accounts get compromised still is beyond one’s thinking.

It’s not only Godaddy; almost every big company is the target of hackers. Amazon’s Twitch, a video streaming service, suffered a data leak after an anonymous hacker posted a computer file containing a vast amount of data for the public to access. Users Called ‘Disgusting Toxic Cesspool’ in a post on 4chan by a hacker. CNBC reported that the data leak included details on payments to content creators and an unreleased product from Amazon Game Studios.

Most companies use two-factor authentication (2FA), but not all their customers or members use the same. The companies always recommend changing passwords periodically. It’s time for users to know the difference between public and private information, ‘what to be shared and what not to be.’ Undoubtedly, the threats of cybercriminals will remain in the future also, but it’s the company’s and user alertness that can minimize hacking possibilities.

Importance of Website Security


Security researchers claim that hackers and cybercriminals attack big web hosting companies and domain registrars. There is an increase in backdoor payload attacks against the big hosting providers. Wordfence, a popular security service, analyzes that the WordPress hosting providers and resellers gets the most affected.

The hackers exploit the vulnerabilities, gain access to configuration wp-config.php, and modify parameters to have complete control. They get a template that refers users to pharmaceutical sector spam links and injects malicious pages into search engines results. The spam templates intend to incite victims to purchase fake products, exposing money and payment details to the threat actors. The hackers with complete control alter or modify website content like links, titles, menus, or images; thus, the site appears compromised instead of the original one.

Cybercriminals steal data, passwords, and users’ personal information. The hosting customers prioritize protection and want absolute and higher standards of security measures for their websites, emails, and other resources they host on servers. Thus, the website’s reputation is maintained. The user experiences get impacted, leading to a negative experience and losing trust with website downtime or affected vulnerabilities. The website security threat leads to potential financial losses; thus, hosting consumers want to strengthen digital presence security and take a longer-term view on protecting the investment.

Over 90% of GoDaddy APAC customers participating in its 2021 Global Website Security Survey consider cyber security important for small businesses. Nearly 80% of respondents agreed that small businesses are at risk of cyberattacks. At the same time, half said they had already experienced a security breach, and a third described themselves as unsure of how to deal with a cyberattack.

The hosting providers always advise their customers to keep everything updated and upgraded. Wordfence strongly recommends that users scan the wp-config.php file immediately to detect potential backdoor injections.

Last year in November 2021, up to 1.2 million users of Godaddy’s WordPress websites got affected by an unauthorized attack. GoDaddy In. empowers millions of entrepreneurs worldwide looking to expand their online presence. The hosting provider offers tools for domains, website creation, e-commerce, content creation, and online security capabilities like Firewall and malware protections, site cleanups, and secure backups to help safeguard your customers’ and business information.

Whois Hosting Syrian Websites


No web hosting company is willing to host the Syrian website, as the country is under U.S. sanctions. The American government prohibits web hosting companies from hosting sites and other services of the Syrian government. Furthermore, it also ensures that their sanctions are respected enormously by their allies. Syria faces a complete Internet and telecommunication blackout, and few Syrian government websites hosted by Western providers are available to the public.

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), an office of the U.S. Treasury Department‘s Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, enforces U.S. economic trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, including Syria. Under a series of executive orders, U.S. businesses are prohibited from selling goods and services in Syria. The hosting providers cooperate with law enforcement and regulators to prevent illegal activity online and take the necessary steps to comply with applicable laws and regulations. The sanctions have the inadvertent effect of cutting the Syrian people off from the rest of the world.

The U.S. Treasury Department makes the hosting providers and domain registrars aware of civil enforcement actions. They impose potential hefty fines if a hosting company gets associated with the Syrian government or regime.

.sy is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Syrian websites.

A2 Hosting currently cannot provide any hosting services to individuals in the following countries and regions:

Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, & Region of Crimea

Treasury regulations prohibit hosting providers from registering domains or hosting websites that use the TLDs associated with the countries and regions listed above. The specific prohibited TLDs are:

.ir, .kp, .ss, .sy, .cu & .crimea.ru

Remembering The Internet icon GeoCities


A web hosting service started in 1994 by David Bohnett and John Rezner, and it was the third most visited website on the world wide web. Earlier named Beverly Hills Internet (BHI), a small Web hosting and development company in Southern California, later renamed GeoCities. It allowed registered users called ‘Homesteaders’ to create and publish home pages and e-mail addresses, chat, bulletin boards, and community elements with neighborhoods they wanted to belong to with 2 M.B. of space provided. The neighborhood was part of the member’s Web address along with a sequentially assigned “street address” number to make the URL unique (for example, “www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/number”). 

According to their content, the users select cities or regions to list hyperlinks to their web pages like computer-related were placed in ‘SiliconValley, and entertainment placed with ‘Hollywood.’ GeoCities included GeoCities Marketplace, a commercial website, which sold GeoCities-branded merchandise.

The users need to provide personally-identifying and demographic information when they register for the website. In the privacy statement on its New Member Application Form, the website promises not to give anyone personally-identifying information without the user’s permission. The visitors can browse user-created websites by their theme or interest. They enjoyed the user-created websites and built a profound community.

In 1999, FTC received a complaint against GeoCities that it violated provisions of (the Federal Trade Commission Act, precisely 15 USC & 45. The act states, “Unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are hereby declared unlawful.” The agency found GeoCities engaged in deceptive acts and practices in contravention of their stated privacy act. The website sold personal information to third parties who used the information for purposes other than those for which members gave permission. The website illegally permitted third-party advertisers to promote products targeted to GeoCities’ 1.8 million users by using personally identifiable information obtained in the registration process. Subsequently, a consent order was entered into, which prohibits GeoCities from misrepresenting the purpose for which it collects uses personal identifying information from consumers. 

On January 28, 1999. Yahoo Inc. acquired the GeoCities hosting service for $3.57 billion in stock and abandoned this practice to favor Yahoo member names in the URLs.

In July 1999, Yahoo! switched from the neighborhood and street addresses Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) for homesteaders to “vanity” URLs through members’ registration names Yahoo! (“www.geocities.com/membername”). This service was offered previously only as a premium.

 Later in October 2009, the United States GeoCities services came to an end. Yahoo terminated the most user-written website with at least 38 million pages – The vintage personal web hosting site got farewell on October 26, 2009. Yahoo asked and encouraged users to download content to computers if they want to rebuild them on another site, as they won’t be archiving user pages. Yahoo urged users to try the company’s pay Web-hosting service. The company introduced a for-fee premium hosting service at GeoCities. It reduced the accessibility of free and low-price hosting accounts by limiting their data transfer rate for Web page visitors.

By 2008, the domain geocities.com attracted at least 177 million visitors annually and had 18.9 million unique visitors from the U.S. during March 2006. Later in March 2008, it decreased to 15.1 million unique U.S visitors and in March 2009 had 11.5 million unique visitors.

GeoCities Joined a long list of other services, including Yahoo! 360, My Web, Yahoo! Briefcase Farechase, LAUNCHcast, My Web, Audio Search, Pets, Photos, Live, Kickstart, etc. Web messenger and teachers prioritize their products and services to deliver the best products to consumers. The visitors looking for GeoCities won’t find flashing banner ads, questionable color schemes, guest books, streaming HTML marquee tags, and omnipresent “Under Construction” signs. The site touched the hearts of millions of users that “RIP GeoCities” was a trending topic on Twitter. The website where millions first tried their hands at coding and designing before Yahoo scrubbed it.

Listing Web Hosting Services


After this CORONA pandemic, online businesses have taken a significant stake. Almost every company has come online with substantial investment and started an e-commerce website to facilitate sales, ordering, and other online transactions. Businesses have started relying on online sales much compared to their physical stores. The factory outlets started their online e-commerce portals to provide products or services at lower prices, eliminating intermediaries. Thus, online business has become highly competitive; hence, it requires quality websites and the best web hosting services. No company would like to risk its online presence to host its website on a notorious web hosting provider who has server downtime, provides no security and backups, and have frequent technical gaffes.

Online e-commerce businesses need fast servers, security, backups, and the best look-n-feel to attract potential customers.

The hosting providers set up high-performance criteria with cloud hosting living consistently with their claims. Ananova.com reviews all such web hosting providers to ensure they continuously meet standards and then list them on its top Web hosting providers list.

The web hosting providers ranking in the list depends on the customer/visitors reviews and ratings, professional hosting ethics, customers support and services, and brand acknowledgement in the web hosting market. Most website visitors rate hosting providers and consider these criteria necessary to meet website requirements, including a money-back guarantee, 24×7 technical support, payment options, hosting prices, hosting resources, usage, and access logs. Business Hosting Journal (BHJ) considers Ananova criteria can strengthen the web hosting industry as s whole.

HOSTING COMPANIES BANS HATE SITES


No hosting company allows hate sites, and the latest example is Godaddy cancelling the website registration for the white supremacist and neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. The website posted an extremely misogynistic post mocking Heather Heyer, the young 32-year woman murdered at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a neo-Nazi. It certainly appears that he deliberately drove his car into her and numerous other counter-demonstrators.

In this case, a GoDaddy spokeswoman said The Daily Stormer crossed the line and “encouraged and promoted violence. In instances where a site goes beyond the mere exercise of these freedoms, however, and crosses over to promoting, encouraging, or otherwise engaging in violence against any person, we will take action.”

Under the GoDaddy ToS, GoDaddy had the power to terminate a domain registration based on the user’s “morally objectionable activities,” including “[a]ctivities designed to encourage unlawful behaviour by others, such as hate crimes.”

After that, the website didn’t get any hosting platform, and they tried on Google and then Russian servers but quickly withdrew the registration. The hate content violates the web hosting company’s contractual Terms of Service (ToS), and now the website has a hard time finding a place on the web. No primary web hosting provider is willing to register the Daily Stermer domain and provide hosting.

The Daily Stormer is an American far-right, neo-Nazi, white supremacist, misogynist, Islamophobic, and Holocaust denial commentary and message board website that advocates for the second genocide of Jews. It is part of the alt-right movement. Wikipedia

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and expression from government censorship and government punishment. Also, Internet neutrality claims to transmit any content, but the land laws of all the countries ban and restrict such objectionable hate content. Legally drew a line and held web hosting companies responsible for not allowing any such website. Furthermore, even the website hosting companies have the policy not to host such websites. It’s within the web hosting company’s rights to decide whom they conduct business with, and they don’t allow the expression of hate, racism, and bigotry on their platforms.

ANANOVA LISTED POWER HOSTING PROVIDER


ANANOVA NEWS March 25, 2022

Ananova.com lists the power hosting providers to help businesses running e-commerce websites that do heavy business transactions pick the best web host. Ananova selected the hosting providers by considering security, SSL/TLS to enable “HTTPS” pages, handling payments, guaranteed 100% uptime SLA, cloud resources, snapshot backup facility, and other features, thus helping Webhosting customers to reap the benefits.

The world is moving fast toward online markets, and every business considers it must have an online presence to sell goods to consumers worldwide. The businesses create online marketing plans and strategies to reach, catch & communicate to customers, thus fostering a community around their company.

The Ananova listed hosting provider offers professional e-commerce templates to enable businesses to build a website with all available capabilities. It’s good to have a business e-mail address, blog, and social media presence for a business.

Ananova recommends WordPress.com eCommerce & Business plan for e-commerce sites and shopping carts. The programs offer Premium themes and more than 50,000 WordPress plugins to provide businesses with the best look-n-feel and functionality with the best security and backups. The provider takes care of security, making the website 100% secure to minimize hacking or malicious activity. For an e-commerce website, this feature is a must as customers do share sensitive credit card information while making purchases. SSL/TLS – Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security ensures information encryption.

Furthermore, WordPress allows customization, accepts payments in 60+ countries, and integrates with Top Shipping Carriers.

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Ananova – web hosting demystified


Ananova is a web hosting demystified where hosting consumers can find the meaning of most fancy tech terms and abbreviations. Most hosting consumers don’t exactly understand what the hosting provider offers. The provider’s website is filled with Questions and Answers, Tutorials, Videos, How to use services, Expert Tips, Tools, Business ideas, Turning customers into repeat buyers, and a lot more. Most hosting providers’ sites look like content farms. They contain everything from accounts, finance, women, minorities, kids, government regulations, green business, hiring, managing, legal issues, marketing, raising money, real estate, startup, and technology-related articles. It becomes confusing for web consumers, as its purpose is an online presence with the best web host. For the first time, every hosting consumer wants to make the best decision, a reliable hosting provider, where it can smoothly run its online presence.

Most hosting companies rent remote servers and then sell their resources to businesses and individuals to run their websites, emails, and other services. The data centers allow them to control the rented servers to these hosting companies, and they sell the servers to thousands of such hosting providers. Thus, most hosting companies offer similar features. It becomes daunting to hosting consumers to choose the right hosting provider which offers the best suite of resources required for its website.

The websites like Ananova.com, Sitegeek.com, and Business Hosting Journal (BHJ.org) help in research to compare the resources and other features of various hosting providers. Although these sites claim to provide honest reviews, they are paid by a few companies to whom they sign up for an affiliate account. Their site disclaimer shows that it’s always good to use various resources to get multiple opinions, conduct fast checks, research, and then make the final buying decision.

Ananova releases the top web hosting providers list https://ananova.com/best-hosting-providers, based on reviews, brand recognition, support services, hosting resources, technologies, and many more. The hosting company listing helps host consumers compare to an assortment of prominent hosting providers, best for its online presence.

Different Hosting Markets


Hosting companies need new demographic customers to survive in this highly competitive international market. The hosting provider develops various hosting plans for different countries to cater to the hosting consumer’s needs or requirements. They remain up to date with the current conditions, desires, and requirements to gain potential or prospective customers while retaining the existing ones.

The hosting providers diversify hosting plans and markets to yield high rewards in entirely new markets. It takes time to get established, but they need continuous cash flow to make significant investments. Some markets evolve with issues like bans or country-specific requirements, requiring significant huge investments and initially yield minimal returns. The high competition in the existing market leads to low growth and a dwindling market share. Thus, hosting businesses need to hunt for new markets continuously.

The technology changes very fast; thus, the hosting market also changes, including business models. A hosting provider cannot remain satisfied with the existing technology but must keep up to date and updated with the changing upcoming technologies. Those who do not upgrade and update become antiquated.

TheServerHost Listing on Ananova


World-class, affordable Web hosting services: Dedicated, VPS, Cloud, Shared to run shopping portal, news portal, business, or individual website. VPS hosting is based on the finest KVM hypervisor technology, which enables a client to reinstall OS, Reboot, Suspend/UnSuspend, Change Root Password. The company offers multiple Cloud VPS server hosting plans such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Alibaba. The company offers hosting services in more than 35 countries. The hosting provider is trusted by 1000+ happy customers worldwide.

  • The dedicated server best deal offered at $79 per month which features 2 X INTEL XEON 5420, RAM 16 GB, HHD 1TB SATA / 240GB SSD, BANDWIDTH 20TB TB with 1 Gpbs Speed, IP /29 IP Range (5 IPs), DDoS Protection, 5Gbps All IP
  • The VPS Server starts at $18.78, which features VPS USA 1GB, Core 1 / 3,50+ Ghz, RAM 1 GB, Disk Space 25 GB NVMe/SSD, Port Speed 500 Mbps, Bandwidth Unmeterd, DDoS Protection, One IPv4
  • The Cloud Server plan starts at $12.99 which features Ram 1 GB, CPU 1 Core, SSD 25 GB, Bandwidth 1000 GB, one IP Address
  • ENTERPRISE CLOUD COMPUTING SOLUTION: Enterprise Cloud, Public or Real Cloud Computing, Cloud CDN and Managed Dedicated Servers Solution from Arise Server with SLA Backed Network Uptime 99.95%, Lowest Latency, N+N Redundancy, Prompt Technical Assistance, and Carrier Neutral Facility. The plan features Scalability, Flexible & Secure Cloud, Backup & Storage, SAAS & Apps, Cloud with loadbalancer, Dedicated Firewall & Clustering, Cloud CDN.
  • Private Cloud: Self-service Portal, Robust Infrastructure, Easy to Customize, Auto-Scaling, Security and high performance with scalability and cost-effectiveness.
  • On-Premise Cloud: Virtualized Computing, Swift Migrationm, Unified Cloud Management with the Next Gen Hybrid Cloud orchestration, Valuable performance n undergo privilege, scalability n round business agility.
  • Manage Dedicated Server: scalable, complete flexibility, Secure Content Delivery, Power Servers, Managed Virtualization Serverm Load Balancer, Cluster and Firewall, Complete Control, Dual Core to Quad Core with RAID.
  • Colocation: Full Rack with integrated power, high-density colocation, Tier 3/Tier 4 Datacenters, bandwidth, IP Address, and remote hands support, Valuable end gift circuits to the colocation space, Mutually bandwidth from Telecom companies separately of the rack/cabinet.

Reliable Datacenters. The provider utilizes Coresite premium facilities; this guarantees best-in-class security and stability for colo requirements.

Shared Hosting: It’s sufficient for a single website and able to accommodate its demands. The website traffic depends on the content and source.

Hosting Features

  • Enterprise-grade powerful web server with 99.9% uptime
  • High-quality managed services
  • Unmetered bandwidth and disk space
  • Customer can install their favorite applications and operating system.

Unparalleled State of the art support system available 24×7, the client can contact via Submit Ticket. Live Chat, Phone to get their queries solved. The tech support is friendly and knowledgeable.