Today is for covering a hard week for a couple of hosts. The industry is hard enough but honestly these issues are a little different than the usual DNS attacks (which still are non-stop and unrelenting throughout the year).
First we have Managed.com getting waylaid by ransomware. In a followup from E Hacking News, Managed.com Hosting Provider Hit by REvil Ransomware, $500K Ransom Demand: “Also known as Sodinokibi ransomware, REvil was first spotted in April 2019, it attacks Windows PCs to encrypt all the files on local drives (besides those enlisted in their configuration file) and leaves a ransom note on affected systems with instructions to get the files decrypted in turn of the demanded ransom.” Managed.com was known for hosting Windows based DotNetNuke sites. So I think we can make a fair assumption of the attack vector.
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Looks like two things actually happened to GoDaddy last week. There was a relatively unnoticed outage on November 17, Domain Name Wire, GoDaddy (all of it) went down this evening: “GoDaddy had technical difficulties Tuesday evening that took down its entire network, including websites hosted on GoDaddy.” But then something quite strange happened, Krebs on Security, GoDaddy Employees Used in Attacks on Multiple Cryptocurrency Services: “The incident is the latest incursion at GoDaddy that relied on tricking employees into transferring ownership and/or control over targeted domains to fraudsters. In March, a voice phishing scam targeting GoDaddy support employees allowed attackers to assume control over at least a half-dozen domain names, including transaction brokering site escrow.com.”
Good News for Some Hosts
The acquisitions are not stopping, it’s almost a feeding frenzy this year. Miss Group out of Europe and also Web.com are building up their portfolios, TechRadar, After EIC [sic], Web.com and Miss Group continue round of consolidations in web hosting market: “
Elsewhere, Web.com acquired domain and web hosting provider Freeparking, which is based in New Zealand. The acquisition brings with it more than 90,000 customers and comes after the $76 million purchase of Dreamscape Networks in 2019 by Web.com.”