MASSIVE DDOS Attack Hit Leading Companies

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Since last week a massive Denial of service attack (DDOS) hit major internet services in an attempt to bring the service down.

Companies like Wix, StatCounter, Namecheap, Meetup and Bit.ly where the target of an unprecedented large scale and sophisticated DDOS attack.

In an email sent to Wix customers Avishay Abrahami, Wix CEO, explains about the attack:

“…Since Thursday, 2/27 at 07:00am EST Wix has been the target of a malicious DDoS attack, a technique used by hackers to take an internet service offline by overloading its servers. (To read more about DDoS attacks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack).

We have robust systems in place to deal with such instances; however the scale of this particular attack caused Wix.com and some Wix user websites to experience significant but intermittent downtime. Throughout the attack, we were able to guarantee that the vast majority of websites remained live and unaffected. Rest assured, all your personal data, including billing information, is secure and was never compromised….“

StatCounter announced via Twitter that they managed to restore the service after is was down.

Some of the companies got a blackmail letter asking for money in order to stop the attack such as published my Meetup.com, however they did not surrender to the blackmailer and trying to fight off the attack.

The DDOS attack started around the same time on 2/27/2014 for most of the services being targeted which raises the suspicion that it is the same group of criminals attacking all of these companies, trying to blackmail them for money. It is unknown if and how many other companies did pay out the ransom money and avoided being hit.


Wix files registration statement with the SEC to go public

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Wixpress Ltd., a leading web development and design platform, commercially known as Wix.com, announced today that it has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a possible initial public offering of its ordinary shares. The proposed offering is expected to commence after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission completes its review process, subject to market conditions and other conditions.

Being a Wix employee there is not much I can add to the official statement but congratulations to us ;-)


Yahoo will purchase Tumblr for $1.1 billion

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All of the Tumblr acquisition rumors this week appear to be true. Yahoo’s board of directors approved a $1.1 billion purchase of the microblogging site this week. The decision comes on the heels of Yahoo scheduling a press event for Monday in New York (Tumblr’s home base).

WSJ cites “people familiar with the matter” but their story is consistent with earlier reports. On Thursday, Adweek spoke with “multiple sources familiar with the talks” who pointed to the deal nearly being complete. And earlier that day, AllThingsD reported Yahoo was looking into such an alliance to become “cool” again “according to sources close to the situation.”


LinkedIn Microsoft Office Integration

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LinkedIn announced on its blog this evening that Microsoft will support integration with the social network in the upcoming version of Office.

Users will be able to log in with their LinkedIn credentials in Outlook and see profile information like photos and status updates for anyone who emails them. LinkedIn data will also be added to contact cards in Outlook.


Worst Companies at Protecting User Privacy: Skype, Verizon, Yahoo, AT&T, Apple, Microsoft

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We’re living our lives more and more in the online environment. Eventually, we end up giving a lot of our personal data, whether we’re talking about a social network account, email service or a national carrier. Our conversations are being wire-tapped, our online surfing is being stored. Which are the companies that fight for our rights when the government wants to know more? Who protects our privacy?

This privacy report has been done by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and should be taken seriously. When government agencies come asking for your personal data and your activity logs, who is fighting for your rights and who’s acting like a peaceful sheep, pleasing the Big Brother?

The chart shows how many stars the participating companies has been given.


Android grabs more than half of US smartphone market

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Android increased its US smartphone market share to more than 50 percent for the first time during the three months to February 2012.

Digital measurement firm ComScore found that Android’s market share hit 50.1 percent, up from 46.9 percent in November 2011 and up 17 percentage points compared to February 2011. Google announced this week that nearly 3 percent of all Android devices have now been upgraded to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of the OS.

Apple’s iOS had the second largest share with 30.2 percent of the market, up five percentage points compared to a year ago. RIM’s BlackBerry OS came in third with 13.4 percent, followed by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 3.9 percent and Symbian 1.5 percent.


HTML5 Now On Wix

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It has been a long journey here at Wix.com, but I’m happy to announce that the best web site builder is now even better with HTML5.

For the past 6 months we at Wix have been working very hard to switch from a single platform that is based on creating Flash web sites to a multi-platform that can handle any type of site.

During that time my wonderful server group basically had to re-write Wix’s entire back-end infra-structure to be able to support multiple application types which currently consists of HTML5, Flash, Mobile, Facebook pages and Blog.

Until the HTML5 switch the Flash site was the only entity that Wix’s systems knew how to work with, the HTML5 was a big challenge for the back-end team since now two applications can occupy the base url. Let me explain: www.wix.com/aviran/mysite can now point to either flash or HTML5 site. Now the server needs to decide based on the url which site to render, which basically dispatches to a different application renderer. Since the old system was not designed to support multiple application types we had to redesign our entire back-end system which affected all the segments.

In addition to that don’t forget the trigger for this change, the HTML5. We hired a bunch of great client developers (javascript,HTML5,CSS3) to develop the state of the art WYSIWYG HTML5 editor. Now for the first time you have a real drag and drop HTML editor, backed by a new server side editor based on MongoDB, MySQL and Wix’s own static grid for data store.

I invite you to check out the revolutionary best HTML5 editor on the web.

Full Disclosure: Aviran Mordo works as the server group manager at Wix.


Is Google Chrome the New IE6?

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Let me tell you about a browser. An innovative browser that was the first to implement new Web technologies that allowed for greater interactivity. A browser with a striking new interface. Chrome? No: Internet Explorer 6.

There’s a reason that Microsoft’s browser took over 95 percent of the Web browser market from Netscape (Firefox’s ancestor): IE6 could do things earlier browsers could not. There was dynamic HTML, CSS, and yes, it even had new security features.

But over the years, problems with all these unique capabilities reared its ugly head. Every major Web site started to target IE, to the point that the sites didn’t function correctly or fully in other browsers.

Fast forward to 2011. The hot new browser is Google’s Chrome, which has just overtaken former indie darling Firefox in global market share, according to StatCounter. Chrome can do things that no other browser can do, and Google now targets Chrome exclusively, meaning some Google sites only function fully when viewed in Chrome. Even today, you can read on the Google blog about some new Angry Birds levels that only work in Chrome.

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Adobe abandons Flash plug-in for mobile devices

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Apparently experiencing what Adobe Systems called the “full Web” on mobile devices isn’t so important after all.

In what appears to be a momentous about-face, Adobe Systems is scrapping its high-profile effort to bring its Flash Player software to smartphones and tablets, Jason Perlew at sister site ZDNet reported today. Such a move would mean Adobe’s pragmatism won out over ambition.

The move, if confirmed, would undermine a selling point many Android phone makers had used in an effort to stand out above Apple’s iOS devices, which barred the plug-in.


Internet Explorer 10 Metro will not support Flash

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Windows 8 will have two versions of Internet Explorer 10: a conventional browser that lives on the legacy desktop, and a new Metro-style, touch-friendly browser that lives in the Metro world. The second of these, the Metro browser, will not support any plugins. Whether Flash, Silverlight, or some custom business app, sites that need plugins will only be accessible in the non-touch, desktop-based browser.

Should one ever come across a page that needs a plugin, the Metro browser has a button to go to that page within the desktop browser. This yanks you out of the Metro experience and places you on the traditional desktop.

The rationale is a familiar one: plugin-based content shortens battery life, and comes with security, reliability, and privacy problems. Sites that currently depend on the capabilities provided by Flash or Silverlight should switch to HTML5.


Attack targeting open-source web app keeps growing

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An attack targeting sites running unpatched versions of the osCommerce web application kept growing virally this week, more than three weeks after a security firm warned it was being used to install malware on the computers of unsuspecting users.

When researchers from Armorize first spotted the exploit on July 24, they estimated it had injected malicious links into about 91,000 webpages. By early last week, The Reg reported it had taken hold of almost 5 million pages. At time of writing, Google searches suggested that the number exceeded 8.3 million


Wix Launches Free Mobile Web Site Builder

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Wix.com, a free Web publishing platform, has announced that it will now help customers cater to on-the-go audiences with the launch of WixMobile, a free mobile Web site builder. The update expands the company’s product line, which lets users create free Web sites and customized Facebook fan pages.

Designed as an easy and cost-effective way for anyone to get a mobile site up and running in under 10 minutes, WixMobile users can build mobile sites without any previous coding experience. They simply select a site template and customize the background, colors, text, icons, and more. WixMobile offers one-click access to business hours, contact information, directions, and other action-oriented areas. Now small business owners can quickly create a mobile site without the need to shell out big bucks for costly coders.

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