Netregistry buys Distribute.IT after hack attack

Dave Bullard
23 June, 2011
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Customers whose websites were affected by the recent hacking attack on Melbourne-based web hosting company Distribute.IT have been offered a lifeline through its acquisition by the Netregistry Group.

Netregistry today issued a statement saying that it had acquired Distribute.IT plus Click n Go customers and assets, saying: “We will be assisting with resources and solutions to all Distribute.IT customers in distress following the extremely unfortunate recent hacking attack.” and other websites owned by Niche Media and hosted by Distribute.IT were among those affected by the malicious assault.

“We are in the process of migrating our servers to the cloud to try to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” says Niche Media Digital Manager Liana Pappas. “Obviously we can never say never, but we owe it to our readers to have the most robust hosting platform available.”

Netregistry Group CEO Larry Bloch says the company “has a great deal of sympathy and concern for the consequences to Distribute.IT staff, management and customers of this unfortunate incident”, adding that Distribute.IT had gone to extreme efforts to rectify the damage.

“Distribute.IT had a very solid reputation – that comes from doing a good job for a long time,” Bloch says. “Without that, I’ve no doubt that this situation would be a lot worse.

“I want to remind customers of that excellence and ask for their patience and support as we work through the requirements to return services to all customers as rapidly as possible.”

All of Distribute.IT’s customer base will be given the option of moving their services to that of the Netregistry Group, which will honour all payments for hosting at Distribute.IT and will give Distribute.IT customers a free hosting service while it is assessing billing and payment histories.

If you are one of the affected companies, call 1300 711 044 or visit

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