Web host for virus writers closed

Today we noticed that the infamous Internet resource, which has provided Web hosting services for a long time for the web sites of various virus writers’ groups and individual members of the underground is currently unavailable and not responding to requests.

We can only guess that this is a result of the recent events in the Czech Republic when members of 29A were questioned by the police. Benny and Ratter also had sites on this host.

We don’t have information that the host has been closed by the authorities and the contents seized.

Web host for virus writers closed

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