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ThunderNews SSL Patched For Heartbleed
April 20th, 2014

Last week, we learned about a potential security exploit called “Heartbleed” on some websites that use an SSL to secure customer information.

The problem affects a piece of software called OpenSSL, used for security on popular web servers. With OpenSSL, websites can provide encrypted information to visitors, so the data transferred (including usernames, passwords and cookies) cannot be seen by others while it goes from your computer to the website.

This is what’s important to know: Heartbleed is critical. It affected nearly two-thirds of the Internet and many large Internet companies have been working long hours to update their services to keep customers and visitors safe.

Since we’ve learned about the vulnerability, we’ve been updating ThunderNews services that use the affected OpenSSL version. This includes the servers we use as well as the USENET servers our customers use.

There is no aditional steps our customers need to make in order to be safe from the Heartbleed exploit. Our steps to ensure that customers information is secure have been taken and will continue to monitor the situation as needed.


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ThunderNews Reaches 1500 Days Binary Retention
September 24th, 2012

ThunderNews has reached yet another milestone: 1,500 days of binary retention! We expect retention to continue to grow over time as we strive to bring our customers the very best Usenet newsgroup experience.

If you’re already a member, congratulations, you already have access to the higher retention and your monthly rates won’t increase at all. If you’re not already a member, simply sign up and you’ll get access as well. And, again, no price increase!

So what exactly does this mean? Our customers can access articles that are over four years old! It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a ThunderNews customer. Whether you’ve been around a while or just signed up today, you can access articles that are 1,500 days old.

We are a premier Usenet newsgroup provider and we’re proud of hitting yet another benchmark in providing that service to our customers. Users enjoy ultra-fast access and the added retention means even greater service for our customers.


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Newsgroups Reveal Microsoft Office Soon Available on iOS and Android
May 24th, 2012

Rumors of Microsoft Office soon to be available for the iPad (and other products using iOS) and Android tablets are not completely new, but now USENET newsgroups are  citing a source in claiming a November release for the new Office suite.

USENET newsgroups also suggests that Office could be available on the iPhone and iPod Touch, noting that leaked pictures of the loading screen appear to say, ‘Office for iOS’ rather than mentioning the iPad specifically. In February, a newsgroup post released a leaked screen shot that appears to show the Office loading screen on an iPad, and newsgroup source noted that the screenshot he/she saw is nearly identical to the leaked image from the other USENET newsgroup postings. Microsoft wrote off the authenticity of the leaked image at the time.

The release of the popular Office suite for iOS and Android tablets further places tablets as the future of personal computing in some minds. The use of detachable keyboards and mice would seemingly making using Office products on tablets conceivable and convenient.

The rumored release of the new Office suite for iOS and Android will surely generate buzz in tech newsgroups throughout Usenet, which has traditionally been a hotbed for new tech rumors and developments.


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Windows 8 Offers a Developer Preview For USENET Subscribers
September 16th, 2011

If you’re curious what Windows 8 will be all about, Microsoft has announced on USENET newsgroups that it is now offering a Developer Preview of the operating system at its current stage of development. It’s a pre-beta version and while it is designed for developers, it’s available for anybody to download without registering.

It’s available in three packages. Choose from a 64-bit version with developer tools, a 64-bit version of only the OS, and a 32-bit version of the OS. They come as ISO files, and as each package is a few gigabytes, you’ll want to use a DVD if you’re looking to burn them to a disc.

As for the OS itself, it’s said to re-imagine what Windows is. “Things are a lot different than they were three years ago in computing,” said Steven Sinofsky, who heads Windows and Windows Live. “And they’re a lot, lot different than they were in, say, 1995, the last time Windows went through a pretty significant and bold overhaul.”

Windows 8 was designed as a touch-first system and Sinofsky expects that touch screen PCs will become more popular when the new OS is released and grows more popular. “I promise you,” Sinofsky said, “the minute you use a touch device with Windows 8, the moment you go back to your laptop or desktop, you’ll have fingerprints all over your screen.”

Other key features of the new Windows OS include the use of less memory than Windows 7, but the continued support of Windows 7. It also features full USB 3.0 support. The user interface will use hardware-accelerated graphics, too.

As Windows goes through another overhaul and is ‘re-imagined’ in the latest release, Usenet continues to be a useful tool for those wishing to share information, ideas and announce new innovations and projects among the tech savvy. Providers like Thundernews, who offer fast connections, high rates of retention and a large number of connections, continue to provide excellent, premium service as Usenet stays strong through waves and waves of technological advances. Usenet preceded the internet and has seen operating systems come and go, and remains a useful tool for discussing different topics in the vast array of newsgroups.

 


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DSLReports USENET Forum Compromised?
April 29th, 2011

As a popular destination for many that are involved with USENET, DSLReports.com has long been a haven to discuss news and information in their dedicated newsgroups online forums. If you are one of them, you may want to take another visit and change your information on the site.

DSLReports.com has reported today that their e-mail addresses and passwords may have been exposed during an attack on the Web site earlier this week.

Over a period of four hours on Wednesday, an automated SQL Injection attack leeched plain text passwords and email addresses from DSLReports.com. The attack created a good deal of noise, causing connection issues and brief outages, but by the time it was discovered, nearly 8-percent of the database had been ransacked. How many of the users information that were part of the USENET related forums are still not known.

Justin Beech, founder of DSLReports.com, wrote in an e-mail to members:

“The data was taken on Wednesday afternoon, recognized and blocked at 7 p.m., and by Wednesday evening all the active accounts received e-mail notifications advising them to change their password if they share it with that e-mail address and all passwords were changed at that time,” he wrote. “My hope is that few if any members will actually lose more than time to change passwords that they share among other sites.”

There has been some flack given to Beech over his method of storing passwords. Given the age of the site, it is likely that the password system is a legacy system. Updates to it would have required large investments in hardware and development. These investments are costly, and it is possible DSLReports.com simply did not have the funds or development team in place to take on the project. They have little choice in the matter now.

“Obviously having both an SQL injection attack hole (now closed) and plain text passwords is a big black eye, and I’ll be addressing these problems as fast, but as carefully, as I can,” Beech wrote. “My apology for any stress this causes. If you are like me you’ve also got the PSN network issue hanging over your head as well.”

The news comes on the heels of a large data breach at Sony PlayStation Network that potentially affects 77 million accounts that had previously been reported on gaming newsgroups, PS3 newsgroups and PSN newsgroups. Sony says customer names, passwords, addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays and user names were exposed, but can not say whether or not credit card information is at risk.

The error in keeping the information encrypted is an issue that is being resolved at DSLReports.com and ThunderNews.com recommends that any users of the site should login and change their passwords.


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ThunderNews Reaches 910 Days of Binary Retention
March 11th, 2011

ThunderNews.com now offers 910 days of retention on binaries, providing better service to members without any increase in price.

In yet another upgrade to the lightning fast, feature-rich premium Usenet access that ThunderNews provides, all customers will now receive additional access to their favorite subscribed newsgroups.

The 910 days of retention on binaries allows access to an expanded history of articles and follows another ThunderNews.com upgrade which now allows members to access Usenet with up to 50 simultaneous connections. The increase in connections gives users the tools to gain information faster than ever before. Each connection also employs 256 Bit SSL encryption which insures both privacy and security. These upgrades enhance the core features of ThunderNews.com’s 24/7 support, 99.9% completion and a free newsreader with any subscription or plan.

ThunderNews.com has long provided the Usenet community with lightning fast quality Usenet access at affordable pricing. These newly added features of both newsgroup binary retention and the increase to 50 simultaneous Usenet connections are all designed to add value to our overall customer experience.


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ThunderNews.com Upgrades Retention to 810 Days
January 19th, 2011

ThunderNews.com is proud to announce another major upgrade to its Usenet newsgroup services by now offering 810 days of binary retention on all supported newsgroups.

As part of a range of upgrades to features and services, ThunderNews.com has reached another milestone in retention by reaching the 810 day mark for binary articles on newsgroups.

The new increase in binary retention is relative to how long a binary or text file is available on newsgroups. Now, 810 days of history on newsgroups can now be accessed by all ThunderNews.com members. Additionally, over 1400 days of text retention is also available. These new features are free of charge and part of any of the ThunderNews.com plans.

ThunderNews.com is proud to offer the increase in binary retention to all of its members as well as lightning fast access to over 107,000 newsgroups with 256-BIT SSL secure connections for ultimate protection.


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ThunderNews Newsgroup Binary Retention Increased To 650 Days!
September 3rd, 2010

ThunderNews now provides subscribers 650 days of binary retention across all 107,000+ newsgroups.

In yet another upgrade to the lightning fast, feature-rich premium Usenet access that ThunderNews provides, all customers will now receive additional access to their favorite subscribed newsgroups.

The increase in retention is signified by the amount of time articles are available on newsgroups. With the inclusion of almost 50 additional days, ThunderNews members now will have access to posts that are 650 days old.

All existing and new members of ThunderNews automatically receive the increase to 650 days of binary retention. Some may need to reload the headers of the subscribed newsgroups in their newsreader in order to see the increase.

Thundernews is proud to be able to offer this added benefit free of charge to to existing and new members


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ThunderNews extends USENET Status Updates to Social Networks
December 11th, 2009

ThunderNews.com, a leading provider of Usenet, has announced today that it will extend its services updates to include Facebook and Twitter. The two social networks will provide an additional channel to communicate to members as well as offer real-time updates.

These social network channels will solely be used to announce and follow up on general service upgrades and features.  For all other means of support, we encourage all ThunderNews members to utilize our 24/7 customer support section.

For years, ThunderNews.com has provided lightning fast USENET access to both the US and EU regions. ThunderNews.com is a leader in being a reliable USENET access provider with outstanding retention to over 100,000 newsgroups supported. ThunderNews is one of the few USENET providers who have extended service to the social network world.

“The core of our business is our excellent customer service. We believe we can help serve more of our members by providing another way for our members to get updates on our services through social networks. “ said Alexander Stewart, Communications Manager for ThunderNews.com.

You can follow ThunderNews on Facebook and/or follow ThunderNews on Twitter. These social networks will keep you in touch with what’s going on with current and future upgrades and notifications.

Do you have another social network that you think ThunderNews.com should consider? Leave a comment and let us know!


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Pay With Your UK Debit Card
February 22nd, 2006

ThunderNews is pleased to announce that we can now accept your payment by UK debit card. Through WorldPay, we can accept your Solo, Switch/Maestro, Visa Electron, Delta and JCB card.

Join ThunderNews.com today and pay with your UK Debit card!


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