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USENET Post Reveals 2013 Worst Password List
December 4th, 2013

Three recent events illustrate that most people do not protect their data very well online.
On October 4, Adobe reported that its systems had been penetrated by attackers who stole 38 million user accounts and passwords.

USENET newsgroups report that “123456” was the most popular password among the comprimised Adobe users. About 1.9 million people used the sequence.

Last week security experts from Spiderlab said they discovered a trove 2 million stolen social media passwords from all over the world in a criminal cyber network and analyzed that.

Spiderlab reported on USENET that “there were more terrible passwords than excellent ones, more bad passwords than good, and the majority, as usual, is somewhere in between in the Medium category.”

After comparing it the 2006, Spiderlab concluded that “people still choose comfort over security.”

Here are the 20 most popular passwords in the hands of the Adobe hack (Spiderlab’s top 10 is similar). Users with these sequences are essentially inviting hackers to take data in very litte time:

123456
123456789
password
admin
12345678
qwerty
1234567
111111
photoshop
123123
1234567890
000000
abc123
1234
adobe1
macromedia
azerty
iloveyou
aaaaaa

If you recognize your favorite password here, it’s really time to pick something else. We encourage all of our ThunderNews members to choose or change to a secure, robust password.


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Virgin Media Begins To Throttle USENET Newsgroups
April 3rd, 2012

Virgin Media has introduced new throttling “trigger levels” for customers who make heavy use of its network.

The updated policy was brought into place yesterday and will throttle both download and upload speeds if users go beyond a usage allowance. If the cap is broken then a speed reduction will take place for five hours.

As part of an upgrade that saw some speeds doubled for some users, the company said it needed to impose restrictions on its 50Mbits/sec and 100Mbits/sec services.

The internet service provider said that its move to “moderate” the speeds of heavy users is designed to give all of its customers the best broadband service and not “just a few”. The firm justified its policy by saying that, when someone is downloading or uploading a particularly large amount of information over a long period of time, it will slow down the broadband speeds for other users in their area who might just be checking their email or browsing the web.

It added that at peak times it will also slow down the speed of filesharing traffic, including services like Limewire, Gnutella, Bittorrent and Usenet Newsgroup traffic. Customers will, of course, still be able to use these services, but downloads and uploads “will take longer during these peak periods”, it said.

According to Virgin, the policy is necessary to prevent networks being overloaded and would affect fewer than 5% of customers, but that hasn’t stopped complaints from customers.

Meanwhile, complaints about over-utilisation have begun to pile up on Virgin Media’s customer forums as well as those on ISP related newsgroups.


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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.com Features Increase To 50 Simultaneous Connections and 570 Days Retention
March 25th, 2010

ThunderNews.com now offers 570 days of retention on binaries alongside 50 lightning fast simultaneous connections, providing better service to members without any increase in price.

With recent storage upgrades, ThunderNews.com is proud to be able to offer members the benefits of a higher binary retention on all of the 107,000+ supported newsgroups; which is still growing by the day. The added features are automatically employed to all new and existing members. ThunderNews.com has an array of memberships and plans to meet almost any budget.

The 570 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 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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You Can Now Pay by WorldPay
February 21st, 2006

ThunderNews is pleased to announce that we have added WorldPay as a new payment option. You can now JOIN THUNDERNEWS and securely pay for your new account through WorldPay. The addition of WorldPay allows us to accept payments by your Solo, Switch/Maestro, Visa Electron, Delta, and JCB cards.

You are not required to have a WorldPay account to set up a payment to ThunderNews. If you choose the WorldPay option during the ThunderNews join process, you will be forwarded to WorldPay to complete the payment details. WorldPay will send you a confirmation e-mail with your ‘FuturePay’ information.


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We Now Offer 3, 6 & 12 Month Term Accounts
February 19th, 2006

ThunderNews now offers accounts with 6 month terms. These accounts work just like our regular monthly accounts, but are offered at a discount. Many of you asked for longer term accounts and we listened!

You can JOIN NOW with a 6 month account at the 15 GB/Month, 30 GB/Month, 150 GB/Month 5 GB/Day and Unlimited /Month account levels as well as various 3 and 12 months accounts as well.

If you would like to upgrade your current account to a longer term account just contact our Support Team and they will be happy to assist.


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