A Ukrainian hosting provider struck by fire last weekend had been taking steps in recent months to cleanse its network of servers used by cybercriminals, according to a security expert.
Hosting.ua, based in Odessa, Ukraine, reportedly experienced a fire on March 27 that destroyed part of its infrastructure. The main Web page for the provider was still offline as of Wednesday, and efforts to reach officials there by e-mail and phone were unsuccessful.
Hosting.ua ranked fourth on a list of bad providers at the end of last year for hosting servers that supported spam, malware and other nefarious activity, according to a security researcher who uses the pseudonym Jart Armin. He edits the Web site HostExploit.com, which tracks how malicious software propagates across the Internet.
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