WordPress Security Breach- Hackers targeting REST-API Vulnerability

A short but important notice for any of our clients who are managing their site with WordPress.

A brief history for those who are not aware of the recent security breaches; On the 26th of January WordPress Version 4.7.2 was released. The update included security patches which at the time of the release the importance of these updates were not disclosed to the public.

6 days after the initial release, the details of the security update were publicly disclosed. In WordPress versions 4.7 and 4.7.1 a vulnerability in the REST API plug-in (enabled by default) would allow an unauthenticated user to modify the content of any post or page within a WordPress site.

Since the vulnerability was public acknowledgement, thousands of WordPress sites have been targeted and defaced by hackers.

“This vulnerability has resulted in a kind of feeding frenzy where attackers are competing with each other to deface vulnerable WordPress websites,” said Mark Maunder, Wordfence Founder and CEO. “During the past 48 hours we have seen over 800,000 attacks exploiting this specific vulnerability across the WordPress sites we monitor.”

We highly recommend any of our clients using vulnerable WordPress versions to update as soon as possible and as a further security measure, install a site security software such as Wordfence.

Internet Excavation #10

Internet Excavations is a series of posts highlighting curiosities found while driving a Delorean down the Information Superhighway.

This morning we flicked the switch on one of our oldest servers Barney.
Thank you to all of our former Barney clients who have made the migration to the new servers smooth sailing. R.I.P Barney ⚰

If you like.. Bizarre.

Until next time Winter.. Hello Spring!..

One of the ironies of courage, and the reason why we prize it so highly, is that we find it easier to be brave for someone else than we do for ourselves alone.
― Gregory David Roberts

Serversaurus makes first acquisition


Melbourne, Victoria, 2nd August, 2016 – Serversaurus, a Melbourne-based green cloud computing company, has purchased the customers and infrastructure of Brisbane based cloud hosting company Tract.com.

Serversaurus co-founder Martin Gleeson said he was proud to be making the company’s first acquisition since its inception in 2005:

The purchase of the Tract.com customer base and assets is our first foray into acquired expansion outside of our organic growth over the last 11 years. This expansion brings with it both an existing customer base, as well as necessary infrastructure to upgrade and expand our services in Melbourne

Like Serversaurus, Tract.com is built on the OnApp cloud stack, offering a range of SSD powered hosting services, premium DNS and shared hosting. This acquisition will provide the base for Serversaurus’ next generation cloud platform, allowing for a seamless upgrade path from the original platform which went online in 2010.

Serversaurus co-founder Nick Jaffe looks forward to the infrastructure and reliability benefits of the acquisition:

In the last 6 years Serversaurus has maintained unprecedented uptime, outperforming the likes of Amazon Web Services and other major cloud players. This acquisition from an infrastructure perspective, will provide Serversaurus with the base platform necessary to upgrade and continue our high level of reliability, while causing the minimum amount of customer disruption.

Serversaurus will continue to provide the quality of service Tract.com customers have been used to, and looks forward to being able to offer additional products and services, such as proven high-traffic and high-availability solutions.

Serversaurus is proud to be able to grow and continue it’s mission in providing both world-class cloud services from its Melbourne based headquarters, while also continuing its environmental and sustainable business practices.

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About Serversaurus

Serversaurus is headquartered at Electron Workshop, their purpose-built coworking space, which is shared with other like-minded businesses and entrepreneurs.

Serversaurus and Electron Workshop were co-founded under the parent company Arktisma, by Melbourne-based entrepreneurs Nick Jaffe and Martin Gleeson in 2005.

Serversaurus is a 100% Melbourne, Australian based green web hosting company, offering email, domains, web hosting, management, content delivery (CDN), Anycast DNS, and cloud hosting services.

Serversaurus is Australia’s first certified web hosting B Corporation, and one of the exclusive group of Founding Australian B Corporations in 2014. In 2007 Serversaurus was the first Australian hosting company to carbon-offset its emissions, and donates 1% of its annual turnover to environmental charities through the 1% For The Planet program.

For more information on Arktisma projects, visit: serversaurus.com.au and electronworkshop.com.au

About B Corporation

B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab. To become a B Corp a company must complete a B Impact Assessment to demonstrate how they voluntarily meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

B Lab provides tools for companies to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance.

For more information on B Corp, visit www.bcorporation.net

Internet Excavation #8

Internet Excavations is a series of posts highlighting curiosities found while driving a Delorean down the Information Superhighway.

The explorations of Doge.

Ever wondered what the deal is behind these ‘Aussie’ posters that seem to be popping up everywhere? Over 1000 have been plastered through the cities of Australia to tell the story of Monga Khan who was one of the thousands of people who applied for exemptions to the White Australia Policy. The photo taken 100 hundred years ago is being used as a representation/acknowledgement of all who played an important part roll to Australia’s growing economy during this time.

landb4timeThe land before time…classic.

Quote from the wise Lucretius
‘The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.’

Coen Brothers Retrospective comes to the Electron Workshop

A slightly belated post to highlight the Coen Brothers Retrospective which is being hosted each Saturday night for the month of May at our own Electron Workshop Cinema!

Join us this weekend to celebrate Good Beer Week 2016, doors and bar will open at 7pm in time to get comfortable for the classic motion picture ‘The Big Lebowski’ which will begin screening at 8pm followed by ‘Barton Fink’ at 11pm.


The following weekend will feature the legendary films ‘Fargo’ and ‘No Country for Old Men’, sessions starting at 7pm and 9:30pm.

For more details and ticket purchases for these events, check out the Electron Workshop website for further details, here!


Serversaurus Co-founder Martin Gleeson features on The Toxic Fox Radio Show.

The Toxic Fox Radio Show focuses on the Australian and International community of businesses who are committed to making environmentally positive decisions in order to live in a greener, cleaner and toxic free environment.

Diana Barnett, founder of The Toxic Fox Radio speaks with Martin Gleeson, Co-founder of The Electron Workshop and Serversaurus to discuss a range of topics that include and elaborate on how & why practising Equality, Autonomy and Justice in the workspace is key, the journey of becoming B-Corp accredited, the influential factors behind Martins ethos and increasing business productivity= Quality vs Quantity.

Martin Gleeson | equality | social justice & a 4 day week | TFS011 – The Toxic Fox
To listen to the interview, read the article or to find more about The Toxic Fox Show, follow the link above ‘Read the article on thetoxicfox.com’.

The Serversaurs would like to acknowledge our gratitude to Diana Barnett for being an amazing host and facilitator, to the rest of the Toxic Fox crew for helping make this happen and to Martin Gleeson for welcoming and embracing the opportunity to share with us his thoughts, practises & insights.

Interview Quote from Martin Gleeson:
“Don’t be afraid. Be prepared to be yourself and to put your values and your ethics way upfront. Sometimes people may be fearful about how they may be perceived by other businesses, and I just say forget particularly about the thoughts of businesses that you don’t like. It’s often funny that we worry more about the opinions of people that we don’t respect than those that we do.
So if you are worried that another business will think that you arent serious enough because you are supporting environmental issues and so forth then you really shouldn’t be worried about what they think because they’re not on your same wave length re: values.”

Internet Excavations #7

Internet Excavations is a series of posts highlighting curiosities found while driving a Delorean down the Information Superhighway.

When you get to the office and somehow the first person in has forgotten to turn on the coffee machine.

Hello! from Sneezing Bear.

Found while fishing @Tumbler!

Quote from David Whyte: “We are each a river with a particular abiding character, but we show radically different aspects of our self according to the territory through which we travel.”

Banksy, the Legend Revealed.

After 20 years of being highly involved in the graffiti scene, the identity of the famous controversial artist Banksy has finally been unveiled.


The anticipation to discover Banksy’s identity has grown with his reputation in the past years since his work first started appearing in the early ’90s. Unfortunately, the mystery has came to an end. Banksy’s identity has been discovered due to the engagement of a technology which was originally developed for criminology. It uses a mathematical technique to analyse the probable location of the suspect. In Banksy’s case, the technology used the input of the locations of his artworks to analyse the suspects probable where abouts.


In March 2016 Banksy identity and photo was leaked globally, putting the ongoing mystery of the faceless, nameless artist sadly to an end.

Regardless of the dissipation of suspense behind the artists unknown identity, we still hope that Robin Gunningham aka Banksy will continue to surprise us with his satirical artworks which challenge social and political issues in the most comical, witty of ways.


Performance hosting plans now powered by SSDs

After a recent upgrade, we’ve moved our already super fast Performance hosting plans onto SSD backed storage. Our enterprise grade SSD array is ultra quick through configuration in the fastest and safest RAID10 setup possible.

Our SSD storage is locally connected across a high speed backplane, providing arguably one of the fastest methods of hosting storage, allowing ultra quick database reads/writes & high speed static file access.

Couple your site with our included CDN and provide exceptional end user experience across your website, through high speed servers and globally replicated content.