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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Who sent a bomb threat to web host Rackhost?

The San Antonio Business Journal reported that Rackhost which provides web hosting services was sent a bomb threat that caused the evacuation of the companies head quarters in San Antonio on Thursday the 2nd of December 2010.

Although the bomb threat turned out to be a hoax it does make one think who would want to send a bomb threat to a web hosting company and why Rackhost in particular.

Rackhost became part of the international news agenda back in September because they happened to be the hosts of the web site, the Dove World Outreach Center, which was associated with Pastor Terry Jones who had proposed to burn the Koran. Rackhost decided to stop hosting the Dove World Outreach Centre website.

It is not reported who sent the bomb threat and unless the police manage to track down who did perhaps we will never know. Any suggestion that the bomb threat is connected to Rackspace's decision is speculation however, in the light of wikileaks, it seems that web hosting companies are increasingly bearing the brunt of controversies generated by web sites they happen to host. Either the brunt of external pressures to dump a web site or anger from the supporters of a web site they decide to ditch.

When a web hosting company hits the international news agenda in this type of circumstance their decision to host, or not to host, could leave them with long lasting financial and security implications. In turn web site owners beware if your web site becomes a hot controversial topic it may only be hours before the rug is pulled out from under it.