LeaseWeb set up the Community Outreach program in 2010, aiming to bring together non-profit organizations who combat online abuse of all shapes and sizes. Whenever a new organization joins our Community Outreach program, we’ll introduce them to inform people about what they do – and why they do it.
The latest party joining our program is Meldpunt Kinderporno (MKP), the Dutch foundation against (online) child sexual abuse. LeaseWeb and MKP have already been working together as partners for a long time, so it is only natural that we now welcome them within our program.
Part of the organization INHOPE – the international network of hotlines in the world – MKP handles all reports of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) within the Netherlands. MKP will verify / analyze the content and process the reports. If they find any form of child sexual abuse, they will report them to the respective ISPs.
Many customers will come across the Abuse Prevention department, sooner or later. A compromised server or a fraudulent sign-up by a new customer are things that commonly happen.
Such events will most likely end up with you receiving an abuse notification which may range from a simple notification regarding a port scan to a notification that you have ended up on a blacklist. Either way, abuse issues need to be solved in a timely matter to not only avoid further disruption of your own services but also to avoid harming other people.
In other words, it is not only important for the Abuse Prevention team but also for you that abuse notifications are resolved quickly. Not responding to notifications is the worst thing you can do in this situation and could potentially result in a block or suspension of services.
We don’t want to scare you though. The Abuse Prevention team is here to help. Besides informing our customers of the received notifications for their account(s), we also assist them with issues such as ending up on a blacklist or being compromised in some way and we give general advice on how to improve abuse handling in general.
LeaseWeb supports various charitable organizations via its corporate responsibility program, and sponsors its employees when they wish to take part in a worthwhile cause. This is the story of Paul Grimwood, who recently ran a half marathon for the first time in his life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Dear readers, my name is Paul Grimwood and for those who do not know me, I am part of LeaseWeb’s Business Development team based in Amsterdam. Last May, I signed up to run half of the Amsterdam marathon on 20 October 2013 to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer. The charity funds research for over 200 types of cancer, including the most common such as breast, bowel, lung, and prostate cancers, to rare types such as tumor and children’s cancers.
Having never seriously ran before (apart from the occasional – and swiftly aborted – jog on the treadmill at the gym), as soon as the words “Let’s do this!” left my mouth, I started to panic! I couldn’t even run more than 3 km without stopping for breath; how was I supposed to make a 21 km run?
LeaseWeb supports the idea of an open and safe Internet. As one of the world’s largest hosting and IT infrastructure companies, with approximately 3-4 % of all Internet traffic generated by LeaseWeb customers, we believe that transparency on the issues we face and how we address those issues is very important. Therefore we are unveiling our Law Enforcement Transparency Report for the first six months of 2013. Again we hope it will contribute to a safer and more open Internet with a proper balance of rights.
LeaseWeb supports the idea of an open and safe internet. As one of the world’s largest hosting and IT infrastructure companies, with approximately 3-4 % of all internet traffic generated by LeaseWeb customers, we believe that transparency on the issues we face and how we address those issues is very important. Therefore, as the first hosting provider in the global hosting market, we are unveiling our Law Enforcement Transparency Report for 2012. We hope it will contribute to a safer and more open internet with a proper balance of rights.
You may recall that back in September we told you about LeaseWeb’s work to support the Sukaria project – the charity founded by one of our Customer Support Engineers, Janice Ritzer, to raise funds for children from the Indonesian Mollucan Islands. With the holiday seasons still going on it’s an especially nice time of year for us to be thinking of others who are not as lucky as ourselves.