- Published on 13 October 2011
The H-Metro website (http://www.hmetrozim.com) has just been suspended. People browse the site on daily basis looking for interesting news and articles that the tabloid newspaper publishes. Usually websites are suspended for two reasons that are, violating the Terms of Service for the Service Provider or overdue payment for Service Renewal.
It is most likely that the H-Metro Website has been suspended due to unpaid web hosting renewal, considering the link at the bottom of the website loads the file on pastduesplash.bml (Past Due Splash).
However, from the 4th of October this year when the website got hacked, up to now, the website has not been updated. H-Metro website was hacked barely a day after the News day website had been hacked too, and the type of hacking for these two websites was the same.
We have traced the IP address of the server that hosts the website for H-Metro, the IP address is 188.8.131.52 and tracing the IP address reveals that the website is hosted in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. It is managed by a company called Endurance International Group.
Further research and analysis has revealed that their domain www.hmetrozim.com was registered in USA, in February 2010. Most of the Zim Papers websites are hosted locally and use a local domain extension (.co.zw), while the H-Metro website seems top be the only one that is hosted outside Zimbabwe.
"This leaves many people wondering why of all the websites that Zim Papers owns, only the H-Metro website is being hosted out of the country. A number of people have looked for the H-Metro website on Google by typing addresses with a local prefix such as www.hmetro.co.zw and www.hmetrozim.co.zw, but to my surprise none of the two domains have been registered, yet its easy for any one to assume that the website address for H Metro is www.hmetro.co.zw", said Mr Fulton Tichareva, who is the Systems Administrator at Web Design Zimbabwe.
"I hope the H-Metro guys will get their website up and running within the shortest possible time, as this has a serious negative effect on their Google Search Ranking. It is also advisable that they register a local domain, and hopefully host their website locally as well to avoid the embarrassing experiences such as the one that is appearing on their website at the moment" added Mr Tichareva.