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We Were NOT Targeted! May 6, 2008

Posted by ismywebsite in uptime.
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There’s an ongoing rumour around we were targeted in the recent hack. What actually happened could more closely be classified as a virus – which uploaded itself through one of our clients.

As far as I know, no one has any sufficient motivation to attack our service. Sure, some people have been upset by the wait times and not having their website accepted, but that’s not really something to attack a site over. Not to mention, no threats were received prior to the attack or after it.

The second reason is, this ‘hack’ seems to be designed to keep spreading and travel through a variety of mediums to reach it’s next victim. If the target is us, it wouldn’t be logical to have an exploit that keeps moving to attack others as well.

And yes, SmokyHosts did trace the entry-point. It traced to someone who had been using our host for 3 months and already had 3 successful websites built. Not to mention this user was active on the community and fully satisfied. (Specific user has been notified and will not be disclosed here.)

Either way, we are taking this seriously. The primary reason we’re not online again is because of steps we are taking to fix this situation. We could have been online 2 days ago, with a fix to this one hole. However, with multiple nodes, we can fix all possible exploits before they strike more than one node.

Sorry for any previous confusion and thanks for your patience.

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1. J,R,D, Ltd - May 6, 2008

If you can say publicly, How did the virus get into the system? I know php can run system commands but I didn’t think it could do that kind of stuff and I didn’t think you supported other programming languages.


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