LxLabs boss found hanged after vuln wipes websites
Shocking development in VAserv megahack affair
The boss of Indian software firm LxLabs was found dead in a suspected suicide on Monday.
Reports of the death of K T Ligesh, 32, come in the wake of the exploitation of a critical vulnerability in HyperVM, a virtualization application made by LXLabs, to wipe out data on 100,000 sites hosted by the UK web hosting firm VAserv.
The effect of his death on the development of updated software by LxLabs is unknown at time of writing.
Ligesh was found hanged in his Bangalore house on Monday morning, after a late night drinking session. The Times of India reports that he was upset with the loss of a recent contract. Ligesh was also still coming to terms with the suicides by hanging of his sister and mother five years ago.
Security researchers at Milw0rm warn that the Kloxo (formerly Lxadmin) web hosting platform from LxLabs contains 24 security vulnerabilities and exploits. The flaws include SQL injection vulnerabilities and flaws that create a way for hackers to gain file access to files hosted on a vulnerable system.
The vulnerabilities are confirmed to affect Klaxo version 5.75, though other versions may also be affected. Milw0rm went public with an alert on the vulnerability last Thursday after failing to hear back from LxLabs in what it considered to be a timely manner.
LxLabs recently said that more than 30,000 virtualized private servers (vpses) were managed by HyperVM, and more than 8,000 servers running Kloxo. The largest single installation of hyperVM centrally manages more than 4000 VPSes.
Virtualization features of HyperVM allow hosting firms such as VAserv to provide low-cost web hosting at a fraction of the price of dedicated server hosting. ®
Pride in the job..
Can be a terrible thing at times. It's easy to be one of those that doesn't really care, produce a shoddy product and when it fails just rely on courts to make sure it doesn't affect your revenue, but taking that amount of personal pride and responsibility for a task to the extent that it'll push you that far..
i suspect the world's lost one of the good guys.
re: tasteless tabloidese
A little bit too soon El Reg?
"Deal with it, but be nice"
what a sad thing
32 years old! No contract is worth a life. I have seen suicide following suicide -- if someone close to you kills yourself, you seem to find it easier to contemplate. But this is always tragic, and the story could have been phrase slightly better, as @Critical has pointed out. Poor chap.