Feeds

Hacker breaks into ThrustVPS, launches phishing attack from firm's own servers

Company confesses to cockup after Reddit thread surfaces

Security for virtualized datacentres

Virtual private server firm ThrustVPS has taken the unusual step of admitting it had suffered a phishing attack.

Rather than taking the time-honoured solution of just pretending nothing had happened and correcting the issue on the sly, the VPS provider sent an email to customers 'fessing up to the attack.

"The phishing attack came from our server," the admin team wrote in an email to customers. "Upon further investigation the attacker had managed to gain access to the whmcs installation and upload his own files, namely a php shell and a mailer script. These have now been removed and the server has been secured.

We are also looking to introduction [sic] extra security to make sure we have no further repeat of issues you have experienced over the weekend.

As a precaution, customers were asked to login and update their passwords. They were reassured that ThrustVPS does not store any credit card information on its systems, so there was no chance of any financial disasters.

"Our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused and please let us know if there is anything we can assist with during this time," the email continued.

The first mention of the problem came on Twitter, before a post was uploaded to Reddit warning of a "honeypot".

On Twitter, one user questioned whether Thrust's customer database had been compromised.

Others had a predictable grumble:

Others, however, praised them:

The firm, which has an outpost in Maidenhead, tweeted yesterday that all was now well within its walls. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.