Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

The 'VF' now stands for 'virtually f*cked'

Game over, man. Game over!

A hacker wiped every server and backup of VFEmail this week in a "catastrophic" attack, according to the webmail service.

VFEmail admins detailed the network intrusion on Monday in a grim red-letter update on the site's front page. The service's founder Rick Romero also said it's likely the webmail outfit is toast as a result of the ransacking:

While the website is once again up and running for paid users, it appears that, at least for all US customers, all their inboxes are empty, cleared out by one or more miscreants. "We have suffered catastrophic destruction at the hands of a hacker," the site's admins said. "This person has destroyed all data in the US, both primary and backup systems."

Netizens who log in now will be able to send and receive mails, though all their old and archived messages are gone, as are any custom filters put in place to catch malware and spam. Free accounts remain unable to send email.

This is particularly bad, as the ability to scan messages for junk and software nasties was a key selling point of the service, which was set up in response to the ILoveYou virus that spread via email in 2001.

The tragedy unfolded on VFEmail's Twitter feed as admins provided real-time updates on the disaster over the course of a day:

Interestingly, as VFEmail noted, there was no indication that the hacker had warned or contacted the site for any sort of ransom or demand before the attack happened, suggesting the point all along was to completely wipe out the webmail service.

We've asked VFEmail for more details, and will share them when/if they come in. ®

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