Catastrophic cyber-assault against an e-mail company completely wipes primary and backup data
An e-mail provider VFEmail.net based in USA recently suffered disaster when one lone cyber-attack targeted the company, set up during 2001, on the night of February 11.
VFEmail, which said the assault was "catastrophic," disclosed that the attacker broke into the company's primary data computers and successfully deleted the contents even as he erased the backups too. Fortunately, the hacker was identified and caught while he was doing the act thus enabling intervention before servers offshore could be saved from damage.
The company, within several tweets, described the assault as targeting all servers of VFEmail that were externally facing for different data centers. Although the operating systems were different for different servers, while even the authentication wasn't the same always, still the hacker was able in accessing all the servers while also reformat each of them.
It seems the company got hold of the culprit when found formatting one backup server of VFEmail located at the Netherlands. However, it was too late since the hacker had by then completed formatting all the disks of the remaining VFEmail servers. The company tweeted that it lost every VM, all the file servers, and all backup servers. The perpetrator didn't send any ransom notes while seemingly didn't even make any effort for contacting
Sending out alerts to its clients, VFEmail stated that a hacker had completely wiped out all data within USA, both backup and primary, from servers following disks formatting on all of the firm's servers. With that, e-mails as of the past 18-yrs were gone. VFEmail explained that the data erasure did such immense harm that both free and paid A/Cs of users encountered loss of their existing mailboxes, whilst fresh mailboxes would get created only on receipt of new e-mail.
Currently, VFEmail service is back on the run, with fresh e-mails getting delivered. The company is advising users who're unable towards logging in to dispatch an e-mail to their accounts from some other location that will set up a fresh mailbox for them. Various options for data-recovery are also in discussion by the company with a vendor, name undisclosed.
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