Hosting Company Linode allows passwords after possible hacking

Jan

7

2016

The US hosting company Linode has the passwords of all users reset after the data from two clients on a remote machine are found. The company, which since Christmas is plagued by DDoS attacks, says he does not know who is behind the attacks.

Linode late in a blog post know that unauthorized logged on three accounts of customers of the company. In response, Linode has started an investigation and found the two customers of the data to remote machines. From this the hosting company infers that unauthorized access has been possible for the customer database. This database contains email addresses, usernames, hashed passwords and encrypted two-factor seeds. Therefore, as a precautionary Linode has reset the passwords of all customers.

Linode has been since Christmas burden of sustained DDoS attacks include its DNS services, which that were not completely dropped out, but difficult to reach. The company let know that all services since Tuesday function normally again. It is not clear whether there is a connection between the DDoS attacks and leakage of customer data. Also, no one would have been reported as responsible.

An employee of Duty Pager, a company that other companies warn if there are such incidents, claiming that an attack in July 2015 in which customer information leaked was also due to this leak at Linode. It would have lasted so long until the hosting company came out with information about this incident. It is unclear what value can be attached to this claim because the employee has worked at Linode. Linode came a few years ago in the news after it was captured by a hacking bitcoins.

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