Attack destroys data of thousands of Web host Vaserv’s customers

From The Register (Dan Goodin)
A targeted attack against a U.K.-based Web hosting company has destroyed the data of an estimated 100,000 of the company’s customers’ sites. Vaserv.com was hit by an attack this weekend that exploited a flaw in a virtualization application the company was running, leading to the erasure of mass amounts of customer data.

From The Register (Dan Goodin)

A targeted attack against a U.K.-based Web hosting company has destroyed the data of an estimated 100,000 of the company’s customers’ sites. Vaserv.com was hit by an attack this weekend that exploited a flaw in a virtualization application the company was running, leading to the erasure of mass amounts of customer data.

As The Register reports:

Technicians at UK-based Vaserv.com were still scrambling to recover data on Monday evening UK time, more than 24 hours after unknown hackers were able to gain root access to the company’s system, Rus Foster, the company’s director told The Register. He said the attackers were able to penetrate his servers by exploiting a critical vulnerability in HyperVM, a virtualization application made by a company called LXLabs.

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