Do you use VFEmail as your free primary email service? You might be offline for some time with the news of the hack that took the service down. Below is Michael Kan’s Article which goes more into greater detail on this.
An email provider called VFEmail has suffered a “catastrophic” hack that may have wiped all the stored emails from its US customers.
“We have suffered catastrophic destruction at the hands of a hacker,” now reads a notice posted on VFEmail’s website. “This person has destroyed all data in the US, both primary and backup systems. We are working to recover what data we can.”
The Wisconsin-based company has been serving businesses and consumers since 2001. But its various data centers were mysteriously taken offline this week. An unknown attacker was later discovered in VFEmail’s systems. But emails were not stolen and no ransom demands were made. Instead, the hacker appeared intent on destroying the company’s data by reformatting every server.
“Every VM (virtual machine) is lost. Every file server is lost, every backup server is lost,” the company reported on Twitter, later adding, “There was no ransom. Just attack and destroy.”
VFEmail recovered a backup drive hosted in The Netherlands, owner Rick Romero told security journalist Brian Krebs. However, US customer data may be permanently gone, Romero said.
“Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone. It will likely not return,” Romero tweeted on Tuesday.
Who was behind the attack, and how it was pulled off isn’t entirely known. But VFEmail traced the hack to a server based in Bulgaria with the IP address 188.8.131.52 and the username “aktv.” The attacker gained access to not just one server but VFEmail’s entire IT infrastructure.
Romero told PCMag he suspects the hacker exploited a software vulnerability to break in. That’s because the company’s servers used different login credentials and the passwords were not recorded on board.
For now, the company is warning certain customers to stop using their VFEmail accounts until the service can be restored. “At this time I am unsure of the status of existing mail for US users. If you have your own email client, DO NOT TRY TO MAKE IT WORK,” the company said in its notice. “If you reconnect your client to your new mailbox, all your local mail will be lost.”
The company has restored its ability to deliver and send incoming email to paid users. However, the ability to deliver email from VFEmail’s free accounts remains down.
Source: PCMAG | By Michael Kan | February 12, 2019 | https://www.pcmag.com/news/366493/email-providers-servers-wiped-in-catastrophic-hack?fbclid=IwAR3OtR9PHcjpaodw94TMK6JZglsux3CaJdeTaViXxpqNkaBv4m7FpBx3K0A
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