Web Hosting Provider Linode Resets Customer Passwords
January 7, 2016
Web hosting provider Linode, LLC (Linode) reset its customers’ passwords recently in the wake of what might be a data breach. Linode, which has headquarters in Galloway Township, New Jersey, United States, caters for customers’ infrastructure needs by offering “high performance SSD Linux servers”. The company’s latest move comes in the wake of a substantial DDoS attack it experienced during the Christmas holidays.
Although a breach is not confirmed, Linode took action after investigating unauthorised logins and found user credentials had appeared on an “external” server. The company did not find evidence of infrastructure intrusion and the credentials might have been accessed offline. Despite the uncertainty, the company responded quickly with a password reset. It also engaged a security company to look into the issue. Law enforcement officials are looking into the current security issue and Linode’s recent DDoS attack.
“The security of your data, the functionality of your servers, and your confidence in Linode are extremely important to all of us,” suggested the company’s security team on the company’s blog. “While we feel victimized ourselves, we understand it is our responsibility, and our privilege as your host, to provide the best possible security and service. You can help further enhance the security of your account by always using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and never using the same password at multiple services.”
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