You will be aware of the data losses by big companies over recent years such as T Mobile, Sony Playstation, Morrisons supermarket, Mumsnet, Talk Talk and many others.
As we get more “connected” and use our data more widely to make things easier to buy, to be “remembered” by our suppliers, personal or business, then we expose ourselves to losing control over some of our personal data.
Our email addresses are mainly “harvested” to go into spam activity. Spam has been decreasing in recent years yet it is unfortunate to still note that spam accounts for some 50% of all email received every day.
Many web servers have been hit over the past 24 hours by an attack which overwhelms the memory on the web servers.
The attack was designed to sniff any access openings in the PHPAdmin controlling interface. Then it continued on all websites hosted on the servers and used up all available RAM, (random access memory” when that was used up it then used the servers swap file, which is an area that computers use to temporarily store data whilst the memory is in use.
Because of the frequency of requests for access in a very short time the web server will report errors.
Fortunately our hosting provider has installed extra monitoring on our range of servers and took preventative measures to minimise the impact of the attack.
If your website is down or has been down over the past few hours, this may well be the cause.
I did some investigation and our attack apparently came from an Amenworld server situated in Paris, France. This however was undoubtedly not the source of the attack as that server itself had probably been compromised by the attack itself and started to replicate the activity on a massive scale.
Do ensure that your hosting provision is robust enough to handle problems like this. Business hosting should never be bought on price alone. Check the features, the support and the monitoring as your business may well be affected.
If you have questions or want us to attempt to penetrate your server or website, benignly of course! Then let us know. Just like the Scouts – be prepared.