Top web hosting provider shuts down following cyberattack

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Cybercriminals often attack websites in order to extort a ransom from their victims but a recent cyberattack against the web hosting (opens in new tab) company No Support Linux Hosting took quite a different turn.

After a hacker managed to breach the company's internal systems and compromise its entire operation, No Support Linux Hosting has announced that it is shutting down. The company alerted its customers to the situation before shutting down its website in a message (opens in new tab), which reads:

“On February 8, 2021, a hacker successfully compromised all the servers we use to operate our business including the No Support Linux Hosting web site, Admin section, and our customer database. We can no longer operate the No Support Linux Hosting business.”

No Support Linux Hosting then urged users to download backups of their websites and databases through cPanel (opens in new tab). At this time though, it is still unclear as to whether the company decided to shut down after having its database and backups wiped or if it was hit with ransomware (opens in new tab) and was unable to meet the attacker's demands.

Targeting web hosting providers

Surprisingly, No Support Linux Hosting isn't' the only web hosting provider that decided to close up shop after falling victim to a cyberattack. As reported by TorrentFreak (opens in new tab), two UK hosting (opens in new tab) companies that provide IPTV services to pirate streaming sites also suffered similar attacks.

Web hosting providers SapphireSecure and KS-Hosting both displayed a message on the front pages of their websites from the hacker believed to be behind their respective cyberattacks. SapphireSecure was taken down first and its website showed a “Down for Maintenance” error alongside a message, which reads:

“Your IPTV provider from [redacted] in the United Kingdom has not secured your details and put you at huge risk. All the databases will be shared with the police and copyright protection agencies and posted online shortly [Name redacted] has the option to still protect his customers and himself and stop this and there are two ways of him doing this, this is his choice and likely depends on how much he cares about his customers data.”

The message on KS-Hosting's site went a step further by naming the person behind both platforms and providing his personal information including his current address, former address and his ISP.

However, the attacker behind the SapphireSecure and KS-Hosting hacks could be the same threat actor given how close both attacks were to one another and due to the fact that both companies provide IPTV services.

Via ZDNet (opens in new tab)

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.