DreamHost warns customers of possible password breach

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

DreamHost, the popular web hosting provider, has warned customers that one of its database servers has been illegally accessed by a hacker, and that the FTP and shell access passwords of some customers may have been compromised.

If it was the case that passwords were taken, that information would certainly be useful to cybercriminals, as they could use it to access innocent users’ websites and change their contents – perhaps to embed malicious code onto webpages.

As a precautionary message, DreamHost has reset their customers’ passwords.

Sadly, no information has been forthcoming as to how a hacker might have been able to gain access to one of DreamHost’s internal servers. Hopefully the firm is investigating and fixing any potential security vulnerabilities which might expose customer information in future.

Of course, if…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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