Email provider hack destroys nearly two decades worth of data

first_imgVFEmail began noticing the issue on Monday, tweeting that “All externally facing systems … in multiple data centers are down.” In a following tweet, VFEmail said it had caught a hacker who was in the middle of formatting the backup server. The email provider then tweeted that all US-based data may be lost.An hour later, VFEmail said the attacker had formatted the disks on every server. “Every file server is lost, every backup server is lost,” the provider wrote.”We have suffered catastrophic destruction at the hands of a hacker,” VFEmail wrote on its site. “This person has destroyed all data in the US, both primary and backup systems. We are working to recover what data we can.”The hacker’s motivation isn’t clear. VFEmail said in a tweet that there was no ransom. “Just attack and destroy.” Internet Security Share your voice Getty Images All US data from email provider VFEmail was destroyed by an unknown hacker, deleting nearly two decades’ worth of emails, VFEmail said Tuesday.The email provider, which was founded in 2001, scans each email for viruses and spam before they get to someone’s inbox. If a virus is found, it’s blocked from getting onto VFEmail’s servers.”Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone,” VFEmail owner Rick Romero said on Twitter. “It will likely not return. I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they’d want to completely and thoroughly destroy it.” Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone. It will likely not return.I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they’d want to completely and thoroughly destroy it.— Havokmon (@Havokmon) February 12, 2019 Tags 3 Comments Strangely, not all VMs shared the same authentication, but all were destroyed. This was more than a multi-password via ssh exploit, and there was no ransom. Just attack and destroy.— VFEmail.net (@VFEmail) February 11, 2019 Some VFEmail users who didn’t want their email stored in the US had it stored on servers in the Netherlands, but that data was also destroyed, Romero told CNET. Fortunately, the provider’s backup there was intact, so data in the Netherlands was restored, though “It’s nowhere near a full restore,” he said.First published Feb. 12, 3:23 p.m. PT.Update, 4:42 p.m.: Adds comment from Romero. Hackinglast_img read more

JU students end hunger strike

first_imgJU students during a fast unto death on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe four students of Jahangirnagar University, who were on a fast unto death for the past three days, ended their protest after the authorities on Monday promised withdrawal of charges against 56 students for vandalising the vice-chancellor’s residence.The students took the decision of calling off the hunger strike around 7:30pm as JU pro vice-chancellor professor Amir Hossian assured them of withdrawing the case, said Bangladesh Chhatra Union JU unit president Imran Nadim, reports UNB.Pro VC Amir Hossain made the students drink water for breaking their fast after the students took the decision.JU treasurer Sheikh M Manjarul Haque, its proctor Tapan Kumar, JU Teacher Association President professor Farid Ahmed and other teachers and students were present at that time.The students started their fast unto death at 2:00pm on Saturday at the Central Shaheed Minar premises on the campus and continued their strike for the third consecutive day till Monday evening demanding the removal of the case.They are Puja Biswas, a 40th batch student of International Relations, Sarder Zahid and Tuli, 42nd batch students of English department and Arman, a 43rd batch student of Law and Justice Department.On 26 May last, students blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway for six hours following the deaths of two fellow students in a road accident in Savar. But police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse them.Later, the students reportedly besieged and ransacked the VC’s residence protesting at police attack on them.Later on 27 May, university administration filed a case against 56 students bringing the allegation of vandalising the VC’s house.last_img read more

Lightning kills 2

first_imgA man and a woman were killed in lightning strikes in Pirojpur and Barisal districts on Thursday, reports UNB.In Pirojpur, Md Abbas, 42, son of Moazzem Hawlader, was killed as a thunderbolt struck him at Dabgachia village in Indurkani upazila.Police said that the thunderbolt struck Abbas when he was bringing his cattle from field around 12:30pm, leaving him dead on the spot.In Barisal, Hanufa Begum, 30, wife of Riyad Hossain of Badalpara village in Bakerganj upazila, was killed as a lightning hit her around 1:00pm when she went out of house for bringing her cattle, said Md Maksuduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Bakerganj police station.last_img

Industrial sector hit by 4 major crises

first_imgAmir Hossain AmuFour major factors, including scarcity of raw materials and lack of skilled manpower, have stood in the way of the development of industrial sector in the country, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu told Parliament on Thursday, reports UNB.The two other obstacles are electricity and gas crises, and lack of adequate experienced and knowledgeable entrepreneurs, he mentioned while replying to a question from independent MP Abdul Matin (Moulvibazar-2).To overcome the obstacles, the minister said, the government has taken various steps, including modernisation of worn-out industries and institutions, simplification of loan conditions, formation of a special fund for industrial loan and setting up of new industrial estates, economic zones and hi-tech parks.Besides, he said, the government has taken initiatives for providing technical education to youths, reducing import duty on industrial raw materials, giving gas and power connections to industries and factories under a special arrangement and formulation of industry-friendly National Industrial Policy, 2016 having provisions of giving various incentives to foreign entrepreneurs.The minister said dynamism has come in the industrial sector with the good industrial growth following various steps taken by the government.Replying to another question by Awami League MP Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4), state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) brought 62,244 villages fully and 14,647 villages partly under electricity coverage.He said 6,928 villages under the jurisdiction of BREB still remain out of electricity coverage.The state minister said the government is implementing 15 projects to bring all the 83,819 villages under the jurisdiction of BERB under full electricity coverage by installing 84,000 kilometers of distribution lines.last_img read more

South Dinajpur conducts drives against prenatal sex determination

first_imgBalurghat: Initiative to conduct massive awareness drive in order to stop the illegal practice of prenatal determination of sex has been taken up in South Dinajpur.The step has been taken up following a decrease in male-female ratio in South Dinajpur and the awareness drive will be carried out to check the illegal practice. According to the source, different NGOs will take part actively in the awareness campaigning.Sukumar Dey, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur, said the state government wants to curb the menace of sex determination at any cost. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to him, the move follows statistics that the number of girls in this district in respect to the number of boys is plummeting.Notably, the district has a district hospital in headquarter, Balurghat, along with eight block hospitals located in each block, where the birth rate of girls is decreasing compared to that of boys.As per 2011 census report in aspect to South Dinajpur, the average sex ratio stands at 956 girls to every 1000 boys. There were also reports of flouting the law against sex determination in private health care facilities and nursing homes.”We are determined to stop the illegal practice of fetus determination. We will organise workshops in different parts of the district to make people aware through NGOs. Private facilities and nursing homes will also take part in it,” Dey said.last_img read more