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

TMO Demands Extension Of Deadline For Harvey Victims To Sign Up For

first_img Al OrtizReverend Simon Bautista, of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral and a member of TMO, speaks at a press conference the group held to demand the extension of the deadline to sign up for D-SNAPMembers of The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) demanded Friday that the state of Texas requests to extend the deadline for Harvey victims to sign up for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program, also known as D-SNAP, which provides funds to buy food.The deadline to sign up is this Friday, October 6th, and TMO, which is a multi-faith group, says the Texas Department of Health and Human Services should request from the federal government an extension of at least one week.TMO argues that many individuals and families from greater Houston have not had enough time to sign up because the lines at the facilities designated to do it were too long.On Friday morning, there were about 8,000 people waiting in line to sign up for D-SNAP at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in downtown Houston.“It is nothing short of a travesty,” said Deacon Sam Dunning, director of the Office of Justice and Peace at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and a TMO member, during a press conference held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, near downtown Houston.The Convention Center is scheduled to close its doors at 7 p.m. this Friday, October 6th.According to preliminary data, more than 200,000 people have received D-SNAP funds so far in Harris County, the Houston Chronicle reported. Listen 00:00 /00:57 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more

Snap Fills Out Senior Ranks With CFO HR Chief Appointments

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Snap CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel has turned in house to fill the company’s CFO and head of human resources positions, completing an overhaul of the Snapchat parent’s executive ranks after a series of high-level departures.The company announced the appointment of Derek Andersen, currently Snap’s VP of finance, as chief financial officer. Andersen will take over the CFO duties of Lara Sweet, interim finance chief and chief accounting officer, who has been appointed chief people officer. Both execs report to Spiegel.“I am thrilled to announce the promotions of Derek and Lara, which reflect their strengths as leaders,” Spiegel said in a statement. “We’re confident that Derek brings important stability to this vital role, given his strong financial expertise and impressive accomplishments working together with our team.” Regarding Sweet, Spiegel commented, “Lara has provided seamless continuity throughout the transitions in our finance team. I’ve long admired Lara’s approach to building culture and managing talent, so when she asked me for the opportunity to focus on people I was thrilled for her to step into this role.” Related Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions It’s the latest shuffle by Spiegel of his lieutenants, as he tries to get Snap pointed on a growth trajectory in 2019. Departures from Snap’s senior management ranks in the past year include to CFO Tim Stone, VP of marketing Steve LaBella, chief strategy officer Imran Khan, chief content officer Nick Bell, and head of ad sales Jeff Lucas (now at Verizon Media).The new appointments for Andersen and Sweet come after other key hires. Last month, Snap announced the hiring of its first chief marketing officer, Kenny Mitchell, a consumer-marketing veteran who has worked at McDonald’s, Gatorade, NBC Sports Group and NASCAR. That came after it recruited three other senior execs: Jeremi Gorman, chief business officer, former head of ad sales at Amazon; Jared Grusd, chief strategy officer, ex-CEO of Huffington Post; and Julie Henderson, chief communications officer, formerly with 21st Century Fox.Andersen, 41, joined Snap in July 2018 after a seven-year stint at Amazon, where he most recently was VP of finance supporting Amazon’s digital video business. He also previously served in roles at Fox Interactive Media, including as VP of finance and SVP, finance and business operations for IGN.In the CFO position, Andersen will have an annual salary of $500,000 and received a new restricted stock award for 750,000 shares of Snap stock (vesting over four years), according to a regulatory filing Monday.Sweet, 44, was controller and chief accounting officer at AOL before joining Snap in June 2016. At Snap, she has served multiple roles in the company’s finance organization, including interim CFO, chief accounting officer, and VP, controller. During her tenure as interim CFO, Sweet managed day-to-day operations of the company’s finance, accounting, and people teams. Earlier in her career, she worked in finance positions at Freddie Mac and Marriott International. Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Contentlast_img read more