More bad news!!! The hack that exposed the details of 1.2 million GoDaddy customers has spread to six more web hosts. As Search Engine Journal reports, the six additional web hosts are all resellers of GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting services and include the following hosts.
- Domain Factory
- Heart Internet
- Host Europe
- Media Temple
Customers of at least two of these web hosting companies have been sent emails very similar to the one GoDaddy sent out regarding the security breach. The hack they experienced also targeted Managed WordPress accounts and managed to leak email addresses, customer numbers, WordPress Admin passwords, sFTP database usernames and passwords for active customers, and in some cases SSL private keys.
WordPress security plugin maker Wordfence confirmed the hack has spread to these web hosts and published a quote from Dan Rice, VP of Corporate Communications at GoDaddy, as to the extent of the attack:
“The GoDaddy brands that resell GoDaddy Managed WordPress are 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet, Host Europe, Media Temple and tsoHost. A small number of active and inactive Managed WordPress users at those brands were impacted by the security incident. No other brands are impacted. Those brands have already contacted their respective customers with specific detail and recommended action.”
The intrusion began on Sept. 6, giving the attacker plenty of time to take advantage of the user data and access to accounts. It’s currently unknown how that access to the data has been used. All customers affected by the breach at the web hosts listed above need to be vigilant and extra cautious with the emails they receive.
Hopefully each company has either contacted or is in the process of contacting affected customers with the measures taken to close the security hole. If you believe your account was compromised and haven’t been contacted, be proactive and contact your web host to confirm the status/health of your account.
I highly recommend installing Wordfence security plugin, enabling/enforcing 2 factor authentication and deleting any additional admin users that you do not recognise.
If you need help locking down your WordPress installation, get in touch.