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Hosting Vendor Suffers Major Security Breach

Even the companies contracted to protect your data are losing it

Of all your company's trading partners, you'd think your server hosting vendor would be the one most cognizant of security threats. But now, even hosting vendors are getting breached.

Layered Technologies Inc. yesterday reported that it was the target of malicious activity "that may have involved the illegal downloading of information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and server login details for 5 to 6,000 of our clients."

The company is asking its clients to change the login credentials for all host details they have submitted in the past 2 years.

Layered Technologies did not say how the attackers penetrated its database, although the company did say that it is "from time to time subject to attempts to illegally extract information from its databases."

The company is conducting an audit to determine the source of the breach and has "launched a series of initiatives to enhance and to protect the information you have entrusted to us," according to a site advisory.

— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

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