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Pay as You Host - Hacked

Midnight_Caller
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Pay as You Host - Hacked

Hi
I got a Phone call yesterday from Pay as You Host informing me that the Pay as You Host servers had been Hacked.
The woman who Phoned me sed for Security I need to change my:
cPanel Password
ftp Passwords
Shee did not say that I need to change my:
Database Password
Should I change it?
Because of this I needed to change my:
PlusNet Portal Password
Force9 Portal Password
I know I should not but for ease I used the same Password what is very hard to remember, made up of numbers and letters and is very long.
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jelv
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

I have ONE password I have to remember which is for KeePass - obviously that is a password I never have to enter online.
For everything else I have separate passwords - and I frequently use KeePass to generate random passwords (usually 12 characters, upper and lower case plus numeric with at least one of each). Anyone who uses the same password for multiple things is just asking for trouble!
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Shee did not say that I need to change my:
Database Password
Should I change it?

Golden rule: if in doubt - change it!
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Chris
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

Hi Gary,
Unfortuantely the Pay As You Host platform has been subject to a security attack. We've patched the vulnerability to avoid further risk.
We've been contacting users of the platform advising them of this breach and that they should change all of their PAYH passwords. This includes control panel, FTP, email login passwords and any other PAYH related passwords.
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Midnight_Caller
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

Thank you both, jelv I will have a look at KeePass.
I will change the Database Password in a minute.
[Edit] - All done
[Edit] - Thank you jelv I am populating KeePass with my Passwords and Usernames, it looks like you cut and paste the Passwords and Usernames in the fields on to the web site, is that right?
Adam1V
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PAYH Servers Breached

Earlier today, I recieved a phone call from a lady to say the PAYH servers have been breached and our passwords could have been compermised.
Ive tried logging into a number of my domains FTP Access (along with my PAYH main account password) and actually had to reset all passwords.
Whilst I would have done this anyway, does anyone know if the reason for not being able to login was down to PAYH forcing me to change my password or someone else had actually gained access to my account?
Adam
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

Original topic moved from Accounts and Billing and merged with the most recent thread
tonysmith123
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

On Friday afternoon I received an email notifying me that I needed to change my password.
When trying to log on to the PAYH Control Panel I found that my user name was not recognised. Consequently I have been unable to enter a new password and am unable to update my website.
PAYH are not available at weekend which adds to the frustration.
Anybody had similar experience?
Penny
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

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I did get a phonecall and changed most of the passwords, however I think because PAYH couldn't contact everyone they changed everyone's (whether already-changed or not) just to ensure maximum protection.
I got a follow-up e-mail saying all the passwords had been changed and giving a telephone number to call between 9am and 5pm including this weekend, the 3rd and 4th March 2012.
Assume you have the number (didn't quite like to post it on here as anyone could call it) - feel free to PM me if not.
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Midnight_Caller
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

From Pay as You Host  contact page
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Contact us
For information, sales, billing, support or just a general chat you can contact us on the following number: 0114 296 5167
Lines are open 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Outside of these hours please email us, particularly for support issues.

@Penny, is that the info that you where referring to?
tonysmith123
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

Penny - Many thanks for advising that PAYH open this weekend. I have rung them. Only "temporary staff" available and they were unable to resolve problem so I need to contact again on Monday.
paxy
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

I too have received an email for my username with a new temporary password, but my username is not recognised?
Gabe
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

I don't know if this is the problem, but if you follow the instructions in the email
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Please log in to your control panel at http://www.payh.co.uk using the above details.

that won't work. You need to use the address in your original welcome email, which would be something like
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https://plesk-host0X.plus.net:8443

Or something like
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http://www.yourdomainname.org.uk:8443

would forward to the same place.
This is not the first time Plusnet's reactive approach to security has been found wanting.
Gabe
spraxyt
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

Entering my PAYH username at http://www.payh.co.uk worked for me, in the sense that it redirected to the correct https://plesk-host0X.plus.net:8443 address for normal control panel logon. Username had to reentered here and the password was required only at this second stage.
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Gabe
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Re: Pay as You Host - Hacked

Curiouser and curiouser.
The main payh login page has never worked for me. I'd assumed it was the same for all free trialists. Maybe it just doesn't like some of us.
Plus ça change.  Roll_eyes
Gabe