The firm, which specializes in protecting against distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), was itself hacked and customer information stolen.

Aldrin Brown, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2016

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Staminus Communications Hacked, Customer Info Stolen

Internet hosting provider Staminus Communications, which specializes in protecting against distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), was itself hacked during the past day and customer information stolen, the firm said in a statement today.

The Newport Beach, Calif., firm’s own public website appeared to have been wiped of all content and today featured only a logo and a statement from CEO Matt Mahvi announcing the security breach.

“As a result of this intrusion, our systems were temporarily taken offline and customer information was exposed,” he said. “Upon discovering this attack, Staminus took immediate action including launching an investigation into the attack, notifying law enforcement and restoring our systems.”

Several media reports speculated the attack could be politically motivated, because Staminus hosts the website of the national Ku Klux Klan.

The outage began Thursday and lasted about 20 hours.

Customers were advised to change their Staminus passwords.

“Based on the initial investigation, we believe that usernames, hashed passwords, customer record information, including name and contact information, and payment card data were exposed,” Mahvi said in the statement.

United Kingdom newspaper The Register reported that the hackers posted the personal information online in a file titled “Tips when running a security company.”

“I fully recognize that our customers put their trust in Staminus and, while we believe that the issue has been contained, we are continuing to take the appropriate steps needed to safeguard our clients’ information and enhance our data security policies,” Mahvi said. “We will provide updates, as appropriate, as the investigation continues.”

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Aldrin Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Penton

Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


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