Over 4,800 Web Sites Erased When Australian Web Host Is Hacked

Thousands of people in Australia are in shock after finding out their web sites are gone due to the antics of a hacker and poor network management by their web host.

Over the weekend, Australian domain registrar and web host Distribut.IT was the target of a "deliberate, premeditated and targeted attack". The attack was so extensive that data on four of the host's servers was completely trashed. But that's not the worst of it.

Distribut.IT had to make the awful confession that it never made an offsite backup of its customer's data. All website data, backups, snapshots and other server information was permanently destroyed during the attack. About 4,800 websites lost their information forever. [Sydney Morning Herald via Silicon Filter]