Just yesterday, I received a link to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Yup! Sydney, Australia), titled, 4800 Aussie sites evaporate after hack. You can read the entire article if you want, but the main points include:
- At least 4800 Australian websites have been lost with no chance of recovery following a break-in at Australian domain registrar and web host Distribute.IT.
- Comments by those affected include things like, “the hack ‘has probably killed my business'”.
- In a published statement, the hosting company said, “At this time, We regret to inform that the data, sites and emails… can be considered by all the experts to be unrecoverable,”
- Rob McAdam, CEO of security firm Pure Hacking, said the issue was a “catastrophic problem” for those with websites hosted by the hacked host. “If these clients had no other backup other than what was at [the hosting company], they would then have to rebuild their site – from scratch,” he said.
For reasons like this, I prefer to create my own backups and store them someplace NOT on my hosting server (like my own personal computer). And after using for 4 months, I absolutely love WPTwin – I can honestly say it is some of the best money I have ever spent!