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Internet company Easily has been hacked

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The hacks just keep on coming: Domain name company Easily has been hacked, the company announced in an email to customers on Thursday morning.

It was “subjected to a targeted attack against our IT systems by an unknown third party,” it says. “A forensic investigation by independent experts has revealed that unauthorised access was gained to our internal systems. This included the placement of malware on those systems.”

A copy of the email was passed to Business Insider by a reader who was told their domains names were not accessed. “We have found no evidence that your account details, passwords or any personal information which could identify you was accessed,” the email they received reads.

In a statement, NetNames (Easily’s parent company) spokesperson Jo Cresswell told Business Insider that “unauthorised access was gained to our internal systems and a list of domain names registered on behalf of our clients was accessed. This information is already publicly available on the “WHOIS” database which is a public listing of domain names. There is no evidence that any account details, passwords or personal information which could identify individual customers was accessed. ”

It’s not yet clear when the incident occurred, when it was detected, and how it happened. We’ve reached out to Easily for clarification and will update this story when it responds.

Easily has confirmed in response to a customer’s question that the email sent about the breach is genuine, but had not made any public statement about the breach, more than three hours after the customer email was sent.

Another apparent customer reports on Twitter that its support email is responding in “bad English,” leading her to ask if it has “been hacked.”

Easily describes itself as “one of the UK’s largest domain name and web hosting companies” and offers a range of internet services, including email and web hosting, and domain name buying. According to its website, it has 100,000 customers in 150 countries, though it’s not clear what proportion of these were affected by the hack.

The company is owned by the NetNames Group, which also owns internet companies Ascio and Speednames.

SourcE: Business Insider

http://uk.businessinsider.com/internet-company-easily-hacked-domain-breach-2015-12

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