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Former HostGator employee allegedly installed backdoor on over 2,700 servers

HostGator employee installed backdoor onto 2700+ servers
By: Charles Gantt | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Apr 22, 2013 6:30 pm

This morning TechSpot broke news that during 2011 and 2012 over 2700 servers hosted with HostGator were compromised when an employee installed backdoors on the machines. Prosecutors say that 29 year old Eric Gunnar Gisse of Texas was responsible for the inside hacking.




Gisse was employed by the company between September of 2011 and February 2012 as a medium level systems administrator. HostGator says that Gisse went to great lengths to hide the backdoor as a common Unix admin tool, which he renamed "pcre", which is a common system file.


No evidence was presented as to whether or not Gisse ever used the backdoor to access any of the servers remotely, but as the meme goes, "One simply does not install a backdoor onto 2700 servers without the intent to use them."


Gisse is scheduled to be arraigned next month. It's unclear if he has entered a plea as of this writing. He is being held on $20,000 bond at the Harris County Jail in Houston, TX.


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