I’m seeing mixed information online that Linode may have been hacked. The biggest collection of comments seems to be on the hacker news post. There are quite a few there saying they got new credit cards recently or have had suspicious charges.
I got a letter from my bank last early last month telling me I’d have a new card by March 25th. I got a new credit card by that date as well as a separate mailing for a PIN reset. The mailing from my bank did not mention which merchant triggered the card replacement.
I didn’t get the email from Linode until after I had a new card, which leads me to wonder if they’re related or merely a poorly timed coincidence. This post leads me to believe that it happened only 2 weeks ago, which is funny because I actually updated my Linode account to the new card a few days after the 1st. If it did in fact happen 2 weeks ago they would have had my old credit card number that was on file and already canceled by my bank.
Since Linode seems to be short on details at the moment I was hoping to aggregate some info regarding who’s a customer and was sent new cards from their bank recently. I haven’t noticed anything suspicious on my statements like some others noted.
Unfortunately there’s not a lot of clarity on what’s going on and Linode has been quiet since their email on Friday. I’d venture to say it’s a mix of truth and lies at this point.
This comment highlights the fact of how incompetent Linode staff would have to be. To me it’s a bit far fetched.
These guys are looking totally incompetent at this point.
If you believe this Ryan guy, credit cards stored on the same server as the key to decrypt them, Lish passwords stored in plain text, they’ve known for some time and lied about what actually happened and now they’re saying “we won’t do anything about it” via email?
“You are of course free to take any steps you deem prudent or necessary to ensure the integrity of your online presence.”
Edit: not to mention they “made a deal” with the hacker not to tell anyone? What the hell?
For those that like the Target commercial, here’s the full version of Electronic Santa.
I just received this email with an image attachment. Should I open it?
From: Harold Wagner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello my the surprised Friend!
I understand, that you are surprised now, when this letter has arrived
to you. BUT I ASK YOU TO SPEND 5 MINUTES, your time and have read it
up to the end then probably it will change your and my life. At first
I wish to tell a little about myself. My name is Mariya. To me of 37
years. I live in a city under name Kirov, it is a small city in
northern part of Russia. I not married and never was. I also do not
have children. I have left school then has finished institute on a
trade of "economist". If it is interesting to you I will necessarily
tell about it, but now not in it the purpose dear friend.
Recently, I watched TV and saw, that in Russia there are 35000000
women who live without men, and there are such agencies of marriage
which have many electronic addresses, and such agency can help to find
for women the suitable man. I have gone to one of such agencies, and
have addressed to them with inquiry that they have found for me the
good man. They have informed at once me, that in Russia I should
search for the good and decent man very long time. Then they have
offered me acquaintance to the man from other country, on what I have
looked from a positive side. As I know, that at us in the country of
the man, do not appreciate women, is possible because women several
In general, I have agreed to strike up acquaintance to the man from
other country, and they have given me your electronic address. Having
told that you the lonely fair and decent man who searches for the
woman for creation of relations. Then I took your electronic address
and have gone to the cafe Internet to write you the letter. Here now
you can my letter see. I have written you it with hope, that you will
answer to me. I have inserted one my photo that you could see, my
appearance and to solve for you directly completely, you will like to
begin dialogue and relations with me or not. Only I ask, concern my
letter seriously, look my photo, the letter, think and solve,
precisely you would like to have the correspondence with me? I do not
wish to be the friend, it is not necessary, I am ready to serious
relations. It is very necessary to love, give my love to the MAN and
family creation. If you really wish to have serious relations with me
write to me. If you do not want to have a relationship with me, just
do not respond to my letter, I can understand everything myself. And
nevertheless, I wish to tell to you, that my photo is made not
professionally, but you see me, such what I in a life. And you can
precisely define such woman as I am necessary for you or not. Very big
inquiry as wanted if you however interested in me write to me about
your e-mail where we can speak with you and small good photos you.
Like everything, that I wished to tell you, and now I only need to
wait from you for the answer, and I hope you write to me. If I was not
pleasant to you, or serious relations are not necessary for you then
do not write me anything, I will understand!
I hope your new friend, I hope that I can become for you friend
You can send your letter and photo to this email address: mashaneebet@BonBon.net
The lonely woman from Russia Mariya.