The hackers who damaged over 500 Web sites hosted by London-based ISP EasySpace appear to be involved with a group who broke into the US Pentagon military centre and the Atomic Research Center in India.
EasySpace has reinstalled its operating systems from scratch to avoid any virus risks and all clients have been issued with new usernames and password.
Managing director Erik Young posted an update on the company's website and said: "We know exactly how the person concerned broke into one of our servers and we also know where that person is located - Guildford in Surrey."
Young explains that it was company contacts and past connections that led to an approach by various government departments to assist in tracking down the individuals who were breaking into computer centres around the world, posting political messages and comments on the nuclear race between India and Pakistan.
Young confirms that hackers did significant damage, and some hard drives on the server they attacked became corrupted. The hackers are believed to have used software to capture passwords which allowed them root access privileges and they ran amok.
He says: "It is a great shame that the hacker concerned seems to get his kicks out of attempting to destroy not only our young and growing business but our clients as well, many of whom are individuals doing their best to get up and running on the Net."
He stresses that the company does have back-up, "but in view of our low cost of $99 which includes 100Mb of free web space, we consider it is acceptable for our clients to have kept their own copies of their web data unless they specifically request otherwise."
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