Ex-Hostgator Employee Charged for Installing Backdoor

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(The Hosting News) – Imagine this: You employ someone at your company that secretly uses your resources to undermine you. It’s every company’s worst nightmare; and for one, it was reality.

According to a recent report from ARS Technica, Eric Gunnar Gisse, a 29-year old resident of Texas was recently charged with breaching computer security in an incident where he installed a backdoor virus for 2,700 servers.

Gisse was working at popular web host Hostgator during a short time which spanned from September of 2011 to February of 2012. To make the theft possible, he relied on a Hostgator digital SSH key.

The backdoor application was discovered by company officials one day after he was fired.

And despite the breach, Hostgator emphasized not customer data was used. “We caught it well before he had any chance to do any of that,” commented Hostgator COO Patrick Pelanne in the ARS Technica report.

Gisse will be arraigned in May and is currently in custody at the Harris County Jail with a bond set at $20 thousand.

Ex-Hostgator Employee Charged for Installing Backdoor

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