US hosting provider SmarterASP.NET has been hit by a serious ransomware attack that's impacted the websites of its 440,000+ customers. 

SmarterASP.NET's website and those of its entire customer base went offline yesterday following the attack. 

According to the notice published today by the company, "Your hosting account was under attack and hackers have encrypted all your data."

The firm is now working with security experts to try and decrypt customer data and implement safeguards so that this incident does not happen again. 

The firm tweeted earlier today that it's focusing on restoring database servers first. Once these are recovered most customers sites will be back up and running. 

The notice went on further to say "we are optimistic that everything will be back to normal no longer than 12-24 hours."

It is unclear if the firm has been able to decrypt the locked files. 

At 9:000 AM ET, the firm tweeted that 90% of accounts are back to normal and they are now focusing on the last 10%. 

This incident certainly is not unique to SmarterASP.NET. 

Just last month the German automation giant Pilz was hit by a ransomware attack that left all server and PC workstations impacted, including the company's delivery of shipments and communications. 

To help mitigate the threat of a ransomware attack, NNT suggests downloading a custom ransomware mitigation kit. This will include all of the necessary automated vulnerability checks and group policy templates to fix any weaknesses in your systems automatically before they can be exploited by an attacker. 


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