[LINK] AT: '“Catastrophic” hack on email provider'

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Feb 13 10:06:50 AEDT 2019

“Catastrophic” hack on email provider destroys almost two decades of data
VFEmail says data for virtually all US users is gone for good.
Ars Technica
2/13/2019, 5:25 AM

Plausible reasons:

(1)  An organised-crime operation suspected that the ISP was about to be 
hit with a sub poena for email-traffic that could have broken the 
operation and led to prosecutions of the operation's leaders?  (Could 
apply to an awful lot of 'legit' corporations really).

(2)  An intending extortionist doing a test of their skills, preferably 
one that he could use as a reference-project?

(3)  Someone doing a demo in order to sell a paid gig as a destroyer of 

Now let's see:
Am I *more* or *less* exposed by managing my own email-archives (25 
years and counting)?

At least I can afford an air-gap to the archival copies, which might be 
too expensive for an ISP?

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