||The neutrality of this article is disputed. (November 2013)|
|Industry||Internet hosting services|
|Headquarters||Galloway, New Jersey|
|Key people||Christopher Aker, CEO|
Virtual private servers
Linode (a portmanteau of the words linux and node) is a privately owned virtual private server provider based in Galloway, New Jersey which has experienced two major security breaches (one in March 2012 and the other in July of 2013) costing tens of thousands of bitcoins.
Products and services
Linode was founded by Christopher Aker, launching in mid 2003. Originally employing User-mode Linux, the company switched to Xen virtualization in 2008. Linode offers cloud computing using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), with automatic backup and node-balancing. NodeBalancer, Linode's load balancing service, was launched in 2011 and upgraded to support SSL in 2013. Longview, a package to provide statistics for clients, was launched in September 2013.
The accounts of eight Linode customers were compromised in March 2012. All eight accounts held the bitcoin electronic currency. Approximately 40,000 bitcoins were stolen in this incident.
In 2013, Linode experienced a security breach when Hack The Planet accessed the company’s web servers. The group exploited a technical vulnerability in Adobe’s ColdFusion application server. Linode said that HTP could not decrypt any financially sensitive information and reset all account passwords. Linode announced plans to introduce two-step authentication for its services in May 2013.
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