We are receiving reports from many users of the popular JoomDonation platform that they received a very scary email from someone that supposedly hacked into JoomDonation. The emails went to the registered accounts and contained the full names, so it looks like JoomDonation did in fact get breached.
This is the full email:
How the hell are you? No need to ask, I’m fine!
I’m the one who has hacked all of your sites, emails, accounts etc. that has been using JoomDonation.com site/components. Scaring? Hell Yea
About 15 months ago, I was able to penetrate into several Joomla sites. One of these luckies was JoomDonation.com After a while I realised that their crappy components were used by other Joomla developers too so I injected my shells into JoomDonation.com components. As per result, I’ve a list of 300000+ Joomla users+emails and you’re just one of them, lucky thing
Yea Yea I know you all have scanners, firewalls, admin tools etc installed on your server/site but you what? F*ck em all. They’re just noob tools. Think about, I’ve injected my own shells into 10000+ Joomla sites and none of you or your magic tools have been awared of.
WARNING: You have 5 days to clean up your sites then my bot will start putting your sites down. If your site was not so valuable for me, removing the components would be enough. If so, then I will most probably blackmail you soon
Want an advice from a hacker? Don’t use any script from Thailand/Vietnam developers, their code is so crappy Try Indian quality.
This email was sent to all JoomDonation.com users. We’ll meet again if you have accounts registered to other Joomla developers
Our research team is trying to confirm if any of the downloads from JoomDonation contain a backdoor, and we will post more details soon on what we find.
The JoomDonation developer has confirmed their environment has been compromised, but believes the issues to be specific to their server:
I believe this is not security issues in our components/extensions. Someone hacked our server (we are using bluehost VPS server for hosting our website) somehow and uses the email systems to send this spam emails to all of you.
They want to destroy our business (and they mentioned India somehow in the email). Just the quick update from us, we will provide more information when we found something!
We are really sorry for this trouble.
The concern here is two fold:
- How did the attackers penetrate JoomDonation? If they leveraged a Zero-Day, then it’s likely the attacker can in fact penetrate other environments configured the same way.
- How is the attacker contacting JoomDonation users? This leads you to believe that there has been some level of data breach and user PII information has been compromised.
Currently, the attacker appears to be contacting those that have purchased any of the JoomDonation extensions, which include:
- Events Booking
- OS Property
- Membership Pro
- CSV Advanced
- OS Services Booking
- Joom Donation
- Documents Seller
In the meantime, we highly recommend disabling this extension from your website. I would also highly recommend putting it behind a Website Firewall (WAF) with all hardening options enabled to minimize the chances of a compromise in case the extension has a 0-day vulnerability or backdoor.
:::::Update: 20141126 :::::
Tuan provides more details on the compromise, he states:
As you know, today, our hosting account was hacked. The hacker got a small part of our users information (only name and email) and emailed to these users that their sites were hacked. Infact, these sites are not hacked at all.
We have been working hard on this issue. Here are something we found and would like to inform you about them:
1. The security issue is not related to our extensions at all. So all the sites which are using our extensions at the moment will still be safe.
2. The issue came from a security hole in the hosting server which we have used. We have been using a VPS server to secure customers data, unfortunately, there was still security hole and the server has no Firewall software, so the hacker could get into the system and stole these information. We are working to move our website to a more secure server with a better hosting provider. However, it will take us one or two days for doing that.
3. The hacker just got a small part of our users information (contain name, email) and publish some of them. Few hours after the information was published (just name and a part of the email – the domain of the email is hidden), it was deleted and could not be viewable from public. So the information would be secure from now as well
4. We can assure that your sites are still safe. However, we advice that you change super admin account (and FTP account) of your site.
5. We will continue analyzing the server logs and will inform more information about this issue ASAP.
We are really sorry about this issue and hope you will stay with us and do more business with us in the future. Our extensions are good and secure, it is just the hosting server insecure and causes us all these trouble.