I have been working on a website for the last week with a new ISP Server (pweb.info) and also been contributing to the forum http://macforum.pweb.info/. Recently we have had a bot run thru the system and destroy *almost* every site that was on the server. This means that the macforums site AND most of everyone else (including pweb's OWN forums) sites had their PHP MySQL Databases erased. Most people did not have backups, or if they did on the server that they used for their site, it was wiped too.
I was not hit nearly as hard as the other sites (i didn't use PHP on my site) and Ultimate's was not hit very much.
if you don't know what pweb is, it's a free webserving company that allows you to serve your own webpage for free, with every technology you can cram on the site. And best of all, it's Free!. But... Macforums has been hacked (which was one of the first sites on pweb) several times. Most of them were just the local site. this time, a hacker bot went thru MacForums into the backbone of the server, and as it moved through the server, it deleted PHP databases one-by-one until it had killed every site that was on the server rack.
Even right now, the server is under heavy load as several IP addresses are doing a DDoS on the system. so, the server memory and CPU are red-lineing it.
We are trying to clean up from the aftermath, but are having a hard time. The people who do the serving are really upset and are trying to deal with it. This hacker bot has been moving thru image URL's (i think) to get into the backbone of the system and has been hitting a lot of sites.
(note to applefritter users, if you use mysql/php, you might want to contact me as I can get you additional info on this bot. I talk with the server admins. and *might* be able to get the IP address's of the bot routes)
I will update if anything new happens. Please keep the site servers in your thoughts, as well as the admins that pay for this, as this is a new thing to be serving websites for free WITHOUT ads, and letting people explore site creation without restraints.