opinion needed--were we hacked?
Posted on 2006-11-07
Here's the situation...a few weeks ago, the backup mysteriously stopped running, no error messages or anything; it just stopped about 10% of the way through. Two weeks after that, the Windows server suddenly got infected with an assortment of nearly 200 viruses and trojans simultaneously. In the midst of that, a critical database disappeared...
We also saw a number of VNC logins, both around the time the backup stopped and the time of the virus release. Just a handful each time, not dozens or hundreds. And the IP addresses in the logs showed logins coming from sites around the world.
So...I can't think of any explanation other than that we were hacked by an insider. It seems like too many coincidences to be anything else. However, it's a pretty serious charge, and if there's any other likely or even reasonable explanation, I need to know.
One more bit of info that may be biasing us--or maybe not--is that a former employee made threats and would have been able to guess the password if he didn't already know it. He's the one who set up VNC on the server.
Thoughts, advice, insights? Your help is much appreciated!