Fasthosts, a popular web services provider, has been forced to shut down many of its customers' websites after it was revealed that they did not change their passwords and login details to their FTP servers after a hack which took place back in October.
A spokesperson for the Gloucester-based firm said "Last month, as a precautionary measure, we recommended all customers update their passwords. Fasthosts was made aware that a very small number of customers who did not change their passwords had experienced a compromise. 'As a result, Fasthosts implemented automatic password changes to every customer that did not change their Control Panel and FTP passwords as was previously recommended."
There have been reports that many of its customers did change the details back in October but were locked out of their systems nonetheless.
The firm has also published a press release saying "all unchanged email passwords automatically on Thursday 13 December. These affected customers will receive their new passwords by Royal Mail and have been informed of all these changes and what they are required to do."
Fasthosts has also confirmed that some website did suffer damage although it is unknown what would be the long term effect of the hack as Fasthosts has more than one million accounts.