US authorities on Tuesday identified the company hosting the website of the fasThosts blog as a suspect in the first known case of its kind in more than a decade.
A federal official told the Associated Press news agency that US authorities were investigating a breach of the website and that the US Department of Homeland Security is now reviewing its security practices to identify more companies.
The Department of Justice said the company had provided no information to authorities about the hack and that it was investigating the matter.
“We do not have any information that suggests the site has been compromised,” a DOJ spokeswoman told Reuters.
The FBI, DHS and US Secret Service are all involved in the investigation.US authorities said on Tuesday that it is the first time a US-based hosting provider has been implicated in a data breach.
“FasThos has been the subject of a number of cybersecurity investigations,” a US DHS official told Reuters on Tuesday.
“The department’s investigation is ongoing and we are working with the hosting provider to determine whether the intrusion was deliberate or accidental.”
Fasthos, a US software company, is one of the largest web hosting providers in the world, with nearly 30 million unique visitors each month.
In addition to hosting the fahstosts.com website, it is also a provider of content to sites like Reddit, Tumblr and Flickr, which has been targeted in recent years by hackers.
The fasTHosts website is one example of the sites hosted on other hosting providers.
A spokesperson for the company said the hack was not the company’s fault.
“In the past, our hosting partners have had data breaches, but these were isolated incidents and no data was stolen,” the spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.
“Since the hack, we have made the necessary adjustments to prevent data from being accessed or stored by unauthorized parties.”
The fahthost.com site is accessible from a number or servers in the US and around the world.