Hackers break into Linux Foundation

Hackers break into Linux Foundation

Summary: LinuxFoundation.org, Linux.com, and their subdomains are down for maintenance due to a security breach that was discovered on September 8, 2011.

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Just weeks after the kernel.org Linux archive site suffered a hacker attack, the Linux Foundation has pulled its websites from the web to clean up from a "security breach."

A notice posted on the Linux Foundation said the entire infrastructure including LinuxFoundation.org, Linux.com, and their subdomains are down for maintenance due to a security breach that was discovered on September 8, 2011.

"The LinuxFoundation made this decision in the interest of extreme caution and security best practices. We believe this breach was connected to the intrusion on kernel.org," the group said.

More from the Linux Foundation announcement:

We are in the process of restoring services in a secure manner as quickly as possible. As with any intrusion and as a matter of caution, you should consider the passwords and SSH keys that you have used on these sites compromised. If you have reused these passwords on other sites, please change them immediately. We are currently auditing all systems and will update this statement when we have more information.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We are taking this matter seriously and appreciate your patience. The Linux Foundation infrastructure houses a variety of services and programs including Linux.com, Open Printing, Linux Mark, Linux Foundation events and others, but does not include the Linux kernel or its code repositories.

The kernel.org site is still offline after that compromise which was discovered on August 28th.

Topics: Operating Systems, Linux, Open Source, Security, Software

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  • That can't be right

    Those were Linux Servers. The Safest OS in the world -- someone staked their reputation on it, in fact.
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

      @facebook@... Seriously? Windows Servers were hacked repeatedly for years, Apple themselves had been compromised in the past... This is just normal growing pains of any OS.

      If you honestly believe that something is incapable of hatching then you're the one not dealing in reality.

      And for the Record, I like Android but typically run Windows and OS X.
      slickjim
      • And his point went right over your head.

        @Peter Perry: <i>Seriously? Windows Servers were hacked repeatedly for years, Apple themselves had been compromised in the past... This is just normal growing pains of any OS.</i><br><br>We know this. However the way the Linux fanboys tell it, one in particular, you get the opposite impression. Hence facebooks post.
        ye
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @Peter Perry wrote:<br>"This is just normal growing pains of any OS.<br><br>What're you talking about?! Linux just had it's 20-year birthday party this past year. And it's said to be the market share leader in the server market (at least by the Linux fans).<br><br>hatching?
        Rabid Howler Monkey
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @Peter Perry
        I've got a computer in my office that is UnHackable. It is turned off, unplugged, and sitting in a box. - lol
        kethler
    • No, they couldn't have been Linux Servers

      @facebook@...
      The fact that they were hacked proves something far more serious:
      The Linux Foundation is hosted on Windows IIS.
      toddybottom
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @toddybottom I hear what you are saying, but I checked netcraft. Alas, their front end servers were running Linux. I am truly aghast -- Shocked, Shocked I tell you that this could have occurred.
        Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @toddybottom

        They should have ran Iis, nowadays it's safe, rock solid and modular, who needs Apache ?
        sjaak327
    • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

      @facebook@... Ahh yes, where IS Dietrich? Where IS my Linux Advocate? Because I was told that this sort of thing could never ever happen with a Linux system.
      athynz
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @Pete "athynz" Athens
        The same thing popped my mind the moment I read the title :-p +1
        belli_bettens
    • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

      @facebook@...
      Hey lets not turn against one guy about what happened...

      It *will* look like you were waiting for something this to happen to a linux server to make fun of him, which you do not intend though.
      spicycheeks
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @spicycheeks I think everyone WAS waiting for this to happen. There are too many Linux Dorks here (DTS, Linux Geek, etc.) who are constantly spouting off about how this kind of thing is IMPOSSIBLE with Linux. They insist that only Windows is suceptible to attack. They flat out deny reality every single day.

        Now it is time for the more sensible folks around here to have a laugh and make fun of the Linux Dorks who have "staked their reputation" on claims that this sort of thing could NEVER happen with Linux.

        Rick
        rickaaa12
    • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

      @facebook@...
      It seems ur a facebook fan.. but linux hater.. but u know facebook also runs on linux server??
      linuxforhumanbeing
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @linuxforhumanbeing [b]...but u know facebook also runs on linux server??...[/b]

        Classic misdirection attempt. We are not discussing Facebook servers but the servers at The Linux Foundation - a place where the Linux servers should be invulnerable to this sort of attack... provided that the hype spread here by Linux Advocates, Geeks, and fanboys was accurate.

        There is a claim - or an allegation - that the "front door" was left open. Can you honestly tell me that The Linux Foundation - the mecca of Linux - actually left themselves vulnerable to hacking? Like I said to DTS someone at The Linux Foundation is an idiot for leaving the front door open or Linux is just as vulnerable as any other OS out there - and again I'm choosing the latter theory as nothing made by man is perfect or invulnerable. No, not even Linux.
        athynz
    • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

      @facebook@...
      that was an inside job sponsored by the axis of evil software. Main suspect is M$.
      The Linux Geek
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @The Linux Geek
        Can you link me to the company that goes by the name of M$ I searched and searched and could not find a single entity that uses that abbreviation.
        BrewmanNH
      • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

        @The Linux Geek - Smoke break is over, back to work, the fry buzzer is going off.
        ItsTheBottomLine
    • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

      @facebook@... Someone could have re-used a password elsewhere, fallen foul to phishing, or stored an SSH key on another machine that was compramised. The servers were compramised, but the OS can only do so much before human error becomes the vector of choice for hackers.
      Li1t
      • This has never been an acceptable reason wrt Windows.

        @Li1t: [i]The servers were compramised, but the OS can only do so much before human error becomes the vector of choice for hackers.[/i]

        Why should it be acceptable wrt Linux?
        ye
    • RE: Hackers break into Linux Foundation

      @facebook@... *nix servers (including linux) have been hacked for years. Nothing new here. If you look at security sites that list attacks you will find that Linux has been hacked many times. So has every other OS. It is just that Linux isn't vulnerable to the 100,000+ Windows malwares floating around.
      DevGuy_z