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    Our hosted server has been comprimised
    Posted on Saturday, July 14 @ 15:57:53 BST

    Site Updates
    If you haven't noticed, we were down between 12:00GMT on 'unlucky'
    Friday the 13th and Sat 14th July 06:30GMT. It is my unfortunate duty to notify you that our hosts; uklinux.net were
    comprimised by crackers who replaced each hosted (personal and community)
    index.html file to redirect readers to the Hackers at Large
    2001 Conference
    website. We do not as yet know ourselves whether
    our own user databases have been comprimised or not, as none of the
    DebianPlanet staff have shell access at the moment to the server and
    robster, our main liason with the uklinux.net staff is on vacation at
    the moment. However, according to Jason Clifford he wrote that according to
    initial investigations, "it appears that no other service was
    cracked." uklinux.net promptly removed the comprimised boxes thus
    taking us offline; and built a replacement server. We'll bring more to
    light as the uklinux.net staff get back to us.

    Please note
    that our generous hosts and sponsors DO NOT host us on servers
    running Debian GNU/Linux (explanation here),
    so don't take this unfortunate event as a sign of Debian itself being
    insecure.

     
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    Re: Our hosted server has been comprimised (Score: 1, Funny)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, July 14 @ 19:19:09 BST

    They should have been using Debian.

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    Re: Our hosted server has been comprimised (Score: 1, Insighful)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, July 14 @ 23:13:35 BST

    The implied statement about Debian being more secure than Red Hat based on this incident and that none of this would have happened if only uklinux.net had been running Debian, is of course bogus. Security depends on a lot of factors, soms of which are unrelated to quality of software.

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    Matthijs

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