Friday, 10 February 2017 08:19

openSUSE news website compromised

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One of the websites belonging to the openSUSE project, a SUSE Linux-supported organisation that develops a community Linux distribution, was defaced earlier this week.

Dr Roy Schestowitz, who runs a website known as Techrights, was the first to publicise the defacement.

It appears that the site which was defaced was the news.opensuse.org site.

The openSUSE project has not issued any public statement about the incident.

There has been no indication as to whether the images that are available for download have been tampered with.

Open source projects are usually open about website compromises and hacks. When the openSUSE forums were hacked in 2014, the project released details soon after the event.

The openSUSE distribution has about 600,000 users, Richard Brown, chairman of the project. told iTWire last year.

Contacted for comment, Brown said: "I can confirm news.opensuse.org got defaced. That server is isolated from the majority of openSUSE infrastructure by design, so there was no breach of any other of openSUSE's infrastructure, especially our build, test & download systems.

"Our offered downloads remain safe and consistent and there was no breach of any openSUSE contributor data. We're working with the hosting provider to remedy the situation and encourage process improvements to prevent it happening again."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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