Ubuntu, an open source operating system from Linux Debian, has fallen victim to a large-scale piracy attack. While names and addresses have been stolen, passwords seem to have been spared.
The attack was acknowledged on July 14. Hackers
managed to access names, email addresses and IP addresses of up to 2 million
users of the Ubuntu platform. According to Jane Silber, president of Canonical,
and Ubuntu editor, there was "a known vulnerability that allowed for SQL
injection" in a module that was not clogged.
Canonical later said in a statement that valid user passwords, the Ubuntu code
repository and the update mechanism were not attacked by hackers. She cautioned
forum users to be particularly vigilant in the weeks and months ahead.
TAKEAWAY TRENDUsers of platforms and forums that have been compromised have an increased incentive to monitor incoming mails for spam and phishing attempts.