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Submission + - Bad password: WordPress hacked, source code stolen (

GPLHost-Thomas writes: Matt Mullenweg, Automattic co-founder, in a post in his blog, wrote:

We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.

And has comments about it:

This isn't the first time Automattic has found itself in the crosshairs. In March, the company was the target of a large denial of service attack. Wordpress installations hosted on infrastructure managed by Network Solutions were also the target of attacks in April, 2010 that redirected thousands of Wordpress blogs to malware-laden drive by download Web sites.

It is important, in the above article, to notice that it's not the open source part of wordpress that has been stolen, but some not-to-be-disclosed code. And it seems that it is the case only because of the use of weak passwords.


Submission + - Sony Play Station Data Theft (

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes: Fraudsters have obtained data on millions of online video gamers – including three million Britons — after targeting Sony’s PlayStation Network.

The electronics giant is contacting around 70 million customers warning that details including their names, addresses, dates of birth, passwords and security questions have been stolen.

Does this surprise us /. users, probably not as this feud has been escalating over the past year and finally it is boiling over. The question is, will Sony compensate users?


Submission + - Google Pumps $6 Million into Summer of Code 2011 (

darthcamaro writes: Google Summer of Code 2011 is now underway. Google is providing stipends for 1,116 students to mentor with 175 open source projects.
In total, Google will be investing over $6 million dollars, into Summer of Code 2011. There are a few project omissions this time around though. Neither Fedora nor Ubuntu have any students this year.


Submission + - Fed instructs teachers to Facebook creep students (

SonicSpike writes: "Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.

The agency’s threats, which are delivered in a so-called “Dear Colleague” letter,” have the support of White House officials, including President Barack Obama, who held a Mar. 10 White House meeting to promote the initiative as a federal “anti-bullying” policy.

The letter says federal officials have reinterpreted the civil-rights laws that require school principals to curb physical bullying, as well as racist and sexist speech, that take place within school boundaries. Under the new interpretation, principals and their schools are legally liable if they fail to curb “harassment” of students, even if it takes place outside the school, on Facebook or in private conversation among a few youths."

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