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Re^6: It's Time for Everyone to Change Passwords!

by m0ve (Scribe)
on Jul 29, 2009 at 12:49 UTC ( #784226=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^5: It's Time for Everyone to Change Passwords!
in thread It's Time for Everyone to Change Passwords!

i agree, however i think the hack was done just to prove the site is vulnerable.

There is a really simple reason we owned PerlMonks: we couldn't resist + more than 50,000 unencrypted programmer passwords. [snip] These Perl guys are alright, just a little dumb apparently. A lot of them reuse.
else they would have done what they usually do : rm -rf /*

update : if they knew it wasn't an active box there may have been not much of a point to rm -rf /* but i guess they could have still shut perlmonks down with the obtained data...


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Re^7: It's Time for Everyone to Change Passwords!
by shmem (Canon) on Jul 30, 2009 at 09:41 UTC
    i think the hack was done just to prove the site is vulnerable.

    I agree, however hacking a site that never claimed not to be vulnerable is a bit... pointless.

    From Fausty's comment on wired:
    Yay, how brave and skillful to “hack” something that’s already public, provided for free, and supported by volunteers.

    "programmers passwords?" No, guys, just Monks passwords, for a site which runs http, that obviously stores passwords in plain text ("mail me my password"). Geez...

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