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.
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...