[Bioperl-l] Perlmonks hacked

Mark A. Jensen maj at fortinbras.us
Thu Jul 30 15:33:06 UTC 2009

Men of the cloth do tend to live in their own little world.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Fields" <cjfields1 at gmail.com>
To: "BioPerl List" <bioperl-l at lists.open-bio.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 9:27 AM
Subject: [Bioperl-l] Perlmonks hacked

> All,
> In case there are a few users who haven't been notified, PerlMonks has  
> been hacked rather severely:
> http://perlmonks.org/
> The site was unsecure; all passwords were (astonishingly) stored as  
> plain text, are out in the open, can be easily found (I did, and not I  
> will not point them out).  If anyone has decided to use a common  
> password for, say Perlmonks and PAUSE (or Amazon, or CitiBank, or...),  
> make sure to change both.  Also realize that PerlMonks is NOT https,  
> and that they have NOT patched the security hole yet, so any changed  
> password may be further compromised (don't use a common password).
> In fact, your PAUSE account may be frozen already due to this:
> http://use.perl.org/~Alias/journal/39372
> It's hard to overstate the intense irony of all this. For some reaction:
> http://perlhacks.com/2009/07/perl-monks-passwords.php
> http://blog.afoolishmanifesto.com/archives/1028
> <now you can smack you hand against your head in frustration>
> Good luck!
> chris
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