Linux Kernel – now back online


Almost one month ago, the official distribution site for the Linux kernel was shut down following a serious malware incident. The people behind the Linux kernel discovered malware on the PC of at least one kernel maintainer, as well as on the kernel.org servers themselves.

The good news is that kernel.org is now back online. Although rather less than 100%:

Thanks to all for your patience and understanding during our outage and please bear with us as we bring up the different kernel.org systems over the next few weeks. We will be writing up a report on the incident in the future

Yes, this was malware specifically designed to target Linux. Which just goes to show, if the right someone puts their mind to it, Linux is no less vulnerable than other platforms. Anyway, glad to see them up and running again…it is a welcome, if somewhat belated, return.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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