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Author: Andrew McGlashan
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] Update on the Green Hat Hackers attack

On 2/4/19 4:13 am, Dimitris via Dng wrote:
> On 4/1/19 7:49 PM, Arnt Karlsen wrote:
>> ..this cartoon is used in production how? ;o)
> snowden told us how.
> dev1 joke affected production devuan systems how?

There is just so much wrong about this.

April Fools is fine in jest, but this prank, about a serious
alternative to Debian. It may have caused heart attacks, it may have
stopped systems from getting valid updates, it may have done all sorts
of things.

I never went to the website; reading the mailing list only "about the
problems", any sane person shouldn't go to a website that is
potentially laden with malware. For Android users, if you don't have
the February 2019 updates, you can get owned with just a PNG file.

So, this is very serious stuff. Keep the humour to things much less

If you relied on Devuan for all your machines and the problem really
did happen; it would be hell.

A good prank would be a blog post that doesn't question the real
security of the project. Once you question the security of the
project, you can then have lingering doubts ...... that's not good for
anyone here.

There are times and places for great fun. This was a terrible idea
and it has to lessen trust to at least some extent as well as posing a
serious health risk for administrators who care about security, a lot.

And the xkcd comic hsa nothing on this scare.

Kind Regards