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Sourceforge takes down "Anonymous" OS

The owners of Sourceforge have taken down the Linux based “Anonymous” operating system from its servers after it was suggested that the hacker collective had nothing to do with the project and it was just malware in drag.

To make matters worse, the software breaks a lot of SourceForge’s rules about transparency and security.

SourceForge’s community team wrote in its bog that it had decided to take this download offline and suspend it until it had “more information that might lead us to think differently”.

The operating system, called Anonymous-OS, was an Ubuntu Linux distribution skinned with Anonymous logos. It is preloaded with a variety of well-known tools for attacking websites, masking and analysing internet traffic, and communication.

But the operating system was denounced by Twitter accounts known to be affiliated with Anonymous. Another apparent outlet for the group, posting on Twitter as “Anonymous”, wrote: “We are not responsible for other people’s lack of common sense. We repeatedly posted Anon-OS is not to be trusted”.

SourceForge said Anonymous-OS appears to be security related with an “attack-oriented emphasis.” Normally the company doesn’t judge projects, but SourceForge said it runs the risk of wrongly classifying a project as malicious, and it doesn’t want to forfeit the trust of the developer community. 

Microsoft has lost the war to Linux

Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin has decided that he has won the war against Microsoft and his sending his troops home.

In a somewhat strange interview with Network World, Zemlin claims that Linux has wiped Microsoft off the map on everywhere other than the desktop.

Linux has outpaced Microsoft in nearly every market, including server-side computing and mobile, Zemlin claims.

He said that he didn’t care about Microsoft these days. It used to be Linux’s big rival, but now it’s kind of like kicking a puppy.

Zemlin pointed out that while Microsoft’s stock has stagnated over the past decade, Red Hat has soared, Zemlin notes. “Linux software is everywhere, and is something that runs 70 percent of global equity trading, something that powers, really, the majority of internet traffic, whether it’s Facebook, Google or Amazon.”

He said that Linux can be found in consumer electronics devices, like Sony televisions and camcorders, the Amazon Kindle, and in smartphones and tablets as part of Google’s Android. Linux leads the market from the tiniest embedded systems to the largest supercomputers, with more than 90 percent of the Top 500 supercomputing sites in the world running Linux, it is boasted.

The only place where Windows dominates is the desktop where it has 90 percent of the market.

But Zemlin said that the “the good news is the traditional PC desktop is becoming less important”.  They are being replaced by gear like smartphones and tablets where Linux is very strong, he said.

The mobile market is being powered by the Linux based Android. A new contender might be HP’s webOS which also uses Linux.

Zemlin admits that there are still a few problems for Linux to deal with. Patent lawsuits and legal uncertainty might prevent some people from adopting open source. Then there is the question as to why Linux could never build desktop share.

Zemlin blames anti competitive action from the Vole, but it is more likely that open source developers could not hide their contempt for non-technical users long enough to develop something worthwhile.

Hackers hit Sourceforge

It appears that rather than wipe the smug smile off Apple fanboy faces by taking down Jobs’ Mob, hackers are wading into Open Sauce.

We have reported how the Fedora site got a good kicking from hackers and now it seems that Source Forge, which is the Open Saucer’s code bank has been attacked.

According to the site, it detected a direct targeted attack that resulted in an exploit of several SourceForge.net servers.

Open saucers shut down a handful of developer centric services to safeguard data and protect the majority of the SourceForge services.

The guardians of the Open Sauce said that they were trying prevent further exposure and ensure data integrity.

It has called in all its staff to identifying how the hacker got in and restoring the impacted services.

It seems that the problem was initially discovered on the servers that host CVS but several other machines were roped in.

A spokes saucer said that the outfit had determined the extent of the attack, and was verifying all of our other services and data.

In the short term, the outfit has taken down CVS Hosting, ViewVC (web based code browsing), New Release upload capability, and Interactive Shell services

Source Forge said that once the dust has settled it will provide more information.

It is not clear who or why anyone would attack the Open Sauce movement, but there appears to be a stepping up of attacks lately. Instead of the usual let’s embarrass Microsoft plan of attack, hitting SourceForge is like walloping the good guys.

These guys would have more impact and fame if they attacked Apple which is smugly claiming that it is invulnerable to hacking because of its genius security. Attacking open sauce proves that everyone is open to security threats.

Open Source is owned by the US

The open sauce website Sourceforge has managed to prove to the world that the movement is actually controlled by the US government.

While many developing countries have looked to Open Sauce as a way of freeing themselves from the US Imperialist Microsoft licensing system, it turns out that they might have been signing themselves up to further US control.

This week Sourceforge revealed how much control the US has over the Open Sauce movement when it announced that it was denying access to its site from any country which did not agree with US foreign policy. It has banned all those naughty countries which are not on Hillary Clinton’s Christmas card list. This includes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

A spokesman for SourceForge said that the restrictions on the free flow of information rubbed him the wrong way. However, in addition to participating in the open source community, Sourceforge also live in the real world, and is governed by the laws of the country in which it is located, he said.

“Our need to follow those laws supersedes any wishes we might have to make our community as inclusive as possible. The possible penalties for violating these restrictions include fines and imprisonment. Other hosting companies based in the US have similar legal and technical restrictions in place,” the spokesman added.

The sight said it deeply regretted that those sanctions may impact individuals who have no malicious intent along with those whom the rules are designed to punish. However, until either the designated governments alter the practices that got them on the sanctions list, or the US government’s policies change, the situation must remain.

The news has been greeted with shock and alarm in the Open Sauce community who fail to see why their beloved software system should be a tool of US foreign policy and draconian internet censorship laws. If the site were to set up a mirror in a neutral country knowing that that the software would still end up in Cuban hands then the US government would shut it down for exporting software to support terrorism.

Of course if anyone wants to visit Sourceforge in a way that cannot be identified by the US spooks they could download their software by installing Tor http://www.torproject.org. SourceForge can not determine your country of origin and traverse through an exit node that is not in an “axis of evil” country.

However it does cause some problems for the Open Sauce movement. Sauceforge is one of its main distribution points and it is based in a country which is completely paranoid and unable to deal with the outside world. While it remains there, the movement loses its ability to be seen as universal.