Menu
Linux Australia breached, personal details leaked

Linux Australia breached, personal details leaked

The group is advising conference attendees to change their passwords

The open-source and free software user group Linux Australia said personal information for attendees of two conferences it hosts may have been leaked after malware was found on one of its servers.

The information may have included first and last names, postal and email addresses, phone numbers and hashed passwords, wrote Joshua Hesketh, Linux Australia's president, on a message board. Financial data was not affected, he wrote.

The breach affects those who registered for the group's Linux conference over the last three years and for python programming conference Pycon Australia in 2013 and 2014, he wrote. Attendee data for those conferences was held on the compromised server.

Although there aren't indications that information was removed from the server, those affected are advised to change the password they used to register, especially if the same one is used on other websites.

Linux Australia discovered the breach on March 24 after it noticed conference management software it uses called Zookeepr started sending a large number of error reporting emails, Hesketh wrote. A server had been attacked two days prior.

"It is the assessment of Linux Australia that the individual utilized a currently unknown vulnerability to trigger a remote buffer overflow and gain root level access to the server," Hesketh wrote.

The attacker installed a remote access tool and then botnet command and control software.

Linux Australia has decommissioned the infected server and strengthened security on the new one. Hesketh wrote that the new server will have "a far more rigorous operating schedule applied to it." A log analysis tool has also been installed.

Websites for the conferences will in the future be archived six months after a conference concludes and then kept on a separate server and deleted from Zookeepr, Hesketh wrote.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Linux Australiasecuritydata breachExploits / vulnerabilitiesmalware

Featured

Slideshows

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP New Zealand held an inaugural Evolve Education event at Aotea Centre in Auckland, welcoming over 70 principals, teachers and education experts to explore ways of shaping and enhancing learning using technology.

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch
Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017 - Meet the winners...

Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017 - Meet the winners...

Reseller News honoured the industry’s finest on a standout evening for the New Zealand channel, recognising the achievements of established and emerging partners on a memorable night in Auckland.

Reseller News ICT Industry Awards 2017 - Meet the winners...
Show Comments