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The names, phone numbers and street and email addresses of delegates for Linux Australia conferences and PyCon have been exposed in a server breach. The March attack was detected two weeks ago and is revealed in an email to Linux Australia members. Linux Australia's server held information on delegates to its popular annual …

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>The group has welcomed assistance from Computer Emergency Response Teams in identifying the exploited unknown vulnerability.

Prosaic.

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Joke

Linux?

Linux Australia notified Australia's Privacy Commissioner about the breach and has tightened the screws on the rebuilt server. It has committed to better patching regimes.

The group has welcomed assistance from Computer Emergency Response Teams in identifying the exploited unknown vulnerability.

Or Theo could lend them a server running OpenBSD?

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Paris Hilton

Woah there, based rooter!

The names, phone numbers and street and email addresses

So they downloaded the phone book?

We had harder hacks at uni.

At least the "unknown root exploit" is of interest.

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Data Security

Given the prevalence of these types of 'hack', why aren't personal details stored in encrypted form as a matter of course?

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To be honest, that probably wouldn't have helped much. Perhaps it even was encrypted. I don't know exactly what this software does but if it needs to use the data then the key will be lying somewhere on the server, in memory at the very least. Encryption mainly protects data in transit (physically or electronically) and disks that have been physically stolen.

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