back to article Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

The Linux.org domain was hijacked on Friday morning, with the hacker plastering the message "G3T 0WNED L1NUX N3RDZ" complete with expletives and a very NSFW image (a hairy asshole). The real administrator of the site, Mike McLagan, immediately 'fessed up on Reddit, and said the vandal had managed to break into his partner's …

  1. Garymrrsn

    Hopefully

    Hopefully the hacker will brag about the exploit while chatting up the cute next door neighbour only to discover the neighbour is a transgender ninja with anger management issues.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Hopefully

      > chatting up the cute next door neighbour only to discover the neighbour is a transgender ninja

      I don't think you know how transgenderism works.

      Here's the real world:

      Transgender MMA Fighter Breaks Female Opponent’s Skull. Are we getting too “politically correct” with reality

      I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right… I still disagree with Fox fighting. Any other job or career I say have a go at it, but when it comes to a combat sport I think it just isn’t fair.

      1. This post has been deleted by a moderator

        1. overunder

          Re: Hopefully

          @Mr. Benny

          It's not a mental illness, they are conscious of what they are doing, lucent. You don't need to help them, just don't feed them.

          Transgenderism is not something like homosexuality or bisexuality which has existed since the beginning of most species as a safe fallback for reproduction.

          At 1:1 mass, a man is chemically designed to be physically stronger. Is men in women's physical sports fair...

          1. This post has been deleted by a moderator

            1. Palpy

              Re: "Hopefully" you do some reading.

              Try Robert Sopalsky's book, "Behave", for starters.

              You see, transgender individual's brain physiology is actually typical of the gender with which they self-identify, not with the gender indicated by their genitalia.

              From the above book, page 215:

              "Remarkably, studies have examined brains of transgender individuals, concentrating on brain regions that, on the average, differ in size between men and women. And consistently, regardless of the desired direction of the sex change and, in fact, regardless of whether the person had undergone a sex change yet, the dimorphic brain regions in transgender individuals resembled the sex of the person they had always felt themselves to be, not their "actual" sex. In other words, it's not the case that transgender individuals think they're a different gender than they actually are. It's more like they got stuck with the bodies of a different sex from who they actually are."

              Calling transgender individuals mentally diseased is very similar to calling politically conservative individuals mentally diseased. Political conservatives also have brain structures which differ, on average, from other people: a conservative will usually have a more developed, active, and neurologically connected amygdala and insular cortex.

              A transgender individual's sense of self is, like yours, and like mine, largely determined by brain structure and activity. Neurophysiology is not destiny... but it's hugely, critically influential in a person's conscious and subconscious being.

              If you reply to this post, I'll be quite interested in any conceptual or linguistic markers in your wording.

              1. Paper

                Re: "Hopefully" you do some reading.

                In fact we don't even need to invoke science here. Anyone with half a braincell can deduce that trans people don't chose to be trans - who in their right mind would randomly opt to cut off their penis/breasts at a whim? No one. QED: Gender (aka brain sex) is not a choice.

              2. Mr Benny

                Re: "Hopefully" you do some reading.

                ", the dimorphic brain regions in transgender individuals resembled the sex of the person they had always felt themselves to be, not their "actual" sex"

                Its their actual biological sex that matters to society. You can believe you're a lithe sexy blonde girl all you like but if you look like a dock worker in a wig then tough, thats the way you're perceived, treated and expected to behave.

                "Political conservatives also have brain structures which differ, on average"

                Almost everyone differs "on average". By definition an individual will rarely match the average.

                "If you reply to this post, I'll be quite interested in any conceptual or linguistic markers in your wording."

                Have fun. Unfortunately for both of us it seems the moderators here have had an influx of Generation Snowflake and my original post which had been up for 2 days, was not rude about anyone but simply expressed an opinion that didn't fit the group think, got rejected last night. Some of the mods on this site really need to grow up.

                1. msknight Silver badge

                  Re: "Hopefully" you do some reading.

                  Actually, the brain construction is a little different. The key thing here with Fox, is regarding when the transition occurred... pre or post puberty.

                  If hormone blockers prevented puberty, then Fox would have had a slightly different muscle and bone structure.

                  I wrote a fairly long article on the whole thing, which firstly breaks down our understanding of sex and gender, and then rebuilds it. - http://msknight.com/loas/?p=1551 -

                  The key thing you're looking for is a talk by Prof. Daphna Joel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYpDU040yzc - which goes a little mushy in the middle, but finishes strong.

                  You're also looking for the final few minutes of a talk by Dr Norman Spack, who demonstrates the hormone/puberty issue - https://youtu.be/rzbtSeVZeEE?t=14m

                  Net conclusion... the black and white male/female doesn't exist. We are each individual people, but hormones play a strong part in our physical structure at puberty, and an ongoing influence on mental functions.

                2. Palpy

                  Re: @ Mr. Benny: "Its their actual biological sex" and so on.

                  I really wish I hadn't written that "if you reply" comment. It is condescending. Supercilious. Snarky. That's my my mental quirkiness showing up. I failed to control it.

                  Yes, everyone is different from the average. However, you're confused: I didn't write that conservatives as individuals differ from the average. I wrote that, as a group, conservatives on average differ from other humans. If a group is different on average, it means that most members of that group have a difference which sets them apart from the rest of humanity. Or at least the "rest of humanity" which has contributed to the averaging!

                  For example, political conservatives as a group have relatively enlarged amygdalas. The amygdala is the seat of threat perception, anxiety, fear, anger, aggression. Liberals, as a group, tend to have more gray matter in the cingulate cortex. The cingulate cortex is the seat of empathy, reward motivation, other stuff. (All this is approximation -- lots of things figure into emotions, but seen in MRI these brain areas are more active under these conditions.)

                  Personally, I would judge the language you use in your post to be lacking in empathy ("...then tough, that's the way you're perceived" and so on). Blame it on more active amygdala, less active cingulate cortex? Well, that's too simplistic. But on average there is a correlation.

                  Yadda, yadda.

                  Nothing I write will change your thinking. It can't.

                  And if you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that I have stepped in front of the bus several times. Because nothing you write will change my thinking either. We're the same.

                  I (probably) have a slightly enlarged cingulate cortex; and my neocortex "outvotes" my insular cortex relatively often. Meaning I'm not especially disgusted by "a dock worker in a wig", and I'm likely to be interested in his experiences.

                  So what? None of this is intrinsically "good" or "bad".

                  Or is it? Leon Kass, a bioethicist who served in the (second) Bush administration, argued for what he called "the wisdom of repugnance": the idea that disgust is all you need in order to know right from wrong, ethically speaking. And he claimed, I believe, that is how some policies and laws should be formulated -- if it is disgusting, it should be against the rules.

                  Yeah, OK. So, disgusting to whom? That's one moving target. Pork is disgusting to some people, so should it be illegal? And disgusting at what time? That another moving target. The idea of blacks having the same rights as whites was once repugnant to most whites, so should it be illegal now?

                  Maybe it's a very bad idea to base policies and laws on an irrational criterion like the emotion of disgust.

                  We started writing about the way transgender people are viewed, and by implication, how they should be treated under the law -- how they are "expected to behave" by society. You and I cannot agree, because the sum of our experiences, our genetics, our social and cultural legacies, and particularly our brain physiology and chemistry, are different. Just like the experiences, genetics, and brain physiology and chemistry of a transgender person are different.

                  To my mind, the rules of society need to respect me. Society needs to respect you. And society needs to respect transgender people.

                  If you read to the end, I salute you. Iron willpower, you've got.

            2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

              Re: Hopefully

              "Transgenderism should be treated as such"

              It can arise from hormone imbalance in utero which is a far more complex biological phenomenon that you seem to believe. Fortunately you seem unlikely to have the knowledge to ever be in a position to treat it. But don't ever let facts stop you having a rant.

              1. Mr Benny

                Re: Hopefully

                "But don't ever let facts stop you having a rant."

                Ah yes, anything a virtue signaller doesn't agree with is "hate" or a "rant" or some similar loaded terminology. Well you wallow in your perceived moral superiority if it makes you feel better.

                And you mention facts, how ironic. Here's a simple fact for you: Someone who has a cock and a pair of balls between their legs is a man, regardless of whatever happened in the womb and no matter what he believes he "really is" or what he wants to be. You might not like that it, but I'll make it crystal clear for you, it is a biological FACT.

                1. msknight Silver badge

                  Re: Hopefully

                  "but I'll make it crystal clear for you, it is a biological FACT."

                  @Mr Benny - Wrong. Please see my earlier post.

                  If you want to argue with psychologists, Doctors and other scientists... and mother nature herself, then that's your prerogative... but if you're going to state a "fact"... especially on this forum... you'd better be armed with a lot of thoroughly proven and backed up science. Or you'll end up looking like... er... the d**k you so loudly support.

                  People like you get right on my surgically enhanced tits.

                  1. This post has been deleted by a moderator

                    1. msknight Silver badge

                      Re: Hopefully

                      @Mr Benny - "If you want to argue with psychologists, Doctors and other scientists... "

                      "I don't need to:"

                      I think that wikipedia ranks a little lower on the scale of scientific standards than the sources I cited. Don't forget to cry into your beer this Friday.

                      Nice comment about Mike Tyson. I've faced a lot worse than the kind of tripe you can dish out! LOL.

                      1. msknight Silver badge

                        Re: Hopefully

                        By the way @Mr Benny ... if you want to know why I look like I do... it's because of narrow minded bigots who close their eyes to facts, science and global history, and scream, "Whaaaa.... what you've got between your legs is the law!" ... and ends up denying people like me, the necessary treatments to ensure a smooth passage in society.

                        It's thanks to morons like you, that people like me end up looking like Mike Tyson. So bigots like you, get no sympathy from people like me, because of the narrow-minded crap you enforce on everybody else.

                        1. Mr Benny

                          Re: Hopefully

                          "f you want to know why I look like I do... it's because of narrow minded bigots who close their eyes to facts,"

                          You look like you do because you're a man pretending to be a woman. As for the rest, boo hoo. As Germaine Grere said, just because you say you're a spaniel and wear some floppy ears doesn't make you one. An incovenient fact that is your problem, no one elses.

                          1. msknight Silver badge

                            Re: Hopefully

                            @Mr Benny... as you like Wikipedia for your sources .... "A male (♂) organism is the physiological sex that produces sperm." - so if you take that to mean that if you have to produce sperm to be male, then 1% of people who have meat and two veg, aren't male - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azoospermia - and that's just the souls who aren't actually producing sperm. So what lame excuse are you going to come up with now to support your definition? Or are you going to write these people out of your definition of male?

                            Germaine Grere isn't the best of people to start quoting either. She suffers the same problem as you, blindness to the many layers which make up a human being, preferring to focus on the little bit that supports her thinking, and deliberately ignoring the whole picture - And that, is your problem.

                            (This is why black/white people like Mr Benny are annoying. They deliberately ignore the myriad of things that can happen to human beings, because they can't comprehend the full force of mother nature, and pick only the bits that support their argument.)

                          2. msknight Silver badge

                            Re: Hopefully

                            By the way...

                            "As Germaine Grere said, just because you say you're a spaniel and wear some floppy ears doesn't make you one."

                            ...is a useless argument and totally unrelated. The shoe is actually on the other foot. Greer (and you) are effectively saying that if you have floppy ears, then you're a spaniel... because anything else you have, doesn't matter in the definition of what you are. Like, if you have a dick between your legs then you're a man, and if you have a vagina you're a woman. Which is utter tripe. Try telling your sorry crap to a hermaphrodite.

                            1. msknight Silver badge

                              Re: Hopefully

                              "Estimates suggest that about 1 in 100 people born in the U.S. is intersex." - https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/sexual-orientation-gender/gender-gender-identity/whats-intersex

                              That's a lot of people who don't fit Mr Benny's black or white definition.

                              @Mr Benny ... what are you going to tell these people? That they don't exist, as far as your concerned? Are you going to throw your definition down their throats and to hell with them? All the scientific proof, evidence of nature and human history is against you. Fortunately, facts win out over people like you. The sad thing is that people like me, end up suffering because of you.

                              The wheels of society are changing, and for all your screaming and shouting that black is white, and spaniels have ears... they'll just roll straight over you. Time will silence people like you... the world will continue to turn, and nature will continue to turn out people that defy your definitions... simply by the fact of their existence.

                2. Anonymous Coward
                  Anonymous Coward

                  Re: Hopefully

                  "...it is a biological FACT."

                  actually it's not.

                  this may come as a shock to you but 'man' is not a biological term to refer to gender or sex or genital physiology.

                3. Orv Silver badge

                  Re: Hopefully

                  Someone who has a cock and a pair of balls between their legs is a man, regardless of whatever happened in the womb and no matter what he believes he "really is" or what he wants to be. You might not like that it, but I'll make it crystal clear for you, it is a biological FACT.

                  I have one of those things but not the other. Which bathroom should I use, given those biological facts?

                4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

                  Re: Hopefully

                  "t is a biological FACT."

                  As a matter of curiosity, are you actually a biologist? Holder of a degree or two in the subject? Some of us here are. Including me.

          2. Orv Silver badge

            Re: Hopefully

            Transgenderism is not something like homosexuality or bisexuality which has existed since the beginning of most species as a safe fallback for reproduction.

            At 1:1 mass, a man is chemically designed to be physically stronger. Is men in women's physical sports fair...

            Counterexample: A *female-to-male* trans professional boxer just won their debut match against a cis male:

            http://time.com/5475037/boxer-transgender-male/

            This is tricky stuff. The Olympics have long struggled with the issue of gender, especially after their frankly humiliating treatment of Caster Semenya. The problem is it's hard to divide people into two decisively binary categories -- it's more like two overlapping bell curves when you look at size, weight, etc. Syndromes like androgen insensitivity mean that there are cis women who are XY, so genetics doesn't work; there are also a surprising number of chimeras out there who are XX or XY depending on where you take the sample. For a while female athletes had to all undergo genital inspections, which were both humiliating for the athletes and still resulted in ambiguous cases. Their current technique is to rely on testosterone levels. While there is a strong correlation with strength (people who transition male-to-female lose a lot of upper body strength when they start taking hormone therapy), this has had the bizarre result that some cis women who happen to have high T have been required to take testosterone blockers in order to compete.

            1. msknight Silver badge

              Re: Hopefully

              @Orv - "The problem is it's hard to divide people into two decisively binary categories"

              Bingo.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Hopefully

          >Ie you dont pander to delusions.

          I agree you shouldn't pander to delusions.

          Like religion. Becoming convinced the voices in someone else's head are real, is a delusion.

          (All hail his noodly appendage)

          Real Talk: Equality sometimes has awkward consequences. Those consequences can feel like oppression to people being used to having special status. TBF it's usually straight white males crying foul.

          1. Mr Benny

            Re: Hopefully

            You mean the "special status" women like to enjoy whereby they dont have to put up with some bloke in a dress joining them in the ladies toilet?

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Hopefully

        I agree. Just like it's unfair when I play basketball and other players are taller than me, or when I do track, and some of the other guys are faster. Just not fair.

        1. Hollerithevo Silver badge

          Re: Hopefully

          @AC, there's a reason we have featherweight, heavyweight, etc in boxing: because you can't put a small short fit fighter with a hugely tall, slab of muscle fit fighter. Small differences are fair. Enormous differences ae not fair. There's a photo of a girl's team onlinem with the girls all teenagers and about 5ft6in, and one bloke over 6ft. He identifies as female, and there he is on the team. First, as it were, amongst equals.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Hopefully

            You may be right but I can be a bit sceptical when I see the words "There's a photo of [...] online" to prove any sort of argument with no actual link or citation.

            For instance there's a photo showing the earth is flat online* so it proves my point that the earth is not roughly spherical.

            *Hey there actually is Flat Earth Online

      3. shawnfromnh

        Re: Hopefully

        I agree and I think they hacking it because of the CoC and the push to get an exagerated % of trans/gays/ and other groups they believe deserve to be hired when in Actuality Linus is the kind of boss Linux needs and people should be hired for skills not because of sexual or gender preference. If your dumb or unskilled/inexperienced I ask you stay away from Linux till you've screwed up enough to get smarted without disabling entire distros like an MS update.

        1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          Re: Hopefully

          "deserve to be hired when in Actuality Linus is the kind of boss Linux needs and people should be hired for skills"

          You clearly don't realise that Linus hires nobody. What he does is act as a gatekeeper for code submissions. Some of those submissions may come from people who have been hired, at least in part, to work on Linux. Some may come from people who are paid to work on other things. Search for "who writes Linux" to learn more.

          If you're able to get code accepted it means you're good enough whoever or whatever you are.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Hopefully

          what in the actual fuck are you talking about?

    2. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Meh

      Re: Hopefully

      " only to discover the neighbour is a transgender ninja with anger management issues police officer"

      I'd rather see the perpetrator take a trip through the criminal justice system. It's slower, public, and leaves a more 'lasting' impression upon others who might try and do something like this as a "me too".

    3. Paper
      Joke

      Re: Hopefully

      @Garymrrsn: Yeesh all the replies to your post - don't people get a joke anymore?

  2. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge
    Trollface

    He was posting, he said, so Linux.org user would know "that the actual linux.org servers were untouched and no data was leaked."

    Hah!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Windows vs Linux

    Well I suppose it was about time Windows hacks got a night off

    1. GnuTzu Bronze badge

      Re: Windows vs Linux

      I keep saying: Linux has been around and proliferated successfully enough to become a target. It's no longer just a patch Tuesday World.

  4. Gerhard Mack

    The real lesson is never use NetSol

    Seriously, WHY would anyone still have their stuff there? NetSol is notoriously easy to steal domains from and NetSol have argued in court that they have no responsibility for fixing the results of their own mistakes.

    1. Donn Bly

      Re: Ooooh...

      It may be easy to steal domains from them, but it is a real pain in the @ss to try to transfer any away from them. Sometimes it is easier just to pay their extortion fees for another year than spend the amount of time it takes.

      1. A.P. Veening

        Re: Ooooh...

        "Sometimes it is easier just to pay their extortion fees for another year than spend the amount of time it takes."

        Easier maybe, smarter definitely not. And even if you do, the next year you have the same problem.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Ooooh...

          Easier maybe, smarter definitely not. And even if you do, the next year you have the same problem.

          Indeed, very true. But it sounds like that would encroach on their head-in-the-sand operating model.

    2. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Re: The real lesson is never use NetSol

      Nope.

      The real lesson is not to have a webmail or SP account which can have the password recovered or redirected on your DNS registration without 2FA on it. Here the idiot (yes I mean it) had a webmail account on a service which is renowned for people managing to reset the passwords and nick them and he had no 2FA on it.

      If you value your domains use one of them to run mail infrastructure which is 100% your own and _YOU_ run the mail servers. Use that for authentication purposes. Overlay 2FA from the registrar if they provide it. Though frankly, just running your own mail infra for the "account" domain should be sufficient.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Whoops

    It wasn't me, I would have directed it to Microsoft.

    1. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

      Re: Whoops

      That at least would have been cleverer

  6. This post has been deleted by its author

  7. FlamingDeath Bronze badge

    Login box

    Are they presuming that the DNS change was done around the same time it was "plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism"

    Personally, if it were me, I would have created a clone of the website and captured login credentials

    Is anybody asking this question?

    1. katrinab Silver badge
      Flame

      Re: Login box

      You might think that, but TERFs are not the most intelligent people around.

      We have Sheila Jeffreys who thinks that trans women are not real women because they have smelly vaginas. Then we have Germaine Greer, a woman with a smelly vagina, who thinks that trans women are not real women because they don't have smelly vaginas.

      1. Hollerithevo Silver badge

        Re: Login box

        @katrinab: is that what Jeffreys and Greer are saying? Do you think that sums up their arguments? TERFs aren't as intelligent as most people? Or just that they don't agree with the trans arguments? It would be better if each side didn't assume the other side were idiots or evil.

        1. Trixr Bronze badge

          Re: Login box

          To be honest, Jeffreys' and Greer's arguments don't substantially add up to much more than that. And yes, I've read both.

          What gets me is that so many people believe that trans people "choose" to transition for sh!ts and giggles. I will concede that a teeny tiny number of transpeople might identify as such for what might be called "attention-seeking behaviour". But honestly, I don't personally know anyone for whom that would be a motivation.

          I know many more transpeople who've had to deal with the cluelessness spouted by most people and the absolute bile from the likes of Jeffreys et al, and I can tell you that they have not found transitioning a fun activity by any stretch of the imagination. Nor dealing with whatever was going on in their life *before* finally figuring out they were trans. Most of them have had a very long tough road to get where they are, no matter where they've got to now in terms of a good life and success (or not). Even Caitlyn Jenner, who I have very little respect for, had a tough time.

          As for idiots thinking this is a modern phenomenon, there have been people dressing up as the "opposite sex" since recorded history. And earlier. There are plenty of cultures - even today - where there are "two-spirited" and "womanly men" and "manly women" genders. Some of it has been conflated with homosexuality, and some women's cross-dressing was about being able to get ahead in a man's world. But there have always been people who didn't feel like they belonged to their birth sex.

        2. Alistair Silver badge
          Windows

          Re: Login box

          @Hollerithevo:

          " It would be better if each side didn't assume the other side were idiots or evil."

          With one line you've summed up the vast majority of all online trollfests. Kudos.

          It is the extremist responses and extremist assumptions that have resulted in a certain real estate con artist running the excited snakes, and the reactions of certain elements of the european population to changes in immigration, amongst so many other things.

  8. Skribblez

    Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

    Weren’t ALL the Yahoo! accounts compromised for ages? Even with changing your password, can you trust Yahoo! not to be compromised again/still?

    Seems to me that is a really weak link to have sitting out by itself without MFA, no?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

      If you're the owner of a web domain I'd expect you to be using an email account for that domain or paying for your own separate hosted domain with email, if not also hosting you own email server. Using a free internet email account is just asking for trouble. I still see tradesmen driving round in vans with things like 'bobsplumbing@freeserve.com' painted on them. There is no excuse.

      1. Da Weezil

        Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

        I was once amazed to see a firm of (now defunct) West Wales Solicitors published email address as being @yahoo.com.

        That really does look professional

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

          To people outside the world of IT, using a well recognised email address is seen as good. Maybe not quite so much nowadays, but until fairly recently, only the big boys and geeks had domain addresses. I still see signed vans with @aol.co.uk on them too, although these days it tends to sole traders or very small businesses and they've been using that email address for many years. They may even have their own domain and website, but that email address is what everyone knows.

        2. To Mars in Man Bras!
          WTF?

          Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

          I've lost count of the number of times I've seen companies whose website has a company domain name but whose company email addresses are @gmail, @yahoo, @aol, @btconnect.... etc. etc. I always wonder who they hired to setup their website that either didn't tell them or didn't know that, having the domain name, they could now use it for their email accounts too.

      2. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

        >If you're the owner of a web domain I'd expect you to be using an email account for that domain

        Not necessarily for the technical contact address.

        It makes it a little tricky for the registrar to contact you if there is a problem with your domain

        1. doublelayer Silver badge

          Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

          That's the difficulty with domains. In order to have email through one, you have to register it. In order to do that, you need an email address. So the only convenient way to do that is to get an address from someone else and use it to get your domain and then your other addresses. To some extent, you could use your new addresses to reserve future domains, but that could still result in an all-eggs-in-one-basket situation if your primary domain breaks.

          For example, I use my own domain for most email going to me, and that domain is backed up with a registrar account on a gmail address. I don't like that, and I'd rather have my own mailserver running that, but if something broke in my mailserver, registrar account, or domain, I'd be completely cut off. So gmail it is. If there is a way around this, I'm all ears.

      3. katrinab Silver badge

        Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

        I use a hotmail account for my domain hosting, because if I have a problem with my domain, my proper email isn’t going to work.

      4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

        "If you're the owner of a web domain I'd expect you to be using an email account for that domain or paying for your own separate hosted domain with email"

        If a free gmail account is good enough for all those professional SEO "companies" that keep spamming me...

    2. FlamingDeath Bronze badge

      Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

      The hackers in the case of Yahoo, were balls deep for so long they were able to figure out how to forge their own cookies, so changing your password was pointless

      If you're a BT customer, chances are you have a BT yahoo! mail account

      I had to migrate every online account I had tied to that BT yahoo! address to Gmail

      Isn't outsourcing and giving up all responsibility a wonderful thing?

      I think the ICO fined Yahoo something like £0.50 per person affected in the UK

      What a pathetic punishment

      Why they didn't fine BT as well I do not know

    3. anatak

      Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

      Here in Japan the cellphone providers are so nice to block all email from non japanese domains, making my email address from my own domain a bit useless. I receive email from potential customers but when replying i get the errot message that the email address doesn’t exist. Yahoo.co.jp addresses are of course accepted.

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

        "Here in Japan the cellphone providers are so nice to block all email from non japanese domains"

        So don't use your cellphone for email.

  9. Shadow Systems Silver badge

    Follow the money.

    The article said the DNS was redirected to a CloudFlare account. To whom does that CF account belong? That's one Accessory you now have, so grab them & shake the next link in the chain out of them. Keep shaking until all the links are on the table & you can prosecute the entire lot of them.

    1. anatak

      Re: Follow the money.

      Who is going to pay for that prosecution? And do you think you ll get the culprits extradited if they are in a different jurisdiction (which is very likely)?

      1. katrinab Silver badge

        Re: Follow the money.

        They are TERFs so almost certainly in the UK.

    2. This post has been deleted by its author

    3. Jove Bronze badge

      Re: Follow the money.

      ... and what if the account was created using the partner's identity?

      They got access to one of her accounts, so you have to ask what else she gave away.

  10. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
    Unhappy

    A hijacking, not a hack

    The post is required, and must contain letters.

  11. itzman

    I cant believe that...

    someone would use a YAHOO mail account to admin a public domain.

    I can't actually believe that anyone who is in the business of IT would ever use a gmail or yahoo account anyway.

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: I cant believe that...

      What would you use? As I said above, you can't register a domain to use for mail until you already have an email to create the account, which means getting one from somewhere else. I send most of my email through my own domain, but I have to have the domain registration account through another one because the last thing I need is for my domain to break, requiring me to log in to an account that uses that domain in order to fix it. I'd rather not use gmail for this, but I don't see a better choice.

      So if we accept that a third party email service is required for this, which should we choose? I'm not accepting those companies that you pay for a mail account, because I've had enough of them fail. They change server settings, move your handler to a different one, or disconnect things. Then you end up in their customer support maze. No thanks. I have put some accounts like this on protonmail, but I am a bit concerned about trusting a service with something this important when that service relies on donations and doesn't really have a business behind it. If protonmail didn't get enough donations, I could not keep any of it alive. Say what you like about gmail, but at least I know that, if Google goes down, my domain problems are probably dwarfed by whatever took Google out. Google can't see my mail, because the domain mailserver handles that. They can't get malicious and log in for me because I have 2FA enabled and they don't know the password (and there is little likelihood that they would try anyway). So the major security problems with these mail services do not apply to my situation.

      If you have a better option, I'm open to trying it. So far, I have not found one.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Coraline isn't a Linux dev.

  13. Donkey Molestor X

    Destroy All Mosnters: are you trying to justify hatred against trans persons and vandalism of a website because a transgender person beat somebody else up in an MMA fight?

    That is incredibly childish.

    If you are really committed to hatred of trans persons I urge you to put your money where your mouth is and dash your smartphone on the floor. After all, you wouldn't want to be any where near the ARM instruction architecture once you find out that Sophie Wilson, it's designer, was born Roger Wilson.

    1. Hollerithevo Silver badge

      Nope

      No, it is not justifying hanfred against trans persons. Questioning the validity of the trans argument, but opposition does not equal hatred.

  14. andersenep

    if you think that's a hairy bum, you have lived a very sheltered life.

  15. Jeevels

    Yahoo account..? Now thats just lazy

    Are we looking passed the fact the most compromised email platform to date was still being used.

    This should be a heads up to anyone still using yahoo.

  16. Jove Bronze badge

    Partner's Affiliation to Linux.org

    Why would gaining access to his partner's account expose credentials to the Linux.org site?

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019