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Attacks puzzle open-source community

Four Macromedia Flash developer community websites - actionscript.org, actionscript.co.uk, flashgroup.co.uk and robertpenner.com - have suffered cyber attacks in recent weeks that appear to have exploited a vulnerability in a common open source mailing list application. At least one of the sites' servers was compromised using a vulnerable PHP script in EMML (EternalMart Mailing List Manager). The attacks all appear to have been relatively harmless, usually involving website defacements, leading experts to believe that they are hacker pranks. The Flash developer community is understandably annoyed with the attackers, wondering why they chose to pick on volunteer development sites.


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