All Linux Foundation Sites Down, Security Breach to Blame
Article by George Norman
On 13 Sep 2011
It seems that The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, uncovered a security breach which is believed to be connected with the intrusion on As a little reminder, earlier this month hackers hit some high-value servers belonging to, but the administrators at discovered the breach and stopped the hackers before they had a chance to do any major damage. The attack only damaged the reputation of, it did not impact the integrity of the Linux kernel source code.

Getting back to the topic at hand, The Linux Foundation suspects that the security breach it uncovered may have compromised usernames, passwords, email addresses, and other info users have given the Foundation. All Linux Foundation sites and their subdomains have been closed so that the Foundation can investigate the breach and restore services in a secure manner.


If you will visit or , you will be greeted with a message that provides a brief explanation on what happened.
“We apologize for the inconvenience. We are taking this matter seriously and appreciate your patience. The Linux Foundation infrastructure houses a variety of services and programs including, Open Printing, Linux Mark, Linux Foundation events and others, but does not include the Linux kernel or its code repositories,” says the prompt on and

It is yet unclear what the source of the attack is. The Linux Foundation explained that it is aggressively investigating the source of the attack to figure it all out. In the meantime, you should consider your passwords and SSH keys for Linux Foundation sites compromised. If you’re in the habit of reusing passwords and you used your password for or on other sites, you should change it as soon as possible.

For additional information on this topic you can contact The Linux Foundation vie email at

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