Apache applauded for openness after security breach

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

On August 28th, the Apache Software Foundation made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after hackers compromised its servers and gained root privileges.

Apache is at pains to point out that

“at no time were any Apache Software Foundation code repositories, downloads, or users put at risk by this intrusion.”

That’s obviously good news, as the latest studies show that some 46% of the world’s web servers are running on Apache.

What really impresses me, however, is how well Apache handled the potentially highly embarrassing incident – taking swift action and keeping their users informed via blog updates.

Indeed, they have now published a detailed incident report, explaining what happened and what changes they are putting in place to prevent such an attack from succeeding in future.

Apache explains in their blog post that they “believe that providing a…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.