Anonymous-os project response
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Yesterday we starting hearing some buzz about a new project called “Anonymous-OS” - people claiming that it was not affiliated in any way with the group referring to itself as “Anonymous” (See Wikipedia for further discussion of that group), and also that the software itself was full of a variety of trojans, malware, viruses, or backdoors.
We looked at the project, and decided that although the name of the project was misleading (we see no evidence that it is connected with Anonymous) it appeared, on initial glance, to be a security-related operating system, with, perhaps, an attack-oriented emphasis. We have, in the past, taken a consistent stance on “controversial” projects - that is, we don’t pass judgement based on what’s possible with a product, but rather consider it to be amoral - neither good nor bad - until someone chooses to take action with it.
This is even discussed in our hosting documentation, in the terms of service.
However, as the day progressed, various security experts have had a chance to take a look at what’s really in this distribution, and verify that it is indeed a security risk, and not merely a distribution of security-related utilities, as the project page implies.
Thanks for watching out for us, SourceForge. I have trusted and downloaded from SourceForge for 10 plus years. And am very glad to know that you are watching out for Harmful Software, that could give we users, all kinds of trouble...
- SourceForge says no to Anonymous-OS project
- Anonymous (group) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- SourceForge says no to Anonymous-OS project | TechRepublic
- SourceForge.net: Anonymous-os project response
- Controversial project hosting – sitelegal
- BBC News - Anonymous operating system prompts security warnings