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Firefox (Site) Hacked

Yesterday, Spread Firefox, a site that promotes the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, announced in an e-mail to its registered users that it had been hacked and would be temporarily offline. (A placeholder site occupies that address now.)

How could that happen to such an ostensibly security-conscious crowd? According to that e-mail, somebody forgot to apply an already-released patch to server software running on a secondary area of the site -- an exceedingly common "d'oh!" moment in the business, unfortunately.

(Firefox browser users need not freak out because of the news; Spread Firefox is separate from the development of the browser itself.)

-- Rob Pegoraro
Washington Post consumer technology editor

By Brian Krebs  |  October 5, 2005; 12:35 PM ET
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