Hackers turn on open source

Wednesday, 15 May 2002, 2:37 PM EST

Security watchers warned this week that May has seen a dramatic increase in defacements on Linux boxes, most noticeably on those from German speaking domains.

Websites associated with Germany (.de) and German speaking countries such as Austria (.at) and Switzerland (.ch) have been the hardest hit of the open source community.

Figures from analyst mi2g reveal that a total of 556 .de sites were defaced in 2001, but the figures for this year so far is already pushing the 1,000 barrier. Almost 300 of these have taken place this month.

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