Malware on SourceForge: write to your local mirror and ask them to stop offering their bandwidth to SourceForge! via codeandcommand.com


Malware on SourceForge: write to your local mirror and ask them to stop offering their bandwidth to SourceForge!

Hi! First of all, sorry for my bad English.

We've all seen the recent SourceForge scandal ( source 1, source 2 ). We can try to stop them: some redditors suggested reporting their website to Google in order to remove it from the search results. But there's a more effective way.

SourceForge is based on a lot of mirrors scattered around the world. Those mirrors are often offered for free by universities and other cultural institutions. I think that's not fair for a company that distributes malware and misleading ads to clueless users to receive free support from those organizations which in some cases are nonprofit.

You should contact your nearest mirror and ask them to take down their mirrors. This is a list of the current active mirrors: http://sourceforge.net/p/forge/documentation/Mirrors/

Since I'm Italian, I wrote an email to the Italian "GARR" mirror. This is a translation of the reply I've received from them (original text below):

Goodmorning, thank you for your warning. We're considering the situation with other European NRENs which are offering the mirror service. Anyway, our priority is to keep the users safe from possible malware attacks. Best regards.

Original text:

Buongiorno, grazie per la segnalazione. Stiamo valutando la situazione insieme alle altre NREN europee che stanno offrendo il servizio di mirror. E' comunque nostra intenzione salvaguardare gli utenti da possibili attacchi di Malware. Cordiali saluti.

Submitted June 17, 2015 at 12:18AM by rogowin
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