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Open-Source Attacked by Hackers

The website handling the open-source MySQL database was attacked by unidentified hackers, compromised, and served as a platform for carrying out malware infections, new reports reveal.

The breach was first noticed by the security outfit Armorize around 5 a.m Pacific Time yesterday. Apparently, the perpetrators successfully managed to install a JavaScript code that fuelled multiple browser attacks targeted at any visitor that came to the site.

As a result, anybody with an outdated Web browser, or unsecured version of Adobe Flash and Java on their Windows powered systems fell victim to the breach.

The malicious code redirected visitors to a third party domain. Unsuspecting victims were sent to a web page, which was a segment of a Blackhole exploit pack installation.

"It exploits the visitor's browsing platform [...], and upon successful exploitation, permanently installs a piece of malware into the visitor's machine, without the visitor's knowledge," Armorize's co-founder and CEO Wayne Huang warned, according to this report by technology site The Inquirer.

"The visitor doesn't need to click or agree to anything; simply visiting with a vulnerable browsing platform will result in an infection," he added.