The Linux Kernel Organization that runs the ‘www.kernel.org’ website that is used for distributing the Linux kernel software was hacked and a South Florida based computer programmer has been arrested on charges of being responsible for the hack.
The programmer, Donald Austin was arrested and is being charged for causing damage to four servers of the Linux Kernel Organization by installing malicious software. Austin is accused of gaining unauthorized access to the four servers using the credentials of an individual associated with the organization and using his access to install rootkit and Trojan and also making changes to the server.
His next court appearance is on Septemer 21, 2016 in San Francisco at 9:30am. If convicted, he could face up to ten years of imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 + restitution for each violation according to helpnetsecurity.