jdong, who continues to amaze me as an exceptional source of information and advice on system security, has posted a forum-wide announcement regarding more — yes, still more — attempts to snooker new users into erasing their entire installation with a
sudo rm -rf command.
It’s an exceptionally juvenile stunt, but one that, as jdong mentions, is best fought off by educating everyone, new and veteran users alike. The latest round was nothing like the blitz from a week ago, and more or less included one “newcomer” using a proxy IP to give “advice” on any topic, always suffixed with an
rm -rf command. Like I said, it’s very juvenile.
But the real bonus in jdong’s announcement is an excellent list of other malicious commands and code that are common attempts to trick someone into hosing a system.
Take the time to look them over, partly because it’s fascinating reading, but also because some of the examples are amazingly simple and elegant. And some of them, frighteningly enough, are completely indecipherable without compiling them — and the results are particularly destructive. Participants in this thread should definitely take note.