Cyber threat: Volunteer installed hidden backdoor. Found by Microsoft

" The news that XZ Utils, a compression utility present in most Linux distributions, has been backdoored by a supposedly trusted maintainer has rattled the open-source software community on Friday, mere hours until the beginning of a long weekend for many."

Open source software has its risks.

Microsoft employee …" Freund discovered the backdoor by accident and that was an extremely lucky break for the Linux and the wider open-source software community."


A zero day hack is worth millions to the right people. I’m surprised this sort of entrepreneurial endeavor hasn’t surfaced before especially with all the open-source lying around.