As you may have seen or experienced code4lib.org is down for the count
at the moment because of some hackers^w crackers who compromised anvil
and defaced various web content and otherwise messed with the
operating system. anvil is a machine that several people in the
code4lib community run and pay for themselves.
Given that code4lib has grown into a serious little gathering, with
lots of effort being expended by the likes of Jeremy Frumkin and Brad
LaJenuesse to make things happen -- it seems a shame to let this sort
of thing happen. We don't have any evidence, but it seems that the
entry point was the fact that various software packages weren't kept
up to date.
Anyhow, this is a long way of inviting you to a discussion Aug 1st
@7PM GMT in irc://chat.freenode.net/code4lib to see what steps need to
be taken to help prevent this from happening in the future.
Specifically we're going to be talking about moving some of the web
applications to institutions that are better set up to manage them.
If this interests you at all try to attend!