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Attackers hack Linux Mint website to add ISO with backdoor

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    “I’m sorry I have to come with bad news,” wrote Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, before announcing Linux Mint suffered an intrusion; on February 20, “hackers made a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it, and managed to hack our website to point to it.”

    It’s not all Linux Mint, ranked by DistroWatch as the most popular Linux distribution for the last year, that were affected, but only the ISO for Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon edition downloaded from the site on Saturday. Lefebvre noted that other ISO releases downloaded from the site on Feb. 20 as well as the Cinnamon edition ISOs downloaded via torrents or a direct HTTP link should not be affected.

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