FSF Denies Involvement in Finding Cracker
The article in The Tech of Wednesday, Jan. 11, contained several false statements concerning the role Free Software Foundation personnel and computers played in the incident "reported."
First, to our knowledge nobody at the FSF reported finding the log files to Computer Emergency Response Team. We have a substantial number of guest users; it is most likely that one of them notified CERT. In fact, it was only when The Tech article was published that any of us heard anything about the use of FSF computers in any connection with this matter.
Second, no machines were disconnected from the net in response to this event. We have been moving equipment because of an office space reorganization on the fourth floor of NE43, however.
Third, and most seriously, The Tech seems to have done a truly shoddy job of fact checking. Daniel C. Stevenson '97 wrote a story which claimed that "someone in the FSF notified [CERT]" and that a machine was disconnected as a consequence of the log files' discovery. But none of the FSF staff were approached about any of these "facts." Such dismal fact checking is something that the editors of The Tech should look into. It casts into doubt the veracity of the entire article.
Michael I. Bushnell
FSF Staff Programmer
FSF Systems Administrator