CentOS Hacked My Machine

By Deane Barker on March 27, 2006

It’s L-i-n-u-x, that is an Operating System: The city of Tuttle, Oklahoma had a Web server crash and the OS (CentOS) had to be reinstalled. Apparently someone forgot to put the Web site back up, because the default Apache page started appearing where the Web site should have been (you know, this page).

This caused the “city manager” of Tuttle to write a series of angry emails to the CentOS team essentially accusing them of installing spyware on his server.

Who gave you permission to invade my website and block me and anyone else from accessing it??? Please remove your software immediately before I report it to government officials!! […]

I do not want this software!!!! This is the City of Tuttle, Oklahoma. Get rid of this software!!!!! Second notice! […]

Unless this software is removed I will file a complaint with the FBI.

The entire email exchange is posted at the above URL. It consists of this guy making threats interspersed with people from the CentOS team trying to explain to him that this is the default page for his Web server, and that they didn’t hack his machine.

Via a post on Spolsky’s forums.



  1. Reason number 110,000,000,042 that managers should either learn as much about technology as a tech worker or completely refrain from ever talking about it.

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