On March 23rd, I got madly hacked by some Italian named Spike from #anime on He gained access to bash as the apache user and created an fserve

to distribute Italian anime in his channel. He used the exploit targetting
 installations as described in this [ GLSA] which, embarassingly, was now 2 months old. As far as I know, I wasn't rooted, so Zayin survived. 

I found him in #anime. Spike was pretty nice, and one of his buddies recommended that I upgrade awstats (which, by this time, I had done anyway). Now I subscribe to the Gentoo Linux Security Advisories RSS feed (

This was the first time I have gotten hacked! Overall, very exciting - plus I got a good excuse to skip Operating Systems the next morning.