August 1, 2003

Hackers drop spyware into popular tool

The main Web site for downloading a popular open-source network-monitoring tool remained off-line Thursday following a revelation that rogue hackers had implanted spyware in the latest version of the software.

Copies of tcpdump, a utility for monitoring data traffic on a network, and its library of code, called libpcap, had both been corrupted on the site, said Michael Richardson, Webmaster for the site and a member of the open-source project that maintains the tools.

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