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protest +‎ -ware


protestware (uncountable)

  1. (computing) Software subverted to serve the ends of a political protest, for example by deleting files or displaying propaganda messages.
    • 2022 March 17, Brian Krebs, “Pro-Ukraine ‘Protestware’ Pushes Antiwar Ads, Geo-Targeted Malware”, in Krebs on Security[1]:
      Commenting on the malicious code added to the “Vue-cli” application, GitHub user “nm17” said a continued expansion of protestware would erode public trust in open-source software.
    • 2022 March 19, Lucian Constantin, “Developer sabotages own npm module prompting open-source supply chain security questions”, in CSO Magazine:
      In January, two other popular modules called colors and faker were intentionally sabotaged by their maintainer. Is protestware going to become a common problem?
    • 2022 March 21, “CNN Follows Marines Fighting to Take Back Kherson from Russia”, in CNN International First Move with Julia Chatterley, spoken by George Kurtz:
      In fact, what we've seen over the last week is something called “protestware”, and that is some damaging and non-damaging code put into open source projects, specifically focused on organizations in Russia and Belarus. Now, they are making a statement, and that falls under what we call “hacktivism”.

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protestware m (uncountable)

  1. protestware
    • 2022 March 17, Emerson Alecrim, “Protestware: desenvolvedor sabota projeto com "mensagem de paz" para Ucrânia [Protestware: developer sabotages project with 'message of peace' for Ukraine]”, in Terra Brasil[2]:
      A solução apontada pelos pesquisadores da Snyk para que desenvolvedores possam se desvencilhar desse protestware é priorizar o uso de versões "limpas" do node-ipc, como a 9.2.1 e a 10.1.0.
      The solution pointed out by Snyk researchers for developers to avoid this protestware is to prioritise the use of "clean" versions of node-ipc, such as 9.2.1 and 10.1.0.
    • 2022 March 18, Milena Dimitrova, “Projetos de Protestware no GitHub Push Pro-Ukraine Ads e Data Wipers”, in Sensors Tech Forum[3]:
      Pesquisadores têm rastreado os chamados projetos de protestware no GitHub com código adicionado recentemente que exibe mensagens “Stand with Ukraine”.
      Researchers have been tracking protestware projects on GitHub with recently added code to exhibit messages such as “Stand with Ukraine”.