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Vi Jay Suskind ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ @tuxether

had a incident. May I remind everyone that Reddit used to be open source, but later became closed source in 2017. In less than a year, they face a security incident. This is why we need licensed based alternatives like Anancus and Prismo.

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@tuxether employees got hacked, and the post makes it sound like the data was stolen from somewhere external, so it's not a good case against closed source systems.

@tuxether I don't mean to be rude, but the AGPL doesn't protect you against security incidents. Let's not pretend that being open source somehow makes you imune to issues. Yes, I want an open-source, federated, link aggregator/discussion board, but let's not point the finger at other people just yet.

@tuxether I don't disagree with the conclusion ๐Ÿ˜‰ but is there any indication AGPL or other licenses would have helped the situation? It sounds like someone got access to old backups through some unsecured infra ...

@downey self-hosting and decentralization, which would have been possible with reddit if it were under the AGPL, would have helped the situation. Storing every users password on the same server is a security risk, yet that's exactly what centralized systems tend to do.