[IAEP] [SLOB] meeting reminder

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 09:20:14 EDT 2018

Sorry for the late notice. I was offline traveling all of yesterday.

We will be meeting today (Friday, 3 August) at 20UTC [1] (4PM in Boston) on
irc.freenode.net #sugar-meeting (See [2]).

Note that there has been a SPAM issue on Freenode of late (See the email
from James I have forwarded below). We should discuss potential solutions.

Also on the agenda:

* GSoC update
* Music Blocks in Japan
* Nigeria workshop plans
* Marketing news letter
* Packaging discussion



[1] https://www.worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx
[2] https://webchat.freenode.net/

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org>
Date: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 6:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Systems] Messages on sugar-meeting
To: Chihurumnaya Ibiam <ibiamchihurumnaya at gmail.com>
Cc: systems <systems at lists.sugarlabs.org>, <aperez at alexperez.com>

Not much can be done; it is automatic, and outside our control.

We are using freenode.net's community services.  freenode have a news
item about the issue; http://freenode.net/news/spambot-attack

My personal response; I'm not a channel operator for #sugar or
#sugar-meeting; if I were, I'd set the channels to +r but this will
require everyone to register with freenode.net before speaking.  It is
easier to ignore the spam.  Setting /umode +R will block private
spam.  Make sure GSoC students you mentor are aware of the situation.

To help you understand the history of the attack, and the very angry
and hurt people involved on both sides, here's a copy and paste from the
#linux.conf.au channel; it is spoken with sarcasm in oz style;

<aj> anyone know what all the freenode spam is actually about?
<evil_steve> yeah, apparently a 'master hacker' went into a ham radio
channel to troll people, found it to apparently be an illicit den of
pedophila, started trolling, got kickbanned, came back with friends, they
got klined, and then when they complained to freenode staffers about it and
the staffers did nothing, decided the entire network was a hotbed of
illicit activity, and fired up their botnet
<aj> so if i ignore the "found it to apparently be an illicit den of
pedophilia" part, that all sounds like a pretty plausible storm in a teacup
<evil_steve> yes
<benno> A bunch of Internet Garbage Humans are trying to do to Freenode
what a similar bunch of Internet Garbage Humans did to James Gunn.
<eyeoh> aj: https://freenode.net/news/spambot-attack
<eyeoh> see this too if you really want the full run-down - follow the
reddit references too. It's been going on for weeks now.
<eyeoh> even some hn people thought it was real because it didn't look like
obvious spam at the time: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17543632
<eyeoh> unfortunately, GPG and WOT hasn't really taken off.
<eyeoh> irc users getting pm spam might also want to /umode +R or /mode
<username> +R

James Cameron
Systems mailing list
Systems at lists.sugarlabs.org

Walter Bender
Sugar Labs
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