Protestware on the rise: Why developers are sabotaging their own code (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch: Protestware on the rise: Why developers are sabotaging their own code. “A developer can, on a whim, change their mind and do whatever they want with their open source code that, most of the time anyway, comes “as is” without any warranty. Or, as seen by a growing trend this year, developers deliberately sabotaging their own software libraries as a means of protest — turning software into ‘protestware.’”

The Verge: After ‘protestware’ attacks, a Russian bank has advised clients to stop updating software

The Verge: After ‘protestware’ attacks, a Russian bank has advised clients to stop updating software. “In a recent announcement, the Russian bank Sber advised its customers to temporarily stop installing software updates to any applications out of concern that they could contain malicious code specifically targeted at Russian users, labeled by some as ‘protestware.’”

Krebs on Security: Pro-Ukraine ‘Protestware’ Pushes Antiwar Ads, Geo-Targeted Malware

Krebs on Security: Pro-Ukraine ‘Protestware’ Pushes Antiwar Ads, Geo-Targeted Malware. “Researchers are tracking a number of open-source ‘protestware’ projects on GitHub that have recently altered their code to display ‘Stand with Ukraine’ messages for users, or basic facts about the carnage in Ukraine. The group also is tracking several code packages that were recently modified to erase files on computers that appear to be coming from Russian or Belarusian Internet addresses.”