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A Call to Action: Recent PHP Hack Highlights the Need for Better Security

Just two days ago (Sunday, March 28), hackers were able to breach the internal Git repository of the immensely popular PHP programming language used by almost 80% of all websites on the Internet, and have added a backdoor to the PHP source code.

According to a message that the PHP team posted on its mailing list late Sunday night, the malicious code was added to the PHP source code through the accounts of two core PHP team members, Rasmus Lerdorf and Nikita Popov, neither of whom were involved. Popov stated in this message: ?We don?t yet know how exactly this happened, but everything points towards a compromise of the git.php.net server.?