Malware in a gem :)

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02 Sep, 2018 03:55 PM

I've tried to install the HTTParty gem today, but I was unlucky to misspell it as httpparty and it installed a script mining cryptocurrency on my laptop.
Apparently the gem itself and the author are now removed from, but "gem install httpparty" still installed the malware onto my laptop.
Would there be any way to completely delete the malicious gem from the repository so other people don't make the same mistake?
Apparently this user created quite a few gems with names similar to those of real gems

I guess you were aware of the problem, since the user is now removed. But I can't find any information on google about it, so I thought I should still let you know. Just in case

Thank you! :)

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by kerrizor on 08 Sep, 2018 03:29 AM

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    Thanks for letting us know. The gem has been removed.

  2. kerrizor closed this discussion on 08 Sep, 2018 03:29 AM.

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