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posted by janrinok on Wednesday January 12, @01:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the with-great-responsibility-comes-great-LOLability dept.

From Bleeping Computer

Users of popular open-source libraries 'colors' and 'faker' were left stunned after they saw their applications, using these libraries, printing gibberish data and breaking.

Some surmised if the NPM libraries had been compromised, but it turns out there's much more to the story.

The developer of these libraries intentionally introduced an infinite loop that bricked thousands of projects that depend on 'colors and 'faker'.

The colors library receives over 20 million weekly downloads on npm alone, and has almost 19,000 projects depending on it. Whereas, faker receives over 2.8 million weekly downloads on npm, and has over 2,500 dependents.

But the target of this action wasn't the end user - but the big corporations...

[...] The reason behind this mischief on the developer's part appears to be retaliation—against mega-corporations and commercial consumers of open-source projects who extensively rely on cost-free and community-powered software but do not, according to the developer, give back to the community.

In November 2020, Marak had warned that he will no longer be supporting the big corporations with his "free work" and that commercial entities should consider either forking the projects or compensating the dev with a yearly "six figure" salary.

"Respectfully, I am no longer going to support Fortune 500s ( and other smaller sized companies ) with my free work. There isn't much else to say," the developer previously wrote.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday January 19, @03:59PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @03:59PM (#1213860) Journal
    Sorry about the late reply.

    Here's an inconvenient truth for ya - he warned people 14 months ago that he wasn't going to support this forever, and that people should fork it.

    They didn't? So he broke it? It's no worse than spiking your lunch with laxatives to catxh the office lunch thief. Actually, it's not even as bad …

    That's two incredibly dumb arguments. "Spiking your lunch with laxatives" with the expectation that someone will eat it, is something like assault, poisoning, maybe even attempted murder or murder, whatever the harm and felony charges end up being. It's not sane and it's not legal.

    Second, as your first paragraph shows, the developer had the legal and respectable choice to just drop support for his software. That would have done it.