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Rogue news items (essays/plagiarism) on https://www.blender.org/news/
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There are currently 28 rogue news posts on https://www.blender.org/news/, about essays and plagiarism. I suspect someone has had their account hacked/phished...

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John Veness (pelago) triaged this task as Unbreak Now! priority.

Probably bad form for the reporter (especially a brand new one like me) to change the priority, but I thought this important enough to do so. I haven't read any of the news posts, but there's a possibility they lead to malware or phishing sites themselves.

@Francesco Siddi (fsiddi), @venomgfx, I moved the spam news items to the trash now, but I don't have the permissions to reset the offending account and verify what else it might have changed.

Thanks. I notice that has removed them from the RSS feed at https://www.blender.org/feed/ (although they may previously have been sent to RSS subscribers, which is how I first noticed them). Still appearing in the index at https://www.blender.org/news/ too, even if each link 404s. I don't know if that will clear itself up automatically?

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) claimed this task.

Just refreshing the page should work. The account was now deleted and there do not appear to be any other changes that were made.

Thanks. I did refresh a few times (and checked on brand new browser) and they hadn't disappeared by 7 minutes ago, but they have now!

Thanks for deleting the pages Brecht. I took some actions on the offending account. Will investigate this further.