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Video Explains Open Source Using LEGO Blocks

Open Source Explained By LEGO
WordPress has benefited greatly from being Open Source software licensed under the GPL. But what does Open Source actually mean? The folks over at Bit Blueprint in partnership with Moving Monday released a video using LEGO bricks and toys to explain the subject.

Open Source Explained By LEGOs

While the video is not 100% accurate since Free Software and Open Source are two different movements with different ideological motives, it does a great job of introducing people to the subject.

We are aware of the fact that the Free Software and Open Source movements have both similarities and differences.

Akismet Update Adds Security and Anti-Spam Improvements

Last week, we wrote about a report published by Sucuri that explained how 162,000 clean WordPress sites were used in a DDoS attack through the pingback functionality of XML-RPC. Alex Shiels who works on Akismet mentioned on Twitter the security team was working on a solution.

An update to Akismet is now available containing bug fixes, security, and anti-spam improvements. Notably:

Include X-Pingback-Forwarded-For header in outbound WordPress pingback verifications.
Add a pre-check for pingbacks, to stop spam before an outbound verification request is made.
According to Shiels, anti-spam checks were performed after a pingback was verified and WordPress didn’t pass