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That's an extremely ungenerous interpretation of those events. He shouldn't have handed over control of the package to someone he barely knew, but from his perspective, it was that or let the package die. He volunteered his time, he had no kind of obligation to continue if he didn't want to. His actions were certainly not malicious, and he was clearly not "complicit" with the hacker, which is what you're implying.

That incident highlighted a broadly systemic problem with how these kinds of packages are maintained, it was not a case of "one bad maintainer".

I was referring more to the "transferred ownership voluntary" part, not to the complicit, so no, I'm not implying that.

But it is really interesting to see the atmosphere around this systemic problem. Maintainers don't realize that transferring ownership can be putting users in danger, they'd rather transfer the ownership to a random stranger than mark the package abandoned, then they deny it was ever so serious and ask for more money, and their friends and followers rise up to protect them, without ever addressing the central issue, yeah, that's a systemic problem.

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