wiki:something_nasty

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I'm getting a scary message when I try to login to my account using secure shell or secure FTP

When you try to secure shell (ssh) or secure FTP to our servers, you may get a message along the lines of:

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@    WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED!     @
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IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOMEONE IS DOING SOMETHING NASTY!
Someone could be eavesdropping on you right now (man-in-the-middle attack)!
It is also possible that the RSA host key has just been changed.

The reason you may be getting this message is because May First/People Link has changed the "host keys" for most of our servers due to a security problem discovered in the program used to generate the keys.

To find out the correct, current "fingerprint" of our servers, please see our fingerprints page.

The "host keys" are random bits of text that are unique to every server. The randomness of the keys allows us to have a secure, encrypted connection between you and the server.