Lucas Nussbaum & Debian attempted exploit of OVH Hosting insider

Lucas Nussbaum, Debian, Université de Lorraine

When Debian cabalists wanted to steal the domain in 2014, they didn't go to a lawyer or the World Intellectual Property Organization.

The Debian Project Leader (DPL), Lucas Nussbaum, who is a professor at Université de Lorraine, France, relied on another Debian Developer to tap the shoulder of an insider at OVH, which is also a French company, to see if the domain registration could be hijacked covertly.

According to the email below, OVH managers didn't want to get involved in Debian dirty politics.

This incident demonstrates the way that many Debian cabal members have a second loyalty. Some of them siphon off time from their job, some of them siphon off information and they plot against real developers on the debian-private (leaked) gossip network.

When we talk about an open source "community" or a Debian "community", what we are really talking about is a revolving door that provides a risk of legal consequences, ethical traps and inadequate barriers between competing enterprises.

Subject: status of
Date: Fri, 3 May 2013 16:18:41 +0200
From: Lucas Nussbaum <>

[ Why is this on -private@?" at the end of this mail ]


There has been questions/rumors about the state of, and the ``interesting" content provided on I'll try to summarize what I know.

[redacted / trimmed]

Private discussions about trying to register the domain ourselves
(including a contact with OVH, as a DD knows someone in OVH management,
but OVH declined transferring the domain as it would conflict with the
ICANN procedures.
OVH Groupe SAS, Debian