Blender.org, the official website of the popular 3D computer graphics software Blender, is now in maintenance mode according to a message displayed on the site.
“The http://blender.org website is undergoing maintenance due to a hacking attempt,” the official Blender account on Twitter said earlier today, adding that “the website will be back as soon as possible.”
“Most of the infrastructure, including the Wiki, Developers portal, git repositories, http://blender.chat, and others are available as usual,” Blender added.
According to Blender, parts of the blender.org website and some of the blogs are still down and will remain offline for several hours.
While the site’s homepage is still working, as usual, other parts of the site only display a “This page is not available” error, encouraging visitors to check “a copy on the Internet Archive.”
Blender said that checksums for all files available for download have been verified and are considered safe to download.
You can also check the checksums for all downloaded files from Blender’s servers or any of the mirrors using the MD5 or SHA256 hashes available for all Linux, Windows, and macOS releases at download.blender.org/release/ or on the official download page (after it will be available again).
“The http://blender.org website (and other blogs) will remain offline for a few more hours,” Blender added. “Checksums have been verified and it is considered safe to download Blender.”
The Blender Cloud web-based service for accessing Blender training videos hosted at cloud.blender.org was also unaffected during the attack since the hacking attempt only impacted the website’s www subdomain.
Most of the infrastructure, including the Wiki, Developers portal, git repositories, https://t.co/4y0gfid9uB, and others are available as usual.
— Blender (@Blender) March 15, 2021
BleepingComputer has reached out to a Blender spokesperson for more details but has not heard back
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