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Microsoft Joins Linux Foundation, Bets on Open Cloud Computing

Posted on November 17th, 2016.

Only a few years ago the idea that Microsoft could actively promote Linux and join the Linux Foundation would have sounded like science fiction, but that’s exactly what happens now: Microsoft is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member.

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Linux Mint Website Hacked: Motive Unknown

Posted on February 21st, 2016.

Hackers breached the Linux Mint website, Linux noted in a blog posting today. The Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon is the only compromised edition to the best of the company’s knowledge. Users who downloaded another edition or release are not affected. Users who downloaded via a direct HTTP link or via torrents are not affected either. Since the...

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Grub2 Bypassable Without a Password

Posted on December 16th, 2015.

The Grub system is pretty common on Linux desktops. Grub stands for GRand Unified Bootloader, and Grub2 is a continuation of its development. For a long time, another bootloader was also used by many distributions, called LiLo, which was short for Linux Loader, and while it is still actively developed, most distributions opt for Grub...

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New Ransomware Targets Linux Powered Websites

Posted on November 9th, 2015.

A new strain of ransomware targeting Linux-powered websites and servers is discovered in the wild and continues the trend and threat posed by any other ransomware – encrypt a victim’s information and data in exchange for a ransom fee. Ransomware is among the most notorious and damaging strains of malware in recent times with the most...

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Malware Peddling Vigilantes behind Linux.Wifatch Speak Up

Posted on October 7th, 2015.

  The group of black/white-hat (?) hackers who infected over 10,000 Linux routers with malware to fend off the really bad malware have come forward in speaking to Symantec, the security software company that originally revealed the mysterious malware. Linux.Wifatch recently made plenty of headlines when security researchers at...

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Linux.Wifatch: Vigilante Hacker Infects Routers with Malware to Fight Bad Malware

Posted on October 2nd, 2015.

A newly discovered malware, called Linux.Wifatch by security firm Symantec, has been found to compromise at least 10,000 Linux-routers. Unlike other malware, however, Wifatch protects the router from other infections, protecting victims instead. Security giant Symantec has discovered a new vigilante malware that behaves like most other...

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5 Ways to Be Completely Anonymous Online

Posted on September 21st, 2015.

Anonymity while surfing on the internet is not easy to maintain. Attackers and government agencies alike keep a track of your web activity and identity, with the former trying to infiltrate your system and violate your privacy. A lot has been going on recently to ring people’s minds with the fact that nobody is safe on the internet these...

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IBM Launches Linux-Powered Mainframe LinuxOne

Posted on August 17th, 2015.

IBM has launched a Linux-powered mainframe for the enterprise. With the launch of the new system, dubbed LinuxONE, IBM wants to bring together the advantages of open source software and those of optimized, centralized hardware with world-class customer service.

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Update Your Firefox Browser to Fix a Major Browser Vulnerability, Now!

Posted on August 11th, 2015.

Mozilla Firefox browser users are being urged to update to the latest version of the open-source browser after a major vulnerability was found with the potential to steal sensitive data from user computers. The latest version of the browser is patched and now immune to the vulnerability. Mozilla Firefox users on Windows and Linux...

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Hackers Find a Way to Remotely Switch a ‘Smart’ Sniper Rifle’s Target

Posted on July 30th, 2015.

After uncovering vulnerabilities in a sniper rifle, two hackers have developed an exploit which can take control of the ‘smart’ sniper rifle and change the intended target by hacking it remotely. Security researchers have discovered a way to remotely hack into a self-aiming ‘smart’ rifle by exploiting its vulnerabilities in its...

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Linux Australia Hacked

Posted on April 6th, 2015.

Linux Australia, the group that hosts the continent’s yearly Linux Conferences and serves as a hub for its Linux User Groups, suffered a buffer overflow attack on one of its servers on March 22nd. A buffer overflow attack is a known possibility on many systems and can be conducted in a variety of interesting ways.

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The First Ubuntu Phone is Already Obsolete

Posted on February 9th, 2015.

About two years ago, Canonical – the company behind the open-source Linux distribution known as Ubuntu, announced Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone that would transform into a full Ubuntu PC when plugged into an external monitor.