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South Korea Faces The Bill For Lock-in To Wintel

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Microsoft
Security

I expect Korea will have to redo everything and get it right this time. Let’s hope they demand GNU/Linux be used for on-line/financial transactions and to protect data but failing that let’s hope they make GNU/Linux optional and the people can decide. There’s something refreshing about a whole country aroused about insecurity with that other OS on the check-list of things to fix.

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7 free tools every network needs

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OSS
Security

From device discovery to visibility into systems, networks, and traffic flows, these free open source monitoring tools have you covered

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With This Tiny Box, You Can Anonymize Everything You Do Online

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OSS
Security

No tool in existence protects your anonymity on the Web better than the software Tor, which encrypts Internet traffic and bounces it through random computers around the world. But for guarding anything other than Web browsing, Tor has required a mixture of finicky technical setup and software tweaks. Now routing all your traffic through Tor may be as simple as putting a portable hardware condom on your ethernet cable.

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SEANux – a version of Linux from the Syrian Electronic Army

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GNU
Linux
Security

For now, consider me skeptical of SEANux. After all, back in early 2012 the so-called AnonymousOS was released, a purported new operating system from the Anonymous collective – only to reportedly be found ridden with trojan horses.

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Free Linux-Based Firewall Smoothwall Express 3.1 Is One of the Biggest Releases in Years

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GNU
Linux
Security

Smoothwall Express is a free firewall that is based on a GNU/Linux kernel that comes with an easy to use interface. The latest version available is now 3.1 and its been in the works for a long time.

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BlackPhone Reviewed: Secure OS Inside a Generic Design and Not Quite Cheap

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Android
Security

“If privacy is important to you, the Blackphone is almost certainly what you’re after in a mobile device. Besides, you don’t have much choice currently. One thing I’m still coming to terms with, however, is the concept of selling peace of mind.

As Edward Snowden continues to leak information about how the NSA and other national government agencies were/are hoovering up every bit of personal data available to them, digital privacy has never been a hotter topic. With people wanting more control over how their data is handled, it was inevitable that products like the Blackphone would appear.”

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Tails OS Will Keep You Anonymous Online and Offline

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Security
Debian

There are many Linux distributions available right now that claim to protect the privacy of their users, but very few actually do it properly. Tails is definitively among the top ones, if not the best. Now, a new version has been made available, but it's just an RC for an upcoming release...

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Adobe Digital Editions 4 Spies on Users - Because of DRM

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Security

This column has written many times about the deep flaws of Digital Rights Management (DRM) - or "Digital Restrictions Management" as Richard Stallman rightly calls it - and the ridiculous laws that have been passed to "protect" it. What these effectively do is place copyright above basic rights - not just in the realm of copyright, but even in areas like privacy. Yesterday, another example of the folly of using DRM'd products came to light.

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The Source of Vulnerabilities, How Red Hat finds out about vulnerabilities.

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Red Hat
Security

Red Hat Product Security track lots of data about every vulnerability affecting every Red Hat product. We make all this data available on our Measurement page and from time to time write various blog posts and reports about interesting metrics or trends.

One metric we’ve not written about since 2009 is the source of the vulnerabilities we fix. We want to answer the question of how did Red Hat Product Security first hear about each vulnerability?

Every vulnerability that affects a Red Hat product is given a master tracking bug in Red Hat bugzilla. This bug contains a whiteboard field with a comma separated list of metadata including the dates we found out about the issue, and the source. You can get a file containing all this information already gathered for every CVE. A few months ago we updated our ‘daysofrisk’ command line tool to parse the source information allowing anyone to quickly create reports like this one.

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USB Sees Many Changes For Linux 3.18 Kernel

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Linux
Hardware
Security

Greg Kroah-Hartman sent in pull requests on Tuesday for the various kernel subsystems he maintains. The USB changes as he put it are "lots of little changes in here, all over the place", per his mailing list post.

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Ubuntu 15.10 to Be Called Wily Werewolf

Mark Shuttleworth has just announced the name of the Ubuntu 15.10, the next iteration of the Linux distribution from Canonical, and it's Wily Werewolf. The founder of Canonical used to make these announcements on this personal blog, but he has chosen the Ubuntu Online Summit keynote to make this one. What's interesting about this particular name is the fact that it makes a full circle (almost) to the first Ubuntu release Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog), that dates back to October 2004. Read more Also: Mark Shuttleworth Promises Ubuntu Phone that Turns into PC This Year

Knoppix Topics: An interview with Linux pioneer Klaus Knopper

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LibreOffice 4.4.3 RC2 Is Out, Stable Version Should Arrive Very Soon

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