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Mozilla Working to Provide Tracking Protection in Firefox, How to Enable It

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Moz/FF
Security

Mozilla is working on a new feature called Tracking Protection that is helping users identify and block websites that collect personal data despite the fact that the browser has the "Do Not Track" policy enabled.

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Tor 0.2.6.7 Fixes Security Issues That Could Be Used by Attackers to Crash Hidden Services and Clients

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Security

A new version of the popular Tor software that enables anonymous communication between computers around the world was released today, April 7, in order to fix two security issues discovered in the previous versions.

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How Linux Australia Handled Its Recent Data Breach

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GNU
Linux
Security

In an email, Linux Australia revealed that its servers where compromised during the morning of 22 March. Over the course of a few hours, the organisation believes its databases containing conference information were dumped to an external source. A “currently unknown vulnerability” caused a buffer overflow that allowed the hacker to acquire root access.

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Linux Australia server hacked, personal information may have been stolen

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Linux
Security

A public server belonging to Linux Australia, the umbrella group for Linux user groups in the country, were breached on March 22, and the personal information of members may have been stolen.

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Lots of GnuPG Vulnerabilities Have Been Closed in All Ubuntu OSes

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Security
Ubuntu

Canonical has published details in a security notice about a number of GnuPG vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

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Threat Modeling Tool Created by Mozilla Winter of Security Team

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Moz/FF
Security

A web-based threat modeling tool was developed by undergraduate students at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada, as part of Mozilla’s Winter of Security project in 2014.

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Canonical Refuses to Fix a 5-Year-Old Bug in Ubuntu, Related to Notification System

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Security
Ubuntu

Recent reports show us that a known Ubuntu bug, which was submitted to Canonical’s Launchpad bug-tracking website about half a decade ago, still exists in the current version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system and Canonical refuses to fix it for unknown reasons.

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Tor Browser 4.0.6 Is Now Available for Download, Based on Firefox 31.6.0 ESR

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Moz/FF
Security

The Tor Project, through Mike Perry, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the sixth maintenance release of the Tor Browser Bundle 4.0 software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Antivirus Live CD 12.0 Has Been Released, Promises to Protect Computers Against Viruses

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OSS
Security

Zbigniew Konojacki, the creator of the 4MLinux series of distributions, has announced recently the immediate availability for download of Antivirus Live CD 12.0, an open source distribution that provides users with a live Linux computing environment built around the popular ClamAV (Clam AntiVirus) virus scanner.

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Privacy and Tails 1.3

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Reviews
Security
Debian

Privacy and security are difficult to come by in our progressively connected world. Advertisers track our browsing habits, employers monitor productivity and government agencies monitor our communications. Most operating systems do not take steps to protect our privacy or our identities, two things which are increasingly difficult to guard. Tails is a Linux distribution that is designed to help us stay anonymous on-line and protect our identity. Tails is a Debian-based live disc that we can use to scrub our files of meta data, browse the web with some degree of anonymity and send private messages. According to the project's website, "Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to: use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network; leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly; use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging."

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Conservancy Seeks Your Questions on GPL Enforcement

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ASUS announces ZenPad tablets with Android Lollipop and Intel circuitry

ASUS brought in a big bag of gadgets to present at Computex 2015 in Taipei, and the latest composites of circuitry, metal, glass, and black magic to emerge from it are named the ZenPad 8 & ZenPad S 8. As made apparent by their names, this is a duo of tablets that we're talking about, and the slates are made special by the fact that they are the first to carry the Zen brand. Oh, and they also have some interesting Intel hardware inside! Read more

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