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  • A Step Forward for Security [iophk: "end point compromise negates many theoretical advantages"]

    While we are all mesmerized by the presidential crises, a small, but quite significant change occurred in Congress: the Senate Sergeant at Arms approved the use of Signal by Senate staff. Signal, a product of Open Whisper Systems, provides end-to-end encryption for Apple and Android phones.

  • Why Europe’s dependency on Microsoft is a huge security risk

    On May 12, hackers hit more than a hundred countries, exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running on Windows operative system. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails

  • NSA told Microsoft about stolen exploits: officials

    Current and former NSA officials say the agency informed Microsoft about the theft of the exploit named EternalBlue after learning of it, making it possible for the Redmond software giant to issue a patch for it in March. The exploit was used in the WannaCry ransomware attacks over last weekend.

  • Shadow Brokers claims Microsoft hand-in-glove with NSA

    The group that released NSA exploits for Windows, which were used in massive ransomware attacks last weekend, has accused Microsoft of being hand-in-glove with The Equation Group, a group that is believed to be a front for the NSA.

  • NSA officials worried about the day its potent hacking tool would get loose. Then it did.

    But for more than five years, the NSA kept using it — through a time period that has seen several serious security breaches — and now the officials' worst fears have been realized. The malicious code at the heart of the WannaCry virus that hit computer systems globally late last week was apparently stolen from the NSA, repackaged by cybercriminals and unleashed on the world for a cyberattack that now ranks as among the most disruptive in history.

  • Shadow Brokers threaten to unleash more hacking tools

    The so-called Shadow Brokers, who claimed responsibility for releasing NSA tools that were used to spread the WannaCry ransomware through the NHS and across the world, said they have a new suite of tools and vulnerabilities in newer software. The possible targets include Microsoft's Windows 10, which was unaffected by the initial attack and is on at least 500m devices around the world.

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Manjaro 17.0.2 released (G, K, X)

Manjaro Gellivara was a great release! Now we are proud to announce v17.0.2, which fixes a lot of issues we had with our original release of Gellivara. It took us almost three months to finish this updated version. We improved our hardware detection, renewed our installer (Calamares), added the latest packages available to our install media and polished our release as a whole. Everyone, who used older install media than this release, should read also this announcement about password weakness and follow its advice to secure your systems. Read more Also: Manjaro Linux 17.0.2 Released With Various Updates And Security Fixes, Download Here

A Linux laptop with security at its core: Purism's Librem PCs now widely available

US laptop maker Purism has announced the general availability of its privacy-focused Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops. The company ran two crowd-funding campaigns to launch its high-end Librem 15 in 2015, and, later that year, the slightly cheaper and smaller Librem 13. The laptops prioritize privacy, security, and open-source software, offering features such as dedicated camera and microphone kill switches, as well as its own Debian-based PureOS. Read more

Latest From GNOME Builder and Older GNOME News (Catchup)

  • Code Search for GNOME Builder: Indexing
    Goal of Code Search for GNOME Builder is to provide ability to search all symbols in project fuzzily and jump to definition from reference of a symbol in GNOME Builder. For implementing these we need to have a database of declarations. So I created a plugin called ‘Indexer’ in Builder which will extract information regarding declarations and store them in a database.
  • [Older] Plans for the next GNOME docs hackfest
    The GNOME documentation team started planning the next docs hackfest after some (rather long) months of decreased activity on that front. The previous docs sprint was actually held in Cincinnati, OH, in 2015, produced lots of content updates and we’d like to repeat that experience again this year from August 14th through 16th, 2017.
  • [Older] New Simple Scan designs
  • [Older] Recently released applications in GNOME Software
  • [Older] Interview With Maria Glukova: Debian GNOME Outreachy Intern
    I shared an interview with GSOC Winners a while back. In the same tradition, please allow me to share the interview of one of the four Debian Interns who were part of GNOME Outreachy the last season, Maria Glukova (shortening to Maria for convenience).

LibreOffice 5.3.4 immediately available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents. Read more