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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Somehow a PHP issue gets described as a "Linux worm" (usually in headlines, too) for many other writers to repeat without researching any further. If there is any issue associated with embedded devices (which cannot be patched easily, if at all), then don't blame Linux; embedded systems just happen to be an area reined by Linux and GNU. Windows would not have coped any better.
If Europe is serious about cyber security, then it should dump all proprietary software (back doors-friendly software) as soon as possible. Given everything we now know about the NSA, ignorance and uncertainty are no longer an excuse. A Dutch source has just revealed that the NSA cracked 50,000 computer networks. The evidence is overwhelming
The NSA had cracked Internet encryption.
The NSA was listening in to everything.
European customers were especially concerned, he says.
Fortunately, many of the headlines had been unnecessarily alarmist.
“The earlier types of encryption, with 64 bits or less, the NSA has figured out how to brute force decrypt at least some of that traffic,” he says. “But the more modern, strong encryption, with 128 or 256 encryption units, they can't decrypt that. And it bothers them no end.”
Security researchers of well-known security firm 'Symantec' have identified a cyber-criminal operation which relies on a new-fangled Linux backdoor, nicknamed Linux.Fokirtor, to embezzle data without being discovered.
There is little doubt that the NSA’s activities will have a negative effect on the U.S. tech sector. Some countries are already considering mandating that business servers be located in-country in an attempt to thwart intrusions by the agency. The Swiss are taking a further step and have hopes of profiting from their strong privacy laws with “Swiss Cloud,” a cloud service being developed with security in mind by Swisscom, in which the Swiss government has a majority stake.
Even as Linux advocates we should recognise that there is a diversity of interests and the agenda of the NSA is to spy on everything and everyone, not to protect our privacy and security.
Mozilla is about more than just web browsers
With all sorts of National Security Letters, gag orders, oppressive laws like PARTIOT Act etc. we just know that those based in the US can be forced to facilitate surveillance (without ever speaking about it publicly).
computerworld.com: The agency has attacked other software, including Firefox, in order to compromise the anonymity tool, according to documents
techrepublic.com: Jack Wallen believes Linux is more secure than other platforms, but it's only as secure as the packages installed.
theregister.co.uk: 'We actually know what we are doing. You don't' says kernel boss. "Where do I start a petition to raise the IQ and kernel knowledge of people?"
Also: Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers
linuxjournal.com: If you look back at the history of computer worms, you'll see that the computer worms that caused the most damage were directed toward the Microsoft Windows OS. Is this because of the number of Windows vulnerabilities, or is it merely due to the number of Windows users? The question remains unanswered. Meanwhile, apart from the Morris worm, very few worms have been directed toward Linux.
linuxinsider.com (blog safari): As desktop Linux's popularity grows, so, too, do concerns about viruses and malware. "Malware will come to target consumers on Linux," said blogger Chris Travers. "When it does, we will need to address the challenges it poses.