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Who's Afraid of Linux Malware?

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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.

Hand of Thief malware could be dangerous (if you install it)

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techrepublic.com: Jack Wallen takes a look at the Hand of Thief trojan and what it means for the Linux community.

“Hand of Thief” banking trojan doesn’t do Windows—but it does Linux

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arstechnica.com: Signaling criminals' growing interest in attacking non-Windows computers, researchers have discovered banking fraud malware that targets people using the open-source Linux operating system.

Is Linux Operating System Virus Free?

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tecmint.com: Linux System is considered to be free from Viruses and Malware. What is the truth behind this notion and how far it is correct ? We will be discussing all these stuffs in this article.

Does the NSA's SE Linux code need a review?

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itwire.com: In the wake of the recent revelations that America's National Security Agency is spying on all and sundry, is it time for the Linux community to take another good, hard look at the NSA-developed Security Enhanced Linux?

The coming push for open source everything

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infoworld.com: When we can no longer trust proprietary hardware or software, open source becomes the only option

FSF, other groups join EFF to sue NSA over unconstitutional surveillance

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fsf.org: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today joined eighteen other activist and advocacy organizations in challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance of telecommunications in the United States with a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

An Unmet Need: Privacy Integration on the PC Desktop

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linuxadvocates.com: I had a nice chat (Google Plus) today with +Aaron Seigo regarding RetroShare. He came to the realization as I have that really, thus far, there isn't any form of integrated privacy control built into any computing Desktop system.

KeePassX: Treating Your Passwords Like They’re Important

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mylinuxrig.com: Christmas morning 2012, one of my Gmail accounts was hacked. The good news was that it wasn’t my main account. The bad news was that it was one I used for a fair amount of work-related communication. With web-based clients ruled out, I looked to clients, settling on KeePassX, which is the basis for quite a few password management tools.

Warning U.S. Cloud Tenants: There's a Fox in the Henhouse

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linuxadvocates.com: It's more than a bit worrisome not just for Amazon Web Services, but other Cloud ISPs as well as their customers who need to come to terms with the legality of what the disclosure of the NSA PRISM surveillance program means in pure risk management terms.

NSA Has Legitimate Code Running in Linux

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softpedia.com: The National Security Agency or NSA is now in the public eye for some nefarious surveillance, but Linux users should know that the agency also had an active role the Linux kernel development, with the addition of SELinux.

some odds & ends:

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  • Mozilla launches massive campaign on digital surveillance
  • Got a PRISM and Boundless Informant problem? Whisper and Tor can help
  • Berlin rejects open source plan, looks to open standards instead
  • TuxRadar Open Ballot: Big Brother

Why we need an Anti-Virus in Linux?

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worldofgnome.org: For Free Software fans, malware is considered any non-open source software, like your nVidia or Catalyst proprietary drivers. So for this post I tried Avira Antivirus which isn’t free, to fight the fire with fire, or in my case to fight a malware with a malware Wink

Critical Linux vulnerability imperils users, even after “silent” fix

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arstechnica.com: A month after critical bug was quietly fixed, "root" vulnerability persists.

Linux still "benchmark of quality" in this year's Coverity Scan

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h-online.com: Coverity has called Linux the "benchmark of quality" in its newly published 2012 Coverity Scan Open Source report. Linux 3.8's 7.6 million lines of code has a defect density of .59.

Symantec finds Linux wiper malware

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itworld.com: Security vendors analyzing the code used in the cyberattacks against South Korea are finding nasty components designed to wreck infected computers. Tucked inside a piece of Windows malware used in the attacks is a component that erases Linux machines.

Taking Stock of Linux Security and Antivirus Needs

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thevarguy.com: Open source fans like to brag that Linux needs no antivirus software. Yet as executives at security vendor ESET were keen to remind me in a recent interview, that truism holds true only to a certain extent.

25 Years of vulnerabilities - Linux has the most

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itwire.com: Researchers at Sourcefire have analysed 25 years of vulnerabilities that were reported to CVE and NVD databases and found some interesting results.

Putting enterprise security in place with open source tools

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What's the best way to secure an enterprise network, including both communications and data? No single solution fits all situations, but the practices outlined here mark a solid starting point on which IT departments can build.

Desktop Linux needs anti-virus like a fish needs a bicycle

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dontsurfinthenude.blogspot: You don't need an anti-virus program on Linux: I've said it before, but Don't Surf in the Nude started because of an interest in internet security, so I can't resist trying out anti-virus programs in Linux.

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