Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked.
But Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer.
And Bruce Schneier? The prominent cryptography expert and chief technology officer of IBM-owned security company Resilient Systems, won’t even risk talking about what he does to secure his devices and data.
Google has started to roll-out the latest iteration of its open source Android mobile operating system, Nougat.
The new software is now available on Google Nexus devices, with smartphones from other manufacturers to follow. Android 7.0 Nougat beta testers will be the first to get the operating system update.
Android Nougat, codenamed N, was previewed back in March.
The finished release boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data.
I’m happy to announce that Maru has been fully open-sourced under The Maru OS Project!
There are many reasons that led me to open-source Maru, but a particularly important one is expanding Maru’s device support with the help of the community.
In a move that may make Samsung's flagship Galaxy handsets more affordable to some buyers – and help the company cope with a plateauing smartphone market -- the South Korean device maker is reportedly readying a refurbished premium phone program.
According to a report in Reuters, the company plans to resell phones that are returned by users at the end of their one-year replacement programs. After being inspected and refurbished, the devices will be resold at significant discounts.
In the U.S., Apple sells certified refurbished iPhones in the secondary market via resellers (the company also sells other refurbished items like Macs and iPads directly). As noted in the report, iPhones fetch roughly 69 percent of their original value after a year on the market, compared to 51 percent for Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades.
In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki.
Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!
Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW
Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system.