Category: news & announcements

Unassailable encryption algorithm cracked in two hours

Unassailable encryption algorithm cracked in two hours

Unassailable encryption algorithm cracked by EPFL researchers in two hours A protocol based on “discrete logarithms”, deemed as one of the candidates for the Internet’s future security systems, was decrypted by EPFL researchers. Allegedly tamper-proof, it could only stand up to the school machines’ decryption attempts for two hours. Only two hours! That can’t be good, especially when experts in […]

China bans Windows 8 from all govt computers. Any other OS will do

China bans Windows 8 from all govt computers. Any other OS will do

China bans Windows 8 from all government computers. Recommends any other operating system. In a move that it said is designed to “ensure computer security.” the Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from being installed on all government desktop, notebook and tablet computers. And as far as the Chinese government is concerned, any other OS will do. That, people, is […]

Don’t laugh, but the US has charged 5 Chinese military hackers with cyber espionage

Don’t laugh, but the US has charged 5 Chinese military hackers with cyber espionage

I don’t know what category to fit this one in. I can’t even bring myself to laugh, even though it makes for a good laugh. All I can do is shake and scratch my head. If you’ve been keeping track of current events and statements from our government officials, this shouldn’t even surprise you. But here you have it. The […]

You’ll need a build a Linux kernel module to listen to Netcat’s latest album

You’ll need a build a Linux kernel module to listen to Netcat’s latest album

Netcat is a 4-person band based in Seattle, Washington (USA) that just released an album titled Cycles Per Instruction. The 4-person band includes three soft-bodied persons (humans, if you like) plus one hard-shell human or what’s popularly called a computer (yes, if a corporation is a person, …). Their latest work is a 6-track digital album with tracks like, The […]

What the heck is Fog Computing?

What the heck is Fog Computing?

While many are still trying to figure out Cloud Computing, here comes a rival concept – Fog Computing. It’s computing that takes place at the edge of the network, closer to home. That is, computing that takes place on the devices that are nearest to you – your smartphone and other connected devices that are around you. The so-called Internet […]

Nexenta targets a 2015 IPO

A report from Reuters says that Nexenta plans to IPO sometime in 2015. Nexenta is in the software-defined storage business. NexentaStor, the company’s core product, is built atop OpenSolaris/OpenStorage ZFS technology. The company also makes a free, full-featured, community supported edition called NexentaStor Community Edition. ZFS is a file system-cum-logical volume manager that was first introduced with the Solaris operating […]

Mozilla explains why it gave in to pro-DRM in HTML forces

Mozilla explains why it gave in to pro-DRM in HTML forces

For several years, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) have been waging a campaign against the introduction of DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) in HTML. This was an effort to stop browser vendors from implementing DRM mechanisms in Web browsers. Of the main browser vendors, Mozilla was the only one the EFF and FSF had on […]

Mozilla caves in to industry forces behind DRM-in-HTML standard

Here’s the latest from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the battle to keep DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) out of the Web. This is case of the forces of good being less powerful than the forces of evil. And knowing how this things go, I don’t see how this can be reversed. It’s official: the last holdout for the open web […]

Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

The first beta of what will become the next-generation KDE Plasma workspace (KDE Next) was released yesterday. The final release is scheduled for release sometime in July (2014), so things should be moving really fast from now on. Here’s an excerpt from the release announcement: The Plasma team would like to ask the wider Free Software community to test this […]

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin has been renamed to Deepin and the first (and last) beta of what will become Deepin 2014 has been released. Details of the beta release were first made available by the lead developer on the LinuxBSDos.com forum. Here’s an excerpt: As you may already know, the “Linux Deepin” project is now known as the “Deepin” project. Deepin is […]

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Members of the Faculty of Arts, Rostock University, Germany, have voted to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate degree. Rostock University is in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is one of the oldest universities in the world. Its Wikipedia entry says that it was founded in 1419 and is “one of the oldest universities in the world – and the […]

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

If you missed out on the Google Glass one-day sale in April, here’s another chance to get your own copy of a Google Glass, courtesy of the Google Glass open beta period, when residents of the US can buy one for $1,500 USD until stocks run out. Yep, provided the privacy concerns that it brings to the table don’t bother […]

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued. That the latest news about Joli OS, a desktop distribution that has since been replaced with a browser-based platform called Jolicloud. Both Joli OS and Jolicloud are published by a French company that goes by the name Jolicloud. Jolicloud 2 is the latest edition of Jolicloud, but it is still in beta status. The full […]

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle has relocated to Switzerland, or a place the company prefers to call the land of “Privacy and Neutrality.” Silent Circle is a company that provides privacy and security-enhanced communications services and is also the company behind the Blackphone. Before relocating to Switzerland, the company had its headquarters in Nevis, a small Caribbean island between Puerto Rico and Antigua. […]

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger is a new tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation designed to stop creepy online tracking. It’s an extension for Firefox and Chrome that “automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them.” It is still in alpha stage, so the EFF is asking for you help to test it […]

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

If you have any interest in social engineering, here’s a nice infographic for you, courtesy of the folks at Social-Engineer.org. Here are a few tidbits from those guys: 1. 90% of the people we ask will provide not just the spelling of their names but their email addresses without confirming our identity 2. 67% of the people we ask will […]

Design a secure and usable communication tool, win a prize

This article was originally written for and posted at EFF’s website under the title Designing a Prize for Usable Cryptography. It’s been reproduced here verbatim. In an era when email and messaging services are being regularly subject to attacks, surveillance, and compelled disclosure of user data, we know that many people around the world need secure end-to-end encrypted communications tools […]

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

A security research outfit has released a report which revealed that more than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses have been hacked. Team Cymru, the US-based security outfit which published the report, said that the network of hacked routers is one of the biggest of its kind that has been discovered, with most of the hacked routers in Columbia, […]

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

The Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch and Chromebook 2 13.3-inch models are the company’s latest additions to its line of Chromebook computers. And they are powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor. Chromebooks are a line of computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS and designed to use Google apps and Cloud services. Existing versions of Samsung’s Chromebooks are powered by the […]

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing has made an entry into the mobile device market with its own Android smartphone called the Boeing Black smartphone. Yep, it’s black in color, but the name has more to do with the security features it brings to the table than the outer color of the device itself. According to a BBS report, the Boeing Black smartphone: … Is […]