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The Pirate Bay Takes Heat for Testing Monero Mining

7 hours 38 min ago
The Pirate Bay has come under fire for testing a Monero javascript miner as a possible means for generating new revenue to replace its current model of making money through advertising on the site. It reportedly hijacked the processing power of its own users to help generate revenue. Monero is an open source digital currency, like bitcoin, with one important difference. "Monero is one of the few valuable cryptocurrencies that can be mined with CPU power," noted Sherrod DeGrippo, director, emerging threats, at Proofpoint.

IBM Touts Top-Notch Security in Next-Gen Linux Mainframe

Fri, 2017-09-15 00:54
IBM on Tuesday launched LinuxOne Emperor II, the second generation of its open source mainframe computer system. The new model has a layer of security and privacy not seen in a Linux-based platform before, the company said. "We saw in our success stories for Emperor that security was a recurring theme attracting new customers to the platform," noted Mark Figley, director of LinuxOne Offerings at IBM. "Later, our experience with blockchain ... reinforced that lesson for us," he said.

Linux Gains Ascendance in Cloud Infrastructures: Report

Thu, 2017-09-14 00:58
Linux is now the dominant operating system on Amazon's AWS cloud service and is growing rapidly on Microsoft's Azure platform this year, according to a report on public cloud adoption trends Sumo Logic released on Tuesday. The company's second annual State of Modern Apps report reveals usage trends on AWS, Azure and Google clouds, and how they impact the use of modern apps in the enterprise. The report gives organizations a set of frameworks, best practices and hard stats to guide their migration to the cloud.

Apache Mounts Strong Defense, Equifax Retreats

Tue, 2017-09-12 20:14
The Apache Software Foundation has responded to accusations that the massive data breach Equifax disclosed last week resulted from a flaw in Apache's open source code. One of the largest financial data breaches in U.S. history, it exposed names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, birth dates, driver's license numbers and other sensitive information belonging to 143 million U.S. consumers. The attackers also accessed credit card data for about 209,000 consumers and credit dispute information for about 182,000 consumers.

Next US Elections: Open Source vs. Commercial Software?

Fri, 2017-09-08 01:10
San Francisco in January could become the first U.S. city to adopt open source software to run its voting machines. City officials last month authorized consulting group Slalom to prepare a report on the benefits and challenges involved in using an open source voting machine platform. The city voted to pay Slalom $150,000 for its research. Meanwhile, the city this year will pay Dominion Voting Systems $2.3 million to renew its contract for the company's proprietary voting machine software. That system is nearing the end of its life cycle.

Bodhi Linux With Moksha Is Truly Enlightening

Thu, 2017-09-07 01:35
Bodhi Linux 4.3.1's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, released late last month, continues this distro's tradition of providing an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. When I last reviewed Bodhi Linux, I was attracted to the relatively new desktop environment. When the backup computer that hosted that earlier version of Bodhi finally needed replacement, I installed the latest version on the new hardware, mostly out of curiosity about the current progress of Enlightenment computing. Bodhi Linux did not disappoint.