Tag : Security

Distribute.IT hack, a tale of woe and what can we learn

The recent high profile hack of Distribute.IT has been generating quite a lot of noise over the last few days amongst the Australian Internet industry. And we've received a few emails from our dedicated hosting customers wanting to know more about the details of the hack and how it could affect them.

The truth is, most of the details surrounding the "hack" are sketchy. But we do know:

  • Four of Distribute.IT's shared hosting servers were involved,
  • Comprising over 4,800 sites involved
  • Offline, or otherwise logically separated backups were not available
  • and all data, websites and ...

— Andrew


How autocracies are moving Open Source into the mainstream

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting followup commentary on the news that the Russians are planning to move to GNU/Linux and on how this is shaping the trajectory of Open Source:

...his real fear is that Russia's growing dependence on proprietary software, especially programs sold by foreign vendors, has immense implications for the country's national security. Free open-source software, by its nature, is unlikely to feature secret back doors that lead directly to Langley, Va.

Continue reading at the Wall Street Journal

— Andrew


Google gets hacked, Ditches Windows

Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.

Google ditches Windows on security concerns

— Andrew


How to unprotect PDF files in Linux

Here's a quick and dirty way to remove PDF protections and allow printing of a PDF that has been restricted.

First we need to convert the PDF to Postscript using Ghostscript. Next, we convert the Postscript back to PDF.

Note: The conversion isn't 100% accurate, but should be sufficient for most purposes.

Example:

pdftops Example.pdf Example.ps
ps2pdf Example.ps Example_unprotected.pdf

This only works for an encrypted PDF that allow viewing without a password but not printing or copying.

pdftops and ps2pdf can be installed onto most Linux distributions using your systems package manager.

— Andrew


US DoD Commitment to OSS

The US Department of Defense has reiterated its commitment to Open Source software and released a memo clarifying it's use:

To effectively achieve its missions, the Department of Defense must develop and update its software-based capabilities faster than ever, to anticipate new threats and respond to continuously changing requirements. The use of Open Source Software (OSS) can provide advantages in this regard. This memorandum provides clarifying guidance on the use of OSS and supersedes the previous DoD CIO memorandum dated May 8,2003 (reference (a)).

The memo will soon be posted the DOD Memorandums site:

http://www.defenselink.mil ...

— Andrew


London Stock Exchange move to Open Source confirmed

In a move that is sure to ruffle some feathers in Redmond, LSE are set to dump their Windows based trading system, TradElect:

— Andrew


Australian Police recommend Linux for Internet banking

Australian Police are now recommending that Windows users keep a clean dual boot Linux image for secure Internet banking:

Cybercrime expert endorses Linux, iPhone when banking online.

Consumers wanting to safely connect to their internet banking service should use Linux or the Apple iPhone, according to a detective inspector from the NSW Police, who was giving evidence on behalf of the NSW Government at the public hearing into Cybercrime today in Sydney.

Read more http://www.itnews.com.au/News/157767,nsw-police-dont-use-windows-for-internet-banking.aspx

— Andrew


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