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Vector Linux 7.2

Today, 04:57 PM

Posted by raymac46 in Bruno's All Things Linux
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One of my all time favorite distros - Vector Linux - is about to release Version 7.2 after a couple of years. This is how it looks in VirtualBox. Note the install software does not include the kernel source so you have to install that in order to build the Guest Additions. After that it looks great.

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No, Windows XP didn't fuel WannaCry

Today, 03:57 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

The global WannaCry attack that started 10 days ago touched just a handful of Windows XP PCs, a security expert said Monday, contradicting the narrative that the aged OS was largely responsible for the ransomware's crippling impact.

"There were no real WannaCry infections of Windows XP," said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab's global research and analysis team, in an interview Monday. "We've seen only a handful of cases, less than a dozen, and it looks like most of them were testers [self-infecting systems]."

Raiu's claim countered an assertion made by virtually every media report and blog post published after "WannaCry" emerged June 12. Countless news stories blamed Windows XP, which Microsoft retired three years ago, for falling victim to the attack because the vulnerability that WannaCry exploited had not been patched in the obsolete OS.

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IDG Contributor Network: Winning the war on ransomware

Today, 02:00 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Back in the ‘70s, the United States suffered a severe oil shortage.

Lines at the gas station filled city blocks. Thieves siphoned gasoline not to save money but time. In response, the federal government created a measurement, miles per gallon. Since then, MPG has become a factor in many car purchase decisions. Today, fuel efficiency has improved threefold, and we have hybrid and electric cars.

We are facing another crisis that threatens our way of life —ransomware. Cybercriminals hold hostage individual, public sector and enterprise data with remarkable ease and frequency. Although paying ransoms may solve a short-term problem, it almost guarantees that attacks will continue creating a larger threat to our digital society.

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