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CowerSnail, from the creators of SambaCry

We recently reported about SambaCry, a new family of Linux Trojans exploiting a vulnerability in the Samba protocol.

A week later, Kaspersky Lab analysts managed to detect a malicious program for Windows that was apparently created by the same group responsible for SambaCry.

Windows XP, Vista buried by Blizzard

Time to upgrade that decade-old operating system, man.

Apple swats bugs in macOS Sierra 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, and watchOS...

Likely the final updates before macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 become available.

This notorious data-stealing malware has suddenly burst back into life

The Adwind Trojan can conduct espionage on operating systems including Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and Android.

IDG Contributor Network: Is open source good for business?

From the launch of the Free Software Movement in 1983, to the growing popularity of Java today, open source software is fast becoming a serious threat to proprietary software everywhere.

By its very essence, open source fuels enterprising organizations, because unlike cookie-cutter solutions available from proprietary systems, it enables greater innovation and differentiation, helping companies stand apart and encouraging healthy competition at a lower cost.Low cost and differentiation Itrsquo;s no wonder that many of todayrsquo;s business and government organizations rely on open source software, such as Linux, as a low-cost alternative that can be customized to suit particular needs pretty quickly.
In fact, itrsquo;s estimated that more than half of software acquired over the next several years will be open source.

And wersquo;re not only talking about operating systems and productivity tools, but also about smart software application tools like machine learning.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Windows 10 will restrict data access to authorized apps to combat...

But how to protect files from users who have access to those files remains tricky.

9 shell tips every developer should know

The shell is your friend. But many developers don’t really know the shell, the Unix or Linux command-line environment available in several operating systems. (Bash is the best known, but there are others.)Some of you, when you transitioned from Windows to Mac, took your (slow) clickety habits with you, not realizing that the power laid in that app called Terminal hidden under Applications somewhere. Some of you have been shelling into “the server” to tweak a setting or two without realizing that you could automate your life away without even cracking a devops tool.[ Discover the power of Bash on Windows. | The power of PowerShell: PowerShell intro for Windows Server admins • PowerShell intro for Exchange admins • Essential PowerShell scripts for security admins • All about PowerShell providers and modules. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Whatever brought you to the shell, chances are you’re not using it to its full advantage. Here are my top nine tricks for doing so:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Forget the GUI: The return of the command line

If you immerse yourself in Microsoft history for long enough, yoursquo;ll come across more than one story about staff trying to add more command-line features to its operating systems.

The plans go up the corporate tree, to the rarified heights of a Bill Gates review, where the executives ask, “What part of the name Windows do you have a problem with?”Corporate legends aside, Windows on both the desktop and server have long been the province of GUIs, point-and-click experiences driving everything from files on desktop PCs to managing entire virtual networks in the public cloud.

That was all very well when you were dealing with tens of PCs and a handful of servers in an office.
It even still worked for client-server enterprise applications or a small farm of web servers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Sneaky hackers use Intel management tools to bypass Windows firewall

Serial ports donrsquo;t have firewalls.

Outdated Operating Systems, Browsers Correlate with Real Data Breaches

Study shows companies running out-of-date OSes were three times more likely to suffer a data breach, and those with the outdated browsers, two times more likely.

Outdated Software Commonplace on Enterprise Endpoints

Enterprises that stick with older versions of operating systems and other software are missing out on security features in newer versions, Duo Security says.

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In this research we'll be revisiting the USB port – this time in attempts to intercept user authentication data on the system that a microcomputer is connected to.

As we discovered, this type of attack successfully allows an intruder to retrieve user authentication data – even when the targeted system is locked.