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To many, the name Kevin Mitnick is synonymous with "notorious hacker." He was caught by the FBI in 1995 after a well-publicized pursuit. Mitnick pled guilty to charges of wire and computer fraud and served five years behind bars.
Today, Mitnick is a computer security consultant and has written two books, including one on social engineering, his forte. He is a celebrity, especially at events such as the annual Defcon gathering of hackers in Las Vegas, where attendees ask him to sign their badges. Mitnick spends much of his time on the road at speaking engagements.
CNET News.com caught up with Mitnick after a gig at a San Francisco user event for SupportSoft, a maker of call center software, and talked to him about software security, the evolution of hacking and social engineering, and law enforcement's action against hacking.
As China prepares to become a full member of the World Trade Organization, the Beijing government is trying to prove to the West that it is serious about reducing software piracy. And so ’s government agencies and businesses are turning to Linux as their desktop operating system of choice, a trend with potential to influence how the world uses the open-source software.
Welcome to this year's 44th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Fans of the BSD family of projects can expect an exciting week as NetBSD 2.1, FreeBSD 6.0 and OpenBSD 3.8 are all expected to be announced and released with the next couple of days. On the Linux front, we have some interesting information regarding the Ubuntu Zero Conference, a link to guide describing the installation of Enlightenment 17 on SUSE 10.0 and news about a working graphical front-end for the Debian installer. Finally, the fans of Debian-based distributions will no doubt appreciate our review of The Debian System - Concepts And Techniques, a newly released book written by a well-known Debian developer. Happy reading! Listen to the Podcast edition of this week's DistroWatch Weekly in ogg (8.75MB) or mp3 (9.47MB) format (courtesy of Shawn Milo). Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch
THE UNISYS president of worldwide sales, Peter Blackmore, has donned open sauce missionary garb and confessed publically that open source will save you money.
Three months after the scandal at the Black Hat conference, Cisco finally confirmed the existence of some serious vulnerabilities that Michael Lynn warned about when he demonstrated the ability to hack in to Cisco routers back in July. While the specifics were never made clear during the Black Hat conference, it was thought that Cisco had already fixed the issues with their IPv6 patch but now it's clear that the problems affecting Cisco IOS were much deepe
The media has long been maintaining that Microsoft and Google must inevitably go head-to-head in competition and now it seems to be happening. There can be little doubt that Microsoft now sees Google (not Linux) as the biggest potential threat to its core business.
[Are we sure this is an either/or proposition? It seems more like Google AND Linux are the two biggest threats Microsoft faces. How well Microsoft will be able to handle a 2-front war will be interesting to watch. - Ed]
Peter Zadrozny writes: "I think that the problem is based on the fact that the majority of the developers of, and users of open source are developers. As far as they are concerned, once they finish the application it goes over the wall to some black hole, of which they only hear when there are problems." [Should we hold his admiration of Scott McNealy's analogies against him? - Ed]
[Yes! - Other Ed.]
According to Joyce Bordash, IBM's director of iSeries ecosystem development, more than 244 new ISVs have been lured to the platform since the beginning of 2005, even without a strong push by IBM to grow the ISV base, which, she maintains, numbered 2,608 companies last year. "This year, our Innovation Initiative is really all about enablement and taking our current set of ISVs and helping to strengthen their applications. The fact that we got new ISVs out of that was wonderful, but there really wasn't a concerted effort on our part, nor was it one that we invested in heavily." That's on the table for 2006, she says.
Dilip Naik Appointed to Role of Chief Technology Officer for Embedded Solutions
ATLANTA, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Seagull Software (AEX: SEAGULL) announced today that LegaSuite -- Seagull Software's platform for rapidly transforming mainframe applications into reusable, SOA services -- supports Linux on IBM zSeries mainframes, and has met IBM's specifications for validation to receive the "Ready for IBM eServer with Linux" mark.
This worm spreads by exploiting web servers hosting vulnerable PHP/CGI scripts. It is a modified derivative of the Linux/Slapper and BSD/Scalper worms from which it inherits the propagation strategy. It scans an entire class B subnet created by randomly choosing the first byte from an hard-coded list of A classes and randomly generating the second byte.
Web comics are the next incarnation of traditional cartoons. And while the medium in which they are published has changed, the idea of comics making commentary still stays the same. Today, some Web comic creators use their comic to promote Linux advocacy.
Hot on the heels of our recent piece of silliness which showed how Google word verification threw up the delicious "minge", we can now report that the search monolith has discovered the true meaning of Vulture Central fave "titsup". Reader Adrian J. St. Vaughan explains:
NASHUA, N.H., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- NextCom launches the FleXtreme NextDimension, a top-of-the-line computer with outstanding computational and graphics capability, taking the best possible advantage of open standards in the smallest form factor available.
“The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and five Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have joined forces to pilot a system to identify zombie computers, notify the unfortunate owners and help them take appropriate action quickly.
Many ISPs have expressed an interest in participating in the project. Five ISPs have agreed to participate in a pilot project: Telstra Bigpond, Optus Internet, Westnet, Pacific Internet and West Australian Network.
[Ed.- Good luck explaining things to unsophisticated users.]
Novell has teamed up with Al Faris, a gold certified Novell solution provider, for a seminar to be held in Bahrain focused on Linux-based identity management and resource management solutions.
... the dark tower of Microsoft is slowly toppling brick by brick.
Many developing countries, and countries with a socialist background, are turning to an Open source technology called Linux. Cuba has already begun the switch from Microsoft to Linux and is just one of many countries that is becoming familiar with and able to use a budding new system that writes itself.
Brazil, India, South Africa, China, Russia, South Korea and recently, Germany are only some of the countries already broadly using various forms of Linux on a governmental level. These nations feel that they are killing two birds with one stone.
MIT's newly upgraded wireless network -- extended this month to cover the entire school -- doesn't merely get you online in study halls, stairwells or any other spot on the 9.4 million square foot campus. It also provides information on exactly how many people are logged on at any given location at any given time. It even reveals a user's identity if the individual has opted to make that data public.
So let's sum up. A high price for minimal coverage, for a risk with limited documented history of losses. It's your call.
Canton, MA – With the release of its PowerDAQ-for-Simulink Toolkit, UEI's PCI/PXI data-acquisition cards now support Mathworks’ Simulink programming tools for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid-prototyping applications on Linux.
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