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PureOS lanza nueva versión estable, en parte preparando el lanzamiento del Librem 5

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PureOS estableEl pasado 5 de septiembre, Purism anunció que el Librem 5 saldrá a la venta pronto, el 24 de septiembre las primeras unidades para ser más exactos. La compañía también desarrolla PureOS, un sistema operativo basado en Debian que, como Arch Linux, podemos instalar una vez y recibir actualizaciones para siempre. Ahora, en parte por la llegada del Librem 5, la compañía se ha decidido a crear y  lanzar una versión estable con componentes muy probados para un lanzamiento a gran escala.

La nueva versión estable de PureOS se parece mucho a las versiones LTS o recomendadas de otros sistemas o software, como Ubuntu 18.04 o LibreOffice, que existiendo una v6.3.x se sigue recomendando la v6.2.7 para entornos de producción. Dicho de otro modo, hablamos de un lanzamiento con componentes más antiguos sin las funciones más modernas, pero también sin los fallos que todo nuevo software puede provocar.

PureOS lanza versión estable, con menos funciones pero también menos fallos

La versión Rolling Release, la que se actualiza más rápido y para siempre, seguirá en desarrollo. Como hace The Document Foundation con su LibreOffice, Purism dice que la versión Rolling Release está destinada a los entusiastas de todo lo nuevo y usuarios exigentes que no quieren esperar a probar todo lo nuevo, pero la versión recomendada para experimentar menos o ningún fallo será la estable. Las dos versiones recibirán actualizaciones de seguridad pero, como en el resto del software, las de la Rolling Realease se habrán probado menos.

Los usuarios interesados a probar la nueva versión estable de PureOS pueden hacerlo descargando su imagen desde este enlace. Si no queréis correr ningún riesgo, lo mejor es probarlo por medio de una Live Session, algo que podemos hacer creando un Live USB o, lo que yo suelo hacer porque mi equipo me lo permite, por medio de GNOME Boxes.

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Public Exposure Does Little to Slow China-Based Thrip APT

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Over the past year, the cyber-espionage group has attacked at least 12 other companies in the military, telecom, and satellite sectors, Symantec says.

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Texas Refuses to Pay $2.5M in Massive Ransomware Attack

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The ransomware campaign affected 22 local governments, none of which have paid the attackers’ $2.5 million ransom demand.

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“Ok Google, ¿y mis llaves?”: así podrás usar Google Assistant para encontrar tus objetos perdidos

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Secret Service Investigates Breach at U.S. Govt IT Contractor

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The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a breach at a Virginia-based government technology contractor that saw access to several of its systems put up for sale in the cybercrime underground, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The contractor claims the access being auctioned off was to old test systems that do not have direct connections to its government partner networks.

In mid-August, a member of a popular Russian-language cybercrime forum offered to sell access to the internal network of a U.S. government IT contractor that does business with more than 20 federal agencies, including several branches of the military. The seller bragged that he had access to email correspondence and credentials needed to view databases of the client agencies, and set the opening price at six bitcoins (~USD $60,000).

A review of the screenshots posted to the cybercrime forum as evidence of the unauthorized access revealed several Internet addresses tied to systems at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that manages the nation’s naturalization and immigration system.

Other domains and Internet addresses included in those screenshots pointed to Miracle Systems LLC, an Arlington, Va. based IT contractor that states on its site that it serves 20+ federal agencies as a prime contractor, including the aforementioned agencies.

In an interview with KrebsOnSecurity, Miracle Systems CEO Sandesh Sharda confirmed that the auction concerned credentials and databases managed by his company, and that an investigating agent from the Secret Service was in his firm’s offices at that very moment looking into the matter.

But he maintained that the purloined data shown in the screenshots was years-old and mapped only to internal test systems that were never connected to its government agency clients.

“The Secret Service came to us and said they’re looking into the issue,” Sharda said. “But it was all old stuff [that was] in our own internal test environment, and it is no longer valid.”

Still, Sharda did acknowledge information shared by Wisconsin-based security firm Hold Security, which alerted KrebsOnSecurity to this incident, indicating that at least eight of its internal systems had been compromised on three separate occasions between November 2018 and July 2019 by Emotet, a malware strain usually distributed via malware-laced email attachments that typically is used to deploy other malicious software.

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the Department of Transportation. A spokesperson for the NIH said the agency had investigated the activity and found it was not compromised by the incident.

“As is the case for all agencies of the Federal Government, the NIH is constantly under threat of cyber-attack,” NIH spokesperson Julius Patterson said. “The NIH has a comprehensive security program that is continuously monitoring and responding to security events, and cyber-related incidents are reported to the Department of Homeland Security through the HHS Computer Security Incident Response Center.”

One of several screenshots offered by the dark web seller as proof of access to a federal IT contractor later identified as Arlington, Va. based Miracle Systems. Image: Hold Security.

The dust-up involving Miracle Systems comes amid much hand-wringing among U.S. federal agencies about how best to beef up and ensure security at a slew of private companies that manage federal IT contracts and handle government data.

For years, federal agencies had few options to hold private contractors to the same security standards to which they must adhere — beyond perhaps restricting how federal dollars are spent. But recent updates to federal acquisition regulations allow agencies to extend those same rules to vendors, enforce specific security requirements, and even kill contracts that are found to be in violation of specific security clauses.

In July, DHS’s Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) suspended all federal contracts with Perceptics, a contractor which sells license-plate scanners and other border control equipment, after data collected by the company was made available for download on the dark web. The CPB later said the breach was the result of a federal contractor copying data on its corporate network, which was subsequently compromised.

For its part, the Department of Defense recently issued long-awaited cybersecurity standards for contractors who work with the Pentagon’s sensitive data.

“This problem is not necessarily a tier-one supply level,” DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year. “It’s down when you get to the tier-three and the tier-four” subcontractors.

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Testing and Training on the Boeing Starliner

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NASA astronaut Mike Fincke works through a check list inside a mockup of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner during a simulation at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on Aug. 21, 2019. via NASA https://ift.tt/2A3vb63
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A lo OnePlus: Motorola empezará a fabricar teléfonos premium con 5G y no serán baratos

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