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GNU Linux-Libre 5.4 Kernel Released for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs

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The GNU Linux-libre communityannouncedtoday the release and general availability of the GNU Linux-libre 5.4 kernel for those seeking 100% freedom for their personal computers.The GNU Linux-libre kernel promises 100% freedom for your personal computer by not providing any proprietary drivers, firmware, or other code that is not licensed under one of the many Open Source licenses. Learn more:

Intel, Mozilla, Red Hat, and Fastly partner to make WebAssembly a cross-platform runtime

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Intel, Mozilla, Red Hat, and Fastly announced today the creation of the Bytecode Alliance, an open-source foundation that will work to make WebAssembly into a cross-platform runtime that can be used on native mobile, desktop, and server environments, and not just inside browsers. The Bytecode Alliance's main goal is to promote the use of security-hardened WebAssembly tools. Learn more in an interesting ZDNet article: 

BBC News Goes Dark with Censor-Busting Tor Site

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Have you heard that the BBC has launched a Tor-based version of its news website, to help circumvent state efforts to censor the free flow of information worldwide? This announcement highlights the benefits of the dark web to many users around the world. Learn more:

4 takeaways from Black Hat 2019

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At Black Hat 2019, experts identified new trends and warned of emerging or growing threats, including security's impact on software development and the growing threat social media poses. Learn more an excellent CSO article:

7 must-see talks at Black Hat and DEF CON 2019

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Infosec is political. It's about power — who has it, who doesn't, and how it will be used. Some geeks like to pretend otherwise, but that will be harder this year during hacker summer camp in Las Vegas, as politicians and policymakers join hackers to merge tech and policy in some much-anticipated talks.

Still not using HTTPS? Firefox is about to shame you

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Have you heard that two years after promising to report all HTTP-based web pages as insecure, Mozilla is finally about to deliver? Soon, whenever you visit one of the shrinking number of sites that doesn’t use a security certificate, the Firefox browser will warn you.

The Open-Source / Linux Highlights From OSTS 2019

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We've had a number of articles covering the interesting news out of Intel's 2019 Open-Source Technology Summit (OSTS) held at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. Here's a look back at the news out of the open-source event as well as some other smaller bits of information shared during the event.

Dropbox uncovers 264 vulnerabilities in HackerOne Singapore bug hunt

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Dropbox has uncovered 264 vulnerabilities, paying out US$319,300 in bounties, after a one-day bug hunt in Singapore that brought together hackers from 10 nations around the world. Hosted by bug bounty platform HackerOne, the live event saw 45 of its members from countries such as Japan, India, Australia, Hong Kong, and Sweden, and some as young as 19, galvanise in the city-state in an attempt to infiltrate Dropbox's targeted systems.