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Linux Security Week: December 21st, 2020
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Today’s newsletter highlights our two most recent feature articles: Modernize Your Intrusion Detection Strategy with an AI-Powered, Open-Source NIDS and Anatomy of a Linux Ransomware Attack. We also examine various topics including the recent discovery of PyMICROPSIA - a Windows trojan linked to the AridViper threat group showing signs that it might be used to infect computers running Linux and macOS as well and Red Hat's plans to end support for CentOS Linux 8 in 2021. Happy Monday - and happy reading!
Anatomy of a Linux Ransomware Attack - In this article, we’ll examine the anatomy of a Linux ransomware attack, explore the magnitude of the ransomware risk Linux users face compared to Windows users and offer some tips and advice for protecting against Linux ransomware.
Much to the dismay of CentOS users, Red Hat recently announced that CentOS Linux 8 will no longer be supported and will be discontinued at the end of 2021. CentOS 8 will be replaced by the rolling version, CentOS Stream, as the downstream branch of RHEL, which will continue to make the upstream version more stable and secure.
Offensive Security might best known as the company behind Kali Linux , the popular (and free) open-source pen testing platform, but its contribution to the information security industry is definitely not limited to it. According to Offensive Security CEO Ning Wang, "The companys main goal, according to her, is to train millions of professionals to embrace the hacker mindset and the essential ethical hacking skills needed to break into and to succeed within the cybersecurity industry."
Linux is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason - the open-source OS is flexible, customizable and highly secure. Luckily, Linux is superior in design to most platforms, making the inevitable increase in attacks targeting Linux less of a threat. Jack Wallen offers an eplanation, along with his perspective on the topic.
Considering making the switch from Windows to Linux? Linux has a shallow learning curve and is highly secure and customizable. Learn about the benefits of moving to Linux, and how you can get started with this exciting transition.
The free ride is over for CentOS users. Red Hat has announced that it is shifting its focus to CentOS Stream - the upstream branch of RHEL, and support for CentOS Linux 8 will end in 2021. According to Red Hat, "CentOS Stream will be getting fixes and features ahead of RHEL. Generally speaking, we expect CentOS Stream to have fewer bugs and more runtime features than RHEL until those packages make it into the RHEL release."
The beta version of Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa has finally been released with a selection of valuable new features including the Linux kernel 5.4, Cinnamon 4.8, MATE 1.24 and the Xfce 4.14 desktop. Learn the details.
Learn how to use fscrypt to create an encrypted filesystem - but be warned: this involves tinkering on the command line and doing a partially or fully manual operating system installation. However, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you will enjoy a high-performing computing experience with seamless modern encryption protection.