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Linux Kernel Development, Bitcoin, Community Health Systems breach, Mavericks update, etc.

    By Brian Warkoczeski - August 20, 2014 8:20 am

A look at IT news...

Linux Kernel Development Gets Two-Factor Authentication

eWeek - Developers are now encouraged to use an additional layer of security with the introduction of two-factor authentication for code commits.

New Attack Binds Malware in Parallel to Software Downloads

Threat Post - Open source software distribution systems that lack security processes and integrity checks are prone to a new attack that binds malware to a download without modifying the original application.

Bitcoin's Price Falls 12%, to Lowest Value Since May

New York Times - Bitcoin's price has been noticeably falling in recent weeks after a period of relative stability, though those who trade in the virtual currency say the drop is par for the course.

Heartbleed to blame for Community Health Systems breach

Network World - This is the first time Heartbleed has been linked to such an incident.

Rethinking Data Center Design

Information Week - With the skyrocketing number of connected devices and data processing requirements, data center operators are migrating to a new open architecture that's focused on virtualization.

Apple preps final non-security Mavericks update

InfoWorld - And for the 10 percent of users still running 2011's Lion, the end of all support -- patches included -- is likely just weeks away.

Broadcasters Say FCC Airwave Sale Will Cost Them Viewers

Bloomberg - A trade group representing thousands of local U.S. television stations sued the Federal Communications Commission to block an auction of airwaves to wireless providers.

Netflix ends one of its oldest disputes, agrees to pay Time Warner Cable

Ars Technica - TWC is "the last of the four" ISPs to demand payment, Netflix says.

Community Health Systems Breach Atypical For Chinese Hackers

Dark Reading - Publicly traded healthcare organization's stock goes up as breach notifications go out.

Startup Offers Up Endpoint Detection and Response for Behavior-based Malware Detection

CIO - SentinelOne wants to compete with full endpoint defense suites.

Workers at U.S. nuclear regulator fooled by phishers

CSO - Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees were tricked into disclosing passwords and downloading malware.

State lets heirs access dead person's online accounts

CBS News - Delaware has become the first state in the nation to give heirs the right to access the online accounts and other digital content of someone has died.

FBI Investigating Reported Theft of 1.2 Billion Passwords by Russian Gang

NBC News - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that it uncovered some 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data.

The USB malware vector

ZDNET - You're having a coffee and surfing when an apologetic stranger asks if she can charge her Android phone on your USB port. But she's installing malware on your PC. Here's how to stop it.

IT outages are an ongoing problem for the U.S government

Computerworld - The reliability of federal IT operations is being called into question by a survey that finds outages aren't uncommon in government.

U-M business, engineering schools launch joint startup accelerator for entrepreneurs

MLive - The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering have come together to announce a new joint venture accelerator program that will provide infrastructure, financial resources and mentorship to support early-stage ventures.


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