Do You Have A Security Strategy To Protect Your Backups?

It’s not enough to back up data. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee total protection. Even if backups are hidden away in the network, you should never eliminate the thought of losing data.

The question you should ask yourself is this. Is the network safe enough to protect backups? If you think it is, then good for you. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from creating a security strategy to protect backups.

One sure way to avoid total data loss is to protect the network itself. With advanced persistent threats continuously progressing, no network is safe. That is scary.

Ransomware is one of the advanced persistent threats to networks these days. It stays quiet and undetected within the network. Eventually it steals data so that the ransom writer can sell it back to the owner. It’s simple extortion that could put any company out of business in no time.

There has been a tactical pivot in ransomware. It seems that ransomware writers have realized that large organizations have lots of money, and some do not have the best protection against infections. Newer ransomware is behaving as an advanced persistent threat, a piece of malware that tries to stay undetected in your network for some time to do the maximum amount of damage.

The APT will usually spread through your network, infecting as many computers as possible. Often, the malware will try to connect to a command-and-control server over the internet to report the progress of the infection and await the command to attack.

(Via: https://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/tip/How-to-protect-backups-from-ransomware-infiltration)

Unfortunately, these days the use of command and control or C &C server is evolving to do more damage to the network. It stays silent and undetected in the background so that it could have access to the network for a very long time, eventually endangering computers and backups.

A ransomware APT attack may start by stealthily spreading itself through your network and infecting all of your computers. It will then seek out file-based backups and valuable but older files to encrypt. The aim is to get as much of your infrastructure infected and encrypted — over a period of weeks or months — before you are

How to Reset Forgotten or Lost Root Password in Fedora

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Canonical Releases Minor Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Canonical released a new Linux kernel update for the long-term supported Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series to address a recently discovered security vulnerability.

A security issue affects the Linux 3.13 kernel of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series and its derivatives, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, Mythbuntu, and others, allowing attackers to run programs as an administrator.

The vulnerability is a race condition (CVE-2019-6133) discovered by Jann Horn of Google Project Zero in Linux kernel’s fork() system call, which could allow a local attacker to gain access to services storing cache authorizations and run programs with administrative privileges.

“The system could be made to run programs as an administrator. Jann Horn discovered a race condition in the fork() system call in the Linux kernel. A local attac… (read more)

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A Look Back at the History of Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is one of the leading open source projects in the world. Read abut the history of Firefox, how it came into existence and ruled the world wide web.

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Watchman – A File and Directory Watching Tool for Changes

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Flatpak 1.3 Arrives with Support for Linux Systems with Multiple Nvidia Devices

Flatpak developer and maintainer Alexander Larsson released a new unstable release of the Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, targeting the upcoming Flatpak 1.4 stable series.

Flatpak 1.3 is here as the first milestone is a series of unstable releases towards the next major and stable new version of the Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, Flatpak 1.4, adding several new features and improvements like support for systems with multiple Nvidia devices.

Furthermore, the Flatpak 1.3 release adds initial support for sandboxed dconf, introduces two new options to the build-update-repo command, namely –no-update-[summary,appstream] and –static-delta-ignore-ref=PATTERN, and improves support for large repositories by making regeneration the appstream branch faster.

Better Gentoo Linux support, other changes

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Mesa 19.0 Graphics Stack Released for Linux Gamers with Numerous Improvements

The team behind the Mesa 3D Graphics Library project announced today the final release and general availability of the long-anticipated Mesa 19.0 graphics stack series for Linux-based operating systems.

Implementing the OpenGL 4.5 API, the Mesa 19.0 graphics stack is finally here after an extended development cycle that took place over the last three months. It brings dozens of new features, new extensions, and countless bug fixes. Highlights of this major new series includes support for AMD Radeon Vega 10, Vega 20, and Vega M GPUs, GNU Hurd support, and LLVM 7 compatibility.

“I’m pleased to announce the general availability of mesa 19.0.0. We’ve had a slightly long rc process with 7 RCs (there should have been 6, but there was a bug in the script for pulling patches resulting in two back to back RCs),” said Dylan Baker in today’s announcement. “In general this release has shaped u… (read more)

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GNOME 3.32 “Taipei” Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The GNOME Project released today the highly anticipated GNOME 3.32 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems, a major release that adds numerous new features and improvements.

Six months in development, the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment is finally here to upgrade your GNOME experience to the next level by adding lots of new features, fixing bugs from previous versions, improving existing components and apps, as well as polishing the look and feel of the user interface.

With the GNOME 3.32 release, the GNOME desktop becomes flatter, lighter, and more modern. After upgrading, users will notice that the App Menus are no longer available and their content was moved to other places, there are changes to the buttons, header bars, and switches, as well as more consistent colors and read more)

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