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- Flame: 'Most complex' cyber-attack ever discovered
A new 'data-vacuuming' piece of malware, which has targeted a number of
Middle Eastern countries including Israel and Iran, has been discovered,
which could mark the trilogy in advanced cyber-weapons after Stuxnet
and Duqu. Kaspersky researchers said they believe 'Flame' is greater in
scale than its apparent infamous counterparts Stuxnet and Duqu, and has
been described as the 'most complex threat' ever discovered. ... Flame
has the components a Trojan, a backdoor, and a worm, and is designed
to attack Windows machines. It is also self-replication over local area
networks though the entry point is currently unknown. Researchers are
unaware as to how Flame enters networks, but have identified a Windows
zero-day vulnerability which allows the remote code execuition of a
core system file. ... Flame sniffs network traffic and has the ability
to take screenshots, record conversations by microphone-enabled PCs,
and intercepts all input data and so forth.
- Office of the State [of California] CIO IT Policy Letter: Open Source Software Policy
(California Office of the State Chief Information Officer,
The purpose of this Information Technology Policy Letter (ITPL) is to: Formally establish the
use of Open Source Software (OSS) in California state government as an acceptable practice ...
This policy provides guidance on the use of Open Source Software (OSS) ... The OCIO permits
the use of OSS.
- French army sides with Mozilla in Microsoft email war
A new email client unveiled by Mozilla this week contains code from an
unusual source -- the French military, which decided the open source
product was more secure than Microsoft's rival Outlook. ... France's
military chose open source software after an internal government debate
[...] culminated in a [...] directive requiring state agencies 'Seek
maximum technological and commercial independence.' ... The French
government is beginning to move to other open source software, including
Linux instead of Windows and OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office.
- New [US Department of Defense] Memo on Open Source Software
'Misconceptions and misinterpretations... have hampered effective
DoD use and development of OSS.' The new memo tries to counter those
misconceptions and misinterpretations, and is very positive about
OSS. In particular, it lists a number of potential advantages of OSS,
and recommends that in certain cases the DoD release software as OSS.
- U.S. Postal Service Gives Stamp of Approval To FOSS [Free and Open Source Software]
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has switched 1,300 of the servers
that manage its package tracking system to a Linux environment. The
move has taken the better part of a year since all the original system
code was written in Cobol and had to be converted for Linux -- a less
expensive option than rewriting it altogether.
- Federal Web sites knocked out by cyber attack
A widespread and unusually resilient computer attack that began July
4 knocked out the Web sites of several government agencies, including
some that are responsible for fighting cyber crime [...] Denial of service
attacks against Web sites are not uncommon, and are usually caused
when sites are deluged with Internet traffic so as to effectively
take them off-line. Mounting such an attack can be relatively easy
using widely available hacking programs, and they can be made far more
serious if hackers infect and use thousands of computers tied together
- PC Invader Costs Kentucky County $415,000
(The Washington Post,
Cyber criminals based in Ukraine stole $415,000 from the coffers of
Bullitt County, Kentucky this week. The crooks were aided by more than
two dozen co-conspirators in the United States, as well as a strain of
malicious software capable of defeating online security measures put
in place by many banks. [...] the unauthorized transfers appear to have
been driven by "some kind computer virus." ... the criminals stole
the money using a custom variant of a keystroke logging Trojan [...]
[An] interesting feature of this malware... is that it creates a
direct connection between the infected Microsoft Windows system and
the attackers, allowing the bad guys to log in to the victim's bank
account using the victim's own Internet connection.
- City of Vancouver embraces open data, standards and source
Vancouver city council has endorsed the principles of making its
data open and accessible to everyone where possible, adopting open
standards for that data and considering open source software when
replacing existing applications. ... About 15 members of the public
signed up to speak about the motion. All who spoke were in favour,
Reimer said. "The only sort of negative [comment] was 'Can't you go
further? Can't you do more?'"
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- Ignoring open source is costing us dear
(The Guardian, Opinion Column,
Schools are not much better, a double tragedy because they not
only don't benefit from savings but also lose the opportunity to
train children in the skills of the future. Equally serious is the
indifference of small companies. This, we were told, was down to a
suspicion that anything that is free can't be any good. This is not a
view shared by Google or Amazon - both huge users of open source. It
was strongly disputed by a representative from Malmaison, the very
cool hotel group which has put most of its operations on to open source
for one simple reason: 'high performance and low cost'.
- UK city to move 5,500 desktops to StarOffice
The Bristol (UK) City Council Thursday made the decision to convert its
5,500 desktops from Microsoft Office to Sun Microsystems's OpenDocument
Format-compliant StarOffice office suite. The city, after extensive
study, concluded that it would save 60 percent of total costs of
ownership over a five-year period by making the switch.
- Homeland Security report tracks down rogue open source code
The authors of a US government-sponsored report claim to have delivered
the first reliable guide into judging the safety and reliability of
open source software. The report, backed by the US Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), has evaluated 31 popular open source packages
searching for defects that will cause 'hard crashes' - problems that
leave users open to hackers or cause downtime. [...] the report ... has
effectively given the Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl/PHP/Python (LAMP)
stack a healthy rating. [It] 'showed significantly better software
quality' above the report's baseline[,] with an average of .32 defects
per 1,000 lines of code...
- California Holds Hearing on Open Source Software in Election Systems
(Government Technology Magazine,
Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach, Calif.), chairwoman of the
Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee,
and a candidate for California Secretary of State, conducted a hearing
today to look at how private companies, as well as state and federal
agencies, have begun using "open source software" and where it can
or should be used in California's electoral system.
- Norwegian Minister says that all public sectors need to make a plan for the use of Open Source by 2005
(IDABC (European eGovernment Services),
The Norwegian government is taking large steps in their software
policy: everybody in the public sector has to develop a plan for
use of open source solutions within 2006. The Norwegian Minister of
Modernization, Morton A. Meyer, presented new plan for information
technology in Norway called "eNorge — the digital leap",
where one of the points concerned open standards and open source.
- Open source given the thumbs up as viable alternative by Whitehall
Open source software should be considered alongside proprietary
software in IT procurements and a combination of both open source and
proprietary approaches should stimulate creativity and innovation, the
report said. [...] It highlighted examples of successful open source
implementations in government, including the Ministry of Defence's
Defence Academy, where open source was chosen for its functionality,
and Powys Council, which had "dramatically reduced" the number of
- Norwegian Minister: Proprietary Formats No Longer Acceptable in Communication with Government
The Minister, as part of the plan, has charged all government
institutions, both at the national and local level, to by the end
of 2005 have worked out a recommendation for the use of open source
code in the public sector. Further by the end of 2006 every body of
the public sector in Norway must have in place a plan for the use of
open source code and open standards.
- Open source software, boon for e-governance
Open source protects governments and big organisations from depending
on a single company. Proprietary software and hardware generally go
hand-in-hand, so when the company upgrades hardware, users are forced to
upgrade their software and vice versa. ... The report suggests that by
using open source software, instead of Microsoft Office, the Government
can generate enormous savings even while continuing to use other
proprietary software applications. The software can be made available
to all departments through a centralised web-enabled database.
- Government Studies Open-Source Migration
(ECT News Network,
The Paraguayan government is studying whether to implement open
source Latest News about open source software in all its entities to
- Cuba dumps Windows for Linux
Cuba will gradually switch to the open-source Linux operating system
for its state computers, eliminating its exclusive use of Microsoft
Windows. Roberto del Puerto, director of the state office of information
technology [said] that Cuba already has about 1,500 computers using
the Linux operating system.
- Intel, Novell say Linux gains on Microsoft Brazil
In Brazil, the free software movement has gained considerable backing
from the government, which is pushing ministries to adopt open-source
software to cut the cost of proprietary software like Windows.
- Birmingham Council plans 1,500 seat trial of open source desktops
Birmingham City Council is to carry out large-scale trials to evaluate
the viability of open source software on its desktop PCs. ... . The
open source trial will include public-facing PCs in libraries as well
as those used to access core systems in council offices.
- Brazil: Free software's biggest and best friend
Looking to save millions of dollars in royalties and licensing fees,
[Brazil's president] has instructed government ministries and state-run
companies to gradually switch from costly operating systems made by
Microsoft and others to free operating systems, like Linux. ... Brazil
has also become the first country to require any company or research
institute that receives government financing to develop software to
license it as open source...
- South Korea Steps Up Linux Use in Public Sector
Last year, the ministry encouraged eight government agencies to adopt
the Linux operating system and it is now gaining traction...
- Microsoft bent my Danish prime minister
[A Danish newspaper alleges that] Bill Gates told the Danish prime
minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen that 800 jobs would go if the country
opposed the European Union's proposed directive on software patents.
- L.A. investigates open source to cut costs
(Federal Computer Week,
City officials could save $5.2 million by switching to OpenOffice,
an open-source desktop computer suite that includes word processor
and spreadsheet programs, rather than purchasing a Microsoft Office
product at $200 per license for 26,000 desktops. The savings would go
to a special fund to hire more employees for the police department,
a major focus for city officials right now.
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