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Submission + - A Brilliant, Secure,Open Source Twitter Replacement (fastcolabs.com)

Nerdfest writes: We’re living in a post-Snowden era, which means you should assume that everybody, including the social networks you use every day, are always looking over your digital shoulder. So how do you take back your online communication from the prying eyes of the government? Enter Trsst, a new social network that promises to be a white knight of media, keeping all of your cat posts and private messages safe and secure forever. Trsst itself can’t crack into your content, they claim, because you keep your own encryption keys. That also means they can’t hand your stuff over to the government, even under court order.

Submission + - New Linux Trojan in the Wild (rsa.com) 2

Nerdfest writes: It appears that a Russia based cybercrime team has set its sights on offering a new banking Trojan targeting the Linux operating system. This appears to be a commercial operation, which includes support/sales agents and software developer(s). It has an anti-research tool box, which includes anti VM, anti-sandbox and anti-debugger features.

The Trojan’s developer claims it has been tested on 15 different Linux desktop distributions, including Ubuntu Fedora and Debian. As for desktop environments, the malware supports 8 different environments, including Gnome and Kde.

With recent recommendations to leave the supposedly insecure Windows OS for the safer Linux distributions, does Hand of Thief represent the early signs of Linux becoming less secure as cybercrime migrates to the platform?


Submission + - Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project (venturebeat.com) 1

Nerdfest writes: Venturebeat is reporting that:

Edison Junior, the technology and design lab behind the POP portable power station, is returning the full $139,170 in funding it received from Kickstarter backers to develop the device. Unfortunately, Apple has refused to give the project permission to license the Lightning charger in a device that includes multiple charging options.

“We are pissed,” Edison Junior CEO Jamie Siminoff told me on the phone today. “I think they are being a bunch of assholes, and I think they’re hurting their customers.”

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato