MUMBAI/BANGALORE: A new software security threat is giving sleepless nights to India’s information guardians and has prompted companies such as ITC and Future Group to take swift action to protect their systems. The Bash bug, or Shellshock as it is popularly known, is said to be more dangerous than the Heartbleed computer security flaw discovered earlier this year. Unix-based operating systems such as Apple’s Mac OS X and Linux are vulnerable to the bug, which allows hackers to gain control over a user’s computer remotely without authorisation.
Akamai’s Prolexic division has warned of the growing threat from a Chinese toolkit that has started infecting Linux, Windows and embedded systems in order to launch DDoS attacks peaking at hundreds of Gigabits per second. Dubbed the ‘Spike’ toolkit, the malware started life targeting Linux servers earlier in 2014 but now seems to have been ported to run on Windows (both PCs and servers), consumer and SME routers, and even Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as thermostats.
Most of the computers at state agencies in Vietnam have been running on Windows operating system. In most cases, they use open source software only if they have financial difficulties. If they get money from the state, they use it to buy closed source software. In fact, many open source software products have been deployed at state agencies since 2001, when the government-initiated Program No 112 on computerizing the state’s administration kicked off.
China may look at the open source Linux as a replacement for Windows, following an official ban on Microsoft’s Windows 8 for government procured computers. Chinese Government news agency Xinhua published an article claiming Chinese vendors are using a ban on Windows 8 to push Linux-based OS variants.
Red Hat Inc. has spent the past decade becoming one of the dominant commercial providers of the Linux operating system, but it is now looking to expand by exploiting opportunities in Indonesia, and in the field of cloud-computing systems. Red Hat Inc., which generated approximately 1.5 billion dollars in revenue last year, is expecting double digit revenue growth over the next year.
TOKYO, JAPAN — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the keynote speakers for Japan’s premier Linux and open source events, LinuxCon and CloudOpen. LinuxCon Japan and CloudOpen Japan take place May 20-22, 2014 at the Chinzan-so Hotel & Conference Center in Tokyo, Japan. LinuxCon Japan is Asia’s premier Linux conference, bringing together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts.