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A quick-start guide to OpenZFS native encryption

Enlarge / On-disk encryption is a complex topic, but this article should give you a solid handle on OpenZFS’ implementation. Paul Downey / Flickr One of the many features OpenZFS brings to the table is ZFS native encryption. First introduced in OpenZFS 0.8, native encryption allows a system administrator to transparently encrypt data at-rest within …

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Ahoy, there’s malice in your repos—PyPI is the latest to be abused

Enlarge Getty Images Counterfeit packages downloaded roughly 5,000 times from the official Python repository contained secret code that installed cryptomining software on infected machines, a security researcher has found. The malicious packages, which were available on the PyPI repository, in many cases used names that mimicked those of legitimate and often widely used packages already …

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A week after arrests, Cl0p ransomware group dumps new tranche of stolen data

Enlarge Getty Images A week after Ukrainian police arrested criminals affiliated with the notorious Cl0p ransomware gang, Cl0p has published a fresh batch of what’s purported to be confidential data stolen in a hack of a previously unknown victim. Ars won’t be identifying the possibly victimized company until there is confirmation that the data and …

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Steven Spielberg’s production company signs multifilm deal with Netflix

Enlarge / Filmmaker Steven Spielberg appears at 2017’s Comic-Con. Gage Skidmore / Flickr Amblin Partners, the production company founded and chaired by director and producer Steven Spielberg, has signed a multiyear deal with streaming platform Netflix. In a press release on Netflix’s website, the two companies announced that the partnership will result in “multiple new …

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The ISRG wants to make the Linux kernel memory-safe with Rust

Enlarge / No, not that kind of Rust. Heritage Images via Getty Images The Internet Security Research Group—parent organization of the better-known Let’s Encrypt project—has provided prominent developer Miguel Ojeda with a one-year contract to work on Rust in Linux and other security efforts on a full-time basis. What’s a Rust for Linux? As we …

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Connecting to malicious Wi-Fi networks can mess with your iPhone

Enlarge Apple There’s a bug in iOS that disables Wi-Fi connectivity when devices join a network that uses a booby-trapped name, a researcher disclosed over the weekend. By connecting to a Wi-Fi network that uses the SSID “%p%s%s%s%s%n” (quotation marks not included), iPhones and iPads lose the ability to join that network or any other …

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Apple and Google’s AI wizardry promises privacy—at a cost

Enlarge Getty Images Since the dawn of the iPhone, many of the smarts in smartphones have come from elsewhere: the corporate computers known as the cloud. Mobile apps sent user data cloudward for useful tasks like transcribing speech or suggesting message replies. Now Apple and Google say smartphones are smart enough to do some crucial …

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Newly discovered Vigilante malware outs software pirates and blocks them

Enlarge Getty Images A researcher has uncovered one of the more unusual finds in the annals of malware: booby-trapped files that rat out downloaders and try to prevent unauthorized downloading in the future. The files are available on sites frequented by software pirates. Vigilante, as SophosLabs Principal Researcher Andrew Brandt is calling the malware, gets …

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Amazon joins Apple, Google by reducing its app store cut

Enlarge / The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, which runs Amazon’s Fire OS. Amazon Apparently following the lead of Apple and Google, Amazon has announced that it will take a smaller revenue cut from apps developed by teams earning less than $1 million annually from their apps on the Amazon Appstore. The same applies to …

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Microsoft’s Linux repositories were down for 18+ hours

Enlarge / In 2017, Tux was sad that he had a Microsoft logo on his chest. In 2021, he’s mostly sad that Microsoft’s repositories were down for most of a day. Jim Salter Yesterday, packages.microsoft.com—the repository from which Microsoft serves software installers for Linux distributions including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and more—went down hard, and …

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