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Airtel, Vodafone announce new plans to take on Reliance Jio’s ‘Happy New Year’ offer

Airtel’s latest salvo of free data to attract more customers to their network will add more spice to the price wars, which started with Reliance Jio Infocomm’s entry in September. With Vodafone announcing new data offering and Idea Cellular expected to follow suit, data realisations are expected to take a sharp hit in the coming quarters. Price wars indeed became …

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Linux Botnets on a Rampage

Linux-operated botnet Distributed Denial of Service attacks surged in this year’s second quarter, due to growing interest in targeting Chinese servers, according to a Kaspersky Lab report released this week. South Korea kept its top ranking for having the most command-and-control servers. Brazil, Italy and Israel ranked among the leaders behind South Korea for hosting C&C servers, according to Kaspersky …

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TCP Flaw Opens Linux Systems to Hijackers

A flaw in the RFC 5961 specification the Internet Engineering Task Force developed to protect TCP against blind in-window attacks could threaten Android smartphones, as well as every Linux computer on the planet. [*Correction – Aug. 12, 2016] The flaw is described in a paper a team of researchers presented at the 25th Usenix Security Symposium, ongoing in Austin, Texas, …

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FairWare Hackers May Take Ransoms, Keep Stolen Files

The latest ransomware intrusion that targets Linux servers, dubbed “FairWare,” may be a classic server hack designed to bilk money from victims with no intent to return stolen files after payment in bitcoins is made. Tech support site Bleeping Computer earlier this week reported the threat, based on server administrator comments on its forum. Other reports followed. The attack targets …

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Antique Kernel Flaw Opens Door to New Dirty Cow Exploit

A Linux security vulnerability first discovered more than a decade ago once again poses a threat, Red Hat warned last week, as an exploit that could allow attackers to gain enhanced privileges on affected computers has turned up in the wild. Users need to take steps to patch their systems to prevent the exploit, known as “Dirty Cow,” from granting …

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