FBI Paid 1.3 Million

The FBI paid $1.3 million to hack into the San Bernardino iPhone. This is after Apple refused to open up the iPhone, after the FBI could not access it by brute force due to the security features implemented by Apple. From the Washington Post:

Federal authorities have not publicly revealed who helped the FBI unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, which was at the center of an extended fight between the government and Apple. The Justice Department had maintained that only Apple could help it access the phone without erasing all of its data before abruptly saying it had gotten help from an outside party and no longer needed Apple’s assistance.

According to people familiar with the issue, the FBI cracked the phone with the help of professional hackers who were paid a one-time flat fee. Law enforcement officials have said recently that the FBI has found no links to foreign terrorists on the phone, though they are still hoping that geolocation data on the device could help reveal what the attackers did during an 18-minute period after the shooting.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus Is Now Available

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is now available. From Canonical:

Canonical announced today it will release Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on 21st April, featuring the new ‘snap’ package format and LXD pure-container hypervisor. This is the latest version of the world’s most widely used Linux platform across desktop, IoT and cloud computing.

An Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) release is supported and maintained by Canonical for five years, making it the most stable, reliable, secure and cost-effective Linux platform for long-term, large-scale deployments. This is the 6th such LTS release for Ubuntu, and marks the first time that the platform is supported on mainframes, the world’s largest and most powerful Linux systems.


Opera with Built-In VPN

Opera is now the first browser with a built-in VPN which improves privacy and avoids content restrictions. The connection uses 256 bit encryption and is just a flick of a switch to activate. The VPN can give you three options for locations, USA, Canada and Germany. The VPN is free. If you like to have some privacy, then Opera gives you that option.

Mind the Gap

If you’ve ever been to London and have taken the Underground, you’ve probably have heard of the words “mind the gap” spoken over the public announcement speakers. Well, the man who did the voice of those famous words have died. His name was Phil Sayer. He was 62.

Man Erases Thousands of Websites

The rm -rf is a dangerous command. Use at your own discretion. A man who owns a server that run thousands of website learned this lesson the hard way. If there’s anything to learn from this experience, it’s probably best not to use rm -rf within your scripts. If you really have to, you need to have to be explicit with your commands by including the full path. If the relative path fails, the deletes are explicit for that particular directory and nowhere else.