Dell Announces More Ubuntu-Based Precision Developer Edition Laptops, Mozilla’s Alan Davidson Testifies on Internet Privacy, Canonical Announces the Release of Multipass 0.7.0 Beta, GParted Reaches 1.0 Milestone and New HiddenWasp Malware

News briefs for May 30, 2019.

Dell
announces its Precision 5540, Precision 7540 and Precision 7740 developer
edition laptops
, the next in the line of Dell’s Ubuntu-based Precision
mobile workstations. From the announcement: “What started 5+ years ago as a
blog
post
explaining how to get Ubuntu up and running on the Precision M3800
soon became a line of mobile workstations. With today’s announcement,
project Sputnik’s Ubuntu-based mobile workstation line is now in its 4th
generation.
What’s next for project Sputnik? Stay tuned…” See the announcement for
specs and further details.

Mozilla’s Alan Davidson, Vice President of Global Policy, Trust and Security,
testified yesterday before the International Grand Committee on Big Data,
Privacy and Democracy. Alan’s testimony focused “on the need for better
product design to protect privacy; getting privacy policy and regulation
right; and the complexities of content policy issues. Against the backdrop of
tech’s numerous missteps over the last year, our mission-driven work is a
clear alternative to much of what is wrong with the web today.”
See the Mozilla
blog
for more details, or read Alan’s statement here.

Canonical
yesterday announced the release of Multipass 0.7.0 beta
. The announcement
notes that “the big part is that we added a preview of VirtualBox support for
Windows and macOS!” Highlights include improved concurrency, a new
primary instance feature and more, along with several bug fixes. See the announcement
for download links and how to provide feedback.

GParted (GNOME Partition Editor) has reached the 1.0 milestone after 15
years of development, now requiring gtkmm3 instead of gtkmm2. Softpedia
News reports
that this version features “support for the F2FS file system to read disk usage,
grow, and check, the ability to enable online resizing of extended
partitions, better refreshing of NTFS file systems, and port to Gtkmm 3
(GTK+3) and GNOME 3 yelp-tools.” See the release notes for
all the details.

Researchers have discovered new strain of malware targeting Linux
machines. According
to ZDNet
, it “appears to have been created by Chinese
hackers and has been used as a means to remotely control infected systems.
Named HiddenWasp, this malware is composed of a user-mode rootkit, a trojan,
and an initial deployment script.” The ZDNet article quotes Nacho Sanmillan, a security researcher at
Intezer Labs, “Unfortunately, I don’t know what is the initial infection
vector. Based on our research, it seems most likely that this malware was
used in compromised systems already controlled by the attacker.”

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