Not only was the Tails LiveCD used by Edward Snowden, an article about it published by Linux Journal was (is?) a trigger to for the NSA.
The pattern matches one particular article on Linux Journal, posted in August of 2011: “Linux Distro: Tails—You Can Never Be Too Paranoid.”
via The NSA thinks Linux Journal is an “extremist forum”? | Ars Technica.
To celebrate, Linux Journal is publishing a new 3 part article on Tails, which can be read at:
The winner to LifeHacker’s Best Live CD poll is the excellent security focused Backtrack.
Lifehacker readers apparently love a live CD that is all work and no play. Backtrack, a security-oriented live CD packed with useful tools, took home the crown for top live CD.
HowtoForge resets the root password of a Linux system with Knoppix.
Linux.com reviews BackTrack 2.
BackTrack is a live CD Linux distribution that focuses on penetration testing. A merger of two older security-related distros — Whax and Auditor Security Collection — BackTrack bundles more than 300 security tools.
Linux.com reviews an interesting new LiveCD designed for learning software security.
“The main idea behind DVL,” says Schneider, “was to build up a training system that I could use for my university lectures.” His goal was to design a Linux system that was as vulnerable as possible, to teach topics such as reverse code engineering, buffer overflows, shellcode development, Web exploitation, and SQL injection.
Lifehacker uses screenshots to show how to crack Windows passwords with a LiveCD.
A new version of nUbuntu, a distro focused on network security and available in LiveCD form, has been released.
The BackTrack security LiveCD has released a download link for the beta of version 2.0.
LinuxPlanet has a review of Sectoo, a Gentoo based security LiveCD.
Rousseau wanted to make Sectoo Linux a lightweight system, in terms of minimal requirements. He said that 64MB or even 32MB of RAM should be enough to run Sectoo.
ComputerWeekly.com mentions BackTrack as a quick way to run Kismet in their article on wireless security tools.
Computerworld Blogs gives some quick advice for destroying the data on old hard drives.
DistroWatch Weekly reviews all the popular BSD LiveCDs available for download.
GNU/Linux live CDs are increasingly playing an important role in the free software community. They serve as advocacy tools, they make it possible for newbies to try out software without having to install anything and they make fantastic rescue disks. While all the best known live CDs are GNU/Linux variants, there are also several *BSD live CDs out there. I decided to give them a test run.
The long awaited final release of BackTrack, the combination of WHAX (Whoppix) and Auditor, is out and available for download.
OSDir.com has screenshots of the new Frenzy 1.0 Beta 1 BSD LiveCD.
Securitydistro.com has an interview with the creator of Arudius. Arudius is a smaller LiveCD based on MiniSlack.
Darknet.org summarizes ten different security based LiveCDs and rates them. A good article for figuring out which security LiveCD to add to your toolbox.
Caffeinated Security has a review of Penetration Testerâ€™s Open Source Toolkit, a book which includes the Auditor LiveCD.