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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:16:04 GMT

This isn't going to end well

US President Donald Trump's pick for his Attorney General and head of the FBI will have security specialists nervous, since both believe breaking encryption is a good idea.…

Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:59:54 GMT

Biz apologizes after years-old data mysteriously reappears

Dropbox says it was responsible for an attempted bug fix that instead caused old, deleted data to reappear on the site.…

Using LinkedIn will land you a shiny new job – like, er, CTO of Microsoft

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:14:11 GMT

Redmond decides we need to talk about Kevin

Microsoft has reinstated its overall CTO role for the first time in 17 years and hired Kevin Scott – currently senior vice president of infrastructure with LinkedIn – to do the job.…

Is Kubernetes a little too terrifying? Platform9 has a safe space for you

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:55:44 GMT

Think DevOps, without the work

Those daunted by the complexity of using Kubernetes to manage containerized applications can now outsource the work to Platform9.…

US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:49:31 GMT

Message slurp faces scrutiny from America's highest judges

The US government has lost a legal appeal to have a critical case against Microsoft reheard, paving the way for a Supreme Court challenge.…

Yahoo! boo! hoo! hoo!: Verizon! hits! brakes! on! $4.8bn! biz! gobble!

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:17:14 GMT

And SEC probes three-year gap between data swipe and disclosure

Yahoo!'s sale to Verizon has been delayed, following revelations last year of historical data security breaches.…

We're not quitting the UK: Microsoft quashes Brexit fake news

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:03:15 GMT

Did I say that? Bullish MS man finds quotes ripped out of context

Microsoft has committed itself to the UK after comments by a manager were ripped out of context.…

UK courts experiencing surge in cyber-crime case load

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:31:09 GMT

Value of fraud surpasses £1bn for first time in five years

The total cost of fraudulent activity in the UK surpassed a billion pounds for the first time in five years, reaching £1.137bn in 2016 compared to £732m the year before.…

Verizon waves its IoT credentials, boasts of adopting US-centric one

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:25:13 GMT

And they're eyeing up the NHS as a customer for wearables

American telco Verizon reckons it's got a shot at being the next big Internet of Things player and might be eyeing up the NHS, the company's pet evangelist told IoT Tech Expo in London this morning.…

Jinn workers besiege delivery app co-founder to protest wage changes

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:01:12 GMT

Couriers allege their pay was slashed retrospectively

Unpaid workers for the "sharing economy" delivery outfit Jinn who claimed they hadn't been paid besieged the company's co-founder to demand their wages last week.…

Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:32:10 GMT

Opens door to privilege escalation attacks

Some Linux distros will need to be updated following the discovery of an easily exploitable flaw in a core system management component.…

DDoSing has evolved in the vacuum left by IoT's total absence of security

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:04:09 GMT

Botnets' power level over 9,000 thanks to gaping vulnerabilities

IoT botnets have transformed the threat landscape, resulting in a big increase in the size of DDoS attacks from 500Gbps in 2015 up to 800Gbps last year.…

US Army's spun-off GPU database gets ready for more matrix operations

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:36:07 GMT

Also: We could rebuild Trump's social score, we have the technology

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, is adding user-defined functions (UDFs) to contribute to more sophisticated analytic workloads.…

Irish townsfolk besieged by confused smut channel callers

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:17:26 GMT

Gov spokesperson promises Mr Ring he’ll get to the bottom of it

Residents of the picturesque town of Westport, County Mayo are being driven to distraction by their confused countrymen attempting to call UK-based late night smut channel Babestation sans international dialling code.…

Spun-out Nexsan now prowling the market for growth and acquisitions

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:33:12 GMT

The only way is up

Nexsan's sale to private equity has gone through and the company is now looking to drive organic and inorganic growth.…

Continuous Lifecycle London: Save over 25% with early bird tickets

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:09:19 GMT

Our best price for three days of DevOps, Containers, CD and Agile

REG EVENTS We're bringing some of the finest brains from the worlds of DevOps, Containers, Agile and Continuous Delivery to London in May, and if you're quick you can join us AND save over a quarter off the full-fat ticket price.…

'It will go wrong. There's no question of time... on safety or security side'

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:47:06 GMT

Cheerful chap writes off all mission-critical IoT software without realising it

"Software comes with two unique properties: it's basically impossible to inspect and test, and we don't know the sequencing of instructions at the basic level," Statoil's lead analyst for corporate IT digitalisation, Einar Landre, told today's IoT Tech Expo in London.…

Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:15:11 GMT

Flip side of the La La Land love-in

This year’s Razzie nominations - celebrating the worst that Hollywood has to offer - are in, with Zoolander No. 2 and Batman v Superman leading the pack with the most nominations.…

Brexit, schmexit: Christmas sales up 4 per cent at Dixons Carphone

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:59:08 GMT

Firm defies forecasts despite warnings of 'uncertain times'

Sales at Dixons Carphone in the UK and Ireland sales rose 4 per cent for the ten weeks up to Christmas, the retailer said today.…

I don't care what your eyeballs tell you. Alternative fact is, we've locked up your files

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:23:06 GMT

Survey: 'Bluff' ransomware is on the up

Two in five large UK businesses have fallen victim to a "bluff" ransomware attack, according to a new survey.…

Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:04:08 GMT

25 years, eight updates, all gravy

Open Source Insider Vim text editor turned 25 late last year – the first public iteration was launched on November 2, 1991, a couple of weeks after Linus Torvalds announced Linux. To celebrate Vim's anniversary, creator Bram Moolenaar recently dropped version 8.0.…

Top UK judges rule: Government can't pull the Article 50 trigger alone

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:47:55 GMT

Parliament must be consulted on EU exit process

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to trigger formal talks for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in March have been thrown into uncertainty.…

IBM: We're not putting XIV on the cart

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:38:11 GMT

Big Blue claims 3 more releases coming to take us to mid-2018

IBM’s XIV storage array has three more product releases coming, and is not going away, although it is not having a fourth generation version developed, the firm has claimed.…

Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:06:38 GMT

Brit audio networking bods Chirp go all green and glowy

Audio-based networking may seem an unusual choice for the Internet of Things, especially when used for machines to bellow information at each other inside a nuclear power station.…

Yes, just what they need: Curious Dr MISFA injects a healthy dose of curiosity into robots

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:05:04 GMT

Algorithm aims to make 'droids more autonomous

Computer scientists in Germany hope to make humanoid robots smarter by programming the 'droids with a sense of “artificial curiosity.”…

Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:27:59 GMT

Figure much higher than the £145m originally estimated

BT is to write off £530m following an accounting scandal in its Italian business, saying it was "deeply disappointed" with the improper practices uncovered.…

Machine-learning boffins 'summon demons' in AI to find exploitable bugs

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:08:10 GMT

There's a low awareness of vulnerabilities in neural networks, say researchers

Surrounded by all the hype in AI, it’s easy to sing the praises of machine learning without realizing that systems can be easily exploited.…

How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:29:13 GMT

Yes, Lexmark is still a thing

If printer maker Lexmark International prevails against ink cartridge reseller Impression Products, tech giants and other American companies will gain the ability to control products through patent claims after they have been sold.…

2014: El Reg booze lab proves Bluetooth breathalyzers are crap. 2017: US govt agrees

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:01:10 GMT

Bought a Breathometer? You can get your money back

If you’re trusting a personal breathalyzer to protect you from a drunk driving conviction, think again, since the devices might not work as advertised.…

HummingBad malware returns in new, more annoying variant

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:28:10 GMT

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a HUMMINGWHALE

The HummingBad malware first discovered in February 2016 is making a return visit to the charts.…

Biz claims it's reverse-engineered encrypted drone commands

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:01:06 GMT

The internet of sh*t hits the rotor

US company Department 13 claims it has been able to reverse-engineer several popular drones' commands, even when they are encrypted before transmission.…

Samsung Electronics is on fire! In a good way as profits leap

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:22:07 GMT

Memory and monitor surges trump phlaming phablet fiasco

Samsung Electronics, the Chaebol's business that encompasses smartphones, monitors, memory and more, has reported a bumper fourth quarter despite its phlaming phablet fiasco.…

Furby Rickroll demo: What fresh hell is this?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:58:11 GMT

Toy-makers, please quit this rubbish, you're NO GOOD at security

Here's your future botnet, world: connected kids toys that will Rickroll their owners while hosing big servers and guessing the nuclear codes.…

Kid hackers break XSS defences, find hack hole in 2 million websites

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:30:09 GMT

HTML Comment Box clocked

Hackers Karim Rahal and Ibram Marzouk have found multiple cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in the HTML Comment Box that opened avenues to compromise visitors to some used by some 2 million websites.…

Microsoft fixes remote desktop app Mac hole

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:01:12 GMT

Full read/write access was there for the taking

Microsoft has patched a code execution hole in its Mac remote desktop client that grants read and write to home directories if users do no more than click a link, says Italian security researcher Filippo Cavallarin.…

VXers gift their mates an Android bank-raiding app's source code

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:02:10 GMT

It needs admin privileges, but we know there's a pool of stupid out there waiting to be p0wned

Source code for an Android banking app has been published online, spurring fears it could prompt a wave of malicious apps.…

Solaris plan brings continuous delivery of OS upgrades

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:01:06 GMT

Oracle reckons killing big bang OS releases also kills application upgrade hassles

Oracle has released a little more detail about the future of its Solaris operating system, after last week suddenly revealing a planned version 12 would be canned.…

Boffins explain why it takes your Wi-Fi so long to connect

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:29:08 GMT

And there you were thinking WiFI interoperability was done and dusted ... NOT!

You'd think by now that Wi-Fi has been around so long, nobody could get it wrong, right?…

ZuckerChan cash dump seals first biz gobble: A research paper slurper

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:12:14 GMT

Meta will be first to suck Mark Zuck's bucks

The $3bn philanthropy initiative led by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has agreed to acquire Meta: an AI-based aggregator for medical research studies.…

It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:57:12 GMT

Look forward to hearing lots more about how great he is

US President Donald Trump has formally designated Ajit Pai as the new chairman of America's powerful broadband and telly regulator, the Federal Communications Commission.…

Western Union coughs up $586m for turning a blind eye to fraudsters

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:39:52 GMT

Helping internet scammers proved profitable, for a while

Western Union will forfeit more than half a billion dollars after admitting it broke money laundering laws.…

Cisco's WebEx Chrome plugin will execute evil code, install malware via secret 'magic URL'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:19:00 GMT

Just get rid of it – bin it now

Malicious websites can remotely execute commands on Windows systems that have Cisco WebEx's Chrome extension installed. About 20 million people actively use this broken software.…

What links macOS, iOS, Safari, tvOS, watchOS? They all need patching

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:54:31 GMT

Apple squashes a bunch of security bugs, so get installing

Apple has emitted a set of software security updates for all of its major operating systems.…

Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:22:43 GMT

A big leap forward, you say? Tell that to the anti-trust authorities

Google is hardwiring its Android app store, Google Play, into all new Chromebooks.…

China's Great Firewall to crack down on unofficial VPNs – state-approved net connections only

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:21:38 GMT


The Chinese government has started an 18-month crackdown that will require all VPN providers to seek government approval for their activities if they want to stay in business.…

Oracle lied: Database giant is axing hundreds of staff – at least 450 in its hardware div

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:03:15 GMT

Larry's biz swings the axe after denials and silence

Oracle will cut hundreds of jobs from its embattled hardware division in California, a move the tech goliath had previously denied.…

Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:18:17 GMT

Putting the US of A first could require arms from Europe

Making America great again may require foreign-made weapon systems, a possibility that would contravene the Trump administration's stated goal to "buy American and hire American."…

Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:01:26 GMT

President Snowflake slots in an easy campaign goal first thing

US President Donald Trump has made good on a campaign promise and signed an executive order backing the United States out of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.…

IBM stuffs visualization tech into its bulging, uh, security portfolio

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:06:58 GMT

San Francisco's Agile 3 Solutions acquired

IBM has announced a deal to buy data visualization firm Agile 3 Solutions, a San Francisco-based privately held company. The terms of the deal, announced Monday, were not disclosed.…

Former HPE CTO Fink retires retirement, returns to tech

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:04:09 GMT

The man they call Martin gives post-work life the elbow, lands at WD

Well, well, whaddya know? Meg Whitman announces Martin Fink’s retirement as CTO and HPE Labs top dog, where he evangelised the Machine and memristors, but the fabled techie was clearly not ready to swan off into a post-work life of shed-building and ocean cruises just yet. He's back in the industry and mad for it.…