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Cloud-surfing orgs under attack, Microsoft antivirus for Chrome, Windows 10 S bypass, non-RSA gigs, and more

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:06:13 GMT

Your guide to this week in infosec

Roundup Here's a roundup of this week's security news, beyond what we've already covered.…

How much do AI gurus really get paid? And is NIPS such a great name for a conference?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:26:09 GMT

And how does Hey Siri work? Read about it here

Roundup Hi, here's a few interesting bits and pieces from the world of AI. A public tax form from OpenAI reveals the crazy salaries of top AI researchers. There are more competitions pushing for improved image recognition models on mobiles, as well as training systems as fast and cheap as possible.…

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:06:31 GMT

But it's still hard to shake some concerns

Review It's something we all do when we get home: rummage around in your pockets or bag, find your keys, identify the one you want and then stick it in your front door to gain access.…

Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:09:49 GMT

FTC's heavily redacted report says everything's hunky dory

The US Federal Trade Commission has released an audit of Facebook's privacy practices and it turns out there's nothing to worry about, at least as far as accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is concerned.…

Oh, baby! Newborn-care website leaves database of medics wide open

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:30:27 GMT

Health Stream, are you out there? The guy that found your data leak wants a word

A US healthcare company seemingly exposed on the public internet contact information for roughly 10,000 medical professionals.…

Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:06:47 GMT

Twitter's loss is the EFF's gain

Twitter says it will no longer run ads from beleaguered security vendor Kaspersky Lab.…

No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:20:17 GMT

Sorry about the hard-coded passwords, can we sell you some crypto now?

RSA has copped to a security vulnerability in the backend systems powering the smartphone app for its annual security conference, held this week in San Francisco, USA.…

Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:07:06 GMT

Scalded smoker wants injury damages, healthcare bills paid

Amazon, LG Electronics and KMG-Imports are being sued by a man in the US State of Rhode Island for selling a vaping box and batteries that allegedly burst into flames and set him on fire.…

British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:21:30 GMT

Kane Gamble gambles and loses on hacking skills

The British teenager who was sufficiently talented and stupid to hack the webmail of the head of the CIA was today sent down for two years.…

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:33:24 GMT

Because 10.13.4 is seemingly unstable and performing poorly

An increasing number of Mac loyalists are complaining that the latest desktop operating system update from Apple is killing their computers.…

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:53:41 GMT

Relive that sphincter-loosening Blue Screen of Death

Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.…

Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:06:06 GMT

Vessel charts a course to pirate tax haven

A Playmobil pirate ships's journey to the Caribbean sea risks being scuppered as its supplies run low.…

Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:06:09 GMT

Plenty of laser research already going on – but there's more than one way to melt a drone

The EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts.…

Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:26:13 GMT

What a time to be alive

Wireless charging is becoming an ever more popular way to juice up consumer gadgets, but an international team of scientists may have figured out how to scrap the mat too.…

It's a Pivotal moment: Dell's cloudy soft limb hits the stock market

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:52:09 GMT

Still firmly in Big Mike's clutches despite IPO

Pivotal has set its initial public offering share price at $15, with hopes of raising $555m and an anticipated $14-$16 price band. The shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange from today.…

Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:21:15 GMT

Ask for clear budgets, better training and yup, public engagement

The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said.…

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:08:04 GMT

UK mobe network ups charges for sunshine selfie-takers, just in time for their hols

Mobile operator Three UK is celebrating the approach of British summer by, er, hiking its charges for some of its services.…

And so it begins: Veritas lays off UK workers, R&D bods hit hardest

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:41:11 GMT

At least 100 out at cloud data wrangling biz, sources claim

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures.…

Government demands for people's personal info from Microsoft reach all-time low

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:59:09 GMT

Just 23k requests in first half of 2017, says Windows giant

Government requests for people's data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent.…

EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:13:06 GMT

Comparison shopping websites won't use Chocolate Factory fix

Calls are mounting for the European Commission to issue a non-compliance notice against Google over attempts to address complaints about its market dominance.…

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:44:04 GMT

And garners industry attention

Buoyed by the usual high quality feedback from readers, the office automated beer delivery service has taken a step towards reality with a suitable moniker.…

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:41:56 GMT

Bros gig, smellies, branded socks... Here are our tales. Tell us yours

Some tickets to a Bros reunion gig in return for a favourable article? £1,500 to do a straight rewrite of a press release? Or some "free" man perfume from Kaspersky called Eau d'Eugene. Just what would you accept as a gift bribe to do someone's corporate bidding?…

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:05:30 GMT

Grumble grumble where's me suet pudding in Bovril etc

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blank faces abound. No, not all are blank: some are horrified, revolted even. What did I say?…

Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:27:07 GMT

Secretive company talks up the need for open community

Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology.…

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:57:12 GMT

When the dotcom bubble burst, the surviving techies learned the true meaning of just-in-time training

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s Friday column in which readers share tales of tricky tech support tasks.…

ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:32:09 GMT

We’ve done everything you asked - even implemented SAP - pleads Chinese vendor

ZTE has hit back at the United States’ newly-imposed ban on American companies selling to the Chinese networking vendor.…

Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:02:07 GMT

Oh no, wait, that is the news. Except the cheap part

Pic Water that once flowed across the surface of Mars caused the formation of mud cracks that were spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover, scientists have confirmed.…

Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:08:11 GMT

And a plan to have users of Sun hardware upgrade if they want Solaris 11.4 and proper patches

Oracle will deliver “update releases” of Solaris every northern Summer, under a new plan it revealed this week along with news of the Solaris 11.4 beta and a hurry-along for users of old Sun hardware.…

Will Dell eat VMware? Or will Carl Icahn snack on Dell? And where does Uber fit in? Yes, Uber!

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:16:10 GMT

Let’s get up to date on the crazy world of reverse mergers

The “what will Dell do to/with/for/about VMware” rumour mill has started spinning again.…

Qual-gone: 1,200+ axed from Snapdragon, Centriq giant Qualcomm

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:25:56 GMT

Chip designer pushes hundreds out the door in cost-cutting drive

Qualcomm says it is planning to eliminate more than 1,200 positions in an attempt to cut overhead costs.…

Oracle whips out the swatter, squishes 254 security bugs in its gear

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:07:34 GMT

Java fixes lobbed out, Spectre Solaris patches issued

Oracle this week emitted its April security update, addressing a total of 254 security vulnerabilities across dozens of products.…

Google kills off domain fronting – and so secure comms just got tougher

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:01:04 GMT

Cloud tech tweaks end anti-censorship workaround

Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.…

Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:39:53 GMT

.UK registry not entirely sure what all the fuss is about

The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation.…

Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:01:08 GMT

Closer to human beings than previously thought, clearly

A new study reveals that male fruit flies enjoy the sensation of ejaculation, and are more likely to turn to alcohol when sexually frustrated. Sound familiar?…

Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:14:18 GMT

Social media giant continues its loving embrace of GDPR privacy rules

Facebook is quietly changing its terms of service to shift 1.5 billion users away from Europe to the US while continuing to claim it wants to offer greater privacy protections.…

Yahoo! webmail! hacker! faces! nearly! eight! years! in! the! cooler!

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:25:50 GMT

Prosecutors ask judge to give Baratov 94 months for stealing accounts on behalf of FSB

The Canadian hacker who helped Russian agents by breaking into more than 11,000 Yahoo email accounts could spend the next eight years behind bars, if American prosecutors get their way.…

Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:39:11 GMT

I'm fsck-ed off it took this long, rages affected Reg reader

Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event.…

Beware! Medical AI systems are easy targets for fraud and error

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:13 GMT

You can fake diagnoses with adversarial examples

Medical AI systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks and have been overlooked in security research, a new study suggests.…

BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:31:13 GMT

Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Auntie's Capita deals

Capita's fortunes of late may be in general decline but the UK's much loved IT outsourcing biz can always rely on the British Broadcasting Corporation – propped up by license fee payers – to dish out cheques.…

Millions of scraped public social net profiles left in open AWS S3 box

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:00:07 GMT

Poorly configured cloud buckets strike again – this time, Localbox fingered

US social network data aggregator LocalBlox has been caught leaving its AWS bucket of 48 million records – harvested in part from public Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles – available to be viewed by anyone who stopped by.…

Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:06:51 GMT

NASA: Been there, done that

While waiting for TESS to get off the launchpad on Monday, chief exec Elon Musk joked on Twitter about how SpaceX might set about recovering the second stage of the booster.…

Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:06:59 GMT

Court hears Catherine Lesjak recall vicious infighting over doomed $11bn buyout

Hewlett Packard's chief beancounter, Catherine Lesjak, was at "war" with former CEO Leo Apotheker, who tried to fire her immediately before he himself was defenestrated, a US court has heard.…

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:14:02 GMT

Consultation next month following plan to shift Brits over to VoIP

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.…

Evolving elephants: Hortonworks trumpets its '3.0 vision' of global data management

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:23:17 GMT

CTO Scott Gnau on open source, partnerships and simplifying Hadoop

Hortonworks – once known simply as a Hadoop-flinger – is these days pushing itself as a modern data architecture company.…

SpaceX finally Falcon flings NASA's TESS into orbit

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:48:13 GMT

Booster hurls probe, has nice sit-down on boat in the Atlantic

NASA’s TESS spacecraft is in orbit following a successful launch from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40.…

Pyro-brainiacs set new record with waste-heat-into-electricity study

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:37:09 GMT

Spark off questions from burny laptop, melty server and hot data centre havers

Californian scientists have come up with a way of converting waste heat from electronics back into electricity with improved efficiency, according to a study in Nature Materials.…

How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:11:13 GMT

High Court judge put boot into ad tech firm

Comment Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial.…

Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:39:50 GMT

'Shatterproof', Mod-tastic, speedier stock Android – there's lots to like

Released last autumn, and with this year’s range hoving into view, Motorola’s Z2 Force isn’t the newest kid on the block. But it still remains the only “shatterproof” phone on the market, and it has proved to be a great base from which to evaluate the latest Motorola Mods, which you’ll see in our forthcoming Mods roundup.…

Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops –

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:02:07 GMT

Home Office admits national and local databases don't talk to each other, so everything is manual

The UK government has admitted it can only delete custody images from its massive database through a complex manual process, and that it would cost too much to weed out all the images of innocent people by hand.…

Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:33:06 GMT

And Huawei's given carriers a 14G network (it does 2G to 5G and we did the sums)

Roundup Cisco leads the networking roundup this week, with news that there's one fewer way to avoid its WebEx brand: as part of a product reorganisation, what was Cisco Spark is to become WebEx Teams.…