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Kaspersky dragged into US govt's trashcan as weaponized blockchain agile devops mulled

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:25:07 GMT

Trump signs defense law with No Eugenes clause, plenty more cyber stuff

President Donald Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, which includes a ban on products from Kaspersky Lab running in US government agencies.…

NSW TAFE's IT FAIL was so bad, 100 staff were hired to clean up

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:11:49 GMT

And they cost $AU6m, on top of $89m for a replacement

New South Wales TAFE's failed IT project will be a millstone around the organisation's neck for years, the state's Auditor-General warned yesterday.…

What network neutrality madness has happened today? Take a big breath

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:37:28 GMT

And we'll explain: Epic trolling, online pressure, window-dressing, serious wonk writing

It may have escaped your notice but America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, will vote on Thursday on a provision that would effectively undermine net neutrality protections in the US. People are – and this may shock you – not happy about it.…

Argy-bargy Argies barge into Starbucks Wi-Fi with alt-coin discharges

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:34:51 GMT

Venti vanilla skinny latte with sprinkles of JavaScript and a side of Monero mining, please

Starbucks has joined the long growing list of organizations that have inadvertently and silently mined alt-coins on customers' computers for mystery miscreants.…

America's drone owner database is baaaack! Just in time for Xmas

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:45:52 GMT

President Trump due to sign into law regulations that overrule federal judge

Fellow Americans: if you receive a drone as a Christmas gift this year, you will probably have to register it with the US federal government.…

Xcellis: From 'gateway' for NAS dabblers to pusher of hardcore scale-out NAS boxen

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:43:08 GMT

Quantum claims to node its new stuff totally dunks on rival

Quantum has announced an Xcellis scale-out NAS system, claiming performance is three times better than the next-best competing NAS system.…

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:58:06 GMT

Scientists create self-applying membrane to protect cell

A new battery designed at the University of Waterloo in Ontario could triple the range of electric vehicles, a new paper has claimed.…

Hey, we've toned down the 'destroying society' shtick, Facebook insists

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:56:11 GMT

The Social Network rises to criticism from former exec

Facebook has taken the unusual step of responding to comments by former VP Chamath Palihapitiya that the social media giant was "destroying how society works".…

Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:32:10 GMT

Major tax overhaul to appease govs and regulators

Facebook has said it will no longer send advertising revenue through Ireland, and instead pay taxes in the countries where profits are earned.…

Fujitsu's server jujitsu: FPGA gives networking capacity fourfold boost

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:07:12 GMT

Chip-accelerated WAN could do wonders in the cloud

Fujitsu Labs has fitted a parallelising FPGA to a server and quadrupled effective 10Gbit/s networking capacity.…

Big biz: Algorithms are too complicated, but also too easy to game, to open the black box

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:42:13 GMT

What you really want is translucency

Large tech company reps quizzed over their use of algorithms have said they'd like to be transparent with users... just not too transparent.…

Brrr! It's a snow day and someone has pwned the chuffin' school heating

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:02:06 GMT

Building management systems easily hackable – researchers

Britain's freezing weather has reanimated the issue of insecure building control systems.…

Gemalto: Cheers for that 'unsolicited' €4.3bn bid, Atos. We'll think about it

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:09:10 GMT

We've long admired you from afar, croons French outsourcer

Tech consultant (and UK public sector buddy) Atos has offered to buy mobile chip-smith Gemalto for €4.3bn (£3.79bn) in a deal announced yesterday.…

Avere wheels out fitter, faster filer accelerator

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:08 GMT

Latest edge box pumps out more data with haste, claims vendor

NAS accelerator Avere has introduced a beefier box to top its edge filer range – the FXT 5850.…

Volvo puts Swedish families to work on driverless data-slurp trials

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:55:11 GMT

Playing catchup with Britain, or taking a slightly different tack?

Two Swedish families are to start data-gathering trials for Volvo’s driverless car project, revealing that the Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker is quite a long way behind British autonomous vehicle R&D.…

Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:26:10 GMT

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work we go

Manchester workmen were blamed for knocking out hosting business UKFast's data centre today, after it seems some hapless bod cut a cable with a pickaxe.…

Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:03:12 GMT

Who best to drain the swamp? Why, the biggest alligator

Comment The co-founder of the website that has propagated some of the internet's most enduring falsehoods on an industrial scale will address a Westminster conference about "fake news".…

Seagate: Happy Xmas, staff – thanks for everyth... um, you 500. Can we have a word?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:32:12 GMT

'Tis the season of glad tidings, goodwill – and job cuts

Seagate has said it will reduce its global headcount by 500 staffers, not long after its CEO praised all of its employees for continually going "above and beyond".…

Big tech wants the ICO on EU data protection board in Brexit fallout

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:03:07 GMT

Watchdog keeping voting rights 'huge gain' for marketing sector, say Facebook, Google et al

The advertising lobby and tech megacorps including Facebook and Twitter are pushing for the UK's data protection watchdog to have full voting rights on a new, powerful European board after Brexit.…

The eagle has been grounded: Dutch anti-drone squadron retired

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:31:10 GMT

Handling proves to be too talon order

The Dutch police's scheme to use eagles as drone-intercepting assistants has turned out to be as successful as the British skier who shares their name.…

Why bother cracking PCs? Spot o' malware on PLCs... Done. Industrial control network pwned

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:56:13 GMT

Jumping the air gap

Security researchers have demonstrated a new technique for hacking air-gapped industrial control system networks, and hope their work will encourage the development of more robust defences for SCADA-based systems.…

Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:32:14 GMT

Calls for safe spaces with comfy recliners to speed recovery

Moaning men complaining they have "man flu" – a much more serious and, if sufferers are to be believed, potentially deadly version of the common cold – may actually have a point.…

Developers, developers, developers: How 'serverless' crowd dropped ops like it's hot

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:07 GMT

What does it even mean ...and is it a good idea?

What is serverless? Sure, the name serverless sounds stupid, but serverless technologies like AWS Lambda are increasingly being used by developers looking to build applications quickly.…

Signing up for the RAF? Don't bother – you've been Capita'd

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:04:05 GMT

Nearly all Air Force recruiting grounded, online system blamed

Capita’s disastrous Recruiting Partnership Project with the UK Ministry of Defence is so bug ridden that the Royal Air Force stopped taking on new recruits except for those in “priority roles”.…

US authorities issue strongly worded warnings about crypto-investments

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:01:06 GMT

SEC says it's monitoring transactions like a hawk

The chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a strongly worded Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings that recommends extreme caution for anyone contemplating any kind of involvement in such investments.…

Juniper squeezes vulns that allow total p0wnage

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:03:13 GMT

NorthStar WAN SDN Controller has 28 nasties, half a dozen critical

Juniper admins using the company's NorthStar WAN SDN Controller Application, hop to it: the company's just dropped fixes to 28 security vulnerabilities.…

Boffins show off speedy quantum CNOT gate - in silicon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:05 GMT

This gives us building blocks for coupla-qubits quantum computers

German and American boffins have claimed a speed record for a quantum CNOT gate: 200 nanosecond operation, which would equate to 5 MHz clock speeds.…

Fruit of an acquisition: Apple AI software goes open

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Turi Create lands on GitHub

Apple's joined other juggernauts of the tech sector by releasing an open source AI framework.…

Juno's July fly-by gave NASA a close-up of the Great Red Spot

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:05:13 GMT

Heat-driven storm is hundreds of kilometres deep

video It's at least 150 years old, one-and-a-half Earths wide, reaches 300 km (around 200 miles) into Jupiter's atmosphere – and now, thanks to data from the Juno probe, NASA's offering the chance to take a virtual dive into the famous Great Red Spot.…

Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:02:10 GMT

Holy Moley! iOS and MacOS were wholly holey

Ian Beer of Google's Project Zero has followed up on a “coming soon” Twitter teaser with a jailbreakable iOS and Mac OS vulnerability.…

Archive of 1.4 BEEELLION credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:05:48 GMT

Find shows people still suck at passwords

A data dump containing over 1.4 billion email addresses, passwords, and other credentials, all in clear text, has been found online by security shop @4iQ.…

Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:03:14 GMT

Vid biz's admission shows that no data is private

A tweet sent in jest from Netflix's official Twitter account on Sunday evening has called the company's data practices into question.…

Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:08:43 GMT

POTUS also wants to Make Mars Great Again

President Trump has called on NASA to focus its attention on returning humans to the Moon and landing on Mars.…

Intel beefs up low-end line with Gemini Lake CPUs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:12:14 GMT

Pentium Silver, Celeron get gigabit WiFi update

Intel has released the successors to its low-power Pentium 'Silver' and Celeron lines.…

Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:55:44 GMT

Formal investigation launched. Not the first, won't be the last

Canada's privacy commissioner has launched a formal investigation into the massive data breach concealed by the ride-hailing app company Uber.…

Microsoft asks devs for quantum leap of faith

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:33:35 GMT

Try writing quantum code in Q#, because...uh, teleportation

Those without access to a quantum computer can console themselves with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, introduced as a preview release on Monday.…

Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:50:02 GMT

Porous space rocks just can't handle the pressure

Researchers have discovered why most meteorites disintegrate before they reach Earth - and it's all to do with atmospheric pressure.…

Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:28:26 GMT

Rep. Johnson shuns Kentucky sly clickin'

A state legislator in Kentucky, USA, wants to mandate porn filters on all PCs and mobile phones sold in the state.…

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:28:33 GMT

Technologists publish open letter warning about "imminent threat" to internet

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."…

New Ruski hacker clan exposed: They're called MoneyTaker, and they're gonna take your money

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:58:12 GMT

Subtly named group has gone largely unnoticed until now

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a gang of Russian-speaking cybercrooks, dubbed MoneyTaker.…

'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:31:12 GMT

UK Airprox Board say it was 'endangering other aircraft'

A "DJI Mavic type" drone was flown close to an airliner leaving London City Airport in September, a recently published UK Airprox Board report has revealed.…

UK lacks engineering and tech skillz to make government's industrial strategy work – report

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:58:06 GMT

Your lip service is all very well, but where are the people?

A lack of skills in the engineering and technical workforce could hold up the government's industrial strategy, according to a report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.…

Server winners and losers: HPE, Dell EMC still sitting pretty at the top, but uh-oh Lenovo

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:32:13 GMT

Beware the 'Others', who now make up 48% of shipments

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell EMC top the league tables for server revenue and sales in Q3, but face rapid growth from its global competition, according to a new Gartner report.…

Lifestyle pin-up site Pinterest: Hack attempts blamed on 'credential stuffing'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:04:05 GMT

You might just have to wing it with that potpourri recipe

There’s a chill going around cyberspace with an upsurge of people concerned that their Pinterest account has been hacked.…

European Parliament's ePrivacy rep bemoans members' slow progress

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:28:13 GMT

Birgit Sippel says 'Brexit ate my homework' isn't an excuse for delays

Interview European Union nations are holding up discussions on the hotly debated new ePrivacy law, risking unnecessary regulatory confusion, the MEP leading the wrangling through the European Parliament has said.…

Teen Pennsylvania HPC storage pusher Panasas: Small files, fat nodes, sharp blades

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:28:04 GMT

Not your average Silicon Valley startup kid

Analysis HPC storage array maker Panasas has been talking about the new architecture for its scale out, parallel filesystem array, involving separate and scale-out director nodes talking to scale-out storage nodes.…

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:24 GMT

Stalingrad's erstwhile twin will take the reins from Hull in 2021

Coventry – the city that was flattened by the Luftwaffe and later inspired The Specials' urban decay anthem "Ghost Town" – has been named the UK City of Culture 2021.…

IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:35:13 GMT

Almost 1,900 jobs 'at risk' in the UK

Updated Almost 1,900 front line services personnel at IBM UK are at risk of redundancy and more than 500 of those will leave the company as part of the latest cost purge, multiple insiders have told The Register.…

Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:09:07 GMT

And Hawk training aircraft as well. Just don't say 'despite Br-'

Qatar has agreed its long-awaited order for 24 British-built Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets and a billion pounds' worth of missiles assembled in the UK to go with them.…

Hackers' delight: Mobile bank app security flaw could have smacked millions

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:33:13 GMT

Certificate pinning unpicked

Security researchers from the University of Birmingham, UK, last week went public about security shortcomings in mobile banking apps that leave millions of users at a heightened risk of hacking.…