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Nutanix launches VMware-to-Acropolis migration tool

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:02:13 GMT

Migrating VMs isn't a dark art and vSphere users are sticky, but Nutanix is having a crack

Nutanix has taken another shot at VMware, this time with a virtual machine migration tool that takes VMs from ESXi to its own Acropolis hypervisor.…

Apple slapped hard with $440m patent bill in VirnetX FaceTime spat

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:55:09 GMT

Cupertino iGiant vows to appeal after losing round in tedious infringement boxing match

An American patent-holding biz says it will bag a $440m windfall from Apple in a long-running infringement case that seems unlikely to end any time soon.…

Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:27:10 GMT

Sure, now they care about protecting email

Yahoo! may be compelled to hand over the contents of a dead man's email account to his surviving family, Massachusetts's top court has ruled.…

Review pins blame for Medicare ID breach on you. All of you

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:08:48 GMT

Gov wants us to protect Medicare numbers. In return it will protect something

Comment The Australian government's review of an incident that saw health care customer numbers offered for sale on a Tor “darknet” site has recommended retaining the numbers as acceptable proof of identity.…

Deloitte to wind up Plutus Payroll, promises contact with contractors 'within 20 biz days'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:57:56 GMT

Supreme Court says fallen payroll outfit owes AU$139m to Commonwealth

The Supreme Court of the Australian State of New South Wales has appointed liquidators to Plutus Payroll, the payroll services provider that lured thousands of IT contractors with a free service but has since been alleged to be a tax-skimming scam.…

Never mind the WPA2 drama... Details emerge of TPM key cockup that hits tonnes of devices

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:14:14 GMT

About a third of all crypto modules globally generate weak, crackable RSA pairs

RSA keys produced by smartcards, security tokens, laptops, and other devices using cryptography chips made by Infineon Technologies are weak and crackable – and should be regenerated with stronger algorithms.…

Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:00:43 GMT

LIGO boffins pinpoint space prang 130m light years away

Barely two years after it came online, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has scored a double success. Last week, the instrument earned its creators a Nobel Prize – and this week we're told it helped spot the first neutron star collision from both its gravitational wave and radiation emissions.…

Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:09:26 GMT

ESET scanning engine now built in – plus other defenses

In its ongoing effort to improve browser security, school Microsoft on security, and retain its search audience, Google is today rolling out several Chrome for Windows fortifications.…

Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:31:25 GMT

So much for only one Super Cali headline per month

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a state bill that would have allowed telcos to put up loads of small-cell antennas, and thus boost phone coverage, against city officials' wishes.…

Here's a timeless headline: Adobe rushes out emergency Flash fix after hacker exploits bug

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:39:09 GMT

So much for that security-patch-free October

Adobe today issued an emergency security patch for Flash, which squashes a bug being used in the wild right now by hackers to infect Windows PCs with spyware.…

Ernst & Young slapped with £1.8 MEEEELLION fine for crap accounting

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:41:13 GMT

Watchdog takes bean-counter to task over Tech Data audit

Ernst & Young is nursing a £1.8m fine from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) after admitting to "misconduct" when auditing 2012 P&L accounts for distributor Tech Data that were later found to contain material mistakes.…

Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:07:10 GMT

Microsoft's Irish data centre spat asks: How far should an American warrant go?

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over whether Microsoft should release personal emails stored in Ireland to America's federal government.…

Toshiba raises dread spectre of working with SK Hynix on flash fab

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:32:12 GMT

Hooo boy, WDC. You've really done it now

Toshiba could partner with SK Hynix on flash foundry operations, implying the WDC joint venture could have a finite shelf life.…

Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on email accounts

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:06:08 GMT

Russia, you're off the hook

Iran has been blamed for the brute-force attack on UK Parliament earlier this year.…

Ethereum blockchain is sailing to Byzantium – hard fork up and running

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:37:05 GMT

Promises clearer user interaction and extra privacy

The latest upgrade to the popular Ethereum blockchain protocol – Byzantium –went live today, adding additional privacy and performance features.…

Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:08:07 GMT

Pervasive data-gathering needs urgent action – report

Mass commercial data gathering and opaque decision-making processes have a “massive potential” to damage personal autonomy and dignity, a report has said.…

Keep your voice down in the data centre, the HDDs have ears! I SAID, KEEP...

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:33:12 GMT

The world's worst microphone uses spinning platters

It must be one of the worst ways to build a microphone imaginable, tapping into a disk drive's nanosecond head stops as it waits for the vibrations caused by sound to cease, but it has been done.…

Customers cheesed off after card details nicked in Pizza Hut data breach

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:03:14 GMT

Victims reporting fraudulent transactions

Miscreants have made off with payment card details of "a small number of clients" following a data breach at Pizza Hut.…

Boffins suggest UK needs an 'AI council' but regulation is for squares

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:28:43 GMT

Industry-focused review instead recommends 'data trusts' to establish framework for the tech

Boffins have recommended the British government establishes a council to oversee and coordinate artificial intelligence across the private and public sectors.…

Huawei dunks server triplets in Skylake for a v5 refresh

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:58:09 GMT

Fifth version server threesome pops up

Huawei has refreshed three third generation modular rack server products from older Xeons to Skylake processors with a v5 refresh giving them updated networking and storage options.…

Remember how you said it was cool if your mobe network sold your name, number and location?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:49:06 GMT

No? Well, never mind, because it's for your own protection

US mobile phone companies appear to be selling their customers' private data – including their full name, phone number, contract details, home zip code and current location to third parties – all in the name of security.…

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:36:10 GMT

Key handshake shakedown

Users are urged to continue using WPA2 pending the availability of a fix, experts have said, as a security researcher went public with more information about a serious flaw in the security protocol.…

Xperia XZ1: Sony spies with its MotionEye something beginning...

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:42:12 GMT

with ... oh, another very good iPhone, Pixel, S8 undercutter

Review You know where you are with a Sony - this year’s are much like last year’s. And the year before that.… Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:28:10 GMT

If we start now, we might be better at it than Albania

The British government is looking for places to chuck £25m it has set aside for 5G trials.…

SendGrid services are DOWN and OUT of action

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:26:10 GMT

Tried logging in or signing up? Big bag of fail? Thought so

Anyone wanting to log in or sign up to cloud-based email marketing service SendGrid is out of luck as an unspecificed glitch has taken its services offline.…

Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:44:04 GMT

Or was it David Green or Sebastian Fox?

Interview Grant Shapps seems far from crestfallen after his disastrous attempt to lead a coup against UK Prime Minister Theresa May.…

With microservices Java can at last join us in our cloudy, DevOpsy world

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:03:11 GMT

It's how apps are designed, not the tools used to write them

Microservices aren't a new concept to Java – their forerunner was Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), which could be constructed, among other means, with the assistance of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs).…

Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:31:08 GMT

Reddit AMA says Raptor rocket will be safer and more reliable than commercial aircraft

SpaceX, Tesla and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk has suggested Bob the Builder and Harry Potter will help his space exploration efforts.…

Linus Torvalds lauds fuzzing for improving Linux security

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:03:12 GMT

But he's not at all keen on Santa Claus or fairies

Linus Torvalds release notification for Linux 4.14's fifth release candidate contains an interesting aside: the Linux Lord says fuzzing is making a big difference to the open source operating system.…

Storms decimated 2017 Solar Challenge field

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:11 GMT

Nuon Solar wins third race straight, out of 12 finishers

The Reg didn't physically follow this year's Solar Challenge, the biennial solar car race across Australia's dead, red heart. But we did follow this year's event, in which unfavourable weather meant this year's field didn't even get the chance to set speed records.…

Assange thanks USA for forcing him to invest in booming Bitcoin

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:59:20 GMT

Banking blockade has actually enriched WikiLeaks

Endurance couch-surfer and WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange has thanked US authorities for the banking blockade that made it hard to donate fiat currencies to his organisation, because it inadvertently enriched the organisation.…

'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:55:08 GMT

ONE, TWO, THREE, what are we incrementing FOUR? (Don't ask, we don't give a damn)

A Dutch electronics engineer reckons Japanese auto-maker Subaru isn't acting on a key-fob cloning vulnerability he discovered.…

'Cyber kangaroo' ratings for IoT security? Jump to it, says Australia's cyber security minister

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:02:04 GMT

Proposed labelling scheme will try to match similar efforts in UK, USA

Australia's government hopes that somewhere in the world, a vendor of consumer-grade connected electronics is willing to admit it's rubbish at security by giving itself a low score in a proposed safety rating system.…

WPA2 security in trouble as KRACK Belgian boffins tease key reinstallation bug

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:58:11 GMT

Strap yourselves in readers, Wi-Fi may be cooked

Updated A promo for the upcoming Association for Computing Machinery security conference has set infosec types all a-Twitter over the apparent cryptographic death of the WPA2 authentication scheme widely used to secure Wi-Fi connections.…

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:03:42 GMT

Everyone safe, except drone pilot who ignored local rules

Canada's transport minster has told drone operators to stay away from airports after a remotely piloted craft bonked a passenger plane during its final approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City.…

Twitter to be 'aggressive' enforcer of new, stronger rules

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:10:19 GMT

Grab some popcorn as we wait to see if @realdonaldtrump passes test of no hate symbols and glorifying violence

Twitter has reacted to last week's criticism arising from its suspension of actor actress Rose McGowan's account, after she strongly criticised alleged sex fiend Harvey Weinstein – by announcing it will soon implement and aggressively police new community standards.…

Sounds painful: Audio code bug lets users, apps get root on Linux

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:39:07 GMT

Cisco discusses Advanced Linux Sound Architecture mess before formal CVE release

An advisory from Cisco issued last Friday, October 13th gave us the heads-up on a local privilege escalation vulnerability in the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA).…

An oil industry hacker facing jail, a $20m damages bill, and claims of counter-hacking

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:30:09 GMT

Inside the bizarre ongoing Rigzone saga

Analysis David Kent, of Spring, Texas, USA, was sentenced to prison earlier this month for hacking, a oil and gas industry website he founded and sold to employment data biz DHI Group, in an effort to build a second site,, into an acquisition target.…

Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:48:05 GMT

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Euros angry over privacy policy

Yet another European nation is turning up the heat on Microsoft for extracting heaps and heaps of telemetry and other intelligence from Windows 10 PCs.…

Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:38:10 GMT

Dev finds fun bug in tricky but powerful source control tool

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command.…

US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:36:31 GMT

Can you say 'collateral damage'?

Two members of the US House of Representatives today introduced a law bill that would allow hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them.…

FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:56:13 GMT

Americans will not only foot bill for implementation but will also need to buy another telly

Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at America's broadcast watchdog the FCC, has criticized a proposed set of TV standards as a "household tax," due to its lack of backwards compatibility.…

IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:30:38 GMT

Experts find maritime computer defenses lacking

If there's anything worse than container security, it would appear to be container ship security.…

Facebook, Twitter slammed for deleting evidence of Russia's US election mischief

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:02:02 GMT

They have an honest explanation, of course

Facebook and Twitter have come under attack for deleting tens of thousands of posts that may provide vital clues to how and to what extent the Russian government was able to able to influence the US presidential elections.…

Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:38:03 GMT

Mysterious malicious code silently chews up CPU cycles to craft cash on visitors' dime

Updated Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website devoted to checking the factual accuracy of US politicians' words, appears to have been hacked so that it secretly mines cryptocurrency in visitors' browsers.…

GarageBanned: Apple's music app silenced in iOS 11 iCloud blunder

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:17:42 GMT

Cupertino iGiant scrambles to fix crash bug

Apple is working on a fix for a bug in iOS 11 that prevents some peeps from running GarageBand.…

Quantum's rook-ey move, software pawns and is cheque in mail for tape?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:04:07 GMT

Plus resistive RAM news – it's a week in storage chess

Storage roundup At the end of this week we can lift the lid just a little on Quantum's mystery Castle storage project, say that the latest 12TB LTO tape format is coming nearer and add a few tidbits about GPDR, NAS in the cloud and Tintri array automation.…

Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:02:09 GMT

Thou shalt not fly within 150m of people or built-up areas

A drone photographer who took pictures of the Tornado steam engine has been given a community punishment by Essex Police in the UK – after Network Rail complained his craft was being flown too close to a railway line.…

Bloodied and broken AFA pioneer Violin picks itself up and tries again

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:12:07 GMT

Back in the ring... so what are its chances?

Analysis Violin Systems, the renamed Violin Memory, is like a boxer who could have been a contender and is now chasing redemption, getting up off the floor after what should have been a knockout blow.…

Android ransomware DoubleLocker encrypts data and changes PINs

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:51:08 GMT

Nasty activated by home button unless device gets factory reset

Crooks have come up with a strain of Android ransomware that both encrypts user data and locks victims out of compromised devices by changing PINs.…