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EU security think tank ENISA looks for IoT security, can't find any

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:02:07 GMT

Proposes baseline security spec, plus stickers to prove thing-makers have complied

European network and infosec agency ENISA has taken a look at Internet of Things security, and doesn't much like what it sees.…

Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:37:05 GMT

Cron job aborted after crims scoop ₽50m and share it to 6,000 bank accounts

The Russian Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 20 people following raids related to a malware campaign dubbed “Cron” emptying victims' bank accounts.…

'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:15:12 GMT

Is it comets? Or aliens? Astronomers want your help to figure out this cosmic riddle

Astronomers worldwide are scrambling a worldwide effort to capture as many images of the famous “Tabby's Star” (also known as Boyajian's Star), which has abruptly entered a dimming phase.…

PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:25:31 GMT

PayPal says Pandora can't make cash without cashing in on its fame

LOGOWATCH LEGAL PayPal has filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora, alleging that the latter's stylised single “P” logo is so similar to the payment company's “PP” logo that it's designed to get punters confusing the two.…

Amazon Drive bans rclone storage client

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:38:33 GMT

Presence of encrypted keys in source code runs afoul of rules

Last week, Amazon Web Services banned rclone, an open source cloud storage client application, from accessing Amazon Drive, inconveniencing hundreds or possibly thousands of people using the software.…

Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:12:27 GMT

Bezos fumes as US bureaucracy holds his drone fleet back, China's largest online retailer, has announced it is beginning trials of a new delivery drone capable of carrying a ton of cargo to rural Chinese customers.…

Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:35:33 GMT

Define irony: For-profit school wants unpaid bill forgiven

The estate of bankrupt US trade school ITT Technical Institutes is today asking a court to stop Microsoft from erasing its cloud data.…

House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:47:22 GMT

US lawmakers try to clear up FTC control over data collection

The US Representatives who just weeks ago repealed privacy rules for ISPs now want to enact a new set of restrictions.…

Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:36:03 GMT

But boffins say better tools are needed to nab scofflaws

Researchers analyzing the emissions defeat devices found in automobiles made by the Volkswagen Group and Chrysler Fiat Automobiles have developed a way to test software for misbehavior, but they caution that lack of visibility into programming code could pose a challenge for regulators.…

Google leak-hunting team put under unwelcome spotlight

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:53:21 GMT

Lawsuit reveals ominous warnings from former government special agent

"If you're considering sharing confidential information to a reporter – or to anyone externally – for the love of all that's Googley, please reconsider! Not only could it cost you your job, but it also betrays the values that makes us a community."…

Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:59:23 GMT

'Orphan memory' could unlock more secrets hidden in our universe

A team of physicists has proposed a new idea about gravitational waves that will allow other researchers to find more exotic objects in space.…

New York Attorney General settles with Bluetooth lock maker over insecurity claims

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:19:06 GMT

One down, at least seven more to go

Computer-controlled locks are some of the more popular Internet of Things devices making it into the home, and in the first settlement of its kind, the New York Attorney General has reached an agreement with a manufacturer to make them more secure against hackers.…

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:09:48 GMT

Things are about to get very quiet in Eastern Texas

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could block patent-holding firms from seeking out friendly courts to hear their infringement claims.…

Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:33:59 GMT

Justice coming for Prenda Law

Notorious copyright troll and scammer John Steele of Prenda Law has been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court.…

SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:49:34 GMT

Updated IDC SSD forecast sees 44 per cent capacity CAGR 2016-2021

The general solid state drive price premium over disk should decline from 6.6x now to 2.2x in 2021, according to new IDC numbers.…

Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:03:10 GMT

He just smiled and gave me... er, a copy of the Ts and Cs

Vegemite is trying to hijack Australian airline Qantas's public competition to name its new airliners.…

IBM man goes deep on why they're all shiny OpenCAPI people

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:24:12 GMT

More details emerge at HPC powwow in Switzerland

HPC Blog IBM gave the audience a deeper dive into the OpenCAPI initiative and hardware at the recently concluded HPC Advisory Council annual meeting in Lugano, Switzerland.…

7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:01:13 GMT

Why can't you be like a cheerful HHGTTG dolphin overlord?

Miscreants have created a strain of malware that targets the same vulnerability as the infamous WannaCrypt worm.…

Pioneer Kodi plug-in unplugs

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:32:23 GMT

Too risky, too spammy, too smutty, say devs

Developers of the popular Kodi plug-in Navi-X have pulled the plug on further development, citing the "current legal climate" around its work.…

Quick, better lock down that CISO role. Salaries have apparently hit €1m

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:02:56 GMT

Thanks WannaCrypt... Hey, about our new security budget. Oh, you've cut it

Salaries for chief information security officers (CISOs) at leading European firms have hit €1m (£850,000) as the threat of data breaches grows, City AM reports.…

Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:07 GMT

Share price slump sees a certain door opening early

Ford has reportedly invited its CEO to leave following a slump in share prices which some media reports pin on the US auto maker’s shift from focusing on cars to tech.…

Uncle Sam drags feet on govt data center cull

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:03:15 GMT

Not enough agencies tightening their belts, say auditors

US government agencies are falling behind on their plans to consolidate data center facilities to cut IT costs.…

SoftBank-Saudi fund raises world's biggest tech pot at $93bn

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:29:13 GMT

AI, robotics fund definitely won't trigger the singularity *twitch*

The world's biggest tech fund backed by Japan's SoftBank Group has raised $93bn (£71bn) which it intends to plough into AI and robotics.…

O2 will be carrying out UK IoT connectivity trials later this year

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:56:05 GMT

Internet of Things arrives at British telco

Exclusive British telco O2 is the first to publicly confirm that it will be trialling 3GPP-compliant Internet of Things connectivity tech in the UK later this year.…

Ding-ding-ding. Round 2 of Toshiba Memory biz bid fight. Where the heck is WDC?

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:30:03 GMT

4 fighters in the ring... but Western Dig could still jump in

+Comment There are four bidders for Toshiba’s Memory Business and WDC isn’t one of them.…

No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:54:08 GMT

What's allowed and what isn't

A large quantity of Facebook's advice for its English-language content moderators* has been obtained and published by The Guardian newspaper, giving insight into how it handles material on the site.…

Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:33:52 GMT

How we will save the NHS from cyber-ransom

¡Bong! Even over Skype, the weeping of the National Health Service's Chief Transformation Officer could be heard even over the sound of the breaking waves here on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.…

Rubrik CEO: It's a passion project, not a hobby and not a 'job'

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:02:07 GMT

Bipul Sinha and the Indian ex-pat tech CEO's club

Profile How did Bipul Sinha, a man with neither entrepreneurial nor operation executive-level tech business experience, become the CEO of a startup?…

GitHub throws open doors on 'app' souk

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:30:14 GMT

Online store will try to make developer tools work better for businesses

Social code repository GitHub is making it easier for developers to fetch data and spend money.…

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:06:24 GMT

And it's under £500...

Review Towards the end of his long career as an expert summariser on Test Match Special, Fred Trueman would declare: "I just don't know what's going on out there," and light his pipe.…

Parallel programming masterclass with compsci maven online

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:26:12 GMT

Dr Panda's recent Swiss presentation free to view

HPC Blog Dr DK Panda is a world-recognised expert on parallel programming and networking. He's a Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University and his research group has developed the MVAPICH2 (high performance MPI and MIP+PGAS) libraries for InfiniBand, iWARP, and RoCE with support for GPUs, Xeon Phi, and virtualization.…

The eternal battle for OpenStack's soul will conclude in three years. Again

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:08:18 GMT

Beyond cars, toasters and American Gods

Comment After six years as a formal project, OpenStack has survived numerous raids and famines and now finds itself in a not-too-weird space of being boring, on-premises infrastructure. That is, “boring” in the good way of focusing on what users want and fixing existing problems, only chasing shiny objects – cough, PaaS, cough, containers, cough, orchestration – as much as needed.…

Constellations and MIMO to take fibre to a future beyond the terabit

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:31:12 GMT

Nokia Bell Labs' Dr Laurent Schmalen explains how networks can find a new gear

Interview A technology that first hit the mass market in 1990s-era modems running over voice networks will soon be boosting submarine fibre speeds around the world.…

Cloud giants 'ran out' of fast GPUs for AI boffins

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:57:08 GMT

Capacity droughts hit just before conference paper deadlines, say researchers

Top cloud providers struggled to provide enough GPUs on-demand last week, AI experts complained to The Register.…

Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:46:51 GMT

Airport chaos as check-in counters revert to archaic manual processes

Updated International airline passengers in Australia, New Zealand and other nations have been told that problems processing passports at airports today were caused by a telecoms failure in the United Kingdom.…

Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:28:10 GMT

DoJ isn't naming names but this was probably an attempt to lift IBM's GPFS

A Chinese national accused of stealing source code to a clustered file system and other intellectual property from an officially-unnamed American company has entered a guilty plea.…

NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:02:12 GMT

All hail Peggy Whitson, hands-on sysadmin – IN SPAAACE

An external comms box on the International Space Station has failed, leading NASA to schedule its first unscheduled spacewalk since 2015.…

Public Cloud makes it to Africa for the first time

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:36:22 GMT

Microsoft plants a flag before Google, AWS and IBM

Microsoft has announced that it will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from data centres in the South African cities Cape Town and Johannesburg next year.…

[NSFW] Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:02:04 GMT

Some like it bot... but Jilly Cooper, this machine-learning software is not

NSFW Forget about intelligent machines solving grand problems in healthcare and science – here’s an AI that can write awful gay porn.…

Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:58:13 GMT

Firefox 55 to get all up in your face if a web page needs Adobe's hell-spawn

Developers of the Mozilla's Firefox Web Browser have indicated that version 55, due in August 2017, will be openly hostile to Adobe's Flash plugin.…

Japan (lightly) regulates high-frequency algorithmic trading

Mon, 22 May 2017 01:58:09 GMT

It's more than half of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but just who's doing what is hard to say

Japan has decided it's high time it got a grip on just who is conducting high-frequency algorithmic trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.…

Google cloud glitch hits at Beer O'Clock Friday, fix coming Monday

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:58:12 GMT

Cloud SQL backups being 'forced' instead of automated for 60 hours or more

POLL Google's got a problem with its Cloud SQL service – about seven per cent of instances using the service's first-generation code aren't backing up properly.…

Yahoo! retires! bleeding! ImageMagick! to! kill! 0-day! vulnerability!

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:58:43 GMT

Purple Palace pays researcher US$778 bounty per byte

How would you like US$778 per byte for your exploit?…

Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:43:16 GMT

Yeah, that'll be secure for sure

Netgear NightHawk R7000 users who ran last week's firmware upgrade need to check their settings, because the company added a remote data collection feature to the units.…

Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

Sun, 21 May 2017 02:27:12 GMT

We can't make this stuff up: Triple Crown race 'Preakness Stakes' goes to cloudy outsider

A horse called 'Cloud Computing' has just beaten rival 'Classic Empire' to the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the three races comprising the "Triple Crown"…

Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

Sat, 20 May 2017 03:37:49 GMT

How it first spread, Win XP wasn't actually hit, and more

Vid It has been a week since the Wannacry ransomware burst onto the world's computers – and security researchers think they have figured out how it all started.…

LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:38:34 GMT

Just keep putting those eggs in the one basket, friends

Password manager LastPass has added a new feature to its software: the ability to store two-factor authentication codes. This is great news. For hackers.…

Cook fights for life after Google summit blaze

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:02:09 GMT

Don't worry, no programmers were harmed, says web ads giant

Google I/O A kitchen worker remains in critical condition after suffering life-threatening injuries from a blaze at the annual Google I/O developer conference on Thursday.…

Wow, someone managed to make money on Fitbit stock – oh, 'fraudulently'

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:29:37 GMT

Bloke accused of setting up bogus share-trading biz in pump-and-dump scam

While Fitbit investors may be weeping over the wearable upstart's slumped share price, at least one person made out like a bandit on the stock, allegedly.…

Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:41:02 GMT

The judge told us to tell you to cough up or ship out

Analysis The lead Uber engineer at the heart of self-driving tech theft accusations made by Waymo against Uber has been told by his bosses to start talking or pick up his pink slips.…