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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:44:17 GMT

PS, Alpine users, you need to get patching, too – for other reasons

Systemd, the Linux world's favorite init monolith, can be potentially crashed or hijacked by malicious DNS servers. Patches are available to address the security flaw, and should be installed ASAP if you're affected.…

Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:08:40 GMT

Toxic upstart accused of inaction amid assault claims

Uber is accused of ignoring warning signs about an attempted murderer who signed up as a driver and then allegedly attacked a passenger before raping another.…

America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:40:00 GMT

Peeps flying into US face 'enhanced screening'

Folks flying into America must endure extra security checks if they want to bring their laptops into airplane cabins. In a press conference on Wednesday, US Homeland Security boss John Kelly announced the introduction of:…

US trade watchdog boss goes all Kendrick Lamar on self-driving cars

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:19:07 GMT

Sit down Kitt, be humble

The head of US trade watchdog the FTC has pushed for companies to loosen their ties over self-driving cars.…

Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, maintains megahit masterplan

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:44:06 GMT

Senior execs hired and flagging retail business canned

Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron’s new CEO, is setting a whirlwind pace to make changes at the relatively staid old chipper.…

Kaspersky Lab US staff grilled by Feds in nighttime swoop

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:23:49 GMT

Also, update your Kaspersky Anti-Virus File Server – before you get hacked

Several employees of Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab got an unpleasant surprise on Tuesday night when FBI agents popped round to their residences for a chat.…

Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:59:13 GMT

TNT Express systems blown up by, er, yeah, you get the idea

FedEx has suspended trading of its shares on the New York stock exchange after admitting that its subsidiary TNT Express has been hit by "an information system virus."…

Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:37:40 GMT

It seems that everything's gone wrong since Canada came along

Canada's Supreme Court says America's Hat has authority over Google results worldwide – at least in cases when someone's copyright has been stomped on.…

Toshiba, Western Digital put away lawyers long enough to play 96-layer 3D NAND game of Jenga

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:10:17 GMT

Tosh talks 4-level cell tech, too

Just as we are getting used to 64‑layer 3D NAND chips, along come the warring flash joint-venture couple Toshiba and Western Digital. The pair say their JV has produced a 96‑layer prototype die, with Toshiba also introducing four-level cell tech.…

Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:59:28 GMT

Malicious chats mostly came from India, say police

Four Britons have been arrested on suspicion of helping organise fraudulent telephone support scam calls that caused “hundreds of millions of pounds” of losses worldwide.…

Rackspace shoves Splunk in its data trunk

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:06 GMT

Managed cloud biz’s next move? Machine learning, obviously

Managed cloud provider Rackspace has announced it is using Splunk to power its decision analytics engine - and plans to use the software provider’s machine learning tool next.…

Atlantis Computing in urgent refinancing talks

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:10:13 GMT

VDI and HCIA software supplier

Atlantis Computing is in middle of "delicate ongoing negotiations" seeking funding from investors.…

What is the enterprise cloud?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Integrated IT infrastructure is a good place to start

Sysadmin blog The private clouds are coming. A few of them are already in place, lurking in the shadows, but in 2017 the Infrastructure Endgame Machines (IEMs) land and everyone starts being able to buy cloud-in-a-can. With private clouds moving along the hype cycle towards Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions, the race to rebrand the concept for marketing purposes begins. Behold: the enterprise cloud!…

Toshiba sues WDC for a cool billion bucks

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:56:10 GMT

You could say the flash JV partners' relationship is at rock bottom

Toshiba is suing WDC in a Tokyo court for ¥120bn ($1bn, £830m), alleging unfair competition.…

123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:07:06 GMT

Catches up with https everywhere memo

UK-based hosting and domains provider firm 123-reg has fixed an issue that meant access to some customers' databases ran over an unsecured link, creating a privacy risk in the process.…

A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:30:08 GMT

Junior appointment more telling than non-expert status

Comment The appointment of UK digital minister Caroline Nokes yesterday was met with some sniggering when it was revealed she was formerly the chief executive of the National Pony Society.…

Intel launches 64-layer 3D flash client SSD

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:19 GMT

You can buy it at consumer electronics e-shop. We're not joking

Intel has hatched a new SSD, a 64-layer one, available in a lovely coincidence at etailer Newegg for $179.99.…

Speaking in Tech: Yes, they advised me to turn my phone off...

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:27:09 GMT

Podcast Airplane mode: Yes or no?

AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:16:14 GMT

Ultimate Britishness experience – wet, grey skies and a huge wait just to be disappointed

The AWS Summit in London has opened – and queues of several hundred people are already building around the venue as rumours of an IT failure on the ticket desks swirl.…

Dixons Carphone stirs PC Curry, reports 10% profit gravy

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:56:41 GMT

Record £500m full-year figure for borg

Dixons Carphone reported a bumper year, with profits up 10 per cent to £501m for its preliminary results 2016/17.…

Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:09:12 GMT

Never fear – they're moving to, er, Windows 8.1 instead

Thousands of Metropolitan Police computers are still running Windows XP more than a year after the force promised to upgrade them, mayor Sadiq Khan has admitted in response to a Greater London Assembly question.…

Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:11 GMT

Matching DNA and personality types

Ubuntu's Unity interface is gone, which means there's one less desktop to choose from in Linux-land. And while dozens remain to choose from, Unity was one of the most polished out there. Many will miss its detail and design.…

Facebook's whitebox-all-the-network-things TIP project flexes tentacles

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:01:33 GMT

Plus BT evaluates startups. Good luck, network kit giants

Comment Hard on the heels of Orange's Telecom Track, which will support network infrastructure startups in association with Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP), BT is evaluating startups for a similar scheme.…

Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:33:08 GMT

Sugar's 'Hint' scraping service populates sales profiles by scraping 70 data sources

Facebook's hit two billion users. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his creation on Wednesday to share the news.…

Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:03:05 GMT

Redmond owned it, Google invaded. Your options

Analysis Microsoft for decades not only defined personal productivity and team collaboration using Office, Outlook and Exchange – it kept the competition at arm’s length.…

VMware prepping NSX-as-a-service running from the public cloud

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:34:12 GMT

VMworld content catalog lists live AWS services, Cross Cloud and OpenStack 4.0

The content catalog for VMworld 2017 has appeared and as usual offers a few hints about announcements at the show and the company's future plans.…

'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:02:08 GMT

But the transport authority says that invalidates the card

Killjoys at the public transport authority in the Australian State of New South Wales are warning users of stored-value-for-public-transport "Opal Card" that turning them into implants invalidates the card.…

Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:27:04 GMT

'How would you rate your ride?'

A police officer in Fayette County, Georgia, has nabbed a murder suspect by appropriating the Lyft vehicle he figured the perp hoped to use as a getaway car.…

Amadeus airline booking system TITSUP and it's not ransomware

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:08:42 GMT

Australian airline QANTAS is partly offline, other carriers may be in trouble too

The Amadeus airline booking platform is suffering another outage, so far mostly seen in a follow-on TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) hitting Australian airline Qantas.…

Microsoft brings caregiver leave home to US, plans to finish global rollout soon

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:58:08 GMT

Four weeks, paid, to deal with family health crises

Microsoft has decided that family caregivers deserve support, so it's decided to take its paid leave program global.…

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:19:29 GMT

This isn't ransomware – it's merry chaos

Analysis It is now increasingly clear that the global outbreak of a file-scrambling software nasty targeting Microsoft Windows PCs was designed not to line the pockets of criminals, but spread merry mayhem.…

A good time Woz had by all: We peeked our head into Primary Data and this is what we saw

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:03:12 GMT

Upcoming early-access product details revealed

Analysis Picture this. A little press conference with Primary Data at its headquarters in Milpitas, California, right in the armpit of Silicon Valley. CEO Lance Smith is briskly burbling away about his company, but us hacks are somewhat distracted.…

Mozilla dev and Curl inventor Daniel Stenberg denied travel to USA

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:59:02 GMT

Settle down: This looks like a SNAFU, not Trump teasing techies

All Daniel Stenberg wanted to do was endure about fifteen hours of air travel from Sweden so he could spend a fun week talking code at Mozilla's all-hands meeting in San Francisco. But the Moz developer and maker of the Curl data transfer tool was denied boarding in Stockholm, en route to London and then The City By The Bay.…

Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:41:39 GMT

What could FE stand for? Fried Ears? Fearful Explosions? Flaming Emissions?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is about to make its comeback.…

Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:52:57 GMT

Never a M or L when you want one, right?

Astronomers looking for black holes have been baffled by the same question for decades: we've found large and small holes, but where are all the medium-sized black holes?…

Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:01:54 GMT

Hopping critters gave our sensors fits, says Volvo

Kangaroos continue to the bane of self-driving cars in Australia, as automakers say they still can't figure out how to accurately detect the presence of the pouched marsupials.…

Costly, under-featured MyGov is just fine, says Oz national auditor

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:50:01 GMT

Five year march to One Login To Rule Us All still not over

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has rubber-stamped the government's MyGov portal, in spite of cost-overruns and a lack of performance metrics.…

See you in 2023 – Bitcoin exchange bigwig gets 66 months in the slammer

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:54:36 GMT

Murgio gets off easy in money laundering case

A kingpin of the ill-fated Bitcoin exchange was today handed a 66-month prison sentence for conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering.…

Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:35:14 GMT

Tell it to the jury, judge rules

Qualcomm will have to face trial against America's trade watchdog over alleged price gouging on its chip designs.…

Big Blue lures big biz object storage teams with VersaStack, COS

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:53:16 GMT

IBM and Cisco gear? So you're saying two wrongs can make a right?

IBM has found a new route for its channel into enterprise data-intensive workloads, courtesy of its Cisco VersaStack deal.…

Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:25:09 GMT

Vid game biz failed to carry out pen-testing

A small UK company that suffered a cyber attack has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).…

50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:56:11 GMT

What's the future of cash?

Analysis Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Automated Teller Machine (ATM), the first of which was installed outside Barclays Bank, Enfield Town in north London.…

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:48:33 GMT

Petya or cattle?

Updated A huge ‪ransomware‬ outbreak has hit major banks, utilities and telcos in Ukraine as well as victims in other countries.…

The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:34:05 GMT

How much can you find down the back of your sofa?

Reg Standards Bureau In light of yesterday’s mega-bucks deal between the Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party, El Reg has added another unit of measurement to our Standards Bureau.…

Oh my Tosh: WDC submits fresh bid for Toshiba memory biz

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:24:09 GMT

Is this the beginning of the endgame?

WDC and KKR have submitted a fresh bid for beleaguered Toshiba's memory business, in competition with the preferred INCJ/Bain/SK Hynix bid.…

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:52:08 GMT

Spotted on carrier control room screens - reports

Updated The Royal Navy’s brand new £3.5bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently* running Windows XP in her flying control room, according to reports.…

Former GDS head Mike Bracken quits Co-op

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:25:10 GMT

He'd only wanted to work 3 days a week, apparently

Former head of the Government Digital Service Mike Bracken has quit his job as chief digital officer at Co-op to work on advising governments.…

Wanna write a Cloudflare app? No? Would $100m change your mind?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:14:04 GMT

Like Salesforce, but for sharing widgets

Internet traffic wrangler Cloudflare is opening up its massive global network to third-party developers.…

Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:10 GMT

EMETs? I've had a few

The next big update to Windows 10 Creators Edition is out in the Fall – and Redmond is hyping up its security chops.…

Make sure your Skype is up to date because FYI there's a nasty hole in it

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:26:06 GMT

Nothing to see here, says Microsoft, just more crappy code

Infosec researchers have discovered a nasty and exploitable security vulnerability in older versions of Skype on Windows.…