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Finance sector is littered with vulns, and guess what – most can be resolved by patching

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:55:05 GMT

But pen-testers have questioned the figures

Security vulnerabilities across the finance sector have increased more than fivefold (418 per cent) in the last four years, according to a study by NCC Group.…

Silicon brains ready to plug into London

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:22:10 GMT

It's getting mighty crowded at MCubed

Events In just over a fortnight we'll be gathering some of the brightest minds in AI, ML and data science together – so of course we'd really like to see you there.…

Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:48:07 GMT

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours

Microsoft has revealed the location of its flagship UK store – just up the road from Apple's flamboyant, tree-lined Regent Street shop.…

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:19:04 GMT

What a carve-up!

A kebab shop owner who had sliced off a chunk of his takings and hid it from the taxman has been sent down for 30 months.…

Ethereum-backed hackathon excavates more security holes

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:51:06 GMT

Smart contracts language easy to use and create exploits with

An Ethereum-backed contest has revealed a few new tricks for disguising malware as the harmless code the network uses to transfer and manipulate funds: digital smart contracts.…

How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:17:10 GMT

Inside ITP, Safari's third-party cookie zapper

Can the world's biggest tech company tame the Wild West of the digital ad industry as its data slurping becomes ever more intrusive? Since Facebook and Google are essentially colluding with behavioural data collection, and Microsoft has given up the fight for user privacy, few companies have Apple's means or incentive. But for Apple, privacy doesn't hit its bottom line, and might even increase it.…

Transport for London strips Uber of its taxi licence

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:41:39 GMT

That could mean 40,000 drivers out of work

Uber's application for a new licence in the capital has been rejected, in a shock move by Transport for London today which said the firm is not "fit and proper" to hold a licence.…

HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:14:12 GMT

All part of CEO Whitman's 'long-term ops and financial blueprint'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is about to release the trap door again with 5,000 employees, or almost 10 per cent of its workforce, expected to fall through it.…

The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:02:10 GMT

Two other big brands, Sky and BT, also in the naughty corner

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk has once again been named worst ISP in a biannual survey of providers by consumer charity Which?…

Database biz MongoDB files to go public, hopes to raise a cool $100m

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:32:12 GMT

Revenues are up, but NoSQL firm still burning through cash

Oracle-chaser MongoDB has filed to go public, with its accounts revealing it made a net loss of almost $90m in the year ended January 31, 2017.…

Mini-Heartbleed info leak bug strikes Apache, airborne malware, NSA algo U-turn, and more

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:01:10 GMT

The security week in review

Roundup As ever, it's been a doozy of a week for cybersecurity, or lack thereof. The Equifax saga just keeps giving, the SEC admitted it was thoroughly pwned, and Slack doesn't bother to sign its Linux versions. We do spoil you so, Reg readers. And that was only yesterday. Here's the rest of the week's shenanigans we didn't get round to.…

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's MY fault?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:03:25 GMT

Just install the trial software on 1,000 PCs and I'll be on my way

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "I'm sorry, who are you again?"…

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:28:08 GMT

In 2018 'MAREA' will move ads and Azure from USA to Spain at 160 terabits per second

Construction of Microsoft and Facebook's jointly-funded submarine cable has ended.…

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:01:06 GMT

Sysadmin hated making it look so easy, but didn't mind being a hero for saving a payroll run

On-Call Can you feel it? The weekend's just over the horizon, so it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' tales of literally incredible jobs that produced improbable feats of sysadminnery.…

Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:29:06 GMT

Company has trove of 2,000 patents and won't enforce any of them if you licence right

Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open-source software.…

First big Privacy Shield review has ended – and yep, it's great! Just don't ask about mass spying

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:03:07 GMT

Surprise – a thumbs up to private info flying over the Pond

The much-heralded first review of the EU‑US Privacy Shield Framework that governs the flow of personal information across the Atlantic has concluded – and would you believe it? Representatives of the EU and US think it's doing fine.…

Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:26:51 GMT

Backup appliance sales go off a cliff, traditional array vendors just aren't growing

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter.…

NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:02:04 GMT

Bio-boffins urge Red Planet life search to hunt for weird metal

Scientists hoping to discover evidence of life on Mars should search for vanadium, a metallic element, according to a paper published in Astrobiology this month.…

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 arrive, 364 days later than first planned

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:57:39 GMT

Now that all the unpleasantness is behind us, let us code

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 have arrived.…

Cisco puts UCS director on death row, to be replaced by cloudy 'Intersight'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:34:18 GMT

The Borg assimilates the infrastructure-as-code message

Cisco has announced that UCS Director will ascend into the cloud as part of a new infrastructure management service named “Intersight”.…

IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:34:13 GMT

He's now facing 10 years in prison for act of spite

An IT contractor is facing a possible decade behind bars in America for planting a ticking "destructive" time bomb in US military systems.…

Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:30:33 GMT

US watchdog raps breach-of-contract brats for retracted transacts

Defunct mobile app company Pact broke its pact with customers to pay them promised cash incentives, US trade watchdog the FTC said on Thursday.…

Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:14:18 GMT

DDoS blocker well on its way to nuking Blackbird Tech in patent showdown

Cloudflare says its efforts to wipe out a patent troll using prior art have already yielded more than a dozen examples.…

Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:59:12 GMT

With all their hockey hullabaloo, and that crazy payout too

A CA$5.7m IBM contract to update payroll systems for the Canadian government has turned into a CA$185m boondoggle for the Great White North. That's $4.62m and $150m in US currency, respectively.…

Facebook, Twitter sucked into US Senate's Russian meddling probe

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:44:13 GMT

Politicians want to know what happened with those fake accounts and advertising dollars

They may still view themselves as open purveyors of free speech, but increasingly social media giants are being pulled into the US Senate's investigation of Russian interference in the American presidential elections.…

Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:24:52 GMT

Image-recognition system posited as reporting tool

Mining social networks for every scrap of information about our online lives is now common practice for marketers, academics, government agencies, and so on.…

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:30:39 GMT

Kiss your Microsoft email goodbye, for now, if you update

Apple's latest version of iOS, namely version 11, may struggle or flat-out fail to connect to Microsoft Office and Exchange mailboxes. That's a rather annoying pain for anyone working in a typical Windows-based work environment.…

Hi Facebook, Google, we think we might tax your ads instead – lots of love, Europe x

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:14:12 GMT

Or maybe hold money from online transactions. Either way, we're getting our damn cash

More details have emerged on the various plans being considered by European governments to force internet giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon to pay more in taxes, including a levy on internet ads and even withholding money for online transactions.…

Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:44:26 GMT

Builds yanked offline for a week in bug riddle

Citrix has temporarily suspended its NetScaler downloads due to an unspecified, and possibly security-related, issue.…

Slain: Unions' US OPM mega-hack lawsuit against Uncle Sam

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:09:18 GMT

You have to get shafted before you can sue, says court

A lawsuit brought against the hacker-ransacked Office of Personnel Management on behalf of US federal employees has been killed.…

SEC 'fesses to security breach, says swiped info likely used for dodgy stock-market trading

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:34:10 GMT

EDGAR database a veritable goldmine of financial tips

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has admitted that hackers broke into its corporate filling system last year.…

Chatbots: A load of hype or fancy lifehack for the lazy IT person?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:06:52 GMT

Some of these buggers are adept at handling the mundane

It's the age of the chatbot. The chatbot revolution is coming. Unless it isn't.…

Data-wranglers Trifacta go public with Google Cloud collaboration

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:32:11 GMT

Pair takes aim at $20bn analytics market

California-based self-service data biz Trifacta has today launched its Google-friendly data preparation service into public beta.…

Android slingers tout mobes with customized baked-in big-biz configs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:01:05 GMT

Chocolate Factory pushing enterprises' corporate settings right out of the box

Google has said it will begin allowing its enterprise customers to purchase pre-configured Android smartphones and other devices that will ship with corporate policies and settings already in place.…

Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:31:07 GMT

Dictators' favourite spyware is working at the top, says report

A surveillance campaign utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the infamous spyware also known as FinSpy, has been tracked by security researchers.…

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:16:05 GMT

Intel and Microsoft have been working together to ease the pain

Sponsored Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates.…

Outgoing Cisco exec chair John Chambers joins Sprinklr board

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:59:12 GMT

There is life after the Borg... in social media management platforms apparently

Outgoing Cisco executive chairman John Chambers is to join the board of directors on social media management outfit Sprinklr, no doubt the first of many non-exec roles the former Switchzilla boss will hold.…

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:41:09 GMT

It's for the grater good

After Caerphilly considering its position, Quebec's French-language watchdog has decided it doesn't give edam about its linguistic ban on using "anglicisms" such as "grilled cheese", a move that has been welcomed as gouda news.…

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:15:13 GMT

Tim on the social media team will need a new job

You'd have thought that Equifax staff would be on their toes ever since the megahack that exposed the private data of over 143 million Americans but the corporation's social media certainly haven't got the message.…

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:53:09 GMT

You're an algorithms company, Larry!

Analysis Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it.…

Something good about Brexit? Errr, more teeth for Ofcom! – report

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:14:12 GMT

But elsewhere fear and uncertainty reigns. Ahhh!

Brexit could hand UK watchdog Ofcom more powers to intervene in the retail telecoms markets while simultaneously creating uncertainty over mobile roaming charges, according to a wide-ranging discussion paper.…

Baidu-backed fund has a BEEELLION quid for 100 self-driving projects

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:41:46 GMT

China's Google also updated its open-source autonomous vehicle software

A joint investment venture backed by China's Baidu is offering 10 billion yuan (£1.1bn) for 100 autonomous driving projects anywhere in the world.…

How's that 'turnaround' year going, Capita? ...Sheesh, sorry I asked

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:03:06 GMT

Things still gloomy after profit warning and restructure

At the halfway point of a turnaround year for listing tech outsourcing ship Capita, the vital statistics are still moving in the wrong direction with top and bottom line slipping and major contract challenges noted.…

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:32:12 GMT

Kludge takes shine off ever-improving Watch

Analysis Just as the Apple Watch was set to go mainstream, bugs and poor design choices have taken the shine off the latest version of the hardware.…

Register Lectures tackle war and power... in the digital world at least

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:57:06 GMT

Mists? Mellowness? Not at these talks...

Lectures If mists and mellow fruitfulness aren't your thing, celebrate Autumn by joining us for a pair of hard-hitting Register lectures which examine some of the pricklier issues dogging the digital world.…

Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:36:10 GMT

Twisting minds, smashing dreams

Puppet has rolled out the corporate playbook and turned puppet master for another automation company.…

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:56:08 GMT

Easyleads applies to be struck off after investigation

Blighty's Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd £260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.…

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:04:04 GMT

No digital signature on hipster collab app means it's easy to make dangerous fakes

Slack is distributing versions of its chatroom app for Linux machines that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.…

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:02:14 GMT

Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:27:14 GMT

Librem 5 will run only open-source code, PureOS and feature radio kill switch

The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software.…