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Dynamics 365 sandbox leaked TLS certificates

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:31:05 GMT

Hey Microsoft, is this your private key?

Another day, another credential found wandering without a leash: Microsoft accidentally left a Dynamics 365 TLS certificate and private key where they could leak, and according to the discoverer, took 100 days to fix the bungle.…

Brandis' infrastructure security bill off to committee

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:56:07 GMT

Report fast-tracked to Q1 2018

Australia's attorney-general George Brandis won't get his critical infrastructure register kicked off this year: the legislation was introduced late last week, but immediately sent off to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.…

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:49:02 GMT

They earned how much?! For doing what?!

It's a reality of life that some people have a lot of money and some very little.…

FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:46:40 GMT

Eager to cut ISP regulation, the agency shows concern for privacy of comment forgers

After supposedly reversing course to assist New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investigation into fake comments submitted during the net neutrality comment process, the Federal Communications Commission has doubled back on itself.…

SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:02:32 GMT

Launch delayed until Tuesday

In a first for the company, SpaceX is planning to launch a supply mission to the International Space Station using both a pre-flown first stage rocket and a Dragon capsule that has already been in orbit.…

Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:00:30 GMT

Drone to tell drones not to drone on with their droning

A Japanese company is using a quadcopter drone to help its employees know when to pack it in for the day.…

Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:06:04 GMT

Janus bug leaves APKs vulnerable to poisoning

Researchers say a recently-patched vulnerability in Android could leave users vulnerable to attack from signed apps.…

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:37:03 GMT

But it's not yet ready to rethink its professional licensing rules

Mats Järlström, a Swedish electronics engineer living in Oregon, who was fined last year for referring to himself as an engineer and doing math without a license has tentatively won the right to use the term in communications with the state.…

US Section 702 spying rules get deadline extension until April

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:25:51 GMT

And yet again black has become white, and left, right

Proving that nothing is what it seems when it comes to mass surveillance, the hard deadline of December 31 for the controversial section 702 spying program has been moved overnight to April 26.…

Lenovo in expansive mood on ThinkPad’s 25th birthday

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:50:07 GMT

Winning bids mean prizes

Promo Commercial IT vendor Lenovo is celebrating the 25th birthday of its ThinkPad brand with some alluring offers for IT resellers.…

Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:31:07 GMT

Opening salvos

Oracle's long-running legal battle to get what it believes is it's fair share from Google's Android reopened this week – the second time an Appeals Court on Federal Circuit has examined the issue. The first hour overran with a bumpy ride for Google.…

Oracle's Safra Catz joins Mickey Mouse board

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:59:10 GMT

It's a small world after all

Animation goliath Disney has added Oracle's co-CEO Safra Catz to its growing list of senior tech exec board members.…'s plans for data processing framework create new risks, says watchdog

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:29:11 GMT

Peers table amendment to switch responsibility for drafting guidance from state to ICO

A set of clauses the government slipped into the Data Protection Bill "go beyond" their stated ambition and "create different risks", the information commissioner has said.…

If you're bored of the WDC-Toshiba flash fab saga, reports suggest it may be over soon

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:58:11 GMT

Tight lips at both firms but whispers suggest a brewing bromance

+Comment Suppressed hints and whispers suggest that Toshiba and WDC are finally about to agree a deal ending their dispute over Toshiba's right to sell its flash fab joint-venture stake and the way it's being done.…

EU toys with Pandora's Box if it reopens e-commerce directive

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:25:10 GMT

Mother of all bunfights beckons

Exclusive European policy makers are considering the unthinkable and reopening the EU's e-commerce directive, according to multiple sources. UK industries have been invited to contribute their thoughts, on the basis that the directive will be amended in the lifetime of this Parliament.…

AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:06:55 GMT

There's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking – yep, it's AI

An AI researcher has taken time out of his busy schedule to appear in an ad for Yves Saint Laurent's scent for men called Y.… law resources now untrustworthy, according to browsers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:25:06 GMT website SSL certificate expires

The SSL certificate on the criminal justice and court listing site expired yesterday, causing browsers to now warn users that their information is at risk.…

New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:58:11 GMT

Sandhurst personnel short of vital info on officer trainees who start in January

Updated Capita's infamous Recruitment Partnership Project (RPP) for the Ministry of Defence has finally gone live, five years after the first deal was signed – and, surprise, surprise, it is riddled with bugs and missing critical functionality.…

Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:42:13 GMT

IS Delivery gets the memo now too, 1,000+ heads at risk – sources

It wasn't only staff in IBM's Technical Services Support (TSS) unit that this week received the memo urging volunteers to come forward to toss themselves on the redundancy heap, folk in IS Delivery (ISD) got it too.…

Next-gen telco protocol Diameter has last-gen security – researchers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:10:08 GMT

Infosec boffins raise flags

Some of the well-known weaknesses of SS7 Roaming Networks have been replicated in the next-gen telco protocol, Diameter.…

It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:39:41 GMT

You can't buy or hire a mindset

To everyone with DevOps in their job title (and a quick LinkedIn search turned up 45,597 of you just in my network): folks, you're doing it wrong.…

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:05:10 GMT

Suffering residents have an 8-hour wait for 45 minutes of telly

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly.…

Rogue PIs found guilty of illegally snagging personal financial info

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:38:09 GMT

Passed data to loss adjusters, who shared it with insurer client

Staff at a firm of loss adjusters and two rogue private investigators the biz hired have been found guilty of data protection offences.…

YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:07:09 GMT

Don't forget to like, subscribe and send a chisel to my PO box

A YouTube stunt imbecile was rescued by firefighters yesterday after cementing his head inside a microwave.…

Shingled out: 14TB helium-filled Toshiba drive floats to market

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:37:09 GMT

And it's a whopper

Toshiba has joined the ranks of helium-filled disk drive makers with a 14TB drive that is not shingled.…

Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:07:14 GMT

*Cough* Cobol, .NET *cough*

Poorly written code is leaving banks at greater risk of attack and poorly prepared for big changes in the financial sector due to come into effect early next year.…

Walk with me... through a billion files. Slow down – admire the subset

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:24:50 GMT

Qumulo and the tree-walking problem

Analysis If you ask your notebook's filesystem how many MP3 files it is storing that haven’t been opened in 30 days, you can find the answer reasonably quickly. But ask an enterprise’s file system when it holds a million files and you have a big problem.…

UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:03:13 GMT

Whitehall's head stuck in sand about upgrading crap IT

The UK border could be left exposed after Brexit as departments have failed to plan for new IT systems, according to a damning report by MPs released today.…

Do you suffer from the shame of 'Scroll Jank'? Help is at your fingertips

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:00:10 GMT

Microsoft updates pointer events for Precision Touch Pads to make scrolling great again

Microsoft says it will fix "scroll jank" because Edge needs it and Chrome sorted it ages ago.…

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:03:04 GMT

And this was after he avoided losing some fingers

On-Call The working week's winding down once again and that means it's time for another edition of On-Call, The Register's Friday tech support tale recounted by readers.…

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:44:06 GMT

And gives us the news that god-like machines will take over within a decade

Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla, his electric automobile company, is developing its own custom chips for its driverless cars.…

Cisco acquires to find low-cost cloud deals

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:01:08 GMT

Plans to infuse CloudCenter with workload-hopping tech

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Cisco's just made an acquisition.…

VMware and Carbon Black: you complete me, no you complete me

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:03:10 GMT

Virtzilla's App Defence and CB's endpoint protection combine for whitelist-fest

VMware and Carbon Black have joined forces to enhance each other's security wares.…

Dell makes a loss, but the trend lines look promising for profits

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:49:50 GMT

Server business screamed ahead in Q3, PCs grew, storage stalled and debt is down

Dell's posted third quarter results that suggest it is on track to deliver its first profit since acquiring EMC.…

Would-be startup crew charged with stealing employer's tech

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:13:09 GMT

Applied Materials quartet accused of trying to pull a Fairchild

Four former Applied Materials employees have been charged with stealing the company's chipmaking technology to use as the basis for their own startup.…

Looking through walls, now easier than ever

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:04:33 GMT

Boffins working to put everyone in glass houses

Seeing through walls, a capability available to law enforcement and military authorities for several years, could become a bit more predictable in the future thanks to a technique developed by researchers at Duke University.…

European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:52:32 GMT

Files brief to make sure US ‘correctly understands’ EU data protection law

The European Commission has stepped into the ongoing battle between Microsoft and the US government to make sure European laws are “correctly understood”.…

Security industry needs to be less trusting to get more secure

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:01:23 GMT

Black Hat crowd encouraged to be paranoid

Delegates to Black Hat Europe have been encouraged to turn conventional security thinking on its head by practicing security through distrust.…

Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:16:22 GMT

President punts issue to Administrative Council

Despite having conclusively won two tribunals and been publicly supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) demanding his immediate reinstatement, on Thursday patent judge Patrick Corcoran was refused entry to the European Patent Office's (EPO) headquarters.…

Microsoft emergency update: Malware Engine needs, erm, malware protection

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:28:05 GMT

Stop appreciating the irony and go install the patch now

Microsoft has posted an out-of-band security update to address a remote code execution flaw in its Malware Protection Engine.…

Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:05:51 GMT

There's no traffic on that road because it's ON FIRE!

As wildfires continue to rage around Los Angeles, the local police have asked drivers to be somewhat skeptical about navigation apps.…

Apple gets around to patching all the other High Sierra security holes

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:47:15 GMT

Another week, another Mac patch to install

Apple has released a security update to address nearly two dozen vulnerabilities in macOS High Sierra.…

Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:20:37 GMT

But… aren't you… supposed…aaargh… Pai!

One of the US government's top regulators has warned that her department is in no position to take on the mantle of protecting the open internet if its sister organization, the FCC, votes on repealing net neutrality regulations later this month.…

Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:09:51 GMT

Outages throw a wrench into profit taking

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) continued to soar on Thursday, creating chaos among those trying to buy and sell the cryptocurrency currency due to service trouble at several exchanges.…

Florida Man… pockets Uber cash to keep quiet about data breach

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:31:58 GMT

That's not how bug bounties work, Travis

A 20-year-old Florida man who lives with his mom was the "security researcher" that Uber paid off last year not to reveal a massive hack of its systems.…

AI smarts: IBM pushes out 'faster than X86' POWER9 servers

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:57:15 GMT

We'll soon be Xeon the numbers...

IBM has launched its first POWER9 server, the dual-socket AC922, saying it is designed for compute-intensive AI work, speeding frameworks like Chainer, TensorFlow and Caffe.…

IT buyer? Had enough of pesky resellers cold calling? You aren't alone

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:36:05 GMT

Up to 40 calls a day, three hours wasted

IT buyers are pestered by between nine and 40 unsolicited sales calls from resellers each and every day, collectively wasting hours of their life that they’ll never get back.…

Past, present and future: A year in hyperconvergence

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:01:10 GMT

Infrastructure, acquisitions and retrenchments

Supported It has been an interesting year in the world of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with acquisitions and retrenchments and with new products released.…

HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:33:09 GMT

At least one part of the 'Year of the Navy' went to plan

Britain’s biggest ever aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has been formally commissioned into the Royal Navy, with Her Majesty attending the ceremony in person.…

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:56:12 GMT

Something went bump in the night... over and over

It takes all sorts to make a world and some on the fringes of life often turn up on daytime TV. And so El Reg was fascinated by the story of Amethyst Realm, who dumped a human in the, er, physical realm to become a ghostbuster banger.…