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100 Gbps link to Europe lights up to delight researchers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:19:11 GMT

AEConnect cable expands university research networking

Researchers are getting another 100 Gbps of dedicated connectivity between America and Europe, courtesy of a link on the AEConnect cable activated by Indiana University.…

IPv6 vulnerable to fragmentation attacks that threaten core internet routers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:02:09 GMT

Net boffins float RFC to fix the protocol before things turn nasty

A trio of 'net experts argues that a key IPv6 protocol needs fixing to get rid of a fragmentation attack vector against routers in large-scale core networks.…

Hacker cracks Facebook with remote code execution bug

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:28:06 GMT

ImageMagick exploit earns chap US$40k bug bounty

Facebook has paid US$40,000 to vulnerability hunter Andrew Leonov for disclosing how the hacker gained remote code execution on its servers through the widely-reported ImageMagick flaw.…

Ransomware scum infect cancer non-profit

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:58:04 GMT

Net scum lowers bar.

Ransomware scum have hit a new low by infecting a not-for-profit cancer services organisation.…

What's big and red and needs 270 security patches?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:38:47 GMT

Oracle software, that's what

Oracle has revealed its quarterly Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2017, which offers users a buffet of 270 fixes to apply.…

SOHOpeless routers offer hard-coded credentials and command injection bugs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:01:12 GMT

Researcher says Zyxel and Billion kit in Thailand, and probably beyond, are rotten

Yet again, home routers are the home of SOHOpelessness: Zyxel and Billion units distributed in Thailand by TrueOnline have backdoors, and the researcher who found the flaw says the vendors have ignored his attempts to notify them.…

Toshiba may sell silicon biz to contain fallout of nuke plant problems

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:42 GMT

Japanese company's foray into fission has been a fiscal flop that a RAM plant sale could fix

A troubled nuclear power station strategy in the USA has Toshiba considering the partial sale of its Japanese semiconductor business.…

Kill it with fire: US-CERT urges admins to firewall off Windows SMB

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:58:13 GMT

Shadow Brokers may have loosed a zero-day so you're better safe than sorry

The US computer emergency readiness team is recommending organisations ditch old versions of the Windows SMB protocol and firewall off access to file servers – after a potential zero-day exploit was released by the Shadow Brokers hacking group.…

Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:19:29 GMT

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg grilled over the now-$3bn VR acquisition

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg shed new light on the social network's 2014 acquisition of Oculus VR Tuesday in a Dallas federal court.…

Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:54:45 GMT

Midyear data release hopes to crowd source academic data-matching brainpower

The Centrelink “robo-debt” debacle hasn't dimmed the Australian government's enthusiasm for data-matching as a policy tool.…

HPE gobbles SimpliVity for US$650m – well below recent valuations

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:44:10 GMT

Hyperconverged unicorn loses its horn

As predicted by The Register last September, HPE has announced it will acquire hyperconverged contender SimpliVity for US$650m in cash.…

US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:29:04 GMT

Snapdragon biz broke monopoly laws, FTC claims in bombshell lawsuit

America's trade watchdog the FTC has sued Qualcomm, alleging the California-based biz trampled over US laws on fair competition.…

Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:09:46 GMT

Pack your bags Julian, you're off to America, right?

In the final days of his administration, President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's remaining sentence, meaning she'll be free on May 17, or shortly afterwards.…

Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:49:59 GMT

Can we just go ahead and call it 'the Samsung device' now?

Researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a method for building fire-extinguishing materials into standard lithium-ion batteries.…

Valley techies to protest outside Palantir – Trump adviser's creepy citizen database biz

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:50:58 GMT

Thiel's upstart has the info needed for a Muslim registry

Silicon Valley engineers will protest outside the headquarters of data analytics firm Palantir Technologies Wednesday, demanding greater transparency over how its databases may be used by the incoming Trump Administration.…

Top tip: Boost your supercomputing powers at ISC 2017

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:22:31 GMT

If you work in any HPC field, don't miss the Frankfurt conference

Promo Catch up with the latest developments in high-performance computing at the five-day 2017 ISC conference and exhibition in Frankfurt June 18-22. The theme is high-performance computing, systems and networking, as well as HPC applications in scientific and commercial environments.…

Veeam vaunts its va-va-voom as 2016 revenues unveiled

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:12 GMT

As if backup competition happens to someone else

It's news but kind of expected; Veeam has seen almost 30 per cent year-on-year growth in its final 2016 quarter, and full-year revenues of $607.4m. Veeam on.…

WANdisco stuffs IBM-boosted deal cash wads into its flared trouser pockets

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:37:08 GMT

Hoping to replicate Big Blue deal with additional partners

WANdisco's OEM selling deal with IBM has brought home the Big Blue bacon with total bookings up 72 per cent year-on-year to $15.5m.…

Credential-stuffers enjoy up to 2% attack success rate – report

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:29:12 GMT

It's kinda easy when all the passwords are 1234567

Hackers achieve a success rate of 0.1 to 2 per cent when reusing stolen credentials to access other sites, according to a new study by Shape Security.…

Multi-silo data-sucker Alluxio inks deal with Dell EMC

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:14:13 GMT

Follows startup's agreement with Huawei

Alluxio, the multi-silo Big Data access accelerating startup which did a deal with Huawei last year, has signed a similar one with Dell EMC for its ECS product.…

Mega UK hospitals trust Barts says IT borkage was due to trojan – not ransomware

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:03:39 GMT

Oh, well, that's all right then

Barts Health NHS Trust has blamed the disruption of its IT systems last Friday on a trojan horse infection and not ransomware.…

Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:25:12 GMT

London base in global expansion

Oracle will open a cloud region in the UK that's based in London and plans to have three data centres serving the region by mid-2017.…

Seagate hauls out fat form factor throwback hard drive

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:05:54 GMT

Bulky, low-capacity spinner built for SMBs

It's back to the future for the latest Seagate large form factor disk with a low capacity.…

Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:53:31 GMT

The real plan's under wraps?

Analysis The reality of red tape might mean the UK’s exit from the EU will take longer, and be softer, than the Prime Minister outlined today.…

Continuous Lifecycle London: Keynote, workshops announced

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:33:10 GMT

CD luminary Dave Farley to take the stage

REG EVENTS The agenda for Continuous Lifecycle is filling up, with four workshops confirmed, and our first keynote speaker revealed.…

Blighty's lords want more details on adult website check plans

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:58:07 GMT

Need to give it a good, proper scrutinising, don't you?

A House of Lords committee has called for greater detail on how the UK government intends to introduce online porn age verification plans in the Digital Economy Bill.…

Ex-Nokia IoT bods Cumulocity join hands with Teleena

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:39:12 GMT

Partnership will plug LoRa and general IoTness

Dutch Internet of Things wrangler Teleena has teamed up with Nokia-born IoT software spinoff Cumulocity to offer an end-to-end IoT service.…

Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:12 GMT

It had to happen sooner or sooner.... price parity with the US dollar

Apple has confirmed to developers it is raising app store prices by up to a third, more than countering any downward currency swing in the British pound since the Brexit vote in June.…

Admins rejoice. Microsoft brings Azure Automation to the UK

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:54:13 GMT

Makes its Brentrance in the South and West regions

Microsoft's slow rollout of the full suite of Azure tools in the UK has taken another step forwards today, with Automation arriving in both of its UK regions.…

Ransomware brutes smacked 1 in 3 NHS trusts last year

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:27:11 GMT

One was hit 19 times over 12 months

A third (30 per cent) of NHS trusts have been infected by ransomware, with one – the Imperial College Healthcare in London – suffering 19 attacks in just 12 months.…

Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:01:06 GMT

Or why the customer isn't always right

Engineers and designers hate committee-led engineering and design, hence the proverbial joke about the camel. And ZTE's effort to allow passing strangers to design and brand a new mobile device perhaps illustrates why.…

AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:32:08 GMT

Yeah, just don't worry about the 100k plus you've tossed on the bonfire Meg

Cynics might say Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is on thin ice when discussing job preservation in the era of AI and robotics given her own track record, but that was the thrust of her speech at Davos.…

CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:08:05 GMT

Calls for benefits of foreign workers to be recognised

Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.…

OpenIO, blind nano-nodes and coffee cup detection

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:51:15 GMT

What you don’t know, you can’t look for - obviously

Interview In a story about ARM-powered, Ethernet-addressed, object storing disk drives, I said such drives couldn’t carry out image searches at a drive-level because they would be operating "blindfolded". OpenIO says “Rubbish” to that in a blog it wrote ( I exaggerate.)…

Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:02:40 GMT

Driving assistant gives self-drivers a bit of Lip(Net)

When Nvidia popped the bonnet on its Co-Pilot "backseat driver" AI at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, most onlookers were struck by its ability to lip-read while tracking CES-going "motorists'" actions within the "car".…

Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:09:07 GMT

Social giant works both sides of news street

National elections in the UK and US, and Britain's 2016 referendum on membership of the EU demonstrated the growing power of social media to swing views and win votes.…

Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:43:12 GMT

Make a cup of tea - or a mocha - before you read this if you want a long and happy life

A cup of tea, coffee or even a mocha could extend your life, new research shows.…

Power Systems running IBM's VIOS virtualisation need a patch and reboot

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:18:08 GMT

Unless you're willing to tolerate the chance of data corruption

IBM on Saturday slipped out news of a nasty bug in its VIOS, its Virtual I/O Server that offers virtualisation services on Power Systems under AIX.…

Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:58:09 GMT

FUDalicious post argues ancient security features are just too risky

Microsoft Germany has argued that Windows 7 is no longer "fit" to be used in business.…

Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:38:04 GMT

Australia, Malaysia and China say no new information on plane's location has been found

Australia, Malaysia and China have suspended the search for missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370.…

Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:20:14 GMT

It's 2017 and developers are still doing really dumb things

A security firm has reverse engineered 16,000 Android apps on Google's Play store and found that over 304 contain sensitive secret keys.…

Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:54:13 GMT

Then hoovered out users' personal data, stole identities galore and spent up big

Update Dutch police are this week warning 20,000 users that their email accounts were hacked after a malicious web developer left backdoors in the sites he built.…

Auto emissions 'cheatware' scandal sparks war of words between Italy, Germany

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:33:10 GMT

EPA's allegations against Fiat Chrysler become sweary international incident

The latest “cheatware” scandal to rock the auto industry has escalated to cause inter-government tension, with Germany and Italy trading snipes over Fiat Chrysler's claims about emissions.…

Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:07 GMT

And fails: the launcher's second stage failed to ignite so it ditched into the sea

From plants to pocket-sized radios, Japan has a long history of miniaturisation, but its first attempt to shrink a satellite-launching rocket has ended with the launcher ditching into the sea.…

Docker adds continuous integration to DataKit

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:03:07 GMT

Your code tested as soon as you send it to GitHub

Here's a handy tool from Docker's GitHub repository: a continuous integration library to help manage DataKit projects.…

911 app is a joke, says security researcher Randy Westergren

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:02:42 GMT

'Panic Button' could be pressed by miscreants, repeatedly

The Rave Panic Button app, designed to allow businesses to summon emergency services, allows miscreants to easily 'swat' targets by making false reports of emergencies says security researcher Randy Westergren.…

Dovecot mailserver graded 'nearly impenetrable'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:58:13 GMT

Security audit of popular-with-service-providers package produces surprised smiles

POP and IMAP mailserver suite Dovecot has passed an extensive audit by hackers, who were able to find only three minor vulnerabilities.…

Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:58:12 GMT

RPi 3 shrunk into normal and 'lite' Compute Modules for embedded applications

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has baked two new Pi.…

RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:58:12 GMT

Apollo 10 and 17 astronaut, moonwalker, spacewalker, pioneer

Eugene Cernan, the last man to leave footprints on the Moon, has died aged 82.…

Laser beam sky mirage cannon can spy on enemies and generate Star Trek-style shields

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:58:12 GMT

Nice theory, BAE Systems, now where's the demonstrator?

British defence contractor BAE Systems says it has developed a laser-powered "mirage on demand" which can be used to bend the very fabric of the skies to military commanders' whims.…