How is SSL hopelessly broken? Let us count the ways
AnalysisEvery year or so, a crisis or three exposes deep fractures in the system that's supposed to serve as the internet's foundation of trust. In 2008, it was the devastating weakness in SSL, or secure sockets layer, certificates issued by a subsidiary of VeriSign. The following year, it was the minting of a PayPal credential that continued to fool Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari browsers more than two months after the underlying weakness was exposed.
Adobe speeds Creative Suite releases to catch tablets
Adobe Software is accelerating the delivery of new versions of its popular Creative Suite, hoping to keep up with the ever-changing mobile computing market.
Bruised Iron Mountain gives up on storage cloud
It's weird: Gartner is now Iron Mountain's news outlet and tells us that bruised Iron Mountain is giving up on its public cloud storage and closing the business down. The beleaguered company has also set up a poison pill defence against any takeover attempts.
Leicester unloses key data
Leicester City Council has found the USB stick containing key codes for several thousand vulnerable residents' front doors.
Icelandic todger museum acquires human hampton
The Icelandic Phallological Museum last Friday became "probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country", when it took possession of a human penis.
'Thickest burglar' leaves passport at scene of raid
The Sun has hailed 48-year-old Kenneth Morgan as Britain's "thickest burglar", after he abandoned his passport at the scene of a break-in.
Phones 4U gets first dibs on white LG 3D phone
Phones 4U just called to say it has the exclusive on LG's autostereoscopic 3D smartphone, the Optimus 3D - in white, at least.
Brits won't get PSP price cut, says Sony
UK gamers aren't going to enjoy the benefits of the €50 (£44) price cut Sony has just applied to the PlayStation Portable.
UK mobile punters get swift network switcheroo ability
Mobile customers can now change networks in 24 hours – if they can be bothered to negotiate the sped-up but still complicated process.
Corrupt bank worker jailed over Trojan-powered tax scam
A former local business manager at a bank who participated in a £3.2m self assessment tax fraud was jailed for three years and three months on Friday.
Binary dinosaur drive found alive and breathing fire
CommentA binary dinosaur, with another 28-year-old Seagate drive inside, is still working - in an original IBM 5150 PC's expansion unit.
Nude Florida man in gunfight with police SWAT robot
VidA naked Florida man sent a police SWAT robot fleeing from his home after opening fire on the tin cop with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Capita makes grab for health reseller
Capita is making an offer of £15.8m for Tribal Group's health and government divisions.
Russians honour 65-metre fluorescent phallus
A Russian performance art collective has trousered a state-funded cash prize for painting a 65 metre fluorescent phallus on a St Petersburg bridge.
Seagate gets new global sales head
Seagate has announced a new EVP for global sales and marketing, Albert 'Rocky' Pimentel, while some doubt remains about the fate of previous incumbent Dave Mosley.
Computacenter bags Apple dealer
Computacenter's German tentacle is snapping up an Apple dealer, assuming regulators do not object.
No stranger to the moleskin trouser
StobA website called MySpace is 'in a death spiral' according to Mr Robert Scoble, who attributes this unhappy state to its being implemented using Microsoft .NET technology, and because it is headquartered in Los Angeles, where apparently there aren't enough good programmers.
Apple AirPlay unlocked
The cryptography Apple uses to secure AirPlay wireless media streams - and to prevent anyone easily supporting the protocol for playback - has been cracked.
Google calls halt on German Street View
Google has confirmed it will not be collecting any more pictures for its Street View service in Germany.
A fifth of Europeans can't work out how much a TV costs
A full 20 per cent of European consumers are too befuddled to work out which is the cheaper flat screen TV when given a choice of two*, European Commission research has found.
Facebook 'signs' independent social network deal with Baidu
Facebook has reportedly inked a deal with Baidu to build a social network for the People's Republic.
HTC Android tablet priced up for Blighty's shoppers
Smartphone maker HTC's entry into the media tablet arena, the Flyer, will arrive in the UK imminently, according to Carphone Warehouse.
Google folds Hotpot into Places
Google is adding Hotpot functionality into Google Places, dropping the standalone service to create a single source for company information and peer reviews.
Nokia E7 Qwerty slider smartphone
ReviewThe Nokia E7 is the company’s latest for phone for business and, in keeping with the styling makeover first seen on the N8, it features a sleek aluminium casing with tapered ends and a big 4in screen. Indeed, it could easily be mistaken for an N8 at first glance.
Google hits 'prove we killed no Afghans' – Assange™
Julian Assange™, globally famous Wikileaks supremo, has claimed that his organisation is "more accountable" than democratic governments and has also claimed credit for the rise of anti-corruption sentiment in India. He also suggested that the number of Google hits generated by typing an organisation's name followed by "blood on its hands" might be a valid measure of guilt.
Punter bags 500GB SSD, finds 128MB Flash inside
Pity the poor guy who bought a very cheap external hard drive in China, only to find that there was nothing inside but a seemingly cleverly configured 128MB USB Flash key.
Gov denies special celeb NHS record treatment
The Department of Health has said that politicians and celebrities will not get an automatic exemption from inclusion on the NHS personal demographics service (PDS), despite reports suggesting this will be the case.
Child protection website insecurity fixed
A member of the public was shocked to find that links to a web page used to report incidents of suspected child abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre were insecure.
Official iSteve biography gets 2012 release
A biography about Apple boss Steve Jobs will be published in 2012 and it has the all-important official seal of approval from the man himself.
ZTE and Ericsson go to war over patents
Ericsson and ZTE are hurling suits at each other in a full-on war over patents.
Level 3 pays $3bn for Global Crossing
Level 3 is acquiring fellow tier 1 network provider Global Crossing, bringing together two of the most notorious fibre-networking firms from the heyday of the dotcom boom.
Windows 7 gets the Star Wars treatment
VidsThe Star Wars fans among you who remember Microsoft's TV punts for Windows 7...
US Navy laser cannon used to set boat aflame
VidUS Navy boffins last week carried out their first test of a raygun mounted on a warship, using the beam to blast a small rigid-inflatable boat and set its engines on fire.
GCHQ commits schoolboy security blunder
Exciting news from UK spooks at GCHQ - it's the new and improved "Guidance document on use of Smartphones in Government".
Apple to dominate tablet biz through 2015
Apple's iOS may be forecast to lose smartphone market share even to Microsoft's Windows Phone, but it will remain the leader in the media tablet arena through to 2016.
Teradata adds flash, denser packaging for BI appliances
Teradata wants to keep its dominant position in data warehousing and analytics, so it is picking up the technology pace to take on Oracle with its Exadata appliances and IBM with its Netezza and Smart Analytic System appliances. The company is rolling out an improved Enterprise Data Warehouse product line and a separate product that mixes disk drives and flash memory to shoot the gap between its disk-based and flash-based appliances.
Intel does fondleslabs with Atom 'Oak Trail'
Intel has announced that it is now shipping its latest low-power platform, formerly codenamed Oak Trail, aimed squarely at Chipzilla's latest market-defining neologism: "Companion Computing".
SpyEye suspects charged over alleged banking scam
UK police have arrested three men over an alleged scam involving stealing money from online bank accounts that had been compromised using the infamous SpyEye Trojan.
Isilon scale-out filers get processor boost
EMC's Isilon unit has revved up its product range by adding two systems that use Intel Westmere and Nehalem processors, with more than twice as much file throughput for its top-end S200 system. Big data here we come...
DARPA wants secure Droids, iPads, iPhones
Sometimes it's tough being an elite high-risk Pentagon boffin. Much though the life might seem like a dream to many of us – perks of the job could include such things as hover-jeep flying cars, self-assembling floating fortresses, Matrix style cyberwar firing ranges populated by replicant sim-people etc etc – there are downsides.
Hack attack spills web security firm's confidential data
Try this for irony: The website of web application security provider Barracuda Networks has sustained an attack that appears to have exposed sensitive data concerning the company's partners and employee login credentials, according to an anonymous post.
Brain boffins in cortex mapping breakthrough
Brain boffins at University College London have made a major breakthrough in the ongoing effort to bridge the gap between man and machine.
Microsoft accuses Google of misleading feds over app security
Microsoft has accused Google of making "misleading security claims" to the US government, as the two companies continue to spar over the use of their respective online application suites among government agencies.
GNOME 3: Shocking changes for Linux lovers
ReviewAt five years in the making, and with code contributions from more than 3,500 developers, the just released GNOME 3 is not a small upgrade: it's a radical departure with an entirely new approach.
Optus launches '3G at home' femtocell
Optus has launched Australia’s first consumer femtocell service to a chorus of shrugs and yawns.
Overbuild threat drove NBN decision: Conroy
Australia could have had privately-built high-speed FTTN broadband, but for the roadblocks put in place by its incumbent carrier, according to an in-depth investigation into the history of the National Broadband Network by ABC programme Four Corners.
Assange™ says Guardian claims 'completely fabricated'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told the Australian national broadcaster that Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding invented a quote attributed to him in the book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, and that he is suing The Guardian.
KIT buys ioko for $79.4m
Video technology company KIT Digital has capped off a tech acquisition frenzy with the purchase of cloud based video provider ioko365 for US$79.4 million.