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Huawei big, margins slimmer

Huawei revenue rose 40 per cent over the first half 2016, from the same period a year ago, although the employee-owned company didn’t disclose its profits. Revenue was declared at ¥245.5bn ($36.6bn) for the first six months of 2016. Margins were lower, at 12 per cent, down from 18 per cent. Huawei has increased its consumer …
Team Register, 25 Jul 2016

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

Cyanogen Inc, which develops an alternative flavour of Google's Android, has reportedly laid off a bunch of staff. The Seattle-based US startup takes code from the open-source CyanogenMod project, adds in some proprietary features, and tries to get phone makers to ship the package with their handsets. Basically, it seems, that …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
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Clash of Kings hack: 1.8m hit

The forums for hit mobile game Clash of Kings have been hacked, with 1.6 million usernames, email addresses, IP addresses and access tokens swiped, apparently. Account passwords were also taken but they were stored salted and hashed, we're told. The forums have since been taken offline for "maintenance." Clash of Kings is …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016

Speaking in Tech: Hyperconvergence hype, Microsoft, ARM and more

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week our intrepid podcasters Sarah, Ben and Amy dish up Silicon Valley product placements, ARM's acquisition and Microsoft’s big quarter. Their special guest this week is Jason Collier, co-founder of Scale. The details… (1:00) Scratchy Ben and Aloha Greg (3:30) HPE …
Team Register, 21 Jul 2016

Reader needs Aircon help

Reg reader "PG" has mailed looking for advice on "a suitable air conditioning unit for a small office/data centre." PG says the facility has "no windows, only a door to the outside world" and is approximately "6m (l) x 3m (w) & 2.8m (h)." "It's over 33c in here today and a few of the non-critical servers have shut down (rack …
Team Register, 19 Jul 2016
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Pokemon Go DDoS claim

An online group has claimed responsibility for launching a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Pokemon Go. The DDoS-disruption group says it overloaded the game's servers over the weekend, causing players across the world to be kicked back into the real world. Pokemon creator Niantic has not commented on the …
Team Register, 17 Jul 2016

Cisco gives you two nasty bugs to fix before the weekend

Cisco has patched two vulnerabilities, including a remote denial of service bug in its Network Convergence System routers. Attackers can send packets to TCP listening ports running SSH, secure copy protocol, and secure FTP that can overwhelm NCS 6000 routers and cause processors to reload. The Borg rates the vulnerability ( …
Team Register, 15 Jul 2016
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Microsoft open sources Azure bill analysis tool

One of the problems users run into in the cloud is that the cost of using servers-for-rent can sometimes be surprising. You might think that Microsoft doesn't mind if that happens: your carelessness ends up in its coffers. Redmond under Satya Nadella is, however, often rather less cynical and that attitude’s reflected in the …
Team Register, 15 Jul 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Pokemon – the internet spills over into real life

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in El Reg's weekly techcast roundup, Sarah and Eddie chase down Pokémon, Ashley Madison, Privacy Shield and Theranos. Their special guest this week is Michael Coté, Director of Technical Marketing at Pivotal to jump into the future of Platform as a Service (PaaS …
Team Register, 13 Jul 2016
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Purloined password re-use checker pees in the security soup

Lazy password reusers are at even higher risk of having accounts compromised following the publication of a proof-of-concept tool that can quickly test credentials against a host of sites. The work is the penmanship of Netsuite security bod Philip O'Keefe who uploaded his tool dubbed Shard to GitHub. Shard tests shared …
Team Register, 12 Jul 2016
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Speaking in Tech: As long as you don't blow your fingers off, you're all good

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Sarah Vela and Eddie pound the pod' to discuss Pernix Data, Google bets and open source communities. Our special guest this week is Jonas Rosland, Developer Advocate and Community Manager at EMC. (1:00) Speaking in Duets (3:24) Double dipping (4:30) Rumour: …
Team Register, 06 Jul 2016
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Vuln drains energy sector control kit

The US industrial control system computer emergency response team (ICS-CERT) has warned of twin flaws in substation control software. The SICAM Power Automation System contains poorly protected credentials (CVE-2016-5848) and information exposure (CVE-2016-5849) found by Russian researchers Ilya Karpov and Dmitry Sklyarov of …
Team Register, 05 Jul 2016

Big Blue finds big green in derailing transport

The transport sector is a booming lucrative playground for cyber criminals that is increasingly fragmented, IBM researchers say. The findings in a report Security trends in the transportation industry reveal that airlines, trucking, and parking sector companies are being hosed for credit cards and sensitive information. Big …
Team Register, 30 Jun 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Techcast on Brexit 'You can't argue with people'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on our tech chatfest, Sarah Vela, Ed Saipetch and Amy Lewis dish on Brexit, Obama and Theranos. Our special guest this week is Mark Thiele from Apcera. The details... (1:00) Eddie Spinach returns and Amy bounces back from Dockercon (4:42) Brexit bananas (9:33 …
Team Register, 29 Jun 2016
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Speaking in Tech: We don't need Jack – sound off on Apple rumours

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Sarah Vela and Ben Kepes carry our weekly tech world roundup podcast, where they discuss Dockercon, AWS, Musk and Apple headphones. Their special guest this week is Andrew Hillier, CTO and co-founder of Cirba. Here are the subjects – helpfully indexed for your …
Team Register, 22 Jun 2016
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Good hacker uses vid vulns to spy on Quebec Liberal Party meetings

Closed-door meetings by Canada's Quebec Liberal Party were exposed to trivial eavesdropping thanks to flaws in its video conferencing software. The flaws, found and reported by a resident white hat researcher, are being fixed. The researcher speaking on the condition of anonymity told local tabloid Le Journal de Montreal ( …
Team Register, 21 Jun 2016

Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

New ransomware written entirely in JavaScript has appeared encrypting users files for a US$250 (£172, A$336) ransom and installing a password-stealing application. Researchers @jameswt_mht and @benkow_ found the ransomware they dubbed RAA. Bleeping Computer malware man Lawrence Abrams described the ransomware noting it is …
Team Register, 20 Jun 2016
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Softlayer embiggens its cloud VMs

Softlayer has announced new and larger cloud VMs. Possibly to prevent easy spreadsheet comparisons between its cloud and rivals', SoftLayer has published specs of the new machines as images. Hence the JPG below. New Softlayer cloud VMs SoftLayer's new cloudy VM combinations All the cool kids these days offer sliders to …
Team Register, 17 Jun 2016

Feds warn of skyrocketing business compromise scams

The FBI is warning that businesses have handed some US$3.1 billion to email scammers, a whopping 1,300 percent increase in 18 months. Businesses are tricked into sending the cash to would-be chief executive officers who have sufficient company information, obtained through open source searching or hacking, that makes the …
Team Register, 17 Jun 2016
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Lester Haines: RIP

It is with incredible sadness that El Reg must report that Lester Haines, one of our finest story-tellers and an all-round good bloke, passed away on Monday. Lester, who was 55, died of a heart attack at his home in Spain. He will be cremated on Friday 17 June. Readers will know Lester for his biting wit, his piloting of the …
Team Register, 16 Jun 2016
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Dodgy creds found in Siemens ICS gear

The US computer emergency response team is warning of weak credentials in Siemens SIMATIC WinCC flexible that can be remotely exploitable. The flaw, found by Positive Technologies' Gleb Gritsai and Roman Ilin, has been patched. Fortunately, it seems to require that attackers already have some privileged network position from …
Team Register, 16 Jun 2016
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Speaking in Tech: 'Radical dev-focused' work from Apple...

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's El Reg's weekly tech-cast, hosted by Ed Saipetch and Ben Kepes. This week the dynamic duo discuss MPLS, open software, AWS and Bill Gates. Their special guest this week is Stephen Foskett, Organizer in Chief at Tech Field Day. The details… (1:00) HPE’s Vegas …
Team Register, 15 Jun 2016
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North Korea hacks 140k computers in planned mass attacks on Seoul

North Korea has hacked a whopping 140,000 computers located in 160 South Korean firms stealing 40,000 defence-related documents, Seoul says. The attacks which targeted defence contractor firms among others began in 2014 and were noticed in February. Police in the South say Pyongyang hoped to "cause confusion on a national …
Team Register, 14 Jun 2016

Dyfed-Powys Police fined for publicising pervs' particulars

Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales, UK, sent confidential information that could identify convicted sex offenders to a member of the public by accident. Although the leak was minor, Brit watchdog the ICO fined the force £150,000 as it indicated sloppy internal processes. An officer sent an email chain containing the names and …
Team Register, 08 Jun 2016

Speaking in Tech: Hold up. Mark Zuckerberg has a PINTEREST account?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly techcast, hosted by Sarah Vela, Amy Lewis and Justin Warren. This week the threesome discuss Bitmojis, AWS falling down Down Under, MPLS and more. The details… (1:00) Weather woes, Eddie Spinach, DockerCon and BrenderCon (5:35) NetApp and Dell pimpin (7 …
Team Register, 08 Jun 2016