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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

University of Cambridge senior research associate Sergei Skorobogatov has laid waste to United States Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) assertions about iPhone security by demonstrating password bypassing using a $100 NAND mirroring rig. FBI director James Comey made the claim during the agency's bid to defeat the password …
Team Register, 19 Sep 2016

T-Mobile USA leaked free access to sites with '/speedtest' in the URL

American T-Mobile subscribers can score free internet access by running traffic through a proxy with "speedtest" in its URL. Seventeen-year-old high school student Jacob Ajit found the loophole , since taken down, which allowed cheapskates to access T-Mobile's data network without paying. Ajit realised speed testing sites and …
Team Register, 19 Sep 2016

Wanna prove you’re a Tech Trailblazer? Entries close in a week

You’ve got less than week to pull together your entry for the 2016 Tech Trailblazer awards There’s plenty of scope to put your big idea in the spotlight this year, with 11 categories spanning real enterprise innovation areas such as such as big data, cloud, IoT, virtualization, storage and security. Or you can really shoot …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2016
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Alibaba fires gluttons

Four Alibaba staff have been sacked after they hacked their employer company to score free mooncakes. The weird act reported by the China Daily landed the hackers 496 of the much-loved red bean pastries consumed in China during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. Alibaba's lauded security team took two hours to notice the …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Testing data center fire snuffer and... and pow! I just s$%t my pants

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on our tech-cast, Ed and Greg are joined by Podcast Idol Gabe Chapman to discuss HP snagging Samsung printers, Dell layoffs and big bangs. Our special guest this week is Mike Dvorkin, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco - Co-founder and Chief Scientist for Insieme …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2016
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Researcher reports XSS hole in Google France

Security researchers have disclosed an cross-site scripting vulnerability in Google France. The flaw is the third most common web application security hole on the internet, and is commonly exploited in mass defacements and automated attacks. Issam Rabhi (@issam_rabhi), researcher with French security outfit Sysdream, reported …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2016
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The digital workplace: Just in reach or over the hill?

Reg Events What will be the biggest bugbear in your professional life over the next few months? Managing an across the board operating system or application upgrade to Microsoft’s latest offering? Or dealing with an array of end-user devices, running multiple operating systems, most of which rarely come through the doors of head office? …
Team Register, 12 Sep 2016
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Peccant pwners post 670,000 Pokémon punter MD5 passwords

Hackers have breached some 670,000 Pokémon gamer accounts on popular fan site Pokebip. The breach hit the French site on 28 July and includes compromised usernames, email and IP addresses, website activity, and weak MD5 passwords which can be broken in seconds. The site warns that other connected social media accounts …
Team Register, 12 Sep 2016
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Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5

Security sentient smut site Pornhub has decommissioned Flash and will swap to HTML5 in a bid to modernise and protect its estimated 60 million daily visitors. The site is famed for among other things offering a bug bounty to researchers who disclose security holes in the site upping payments and hiring staff to better compete …
Team Register, 09 Sep 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, our tech news podcast host, Ed Saipetch and Greg Knieriemen chat with Podcast Idol contestant Peter Smallbone, an IT architect in the UK. The trio discuss SpaceX, Galaxy Note, smart refrigerators and Apple’s tax problems in Ireland. The details…. (0:00) Follow …
Team Register, 07 Sep 2016
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Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

Add another Linus Torvalds swearing incident to his long list of linguistic indiscretions. The Linux lord has unloaded on proposed new code in typically robust language. “I call BS”, Torvalds' post opens. “Let me be very clear. I'm not applying that shit-for-brains stupid patch, and will not be pulling it unless somebody …
Team Register, 07 Sep 2016

Adobe ices ColdFusion server admin password, file hack hole

Adobe has patched a hole in ColdFusion that could have allowed hackers to gain access to files and passwords stored on servers. The applications platform is used by some 30 million websites. The XML external entities injection vulnerability triggers when XML word documents are processed, Legal Hackers security researcher …
Team Register, 02 Sep 2016

Blackhat wannabes proffer probably bogus Linux scamsomware

A new purported ransomware variant is hitting Linux servers, deleting files and demanding payment for the return of lost data. The scam is possibly a bluff, since it does not follow the regular format of encrypting files and leaving ransom notes for slick and automated payment. Information on the attacks is scarce. Bleeping …
Team Register, 01 Sep 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Fancy a 30 hour work week? Ask Amazon

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg is in Japan while Ed drives the podcast along with Yadin Porter de Leon and his special guest, David Allen of “Getting Things Done”. This week the team talks extensively about the GTD methodology, VMworld, Uber and Amazon work hours. The details… (0:00) …
Team Register, 31 Aug 2016
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71,000 Minecraft World Map accounts leaked online after 'hack'

Some 71,000 user accounts and IP addresses have been leaked from Minecraft fan website Minecraft World Map. The dumps, reported by Australian security researcher Troy Hunt, include email addresses, IP address data, usernames, and passwords for popular site Minecraft World Map. Login passwords were salted and hashed, and …
Team Register, 30 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Open Source fixes a Microsoft engineering problem

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Podcast Idol returns with Nick Howell joining Greg and Ed to host this week’s episode where the boys discuss a new browser, layoffs at Cisco and Powershelgl gets open sourced. Our special guest this week is Brian Clifton, a developer at Brave. The details… (0:00 …
Team Register, 24 Aug 2016
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Think you’re a trailblazer in tech? Prove it

Promo If you’re a young tech startup just itching for recognition, you should probably know that you have just 17 days to get your entry in for the 2016 Tech Trailblazers awards. This set of virtual awards doesn’t aim to reward the fluffy or the shiny. Over the last six years, they’ve honoured innovation in the sort of areas that …
Team Register, 23 Aug 2016
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FireEye probes Clinton foundation hack: Reports

Hillary Clinton's charitable foundation has hired security colossus FireEye to investigate a possible breach, Reuters reports. The foundation has not confirmed the reports based on sources familiar with the investigation. It is reported attackers gained access to the foundation's network through targeted phishing attacks. …
Team Register, 22 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Intel joins ARMs race – even Chipzilla needs to Make All The Things

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Greg Ferro of Packet Pushers co-hosts the podcast this week with Greg and Ed to discuss Intel, the death of private clouds, IoT and OpenStack. Our special guest this week is Eric Wright… not the rapper, the dude from VMTurbo…er… Turbonomic also known as DiscoPosse. The …
Team Register, 17 Aug 2016
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Trump golf privacy probe

A golf resort owned by US presidential candidate Donald Trump failed to register with the UK Information Commissioner's Office, the nation's privacy watchdog. The Grauniad reports that The Trump International Golf Club Scotland should have registered with the Office as it stores records on visitors and members and operates …
Team Register, 12 Aug 2016

France wants backdoor entry

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve appears to be calling for backdoors in encryption so Western intelligence can read people's text messages. As ever, the reason for this is: terrorism. Popular apps, like WhatsApp and Signal, use strong end-to-end encryption to secure people's conversations from eavesdroppers, and the …
Team Register, 11 Aug 2016
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IP mapping hell couple sues

A couple in Butler County, Kansas, US, is suing web mapping company MaxMind after their rented home was the default physical location for all IP addresses in America. Whenever anyone used MaxMind's geoIP databases to look up where an internet IP address is associated, the software would default to the coordinates 38.0000,-97. …
Team Register, 10 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Nope, sorry waiter. I won't pay with that card reader

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This is the first week of our "Podcast Idol" competition at our weekly tech podcast – with Fred "Spike" Nix, Ed Saiptech and special guest, John Williams, President of Reduxio. This week the group discusses Delta's power outage, AWS at the top of Public Cloud and Oracle's …
Team Register, 10 Aug 2016
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Azure wobbles

Microsoft is warning that some Azure users will struggle to access the cloud service'sAzure Accounts Portal. Clicking on the link above may produce a "could not complete operation" error. Microsoft engineers “have identified a backed process software bug as a potential underlying cause. Engineers are currently deploying a …
Team Register, 10 Aug 2016
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Twitter flogs office space

Hardup Twitter is subleasing 183,642ft2 of its posh headquarters in San Francisco. If you're interested: that's 78,792 ft2 at 1355 Market St and three spaces whose area totals 104,850ft2 at the adjacent One 10th St – enough to hold 1,400 workers, we're told. Twitter, the city's second largest tech employer, has a global …
Team Register, 09 Aug 2016