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100 million credentials from 'Russia's Facebook' go on sale

Russian social networking site VK.com appears to have been breached with hackers selling some 100 million records for a mere US$580 in Bitcoins. The breach has been reported by LeakedSource which received portions of the breached database. At least 100 million accounts are said to have had names, user logins, and phone …
Team Register, 06 Jun 2016

Jacob Appelbaum quits Tor Project amid 'sex misconduct' accusations

Updated Jacob Appelbaum has left the Tor Project amid claims of "sexual misconduct" that he says are "unsubstantiated and unfounded." Appelbaum, 33, a prominent hacker and privacy advocate, was a core developer of the anonymizing network software. His departure was announced in a terse statement just before the weekend: Long time …
Team Register, 05 Jun 2016

Chinese bit-squatter information thieves dupe Taiwan Govt site

China-based hackers have been fingered for bit-squatting attacks against Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, FireEye researchers say. The attackers replicated the DPP website on a malicious domain in a bid to glean information about visitors. The presence of payloads or specific techniques was not detailed in the CNN …
Team Register, 03 Jun 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Old wrestlers, billionaires, open source and cloud

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly tech-cast, this week hosted by Ed Saipetch and Ben Kepes. The cloud duo discusses Yahoo!, the Gawker debacle, the Oracle vs Google smackdown and, of course, Salesforce. Their special guest this week is Stormy Peters, VP of Developer Relations at Cloud …
Team Register, 01 Jun 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft's 'Bing concierge bot' appears in the job ads

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly tech-cast - hosted by Sarah Vela, Ed Saipetch and Ben Kepes. This week, the threesome discuss Cloud Foundry, scale-model space shuttles, platforms and tricky windows. Our special guest this week is Mark Twomey (aka Storagezilla) of EMC. (1:00) Ben and Ed …
Team Register, 25 May 2016
SLAC blows up a water stream with a laser

Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

Video Boffins at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford's PULSE institute have had fun blowing up water jets and droplets with an X-ray laser. For science, of course. What they say they want is to study the microscopic movies to understand what happens when liquids are vaporized by the world's brightest X-ray laser. …
Team Register, 25 May 2016
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Who cares about IT resource planning capabilities?

Study More businesses than ever depend on IT systems to keep things rolling, deliver services to customers and keep the cash flowing in. But the desire to add ever faster responsiveness to business needs is placing a strain on IT – legacy internal platforms, systems running virtual machines, never mind "cloud" based solutions and …
Team Register, 23 May 2016

Ukraine clamps carders

Ukraine police have arrested fraudsters found infecting ATMs with malware. The crims are said to have stolen US$200,000 after deploying malware into ATMs across the Lviv and Luhansk regions, and face up to 12 years imprisonment, the Ministry of Internal Affairs says. Police seized some 20 desktops, laptops, and other …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Shuttered Instagram holes opened 20 million accounts to hijack

Security consultant Arne Swinnen says Instagram has shuttered brute force authentication holes that allowed hijacking of some 20 million accounts. The NVISO infosec man says an absent authentication control coupled with an insecure direct object reference vulnerability meant attackers could commandeer some four percent of …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, is enduring more customer fury after extended outages stretched across its ADSL, NBN, and mobile networks. The carrier has blamed network hardware for the TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance), issuing a statement saying a Friday outage resulted from “a fault with the …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Bangladesh government domain turned into toxic phishing hole

Netcraft security man Paul Mutton says the Bangladesh Government has been used in banking phishing attacks targeting customers of Wells Fargo, Google, and AOL. The domains are restricted Government assets which Mutton says could indicate lax security controls. The popped server is located in the UK hosted by Nibs Solutions …
Team Register, 20 May 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Tech layoffs in San Francisco - will cuts go 'global'?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's The Reg's weekly tech newscast, hosted by Sarah Vela, Ed Saipetch and Amy Lewis. This week the trio discuss layoffs, buttons and Twitter links. Their special guest this week is Richard Seroter, Sr, Director of Product at Pivotal. Here are the details… (1:00) Yoko …
Team Register, 18 May 2016
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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

Promises on broadband make up the mainstay of a new Digital Bill, first revealed at The Register back in January and formally revealed in the Queen’s Speech today. It’s one of 21 new legislative proposals. The speech reiterated plans to create the right for every household to access high speed broadband. The plans for a …
Team Register, 18 May 2016
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YouTube Red comes to Australia

Google has flicked the switch on the Australian version of “YouTube Red”, the twelve bucks a month version of the service that features no ads and allows online viewing. If you pony up you also get access to a clutch of YouTube Originals that extend the output of popular YouTubers and look to be aimed squarely at the youth …
Team Register, 18 May 2016

Smut apps infecting Androids with long-gestation nasties

Dell security researcher Alex Dubrovsky says malware writers have started a campaign that will soon see financially-motivated and/or data-stealing attacks plunder older Android devices through infected porn apps. Android allows users to install apps that replace the lock screen and imbue it with different functionality. It's …
Team Register, 16 May 2016
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How ING Bank built a bank-in-a-box in its private cloud and deploys it weekly

PROMO Data centres exist to run applications. Which means data centres shouldn't slow you down when you work to develop more powerful apps that deliver insights and delight customers. ING Bank knows this well: it's built a bank-in-a-box in its private cloud it can re-deploy weekly to add new functions. If you'd like to learn how …
Team Register, 13 May 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Uber and Lyft tell Austin: Hell no, we won't give you the finger

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Sarah Vela and Ed Saipetch. This week the dynamic duo discuss Uber, Ford, Twitter, Cisco and more. Our special guest this week is Ben Kepes, technology evangelist, investor, commentator and business adviser. Here are the details: (1:00) Uber drama in Austin (8 …
Team Register, 11 May 2016

Panama Papers finally online

A searchable database of 320,000 offshore companies and trusts from the Panama Papers and the Offshore Leaks investigations is now online. That's the data leaked from Panamanian legal firm Mossack Fonseca and ultimately given to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to pore over. You can find out more on …
Team Register, 09 May 2016
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Sneaky Lenovo patches hole

Lenovo has quietly patched a hole in the software it bundles with its laptops and desktop PCs that can be exploited by malicious code to hijack the hardware. The Lenovo Solution Center can elevate malware and other nasties on machines a leg up to system-level privileges. It has been fixed in version 3.3.002, according to this …
Team Register, 06 May 2016

Comcast screws family

Another week, another Con-cast tale. US cable giant Comcast has blamed a computer cockup for billing a Florida family for pay-per-view adult films they hadn't ordered. Alyssa and Jason Overstreet cancelled their subscription and sent back their cable box after they were charged for watching 20 X-rated flicks over the space of …
Team Register, 05 May 2016

Tax fraud wave swells after criminals pop ADP payroll data forms

An unknown number of staff at US corporations are at high risk of having their tax returns plundered after criminals siphoned their publicly-disclosed personal details and a unique company URL to obtain their records from payroll provider ADP. The breach disclosed by Krebsonsecurity does not appear to be a direct breach of ADP …
Team Register, 05 May 2016
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Speaking in Tech: The Gartner and OpenStack smack-talk episode

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole gang is together to talk about Gartner, Greg’s hiatus, Tucci on a hoverboard and vCloud Air. Our special guest this week is Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems. @Knieriemen Great. You' …
Team Register, 04 May 2016
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Locky locks down

Ransomware scum have deployed PGP to block researchers. Authors of the hugely prolific and as-yet unbroken Locky ransomware are using Pretty Good Privacy encryption to stop white hats peering into the communications traffic between victims and fleecers. It means statistics on the number of infections will be harder to clean …
Team Register, 04 May 2016

Adblock+ has cake, eats it

Web ad stripper Adblock Plus is teaming up with micro-payments biz Flattr to create Flattr Plus, which aims to sprinkle some money on web writers and online creative types. The idea is that you give Flattr Plus a bunch of cash a month, it takes a cut and then distributes what's left to the websites you visit the most. Adblock …
Team Register, 03 May 2016
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Brazil lifts WhatsApp ban

WhatsApp is no longer banned in Brazil after an appeals judge in the South American nation reversed an earlier ruling. On Monday, a Brazilian judge ordered the Facebook-owned messaging service to be shut down across the country for 72 hours. It's understood WhatsApp had refused to hand over messages to cops investigating an …
Team Register, 03 May 2016