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More VW cheatware 'found'

US watchdogs have found three pieces of so-called emissions cheatware in Volkswagen's three-liter diesel engines, according to German Sunday tabloid Bild am Sonntag. The dodgy code, we're told, lifts limits on engine output after 22 minutes of operation – that's rather convenient because air pollution tests by regulators last …
Team Register, 08 Aug 2016

Genesys stalks Avaya: report

Genesys Labs is poised to write a US$3 billion cheque for Avaya's call centre and customer service business, reports Reuters. Genesys is a call centre specialist that, like everyone else in the field, is trying to take transplant its customer service expertise into “omnichannel” service spanning voice calls and any imaginable …
Team Register, 08 Aug 2016

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Users are reporting that upgrading to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update renders their PCs unusable. A lengthy Reddit thread explains the problem: the Anniversary Update installs just fine, but when users re-start their PCs after the upgrade … nothing happens. Users report that their PCs simply hang on restart, sometimes …
Team Register, 08 Aug 2016
The audience at Continuous Lifecycle London

Continuous Lifecycle 2017 call for papers is open

Continuous Lifecycle is coming back to London next May, and it’s time for you to play your part by responding to our call for papers. We’re looking for conference presentations and all-day workshops that span the full range of agile, DevOps, application lifecycle management, CD and container technologies and methodologies. …
Team Register, 05 Aug 2016

Fortinet axes two per cent of workforce, chops 100 sales, ad staff, execs

Fortinet has laid off 100 sales and marketing staff along with an unknown number of executives, as part of a company wide restructure that has axed about two percent of its workforce The job losses flow from the company's acquisition of IT operations analytics outfit AccelOps in June 2016. Fortinet told The Register in a …
Team Register, 05 Aug 2016

Olympics bans GIFs

Sharing sporting moments at the 2016 Olympics as animated GIFs has been outlawed by the International Olympics Committee. The ban really only applies to the media, before you panic. However, we suspect that if the IOC had its way, we'd all be forbidden from tweeting or Vining animated GIFs and WebMs from the Rio games. After …
Team Register, 04 Aug 2016
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Microsoft boosts PKI, ISO certs to harden Azure cloud

Microsoft has bumped up security for its Azure cloud platform by adding support for X.509 certificates for device-level authentication, and bagging an ISO integrity ticket. Adding X.509 means Microsoft thinks its cloud will be better at handling internet-of-things traffic to the Azure IoT Hub, according to Azure partner …
Team Register, 04 Aug 2016

Got a genius enterprise tech idea? Tell the world about it

We hear plenty about genius startups that might change the way we communicate, shop, or date. We hear a lot less about the genius startups that are focused on innovating in the enterprise - you know, the place where you spend most of your lives. That’s why The Register has become the media partner for the 2016 Tech Trailblazer …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Thousands audition, millions vote.... One wins. It's Podcast Idol

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg returns to our weekly tech-cast just as one of the co-hosts has decided it is time to move on. This week we discuss private equity and HPE, Oracle and NetSuite, being “the man” and some tearful goodbyes. The details… (1:00) The bitch is back (6:35) …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
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$67M in bitcoin stolen as hacking typhoon lashes Hong Kong's Bitfinex

One of the world's most popular Bitcoin exchanges Bitfinex has been torn apart with hackers making off with around US$65 million (£49 million, A$87 million) in the cryptocurrency. The Hong Kong company replaced its homepage with a statement on the hack but did not detail losses or the means by which the site was breached. It …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016

Hospital hackers leak 156GB

Miscreants have taken 156GB of sensitive medical files and internal documents from the Central Ohio Urology group in the US – and leaked the lot online. That's according to those who have inspected the dumped data, which appeared briefly in a publicly shared Google Drive account on Monday. The 105,000 swiped files were …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
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OS X file guard tool in alpha

A new OS X utility called FlockFlock that monitors file-system accesses for malicious activity is available as an alpha release for experienced developers to test. Written by computer forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski, the open-source software hopes to thwart "ransomware, spyware or other malicious programs that might …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
Sulawesi Slender Root-Rat

Russia reports RAT scurrying through govt systems, chewing data

Russia's Government is reporting that malware designed to steal data has been found in state systems at two dozen agencies and critical institutions. Moscow did not reveal the names of the targeted agencies nor which attacks were successful and what data if any was stolen. Military, scientific, and critical infrastructure …
Team Register, 01 Aug 2016
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Uber: Why we use MySQL

Uber infrastructure engineer Evan Klitzke has blogged this week about why the ride app maker switched from Postgres to MySQL. Typically, Postgres is seen as the hip and trendy RDBMS and an obvious choice over MySQL, but Klitzke says Postgres hit several brick walls: Postgres served us well in the early days of Uber, but we ran …
Team Register, 27 Jul 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Just expense it! You know you want to...

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week our techcasters – Sarah, Ed and Amy – talk smack about Yahoo, DNC emails and business expenses. Our special guest this week is Sumeet Singh, founder and CEO AppFormix. The details… (1:00) Epic road trips: “Anything green helps…” (5:07) Verizon, where old web …
Team Register, 27 Jul 2016
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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

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

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