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Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'

Russia is reportedly letting convicted crackers take a seat in its offensive operations units, as an alternative to doing time. The effort, said to have started in 2013, saw at least one legitimate security professional flee Russia to seek asylum in Finland after he allegedly refused to help operate a distributed denial of …
Team Register, 05 Jan 2017
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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

Bitcoin has surpassed the US$1,000 mark for the first time in three years. The high water mark was breached Monday trading at US$1,019 at the time of publication. It follows a steady increase in the value of the crypto currency in recent months buoyed by China's devaluation of the yuan, the removal of high valuation bank …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2017
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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

Television production factory LG has saved Darren Cauthon's new year by providing hidden reset instructions to liberate his Google TV from ransomware. The company initially demanded more money than the idiot box was worth to repair the TV and relented offering instructions for resetting the telly after Cauthon took to Twitter …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2017
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Building IoT: Forget the vision, just show us how to build it

If you’ve had all the vision you can handle, and just want to know how to actually develop devices, applications and networks to exploit the internet of things, you really need to join us next March for Building IoT London. Between March 27 and 29, we’ll be bringing together an array of experts with extensive real world …
Team Register, 22 Dec 2016
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US think-tank wants IoT device design regulated, because security

Washington DC think tank the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology is calling for regulation on "negligence" in the design of internet-of-things (IoT) devices. Researchers James Scott and Drew Spaniel point out in their report Rise of the Machines: The Dyn Attack Was Just a Practice Run [PDF] that IoT represents a …
Team Register, 09 Dec 2016

Expedia support tech raided his CFO to rack up insider trades

Former Expedia worker Jonathan Ly has admitted to hacking his own chief financial officer and investor relations head to commit US$331,000 in insider stock-trading. Ly, 28, of San Francisco, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in a Seattle District Court and faces up to 25 years prison and a US$375,907 settlement including some …
Team Register, 09 Dec 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Did an open source guru just ask us to join Amazon?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week our intrepid tech podcasters – Ed, Greg and Melissa – ham it up with Tyler Britten of the office of the CTO at IBM Cloud Platform to discuss containers, open source, AWS, Snapchat, Samsung's Note 7 and periodic corporate reorgs. Don’t sweat the tech, everything is …
Team Register, 07 Dec 2016
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Printer security is so bad HP Inc will sell you services to fix it

Printer security is so awful HP Inc is willing to shut off shiny features and throw its own dedicated bodies at the perennial problem. The tech giant is offering the professional security services under its new and far-harder-than-before "Secure Managed Print Services" offering unveiled today. Security types will also provide …
Team Register, 06 Dec 2016

Reimagine with us, the FT's printed virtual reality guide to Dublin

The Financial Times' latest Google-funded VR project emerges blinking into the daylight tomorrow. Entitled Hidden Cities, this masterpiece of western journalism is a guide to Dublin, but optimised for nerd goggles. Curiously, though, the FT is also producing a "printed edition" of the VR supplement, which will be "distributed …
Team Register, 02 Dec 2016

PayPal proffers patch for OAuth app hack hole

Paypal has patched a phishing vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal any OAuth token for its payment apps and gain access to accounts. Adobe software engineer and OAuth wonk Antonio Sanso discovered the token request flaw after messing with redirect URLs. He found PayPal's authorisation server setup to handle OAuth …
Team Register, 30 Nov 2016
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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

Hackers have days ago breached a Liechtenstein bank and are allegedly blackmailing customers by threatening to release their account data if ransoms are not paid. Attackers obtained account data from Chinese owned Valartis Bank Liechtenstein siphoning information on clients including politicians, actors, and wealthy …
Team Register, 29 Nov 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: 60 hours to get your proposals in

The call for papers for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017 closes this Thursday, so you've got less than 60 hours to give us your take on DevOps, Containerization, Continuous Delivery and Agile in the real world. We want to hear from people who know how implementing DevOps, Agile, CD and containers looks and feels at the coal …
Team Register, 28 Nov 2016

Shhhhh! If you're quiet, Linus Torvalds might release a new Linux

The world almost certainly needs to wait another week for Linux 4.9, says the operating system's overlord Linus Torvalds. In his weekly post on the progress of the next kernel release, Torvalds announced release candidate seven of Linux 4.9, saying “ I think we got all the silly problems I was aware of fixed, and on the whole …
Team Register, 28 Nov 2016

Phishing tackle ships data catch to net sharks

A malware writer is running YouTube ads for a phishing tool they have secretly backdoored to steal victims' information. The phishing platform is designed to trick victims into entering their Amazon account information into a passable replica of the legitimate website under the guise of a validation check. It requires victims …
Team Register, 28 Nov 2016

Men overboard! US Navy spills data on 134k sailors

The United States Navy has revealed that the names and social security numbers on 134,386 current and former employees has leaked, thanks to the compromise of a laptop used by a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services staffer. The IT contractor and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service probed the data loss finding that "unknown …
Team Register, 24 Nov 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle 2017: Ten days to tell us how DevOps really works

There are just ten days till the call for papers for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017 closes, and we'd hate to miss out on your take on DevOps, Containerization, Continuous Delivery and Agile in the real world. Last orders are on November 30, and the programme committee will be immediately diving in to craft an agenda spanning …
Team Register, 21 Nov 2016
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Speaking in Tech: The votes are in – and the Podcast Idol winner is...

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week is the BIG Podcast Idol results show as Greg and Ed review each of the candidates to be the next Speaking in Tech podcast co-host. The podcast duo also discuss touchscreen laptops from Microsoft and Acer. The details... (0:00) Surface Pro 4 quick review: Great …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2016

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

Attackers with a little more than a minute to spare can get their foot in the door on Linux boxes by holding down the Enter key for 70 seconds – an act that gifts them a root initramfs shell. The simple exploit, which requires physical access to the system, exists due to a bug in the Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS) used in …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2016

Speaking in Tech: Let's make podcasting great again

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, Greg and Ed are joined by Brian Gracely of Red Hat to discuss KubeCon, Azure, NetSuite and personal laptops. Reminder: Podcast Idol voting begins today! The details... (0:00) Gracely wearing a Red Hat (4:54) Krispy Kreme Challenge update (8:20) Podcast Idol …
Team Register, 09 Nov 2016

Windows Insiders are so passé, Microsoft now has Skype Insiders

Microsoft has kicked off a Skype Insiders program for people “interested in providing feedback to shape and enhance the Skype experience!” That's Skype Community Manager Allen-S' exclamation point, reproduced from his post explaining that the new group “will have early access to Skype software and services updates and …
Team Register, 09 Nov 2016
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School cyber safety spiel shows smut to 'Strayan students

ENTIRELY SFW VID A school cyber safety spiel delivered by Symantec's Norton brand at Australia's Robina High School has resulted in smut being displayed to the assembled students. The talk was hosted by Symantec security bod Nick Savvides and featured former NFL footballer Jarryd Hayne, who used social media to good effect when making the move …
Team Register, 07 Nov 2016
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Tokens of terror spark 'major security update' at GitLab

The co-founder of HackerOne, Jobert Abma, has reported a critical GitLab vulnerability that allowed remote code execution on application servers. Abma says the vulnerability allowed anyone who could create projects to pop the servers hosting GitLab if administrators enabled importation of previously-exported GitLab files. …
Team Register, 04 Nov 2016

Speaking in Tech: Worst OpenStack summit ever?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Ed Saipetch returns with Greg Knieriemen to discuss Dell EMC World and OpenStack conferences as well as news from CenturyLink, Microsoft and Apple. Melissa Gurney has a field report with game developer Greg Heath of Motiga Games to discuss Gigantic. The details …
Team Register, 02 Nov 2016
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Speaking in Tech: EMC v Pure – Stop bickering with the big dog

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Ed is in Barcelona while Greg and Amy sort out the week's tech news. The last of the Podcast Idols, Phoummala Schmitt (aka @ExchangeGoddess) and Theresa Miller of The Current Status, join us this week to discuss AWS, lawsuits, Facebook and open source switches. …
Team Register, 26 Oct 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Is OpenStack really a threat to VMware?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's tech-cast, and this week Greg and Ed dig into the pros and cons of the VMware Cloud announcement with AWS with Greg Ferro of Packet Pushers. Podcast Idol Peter Smallbone wraps up the podcast with a field report from IT Expo with VMware CTO …
Team Register, 19 Oct 2016

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