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Ruskie rats selling Choose-Your-Own-Adventure love scams

Russians have delivered another blow to beleaguered love rats with the sale of automated and plug-and-play online dating scam packages. The services are slung on underground crime sites and promise a response rate of 1.2 percent from love luckless men. The rort will earn net scum US$2,000 a week if they send out 30 romance …
Team Register, 05 Jan 2016
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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

We launched as an email newsletter in 1994, hit the web four years later and are now a multinational media entity operating on three continents. Millions of people read us every month, which is humbling. We may have missed our birthday, but did do some proper “we've turned 21 and that means we're probably quite grown up now” …
Team Register, 04 Jan 2016
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Jez Humble to deliver keynote at Continuous Lifecycle London

Reg Events If you want to hear a bona fide DevOps view from the top you’ll be be as pleased as we are that Jez Humble will be taking to the stage to deliver a keynote speech at the Continuous Lifecycle London conference next May. Jez, together with editorial board member Dave Farley, literally wrote the book on DevOps. In fact he’s …
Team Register, 28 Dec 2015

Speaking in Tech: Hadoop, Donald Trump, Apple TV - what do they have in common?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's Greg and the gang's annual predictions podcast, marking the 191st episode of Speaking in Tech. Enterprise tech gurus Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela take a look at what the future holds for Hadoop, Apple TV, Netflix, HP, NetApp, Cisco, Trump, on-prem data …
Team Register, 23 Dec 2015
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Speaking in Tech: That’s going to look really bad on LinkedIn!

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Want to hear a funny wrap-up of everything important that happened in the tech world this week? Enterprise and consumer kit gurus Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela are here to discuss the SolidFire-NetApp rumours, Virtustream, VMware, whether “Personal conduct” …
Team Register, 17 Dec 2015
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Continuous Lifecycle London – Early Bird Tickets Available Now

Reg Events Tickets for Continuous Lifecycle London 2016 are on sale now, and we’re offering you the chance to save £200 on the two day conference price. Brought to you by The Register and our partners Heise, Continuous Lifecycle London 2016 will run from May 3 to 5, 2016, and will be the place to dive deep into the tools and …
Team Register, 14 Dec 2015
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Rupert Murdoch wants Google and chums to be g-men's backdoor men

In Brief Rupert Murdoch has come to the aid of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, urging Google, Apple and other tech giants to change their stance on encryption. Graham, who is a presidential candidate for the GOP alongside blowdryer-favouring asshat Donald Trump, once again railed against Silicon Valley players and called for them to …
Team Register, 11 Dec 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Look out Isis/Isil/IS/Daesh, Hillary could unleash Silicon Valley

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Brian Gracely steps in to join Sarah and Greg to talk Pure Storage, hacking ISIS, hair dryers, and even more Dell EMC stuff. Our special guest this week is Chad Sakac, president for Global Systems Engineering …
Team Register, 09 Dec 2015

Brits leave 138,000 gadgets in the pub

Drunk Brits lose 138,000 devices a year in bars but get most of them back, according to a pub poll by security firm Eset. The mobile security vendor pinged 600 establishments across the country and extrapolated the results to come up with the 138,000 approximation. Mobile devices were often dropped in watering holes across …
Team Register, 08 Dec 2015

Cheque, mate? Barclays Bank borked as website, apps take cheeky siesta

Barclays Bank suffered an outage to its system which crippled the company's online service for hours on Monday afternoon. It's finally coming back to life, after the bank admitted around lunchtime today that its website and apps had fallen offline. Barclays told customers in a tweet: "We’re currently seeing some issues across …
Team Register, 07 Dec 2015

Industrial control system gateway fix opens Heartbleed, Shellshock

Rapid 7 security man Todd Beardsley says new firmware released to patch hardcoded SSH keys in Advantech EKI industrial control system gateways contains known brutal flaws including Shellshock, Heartbleed, and buffer overflows. A module for the Metasploit hacking box has been published to help attackers hose the zero day holes …
Team Register, 03 Dec 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Is the whole of Silicon Valley on LSD?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's favourite techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah returns to join Eddie and Greg to talk SDI (not the Reagan thing), that Rolling Stone report on San Fran techies and LSD (in really small doses), …
Team Register, 02 Dec 2015
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Report fingers China for assault on Australian weather supercomputer

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that China has been fingered as the source for a very substantial attack on a supercomputer operated by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). The BoM is an analog of the UK's Met Office and the USA's National Weather Service. Like those agencies, the BoM provides weather …
Team Register, 02 Dec 2015

BlackBerry to bug out of Pakistan by end of year

Blackberry will pull out of Pakistan on New Year's Eve in protest of its government's demand to intercept and decrypt people's communications. The Canadian company refuses to open what it considers a backdoor in its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES). Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority in July asked BlackBerry and other …
Team Register, 01 Dec 2015
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BT inks deal with HP Enterprise – beams cloud to biz customers

In brief Blighty telecoms giant BT has struck a cloudy deal with HP Enterprise for an undisclosed sum. The company said that its IP VPN customers can now hook up directly to HPE's Helion managed cloud services. BT claimed that the direct link up would help customers to have more "reliable and secure access" when building workloads. …
Team Register, 30 Nov 2015
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Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests

Walmart has recruited aerospace, defence and security concern Lockheed Martin to comb open source intelligence in the lead up to Black Friday union protests, Bloomberg reports. The super-colossal retailer has a difficult history with unions and engaged the defence contractor to keep tabs on its employees in the run up to the …
Team Register, 30 Nov 2015

Lenovo slings privilege patches at in-built tools

IOActive security bod Sofiane Talmat has found two since-patched privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Lenovo System Update utility. The tool keeps drivers and BIOS up to date. Talmat found the tool's help function contains a vulnerability (CVE-2015-8109) that can allow regular users to gain administrative access. "Since …
Team Register, 26 Nov 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Is Dell's EMC acquisition doomed, or just too big to fail?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, with Sarah still on her travels, Amy Lewis joins Eddie and Greg to talk Dell/EMC, storage stocks, the wild world of storage (featuring Pure and Nimble), and bad certificates. Our special guest this week is …
Team Register, 25 Nov 2015
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Amazon resets account passwords feared compromised – report

Amazon.com appears to be asking some of its customers to reset passwords after a breach of some sort. The online bazaar apparently sent cryptic emails to some of its account holders warning them that their passwords were blabbed in some way, and therefore have to be changed. "We recently discovered that your password may have …
Team Register, 25 Nov 2015
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Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets

Four researchers have found two thirds of the most popular Android apps indulge in seemingly-useless covert chatter with remote servers. Top developers including Gameloft, Unity3d, and grillgames are implicated to varying degrees. The chatter has no use to users. About half of the traffic is related to analytics, such as that …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2015

Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

Damballa researchers Willis McDonald and Loucif Kharouni say the attackers who flayed Sony Pictures with disk-cleansing malware may have stayed hidden using newly-uncovered anti-forensics tools. The pair found the updated weaponry in the latest version of the Destover malware, best known as the malware that in November last …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2015

Android's accessibility service grants god-mode p0wn power

Michael Bentley of security-through-analytics outfit Lookout has found android malware that does not require user permission to install. Bentley, Lookout's head of response, says the Shedun malware accomplishes the feat using the Android's accessibility features. When installed the malware will use the accessibility service …
Team Register, 20 Nov 2015

Fix sweetens foul cookie that kept open Aussie tax login portals

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has crushed a cookie-related flaw in which sessions failed to close allowing the next user of a public computer to access tax records. The flaw reported to the office by Sydney Arduino tinkerer JP Liew occurs when tax payers obtain a PDF from the ATO and in doing so are directed away from the …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Anonymous’s ‘total war’ on ISIS – how effective can it be?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie and Greg (with Sarah taking a well-earned rest) talk Netflix, net neutrality, Anonymous, Open Source and more. Our special guest this week is Justin Warren of PivotNine. And here are the details: (1: …
Team Register, 18 Nov 2015

Today is not the day to search for a beautician in Russia

Cyphort Labs researcher Nick Bilogorskiy says ransomware authors have infected some 60 Russian websites that collectively attract more than 20 million visitors a month. The malware man says the attacks are hosted on Russian hosting site Rustelekom. Visitors to the sites could have the CTB Locker ransomware dropped through the …
Team Register, 17 Nov 2015