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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

The Force is … well what is The Force, exactly? At a guess, perhaps it has slowed down time in Hollywood given Disney has announced a delay to the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. The as-yet-un-subtitled next instalment of what Disney calls “The Saga” is apparently “currently in preproduction and will begin principal …
Team Register, 21 Jan 2016

Speaking in Tech: 'Software will become more integrated into the IBM story'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is out while Ed returns to talk passwords, drones, Google and Diane Greene. Our special guest this week is Jesse Proudman, founder of BlueBox, now an IBM company. And here are the details ... (1:00) …
Team Register, 20 Jan 2016
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Cisco patches borked web box proxy hole

Cisco has patched a vulnerability in its Web Security Appliance that allows unauthenticated remote attackers to bypass security controls. The bug (CVE-2016-1296) allows attackers to use proxies when such traffic should be restricted. Affected users of versions 8.5.3-055, 9.1.0-000, and 9.5.0-235 should apply the released fix …
Team Register, 20 Jan 2016

Amazon cloud increasingly powered by hot air

Amazon Web Services' aspiration to power its clouds with not much more than hot air are closer to fruition, after the company flicked the switch on its first wind farm. The 150 megawatt facility on Fowler Ridge in Benton County, Indiana starting pumping out electrons on the first of January when it made over “1.1 million …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2016

Updated Android malware steals voice two factor authentication

Malware-makers are stepping up the assault on Android handsets and are now quietly redirecting phone calls to steal voice-based two factor authentication details. An update to the Android.Bankosy trojan horse means it not only locks down handsets but steals data from hacked devices. Symantec threat-throttler Dinesh Venkatesan …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2016
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Skype now translates in real-time into seven languages

Microsoft has delivered its promised real time translation service in Skype. Redmond's VoIP service can now comprehend Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and convert one to another as you chat. With one caveat: it's on Windows only for now, although Microsoft promises more languages and …
Team Register, 15 Jan 2016

Norway cops, Europol, throw cage over RAT

Five hackers arrested last month in a sting coordinated by Norway police have been revealed as running the MegalodonHTTP remote access trojan. The Kripos-Europol operation codenamed "OP Falling sTAR" has been kept largely under wraps until security firm Damballa revealed the name of the malware involved. The US security firm …
Team Register, 15 Jan 2016

Cloud Security Alliance says infosec wonks would pay $1m ransoms

Some companies will pay hackers up to US$1 million in ransoms to claw back stolen data according to a poll by the Cloud Security Alliance. The survey garnered 209 respondents of which half were in IT security and a third from tech with most hailing from companies with up to 1000 staff and a quarter from large enterprises with …
Team Register, 14 Jan 2016
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Speaking in Tech: The worst CEO of 2015? Have a listen

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is missing so Amy Lewis jumps in to take his seat while we talk about documentaries, podcast pimps, dead phones and adult toys at Amazon. And the details are as follows: (1:00) Amy pinch hits for Ed (2 …
Team Register, 13 Jan 2016
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As easy as 'Citrix123' – hacker claims he popped Citrix's CMS

A Russian hacker claims he broke into systems run by Citrix, and gained access to potentially a huge number of customers. The binary buster known as "W0rm" exploited weak credentials – the username press@citrix.com and the password Citrix123 – to get into the content management system that powers Citrix's websites. W0rm …
Team Register, 13 Jan 2016

Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

Updated Canadian student hacker Evan Andersen says Nvidia graphics cards retain content users would rather not be preserved, such as the material appearing in web pages viewed in the supposedly-private "incognito mode" offered by Google's Chrome browser. The flaws were reported to Nvidia and Google in 2014; the former did not respond …
Team Register, 11 Jan 2016
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General Motors turns key on bug bounty program

General Motors (GM) has opened a bug bounty program to allow hackers to report vulnerabilities in its vehicles. Vulnerability reporting guidelines are stringent; GM agrees not to "pursue claims" against researchers if bug hunters do not harm or violate the privacy of GM or its customers, drop a zero day, or breach criminal law …
Team Register, 11 Jan 2016
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New Year, new Git: Version control system updated this week

The Git community was obviously working hard over the festive break, and slipped out version 2.7.0 of the control system earlier this week. The new version includes yet another array of updates and fixes, the full list of which you can peruse here. Github highlighted more flexible naming for git bisect, the tool for working …
Team Register, 07 Jan 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Rant at fools on Facebook? You pass the IQ test

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another wrapup of the week in tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed, Sarah and Greg are all together to discuss EMC cuts, Lyft, Zuck's reacharound and SolidFire. Special guest this week is Jeramiah Dooley of SolidFire. The details …
Team Register, 06 Jan 2016
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Etsy’s DevOps supremo to take the stage at Continuous Lifecycle

Re Events We’re really chuffed to announce that Etsy’s Katherine Daniels will be joining us at Continuous Lifecycle London next May as one of our keynote speakers. Katherine is a senior operations engineer with Etsy, overseeing systems that support 54 million members, 1.4 million active sellers, and 19.8 million active buyers. To keep …
Team Register, 05 Jan 2016

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