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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

Microsoft has released the newest build of Windows 10 Insider, version 16226, to developers on its fast-track release list. Build 16226 for Home and Professional editions strips out the SMB1 server software exploited by the NSA, and later by the authors of the WannaCry malware. The client SMB1 remains, so that users can …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools. This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers with malware. The documents, originally written on May 11, 2015 and revised on …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

President Trump has, in a tweet-burst today, backtracked on his earlier menacing claim that he may have secretly recorded his meetings with then-FBI boss James Comey. ...whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings. — Donald J. Trump (@ …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials on Wednesday. In a public hearing into election hacking held by the US Senate Intelligence Committee, the Department of Homeland Security's acting director of the cyber division, Dr Samuel Liles …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

On Tuesday OnePlus launched its latest smartphone with much hoopla, and the handset has already found notoriety. The Middle Kingdom manufacturer sent out review units to a few publications before the launch (El Reg isn't on their lovey list) and coder blog XDA Developers analyzed a unit. According to its research, the new …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2017
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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

Windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, Microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues. Redmond is currently being investigated in the EU, Germany and Russia over alleged anti-competitive behavior because it bundles the Windows Defender security suite into its latest …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2017

Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

Powerful programs run daily by users of Linux and other flavors of Unix are riddled with holes that can be exploited by logged-in miscreants to gain root privileges, researchers at Qualys have warned. Essentially, it's possible to pull off a "Stack Clash" attack in various tools and applications to hijack the whole system, a …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2017
VR

Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

A Finnish startup reckons it has stolen the march on Oculus and other mixed reality forms with a headset capable of both virtual and augmented reality and with a resolution that's on a par with the human eye. Dubbed Varjo Technologies, the Finnish startup has just 19 employees – including many ex-Nokia folks – and a smidgen of …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2017
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Worried about election hacking? There's a technology fix – Helios

Election hacking is much in the news of late and there are fears that the Russians/rogue lefties/Bavarian illuminati et al are capable of falsifying results. For example, voters in the state of Georgia's sixth district are going to the polls on Tuesday for a close-fought election, and serious doubts have been raised about the …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2017
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FOIA documents show the Kafkaesque state of US mass surveillance

A mystery technology biz tried to fight off demands from the US government that it hand over people's communications flowing through its systems. The unnamed company refused to obey the surveillance order, and was also denied the ability to even review the outcomes of any previous challenges to help form its case. That's …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2017
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WikiLeaks emits CIA's Wi-Fi pwnage tool docs

Hundreds of commercial Wi-Fi routers are, or were, easily hackable by the CIA, according to classified files published today by WikiLeaks. The confidential US government documents describe the Cherry Blossom project, which is the framework by which CIA operatives can subvert wireless routers; install software that harvests …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2017
Death

BAE accused of flogging mass-spying toolkits to assh*le autocrats

A year-long investigation has uncovered evidence that British armaments conglomerate BAE Systems has been selling internet surveillance equipment to Middle Eastern regimes with questionable human rights records. BAE has its fingers in many pies, including the online sphere, and in 2011 it bought Danish firm ETI and added it to …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2017
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Soldiers bust massive click-farm that used 500k SIM cards, 100s of mobes to big up web tat

A massive click-fraud farm has been raided in Thailand by police and army troops, who seized nearly half a million SIM cards and hundreds of iPhones used to promote products online. The raid on two rented houses in Ban Mai Nong Sai in the Aranyaprathet District led to the arrest of three Chinese suspects: Wang Dong, 33, Niu …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2017

Crouching cyber, Hidden Cobra: Crack North Korean hack team ready to strike, says US-CERT

The Norks are coming and it won't be fun, according to a new bulletin from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). The advisory warns that a North Korean hacking team, dubbed Hidden Cobra, is actively targeting media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors in the US and around the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2017

Ta-ta, security: Bungling Tata devs leaked banks' code on public GitHub repo, says IT bloke

Staff at Indian outsourcing biz Tata Consultancy Service uploaded a huge trove of financial institutions' source code and internal documents to a public GitHub repository, an IT expert has claimed. Jason Coulls, CTO of food safety testing company Tellspec and a former banking software developer, said he stumbled upon the …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2017
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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

Updated The mystery of the "Wow!" signal, a radio burst recorded from outer space in the 1970s, may been solved. Or not. Not everyone is convinced. The 72-second signal was spotted at 1,420MHz on August 15, 1977 by Astronomer Jerry Ehman at Ohio State University's Big Ear radio telescope. It was so clear that he scribbled Wow! in the …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2017
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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

The days of listening to the captain speaking on a flight may be numbered, according to Boeing. The aerospace giant has been actively working on pilotless technology and has already built an automatic take-off and landing system into its newest model, the 787 Dreamliner. The industry is also facing a severe shortage of pilots …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jun 2017

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

Analysis Former FBI director James Comey today spoke in public for the first time about his relationship with President Donald Trump, and he didn't stint in calling out the Leader of the Free WorldTM on being economical with the truth. At a hearing in Washington DC, Comey claimed the president asked for a personal loyalty oath at a …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jun 2017
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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

Washington is gearing up for a potentially explosive session, as former FBI director James Comey gives evidence in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee over his dealings with President Donald Trump. Since his surprise firing last month, Comey has kept his mouth shut – although certain details have been leaked by his …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jun 2017

H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

The number of H‑1B visas requested by Indian outsourcing companies has dropped drastically, but not for the reasons you might think. In 2016 the top seven Indian firms filed only 9,356 new H‑1B petitions to US immigration, a drop of 37 per cent, according to non-profit think tank the National Foundation for American Policy ( …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2017
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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer

If chef Gordon Ramsay reprises his TV series Gordon Behind Bars, he could see a familiar face – after his father-in-law was sentenced to six months in jail on hacking charges. Chris Hutcheson, 69 – and the father of Ramsay's wife Tana – used to be the chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd but was sacked after falling …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2017
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Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

An eight-year investigation into Dish Networks, a direct-broadcast satellite service provider, resulted Monday in the largest fine ever levied for privacy invasion, with Dish facing a $280m bill. The US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission brought the case after multiple complaints that people trying to sell …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2017
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Phiendish phisher gets phive years in phederal for $2m phlights phraud

A hacker who screwed airlines out of millions of dollars was jailed on Monday for four years and ten months. Eric Donys Simeu, of Cameroon, had pleaded guilty to computer and wire fraud in December. The 32-year-old admitted he used stolen usernames and passwords to access booking systems to buy flights that were resold for …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2017

Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

Japanese cops have, for the first time ever, arrested a ransomware maker – a teenage tearaway. The 14-year-old from Osaka Prefecture in western Japan was collared on June 5 after police tracked him down as the suspected creator of home-grown ransomware that was being spammed out on social media and hosted on an overseas …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2017

Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

It looks like the 1990s are back in fashion: Microsoft is, it seems, preparing another flavor of Windows 10 – the tentatively named Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. We can't help but be reminded of the Windows NT Workstation era in the early 1990s – the branding Microsoft used to distance Windows for beefy work PCs from …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2017

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