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Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC. The self-described "Mexican Grill" says that the malware was active earlier this year from March 24 to April 18, when it was detected, triggering the company to issue an alert. " …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

The FBI and CIA are investigating an attempted hack on the Trump Organization. According to a report from ABC citing unnamed officials with the intelligence agencies, it is believed someone overseas attempted to breach the President's international real estate holding company. The report claims that officials and …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
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Done and done: Blackberry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments. Under the terms of the settlement announced Friday, Qualcomm will be giving $940m for back royalty payments and for legal fees accrued during the years-long court fight. BlackBerry said that …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
Amazon Fresh groceries

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

Amazon has once again expanded its reach in all things commerce, this time with its own take on the grocery store. A pilot program being carried out under the Amazon Fresh banner will allow Seattle residents to order various fresh grocery items (including produce and dairy) ahead of time, and then pick them up at an Amazon …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
A Lyft car

Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and and Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) have announced to their respective houses bills that would allow contract workers with companies like Uber, Lyft, and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul. A letter [PDF] sent to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and signed by the 14 people claims that their names and addresses were used to post …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017

Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground. The cloud network services provider says it will be doubling the amount of money it has pledged for prior art on Blackbird's patents and expanding the program to also lobby for anti-patent troll litigation. The program …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017
Neil Armstrong's lunar sample bag

Armstrong's moon-purse set for $4m bid-off

The bag Neil Armstrong used to carry home lunar samples from the Apollo 11 mission could fetch up to $4m at auction next month. Auction house Sotheby's says the bag, which carried a half-kilo of material from the Moon to Earth, is one of the few artifacts from the mission that can be purchased by members of the general public …
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017
An unhappy driver

Uber found to be doing something awful? Yep, it's Tuesday

Uber said today that it will hand drivers back pay that could add up to tens of millions of dollars. The dial-a-ride app maker said that some drivers in New York were incorrectly compensated (read: ripped off) for fares on some rides. The back pay is from what's said to be a "miscalculation" of the drivers' cuts of trip fares …
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017

Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

An activist group says it was threatened by Comcast lawyers after it pointed out the cable giant's efforts to astroturf the FCC with fake comments on net neutrality. Fight for the Future, a self-described digital rights group opposed to the FCC's planned net neutrality overhaul, says the US cable giant's lawyers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017

Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

The estate of bankrupt US trade school ITT Technical Institutes is today asking a court to stop Microsoft from erasing its cloud data. In a filing [PDF] to the US District Bankruptcy Court of Southern Indiana, the caretakers of the defunct for-profit university seek an order to bar the Redmond giant from wiping the contents of …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2017

House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

The US Representatives who just weeks ago repealed privacy rules for ISPs now want to enact a new set of restrictions. Tennessee Republican rep Marsha Blackburn is sponsoring the bill [PDF], known cheekily as the "Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (or BROWSER) Act of 2017." The bill would explicitly …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2017
US Supreme Court

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could block patent-holding firms from seeking out friendly courts to hear their infringement claims. An 8-0 ruling by the nation's top court in the TC Heartland v Kraft Foods [PDF] case held that a company can be sued only in the state where it is incorporated, rather than in any …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2017
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Uncle Sam drags feet on govt data center cull

US government agencies are falling behind on their plans to consolidate data center facilities to cut IT costs. This according to a report [PDF] from the US Government Accountability Office, which found that just three agencies have made up the bulk of data center closures as part of the Data Center Optimization Initiative. …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2017
Twitter flock

Wondering why the office is so productive? Yep, Twitter's knackered

Twitter has spent much of the day tackling gremlins in its systems that have left loads of users unable to access parts of the jibber-jabber service. The internet megaphone copped to two different problems that have arisen in the past 12 hours. While not a complete outage, the issues have left some without access to basic …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017
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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

Chip-and-lawsuit designer Qualcomm has drawn up a patent on blueprints for an internet-connected shoe. The semiconductor firm has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for something it simply calls "Internet of Shoes." The abstract of the application describes it as: A connected shoe apparatus …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017
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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

Recent versions of the Ubuntu Linux distro fail to limit system access for guest accounts. This according to developer Tyler Hicks, who reported a bug that allows guest users to roam free of the confines expected to be placed on system access for guests. Ideally, guest users should be restricted to a small temporary …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017
AT&T store

40,000-plus AT&T staff threaten to strike Friday

A union representing 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers is threatening a nationwide strike this weekend after negotiations with the telco stalled. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said on Wednesday that union members in 36 states are set to join picket lines outside of AT&T retail stores this weekend if the company can't …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2017
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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

The head of a Mac-centric software studio is coming clean today after a malware infection on his OS X machine last week resulted in the loss of source code for several products. Steven Frank, founder of Portland, Oregon-based Panic Inc, said he fell victim to a poisoned download of the Handbrake video transcoder that resulted …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2017
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Gotcha, Tatcha! Thieves hide in servers to hoover up victims' bank card numbers mid-order

Cosmetics peddler Tatcha is warning customers after hackers were able to compromise its website and harvest payment card details as orders poured in. The US branch of the Japanese biz has been sending notices this month to customers whose card details were apparently stolen on January 8 of this year and discovered in April. " …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017

Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

Fasthosts left some customers without access to their backups for roughly six days – after it tore down systems it feared were vulnerable to the WannaCry malware. The Brit web hosting biz confirmed to The Register that it pulled the plug on gear hosting some of its customers' online storage service last Friday. These systems …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017
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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

Google has won the rights to keep its name a proper trademark after a US court found its search engine is not quite ubiquitous enough to be considered a generic term. The three-judge panel in the US Ninth District Court of Appeals found that the Mountain View advertising giant can keep the trademark it holds on "Google," …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2017

Bell Canada hacked: 2m account details swiped by mystery miscreants

Bell Canada said Tuesday 1.9 million customer account details were swiped by hackers – although stressed no payment card numbers or passwords were slurped. The nation's largest telco said it is working with Canadian police to figure out who was responsible for the disclosure of the customer email addresses, and phone numbers …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2017
Trolls from the film "Troll 2"

Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!

A British man says PC World botched his order, then staff trolled his blog after he wrote a post complaining about it. Open-source techie Darren Moore, of London, UK, says he ordered three items through the electronics retailer back in March. After learning his business account was set up to ship to the wrong address, Moore …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2017
Army of Darkness. Universal Pictures.

It's 2017 – and your Mac, iPad, iPhone can all be pwned by an e-book

Apple has released security updates for both of its main operating systems, along with iTunes, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. All should be installed as soon as possible before they are exploited by miscreants. The updates, numbering seven in total, include fixes for security vulnerabilities in the Safari browser and WebKit engine …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2017

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