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Thought Heartbleed was dead? Nope – hundreds of thousands of things still vulnerable to attack

More than a year after its introduction, the notorious HeartBleed security flaw remains a threat to more than 200,000 internet-connected devices. This according to Shodan, a search tool that (among other things) seeks out internet-of-things (IoT) connected devices. Founder John Matherly posted a map the company built showing …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2015
Blue Origin rocket launch

PRIME SPACE: Bezos in Cape Canaveral SPACE PODULE debut

Online stuff-hurling biz lord Jeff Bezos is to move into ORBITAL deliveries, it has been announced, setting up a mighty space podule-plex in a disused NASA facility on Florida's Cape Canaveral. Florida governor Rick Scott stood side by side with the Amazon bigcheese at the project's unveiling earlier today. In addition to …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2015

KREMLIN: Google is ABUSING ITSELF, misusing its mighty market position

The Russian state is to take action against gigantic advertising company Google for abuse of its dominant position across internet services, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal cited sources in the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service as saying that the agency's probe into a complaint from rival Yandex had found …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015

SEC takes $30m pound of flesh in newswire-hacking scandal

A Ukranian investment company and its CEO are going to pay the US government $30m for trading on info swiped from press releases before they were made public. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Jaspen Capital Partners Ltd and CEO Andriy Supranonok illegally profited from investments made based on stolen press …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015
Tim Cook unveils iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

PSST! You wanna iPhone 6S Plus? YOINK! You can't have one - Apple

Delivery of Apple's latest and most lickably gorgeous large-screen iPhone may be delayed - thanks to manufacturing problems, apparently. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says a problem with the 6S Plus's backlight is delaying production, and could result in a shortage of handsets. The egghead places the issue at the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015
Siri logo

'Hey Siri, it's Obama, what should we do about Iran?'

Vid Apple has tried to make a revamped Siri the star of its next version of iOS, even going so far as to name this week's monster product unveiling after its digital assistant. But it seems Siri has her eyes on an even bigger stage than either the iPhone or Apple TV: the White House. During a Thursday press briefing by Obama …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2015
A Lyft car

Who the hell is still using Lyft? And why put up with junk texts 'n' calls, huffs FCC

Dial-a-ride service Lyft has been rapped on the knuckles by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for making customers sign up for a telemarketing list before being able to access the service. The FCC cited Lyft for violating the US Telephone Consumer Protection Act and warned that further penalties could be imposed …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2015
Bank vault

Japan 'charges MtGox baron Mark Karpeles with BTC embezzlement'

Former MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles has been formally charged with embezzlement by prosecutors in Tokyo, it is reported. Japan's public prosecutor brought the charges against French-born Karpeles on Friday, we're told. The Bitcoin exchange boss was arrested in August. According to the AFP newswire, Karpeles will now have the right …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2015

That's a Tor order: Library gets cop visit for running exit relay in US

A New England library is calling off its plan to host a Tor exit node after cops, tipped off by the US Department of Homeland Security, paid a visit. The Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, had been hosting an exit relay on the Tor network since July as part of a pilot program to safeguard citizens' privacy online. …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015

Super Cali grabs its big stick, beats Uber 'cos it's odious

Add California's Employment Development Department (EDD) to the list of groups that think Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors, as the ride-sharer suggests. The EDD has issued a ruling [PDF] that a former Uber driver met the criteria for an employee and was therefore able to collect unemployment benefits …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015
Doctor Nick Riviera

Excellus healthcare hack puts 10m Americans at risk of identity theft

Health insurance company Excellus said hackers broke into its servers and may have made off with the personal details of 10.5 million people. The insurance firm said the information belongs to customers who lived in or sought treatment in the upstate New York area. The breach exposed the personal information of 7 million …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015
iPhone 6S battery

Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

The new advanced pressure-sensitive touchscreen features in Apple's iPhone 6S have come at a cost: a smaller battery pack. Buried in the hoopla of Wednesday's unveiling event in San Francisco was the revelation that the new 4.7" iPhone 6S comes equipped with a battery pack that has a lower capacity than its predecessor, the …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015
iPhone 6S camera

As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

Apple unveiled a trio of new products today, but Wall Street was hardly moved, as the Cupertino electronics racket dropped its stock price. CEO Tim Cook took to the stage in San Francisco on Wednesday to show off the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, and Apple TV. Though the Apple-appointed crowd cooed and fawned over the new …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015
iPhone 6S colors

Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Pics So here are the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus - basically the same phones with a few new bits and bobs. Or as CEO Tim Cook downplayed it: "We have changed everything." The new mobes look virtually identical to the 2014 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. Same size screen, resolution and casing, pretty much (the 6 versus the 6S, and the …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2015

Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

Pics With the announcement of the 12.9-inch MaxiPad iPad Pro, Apple has finally mounted its challenge to Microsoft's Surface Pro. Boss Tim Cook announced the iOS-powered enormo-slab Wednesday at a special event in downtown San Francisco before giving way to marketing honcho Phil Schiller, who disclosed the specs and details of the …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2015
IE8 patch

It's still 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage

Microsoft has today released patches for 56 security vulnerabilities in its products. People should apply the updates as soon as possible because miscreants are actively exploiting at least two of the holes – and likely more by the time you read this. The September patch batch includes critical fixes for Internet Explorer and …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2015
A shot from Verizon's 5G video

Verizon: we're going to start bringing you 5G NEXT YEAR (sort of)

Verizon is planning to test its 5G wireless broadband network next year. The US telecom giant said it would be working with a group including Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, Qualcomm, and Alacatel-Lucent to launch a 2016 trial for technology that could power the network. Verizon said it plans to have a pair of "sandbox" test …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2015
Raspberry Pi touchscreen

Stick your finger in another Pi: Titchy-puter now has touchscreen

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has given its seal of approval to a 7-inch touchscreen for its flagship microcomputer. The makers of the hobbyist quad-core ARM-powered system said the $60 screen will allow display and touch functions to be accessed from software. Drivers for the screen are included with the latest version of …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2015
Redacted report

Mind-blowing secrets of NSA's security exploit stockpile revealed at last

PDF The NSA has revealed for the first time in public how it handles and reports critical unpatched security flaws its snoopers discover in software. It is generally accepted the US taxpayer-funded spy agency has a private stash of exploitable programming blunders that it uses to infect and monitor its intelligence targets' …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2015
Man drinking through a straw CC2.0 attribution Bradley Gordon

Spotify updates hated privacy policy ... with exact same policy

Music-streaming service Spotify has finished editing its controversial privacy policy – to better explain why it's slurping people's private information, rather than taking an axe to the document. Writing on the Spotify blog, CEO Daniel Ek said the new policy will kick in over the next few days: it will use some new wordings …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2015
Apple iPad Air

Huge, absorbent iPad rumours recycled – and this time it's REAL. True

Apple is reportedly planning to unveil its long-awaited large screen tablet designed for enterprise users. A report from Apple worship site 9to5Mac quotes a source familiar saying that the Cupertino giant is going to unveil the fabled "iPad Pro" next week at its September 9 special media event. The large-screen iPad, along …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2015
Suitcase full of money

FTC raps Machinima for paying YouTubers to plug Xbox One

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has struck a settlement with video network Machinima over allegations that influential YouTube broadcasters were improperly paid to endorse Microsoft's Xbox One. The FTC said the settlement [PDF] will forbid Machinima from running videos without properly disclosing when the broadcaster has …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2015

Dead Steve Jobs' Silicon Valley wage-rigging plot costs Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel $415m

Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel's $415m settlement with Silicon Valley techies over wage-fixing accusations has been formally approved by a judge. On Thursday, Judge Lucy Koh, sitting in the northern district court of California, gave her approval [PDF] to a deal that will see the tech giants compensate workers for potential …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2015
Asus GX700 laptop

Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

Asus has unveiled a gaming notebook that comes with its own water cooling system. The GX700, shown off by the company ahead of the IFA conference in Berlin, connects to an external cooling system that pumps water through the notebook to cool off its overclocked Intel Skylake CPU. Asus GX700 laptop with dock Is it still a …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2015

Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court

Another US movie studio has filed suit against users alleged to have illegally viewed movies with the Popcorn Time app. In a lawsuit [PDF] filed in the Portland US District Court, the production company behind the 2015 film Survivor accuses 16 unnamed users of pirating its film. According to Survivor Productions Inc., the 16 …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2015
Police direct a cabbie at the Uber protest in London

Judge flips class-action switch on Uber drivers' lawsuit against cab biz

A California judge has granted class-action status to a suit filed on behalf of Uber drivers. Judge Edward M Chen said the state's roughly 160,000 drivers from UberX, Uber Black, and Uber SUV services can sue the dial-a-ride broker taking a portion of tips. Three drivers had filed suit against Uber on behalf of drivers for …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2015

Ex-Secret Service agent who siphoned Bitcoin from Silk Road takes plea deal

A former US Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his misconduct during the criminal investigation of Silk Road. Shaun Bridges agreed to a plea deal after being charged with stealing 20,000 Bitcoin from accounts on the dark web drug market run by Ross …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2015
apple music

Apple: Hey TV people, wanna be in the same place Samsung phones are these days?

Apple is reportedly in talks with television studios to develop original shows for its planned internet video-streaming service. A report from Hollywood business mag Variety cites sources who claim that Apple internet software and services boss Eddy Cue has been meeting studio executives to open up negotiations for original …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2015
Android Wear for iPhone

Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!

Google has released an app to allow Android Wear smartwatches to sync with Apple iPhones. The Android Wear for iOS app will allow users to pair up their Apple handsets with Android watches. Previously, wearing an Android smartwatch also required owning an Android phone to sync with. Google said that all future Android Wear …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015

T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere launched a tirade Sunday over subscribers who make heavy use of tethering on his network. Legere said his company will tell 3,000 customers that they face having their "unlimited" mobile broadband plans cancelled if they don't stop circumventing T-Mob's limits on LTE tethering. Under the T-Mobile …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

Google has confirmed to The Register it is being probed in India over allegations that it unfairly promotes its own services over rivals in web search results. The California goliath faces a fine up to $1.4bn – a tenth of its annual profit – if it is found to have broken monopoly laws in the country. The Competition …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
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Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases

Defense attorneys in Baltimore, US, are planning to reexamine 2,000 police arrests made with the assistance of Stingray – the cellphone surveillance equipment that identifies and logs mobile device owners within range. A group of lawyers including the city's public defender want to get a closer look at whether they can …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

The Associated Press is suing the FBI over allegations government agents used a fake news story to plant malware on the PCs of suspected criminals. The news agency, along with the Reports Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed suit against the Feds on Thursday in the US District court in Washington, DC, asking the court to …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome. The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out "many" Flash ads in the process. Netizens can right-click over the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

BitTorrent kills bug that turns networks into a website-slaying weapon

BitTorrent has fixed a flaw in its technology that quietly turns file-sharing networks into weapons capable of blasting websites and other internet servers offline. The San Francisco company said Thursday the patch for its libuTP software will stop miscreants from abusing the peer-to-peer protocol to launch distributed …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Still using ColdFusion? Really? Well, you'll want to install this patch

Adobe is advising users and administrators running ColdFusion to patch their software following the release of a security fix for an information disclosure vulnerability. The ColdFusion HotFix addresses a vulnerability in the handling of XML data for ColdFusion 10 and 11. Both patches address a single CVE-listed security …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2015
iPhone 6S case

Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

Pics Apple has sent out invites for a press conference next week where it will unveil new iPhones – quite possibly the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The Cupertino giant has issued passes to its docile and compliant friends in the media for a mystery event on September 9 in San Francisco. El Reg's invite was lost in the post, …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2015
Game of War advertisement

FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

A former games company executive, who allegedly tried to steal trade secrets from his old bosses and flee to China, has been arrested and charged by the FBI. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) claims Jing Zeng, formerly the director of global infrastructure at Machine Zone, stole confidential information from the games maker, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
US Pentagon. Pic: DoD photo by MSgt Ken Hammond, USAF

You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data. The new Department of Defense (DoD) rules [PDF] include requirements on how contractors who handle government information should deal with computer network breaches and attacks, and how …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
Angry Birds 2 poster

Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees. The Finnish mobile-games-developer-turned-entertainment-franchise said on Wednesday that roughly one third of its work force will be cut as it narrows its focus on its core games and media businesses. "This is personally a difficult decision," said Rovio …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015

Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Despite rumblings of secret research projects and hiring sprees, Apple is not going to be building its own cars anytime soon, says one analyst. Edison Investment Research analyst Richard Windsor told The Register that Apple's preferred model of high profit margins wouldn't translate well into the world of auto manufacturing …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015 warning screen

'Web brothel' CEO, staff cuffed on prostitution rap – clue: the website is called

The New York City offices of were raided by US federal agents on Tuesday – and several staff arrested including the chief exec. The website claims to be the world's largest online directory of male escorts. In an affidavit [NSFW PDF] filed in a Brooklyn court ahead of the swoop, US Department of Homeland Security …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015

Spanking Spam King: Sanford Wallace faces jail for Facebook flood

The Las Vegas man known as the "Spam King" is now facing a stretch behind bars after pleading guilty to spamming tens of millions of people on Facebook –despite being legally barred from doing so. Sanford Wallace agreed to a plea deal that reportedly could see him sent down for as long as three years. The deal, agreed to on …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2015

Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet

A pro-copyright lobbying group is threatening to sue some 50,000 to 75,000 people in Norway for using Popcorn Time movie-streaming apps. Norway's national broadcaster NRK reports that Rights Alliance has collected records on tens of thousands of people who allegedly used Popcorn Time to pipe pirated flicks over the internet. …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2015

PEAK TECHNOLOGY? Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Apple stocks hit the deck

Thursday was a rough day on Wall Street for many of the biggest names in the tech industry, as stocks dipped across the board. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 2.06 per cent, and the Nasdaq 100 Index was down 2.8 per cent, on the day Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Apple all saw their share prices dip – wiping $ …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Aug 2015
By Ben Stanfield

One more thing: Swatch trademarks dead Steve Jobs' catchphrase

Swiss watch icon Swatch seems to be taking its burgeoning rivalry with Apple very seriously. The watchmaker has taken out an international trademark on the phrase "Swatch One More Thing." The trademark, set to run through 2025, was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in May. The trademark allows …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015

Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) will pocket $30m (£19.14m) from the company tasked with screening, among others, whistleblower Edward Snowden. The DoJ announced on Wednesday that US Investigations Services (USIS) will give up a $30m (£19.14m) payment in exchange for settling charges that it violated the US False Claims Act …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015

YouTube bloggers told to slap 'advert' stickers on their vid posts

The UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has told video bloggers (vloggers) on YouTube et al to admit when they are getting paid to shill a product. The CAP's new set of guidelines gives tips for the producers and stars of video blogs on how to disclose when they have been paid or stand to gain from endorsing a product …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015
US Supreme Court

Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

Samsung is taking its patent battle with Apple to the US Supreme Court. The Korean electronics kingpin has asked the US top court to hear its appeal of a jury decision that found its handsets in violation of multiple patents held by Apple, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Samsung did not return a request for comment. …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015

FCC: No, Dish, you're not a 'small business' so forget the $3bn price cut

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an order preventing satellite TV giant Dish from purchasing broadcast spectrum rights under the guise of a small business. The FCC ruled that the company cannot operate two small subsidiaries and receive discounts reserved for small businesses, while bidding for …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2015