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AWS baits cloud hooks with DeepLens machine learning camera

At the AWS Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday Amazon Web Services invited a handful of tech typers to see a demonstration of AWS DeepLens, its forthcoming camera tuned for deep learning tasks. Announced late last year and given away in limited quantities to select developers, the image capturing kit is intended as an AI …
AWS CTO Werner Vogels

AWS Summit SF: Most definitely not a sales event, nuh uh, no way

The 2018 AWS Summit in San Francisco began on Wednesday with shock and awe, a chest-thumping bass beat accompanying a fusillade of testimonials from business customers that have cozied up to Amazon's cloud infrastructure. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, introduced by text-to-almost-human-speech service AWS Polly, then emerged to …

Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it has detected strange fake cellphone towers – known as IMSI catchers – in America's capital. These devices, which can masquerade as real phone masts to track people's movements and potentially eavesdrop on calls and texts, represent a real and growing security risk, the …
toast

Do(ug)h! Half-baked security at Panera Bread spills customer data

The website for restaurant chain Panera Bread has made the personal information for customers' online accounts available for takeout since August last year, according to security researcher Dylan Houlihan. The all-your-can-eat menu on its website offered online account holders' full names, home addresses, email addresses, …
Illustration of someone's privacy being invaded

Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

Updated Cloudflare has revealed a deal with regional internet registry APNIC to provide a possibly more privacy-conscious DNS resolver at a prestige network address, 1.1.1.1. The biz contends DNS – which translates human-friendly domain names like theregister.com into numeric IP addresses, such as 159.100.131.165, used by software – …
elon musk

Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has expressed displeasure with electric carmaker Tesla for releasing information relevant to a fatal Model X crash in California last month without alerting the agency beforehand. The NTSB began investigating the killer smash last week. "The NTSB is unhappy because parties to …
Facebook information operations chart

Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

Facebook held a press conference on Thursday to provide details about its efforts to prevent electoral manipulation, only to have its damage control eclipsed by the publication of an executive's internal memo from 2016 suggesting growth mattered more than human life. Acknowledging that Facebook had been used "to divide …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Mar 2018

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

The US Department of State wants to ask visa applicants to provide details on the social media accounts they've used in the past five years, as well as telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel during this period. The plan, if approved by the Office of Management and Budget, will expand the vetting regime …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Mar 2018
Apple iOS 11.3 battery app image

Apple iOS 11.3 adds health records for battery, people too

On Thursday Apple released iOS 11.3, a free update to its mobile operating system that, among other new features and fixes, attempts to ease iPhone battery management. Late last year, the fruit-themed device maker acknowledged that its iOS 11.2.1 update included a undisclosed mechanism for processor throttling. The processors …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Mar 2018

Why you shouldn't trust a stranger's VPN: Plenty leak your IP addresses

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, turn out to be less private than the name suggests, and not just because service providers may keep more records than they acknowledge. Security researcher Paolo Stagno, also known as VoidSec, has found that 23 per cent (16 out of 70) of VPN providers tested leak users' IP address via WebRTC …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Mar 2018
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Boffins laugh in the face of Twitter's API limits. Now they can slurp info to their hearts' content

While politicians and the public demand Facebook dam its indiscriminate dispensation of data, academics want to open the social network info-spigot wider still. In a paper popped onto ArXiv this week, boffins from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional's ESIME Culhuacan in Mexico, and the University of Warwick in the UK, describe …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Mar 2018
Docker CTO Solomon Hykes

What a Docker shocker: Founder, CTO Solomon Hykes takes a hike

Docker cofounder and CTO Solomon Hykes on Wednesday announced his departure for the company, citing the need for a CTO with experience selling to enterprise organizations. Hykes insists that his departure shouldn't be seen as a dramatic event, noting that he will remain an active board member, major shareholder, and Docker …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2018
Cookie Monster

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

Sensing an opportunity in Facebook's squandering of public trust through its previously unrestrained giveaway of user data, Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled a defense against the social ad biz in the form of an add-on for Firefox called Facebook Container. The Firefox add-on, as its name suggests, attempts to contain Facebook's …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2018
android

Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC has revived Oracle's bid to bill Google for billions over its use of copyrighted Java APIs in its Android mobile operating system. On Tuesday, the appeals court reversed a 2016 jury finding of fair use that deemed Google's actions acceptable, and sent the case …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Mar 2018
Someone trying to use a QR code if QR codes were ever this cool

How a QR code can fool iOS 11's Camera app into opening evil.com rather than nice.co.uk

A security researcher based in Germany has identified a flaw in the way Apple's iOS 11 handles QR codes in its Camera app. Last year, with the launch of iOS 11, Apple gave its Camera app the ability to automatically recognize QR codes. Over the weekend, Roman Mueller found that this feature has a bug that can be used to …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Mar 2018
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Political ad campaign biz AggregateIQ exposes tools, DB logins online

AggregateIQ – a Canadian political advertising firm that played a role in the 2016 US election and the UK's "Vote Leave" Brexit campaign – left its applications and database credentials publicly accessible, security firm Upguard said on Monday. There's no evidence that the exposed code or data was taken. Nor is there evidence …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Mar 2018

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

Mozilla intends to add basic ad filtering capabilities to its Firefox browser later this year, according to its recently updated roadmap. The move follows from what Asa Dotzler, Firefox roadmap and community leader at Mozilla, describes as changes that are making the web experience worse. "Trackers, intrusive ads and other …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Mar 2018
Mobile phones on Iran flag

Nine Iranians accused of cyber-swiping 30TB+ of blueprints from unis, biz on Tehran's orders

The US Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury on Friday charged nine Iranians with carrying out a series of internet attacks on more than 300 universities and 47 companies in the US and abroad, as well as federal and state agencies and the United Nations. The defendants were involved in various capacities with …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Mar 2018
Atlanta

City of Atlanta's IT gear thoroughly pwned by ransomware nasty

Updated IT systems used by the City of Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, have succumbed to a ransomware attack, cutting off some online city services and potentially putting the personal information of employees and citizens at risk. At a press conference held on Thursday afternoon, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2018
Flick man firing employment

Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

IBM for the past five years has been pushing older employees out of the company and replacing them with younger staffers in the US or moving the jobs overseas, it is claimed. Reg readers may have had a sneaking suspicion this was the case. As we exclusively reported last year, about a third of Big Blue workers, some 130,000 …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2018
Oracle balloons photo via Shutterstock

Oracle sued over claims of shoddy service, licensing designed to force adoption of its kit

Oracle has been sued in the US for allegedly engaging in a scheme to force owners of point-of-sale gear to switch to its subscription-based Simphony system in violation of contract and trade laws. A&E Adventures, a Florida-based operator of family entertainment centers, filed the complaint last month in Florida state court. …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2018
Zuckerberg photo Facebook

That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has broken his silence about his data gathering and advertising firm's unforeseen role in data gathering and advertising. On Wednesday, Zuckerberg provided "an update on the Cambridge Analytica situation," a reference to the UK-based data analytics firm's alleged use of 50 million Facebook …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Mar 2018
Air Force roundtable, by Wade Baker

US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis

A US government commission has asked the public for its thoughts on possible changes to the military's selective service rules to allow the conscription of technical talent, including those with computer-oriented skills, regardless of sex or age. The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, in accordance …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Mar 2018
AMD bloodbath

CTS who? AMD brushes off chipset security bugs with firmware patches

AMD has finally weighed in with its opinion of the security flaws in its Epyc, Ryzen, Ryzen Pro, and Ryzen Mobile chips, identified in a rather over-the-top fashion by CTS-Labs a week ago. The vulnerabilities affect the firmware managing the AMD Secure Processor and the chips used in some socket AM4 and socket TR4 desktop …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Mar 2018
Woman holding keys

Cluster-f*ck! Etcd DBs spaff passwords, cloud keys to world by default

Software called etcd, used for storing data across clusters of containers, has a problem – it does not implement authentication by default and so poses a security risk if deployed without further fiddling. It's also rather widely used because it comes with Kubernetes, the popular container orchestration software. Giovanni …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Mar 2018

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