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Linus Torvalds flips the bird

Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks he'll be able to give the world version 4.12 of the Linux kernel next week.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Updated A huge ‪ransomware‬ outbreak has hit major banks, utilities and telcos in Ukraine as well as victims in other countries.
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017
NASA's Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft

Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

NASA says the preliminary design review of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project suggests it is possible to create a supersonic aircraft that doesn't produce a sonic boom.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth at Rosyth. pic: Andrew Linnett/Crown copyright

Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Britain’s largest ever warship, aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to sail from her Rosyth dockyard on her maiden voyage today.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2017
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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

Fueled by beer and bitterness, a US techie logged into his ex-employer's radio towers to sabotage them – and is now behind bars as a result.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth on her first sortie out of Rosyth, 26 June 2017. Crown copyright

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship runs Swiss Cheese OS

Updated The Royal Navy’s brand new £3.5bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is running Windows XP in her flying control room, according to reports.
Gareth Corfield, 27 Jun 2017
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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

Two men have been charged with theft for allegedly helping themselves to bundles of free newspapers from London Bridge railway station.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2017
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Hyperconverged leapfrog: Dell EMC borg overtakes Nutanix

Dell EMC overtook Nutanix to become the leading hyper-converged infrastructure appliance shipper in 2017’s first quarter.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2017
Big Ben and Underground sign. Pic: Crown copyright/MoD

UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

Comment Just under 90 Parliamentary email accounts were compromised by a brute force attack on the parliamentary network over the weekend. And there is a long-established technology which can normally see off this kind of attack.
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2017
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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

Opinion Apple has been promising to revolutionize TV for years but hasn't yet found the time to do so. Last week, Apple announced two new and likely expensive hires, former Sony Pictures Television presidents, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg – who are known for Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and other golden TV shows – to help it transform television.
Faultline, 26 Jun 2017
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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has admitted it experienced a “sustained and determined cyber attack” over the weekend and says <90 email accounts have been compromised as a result.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

The Australian government looks set to take a hard line on encryption at this week’s Five Eyes meeting, and encourage the other nations in the network to jump on the back-door band wagon.
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jun 2017
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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

The owners of the rights to about 200 games to be bundled with the ZX Spectrum Vega+ is withdrawing permission for them to be included with the consoles unless its maker pays royalties for games on a previous device, The Register has learned.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2017

Make sure your Skype is up to date because FYI there's a nasty hole in it

Infosec researchers have discovered a nasty and exploitable security vulnerability in older versions of Skype on Windows.
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017

Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

UK car insurance giant the AA caused all sorts of confusion on Monday after accidentally sending out a "password update" email to people.
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2017
Blinded me with science

Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

If you've ever been dazzled by some idiot's high-beam driving towards you at night, you'd probably welcome a self-driving car – except one of the key “eyes”, LIDAR, can also be blinded, or tricked into reacting to objects that aren't there.
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Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

Cisco's adding McAfee's Advanced Threat Defense to platforms supported by its Email Security Appliance platform.

No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

Scientists digging through old readings from NASA’s Voyager 2 mission in 1986 have found that Uranus’ magnetic field swings open and shut like the aperture of a revolving door.
Katyanna Quach, 27 Jun 2017

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Analysis It is now increasingly clear that the global outbreak of a file-scrambling software nasty targeting Microsoft Windows PCs was designed not to line the pockets of criminals, but spread merry mayhem.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2017
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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Google was today hit with a record antitrust fine of €2.42bn (£2.1bn) from the European Union today for promoting its own shopping search service over those of smaller rivals.
Kat Hall, 27 Jun 2017

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