Articles about 2013

How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

If printer maker Lexmark International prevails against ink cartridge reseller Impression Products, tech giants and other American companies will gain the ability to control products through patent claims after they have been sold. The Federal Circuit Court in Washington, DC, last year supported this idea by siding with …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Jan 2017

One sales guy in, one sales guy out, Primary Data shakes it all about

In comes Robert Wilson and out goes Kaycee Lai at Primary Data. Kaycee Lai was SVP for products and global sales at Primary Data. He's joined Waterline Data, a data catalogue startup, as president and COO. Lai joined Primary Data following his role as sales head at Virsto in September 2013. He's also spent time at Delphix and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017
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Resistence is futile: HPE must face Oracle over Solaris IP

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Oracle are heading back to court – this time over an alleged violation of IP rights on Solaris. A US judge has thrown out a motion by HPE to have Oracle's Solaris violation claim against it dismissed. Oracle had accused HPE, case 3:16-cv-01393-JST, of improperly partnering with Terix Computer to …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2017
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Bane of Silicon Valley patents sets its sights on Rackspace and NetApp

Cloud host Rackspace and storage vendor NetApp are fighting a patent holder who's targeted some of tech's biggest names in the notorious Eastern District of Texas. The duo are standing up to Realtime Data over the firm's claim they violated seven patents it owns, spanning compression and deduplication. Realtime has filed six …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2017

UK.gov still drowning in legacy tech because no one's boarding Blighty's £700m data centre Ark

Analysis Only in IT is “legacy” a pejorative term, where it is used to condemn ageing systems and forgotten workarounds. In the UK government, as with banks, increasingly difficult-to-maintain mission-critical systems are a huge problem. Not least because of the dwindling number of folk who remember how the damn things work. One …
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2017

Go dark with the flow: Lavabit lives again

It's taken longer than first expected, but the first fruits of Lavabit founder Ladar Levison's Dark Mail Technical Alliance have landed with the relaunch of the encrypted mail service he closed in 2013. After shuttering Lavabit, Levison joined hands with Silent Circle to form the DMTA and promised Lavabit would flow again in …
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350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

Computer boffins Juan Echeverria and Shi Zhou at University College London have chanced across a dormant Twitter botnet made up of more than 350,000 accounts with a fondness for quoting Star Wars novels. Twitter bots have been accused of warping the tone of the 2016 election. They also can be used for entertainment, marketing …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jan 2017
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Ain't no party like an 80-plus-customer Cohesity party

Analysis Secondary storage silo converging startup Cohesity has added entry-level hardware as it reaches 80+ customers and 100+ US resellers. The existing scale-out C2300 and C2500 systems have 12-48TB and 24-96TB of disk capacity and 800GB-3.2TB and 1.6TB-6.4TB of PCIe flash, respectively. The C2100 slots in underneath these systems …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017

Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

Cab app Uber has agreed to pay $20m to settle charges that it exaggerated how much drivers using its software can earn and downplayed the cost of financing cars through the company. "Many consumers sign up to drive for Uber, but they shouldn't be taken for a ride about their earnings potential or the cost of financing a car …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jan 2017
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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

Britain’s naval service will receive new fleet support tanker RFA Tidespring more than 18 months late, following delays which left the vessel languishing in a South Korean shipyard. Tidespring was formally named at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME’s) Okpo-dong yard on 7 October 2015, according to the Ministry …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jan 2017
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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

Video For decades now people have been claiming that the power grid could be taken down by terrorists. However, simple statistical analysis shows that the biggest danger isn't online hackers, but squirrels – aka rats with good PR. Cris Thomas, a strategist at Tenable Network Security who goes by the moniker Space Rogue, has been …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jan 2017
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Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is suing dozens of families in Hawaii to force them to give up land they've owned for generations. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the Zuck's secluded sanctuary on the garden island of Kauai is at the heart of court proceedings between islanders and the billionaire exec who, by the way, …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2017

Microsoft posts death notices for Windows 7 sysadmin certifications

In the same week that Microsoft's German tentacle declared Windows 7 a security horror that no business in its right mind would continue to use, the company's also announced it will axe some certification exams for the operating system. Microsoft's educators have announced that certs for Windows 7 configuration, plus the the …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2017
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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

Oracle could lose its lucrative US government IT contracts after the Department of Labor accused the tech giant of racial and gender discrimination. The DoL has filed a lawsuit [PDF] with the US Office of Administrative Law Judges alleging that Oracle's pay grades violate the labor bod's rules against pay and employment …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017
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IPv6 vulnerable to fragmentation attacks that threaten core internet routers

A trio of 'net experts argues that a key IPv6 protocol needs fixing to get rid of a fragmentation attack vector against routers in large-scale core networks. The vector, called “atomic fragments” has long been regarded with suspicion by IPv6 security wonks. Here, for example, is a Black Hat 2012 presentation illustrating the …

SOHOpeless routers offer hard-coded credentials and command injection bugs

Yet again, home routers are the home of SOHOpelessness: Zyxel and Billion units distributed in Thailand by TrueOnline have backdoors, and the researcher who found the flaw says the vendors have ignored his attempts to notify them. Long-time router-popper Pablo Ribeiro went public with the pwnage – default admin accounts and …
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Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg shed new light on the social network's 2014 acquisition of Oculus VR Tuesday in a Dallas federal court. Zuck took the stand as part of a trial between Oculus and ZeniMax, the rival games developer that has accused Oculus of stealing the virtual reality technology that it uses at the heart of its …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017

Father of Android II: A Hardware Comeback

The "Father of Android" Andy Rubin is plotting a return to hardware – and he could beat Google's own Android successor Andromeda to market. According to Bloomberg, Rubin, who left Google in 2013, has hired former Android engineers for his new venture Essential, with the idea that a "high-end" smartphone will act as a kind of …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2017
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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

Sixteen years ago, Larry Sanger had the idea for a wiki-based encyclopaedia anyone could edit: the "wiki-pedia". On January 15, 2001, he and Jimmy Wales launched the site. Today, it's everyone's go-to place for quick factlets. Wikipedia's convenience is undeniable. But its anonymously compiled content has flaws and quirks …
Andreas Kolbe, 16 Jan 2017

Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

A US Court of Appeals has resurrected a class-action lawsuit accusing Apple of monopoly behavior with its iOS App Store. The case, Pepper et al v Apple, was sparked by Cupertino customers Robert Pepper, Stephen Schwartz, Edward Hayter and Eric Terrell, who were upset at Apple's stranglehold on software for their iThings. …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2017

Pirates, pirates, whatchu gonna do? Advertisers cop a visit from PIPCU

Knock knock. Who's there? This Wednesday, officers from the City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) trying to get your advertising agency to stop helping pirate sites generate revenue. Eight organisations – from influential brands, through to advertising agencies and ad networks – got a polite visit …
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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

US president-elect Donald Trump's freshly minted cyber-tsar Rudy Giuliani runs a website with a content management system years out of date and potentially utterly hackable. Former New York City mayor and Donald loyalist Giuliani was today unveiled by Trump's transition team as the future president's cybersecurity adviser – …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jan 2017
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Security hardened, pah! Expert doubts Kaymera's mighty Google's Pixel

The arrival of a security hardened version of Google’s supposed "iPhone killer" Pixel phone from Kaymera has received a sceptical reception from one expert. Kaymera Secured Pixel is outfitted with Kaymera’s own hardened version of the Android operating system and its security architecture. This architecture is made up of four …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2017

Google Cloud unlocks key achievement

Google on Wednesday introduced its Cloud Key Management Service in beta to help Google Cloud Platform customers deal with their encryption keys. "Cloud KMS offers a cloud-based root of trust that you can monitor and audit," said product manager Maya Kaczorowski in a blog post. "As an alternative to custom-built or ad-hoc key …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Jan 2017
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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

Two former Microsoft employees have sued the Windows giant seeking compensation for the mental trauma of screening child sex abuse photos, murder videos, and other extreme content flowing through the company's online services. Henry Soto and Greg Blauert were assigned to Microsoft's Online Safety Team, formed in 2008 following …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jan 2017
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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

Cloudflare successfully fended off an FBI demand for people's private information, we can report this week now that a gagging order has been ripped away. In February 2013, the Feds slapped a National Security Letter (NSL) on the San Francisco-based web delivery biz, requiring it to hand over some customer account records and …
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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

The US Navy is having difficulties with its latest aircraft carrier's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS) – the same system which the UK mooted fitting to its new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers. The US Department of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOTE) revealed yesterday, in its end-of-year report [PDF] for …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jan 2017

How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

The rise in ransomware attacks on MongoDB installations prompted the database maker last week to issue advice on how to avoid being victimized. As of Sunday, security researcher and Microsoft developer Niall Merrigan identified more than 27,000 MongoDB databases seized by ransomware. By Tuesday afternoon Pacific Time, an …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jan 2017
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Binary star bash-up should add new light to Northern Cross in 2022

Pics and video The stars of the Northern Cross – one of the most recognisable features in the night sky that has been used as a marker for the seasons for thousands of years – should be getting a bright new addition. binary star KIC 9832227 is a stellar peanut 1,800 light years away lies the stellar system of KIC 9832227, two stars …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2017
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Talena wants to be distributed database data management rock

Analysis Talena was founded in 2013 to develop data management software for Big Data and non-relational database applications. Its data management software provides backup, recovery, test data management and archiving capabilities for Cassandra, Couchbase, Hadoop, and Vertica. The company claims its software integrates machine learning …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2017
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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

Reader appeal The government is about to commence a piece of legislation that will seriously affect The Register’s ability to Bite The Hand That Feeds IT. You have until 5pm today to tell the government it should be stopped. Most British readers will have seen news coverage about Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. This is a …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Jan 2017
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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

On Saturday, the Catalina Sky Survey spotted a near-Earth asteroid of respectable heft – and today, it passed between us and the Moon. 2017 AG13 (the Minor Planet Center, MPC, entry is here) is about the size of a 10-storey building. Its velocity to Earth is 11 kilometres per second. It passed at 0.53 Lunar distance, or 203, …

The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

Anyone looking for the much-anticipated “New Nokia” to make a splashy comeback might have to wait a little longer. HMD gave a very low key launch to the new phone, the first Nokia-branded smartphones for two years*, at the weekend. The new device was announced in the Chinese language only, on a Sunday morning. It’s more a …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jan 2017
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NASA taps ESA satellite Swarm for salty ocean temperature tales

Research scientists working at NASA have hit upon a potentially revolutionary way of measuring the heat hidden deep in Earth's oceans: track the subtle shifts in our planet's magnetic field caused by tides, swells, eddies, and even tsunamis. Put simply, the salt in ocean water makes it conductive, and as it ebbs and flows it …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2017
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Yep. Bitcasa's called it quits

Analysis Cloud file storage startup Bitcasa - a firm cynics might say had an apparent death wish - has called it a day. An odd posting on its website by CEO Brian "Tap" Taptich reads: Bitcasa is no more, and this is not bad news. Thanks to the very hard work, generosity and persistence of a number of folks – from employees to …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2017
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Cancel! that! yacht! order! Marissa! – Verizon's! still! cold! on! Yahoo! gobble!

A Verizon executive is once again casting doubt on the telco giant's $4.8bn bid to acquire Yahoo! Speaking at an investor conference in Las Vegas today, executive vice president Marni Walden said of the deal, "Unfortunately, I can't sit here today and say with confidence one way or the other because we still don't know." The …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jan 2017

Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

Google has removed ad blocking and privacy extension AdNauseam from its Chrome Web Store, and has taken the unusual step of flagging the extension as malware, thereby preventing AdNauseam from being used by those who have installed the software via Chrome's developer mode. Chrome users who put their browser into developer mode …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Jan 2017
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CloudByte chews on Elastistor, sinks teeth into OpenEBS

Analysis Startup CloudByte is having a substantial exec and strategy makeover as it embraces an open source approach to containerised storage. We came across CloudByte just over a year ago when it popped up with its ElastiStor software running on OEM’d SanDisk (now WD) InfiniFlash hardware, the box with a bunch of flash inside it. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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Windows PC spy nasty dormant for three years, mutates and resurfaces

Two new variants of some Windows spyware first discovered in 2013 have surfaced in targeted attacks, security firm Forcepoint warns. The new nasties – BigBoss and SillyGoose – are based on the three-year-old MM Core backdoor. MM Core spawned a spin-off named "StrangeLove" shortly after its discovery before mysteriously …
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2017
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2016 – the year 3D XPoint came down to earth from Planet Hype

Storage Review in 2016 Storage in 2016 saw its on-premises SAN/filer array heartland assaulted by the public cloud on the one hand, and hyper-converged and software-defined storage on the other. The now-classic dual-controller disk array went hybrid to keep storing primary data, but all-flash arrays are taking on that role and so the hybrids went …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'

Russia is reportedly letting convicted crackers take a seat in its offensive operations units, as an alternative to doing time. The effort, said to have started in 2013, saw at least one legitimate security professional flee Russia to seek asylum in Finland after he allegedly refused to help operate a distributed denial of …
Team Register, 05 Jan 2017
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Puny galaxy packs a big punch: A gazillion joules' worth of radio bursts

Sorry to say this, but fast radio bursts still aren't alien communications. There is a surprise, however, in the latest science about them – the only repeating burst yet known comes from a "puny" galaxy with no obvious sources for such a cataclysmic cosmic event. We don't know quite what they are, but the galactic mysteries …
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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

The very phrase "food substitute" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Full-English loving workforce, and perhaps rightly so. Way back in the summer of 2013, former Reg man Jack Clark took one for the team by surviving on nothing but Soylent for seven nightmarish days and wrote up his experiences so that others …

Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

One dollar of online display advertising will buy you approximately $0.03 worth of actual ads seen by real people, according to Bob Hoffman, a partner in media consultancy Type A Group. Hoffman, who used to run the Hoffman/Lewis Advertising agency, is well known for his skepticism of online ads, a view that has found some …
Thomas Claburn, 03 Jan 2017

Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

Vinyl sales, which reached a 25-year high, and a continued increase in streaming offset decline in CD sales as music consumption rose last year, according to official music industry figures. Figures from the BPI out Tuesday show UK music consumption rose 1.5 per cent last year to reach 123 million albums. A total of 45 billion …
John Leyden, 03 Jan 2017

Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

Blighty’s post Brexit diet must include a "full-fibre" eating plan, or so says the UK’s new digital minister Matt Hancock. Amid all the political noise over the last 12 months, the volume for infrastructure investment was dialled up to 11. In the Autumn statement, chancellor Phillip Hammond announced a £400m "full fibre" …
Kat Hall, 03 Jan 2017
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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

Bitcoin has surpassed the US$1,000 mark for the first time in three years. The high water mark was breached Monday trading at US$1,019 at the time of publication. It follows a steady increase in the value of the crypto currency in recent months buoyed by China's devaluation of the yuan, the removal of high valuation bank …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2017

A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

How often can we say that an IT blunder might have changed the course of world history? Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server whilst serving as outgoing US President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State became a key element in the US presidential election this year. The FBI investigation around Clinton’s use of a …
John Leyden, 26 Dec 2016
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A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists

Year in Review If 2016 proved anything, it proved the existence of the law of unintended consequences making this a miserable year for lovers of liberty and privacy. A vote by the British electorate to secede from the European Union in June led to former Home Secretary Theresa May becoming Prime Minister — to the fright of many who had …
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Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military

Updated Satya Nadella’s team will be smiling today after the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) – the IT wing of the Department of Defense (DoD) – awarded his firm a five-year $927m support contract. The deal will give the US military “access rights to Microsoft’s proprietary (closed-source) code” when it is “required to …
Iain Thomson, 21 Dec 2016