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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

A salesman sold cash register software that allowed business bosses to cheat on their taxes. John Yin, 66, appeared before the US district court in Seattle to plead guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud Uncle Sam. He faces up to 25 years behind bars and must cough up $3,445,589 to the authorities. Yin, of Everett, …
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2016
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Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Russia has accused unnamed foreign spies of launching a concerted effort to undermine its domestic banking system. Cyber attacks are being combined with fake social media reports about banks going bust, according to Russia's state security agency, the FSB. Servers physically located in the Netherlands and leased to BlazingFast …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2016

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

“My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week. But the price of that “democratizing force” is about to go up, with Britons uniquely singled out. Microsoft has reiterated to Azure customers …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016

Inventor of McDonald's iconic Big Mac dies

Michael 'Jim' Delligatti, the inventor of the Big Mac, has died aged 98. Just how he made it that far, given his fondness for the lard-laden double-decker, is anyone's guess. Delligatti cooked up the Big Mac in 1965 when, as one of McDonalds' early franchisees, he felt the menu needed a rival for local burger bars' two-storey …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016
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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

The government was warned of the risks surrounding its controversial smart meter programme four years ago, according to a leaked internal report seen by The Register, but appears to have largely ignored those concerns. A review of the programme from March 2012 highlights the vulnerability of smart meters to cyber-attacks, and …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016

CERN concern: Particle boffins join backlash against Euro Patent Office's King Battistelli

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, has joined the list of organizations and media outlets calling for action against the president of the European Patent Office (EPO). In its weekly staff bulletin, the particle physicists' take issue with Benoit Battistelli for targeting and firing staff. " …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016
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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

Hackers have days ago breached a Liechtenstein bank and are allegedly blackmailing customers by threatening to release their account data if ransoms are not paid. Attackers obtained account data from Chinese owned Valartis Bank Liechtenstein siphoning information on clients including politicians, actors, and wealthy …
Team Register, 29 Nov 2016
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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

Senior US senators have expressed concern that the FBI is not being clear about how it intends to use its enhanced powers to spy on American citizens. Those are the spying powers granted by Congressional inaction over an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. These changes will kick in on December 1 …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016
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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

The five officers from South Yorkshire Police accused of using a copper 'copter to record people who were naked or having sex will contest the allegations at their trial next year. The men all deny guilt. The serving and retired coppers were arrested as part of an internal investigation following reports that the force's …
Money laundering

178 arrested in pan-European money mule crackdown

A pan-European crackdown has resulted in the arrest of 178 suspected money mules. Across Europe, 580 people were identified as suspects. National law enforcement agencies last week interviewed 380 suspects collectively implicated in losses amounting to €23m. After malware or phishing is used to obtain the login credentials of …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2016
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Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims

Office Depot has suspended PC Health Check – its malware-scanning service – after it was accused of lying about infections to push antivirus software. Former Office Depot technician Shane Barnett told Seattle TV station KIRO 7 that the PC Health Check service would lie to customers that their otherwise-clean PCs were infected …
Iain Thomson, 22 Nov 2016

Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

The extraordinary lawsuit/soap opera surrounding tube-travelling Hyperloop One has been brought to a close. On Friday, the company reached a confidential settlement with four former employees who had seemingly tried, and failed, to stage a management coup earlier this year. "Hyperloop One is pleased to announce that it has …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2016
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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

The UK government has been accused of burying a report on its hated £11bn smart meters project by releasing revised spending data just hours after the election of Donald Trump. The scheme will require energy suppliers to offer 53 million meters to homes and small businesses by 2020 and the implementation is to be rolled out in …
Kat Hall, 17 Nov 2016
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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finally being questioned by prosecutors more than six years after he was first accused of rape in Sweden. Ingrid Isgren, Sweden's deputy chief prosecutor, arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy this morning, according to The Guardian, ending a stalemate which began in 2012 when the South American …
Lawyer up

Software biz boss on harassment charges represents himself, says I want a jury

The managing director of software firm Gravy Solutions represented himself at a case management hearing on Thursday morning, where he stands accused of harassing staff members of solicitors' firm Kemp Little. Jonathan Sherwood , 53, is alleged to have engaged in a harassment campaign against five senior employees at Kemp …
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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

Exclusive Prominent British bookseller W H Smith voluntarily shut its website for emergency "maintenance" last night after being warned by The Register that it was selling a range of DIY terror manuals – such as the Improvised Munitions Handbook that offer procedures for making bombs and explosive booby-traps. The site also offered two …
Duncan Campbell, 11 Nov 2016
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Even if IoT hits 20bn devices by 2020 mobile operators still won't care

LPWAN Forum Cloudy data-crunchers and mobile operators will take over the Internet of Things by 2020 even though there's comparatively little money in it. So said Nick Hunn of independent consultancy Wifore at LPWan Forum London on Thursday. By following the money and taking a broad view of the terms "IoT" and "value", Hunn painted a …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Nov 2016
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Flash crash trader takes plea bargain, cops to 'spoofing' and wire fraud

Navinder Sarao, the British trader accused of causing a "flash crash" from his parents' home in London, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and illegal market manipulation. The indictment against Sarao alleged that he had committed 22 counts of fraud, which included "spoofing" – illegally manipulating the market by flooding the …
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Was IoT DDoS attack just a dry run for election day hijinks?

Comment The distributed denial of service attack that took down DNS provider Dyn, and with it access to a chunk of the internet, was one of the largest such assaults seen. The attack exploited Internet of Things devices – notably webcams built by XiongMai Technologies. The gadgets had default login passwords that allowed them to be …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2016
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Chinese chap in the clink for trying to swap US Navy FPGAs with fakes to beat export ban

A Chinese national starts a 15-month stretch behind bars for trying to swap reprogrammable chips destined for the US Navy with fakes, and smuggle the real gear out of the country. Xianfeng Zuo, 38, was sentenced on Friday in Connecticut after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. Zuo, of Shenzhen, …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2016
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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

On Sunday night, after a week of sending US elections spinning and Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton tumbling in polls, FBI director Michael Comey backed off and wrote to Congressional committee chairs that after "working round the clock to process a large volume of emails" found on a laptop seized a month ago from accused …
Duncan Campbell, 07 Nov 2016
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Six on capacitor charges

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has accused six people of conspiring to rig the prices charged for capacitors. Prosecutors say that six foreign nationals, all executives with electronics manufacturers, conspired to keep the prices for capacitors artificially high. The six struck a series of deals extending from 2000 to …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Nov 2016
America

Alleged 2010 flash crash trader loses latest appeal against extradition to US

Navinder Singh Sarao, the British trader accused of illicitly making $40m and causing a stock market "flash crash" in 2010, has lost his attempt to appeal against extradition to the US. Sarao is accused of 22 counts of wire fraud, commodities fraud, commodities manipulation and "spoofing" between 2009 and 2014, in addition to …
Gareth Corfield, 03 Nov 2016

Rhode Island sues HPE for making its DMV even more miserable

The US state of Rhode Island is suing Hewlett Packard Enterprise over a car-crash IT project to overhaul its vehicle licensing system. In a lawsuit [PDF] filed to the State Superior Court on Tuesday, the Rhode Island Department of Revenue and Department of Administration accused the enterprise giant of breaching contract on an …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2016

Which job is AI going to eat next? Step forward, CCTV operators

NEC Corporation, one of Japan’s biggest IT providers, says it has built an AI that can rapidly search CCTV footage and spot a specific person out of a million or more faces. The application – snappily titled NeoFace Image data mining – can find wanted criminals, missing kids, and so on, all from video surveillance. We're told …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Nov 2016

Teen UK hacker pleads guilty after earning $385k from DDoS tool

A 19 year-old Hertfordshire man has pled guilty to running the Titanium Stresser booter service that offered distributed denial of service (DDoS)-as-a-service. Such services are often marketed as innocuous and legitimate stress testing tools, but are instead often used for cheap and effective attacks of websites. Prosecutors …
Darren Pauli, 02 Nov 2016
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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

Microsoft has not responded well to Google's bug grenade, accusing the ad giant of screwing over netizens and getting its facts wrong. "We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today's disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk," Microsoft said in a statement. It then disputed Google's claims about …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Nov 2016
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US trade watchdog to probe Cisco's gripes that Arista is still ripping off its router patents

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has promised to look into Cisco's claims that Arista is still shipping devices that infringe its networking patent. Back in 2014, Cisco accused its rival of ripping off its copyright and patented designs. In February this year, the ITC ruled in Switchzilla's favor [PDF] …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2016
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'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million

A newly unsealed indictment has detailed accusations of what appears to be one of the most inept pieces of computer crime in recent history. Dwayne Cartouche Hans Jr, 27, from Richland, Washington, is charged with computer and wire fraud, as well as money laundering charges, and accused of stealing $134,000 from a bank and …
Iain Thomson, 28 Oct 2016

Alleged ISIS member 'wore USB cufflink and trained terrorists in encryption'

A Cardiff man said to be a member of ISIS and who is alleged to have trained terrorists in the use of encryption will be put on trial in March. Samata Ullah, 33, was charged earlier this month with six terrorism offences. Today at the Old Bailey Mr Justice Holroyde remanded Ullah in custody until 17 November, according to the …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Oct 2016
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Could Heather from EastEnders turn on Kettering if Lohan is no-show?

The good burghers of Kettering have been left in a pre-Christmas tizzy as Lindsay Lohan appears to be on the brink of reneging on her promise to turn on the Northants powerhouse for Christmas. La Lohan had promised to flick the switch on the town’s Christmas lights back in June, after being accused of insulting the midlands …
Joe Fay, 28 Oct 2016

Fujitsu workers to strike in Blighty over pay

Up to 300 workers at Japanese IT godzilla Fujitsu are to strike over pay and pensions next week in Manchester, UK. The Unite union members claim that the company has been cutting pay rates for years, despite healthy profits and increases to senior management pay. The union also accused Fujitsu of failing to address a …
Kat Hall, 28 Oct 2016
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'Non-state actors*' likely to blame for Dyn mega-attack – US intel chief

A senior US intelligence chief has said that "non-state actors" – bored kids or crooks* – are likely behind the high-profile attack on DNS provider Dyn last week. A massive DDoS attack against Dyn resulted in multiple high-profile websites – including Twitter, Amazon and Netflix – to be unavailable last Friday. US director of …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016

What has 500,000 thumbs and is no longer being sued by HP? Panasonic

HP says that Panasonic will no longer be a target in its optical drives lawsuit – after the two sides reached a settlement deal. The companies announced the arrangement yesterday in a filing to the California Northern District Court, where Judge Richard Seeborg is presiding over HP's claim that a group of optical drive makers …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016
Internet anonymity

Judge orders FBI to reveal whether White House launched 'Tor pedo' torpedo exploits

A US judge overseeing an FBI “Playpen case” has told agents to reveal whether or not their investigative hacking was approved by the White House. The case is one of several the Feds are pursuing against more than 100 alleged users of the child sex abuse material exchange network called the Playpen. The prosecutions have become …

LinkedIn, Dropbox hack suspect named as Yevgeniy Nikulin by US prosecutors

The US Department of Justice has unsealed its indictment against a Russian bloke accused of hacking high-profile websites. Last week, we reported that "Yevgeniy N" was cuffed on October 5 while in a restaurant with his girlfriend in Prague, Czech Republic. He's now been named by US prosecutors as 29-year-old Yevgeniy Nikulin …

EU legal eagle: Euro court should review Intel's €1.6bn fine

An EU High Court Advocate General has recommended a review of the case that saw Intel slapped with a record fine after it was found to have coerced OEMs to avoid using rival companies' x86 CPUs. Back in 2009, the EC imposed a €1.06bn penalty - 4.15 per cent of Intel's turnover - following a multi-year legal battle but …
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Yahoo! begs! US! spymaster! Clapper!: Spill! the! beans! on! secret! email! snooping!

Yahoo! has asked the US government to break its silence on the secret court order that forced the Purple Palace to scan its webmail users' messages for specific keywords. In a letter [PDF] to US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Yahoo! general counsel Ron Bell says that national security laws prevent the online …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2016

Czech, mate: Cops cuff Russian bloke accused of LinkedIn mega-hack

Vid Czech Republic police have arrested a Russian believed to be the hacker behind the massive 2012 theft of more than 100 million LinkedIn user credentials. Working in cooperation with the FBI and Interpol, Prague cops detained the man, named only as Yevgeniy N, on October 5. He now faces extradition to America to be tried on …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2016

Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

Prevent is “not only unjust but also counterproductive” according to a study into the human rights impact of the strategy, which revealed how a 14-year-old was targeted over a Facebook photograph. Launched in 2003, Prevent evolved out of the panic regarding “home grown” terrorism, and involved entering Muslim children into the …
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Orange blows up French govt website in terrorism censorship snafu

The French Interior Ministry suffered an unexpected denial of service attack yesterday – after ISP Orange mistakenly routed heaps of traffic to the government's website. Several popular and legit internet domains were wrongly added to Orange's terrorism block list. Browsers visiting domains on the list are redirected to a …
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2016
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German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

Germany's transport ministry has warned Tesla not to call its driver assist system “Autopilot” within the Bundesrepublik. Tabloid Bild am Sontag (Picture on Sunday) says the country's Motor Transport Authority has notified Elon's electrics of the decision, saying the term “autopilot” is misleading. The authority's letter, …

US investment 'heroes' are the people you love to hate

Which corporations invest most in the USA? A ranking by the favourite think-tank of the Democratic Party leadership might leave the Party's net roots choking on their muesli. The Progressive Policy Institute has ranked US corporations by the amount they invest in the country, and excluded financial companies from the list. It’ …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2016
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'Facebook and eBay need to be subject to greater scrutiny' - Margaret Hodge

Former chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge has renewed calls for greater transparency of global companies' tax affairs - following revelations of Facebook and eBay's recent tax affairs. Companies House filings revealed this week that Facebook's UK business generated an £11.3m tax credit last year while …
Kat Hall, 11 Oct 2016
War Games

Steve Jobs' thermonuclear showdown with Samsung reaches US Supreme Court

Steve Jobs’ “"thermonuclear war"” against Samsung over smartphones has landed in the US Supreme Court. The US's court of courts will hear oral arguments from both sides on Tuesday. The case was launched by Apple five years ago and seeks $399m over claimed iPhone patent infringement by the electronics giant. Samsung has …
Andrew Cobley, 10 Oct 2016
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Russia tests sat jamming

Russia is reportedly testing weaponry to jam US communications satellites. Russian broadsheet Izvestia reports the Ministry of Defense has developed the technology to jam low-orbit satellites operated by the likes of GlobalStar, OneWeb, and Iridium. The Ministry did not confirm the report. Jammers would be placed in the …
Darren Pauli, 10 Oct 2016

Chap cuffed after treating commuters to giant-screen smut

Indonesian police have arrested an “IT expert” in South Jakarta after he reconfigured a giant LED video screen to show porn. The mine's-bigger-than-yours grumble-flick was shown in Wijaya last week, according to The Jakarta Post. The man, identified only as “SAR”, was arrested at the offices of an unnamed company in the South …
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Can Facebook influence an election result?

Analysis Facebook was in hot water this May over allegations of a liberal bias in its “Trending” topics feature. This was not the first time Facebook had been accused of covertly meddling with politics. In 2012, Facebook took heat for tweaking the news feed of 1.9 million users for increased political content. And in 2014, following a …

Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

Analysis At this week’s Conservative Party Conference there will be a lot of talk about making Brexit happen, putting the “Great” back in Britain, and taking back control of our laws. However, there is one law where the government is reluctant to express much enthusiasm for sovereignty at all; it is the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) 1990. …

Apple chops woeful WoSign HTTPS certs from iOS, macOS

While Mozilla's democracy decides what to do about WoSign, Apple's dictatorship has issued its edict: the Chinese certificate authority WoSign will be thrown out of Cupertino's trust list. As we reported last week, after a lengthy investigation, Mozilla engineers accused WoSign of: Backdating certificates so it could still …