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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

An Alphabet shareholder is suing company executives – including exec chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and president Sergey Brin – for their roles in Google's EU antitrust case. Robert Jessup has filed suit [PDF] in a California state court against more than three dozen people, including the Google cofounders and long- …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016

SWIFT CEO promises security improvements

The head of the SWIFT financial network has put forward a five-part plan to improve security after its systems were the focus of several cyberattacks. Gottfried Leibbrandt gave a keynote on Tuesday at a financial services conference in Brussels and promised the organization would work harder to ensure that incidents like last …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2016
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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

Google's office in central Paris was raided this morning by police, directed by French financial officials, over alleged underpayment of taxes. More than 100 investigators and five magistrates were involved in the raid, which happened shortly after 5am on Tuesday morning, Reuters reported. This has been confirmed to The …

G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

Five former Lincolnshire police employees have been suspended today from their jobs at G4S after allegedly calling 999 during quiet periods to improve their performance ratings. It has been alleged that the staff made more than 600 "test calls" to 999 for the purposes of improving their performance ratings, which The Guardian …
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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

UPDATE Scientists have tested a pair of wearable fitness gadgets from Fitbit and found they get heart rates wrong by as much as 25 beats per minute. The study (PDF) was commissioned by law firm Lieff Cabraser, which is running a class action against Fitbit over inaccurate heart rate readings. The study didn't use a colossal sample …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2016
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Quadsys Five: Judge dismisses abuse of process application

A Crown court judge has dismissed an abuse of process application made by three former directors of reseller Quadsys, who are facing trial over allegations of hacking into a rival’s database to steal customer and pricing info. In August, Thames Valley Police charged five men at the reseller including owner Paul Streeter, MD …
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2016
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Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon

US telecoms giant Verizon is once again facing government scrutiny for a rollout of its network services in a major US city. The city of Philadelphia mayor's office has put out an open call to citizens asking if they have the ability to get Verizon FiOS, its fastest home fiber service. The campaign is part of an effort by …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2016
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Transfer techies at SWIFT tell Bangladesh Bank: Don't shift blame for $81m cyberheist

SWIFT has firmly rejected Bangladeshi claims that mistakes on its part are to blame after $81m was looted from Bangladesh’s central bank. Bangladeshi officials claimed earlier this week that technicians from SWIFT had introduced vulnerabilities into the bank's network when connecting a Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system …
John Leyden, 10 May 2016

ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

Domain-name overseer ICANN has killed off the majority of Africa's new internet. California-based ICANN, which has faced repeated criticism for its failure to reach beyond a North American audience, saw just 17 applications from Africa out of just over 1,900 applications for new dot-word domains back in 2012. Of those 17, …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016
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IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

An IT glitch at the Post Office has caused a "nationwide problem" leaving thousands of customers unable to pay bills, post packages or collect benefits this morning. The Post Office apologised on Twitter for the inconvenience caused by issues with counter services at some branches this morning, saying they had now been …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2016

Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

Comment Ireland has repeatedly been in the spotlight for its favourable and controversial tax incentives - which have attracted numerous large tech companies to its shores. However, the country has also been accused of being less than transparent in some of its tax arrangements. The European Commission is currently investigating the …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2016

'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

The creator of Craig Wright, Craig Wright, has managed to stay in the news for a fourth day: this time for having a depressingly inevitable meltdown following his failure, yet again, to prove he is the inventor of digi-currency bitcoin. Earlier this week, the Australian went direct to three UK media outlets -– the BBC, …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 May 2016
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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016

Qatari hack: Bank 'investigating' leak

After yesterday's allegations of a file leak, the Qatar National Bank has issued a neither-confirm-nor-deny statement about the data dump. As El Reg reported yesterday, a zipfile first posted appeared, disappeared re-appeared on Cryptome.org, leaving claims it contains personal data of the bank's customers in its wake. The …
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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

The secret UN report into the behaviour of WIPO boss Francis Gurry has found him guilty of “conduct... inconsistent with the standards expected of a staff member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.” The chair of WIPO's General Assembly Colombian ambassador Gabriel Duque is still refusing to release the full report …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2016
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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

Kent Police has been fined £80k by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after sensitive personal details of a woman who accused her partner of domestic abuse were passed to the suspect, who was a police officer. According to the ICO, the copper's solicitor was handed the entire contents of the complainant’s mobile phone …
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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

A social media campaign by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Manhattan District Attorney to garner public support for forcing tech companies to install encryption backdoors has backfired spectacularly. "The debate over encryption is often referred to in terms of privacy and security, with little regard for the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2016
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Assange lawyer dies

Top lawyer John Jones QC, known for representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has died. "With immense sadness we share the tragic news of the death of John Jones QC," said a statement from his legal firm, Doughty Street Chambers, where he was the head of its international criminal law team. It did not provide any details …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2016
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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

The City of San Francisco will soon be requiring people who drive for ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber to have a business license. The city's Treasury Office said that it has begun notifying via mail drivers of transportation network companies (such as Uber and Lyft) that they have 30 days to obtain a license from the city …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2016
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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

One-time monopoly telco BT is in court on charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an engineer fell seven metres onto a concrete stairwell and broke both his ankles. The three-week trial, over allegations that BT failed in its duty of care to the engineer, is taking place at the Central Criminal Court – …
Kat Hall, 14 Apr 2016
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Congressman called out for $1,300 video game binge

A member of US Congress is facing scrutiny after he logged more than $1,300 worth of video game purchases as campaign expenses. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has sent a letter [PDF] to House Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) asking the lawmaker and vaping enthusiast to explain why more than four dozen charges from …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Apr 2016

ZTE warns of US probe

ZTE, the Chinese phone manufacturer, has said a United States investigation prompted by allegations the firm traded with Iran "may result in criminal and civil liabilities under US laws," according to a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange today. The US commerce department has agreed to suspend trading restrictions on ZTE …
Kat Hall, 06 Apr 2016
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UK Home Office seeks secret settlements over unlawful DNA retention

Exclusive The UK Home Office is trying to keep secret three out-of-court settlements with claimants who allege the police unlawfully retained their biometric details. Problems affecting Blighty's ageing Police National Computer (PNC) are an open secret. Yet the Home Office's reaction to allegations of impropriety – to treat them as …
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Sanctions-slapped Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE swaps execs

Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE is overhauling its management board just one month after the biz was slapped with sanctions by the US government over accusations it had violated trade rules in Iran. The company today confirmed it will meet this week to install a new team, following revelations in the Wall Street Journal over the …
Kat Hall, 04 Apr 2016
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EU ministers to demand more data access after Brussels attacks

Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, European Union ministers are planning on a new security-driven push for access to communications data – including a dedicated international data sharing platform. This comes after 31 people were killed and roughly 300 others were injured when three suicide bombers attacked Brussel's …
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'Hot Tech Talent' IT job board ads caught up in sexism allegations

An IT jobs site in the UK has been criticised for running an ad campaign featuring women in languorous poses with the strapline “hot tech talent”. Dice, formerly the IT Job Boards, said it intended the images, which feature both men and women, to be light-hearted. Part of the drive behind the campaign was to counter the notion …

Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

The CEO of a controversial cybersecurity outfit has been put on leave following an FBI raid of its headquarters. Federal agents raided Tiversa's Pittsburgh office earlier this month looking for evidence in a long-running investigation of its business practices. Soon after the raid, CEO Robert Boback was placed on leave and …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Mar 2016

Quadsys Five enter 'not guilty' pleas to Crown court charges

The fraud case against five men from security reseller Quadsys will go to trial in September after they pleaded not guilty to allegations of hacking into a rival’s database to plunder customer and pricing data. The individuals charged include MD Paul Cox, owner Paul Streeter, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2016

Euro Patent Office prez survives crunch talks – but pressure mounts

European Patent Office (EPO) president Benoît Battistelli has survived a meeting of the organization's administrative council, but remains under significant pressure to tackle growing unhappiness in his staff's ranks. Under a resolution approved by a majority of the 38 country representatives of the council, Battistelli was …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2016

Boss of classified ad website Backpage.com faces first contempt of Congress in 20 years

The CEO of Craigslist-style classified ad website Backpage.com may be the first person in 20 years to be found in contempt of US Congress. Carl Ferrer was subpoenaed by a Senate subcommittee back in October to answer questions over allegations that his site was responsible for nearly three-quarters of all reported child sex …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Mar 2016

Google-backed British startup ‘stole our code’, says US marketing firm

A British startup backed by Google stole code from a US startup after meeting them, a lawsuit alleges. Bounce Exchange filed the lawsuit in the federal court for the southern district of New York in December and is seeking $100m in damages for copyright infringement. The company describes its product as behavioural marketing …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Mar 2016
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Oracle's old hands are supporting the support n00bs who support you

Oracle's remaining experienced support staff have been asked to assist the company's more recent support hires, sources familiar with the matter have told The Register. Oracle workers around the globe responded to our story yesterday in which we reported that Big Red's consolidation of support resources worldwide is nearly …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2016
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Former Brit police IT boss cuffed over bribery allegations

The recent head of IT services for Hampshire and Thames Valley police in the UK has been arrested on suspicion of bribery. After early morning raids on properties in Hampshire and Middlesex, Brian Chant, 57, who lives with his parents at the property in Andover, was arrested by officers from the City of London Police. The …
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NBN rollout behind target, claims yet another leaked report

The company charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is denying a Fairfax media report that its multi-technology model (MTM) rollout is stalling. Over the weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald got its hands on a leaked nbnTM internal document dated February 19 suggesting a slow-down. …

US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

The US House Foreign Affairs joint sub-committee in Washington heard evidence of continued bizarre and allegedly illegal behaviour by Francis Gurry, the boss of the UN's patent body. The Committee promised yesterday to take action to demand reform of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and push for publication …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2016

Oracle: Oregon's attorney general leaked our confidential memos in health portal row

Oracle claims Oregon's attorney general leaked confidential court-protected company documents amid a bitter battle over a disastrous healthcare insurance portal. Way back in 2012, the California tech giant was tasked with building the healthcare exchange website Cover Oregon, a $300m marketplace that was never completed, …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2016
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Lose the onion tears, Tor fanboys: CloudFlare may consider binning CAPTCHAs, says CEO

Tor users crying over CloudFlare's CAPTCHAs will soon be able to put away their onions, rather than their .onions, the company has suggested. CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince told The Register he would love to create a no-more-tears system allowing the anonymizing network's legitimate users to access CloudFlare-hosted websites …
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Secret UN report finds against controversial WIPO chief

Exclusive UN investigators have delivered their report into allegations of illegal behaviour at the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The report remains secret but Register sources in Geneva suggest it has come down heavily against WIPO's director general Francis Gurry. The probe is being carried out by the UN's Organisation of …
John Oates, 22 Feb 2016
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Vodafone puts hundreds of Brits on the 'at risk of layoffs' list

Vodafone has embarked on a major cost purge that could see hundreds of workers laid off, insiders have told The Register. El Reg was contacted by staff at the telco who told us around one-fifth of those put at risk of redundancy are techies, but that many more in “customer-facing” roles will go too. Vodafone employed 12,391 …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016
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Failed school intranet project spent AU$1.4m on launch party before crashing and burning

Yet another of Australia's state education departments is mired in allegations of misdeeds, with the state of Victoria's failed Ultranet project now the focus of a corruption inquiry. The project was yet-another grand plan to launch a statewide single portal to connect everybody – teachers, students and parents. It started …
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Intelligence Committee marks Gov's Snoopers' Charter: See me after class

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has warned the Government that it needs to make "substantive amendments" to its draft Investigatory Powers Bill, before proceeding to outline changes which don't appear to be very "substantive" at all. The committee said the new draft provides insufficient safeguards and …

Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

Apple’s Irish operations have hit another little local difficulty this week, as it emerged that national authorities are still reviewing its plans for a mega data centre in the beautiful Galway countryside at the behest of local bats and badgers supporters. Plans for the $850m, 30,000m2 centre, outside the town of Athenry, …
Joe Fay, 05 Feb 2016

So. Are Europeans just a whining bunch of data protection hypocrites?

Analysis Does this week’s Safe Harbour 2.0 restore confidence in US-European data flows - or does it change absolutely nothing? Either way, the European Court needs to produce better argued and more robust judgements, reckons one of the UK’s top data protection experts, Dr Ian Walden, a Professor of Information and Communications Law at …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2016
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Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

Julian Assange's long-distance couch-surfing binge may be about to end, as the white-haired Wikileaker-in-chief has signalled he is willing to be arrested on Friday if he loses a case against the United Kingdom and Sweden. Assange revealed the news with the Tweet below. Assange: I will accept arrest by British police on …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2016

Quadsys Five trial delayed yet again

The trial of five men from security reseller Quadsys, who all stand accused of fraud, was delayed yet again today. The men were charged last summer and attended a plea and case management hearing at Oxford Crown Court in December – but proceedings were held up until today's scheduled hearing, which was deferred by the court …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2016

Billion-dollar blood-test unicorn biz Theranos 'putting lives at risk'

Controversial blood-testing upstart Theranos has been told to take immediate action at one of its testing facilities – or lose its certification. A letter [PDF] sent from federal health inspectors the company said the company's California testing facility presented "immediate jeopardy to patient safety". Its hematology lab, …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jan 2016
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Facebook CSO slams RSA Conf for repping 'the worst parts of the security industry'

Usenix Enigma Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos is not a man to mince words. Today, he delivered a stinging rebuke to the RSA Conference, due to be held in San Francisco next month. "In my opinion, RSA represents some of the worse parts of the security industry in its direction and it's not very helpful," he told attendees at …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2016

Japanese chief TPP negotiator accused of taking $100,000 bribe

Japan's chief negotiator in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has been accused of taking bribes worth $100,000 from a construction company. Economy minister Akira Amari and his staff accepted 12 million yen ($101,000) in payments from an unnamed company from the Chiba province just outside Tokyo, …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2016
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Oracle's SE2 update the end for some ISVs, says veteran systems firm

Three months after Oracle announced its new Standard Edition 2 (SE2) product, and seven months before it's rolled out as an automatic update for SE and SE 1, a veteran systems company has claimed Ellison's move could be catastrophic for independent software vendors (ISV). SE2 is Oracle's attempt to increase revenue from its …

Trustwave failed to spot casino hackers right under its nose – lawsuit

IT security biz Trustwave is being sued by a Las Vegas casino operator for allegedly bungling a hacking investigation. Trustwave denies any wrongdoing. The outcome of the lawsuit could have staggering consequences for infosec outfits hired to analyze and cleanup computer network intrusions, in terms of potential liabilities …
Chris Williams, 16 Jan 2016