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Election hacking

CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

Donald Trump's surprise win in the United States' presidential election could conceivably be attributed to illegal hacking and needs to be investigated, according to a security expert. A statistical analysis by J Alex Halderman, professor of computer science at the University of Michigan's Center for Computer Security and …
Iain Thomson, 24 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 …

Fallout from Euro Patent Office meltdown reaches Dutch parliament

The extraordinary meltdown at the European Patent Office (EPO) has started to draw political attention, with the Dutch parliament planning a debate on the organization and its ongoing problems. Socialist member of the Netherlands Parliament, MP Sharon Gesthuizen, received strong backing to her request for the debate following …
Kieren McCarthy, 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
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Three Mobile, two alleged hackers, one big customer database heist

UK carrier Three Mobile was the victim of a hacking scheme that has reportedly left the records of millions of customers exposed. According to multiple UK media reports citing both Three and the National Crime Agency (NCA), hackers gained access to a Three database containing the account details of possibly six million …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2016
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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

The US Navy is hitting back at the allegations it illegally copied more than a half-billion dollars worth of software. The military branch has filed a response [PDF] to the copyright infringement claims filed earlier this year by German developer Bitmanagement. Those claims accuse the Navy of paying for just 38 licenses of …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2016
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Walgreens demands $140m refund from busted bio biz Theranos

Troubled bio-upstart Theranos is facing a lawsuit from the US drug store chain Walgreens as it seeks to recoup the $140m it invested in the firm. Walgreens plowed cash in Theranos and set up blood testing centers in its stores that promised to diagnose a wide variety of ailments using a single drop of blood. After Theranos was …
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2016

US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

With mop-haired politico octopus Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, the Canadian Immigration website has crashed under the weight of US citizens seeking an escape. The Donald scooped up 49.1 per cent of the votes versus 47.3 per cent for his opponent (at the time of writing). Many of the key states swung …
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2016
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Julian Assange to be interviewed by Swedish rape prosecutors

Julian Assange, the broom-cupboard-dweller also trading as Wikileaks, will be interviewed in Ecuador's London embassy by Swedish prosecutors over rape allegations. The Swedish Prosecution Authority announced earlier today that Assange would be interviewed at the embassy by chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and a Swedish police …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Nov 2016

Fresh Euro Patent Office drama: King Battistelli fires union boss

President of the European Patent Office Benoit Battistelli has fired a key member of his organization's staff union despite being explicitly told not to by the EPO's Administrative Council. Laurent Prunier was secretary of SUEPO (Staff Union of the European Patent Office) and a member of its central staff committee, and is one …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Nov 2016

Judge allows Apple's faceless Irish head to settle for €45k - report

A payment from the head of Apple's besieged Irish company was accepted by an Italian judge to settle a case against him or her as part of a tax probe into the firm, according to a report. Apple Sales International is being investigated in the country as part of allegations that it failed to pay €879m in corporate taxes. This …
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Pacemaker maker St Jude faces new security flaw claims from biz short-selling its stock

Security startup MedSec and the financial house backing the biz have published new allegations of security flaws in pacemakers and defibrillators built by St Jude Medical – and again look set to profit from the disclosures in an unorthodox way. In four swish videos, the MedSec team claims it exploited a debugging backdoor in …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2016
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Britain's fight to get its F-35 aircraft carriers operational turns legal

An earth-shaking blow has been struck in the never-ending battle to get Britain’s F-35 fighter jets and the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers to sea: Whitehall has asked the Americans for legal help. Rather than getting help on kicking contractors’ backsides into gear so Britain actually has enough jets to send HMS Queen …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Oct 2016

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

Comment As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America by …
Frank Jennings, 20 Oct 2016
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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

Microsoft has failed in a bid to shoot down a lawsuit alleging that its employee rating system was biased against women. A US district court in Washington has tossed out [PDF] the Redmond giant's motion to dismiss a complaint lobbed at it by three women engineers, who allege the system for evaluating engineering and technical …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2016
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Dell/Quest Software plans layoffs and relocations – source

The deal restoring the independence of the entity formerly known as Dell Software is expected to close in early November, which is when The Register understands things are going to get very interesting for customers and staff alike. The new Quest Software, as the former Dell Software will be known, comprises the assets of …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2016

Spain's iPhone killer actually a rebranded Xiaomi – new claim

An Android phone maker in Spain is facing allegations that its flagship product is just a rebranded Chinese model. The Zetta handset had been advertised as a smartphone built in Spain's Extremadura region, and was considered the country's own answer to the iPhone, with more than 80 shops selling it. However, according to …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2016
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'State cuts' Assange internet

WikiLeaks claims its boss Julian Assange had his internet access cut off by an unnamed "state party" at his bolthole in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans. — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 17, 2016 …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2016
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Yahoo! cancels! earnings! call!, dodges! hacking! questions!

Yahoo! has taken the unusual step of cancelling the conference call following its earnings announcement on Tuesday. Public companies usually announce their results and then stage a conference call in which senior executives deliver set pieces before taking questions from financial analysts, institutional investors and, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016
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Hey! spies! Get! in! here! and! explain! this! Yahoo! email-scanning! 'kernel! module!'

Four dozen members of US Congress have signed a letter requesting a full briefing on the Yahoo! email scandal. In the letter, addressed to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and US director of national intelligence James Clapper, the bipartisan group of representatives asks that they be provided with more information on the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2016

Euro Patent Office staff demand new rights to deal with terrifying boss

Staff at the European Patent Office (EPO) have asked its administrative council to adopt new guidelines to protect them from the organization's rampaging president. The open letter [PDF] urges the council – which meets this week in Munich – to adopt the same rules for disciplinary proceedings and internal investigations that …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Oct 2016
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Samsung puts out battery fire (no, not that one)

Samsung has received a welcome bit of news about its batteries that doesn't involve the words "fire" or "explosion." The Korean electronics giant has struck a settlement deal with Dell to drop allegations that it helped rig the price of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs for more than a decade. Samsung had been among a …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2016
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UK cops failed to act on Canadian intel on child abuse

UK police sat on intelligence about more than 2,000 child abuse suspects for 15 months, according to a damning report from independent watchdogs published on Tuesday. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - staffed by police officers with specialist …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2016

CEO of shady ad site Backpage and owners arrested on human trafficking suspicions

Special report The CEO of the notorious online classified site Backpage, Carl Ferrer, has been arrested in Texas on allegations of sex trafficking, after a joint investigation by California and Texas. Earlier this year the US Senate, investigating human trafficking, voted to hold Ferrer in contempt after he refused to co-operate. It was the …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Oct 2016
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BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

BT customers are unable to delete BT Yahoo email services - despite an exodus of users seeking to leave the security-challenged webmail biz. Since allegations arose that Yahoo built an app to enable it to scan all of its users' emails at the request of US intelligence, many users have sought to delete their email accounts. …
Kat Hall, 07 Oct 2016

Transcripts: The crunch courtroom showdown to halt ICANN's internet power grab

Analysis Last week, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the transition of the internet's critical functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN. Just hours before the transition was scheduled to take place, district judge George C Hanks Jr ruled on a lawsuit brought by four states' attorneys general asking for an …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Oct 2016

Google 'screwed over' its non-millennials – now they can all fight back

Google has been hit with a class-action lawsuit accusing the ad giant of discriminating against older employees. The Northern California District Court has certified [PDF] the case brought against the Chocolate Factory, allowing aggrieved applicants aged 40 and older to join together in filing a single suit. By certifying the …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Oct 2016
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Yahoo! tries!, fails! to! shoot! down! email! backdoor! claim!

Updated Almost 24 hours after refusing to deny allegations that it allowed US intelligence free rein on its email systems, Yahoo! has issued a carefully worded non-denial. "The article is misleading," the statement reads, referring to yesterday's Reuters report. "We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize …
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2016
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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 …

Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam! – and! any! passing! hacker!

Updated Internet has-been Yahoo! has stressed it broke no US laws when it apparently insecurely backdoored its email systems for the NSA or FBI. In 2015, the California-based biz hastily set up mechanisms that allowed American intelligence workers to scan all incoming Yahoo! Mail for particular strings of keywords, it is reported. It …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Oct 2016
DDOS

Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

It has been an odd day for Newsweek – its main site was taken offline after it published a story claiming a company owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump broke an embargo against doing deals with Cuba. The magazine first thought that the sheer volume of interest in its scoop was the cause for the outage, but …
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2016
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Trump: Google hides Hillary

Republican candidate for the United States presidency Donald Trump has added Google to the list of organisations it thinks is undermining him. At a rally on Wednesday night, Trump said he's doing very well in recent opinion polls but that's “Despite the fact Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2016
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Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

Internet overseer ICANN has responded to allegations of mismanagement, opaque decision-making, and an institutional lack of accountability by launching a review. That review, however, will not touch on the most serious charges leveled at the organization, including the fact that its staff deliberately misled companies seeking …
Chris Williams, 22 Sep 2016
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Hackers claim they breached Aussie point-of-sale tech firm, try to sell 'customer DB'

Exclusive Hackers are claiming to have hacked Australian point-of-sale technology (PoS) company H&L Australia, and have been claiming to potential buyers that they had lifted its customer database. They were already offering it for sale for AU$22,000 ($16,580, £12,723) more than two months ago. If indeed they have hacked into H&L, …
Darren Pauli, 20 Sep 2016
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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

An increasingly bitter fight between Tesla and its former autopilot partner Mobileye is raising questions over the electric car company's honesty. Elon Musk's corporation is notoriously prickly. When it does come under criticism – whether on safety issues, the practicality of long-distance drives, or its autopilot feature – …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2016
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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

Apple has again been hit with a relatively small bill for skirting tax laws, this time in Japan. A report from national broadcaster NHK World claims that the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has told Apple to cough up $120m (12.3bn Yen) to cover back taxes that the Cupertino giant failed to pay. The report notes that Apple has …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2016

Alleged hacker Lauri Love loses extradition case. Judge: Suicide safeguards in place

It was ruled today that Lauri Love, the alleged hacktivist from Stradishall, Suffolk, should be extradited to the United States to face charges of crimes carried out as part of online protests following the suicide of Aaron Swartz. Handing down her judgment at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon, District Judge Nina …
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Swedish appeals court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

A Swedish appeals court has upheld the European Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, who is sought in the country on allegations of rape, which he denies. Assange had sought to appeal the warrant for his arrest, though not the charges, as a means of achieving escape from the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been holed up now for …

Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

Updated A California software company is being sued after its product mistakenly flunked more than 90 would-be attorneys taking their bar exam. The class-action lawsuit was filed in a Georgia state court against ILG Information Technologies of Mountain View, California. It seeks damages on behalf of the law students who were told they …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016

Yelp wins fight to remain morally bankrupt

Reprehensible review site Yelp is not responsible for negative views posted on its site, a US appeals court has ruled. The company was sued by a locksmith who claimed that Yelp posted a scathing review about a different company to his profile as a way to pressure him to take out advertising with the company. Douglas Kimzey, …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2016
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Assange returns to Earth

Questions are being asked why no one has ever seen pallid, 11*-fingered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NASA ‘naut Jeff Williams in the same room at the same time, after sharp-eyed observers noted the pair's startling physical resemblance. Jeff Williams Photo credit: NASA tv. Julian Assange photo credit: Cropped pic by …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2016
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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

Facebook is facing an FTC probe after snatching millions of people's phone numbers from its WhatsApp subsidiary. Privacy rights warriors at EPIC have asked the US watchdog to investigate the personal data grab – and the commission says it will look into the matter. In a letter published by EPIC [PDF], the FTC told the privacy …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2016
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Hitsniffer customers hit by outage over former colleagues' ownership spat

Customers of analytics business Hitsniffer have been left in the lurch following its collapse after arguments over ownership of the service. Peter Laird, who runs the financial side of Hitsniffer, and Armin Nikdel Kourkah, its programmer, are engaged in a dispute over Hitsniffer's holding rights, leaving customers without any …
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St Jude sues short-selling MedSec over pacemaker 'hack' report

Medical device maker St Jude has filed suit against a security startup that shorted its stock and publicized alleged flaws in its products for profit. Pacemaker supplier St Jude has sued both MedSec and investment research biz Muddy Waters in Minnesota, America, as well as three other individuals it says falsely reported …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Sep 2016
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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

Hellraiser Lindsay Lohan has had her case against Grand Theft Auto developers Rockstar Games, for allegedly basing a character on her image, thrown out by a New York court. The actress claimed that her image was used as the basis of one of the game's characters, Lacey Jonas. The Jonas character allowed players to rescue her …
Kat Hall, 02 Sep 2016

BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

UK telecoms goliath BT is suing games developer and publisher Valve, alleging the Steam service infringes multiple patents. In a complaint [PDF] filed with the Delaware district court, BT accused Valve of ripping off four technologies it has patented related to the operation of cloud services (in this case, Steam). This is the …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016
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Dotcom extradition stream

Mega-man Kim Dotcom will be allowed to stream his testimony in the case involving his impending extradition to the US over allegations of copyright infringement, money laundering, and racketeering. Use the live stream to find and expose US Govt misconduct & lies in my case. I'll retweet your research & videos. Let's have some …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016
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Shock: AT&T totally not OK with FCC saying it ripped off US schools

AT&T has issued a rebuttal to the FCC's July complaint that it overcharged schools and libraries in Florida for internet service. The US telco giant said in a policy blog post that the FCC's allegations it violated of pricing rules for the federal E‑rate service program were "factually wrong." AT&T had been accused of …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016
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Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money

US wireless carrier Sprint will pay $2.3m to settle allegations it withheld rebates from customers. The state of Illinois will collect and distribute the money to 32,000 residents who signed up for Sprint's mobile services between 2003 and 2011, when the carrier was offering rebates to new customers. State Treasurer Michael …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard have been hit with a class action lawsuit in the US, accusing the pre-split IT giant of discriminating against older employees during job culls. The suit was filed with the US Northern District Court in San Jose, California, this week by four plaintiffs on behalf of former employees. It …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016