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Cyberpunks might not be crooks but they're really very rude

FotW An innocuous El Reg story about Russian web miscreants provoked an entirely unexpected reaction when an offended cyberpunk took it upon himself to tell us how the headline hurt his feelings. The sensitive individual - who used the cock.li mail service - took objection to a piece entitled Oh deer.io: Cyberpunks using one-stop …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Jul 2016
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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

Last week the BBC launched a mobile app, called BBC+, delivering “customisable content collections” to your phone or tablet. It’s a personalised service which requires an email address. Last year, when the corporation announced its plans for personalised services, it made several data protection promises. Specifically, Phil …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2016

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

The United States case against alleged Kickass Torrents (KAT) boss Artem Vaulin is built on data obtained from Apple, Facebook and Coinbase. The criminal complaint (PDF) against Vaulin details how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a lengthy online probe into the alleged …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

DDoS, the cloud and you

Private cloud computing can be a useful way to offload some computing overhead and manage your costs effectively. The switch to operating expenses from capital expenses, the elasticity, the business continuity benefits – they're all real. But so are the dangers of DDoS disaster. There's a problem with moving your servers and …
Danny Bradbury, 21 Jul 2016

DDoS trends: Bigger, badder but not longer

DDoS attacks once again escalated in both size and frequency during the first six months of 2016. Netscout's DDoS mitigation arm Arbor Networks warns that attacks greater than 100Gbps are far from uncommon. The security firm has monitored 274 attacks over 100Gbps in the first half of 2016, versus 223 in all of 2015. The …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
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World-Check terror suspect DB hits the web at just US$6750

The World-Check database that lists "heightened risk individuals and organizations" is reportedly up for sale on the dark web. The database is a commercial product offered by Thomson Reuters, which bills it as a useful tool for those fighting money laundering, "organized crime, sanctions, Countering the Financing of Terrorism …
Darren Pauli, 19 Jul 2016

Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

Microsoft has quietly killed a vulnerability that can be exploited to unlock ARM-powered Windows RT tablets and boot non-Redmond-approved operating systems. The Register has learned that one of the security holes addressed this week in the July edition of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday closes a backdoor left in Windows RT by its …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2016
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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

A government experiment to store the information of benefits claimants using blockchain tech has been slammed by experts, who have warned it could expose highly sensitive personal data. London-based fintech company GovCoin Systems has partnered with Barclays, RWE npower and University College London to trial blockchain …
Kat Hall, 12 Jul 2016
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Nasty session stealing hole filled in WordPress All in One SEO plugin

The developers have patched a hole in the popular All in One search engine optimisation WordPress plugin, a tool that's been downloaded by some 30 million users and is used on a million sites. Flaws exist in the Bot Blocker component which can be exploited to steal administrator tokens and conduct actions through cross-site …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jul 2016
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Copy paste slacker hackers pop corp locks in ode to stolen code

The ultimate copy paste slacker hacker group has busted security controls in some 2500 corporates and government agencies using nothing but stolen code. The targets focus on those affiliated with military and political assignments around Southeast Asia and the contentious South China Sea, and may have been compromised in a …
Darren Pauli, 08 Jul 2016
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Attention, small biz using Symantec AV: Smash up your PCs, it's the safest thing to do

If you're using Symantec's Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (SEP SBE) then you can forget about security for a week or so, as the company won't be patching the "as bad as it gets" security holes in its software for a while. A Register reader who wishes to remain anonymous received an email from Symantec confirming …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2016
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WIPO chief trying to 'fix the composition of the Staff Council' – lawyer

WIPO's director general Francis Gurry is seeking to strengthen his hold on the UN’s global IP group by getting rid of its staff council. A lawyer for the council, Matthew Parish, has written to all United Nations ambassadors expressing concern over Gurry's attempts to alter the composition of the body, whose most recent …
John Oates, 06 Jul 2016
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TP-Link abandons 'forgotten' router config domains

TP-Link, rather than recovering domains it forgot to renew, is going to abandon them. The domains in question are tplinklogin.net and tplinkextender.net. They offered configuration services for buyers of the company's home routers and Wi-Fi link extenders, and are identified on stickers on some devices (not all: two TP-Link …
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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

Famous eye hospital Moorfields has agreed to give Google’s DeepMind access to one million anonymous eye scans as a part of a machine learning study intended to spot early signs of sight loss. Explicit patient consent is not required because the scans are historic, meaning the results won’t affect the care of current patients. …
Kat Hall, 05 Jul 2016
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Here's how to SMS spam Liberal voters and get away with it

It's easy to spam voters with text messages and get away with it. If you wanted to swing voters ahead of a federal election, as the Australian Labor Party is alleged to have done in a message claiming a rival Liberal Coalition Government would privatise the nation's healthcare provider Medicare, you wouldn't send a text …
Darren Pauli, 04 Jul 2016

Nazi witch-hunt ends with fierce judgment

The attempt to dismiss a patent judge from his position – including unsubstantiated claims that he possessed Nazi memorabilia – has led to fierce formal criticism of the president of the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO's independent Boards of Appeal published a report [PDF] Thursday in which it decided not to dismiss the …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jun 2016

Open letter from EPO staff pleads with country reps to fire president

Update Tension between staff and management at the European Patent Office (EPO) has descended into open warfare with the publication of an open letter by some staff, calling on the organization's Administrative Council to get rid of its president. The letter, signed by a group calling itself the EPO-FLIER Team, goes through an …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jun 2016

Apple pollutes data about you to protect your privacy. But it might not be enough

Comment At its WWDC developer event last week, Apple strongly emphasised the difference between data harvesters such as Google and Facebook, and its own privacy practices. It isn’t a new line, as Apple hasn’t been on reliant on digital advertising as these consumer data processing giants. But with Microsoft joining Google and Facebook …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2016
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Dell close to selling software division for $2bn – reports

Dell is close to agreeing the sale of its software division for more than $2bn as it digs behind the settee cushions to fund its mega-acquisition of EMC. A consortium including Francisco Partners and Elliot Management are “in advanced talks” to acquire the division, Reuters reported today, citing “three people familiar with …

Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

Elements of the Anonymous hacking collective have switched tactics in a campaign against supporters of the self-style Islamic State by attempting to shame and humiliate jihadists by adding pornographic images to their social media profiles. The smut-smearing follows months of attempting to report jihadist profiles on social …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2016
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Facebook suicide hotline

Facebook is rolling out suicide prevention features for all users globally. The social network says that its new feature will allow users to tag posts from their friends when they believe people might be in danger of harming themselves. The reporting user remains anonymous. The person will then receive a message from Facebook …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016
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Apple nominated for Internet Hero of the Year, Donald Trump for Villain

IPBill It's that time of the year again, and plucky little indie outlet Apple has been nominated for the internet hero of the year award at the 2016 UK Internet Industry Awards, which has also nominated Donald Trump as the villain of the year. The nominations, which are “based on crowdsourced suggestions from the public with a final …

Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

Publicly owned open spaces in Wales now feature a Red Button that panic-stricken citizens can smack in fury when they spot a vaper on the premises. The button triggers an anonymous pre-recorded PA announcement – read out by a child. The system, which has been introduced at four hospitals, is designed to curb smoking. But this …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2016
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Ericsson set to lay off thousands of workers over summer – report

Swedish telecommunications business Ericsson is reportedly set to rid itself of up to 4,000 employees this summer, and potentially thousands more thereafter. Citing anonymous sources, Svenska Dagbladet (SVD) reported that 3,000-4,000 Ericsson workers were going to go this summer, with thousands more following them as the …

'MongoDB ate my containers!'

Line Break Welcome back to The Register's weekly software bug parade, Line Break: Season Two. After a hiatus, and a vacation here or there, Line Break has been recommissioned. You can catch up on previous episodes, here. The idea is simple: if you spot buggy code in the wild that's driven you bonkers or to hysterics, drop us a line with …
Chris Williams, 08 Jun 2016
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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

Since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, there’s been a steady acceptance that Agile is the way to go when it comes to software development. The old waterfall method was seen as something rather quaint and old-fashioned, the equivalent of hanging onto your vinyl LPs when the rest of the world was downloading onto their …
Maxwell Cooter, 07 Jun 2016
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DNS security can be improved with cookies, suggest IETF boffins

A proposal raised late May at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) suggests adding cookies to the DNS to help defend the critical system against denial-of-service exploits. The domain name system (DNS) is an old and fundamental piece of the Internet architecture, providing translation between human-readable addresses …
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Anons sock stock exchange

Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a web attack against the London Stock Exchange (LSE) last week. LSE's website was rendered inaccessible for two hours on Thursday. Elements of the Anonymous hacktivist collective said the assault was part of an ongoing operation targeting financial institutions, codenamed Operation …
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2016
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GNU cryptocurrency aims at 'the mainstream economy not the black market'

GNU and an outfit called “Inria” have released Alpha code – version 0.0.0 to be precise – of an anonymous-but-taxable electronic payments system they say is “a currency for the mainstream economy, and not the black market.” “Taler”, as the effort is dubbed, looks to be an attempt to build on the concepts behind Bitcoin. So …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2016

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

When you're stuck in the middle of the Central African Republic (CAR) trying to protect the wildlife from armed poachers and the Lord's Resistance Army, then life's pretty tough. And now Microsoft has made it tougher with Windows 10 upgrades. The Chinko Project manages roughly 17,600 square kilometres (6,795 square miles) of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016

Two plead guilty to stealing personal information of millions

Two men have admitted to running a computer hacking and identity theft scheme which hijacked customer email accounts, stole personally identifiable information (PII) from millions of people, and generated more than $2m in illegal profits. In a press release the US Department of Justice named Tomasz Chmielarz, 33, of Rutherford …
Kat Hall, 03 Jun 2016
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Salesforce's data centre team 'fought' AWS cloud outsourcing

Analysis Salesforce’s cloud server staff, those behind its flagship SaaS cloud, fought tooth and nail against their employer’s embrace of Amazon’s cloud. Marc Benioff, Salesforce’s chief executive puffed last week he had a “great meeting of minds” with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on embracing AWS. Salesforce has chosen AWS to power its core …
Matt Asay, 03 Jun 2016
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HPE staff letter revealed!

As we reported earlier today, HPE's enterprise services unit will merge with CSC. An HPE staffer, who has asked to remain anonymous, forwarded us the letter sent to staff, prefaced with the sentiment that "God HPE is a joyous place to work right now :(" The letter is signed by "Mike", almost certainly Mike Nefkens, the …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016

Facebook claims no bias

Facebook has sent a 12-page letter to Congress denying that there was any political bias in its "trending topics" services, while at the same time promising to make improvements. The letter [PDF] from Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch to chair of the Senate Commerce Committee John Thune follows an explosive report that …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2016
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Anon attack Turkish hospital

Elements of Anonymous have pledged to launch attacks on Turkish medical facilities. Attacks against Turkey's hospitals are billed as a reprisal against recent ransomware attacks on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky. The malware attacks were the work …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

The Chinese government could fragment the internet if it pursues new registration rules for online addresses, the US government has warned. The warning by assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling and state department ambassador Daniel Sepulveda comes in response to a decision by the Chinese government in March to require …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2016
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Sloppy security in IoT putting 'life and limb' at risk, guru warns

IoT developers need to get their act together on security or the chaos caused by the likes of Anonymous in traditional computing will seem like a picnic, security vet Josh Corman warned the Building IoT conference in Cologne yesterday. Corman, the founder of iamthecavalry.org and director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative for …
Joe Fay, 13 May 2016
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Google crushes five bad bugs with patch run and $20k in bounties

Google has slung patches at vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The patches repair five known security holes found and reported by external researchers. Google paid US$20,337 (£17,875, A$27,789) in bug bounties to researchers who reported the bugs. Software quality assurance engineer Krishna …
Darren Pauli, 13 May 2016
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger quashes departure rumours

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has quashed rumours he will depart the company once the EMC/Dell merger concludes. The rumour was aired in a channel publication earlier this week, citing anonymous sources. Now Gelsinger has quashed the rumours himself. Speaking at the Jefferies Technology Conference this week, an event recorded in …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2016
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Anons 'hack, leak Russian Facebook' boss's personal email

Hacktivists have leaked what could be the email inbox of Boris Dobrodeev – the boss of Russian social network VK, previously known as VKontakte. The personal account dumped online contains letters from 2014 discussing budget negotiations for VK – the Russian language equivalent of Facebook – as well as the proposed agenda for …
John Leyden, 06 May 2016

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

Nobody likes having to deal with cold calls to the office. But when you're manning the IT help desk, you have no choice but to pick up the phone – even when it's a pushy sales pitch. So what to do about those annoying calls from over-enthusiastic sales staff itching to shift their technology wares? One spectacularly …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016
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ASUS router vulns patched

Unauthenticated users can rip unsalted passwords from Asus routers. Critically the pwning of the high-end consumer routers requires users to enable anonymous access to FTP servers. Users can thanks to insecure default configuration access all sensitive parts of the system without the possibility of restrictions being …
Team Register, 28 Apr 2016

Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

Analysis "You can't deprive a gangster of his gun" – Noel Coward Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sees things differently from his predecessor Steve Ballmer. And one of the first thing Nadella saw differently is Microsoft’s relationship to Google. On assuming the hot seat, he couldn’t understand why Microsoft was obviously at war with …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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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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China leaves Apple books, movies on the cutting room floor

Apple has reportedly been banned from offering movies and books through its iTunes and iBooks portals in China. The New York Times cited anonymous sources in reporting that Beijing has decided that the Cupertino giant will no longer be able to offer the movie and book download services on the mainland. The reason for the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2016
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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

A bug bounty hunter compromises a Facebook staff server through a sloppy file-sharing webapp – and finds someone's already beaten him to it by backdooring the machine. The pseudo-anonymous penetration tester Orange Tsai, who works for Taiwan-based outfit Devcore, banked $10,000 from Facebook in February for successfully …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016

Anonymous whales on Denmark, Iceland with OpKillingBay DDoS

A pair of Akamai researchers are warning that entities using the name and iconography of hacker collective Anonymous will soon expand a six-year distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack campaign against Japan to other whale-and-dolphin-eating nations. The operation, dubbed KillingBay, is detailed in a report [PDF] and is …
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2016

Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

Our recent speculation that it might be possible to hoist 1,000 cats aloft under a helium-filled, stadium-sized sandwich bag and then drop them from 32km to devastating effect appears to be somewhat more than idle Friday afternoon pre-pub musing. Sensationally, we at El Reg have obtained solid evidence that the US has indeed …
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2016
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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

London-based online backup biz Monster Cloud is under fire from customers after hiking its prices and switching up its subscription plans. We've heard from Register readers who say they paid £50 for a year's worth of "unlimited" cloud-based storage for their files, only to be told on Thursday that they need to pay an extra £30 …
Chris Williams, 15 Apr 2016
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Hack hack jailed 2 years

A journalist has been sentenced to 24 months in prison in the US for knowingly handing his work login details to hackers. Matthew Keys was sentenced Wednesday for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by giving his username and password to his news organization's content management system out in an IRC channel of …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Apr 2016