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Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei

Samsung has filed a countersuit against Huawei in China over allegations of patent infringement. The South Korean electronics behemoth filed allegations of infringement on six patents it holds in China. According to filings seen by Reuters reporters in Beijing, the Samsung claim would seek to collect 161 million yuan (around …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Dutch geosciences company Fugro has denied that the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been conducted in the wrong place. Reuters yesterday quoted Fugro figures as saying that the chosen search area assumes the plane met a sudden end, but that if the crew were awake the plane could have glided well beyond …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Asian nations mull regional 'Europol' in fight against cybercrime

RSA APAC A closed-door meeting of cabinet ministers from more than a dozen countries met yesterday to mull the creation of a Europol-style organisation to crack down on cyber crime in the region and abroad, The Register has learned. The Asian organisation is conceptual only, but has support from countries including China, Malaysia, …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016
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Maxthon web browser blabs about your PC all the way back to Beijing

A web browser developed by Chinese company Maxthon has allegedly been collecting telemetry about its users. Polish security consultancy Exatel warns [PDF] that Maxthon is phoning home information such as the computer's operating system and version number, the screen resolution, the CPU type and speed, the amount of memory …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
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Aussie researcher claims 'Antminer' bitcoin boxen can be broken

Australian security researcher Tim Noise says scores of popular Antminer Bitcoin mining devices could be commandeered. Noise demonstrated how a vulnerability in the configuration of the open source mining program CGminer running on an Antminer box can be abused to redirect the efforts of massive mining operations to fill an …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jul 2016

China really wants to get its hands on Idaho's 3D NAND tech

China is looking to license 3D NAND technology from Micron. Beijing wants to free itself of dependence on US, Korean and Japanese memory technologies by building its own, indigenous capability. A report in Chinese-language publication Commercial Times, referenced by DigiTimes, says Tsinghua Unigroup is allying with Wuhan …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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Qualcomm sues Chinese biz

California-based chip designer Qualcomm has sued Chinese electronics maker Meizu in Beijing and Shanghai. The lawsuits, announced one week apart, cover Qualcomm's WCDMA, CDMA2000 and LTE patents, alleging that Meizu copied the designs for use in their own 3G and LTE chips. "Although Qualcomm would have preferred to reach a …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016

Points tables unveiled: Who needs sport? Follow HPC kids' summer cluster cup final

HPC Blog The results are in for the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2016 Student Cluster Competition, and we've analyzed them senseless. First for the big headlines: the ever-plucky Team South Africa won their third ISC Student Cluster Competition championship last week at ISC'16. Team Tsinghua was following closely …
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Down and out in the Middle Kingdom: Beijing is sinking

Beijing is one of the most water-stressed cities in the world, and research carried out using satellite interferometry shows one of the side-effects of that: the city is sinking. Not by a trivial amount, either: according to this open-access study in the journal Remote Sensing, the eastern part of the city is subsiding by 100 …
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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

A whopping 8 million Chinese citizens have called on Beijing to call time on the country’s infamous Yulin Lychee Dog Meat Festival, saying it was harming the country’s image abroad. The 10-day festival begins this week, and an estimated 10,000 pooches – and a substantial side of cats – are set to be served up each day for the …
Joe Fay, 21 Jun 2016

No watershed: China hacker groups in decline before Xi-Obama deal

The US-China pledge to put an end to state-backed intellectual property theft was made when Middle Kingdom hacking groups had been receding for more than a year, researchers say. Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping agreed September to not "conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property" in a move …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jun 2016
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Apple faces Beijing blackout for iPhone 6

Apple has lost a patent infringement lawsuit that could see the iPhone booted from China's capital. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office this week ruled that Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ripped off patented designs held by Chinese smartphone maker Shenzhen Baili, which flogs a handset called the 100C. Apple has appealed …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2016
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Chinese numerologists are betting Dell/EMC deal will make them rich

The Register can reveal that Chinese numerology is playing a part in Dell's acquisition of EMC. Deep in the SEC filings about the deal is the factoid that a parcel of 18,181,818 shares of Class C Common Stock will end up in the hands of “Venezio Investments Pte. Ltd., an affiliate of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.” The …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2016

China pledges tighter privacy as it centralises personal health data

China will create “more comprehensive regulation and legislation in personal information and data protection” to facilitate a new national big data scheme it hopes will improve health policy and services. China's State Council (the equivalent of Cabinet) announced the strategy this week, with premier Li Keqiang declaring that …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2016
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Life after Safe Harbour: Avoiding Uncle Sam's data rules gotchas

Back in the day I used to work for a multi-national company with a big presence in the US. I learned a lot there, from the usefulness of a BA silver card to how to run the tendering process for a big global WAN. I also learned what a big deal our US cousins make of their data export regulations. This doesn't mean, of course, …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Jun 2016

Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

AusCERT In March 2011, a suspected-to-be-Beijing-backed hacking unit infiltrated security giant RSA, successfully subverted its SecureID product and hacked top American defence contractor Lockheed Martin. That attack left Bill Duane stressed and exhausted. Duane is a quiet cryptologist who co-developed the SecureID token. As the …
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2016
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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

Mergers and acquisitions and restructuring costs led to Lenovo booking its first annual loss since 2009, but crappy demand for PCs and smartphones didn’t exactly help to wax the bottom line either. The Beijing HQ’d biz reported sales for fiscal ’16 ended 31 March of $44.9bn, down three per cent year-on-year, after ending the …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California. For the third time, a House Appropriations subcommittee has included a provision in a must-pass bill that would prevent the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016
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China bans Facebook drink

Facebook has won a trademark case against a firm flogging a "face book" drink in China. Zhongshan Pearl River Drinks filed its application to label foods and beverages "face book" back in 2011. This applicant has now been told to do one for harming fair market competition. The decision was handed down by a court in Beijing, …
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Uncle Lenovo turns up to the startup party with a $500m punch bowl

IT old-timer Lenovo Group will inject half a billion dollars into the tech startup scene, it claimed today. The Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG) unveiled in Beijing will plough cash into fledgling companies developing cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics. The PC maker’s venture cap division …
Katyanna Quach, 04 May 2016

Apple loses iPhone™

Apple has lost its trademark on the word "iPhone" in China. The decision was handed down in late April by a court in Beijing, but has only reached the Anglophone press now. The court stated that Apple was not able to prove that "iPhone" was "a famous brand" in China before the mobe's release in that country in 2009, and as …
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Snake oil ads land China's top search engine in trouble

Chinese search engine Baidu is under investigation after a case of dodgy medical advertising hit the headlines. Healthcare advertising is a lucrative line for the company, with a Tencent Technology report last year putting its income from the sector in the vicinity of US$1.5 billion in 2014. Chinese government news agency …
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Xiaomi takes aim at Apple, Qualcomm

Apple and Qualcomm will be doing a bit of looking-over-their-shoulder competitive analylsis: rising Chinese Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi is prepping a smartwatch and mobile processor. The company's Mi smartwatch has left the rumour-mill, with a launch schedule to be formally announced at a company event on May 10. …
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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

Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

Apple's fight with law enforcement has stepped up again, with the iPhone giant forced to deny that it hands over user information to Beijing while refusing the authorities at home. Speaking at a hearing of US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell said that the Chinese …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2016
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Facebook's big trouble in its little world domination plan: China

Analysis One of the central themes of Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Francisco this week has been Mark Zuckerberg's plans to wire up the world with Facebook internet access. Attendees were repeatedly reminded that even in this day and age, there are people not using Facebook – at least four billion people, allegedly. A fair …
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2016
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ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles

DNS overlord ICANN has responded to an angry letter from three US Congressmen accusing it of failing to answer questions ... by sending a letter that fails to answer their questions. Earlier this week, the three senators, including Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, complained to ICANN chairman Steve Crocker that the …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Apr 2016
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Former FBI spy hunter: Don’t trust China on ‘no hack’ pact

A former FBI investigator who helped expose Soviet double agent Robert Hanssen1 warns that enterprises should give up worrying about hackers, “who are now the good guys”, and be more worried about spies. Veteran spy hunter turned infosec exec Eric O'Neill said that espionage has evolved and become increasingly digital as …
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2016

Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

Microsoft is now ready to roll with a version of Windows 10 designed specifically for the Chinese government, it has emerged. Back in December, Microsoft and China Electronics Technology Group Corp (CETC) announced they were setting up a Beijing-based joint partnership called C&M Information Technologies. The new organization …
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2016

Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

Deep dive Jide’s Remix OS is Android for a desktop or tablet OS: with multitasking, overlapping windows and the shortcut conveniences you need for productivity-style work. And the firmware tweaks to make it run well on x86 processors. I’ve seen what the next billion internet users will be running. Jide was founded by three Google …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016
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US slaps trade ban on ZTE over Iran links

The US government is accusing Chinese vendor ZTE of using a complex scheme of subsidiaries to get around Iranian sanctions, and has therefore slapped export controls on the company. A notice at the Federal Register [PDF] describes documents obtained by the USA. In those documents, ZTE referred to import and export control " …

Google punts freebie DDoS shield to hacks, human rights worthies

Google has launched a free service to protect news websites against DDoS attacks. Project Shield will also be offered to human rights and election monitoring websites as a way of fending off increasingly commonplace site-swamping DDoS assaults. Google is offering to "reverse proxy" qualifying websites' traffic through Google's …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2016
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China to set up its own virtual currency

The People's Bank of China (PBOC), China's central bank, hopes to launch its own virtual currency to cut the cost of handling paper money and to give the government more control of the country's money supply. A research team has been looking into digital currencies since 2014 and has achieved some encouraging initial results. …
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Whatever Android-ChromeOS mashup looks like, it's gotta be better looking than this

Screenshots If you've ever wondered what Android would look like as a desktop PC OS, then try this for size: Remix OS from China. It's a very rough-around-the-edges build of Android-x86 – an ongoing port of Google's open-source OS from ARM gadgets to x86 PCs – with some closed-source stuff to create a multitasking desktop with moving …
Chris Williams, 13 Jan 2016
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Juniper 'fesses up to TWO attacks from 'unauthorised code'

Updated Juniper Networks has offered a more detailed description of the security issues resulting from its find of “unauthorised code” in ScreenOS, the software that powers its firewalls. The company's knowledge base article on the incident says: “The first issue allows unauthorized remote administrative access to the device over SSH …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2015

The Firewall Awakens: ICANN's exiting CEO takes internet governance to the dark side

ICANN's exiting CEO has stunned internet governance experts by fronting a new Chinese government initiative to expand its view of how the internet should be run. On the last day of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, the conference organizers unexpectedly announced they had set up a new "high-level advisory committee" …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2015
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Alibaba buys South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's top newspaper

Chinese e-commerce giant and cloud computing aspirant Alibaba has acquired Hong Kong newspaper, The South China Morning Post. Terms of the deal haven't been revealed, but what is known is that Alibaba now controls the Post, plus a host of fashion magazines the group also owns. The deal's billed as combining Alibab's online …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2015

Hong Kong hacks hacked in democracy protest yap flap

Chinese hackers who previously popped Western financial firms are now using Dropbox to target Hong Kong based journalists, FireEye says. The group, suspected to be an outfit known as "admin@338", is using the cloud service to host command and control for its infection operations. Its attacks drop the backdoor payload dubbed …
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2015

'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

A report laid before the US Congress yesterday encouraged lawmakers to allow American companies responding to Chinese miscreants pilfering their data to hack those companies back to save their info. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was established by Congress "to report on the national security implications …
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He's a Seoul Man: Jeff Bezos' Amazon AWS in Korea-defining move

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it will create a (South) Korean region in 2016. AWS blogger-in-chief Jeff Barr says local customers have been asking for a local presence, so the company will oblige “in early 2016.” The company won't yet reveal which services and EC2 instance types it will bring to the new region, so …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Nov 2015

Moshe's monster seven-nines disk box blooms

Infinidat, the creation of storage industry guru Moshe Yanai, saw 61 per cent quarter-over-quarter growth in the third quarter. The five-year-old, privately-owned company produces high-end file/block access external arrays with seven-nines (99.99999 per cent) availability and fast disk loss rebuild times, with a claimed sub- …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015
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VMware in kinda-super-secret Chinese joint venture

VMware has struck up a new joint venture in China, on the quiet. Local outlet Yicai.com reported the news last Friday, saying a billion dollars will flow from VMware to China in the next five years. But VMware's newsroom, Chinese newsroom, Chinese social feeds are all silent on the matter. VMware's new buddy is Sugon, a group …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Nov 2015

Chinese popped-box VPN crims screamed hacker booty in cleartext

China-based virtual private network provider Terracotta, a favourite of some of the most capable hacking groups, is pumping their stolen user credentials in cleartext. The forehead-slapping gaffe was revealed by RSA fraud prober Kent Backman, while outlining more details about the Terracotta VPN organisation first described in …
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2015

US senators lean on ICANN, tell it to quit squirming and open up

Two leading US senators have warned domain name overseer ICANN to stop resisting accountability changes in return for control over the internet's DNS. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology, and ranking member Brian Schatz signed a letter [PDF] warning that without "significant …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Oct 2015
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Security experts split on whether China is breaking no-hack pact

Security intelligence firm CrowdStrike has released a report alleging that Chinese hacking crews which they claim are likely state-sponsored are still attacking the US despite a anti-economic espionage pact agreed just a month ago when the Chinese president visited the US. In a blog post, CrowdStrike states that it has seen no …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2015

How Chairman Mao's secret military project led to a Nobel Prize

This year’s Nobel Prize award has its roots in Chairman Mao’s secret plan to systematise Chinese medicine. Half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to 83 year old Youyou Tu of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing for her work in counteracting malaria, proving the properties of Chinese herbal …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2015
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Big Blue lets Chinese government eyeball source code – report

IBM has reportedly granted Beijing controlled looking rights to its proprietary source code to allow government officials to scrutinise the software for spook backdoors. The move comes some 12 years since Microsoft brought in its Government Security Program, to allow nations outside of the US to eyeball its code. According to …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2015
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Kidnapped IT bod Peter Moore: My journey to Iraq began in Guyana

The eXpat Files Regular readers of The Reg will know Peter Moore as the UK techie who was kidnapped by an Iraqi militia in 2007, before spending over two-and-a-half years as a hostage. But Iraq was just one in a succession of foreign postings during Peter's career. He gave us the rundown on his travels before Iraq, and it's not hard to see …
Joe Fay, 16 Oct 2015

US-China cyber espionage treaty 'will do nothing': FireEye boss

Cyber Defence Summit The China-US treaty will do next to nothing to slow or stymie espionage attacks, says FireEye boss Kevin Mandia. Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping recently pledged to stop economic espionage efforts, in a bid to repair the bilateral relationship between the countries. The agreement, positioned as a means to curb wholesale …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2015

Apple news-churn app mysteriously stops churning news in China

Apple's URL-redirect news app has stopped working behind the Great Firewall of China, it has emerged. Even articles saved by those who are too fearful of the world to venture outside the walled garden for their news have been blocked. The New York Times noted that Apple News users in China needed to convince Cupertino that …