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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

Microsoft has accidentally shipped a small number of Xbox Ones several weeks ahead of the official release date - and banned at least one gamer's new console from connecting to Xbox Live. Redmond's minions admitted their mistake after pictures and video of the new games console were published online. A Twitter user called @ …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013
BBC 3D Day of the Doctor

BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

Does the BBC still dislike Doctor Who the way it did back in the 1980s? Its presentation on iPlayer of this past Saturday’s 50th anniversary special, Day of the Doctor, suggests it might do. The 3D version is giving us headaches and eye-strain, allege eager Whovians. The format chosen for streaming the show in a form suitable …
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2013

Google Groups blunder exposes THOUSANDS of Japanese govt emails

The Japanese government has admitted sharing thousands of email conversations with world+dog after a mix-up over Google Groups' privacy settings. Officials from several ministries shared messages on the free web-based service without realising that the default setting is for public access to all discussions, the Daily Yomiuri …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jul 2013

DON'T PANIC: Amazon's Chromecast late-ship email was a blunder

An email from Amazon telling customers that they wouldn't be getting their Chromecast dongle until nearly November – at the earliest – was a mistake, the company has said. In fact, shipping will begin shortly. Amazon, along with big-box retailers like Best Buy, sold out of Google's $35 gizmo within days of the streaming stick …
Iain Thomson, 09 Aug 2013
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Satnav blunder sends Belgian granny 1,450km to Croatia

A Belgian granny who planned an 80km car trip to Brussels ended up in Croatia, after ill-advisedly obeying her satnav's orders to traverse Europe. Sabine Moreau, 67, intended to drive from her home in Solre-sur-Sambre to pick up a chum from the Belgian capital's Brussel-Noord station, but was instead directed eastwards on a two- …
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2013
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Google pays just $22.5m to FTC over Safari tracking blunder

As expected, Google has agreed to pay the US Federal Trade Commission a paltry penalty of $22.5m for its sneaky bypassing of the default privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser. The consumer watchdog confirmed in a statement today that Google had settled on charges that it "misrepresented privacy assurances to users" and …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2012

Brit IT biz boss wrongly 'terminated' in red-tape blunder

Companies House accidentally "terminated" reseller Probrand's co-founder and long-standing director Chris Griesbach in a paperwork bungle. A filing appeared on the official business register's website announcing "appointment terminated, Chris Greisbach". In fact it was Andrew Lawton Smith - fellow Probrand director and group …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2013
Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Black Ops 2 blunder has Mass Effect on buyers

PC gamers who rushed to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 yesterday found themselves unable to play the new release when they found they received Mass Effect 2, a title published by Activision's fierce rival EA, instead. Gamers affected by the glitch - currently venting their spleen in several forums, including Steam and Reddit - …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

A serious error committed by an "inexperienced operative" caused the IT meltdown which crippled the RBS banks last week, a source familiar with the matter has told The Register. Job adverts show that at least some of the team responsible for the blunder were recruited earlier this year in India following IT job cuts at RBS in …
Anna Leach, 26 Jun 2012
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Speaking in Tech: VMware $billion buy - brilliance ... or blunder?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week's techcast delves into all the latest technology in the storage and virtualisation sector. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela (Ed Saipetch is away on a secret mission) are talking to the Man Who Knows - special guest J Metz (@DrJMetz), who is strategic …
Team Register, 06 Nov 2012
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Google Nexus 7 blighted by brightness blunder

Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been warmly welcomed all round, however one display specialist claims the fondleslab's screen has something "seriously wrong" with it. Raymond Soneira at DisplayMate Technologies claims that while the tablet's LCD panel has much to offer, the calibration of display parameters - usually performed …
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Tesco blunder prices 64GB 4G iPad at 50 quid

Tesco tantalised online shoppers yesterday after a pricing error left punters thinking they'd snapped up Apple's latest iPad for just £50. The Twitterscape was alight last night with braggers who thought they'd got the bargain of the century. The Tesco Direct website was offering advance orders for the new Apple iPad Wi-Fi 4G …
Caleb Cox, 14 Mar 2012
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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

Red-faced crypto and intercept intelligence agency GCHQ has admitted emailing plain text password reminders to people who register on its careers micro-site. The issue came to light after prospective job applicant Dan Farrall blogged about his experience of receiving a plain text reminder of his GCHQ recruitment site password by …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2013
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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

Between 8:58 and 10:20 BST this morning we sent an email to 3,521 of you that contained the names and email addresses of 46,524 of our readers. Obviously, this was an error. The two-stage send process that is the norm for all of our mailers was over-looked because someone was in a hurry. We would like to offer our genuine and …
Team Register, 24 Oct 2011
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Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

Bungling police staff at South Yorkshire Police have finally copped to a huge snafu in their firearms database after spending the last two months writing to thousands of firearms licence holders. The letter simply requested they "update their details". Bosses have blamed the database snafu on the actions of a sacked …
Gareth Corfield, 01 Jul 2013
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Taliban official's email blunder leaks 400+ contacts

Anyone in the bulk email business should know never to mix up cc: ("carbon copy") and bcc: ("blind carbon copy") – especially if the materials you're sending out are Taliban press releases. That was exactly the rookie mistake made by Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmedi last week, ABC News reports, which resulted in Ahmedi …
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2012

NHS IT blunder biz CSC wilts as profit bleeds, costs staunched

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which bungled building a central patient database for the NHS, suffered a 78 per cent drop in profits year-on-year in its last quarter. CSC reported a net income of $42m for Q1 of fiscal year 2013 [PDF], down from $185m banked in the same period last year. Revenue stayed roughly the same as …
Anna Leach, 10 Aug 2012
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Top plods reconsidering mega deals with Olympo-blunder firm G4S

Cambridgeshire police are reviewing a potential contract with troubled Olympic security provider G4S. The deal on the table would see G4S take over back-office functions inclusing ICT for three forces - Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - and would result in 1,191 staff being rehired by G4S, according to the …
Anna Leach, 20 Jul 2012
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Busty blogger bursts Bulgarian airbag in mud-wrestle blunder

A silicone-enhanced Swede has added mud wrestling to the list of activities it's best to avoid if you've had a jub job, after dislodging one of her implants during a reality TV show. "Buxom" blonde Lina Hellqvist was competing in Djungelns Drottning ("Queen of the Jungle") as one of ten "beautiful big city girls" when she …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2012
Pinky and the Brain

BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

BT may insist that it is committed to a smooth transition to the new interwebs address system – IPv6 – but a quick glance at the company's corporate website last month left some Brits questioning the one-time national telco's promise. That's because the telecoms giant embarrassingly failed to spot the fact that its security …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014
Nokia

MS names Nokia WinPho models in compo blunder

Microsoft has inadvertently leaked the names of forthcoming Nokia Windows Phone handsets by including them in the terms and conditions of a competition. The Nokia Sabre, as well as the familiarly-named Nokia Sea Ray, were both found mentioned in the Ts&Cs of a Microsoft Canada competition - now edited to remove the names - that …
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2011
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Welsh NHS fined £70k for patient psych file leak blunder

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has slapped its first fine on the NHS after a mental health patient's file was leaked in an email gaffe. The ICO handed the Aneurin Bevan Health Board in Wales a bill for £70,000 for sending the sensitive information to the wrong person. A consultant from the NHS organisation …
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Twitter plugs protected accounts bug to flush out stalkers

Twitter has killed a bug that had allowed some stalkers on the micro-blogging site to view protected tweets via SMS or push notifications. It has taken the company four months to fix the flaw, which affected the selectively shared accounts of 93,788 users on the service. Twitter said that the security blunder only happened " …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2014
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STUDENTS EXPOSED in university IT blunder

The Information Commissioner's Office has reprimanded the University of York for stuffing up its IT systems so that student records were accessible to anyone. The ICO blamed a staff member who "failed to realise they had made an error while carrying out work on the University's IT system". The screw-up resulted in student …
John Oates, 20 Jul 2011

Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

A programming blunder appears to have landed the cash-strapped Co-op Bank an unexpected bill for £110m. In its financial report [PDF] for 2013, which last week revealed a £1.3bn loss, the bank said it had to stump up nine-figure "costs relating to breaches of the Consumer Credit Act". Specifically, the scandal-hit bank noted: " …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
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ICANN: Privates leaked in top-level domain land grab blunder

ICANN has revealed that it took down its top-level domain application system yesterday after discovering a potentially serious data leakage vulnerability. As El Reg reported earlier today, ICANN shut down its TLD Application System (TAS) – the web application companies use to apply for new gTLDs – due to unspecified "unusual …
Kevin Murphy, 13 Apr 2012
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Two councils hit with big fines for laptop blunder

The UK's information watchdog has slapped two London councils with hefty penalties for failing to encrypt personal data on laptops that were stolen by thieves. Ealing Council and Hounslow Council were both found to be in serious breach of the Data Protection Act, ruled the Information Commissioner's Office today. It said two …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2011
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Cyber security challenge organisers in email privacy blunder

Organisers of the UK's cyber security challenge committed an embarrassing email blunder by inadvertently revealing the email addresses of everyone who entered a forensics challenge to each other. A single challenge registration confirmation email was CCed to everyone who entered, handing over a complete email list in the process …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2010
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Yahoo! board! probes! CEO's! CompSci! CV! blunder!

Yahoo! has decided to take the revelation that its CEO Scott Thompson padded his CV a tad more seriously, The Register understands, promising that the board would look into the situation. The web firm's initial response to accusations yesterday from activist investor Third Point that Thompson did not in fact possess a degree in …
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Big Brother refunds Facebook credits after vote crash blunder

Ofcom has let Channel 5 off the hook after it agreed to let Big Brother viewers carry over surplus Facebook credits, or get a refund, if they were unable to vote in the show's evictions. The last series of Big Brother was a UK telly first by accepting votes through the use of paid-for Facebook credits. However, these had to be …
Bill Ray, 06 Mar 2012

Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

Plusnet's broadband and phone service is slowing coming back to life, after the telco's network suffered a nasty hour-long outage this morning. The BT-owned firm did not cough to the cause of the downtime, which struck customers at 9:30am, but it did confirm that subscribers would struggle to get online. Anecdotal reports on …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2014
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Telstra shutters customer self-service site after security blunder

Several sharp-eyed readers have pointed El Register to the latest corporate security howler in Australia: Telstra’s customer self-service site has had to be shut down after it sprayed sensitive customer data to the world at large. First reported on the Australian broadband discussion site Whirlpool (original post here) and then …

Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Newspapers and blogs are quite rightly back-slapping Brit inventor Tim Berners-Lee today – the man who brought the world wide web to the, er, world 25 years ago today. It's a pity, then, that mainstream publications continue to stumble over the concept by lazily and wrongly saying that Berners-Lee birthed the internet. Sub- …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2014
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Yahoo! director! bows! out! after! CEO! CV! blunder!

The Yahoo! director who led the search for CEO Scott Thompson has said she won't be standing for re-election to the board as a new committee is appointed to look into his padded CV. Patti Hart, whose educational background also had a discrepancy revealed by activist investor Third Point, said that "after careful consideration" …

World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

Shipments of the long-awaited and heavily fought over Raspberry Pi boards could be delayed thanks to a manufacturing cock-up. The assembly lines churning out the first 10,000 units used the wrong kind of RJ45 networking jack, according to the team behind the $35 Linux computer, and the parts will need to be replaced before they …
Chris Williams, 08 Mar 2012

Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

Microsoft's major outage last week was caused by a policy rollout that derailed its own DNS servers – a blunder that also downed some of the tech giant's internal services. The outage hit on Thursday, during which key websites such as Xbox.com and Outlook.com were knocked over, connectivity to the Office 365 online software …
Jack Clark, 25 Nov 2013
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Burglar cuffed after crime scene MySpace blunder

A Florida teen was arrested for burglary after he left himself logged into his MySpace account at the scene of the crime. According to multiple news accounts, a caretaker for a home on Sugarloaf Key called 911 on Sunday after seeing someone sitting on a couch inside the house. By the time police arrived, the home was unoccupied …
Dan Goodin, 08 Nov 2010

KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

A Register reader has exposed another privacy howler at KCOM - this time involving its Exeter-based ISP Eclipse Internet, which displays passwords in plain text to users via a webpage. Customers who log in to their personal Eclipse user site are somewhat surprisingly shown the password for their account. Today's tip of the hat …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014

ZOMBIE apocalypse! The 'LIVING DEAD' are HERE – Fox News confirmed it

Within the past hour, Fox News declared today is "World Zombie Day", and urged us all to "bring out the living dead" in an online cock-up. Initially it was feared the US news outlet's website had been hacked and defaced – but the broadcaster was quick to blame an "internal production problem" for the gaffe. The Fox News web …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Nov 2013
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'PENDING LARRY QUOTE' - Google financials dunder blunder

This was the week some Googler's finger slipped at just the wrong moment, sending its rather worrying financial results out a mite too early. The Chocolate Factory's third quarter profits were much lower than expected and its revenue, famed for continued growth, has slowed down. It was quite clear that the early release was a …
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GCHQ commits schoolboy security blunder

Exciting news from UK spooks at GCHQ - it's the new and improved "Guidance document on use of Smartphones in Government". The only problem with this riveting press release from GCHQ is that someone forgot to use the bcc function - instead, the message reveals the email address of every journalist on the list. The list comes from …
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
iTunes 11 : iTunes Music Store

Apple punts patches for holes in Pages and OS X, Windows iTunes

Apple has issued updates to squash vulnerabilities in the OS X and Windows versions of iTunes and the word-processor app Pages. The iTunes 11.1.4 update will also patch security bugs in the Safari application and in underlying software such as the WebKit browser engine and a pair of library components. Users running iTunes on …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2014
A boat full of Fail

BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

BT has coughed to a crappy glitch with its Home Hub 3A router that is blocking some VPN connections. However, the one-time state monopoly appears to have taken a long time to acknowledge customer gripes, which have been piling up for weeks. BT said it had taken a while to respond to individual complaints because it was …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2014
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What took you so long Apple? 26 remote exec bugs die in OS X Safari

Apple has fixed 27 vulnerabilities in its Safari web browser for OS X computers, 18 of which were uncovered by Google's Chrome Security Team. All but one of the flaws allow miscreants to execute arbitrary code on victims' computers. The iPhone giant said its Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 update will close the holes, which were found in …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2014

NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

Hundreds of URLs on the NHS website have been flooded with malware by hackers and - at time of writing - it remains exposed. The security blunder was first spotted early this morning and an alert was posted on Reddit along with a list of 587 pages said to have been compromised on the www.nhs.uk site. The Register put calls in …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2014
Daily Star

Daily Star is sorry for Grand Theft Auto Raoul Moat blunder

Last week the Daily Star published the sensational scoop that Rockstar Games was prepping Grand Theft Auto Rothbury, inspired by the murderer Raoul Moat. It was a hoax of course, but it would be much too kind to describe the Star as a victim. The paper compounded its error by mocking up a fake cover (see here) and by soliciting …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jul 2010
A boat full of Fail

Home Office clumsily LEAKS data of 1,598 immigrants, blames 'transparency'

The Home Office has embarrassingly coughed to accidentally leaking the personal details of 1,598 immigrants. Applicants in the “family returns” process had some of their personal data exposed online for nearly a fortnight, immigration minister Mark Harper admitted in a written statement to Parliament on Thursday. He blamed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013
Bitcoin bloodbath

Chicago man lobs class-action sueball at MtGox

Friday's bankruptcy filing wasn't the only time the name "MtGox" was heard in a courtroom this week. Predictably, the cash-strapped Bitcoin exchange is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the US alleging negligence and fraud on the part of MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles and his staff. "Mt. Gox intentionally and knowingly …
Neil McAllister, 01 Mar 2014

Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

Hackers swiped the names, home and email addresses, phone numbers and other personal information of up to 70 million Target shoppers, the superstore giant admitted today. Evidence of the customer database raid was discovered during an investigation into the attack on Target's payment systems that leaked 40 million credit and …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2014

BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

Sheffield-based telco Plusnet isn't doing any of its new customers "proud" right now, after an anonymous source told The Register that the company was currently transmitting personal details over an unencrypted web page. The firm, which is owned by telecom giant BT, is asking interested subscribers to fill in a form online that …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014