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IBM bets on cloud broker with Gravitant buyout

IBM has bought an 11-year-old firm promising cloud brokerage services to sustain the move to hybrid IT. The giant has snapped up Gravitant for an undisclosed sum, it said on Tuesday. Gravitant will be folded into IBM’s mighty Global Services unit and integrated the firm’s capabilities with Software-as-a-Service offerings. …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2015
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We're not Mr Brightside: Asda Car Insurance broker hacked

No customer data was exposed after the firm behind Asda Car Insurance was hacked, said the broker as it explained why the ACI website went offline earlier this week. Reg reader and Asda Car Insurance customer Arthur forwarded us a notice he received from Brightside Group, who provide white label insurance products for Asda and …
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2014

Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

Discount-Licensing, a broker of recycled software and member of FAST, has coughed a "significant sum" to settle a trademark infringement case that Microsoft took to the British High Court, a legal counsel for the titan has claimed. The Birmingham-based reseller says it trades in Microsoft Open, Select and Enterprise volumes …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

The Federation Against Software Theft is talking up the dangers of buying recycled software, claiming that existing laws are insufficient to protect firms that opt for recycled licences. The trade group initially weighed into the debate last week, ripping up software broker Discount Licensing's (DL) membership after it settled a …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014

Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

Exclusive A second software licence broker has been kicked out of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) in what appears to be a crackdown against those selling its members' software at discounted rates. Value Licensing has had its application for renewed membership FAST turned down, it has told The Reg. The company specialises in …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2014
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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

Recycled software broker Discount-Licensing says it fell foul of trademark copyright laws by importing Microsoft licences from the US but reckons its "core" business is squeaky clean and outside the clutches of litigators. It emerged this week that the Birmingham-based small biz trader coughed a "significant sum" in damages and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014

Blue Coat acquires the cloud-crypto monkeys at Perspecsys

Controversial and suspicious netsec outfit Blue Coat Systems has acquired Perspecsys, for the want of some weight in its cloud security portfolio. Recently bought by Bain, Blue Coat reckons the acquisition (on undisclosed terms) establishes it as "a leader in the Cloud Access Security Broker segment". Cloud-crypto outfit …
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UK government names Cloud Foundry Her Majesty's preferred PaaS

The UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) has named Cloud Foundry as its preferred platform-as-a-service. Cloud Foundry saw off Deis and Tsuru, the latter providing the most robust competition on the grounds of simplicity, modularity and responsiveness from the development community. “The maturity of Cloud Foundry, as well as …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2015
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Data broker Acxiom lifts skirt, reveals your private bits

One of the world's largest data brokers, Acxiom, has posted a project that either allows people to correct errors in their data, or turns individuals into mechanical turks working on an unpaid data quality project. Acxiom collects data from a vast range of sources and on-sells in portfolio of products aimed at marketers. The low …
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Speaking in Tech: Anonymous’s ‘total war’ on ISIS – how effective can it be?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie and Greg (with Sarah taking a well-earned rest) talk Netflix, net neutrality, Anonymous, Open Source and more. Our special guest this week is Justin Warren of PivotNine. And here are the details: (1: …
Team Register, 18 Nov 2015
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Gamma Global goes titsup after running out of cash

Manchester-based broker Gamma Global has shut up shop after running out of cash, The Channel can reveal. Creditors first spoke of their concerns about the short-term financial health of the business last week, and just yesterday more channel folk came forward to to say Gamma was unable to process orders. A post on the company’s …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015
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Crude scammer targets Brit oil brokers

Panda Labs researchers have identified a scammer who is fleecing British oil buyers using a malware-free spin on the classic Nigerian scam. They say the scammers steal credentials from oil brokers to swindle buyers across Germany, Spain, and across Asia out of cash. The sting works using a PDF file in the first stage of the …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2015

Oracle points patching firehose at 154 vulnerabilities

Sysadmins forced by circumstance or folly to support Java can get busy again, with 25 fixes for the product among the Scarlet Letter's regular patch notice. The good news is that Oracle says none of the vulnerabilities in its mammoth bug-splat had been exploited as of 19 October. The fixes to Java SE and Java SE Embedded …
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Forget value-added broker jokes: Could YOU shift nuclear plant scrap?

Why do brokers exist? All we ever do is just sit around and talk to people, so what value do we add to the economy? Or what value do “asset managers” like the late Howard Strowman add? And will the existence of such be a permanent feature of the tech distribution landscape? Regular readers will know that I spent the 1990s …
Tim Worstall, 23 Dec 2012

AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

Changes in the privacy policy of AVG's free antivirus doodad will allow it to collect your web browsing and search history – and sell it to advertisers to bankroll its freemium security software products. The changes will come into play on 15 October, according to the Czech-based biz in a blog post. The revised privacy policy …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2015

Google forced to – wah! – OBEY the LAW with privacy policy tweaks

Google has agreed to change its privacy policy to comply with the Data Protection Act following an investigation by Blighty's watchdog into the company's harvesting of personal information. The giant ad broker was slapped by the Information Commissioner's Office back in July 2013 for being "too vague" when describing how it uses …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2015

Adobe Reader sandbox popped says Google researcher

The Acrobat Reader Windows sandbox contains a vulnerability that could allow attackers to break out and gain higher privileges, Google security bod James Forshaw claims. The NTFS junction attack is a "race condition" in the handling of the MoveFileEx call hook Forshaw said. While unpatched, subsequent September updates made the …
Darren Pauli, 27 Nov 2014
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Google research bods hope to LICK BATTERY life limits – report

Google has reportedly been attempting to develop batteries that last longer. The world's largest ad broker apparently has a small team of four people beavering away at lithium-ion technology and solid-state batteries in its Google X research lab. According to the Wall Street Journal, erstwhile Apple battery bod Dr Ramesh …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2015
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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

Fandroids may be mourning the sudden death of Google's Nexus 7 slab, after the world's largest ad broker yanked the device from its online shopfront over the weekend. A visit to the Google Store reveals that the tablet has now been axed. Anyone searching for a Nexus 7 will be told that it "is no longer available for purchase …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2015
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Microsoft in SaaS-y cloud data security slurp

Microsoft has acquired cloud security outfit Adallom. Adallom was founded in 2012 and follows the “R&D in Israel, sales in Silicon Valley” template for a range of data security products for clouds. The company's wares bring data loss prevention and reporting to cloud storage services, offering users the chance to see just who' …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2015
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Judge flips class-action switch on Uber drivers' lawsuit against cab biz

A California judge has granted class-action status to a suit filed on behalf of Uber drivers. Judge Edward M Chen said the state's roughly 160,000 drivers from UberX, Uber Black, and Uber SUV services can sue the dial-a-ride broker taking a portion of tips. Three drivers had filed suit against Uber on behalf of drivers for …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2015

US Senators hope to crack down on the trade of private information

Four US senators are introducing legislation aimed at turning the screws on businesses that gather up and sell citizens' personal information. Senators Edward Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN) have teamed up to introduce the Data-broker Accountability and Transparency Act ( …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2015

Five million people exposed in Scottrade brokerage hack

If you've bought shares using retail broker Scottrade in the last few years, you may want to get in touch with the biz because its servers have been plundered by hackers unknown. The firm only found out about the data breach when the Feds got in contact to let it know. It now appears that 4.6 million customer accounts have …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2015
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How cyber insurance actually works

A couple of weeks ago El Reg carried an article by Mark Pesce about the likely evolution of Cyber Insurance. Reg reader and insurance industry veteran Tom Whipp agreed with most of his sentiments, but wasn’t so keen on his conclusions and demanded his stint on the Reg soapbox. So, take it away Tom. I’ve worked in security and …
Tom Whipp, 23 Nov 2015
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IEEE chaps propose QoS for SDN across the public internet

Software-defined networking (SDN) is fine in the data centre, but rubbish across multi-domain WANs, something a group of IEEE engineers wants to solve. Their proposal, on Arxiv, is to copy the cloud notions of abstraction and orchestration into Internet connections. Sucking nourishment out of the academic prose, the IEEE …

Brocade targets mobile operators with net monitor suite

Brocade has announced a network monitoring and management solution it hopes will attract the eye of LTE network operators. Speaking to The Register's networking desk, Brocade's Phil Coates said the company is, in particular, addressing the shortcomings of traditional iron-based network monitoring systems. Something like a …
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Net admins: the white box world HASN'T forgotten you

Pervasive security and deeper monitoring: that's what Big Switch Networks is pitching as the centrepiece of the next iteration of its Big Tap Monitoring Fabric, version 4.5. This system is designed to fit in the network packet broker (NPB) space – the out-of-band sniffer network that raises alerts admins if something's going …

Oi, Google! Remove links to that removed story, yells forceful ICO

Google has been ordered to remove links referencing a story it had already removed, Blighty's information watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, said late Thursday. The search engine had previously removed links relating to an individual's minor criminal offence from more than ten years, following a take-down request …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015
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GoFundMe shows users how it's done, cashes in with $600m valuation

Online hat-passer GoFundMe has sold off a controlling stake of its business to investors who value it at roughly $600m. The Wall Street Journal cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting the donations broker had completed a round of venture capital funding that culminated with investors taking over the majority control …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jun 2015
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Misco hires sales vet Brooker to run UK sub

Systemax Europe president Simon Taylor has made his first senior hire in the shape of tech sales veteran Tony Brooker - a man he charged with rebuilding UK subsidiary Misco. Taylor, formerly EMEA senior veep of operations at Insight Enterprises, took over the business in June and at the top of his to-do list was a message from …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2015
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Another go at remote objects: Google gRPC hits beta

Google's gRPC project has reached beta status, according to a post by product manager Mugur Marculescu, who adds that it "opens the door for gRPC use in production environments". The open source project aims to simplify distributed application development, where clients call services running on one or more remote servers. Here …
Tim Anderson, 27 Oct 2015
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Hacking Team's snoopware 'spied on anti-communist activists in Vietnam'

Security researchers are linking malware sent to anti-communist activists in Vietnam to controversial commercial spyware firm Hacking Team. The assault dating from 2012-13 appears to use Hacking Team's MSN+Skype tabs, according to preliminary analysis by MalwareMustDie. ‪"‬It seems their govt bought such solution as toolset …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2015
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Outsourcery has ‘greater flexibility to pursue opportunities’ after £4m Voda loan

Loss-making cloud biz Outsourcery has managed to tap up Vodafone for a £4m loan under a partnership deal. After yet another successful effort of going cap in hand to investors, the still unprofitable outfit said £2.3m of the loan will be used for "general working capital purposes". The rest of the cash will replace its existing …
Kat Hall, 03 Jul 2015
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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

A diplomatic storm is brewing in France after WikiLeaks published evidence that the NSA has spied on at least three French presidents and their senior staff for the last nine years. "The French people have a right to know that their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance from a supposed ally," said WikiLeaks …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2015
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Apple to splurge $275m on mobile ad broker

Apple is reportedly about to buy ad broker Quattro Wireless for $275m - a third of what Google hopes the regulator will let it pay for competing service AdMob. The details come from All Things Digital, which reports that an announcement could come later today on Apple's coughing up for the ad broker. The deal will include the …
Bill Ray, 05 Jan 2010
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Secrets of an ad broker: NoSQL, millisecond auctions and FLASH ARRAYS

Typically a web page featuring online ads is built with space set aside for the ad. A user clicks on the page's URL and it's presented to that user in real time and the spaces are populated with pre-built and stored ads. So far so ordinary, only with online ad-broker Tapad the ads are not pre-stored at all. What happens is that …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2012
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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

Microsoft's corporate veep Yusuf Mehdi reports that Windows 10 is now on 75 million devices, following its general availability four weeks ago. This suggests that Windows 10 is being installed faster than any previous version. Exact figures are hard to come by, but Microsoft took around four months to sell 90 million Windows 7 …
Tim Anderson, 26 Aug 2015

Wanted alive: $1m for an iOS 9 bug to hijack, er, jailbreak iThings

Exploit traders Zerodium will pay a million dollars to anyone who finds an unpatched bug in iOS 9 that can be exploited to jailbreak iThings – or compromise them. The $1m (£640,000) bounty will be awarded to an individual or team that provides a working exploit to achieve remote code execution on an iOS device via the Safari …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2015

Exploit devs allegedly bag $1m for 'secret' iOS 9.1 untethered jailbreak

An unnamed team of hackers has apparently received a million-dollar payout for disclosing a trio of iOS 9.x and Google Chrome security bugs to private zero-day buyer Zerodium. However, only people willing to pay Zerodium a subscription will get to see how the remote browser-based untethered jailbreak works: the company won't …
Darren Pauli, 03 Nov 2015
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Brocade wrings profits from a steady-as-she-goes business

Analysis Brocade has jogged along nice and evenly for four years now, at around $2.25bn annual revenues with steadily rising profits, and its fiscal 2015 added a similar fifth year of pretty decent results. It saw $2.26bn in revenues and a $340m profit, while in full year 2014 it saw $2.21bn in revenues and a $238m profit, indicating …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015
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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

A number of Google's self-driving car prototypes are expected to leave the Chocolate Factory's test track this summer and head out onto some of the public roads around Mountain View, California. The world's largest ad broker said the robocars had undergone "rigorous testing" to ensure the software and sensors work. However, …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2015
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No more customisation? Cloud Security Alliance calls for Open APIs

The Cloud Security Alliance has teamed up with CipherCloud to try and impose some discipline on the sector by defining protocols and best practice. CipherCloud will co-lead a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to develop vendor neutral protocols and best practices under the the Cloud Access Security Broker Framework. The …
Joe Fay, 30 Jun 2015

Saudi Arabia: They liked Hacking Team so much they tried to buy the company

The Saudi Arabian government came close to buying a majority stake in Italian surveillance software firm Hacking Team last year. Wafic Saïd – a UK-based, Syrian-born businessman who is friends with the Saudi royal family – and Ronald Spogli, a former US ambassador to Italy, who indirectly owned a stake in Hacking Team, tried …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2015

Midland tech dynasty launches The Bank of Rigby

Nigel Jenkins – a senior veteran of corporate leasing at HP, Cisco and Microsoft – wants to turn the tables on his old employers from his base camp at Rigby Capital, the sister firm of services-based reseller SCC. Jenkins, the GM who joined the business in July having worked at the big three, reviewed the existing process of …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2015
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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

Google is once again scrambling to clean up bad behavior by Maps users after a couple of mortifying pieces of online graffiti were found. An unknown user has tagged the listing for The White House with a racial slur, causing the presidential residence to show up when the phrase "N****** House" is searched. A second remark tagged …
Shaun Nichols, 20 May 2015
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Bandwidth broker to light up dark nets

A new global bandwidth exchange and trading platform targeting the growth in cloud-based services and leveraging a global bandwidth glut has been launched by an Australian telecommunications executive. Globally launched earlier this month at International Telecoms Week in Chicago, Mobsource.com now has between US$10 -20 million …
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SAP pitches Cloud Foundry real-time customer service

SAP has become the latest enterprise giant to promise real-time “insight” into customers, via the cloud. Europe’s tech giant is re-serving the Hybris e-commerce platform it bought in 2013 with a shot of Cloud Foundry, the open-source project it joined in 2014. Hybris has been updated with the addition of two modules, SAP …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2015

In the exploit biz? FULL DISCLOSURE is your best friend, boffin says

Auscert Security bod Alfonso De Gregorio says buyers and sellers in the cut-throat exploit marketplace should release their zero-days to the public if they are fleeced. The BeeWise founder says full disclosure of security vulnerabilities helps punish both buyers who fail to pay or on-sell zero-days, and sellers who break contracts and …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jun 2015

Hacker data dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database

Former password collector Steve Thomas plans to tear up the contact broker market by offering a database of 30 million names for free, all built on data sourced by scraping the web. The former PwnedList founder, and now SalesMaple CEO, says the database will soon to balloon to almost 100 million records. Thomas said it will …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2015

NetApp dissolves global centre of virtualisation excellence

NetApp has dissolved the “global centre of virtualisation excellence” it created in 2010 and ran from its Melbourne, Australia, office. The centre was established after the vendor won some colossal deals in Australia, believed to be at the nation's dominant telco Telstra and financial services outfit Suncorp. Both bet big on …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015