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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

Updated Today a vast army of hijacked internet-connected devices – from security cameras and video recorders to home routers – turned on their owners and broke a big chunk of the web. Compromised machines, following orders from as-yet unknown masterminds, threw massive amounts of junk traffic at servers operated by US-based Dyn, which …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

Britain is splurging £265m on military cyber security – and that includes offensive capabilities, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute yesterday, Sir Michael said the investment into the Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme would “help us protect against …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Oct 2016
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Hardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startups

Radbot Our quiz on startup branding revealed that a worrying number of you are not to be trusted with a hot iron - branding, soldering, or even wool setting, it seems. I made a slight oversight in that while in banking I did not "put aside" (as a friend calls it) the megabucks to become a gentleman of leisure and science, so we need …
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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

On Tuesday, Intel said it expects to bank in the final quarter of the year $15.7bn in sales, plus or minus $500m. That's a billion-dollar swing. Two days later, on Thursday, AMD proudly revealed that its entire revenue for the three months to September 24 was $1.3bn. Just over a billion dollars. AMD is little more than …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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Google pays $100k to anti-malware crusader Giovanni Vigna

Anti-malware machine and head of the Shellphish DARPA Grand Challenge bronze-medallist team has won US$100,000 from Google for security research efforts. University of California Santa Barbara doctor Giovanni Vigna landed Google's Security, Privacy and Anti-Abuse award for his long line of research into malware detection. …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2016
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Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Analysis The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era. While regulators and operators in some areas – many in Europe …
Wireless Watch, 20 Oct 2016
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Security research tool had security problem

Security researchers and the networks they rely on were at risk of breach by the hackers they investigate, thanks to now mitigated man-in-the-middle holes in a popular plugin for analysing debugger OllyDbg. The debugger disassembles binaries, making it a handy way to understand an application's workings without having access …
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2016

Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

Expect an outbreak of denials from whoever's got the credentials to @Wikileaks at the moment: Hillary Clinton has said no fewer than 17 civilian and government intelligence agencies point the finger to Kremlin interference in the election. Clinton used that number during today's third debate between herself and rival United …

China's LeEco eyes up US, takes on, er, Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Tesla

Pics Chinese tech maker LeEco (pronounced Le Echo) has made its entrance into the US market – with a lavish press conference in San Francisco that showed the Middle Kingdom isn't afraid to take on some of the biggest names in technology. The giant unveiled a high-spec smartphone that massively undercuts rivals Apple, Samsung, and …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2016

Three new 'nauts launched to the International Space Station

Three new astronauts are due to board the International Space Station, after blasting off to space this morning. The Soyuz spacecraft carried Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut, and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko - cosmonauts from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency - at 4:05 am EDT (9:05 am BST) Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Oct 2016

China's Shenzhou-11 capsule docks with Tiangong-2 station

The Chinese capsule launched yesterday atop a Long March-2F rocket has successfully docked with the country's space station. Xinhua News enthusiastically Tweeted each step of the process as the Shenzhou-11 docked with the Tiangong-2 space lab. The “Taikonauts” are due to spend 30 days on the space station, more than doubling …

China blamed in drone hack

China-based hackers have broken into the systems of a European drone company and a US subsidiary of a French energy management company. The attacks are both likely to be economically motivated and designed to help Chinese firms in the targeted sectors, according to security intelligence firm ThreatConnect. It alleges that …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2016
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Freeze on refrigerants heats up search for replacements

The world has agreed to begin phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), whose greenhouse effect is 10,000 as strong as carbon dioxide. Nearly a year after the 197 signatories to the Montreal Protocol started work on an agreement covering HFCs, 170 countries have cut a binding accord to farewell the gases. HFCs turn up in …

Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics. Nimble Storage was one of the original trio of hybrid storage array vendors that emerged a few years ago - the others being Tegile and Tintri. It …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016

Chinese 'nauts blast off for month-long space station scouting mission

China has successfully sent two astronauts into space today to conduct a series of experiments to prepare for the launch of its own space station in 2023. The Long March-2F rocket blasted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch centre in the Gobi desert, on the border from Northern China, at 7:30am (11:30pm GMT). China’s space …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Oct 2016
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India/Russia tech pact

India and Russia have agreed to establish a joint “Science and Technology Commission.” Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced the commission at the conclusion of the BRICs summit, a get-together of leaders from Brazil, India, Russia and China. The event saw Russia and India announce deeper ties around civil use of …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2016
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Google, Facebook toss cash into LA-to-Hong Kong sub cable corp

Mere months after its first trans-Pacific cable venture lit up, Google has announced it's friended Facebook as part of another cable consortium. The two have joined the consortium building the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), first announced by Pacific Light Data Communication (PLDC) and TE SubCom in November of 2015 to …

UK govt sucks at AI and robots, doesn't use them to its advantage – wait, is that good or bad?

The UK government does not have a clear strategy on how to maximise AI and robotics for economic benefit, according to the Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology. This conclusion was published today in a report by the committee, which earlier this year launched an inquiry into Blighty's take up of artificial …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Oct 2016

Snowden investigator slams leaker-detector background checks

A former top US Government investigator looking into classified document leaks by Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden has criticised the effectiveness of background checks - saying such checks will not prevent further leaks. Keith Lowry, formerly US chief of staff to the deputy under secretary of defense for Human intelligence …
Darren Pauli, 12 Oct 2016

Oz infosec spooks: ease back on the “cybers”, this is serious

Sensationalist language is making it hard to educate businesses and the public about infosec risks*, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre's 2016 threat report. While every ICMP ping is treated as an attack by some, the report says unequivocally: “Australia still has not been subjected to malicious cyber activity …
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Pocket C.H.I.P. makers go Pro with cloud-linked ARM-flexing module for IoT gizmo builders

Pics The team behind the popular $9 C.H.I.P. single-board-computer has come up with a version for engineers, startups, and larger organizations to embed in their products. Essentially, if you're an aspiring gadget maker and you want to stick a small Linux-flavored computer into your thing and sell it, the C.H.I.P. Pro aims to be …
Chris Williams, 11 Oct 2016

The dollars marched in two by two: Huawei tips $1m into Berkeley AI lab

Huawei is handing $1m to the University of California Berkeley’s AI lab to foster a research and development partnership between industry and academia. Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab will work with the Noah’s Ark Laboratory of Huawei to accelerate research into the main areas of AI, which includes “deep …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Oct 2016
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Today in stalking British AI startups: The Chinese are coming

British AI talent is about to be given a boost after Founders Factory, a company specialising in growing startups, announced today that it will receive a “multimillion pound” investment from a top Chinese private equity firm. CSC Group is one of China’s largest private equity firms, specialises in tech investment, and has …
Katyanna Quach, 10 Oct 2016
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Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

The “new Nokia” appears going for volume rather than margins as it makes a comeback into phones. A new venture called HMD Global has licensed the rights to the Nokia brand for use in phones, which will be made by Foxconn. Three or four new Nokia-branded devices will be launched, Nokia’s China chief suggested in August [ …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2016

Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

Korean newswire Yonhap reports that Samsung has ceased production of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The outlet cites a Samsung official as having confirmed previous un-sourced reports of a production halt and says "The halt is in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China, the …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2016

Lenovo grabs spotlight, hunts for sales uplift after server build shift

Lenovo claimed it has yet to feel the commercial benefit of putting local server assembly into the hands of a contract manufacturer in Europe because the market has “tanked” - the cloud saw to that, an exec has said. The Chinese firm shifted rack and tower production to Flextronics in Hungary from May and will move over more …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016

World spent US$7.7bn on cloud in Q2, and that was during a lull

World spent US$7.7b on cloud in Q2, and that was during a soon-to-end lull in construction of hyperscale data centres. So says market-watcher IDC, which in its new Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker says sales of servers, switches and storage destined for use in public and private clouds grew by 14.5 per cent …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2016

Feds collar chap who allegedly sneaked home US hacking blueprints

An American who worked at the same intelligence contractor as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been charged with the theft of classified documents. Harold Martin, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was arrested in late August after the FBI raided his house and storage shed, allegedly finding a number of top secret documents he …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Oct 2016

Micron scrambling up wall of revenues pit

Micron has reversed its downward trend and pulled off a fourth fiscal 2016 quarter with increased revenues and decreased losses. The mainly DRAM and flash foundry company reported revenues of $3.22bn, up 11 per cent on the preceding quarter but 11 per cent down on the year; there is still a ways to go. The net loss was $170m, …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2016

Google melts 78 Android security holes, two of which were critical

Google has crushed 78 Android security flaws in its October bug blitzkrieg, repairing critical core Android services along the way. The patch parade sees the tech giant return to a high-double-digit patch run after issuing only 47 fixes last month and a whopping 103 in August. The updates are split into essential Android …
Darren Pauli, 05 Oct 2016

Dell EMC 'backs' Huawei open-source management disrupter

LinuxCon Berlin Huawei today announced OpenSDS, an open-source project to replace vendor-specific storage controllers with the weight of enterprise and external storage number-one Dell EMC behind it. It’s understood OpenSDS was presented to Linux Foundation reps on a recent visit to China. The idea is that vendors’ products would plug into …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Oct 2016

Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

“Devices come and go,” mused Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this March, discussing the wearables market. Now Nadella can notch up another hardware kill. Microsoft, the only enterprise vendor with a wearable platform, has confirmed it has no plans to launch a third version of its activity wearable, the Microsoft Band. Reports also …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Oct 2016

Ericsson’s patent pool is far from the new start the IoT needs

Analysis There are many interesting aspects to the announcement that Qualcomm, among others, is joining Ericsson’s Avanci patent pool scheme. Some of these appear contradictory. On the one hand, Avanci illustrates how the old patent structures of the mobile industry will no longer be fit for purpose for the Internet of Things (IoT). …
Wireless Watch, 03 Oct 2016
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Microsoft chatbots: Sweet XiaoIce vs foul-mouthed Tay

AI chatbots can act like social experiments, offering a glimpse into human culture – for the good or the bad. Microsoft and Bing researchers found this out when they trialled their chatbots on China’s hugely successful messaging platform, WeChat, and on Twitter. The Chinese chatbot, XiaoIce, went viral within 72 hours and has …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Sep 2016

‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

Here’s your chance to design your own BlackBerry. BlackBerry today ended its 17-year adventure as a phone-maker with CEO John Chen announcing “a new strategic direction focussed on licensing our secure device software and the BlackBerry brand.” There will still be BlackBerrys – a new one is imminent - but BlackBerry won’t make …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2016
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Text input from thin air: boffins give Wi-Fi the finger with AI

Chinese boffins reckon they're the first capture text input to mobile devices using gestures sensed by commodity Wi-Fi devices. The researchers, from the University of Science and Technology in China, have dubbed the scheme WiFinger, and describe it here. At this stage, what the researchers achieved was to sense movement …
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Bloodhound supersonic car backed by Chinese taxi biz Geely

One of China’s largest car makers, the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is now the main sponsor for Blighty’s attempt on the land speed record: the 1,000mph Bloodhound. Geely is better known in the UK as the owner of Volvo and the London Taxi Company. The value of the three year deal has not been confirmed but the companies …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016

Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

Mozilla wants to kick Chinese certificate authority (CA) WoSign out of its trust program. As well as being worried about the certs issued by WoSign, Mozilla accuses the company of buying another CA, StartCom, without telling anyone. In this lengthy analysis posted to Google Docs, Mozilla says its certificate wonks have "... …

Add 'fattism' and hacker stereotyping to the list of Donald Trump's list of non-PC positions

United States presidential candidate Donald Trump has questioned whether the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russia, advancing theories that China or “someone sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds” may have pulled off the hack that saw numerous campaign documents leaked to the world. Trump made the remarks …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2016
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You heard right: Huawei's making phones in Chennai

Asian tech giant Huawei is to start manufacturing smartphones in India next month, in a move that could signal China is starting to lose its shine as the world’s low-cost manufacturing sweatshop, with even native companies looking to expand elsewhere. Huawei, which is currently the world’s third largest maker of smartphones by …
Dan Robinson, 26 Sep 2016

Game over: IANA power-grab block pulled from Congress funding bill

The attempt to prevent the US government from moving control of the internet's technical functions to a technical body appears to be over. Following an extraordinary few days where the transition seemed up in the air thanks to the persistent efforts of Senator Ted Cruz, majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed a continuing …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2016
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CAIDA adds geo-tags to its Internet AS dataset

We know what you're thinking, “when did a label on a diagram rate a news story?” but bear with us: the 'net-boffins at CAIDA have added labels to the vast dataset that maps AS-AS links worldwide. Autonomous systems (AS) are collections of IP addresses administered by a single entity. There are lots of ASes in the world – more …
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'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The where? The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are about 1,300km east of India, way out in the Bay of Bengal. The Islands are home to about 380,000 people, among them the Jarawa people who lived a more-or-less …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2016

TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

Just when you thought discussion over the transition of the internet's technical functions couldn't get any more ridiculous, here comes Donald Trump. "Trump opposes President Obama's plan to surrender American internet control to foreign powers," reads a press release put out by the Trump campaign on Wednesday, as senators …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2016

Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

A sleepy Cotswold town could be about to witness the genocide of local honey bees following the discovery of invasive predatory Asian hornets. Sightings of the inch-long death bringers have been confirmed in the Tetbury area in Gloucestershire for the first time. Although it has a long, powerful stinger, it's the hornet's …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Sep 2016

What's Chinese and crashing in flames? No, not its economy – its crocked space station

The first space station lofted into orbit by China is coming down next year, the country's space agency has confirmed. The Tiangong-1 mini-station was launched on 29 September 2011, and has been visited by three manned missions. Its size is nothing on the scale of the International Space Station – Tiangong-1 is just 12 meters …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016
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Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)

Microsoft is hoping the third time will be the charm in its efforts to shut down a man once again being accused of pirating its products. The Redmond giant has filed suit [PDF] in the US District Court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, against Anthony Boldin for illegally selling product activation keys for its products. The complaint …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016

Microsoft lets Beijing fondle its bits in new source code audit hub

Microsoft has opened a technology centre in China to reassure Beijing it does not have backdoors in its software. The so-called Transparency Centre is the third Redmond has opened to reassure governments that Microsoft's wares are secure. Redmond's trustworthy computing corporate veep Scott Charney says the centre will allow …
Darren Pauli, 20 Sep 2016
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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

Video Chinese hackers have attacked Tesla electric cars from afar, using exploits that can activate brakes, unlock doors, and fold mirrors from up to 20 kilometres (12 miles) away while the cars are in motion. Keen Security Lab senior researchers Sen Nie, Ling Liu, and Wen Lu, along with director Samuel Lv, demonstrated the hacks …
Darren Pauli, 20 Sep 2016
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Quantum comms succeed over metro-scale fibre networks

Two groups both reported successfully teleporting state information across metro-scale fibre networks. A Chinese team is claiming a teleportation over a 30 km fibre in Haifei (the entanglement travelled nearly 16 km), while the University of Calgary used that city's fibre network to carry entanglement 6.2 km (preprint here). …