Articles about Conflict

EU parliament pushes for Dodd-Frank style conflict mineral laws

European electronics manufacturers will have to double check where the minerals in their products come from in future, according to a draft EU law approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The law, adopted by 402 votes to 118, is part of an effort to clamp down on so-called conflict minerals, so that European companies and consumers do not …
Jennifer Baker, 20 May 2015
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NHS site defaced with screed protesting Syrian conflict

A UK National Health Service (NHS) site on which the organisation posts patients' stories describing their experience with illness has been defaced by an entity calling itself “Moroccanwolf” who claims the attack is an act of protest regarding western governments' lack of humanitarian actions in Syria. Google's cache suggests …
News team, 26 Aug 2015
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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

Worstall on Wednesday I have muttered around here more than a few times about the various idiocies of the Blood in the Mobile campaign. This was the idea that we could stop the appalling (and true) levels of violence in Eastern Congo's mining trade by making American companies fill out lots of documents. The idea was that if they all had to say …
Tim Worstall, 05 Aug 2015
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Eugene Kaspersky: Ukraine conflict hurts enterprise security

As governments around the world continue to wrangle for a peaceful solution to the political tensions in the Ukraine, cybercriminals could catch governments off guard with online attacks, warns Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky. Speaking at a summit in San Francisco, the Kaspersky Lab cofounder and namesake expressed concern …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014

Ukraine conflict spilling over into cyber-crime, warns former spy boss

Infiltrate Russian intelligence has begun sharing advanced malware developed for cyber-espionage with cyber-criminals, a former Canadian spy boss warns. Ray Boisvert, former assistant director and head of intelligence for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), told El Reg that Russian security agencies are sharing advanced …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2015

SMELT YOU LATER: Apple announces conflict-free status

Comment Apple has announced that it is now at least partially conflict-mineral-free after confirming that its suppliers use only ethically sourced tantalum. This follows hot on the heels of Intel announcing that they've achieved the same feat. While it's not a perfect result, it is an advance in civilisation and doing the right thing. …
Tim Worstall, 18 Feb 2014

Has Intel side-stepped NGOs on conflict minerals in its chips?

Analysis Intel has just announced that it is the proud producer of the world's first conflict-free processors. What they actually mean is that they are making their processors without the use of “conflict minerals”, which is a handy term for materials that come from the dodgy bastards who enslave people in Eastern Congo. This is a jolly …
Tim Worstall, 07 Jan 2014
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Human rights group: Nintendo tops conflict minerals baddies list

A human rights group has said that Nintendo, HTC and Sharp are among companies that don't do enough to ensure conflict minerals do not end up in their products. The Enough Project, a part of the Centre for American Progress, put Nintendo at the bottom of its conflict minerals ranking in a report on sourcing minerals that are …

Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Ukraine's mobile phone infrastructure is under attack: with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea interfering with the phones of members of parliament, a senior Ukrainian government official alleges. The head of Ukraine's SBU security service told a press conference on Tuesday that the attack has been running for at …
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2014

Cyberwar rules of engagement: Military, law bods mull update

Plans are underway to update a putative Geneva convention for cyberwar, put together by experts in international law and backed by an Estonian-based NATO-run military think tank. The Tallinn Manual 2.0 is on track for publication in the second half of 2016, following a drafting conference of legal experts in the Estonian …
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2015
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Whitman vows to end channel conflict at HP

Direct-sales staffers who continue to pilfer deals from under the nose of channel partners do not have a long-term future at the company, top brass at HP claim. A Rules of Engagement template has been devised by the vendor, designed to give confidence to partners that their investment in certifications to specialize in products …
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2013
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European Parliament mulls law on use of blood metal in tech

MEPs will vote whether or not to make electronics manufacturers find out where the minerals in their products come from. The proposed law is part of an effort to clamp down on so-called conflict minerals. Militant groups in areas such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo often use the sale of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Apr 2015

Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

Ever keen to flirt with the apocalypse, Mark Zuckerberg has provoked a nuclear flame-war on Facebook by posting a map celebrating the "countries connected" by his controversial project, which features an outline of India which excludes the politically disputed territory of Kashmir. Kashmir has been the site of …
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Is streaming pirate video legal? Europe's highest court will take a look

Fresh from tearing up the safe harbor framework, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will take a look at the complex issue of online video streaming. A Dutch court has asked the ECJ to review a number of questions over the legality of streaming content in a case in which an anti-piracy group is suing an online store for its …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2015

MDNX swallows Griffin: I ain't afraid of no channel conflict

Network integrator MDNX has devoured pure channel connectivity provider Griffin for an undisclosed sum. MDNX was formed in 2003 through the acquisition of Solution 1, CIG (which traded as CI-Net) and VTL - all which focused on the provision of data networking and data centre services. The buyer is split into three units: a …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2012
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Intel says NO MORE BLOOD PENTIUMS by 2016

Intel has set 2016 as the deadline for its transition to a 100 per cent conflict-free product line. Under the plan, Chipzilla will look to receive gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin only from those smelting facilities that it has certified as taking materials exclusively from ethically-mined sources. The company unveiled the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014

Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

A German woman's brassiere may have saved her life by deflecting a bullet. A woman was almost killed during a hunt in North Eastern Germany, when a hunter missed his target and the rebound hit the 41-year-told tourist. The woman, who was cycling through Germany's least densely populated state of Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania …
Team Register, 11 Aug 2015

Free ethical upgrade offered as Fairphone launches mobe No 2

Fairphone, the crowd-funded mobe maker, has launched its second model, and in marked contrast to others (a sideways glance at you Apple) has literally taken the lid off. Fairphone launched in 2013 with the aim of creating a mobile that was free from conflict minerals, and was generally more ethical all round. More than 10,000 …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Jun 2015
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Sonos Controller app update conflict

Sonos users are a picky bunch. The latest Sonos Controller app is attracting some strongly negative reactions amongst its customers – yet more users like it than dislike it. Sonos Controller v5.0 runs on smartphones and tablets, streaming music stored on them or from internet music-streaming services like Spotify, Google Play …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2014
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Verizon now owns AOL, so AOL now owns your web browsing habits, other personal info

US telco giant Verizon has given notice it will be providing information on its subscribers to AOL for targeted advertising. A notice in Verizon's privacy policy warns users that beginning next month, information such as device information, addresses and whereabouts, and browsing habits, will be given to AOL so it can sling …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2015

SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

Updated The Serious Fraud Office has retracted its probe into the sale of Autonomy to HP in 2011 on grounds that the information presented to it provides "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction". The investigation began in early 2013, following a referral from HP. In 2012, the company alleged Autonomy had "outright …
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2015
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WikiLeaks reveals searchable trove of Sony Pictures documents

Wikileaks has decided Sony Pictures is worthy of its attention by releasing 30,000 documents it says were lifted from the company's servers during the infamous 2014 attack. Wikileaks' justification for publishing the new trove is that Sony “is a member of the [Motion Picture Association of America] MPAA and a strong lobbyist on …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2015

Better crypto, white-box switch support in Linux 4.2

Linux 4.2 hit the wires yesterday, marking the end of its cycle of eight release candidates. The new kernel only needed a handful of fixes in the past week, according to Linus Torvalds' release note. Now that it's general availability, the kernel does bring some goodies worth having. The Crypto Forum Research Group's ChaCha20 …
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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

A new British Army unit will embrace web-enabled psyops and cyber-warfare to fight against the message of groups such as ISIS in cyberspace. The 77th Brigade is due to launch in April with 1,500 personnel, including regular soldiers, sailors and airmen as well as part-time reservists. Desirable skills for would-be recruits …
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2015

Robot Romeo gets its 'antenna' snapped off in attempt to 'charm' testy American

A robotic Romeo, attempting to "charm" or "distract" its target, suffered damage to its antenna during an altercation with a man in North Carolina, according to media reports. The machine was an "elite member" of a specialist local police unit. The Times-News of Hendersonville, North Carolina, has the story, in which sheriff's …
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2015

UK terror law probe stresses 'safeguards' amid MI5 plot claims

Blighty's domestic intelligence agency MI5 foiled a number of life-threatening terrorist plots over the last 12 months, underlining the need "for good intelligence and strong anti-terrorism laws, accompanied by proper safeguards." This was the conclusion of the watchdog report by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism …
Kat Hall, 17 Sep 2015

US braces for WW3 with Cyber Command 'Vision' of integrated cyberops

Admiral Michael S. Rogers, commander of the United States' Cyber Command, has released his vision statement for the US's warfighting arm in cyberspace, coincidentally advocating a much larger role for his command and agencies in the national defence apparatus. Rogers, who is also head of the NSA and the Central Security …
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Conflict-of-interest scandal could imperil Wikimedia charity status

Wikipedia contributors in the UK are concerned that a scandal involving the close-knit group of friends and business associates who run Wikimedia UK may imperil its charitable status. Wikimedia UK is the group involved in promoting the web project, and it finally won the tax concession in 2011 after being rebuffed two years …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2012
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SDN to bring new round of internecine office wars to IT shops

Software-defined networking (SDN) will give IT teams a new reason for internecine conflict, as those looking to build automated, software-defined data centres come up against the hard-headed trust nobody pragmatism of security teams. So says Gartner's Eric Ahlm, a research director at the analyst firm, who today delivered a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2015

Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

The popular WinRAR compression software can be abused to produce self-extracting archives that execute smuggled-in JavaScript code when decompressed. A proof-of-concept exploit to pull off the trick has been published, and its creator reckons it works on all versions of WinRAR. It's not quite the end of the world, though: …
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2015

HP’s controversial sales scheme isn't dead, it's just resting. There – it moved!

HP’s controversial Value System Integrator sales programme hasn’t been taken out the back and murdered, contrary to the wishful thinking from some in the channel – but it is being scaled back. The mechanism started in the public sector in the noughties as a way to beat Dell on pricing, by removing distributors from the supply …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2015
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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

Google’s favourable treatment of its own services results in consumer harm and will make the web less diverse, a study into search engine users’ behaviour has claimed. Heavyweight law prof Tim Wu, who coined the phrase “net neutrality”, is one of the authors of the study, which was supported by data from Yelp, a Google rival. “ …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2015
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Apple Maps to the rescue in China/Japan conflict

The increasingly vitriolic bun-fight between China and Japan over a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea got an unusual tech arbiter recently after it emerged that the much-maligned mapping app in iOS6 has been undertaking a rather unusual kind of virtual diplomacy. Google Maps is as-of-yet unavailable for iOS6 and …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Sep 2012

Tech Data leaps into professional services pool

Distie Tech Data has crossed the Rubicon into end-user land – ruffling a few feathers in the process – by acquiring North American data centre and professional services outfit Signature Technology Group (STG). The deal was made public last night and reseller customers are digesting the implications, which range from potential …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2015
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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

Unidentified gunmen have killed Pakistani women's activist Sabeen Mahmud in a targeted shooting that also left her mother in intensive care. News of the murder emerged over the weekend, with reports from Karachi that she died on the way to hospital after being shot four times. Pakistan's The Express Tribune reports the case is …

Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

Microsoft's automatic updates feature in Windows 10 has collided with Nvidia's driver system, sending the new operating system off the rails as it launches. Early adopters are experiencing glitches (particularly in multi-monitor setups), and in some cases crashes, all triggered when Windows 10 automatically updates its …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2015
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Apple: Scrubbing may not yet have cleansed iThings of BLOOD

Apple has admitted that it does not know whether some of the materials used in its products are sourced from conflict zones. In a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it admitted that four smelters and refineries whose products it uses have not yet definitively proved their materials do not come from war- …
Jasper Hamill, 30 May 2014
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Boffins turned off by silicon switch to TILTING MAGNETS

Solid state memory is already a viable technology at a decent scale, but it's hard to make it small enough to replace hard drives. However, researchers at the University of California Berkeley are taking a different angle: they would like to shrink high density storage to a size that puts it onto ICs. Their aim is twofold: to …

Safe Harbour ruled INVALID: Facebook 'n' pals' data slurp at risk

In a landmark ruling that will have far-reaching repercussions, Europe’s highest court has ruled that data sharing between the EU and US under the Safe Harbour framework is invalid. The decision in the Max Schrems case on Tuesday morning has been anticipated for months, but now legal eagles will have to work out how to manage …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Oct 2015

Here's why the Pentagon is publishing its cyber-warfare rulebook – if China hasn't already hacked in and read it

The Pentagon has published an outline of its cyber-warfare strategy for the first time, revealing the conditions under which it will hack enemy nations. And Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, speaking at Stanford University, has named China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea as the US's greatest adversaries in computer security. …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2015

Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

A survey into the social perception of science by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology has revealed that a quarter of Spaniards believe the sun orbits the earth. Additionally, a third of those surveyed seemed to think that humans co-existed with dinosaurs, and only 60 per cent believed that science has more benefits …
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UK lawsuit against Google delayed by EU antitrust investigation

A lawsuit against Google over alleged search manipulation has been adjourned, after a judge ruled it was "inappropriate" to hold the trial while the European Commission was pursuing its anti-trust case. Court News UK is reporting that a High Court trial "between Infederation, the operator of, and Google, has been …

HP brands Surface distie deal a 'storm in a glass of water'

An HP exec has branded the firm’s decision to sell Microsoft’s fondler in competition to its own portfolio as "a storm in a glass of water". Both HP and Dell are set to peddle the Surface Pro 3 via their direct sales forces and online – a move some channel partners described as confusing and a cause of potential portfolio …
Paul Kunert, 10 Sep 2015

Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

Infosec 2015 John McAfee delivered a surprisingly non-controversial keynote speech to the London Infosec Conference on Wednesday afternoon, lauding the value of privacy, doing so – to the concern of his bewildered audience – whilst seemingly tickling himself through the cloth of his pocket. McAfee's talk was essentially a rant against …

Apple VICTORY: Old Samsung phones not sold any more can't be sold any more

A US appeals court has said that various ancient Samsung phones which aren't being sold any more can't be sold any more, because they infringe an Apple patent. The handsets affected are the Galaxy S3 and some older models dating from 2012 and before. Samsung is now on to the S6, so these aren't exactly piled high in the shops …
Chris Williams, 18 Sep 2015

Merger-hungry Comcast and Time Warner withdraw from FCC commissioner's dinner event

Executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are stepping back from plans to fund a gala dinner for Mignon Clyburn, a member of the US Federal Communications Commission(FCC). The two firms had been among the companies set to sponsor a Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner event honoring commsissioner Clyburn. The foundation, …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2014
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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

Vid Passengers of a Google self-driving car were hurt when the robo-vehicle collided with another car – but Google insists the human at the wheel of the other car is to blame. The web goliath has often blamed the human inability to manoeuvre vehicles when its own driverless machines have been involved in prangs. A blog post by …
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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

A spat between the creators of Grand Theft Auto and the BBC has spilled over into a legal feud. Take-Two Interactive, parent company of Rockstar Games, has filed suit against the UK broadcasting company over allegations of trademark infringement for its decision to cast a biopic about the games developer's history. According to …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2015

Java jockeys join Flash fans in the 0-day exploit club

Trend Micro has issued predictable-but-sensible advice that Java should be switched off, because there's a zero-day being exploited in the wild. Trend malware researchers Brooks Li and Feike Hacquebord said the exploit will hose systems running the latest Java platform. Because there's no patch, they added users should disable …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jul 2015

Internet Doomsday scenario: How the web could suddenly fall apart

Analysis Engineers have recommended a small but important change to the internet's underlying structure in order to avoid a possible doomsday scenario. A report [PDF] from the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) argues that a key parameter in the internet's address books – namely, how long the information should be stored – …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2015