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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

SMELT YOU LATER: Apple announces conflict-free status

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

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

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
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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 …
HP CEO Meg Whitman at Discover 2012

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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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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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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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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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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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
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Europe floats DIRTY ORE plan, rights groups scoff: It's VOLUNTARY?

The European Commission has released a draft for a programme to regulate the use of conflict materials. The EC said that its plan includes measures which would seek to restrict groups from trading in valuable minerals in order to fund armed conflicts. The package would bring a certification which would require importers in the …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
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IBM, HP, others admit products laced with NORK GOLD

IBM, HP, Seagate, and other companies have admitted that some of their products include gold from North Korea. The companies disclosed in recent financial filings – first spotted by Foreign Policy – that some of their suppliers sourced gold from the "Central Bank of the DPR of Korea", according to filings with the US Securities …
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014
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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

Google has announced that Chrome 34 is now stable enough to be promoted to the Stable Channel. In a few days it will therefore become the default version for millions of users. Most of the updates to the browser are anodyne: there are 30-odd security fixes, a new look on Windows 8 and what Google labels “Lots of under the hood …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014
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Wikimedia UK trustee quits amid conflict-of-interest row

The IT consultant at the centre of the latest UK Wikipedia scandal has resigned his position as a trustee of the £1m charity Wikimedia UK. The UK chapter's board issued a statement confirming the resignation of Roger Bamkin on Thursday evening. Bamkin is a director of the charity and was, until April, its chairman. Bamkin had …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Sep 2012
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Tech sector still loves its slaves: study

They avoid paying tax at the top, and avoid paying workers at the bottom: a new study into the supply practises of the tech sector finds most participants don't know where their materials come from and don't really seem to care. That's what emerges from a Baptist World Aid report that scored 39 kit suppliers – covering all …
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Spy sat launch wannabe SpaceX fails to stop rival gobbling Russki rockets

SpaceX has failed to stop its rival United Launch Alliance from buying Russian rocket engines. The Elon Musk-led upstart sought a court injunction against the purchase, and was granted a temporary banning order last week. But that was lifted yesterday after the judge was assured by Uncle Sam's officials that the sale didn't …
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Jihadist fears spark new spook powers

Australia's federal government is reportedly about to use Australians travelling to fight with jihadists in Syria as the basis for giving new local powers to ASIO. The Daily Telegraph has been briefed by cites “intelligence sources” as saying that laws soon to go to parliament will give the Australian Security Intelligence …
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis has told Microsoft shareholders to vote against the re-election of independent director John Thompson, who is leading the search for a new chief exec. In a research note seen by Reuters, the firm said that Thompson potentially had a conflict of interest because he's the CEO of Virtual Instruments …
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Conflict mineral laws haven't helped Congolese

So the tantalum for the capacitors in our electronics comes from columbo-tantalite, which is coltan, which comes from militias in the Congo, so we should have a law making sure that no tantalum for our electronics comes from militias in the Congo. Fine, we do have that now, it's part of Dodd Frank*, and how's it working out? Not …
Tim Worstall, 14 Nov 2011
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Cyberwar report: Israel, Finland best prepared for conflict

Israel, Finland and Sweden are more prepared than larger nations to fight a conflict in cyberspace, according to a McAfee-backed cyber-defence study. The cyber-security report (click to enlarge) The study, Cyber-security: The Vexed Question of Global Rules, is based on interviews with experts in the nascent field by by …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2012
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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

Allegations of bizarre and potentially illegal conduct within the World Intellectual Property Organisation have raised serious questions, after The Register obtained access to an internal report indicating reasonable grounds to suspect serious misconduct within the UN agency. The report, published exclusively by The Register …
John Oates, 08 Jul 2014

Larry Ellison hands back $575m from Oracle's Pillar slurp

Oracle chief exec Larry Ellison has agreed to waive a potential payout of $575m to clear up accusations of a conflict of interest over Oracle's acquisition of Pillar Data Systems, a company Ellison owned. Ellison agreed to hand back over 95 per cent of an "earn-out" payday he got when Oracle slurped Pillar in 2011, after two …
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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

A single missed micropayment sparked off an epic interstellar battle on EVE Online that was so costly the developers have decided to erect a permanent monument to the conflict. EVE Online battle The Titanomachy monument (click to enlarge) CCP Games, the Icelandic firm behind the massively multiplayer online role-playing …
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2014
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UK.gov's data grab and stab law IMMINENT as Drip drips through House of Lords

A controversial data retention and investigatory powers bill (Drip) that has been quickly shoved through Parliament by the Tory-led Coalition government looks set to become law after peers in the House of Lords waved it through without challenge. The bill's passage followed less than two days of debate in the upper chamber, …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2014
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Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

Having conducted what they characterize as "the first comprehensive synthesis" of quantitative analyses linking violence to climatic changes, a trio of researchers has come to the conclusion that as the world continues to heat up, humankind will be more prone to violence. "If future populations respond similarly to past …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013
Google Doodle honoring Honinbo Shusaku

Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

Google has apologized for publishing a Google Doodle honoring a Japanese Go player on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, blaming a technical glitch. "We always intended to highlight a new exhibition of imagery and archive material commemorating D-Day on our homepage," the online ad-slinger said in a statement. "Unfortunately a …
Neil McAllister, 06 Jun 2014

Blighty's SFO 'not conflicted' on Autonomy numbers probe

Blighty's Serious Fraud Office has said that there's no conflict of interest in its criminal investigation into Autonomy, despite reports that the SFO itself uses the firm's document management tool Introspect. The SFO was called in to look into allegations from new owners HP of accounting irregularities and misrepresentations …

Microsoft and EMC: 'We need UK channel execs'

Microsoft and EMC are on the hunt for a local channel exec after saying their respective farewells to Amanda Sleight and Terry Beale, with both bound for EMEA-wide positions. Sleight is one of longest serving partner sales directors in Blighty after notching up 14 and a half years on the job. "Amanda is moving to a role within …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014

FCC launches probe into Verizon/Netflix spat

The Federal Communications Commision (FCC) has announced it will investigate whether Verizon deliberately slowed traffic from Netflix. Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement on Friday that the commission will "collect information" on how the ISP handled traffic from the streaming video service as the two firms were negotiating …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2014
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SEA hacks Reuters website widget DESPITE 2FA security

Hacktivists with the Syrian Electronic Army have hit news agency Reuters again. Surfers intending to catch up with the latest news were briefly redirected to a page run by the Syrian Electronic Army. The page (screenshot via HotforSecurity here) berated Western media reports about the conflict in Syria. The SEA has previous …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2014
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Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project to create an Iron-Man-like exoskeleton has advanced to the point at which trials of a prototype are now expected in June. TALOS emerged last September, then took a big stride forward in October when it was revealed the US thinks it is such a good idea it was decided to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014

Australia's opposition backs warrantless metadata collection

Australia's opposition Labor Party has signalled that it intends to link arms with the intelligence community. In a television interview with Sky News, the party's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said she wants to give “agencies the maximum ability to do their job well, within the bounds that people would expect.” According to …
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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar has said activist investor Carl Icahn's comments about the firm are "false and misleading" as the row over the fate of PayPal heats up. In one of his notorious open letters to shareholders, Icahn accused eBay's board of having conflicts of interest that had affected its decision not to spin off …

Vendor mouthpieces promise to stop spamming Wikipedia

Eleven global-scale flackhauses have twigged to the idea that polishing their clients' turds on Wikipedia is a high-risk strategy, and have solemnly pledged not to do so. Last year, Wikipedia bit the bullet and began investigating cases of sockpuppeting – or, as Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner put it, “paid …

IBM likes the channel, puts a ring on it

IBM is getting more touchy with resellers by tackling channel conflict in its hardware biz following a massive slide in server sales during recent quarters. The move is being made exclusively in the System & Technology Group (STG) where IBM sales reps will now only be paid incentives for deals closed alongside resellers, not …
Paul Kunert, 27 Aug 2013
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Travel website Hotel Hippo yanked offline after data leaks spotted

Travel website Hotel Hippo is closed for business after an infosec bod spotted gaping security flaws which could allow hackers to snoop through customers' booking details. Information security consultant Scott Helme contacted The Register to discuss the security lapse, which could come in very handy for burglars who want to see …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jul 2014
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Seagate's LSI flash biz buyout: Good potential, but only if followed up

Will Seagate's buyout of LSI's old flash card business, which it snapped up from Avago and Xyratex, flourish or wither away inside the Californian conglomerate? Upfront, these are smart buys by Seagate, extending its target markets. Xyratex ClusterStor arrays can use its 6TB drives and their follow-on products, and the HDD …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
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Juniper Networks UK bigwig hotfoots it to Alternative Networks

Juniper UK and Ireland boss Mark Quartermaine is hot-footing it to one of the firm's biggest channel partners, Alternative Networks, where he will be COO from next month. The former IBM, C&W, BT Global Services and Azzurri exec initially joined LSE-listed Alternative as a non-exec director in January last year but his …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014

Iraq civil war: You can fight with an AK-47 ... or a HOME-COOKED Trojan

Iraq's bloody civil war has spilled over onto the internet, notes a researcher that has spotted a large increase in cyber-espionage tools and other forms of malware. Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group have made extensive use of social media to spread slickly produced propaganda as an accompaniment to …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2014
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WWI historical project will catalog eight million life stories

The UK's Imperial War Museums has kicked off a massive social networking project that will seek to catalog the lives of more than 8 million people who served or were killed in The Great War. The Lives of the First World War campaign is asking members of the public to contribute time, data, and historical artifacts to help …
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2014

How much should an ethical phone cost? An extra penny? Or $4bn

As the Dodd Frank regulations about conflict minerals approach the date at which people actually have to do something about them, it's worth seeing if they're really the monstrously ghastly clusterfuck I've been predicting they will be. Much to my surprise they're not: they're worse. Previous El Reg near-annual installments of …
Tim Worstall, 25 Nov 2013

Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

The increasing availability of cell phone coverage in Africa is contributing to an increase of violence on that continent, a recent study contends. "Utilizing novel, spatially disaggregated data on cell phone coverage and the location of organized violent events in Africa," the abstract of the findings published in the American …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2013

Westcon Group consumes sister biz Intact Integrated Services

Datatec-owned enterprise distie Westcon Group (WG) is to swallow sister company Intact Integrated Services to beef up margins by selling project, support and managed services, primarily on Cisco kit. The move is part of a wider play to consolidate all services operations under a single roof, and highlights efforts by WG to give …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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WikiLeaks Party meets Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad

The WikiLeaks Party, the Australian political arm of WikiLeaks, has sent a delegation to Syria and met with the nation's leader Bashar al-Assad. The United Nations has accused of al-Assad, and rival Syrian factions, of perpetrating war crimes in the nation's civil war The WikiLeaks Party, for which Julian Assange ran as a …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014
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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

An "environmental economist" has produced a study in which he claims that climate change this century will "cause" millions of violent crimes in the United States, over and above those that would have happened anyway. Matthew Ranson holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy and Economics and a PhD in Public Policy …
Lewis Page, 24 Feb 2014
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Huawei WILL make a comeback to US market, policy wonk predicts

A senior member of a prestigious US think tank has predicted the US government will eventually cave in and roll out the red carpet to Chinese networking giant Huawei. Darrell West, VP and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, made the call in an analysis of IT globalization and innovation at a conference …
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2014
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'L33T' web defacer blames Durham police for Pakistani conflict

Police in Durham have been forced to take their website offline after it was defaced in apparent protest against the conflict in Pakistan. The attacker, calling himself "L33T HACKER Ali.Mani" left a message on the site, saying: UR SECURITY SUCKS UK POLICE THIS IS MY REVENGE AGAINST U U ARE THE ONE WHO ARE BLASTING BOMB IN …
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Battle ready: Valiant Hearts and Company of Heroes: Western Front

Later this month we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Europe's plunge into the deadly turmoil of World War I. Valiant Hearts War stories The role of dogs in the Great War was varied – sniffing out explosives and lugging equipment are just two of their tasks that spring to mind – but I can presume they played a much …
Lucy Orr, 08 Jul 2014

Twitter sags beneath weight of Oscar selfie

HOLLYWOOD AND CYBERSPACE: The entertainment industry has once again celebrated the world of entertainment, with the annual Academy Awards going even more viral than usual thanks to a selfie of several prominent entertainers that set new records for social sharing. The selfie in question was taken by entertainer Bradley Cooper ( …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014