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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

Geek's Guide to Britain King’s Parade in Cambridge looks like the last street on earth to have anything to do with computing. On one side is an absurdly ornate college gatehouse in yellow stone and King’s College Chapel, which combines the barn-like shape of a tiny chapel with the scale and detail of a cathedral. The other side is lined by tall …
SA Mathieson, 26 Sep 2016

Apple to crunch iOS 10 local backup password brute force hole

Apple is brewing a fix to patch an iOS password flaw that allows credentials to be stolen from backups. Elcomsoft researcher Oleg Afonin says the flaws mean cracking efforts against iOS 10 backups are 2500 times faster compared to similar efforts against iOS 9. If successful, the attack will grant access to device keychains. …
Darren Pauli, 26 Sep 2016
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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

Buttnote Public service announcement: if you're going on a bender in the Australian city of Melbourne, do not indulge in the practice of “mooning”, because you could end up with your arse in jail (and the rest of you). The Victorian state government either believes people aren't deterred [Ed: bad pun, don't try it again] put off by …
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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

Two weeks after Channel 4’s £75m grab of Great British Bake Off from the BBC, the broadcaster has a big marquee but no filling. Mary Berry has joined puckish Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in electing to stay with the BBC, meaning three quarters of GBBO’s presenting line up evaporated. It was Berry who mitigated the unvarnished …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2016
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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

Police in the Australian State of Victoria have warned citizens not to trust un-marked USB sticks that appear in their letterboxes. The warning, issued today, says “The USB drives are believed to be extremely harmful and members of the public are urged to avoid plugging them into their computers or other devices.” “Upon …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016
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Building IoT call for papers: What have YOU done with the internet of things?

Reg Events There are just a few weeks until the call for papers for Building IoT London closes, and we really want to hear your real world stories of what the things on the internet are doing to your business. We’ve got a cracking lineup of IoT luminaries to help us sort through the proposals, bringing expertise in the user end of the …
Joe Fay, 20 Sep 2016
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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

The “ready for combat” F-35 has run into headwinds again, with 15 of the F-35A variant grounded in America because cooling line insulation is cracking up. Various reports state that the problem is non-conforming insulation in lines carrying coolant in the plane's wings. The F-35 passes its poly-alpha-olefin (PAO) coolant …
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Encryption backdoors? It's an ongoing dialogue, say anti-terror bods

CloudFlare Internet Summit It's not every day you walk into a tech conference in San Francisco to find a propaganda video for the Islamic State playing on the screens. Two counterterrorism experts from Washington, DC, were opening the CloudFlare Internet Summit by talking about the use of social media by terrorist groups and what could be done to …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2016

Post-Brexit UK.gov must keep EU scientists coming, say boffins

Attracting and retaining EU talent remains a top concern for UK science following Brexit, according to today’s House of Lords Select Committee meeting about EU membership and UK science. David Phoenix, vice-chancellor and chief executive of London South Bank University, Patrick Vallance, president of pharmaceuticals R&D at …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Sep 2016

Meet DDoSaaS: Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service

Analysis It’s not often an entirely new and thriving sector of the “digital economy” – one hitherto unmentioned by the popular press – floats to the surface of the lake in broad daylight, waving a tentacle at us. This is the DDoS-for-hire industry, and it’s fascinating for a few reasons. This shady marketplace has done everything a …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2016
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Kaspersky to 1337 haxors: take down our power grid. We dare you

Kaspersky Labs is launching a capture-the-flag event at which hackers will have the chance to pop a simulated power station. The hacking events are popular with security types who compete to break into specially set-up systems to obtain flags and score points for feats of exploits, cracking, and pivoting. Kaspersky Labs will …
Darren Pauli, 08 Sep 2016
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This is why Huawei's cloud is not like Amazuregoo

The jargon changes, and the rhetoric can get ecstatic, but Huawei’s Cloud adventure is really just a highly elaborate way of saying “please upgrade your network”. Which is sensible advice anyway. The logic for the Chinese giant is remorseless: if Huawei doesn’t move upscale, it’s eaten by the relentless commodification of …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2016
Building IoT London

Will the real builders of IoT please stand up?

CFP If you’re really doing the Internet of Things, we’d really like to hear about it at Building IoT London next March. Our call for papers is open now and we’d like to hear from practitioners in the user, vendor, academic and consulting industries, who are genuine pathfinders when it comes to turning the hype and theory around …
Joe Fay, 01 Sep 2016

L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

Ancient famed Windows cracker L0phtCrack has been updated after seven years, with the release of the "fully revamped" version seven. The password cracker was first released 19 years ago gaining much popularity in hacker circles and leading Microsoft to change the way it handled password security at the time. No new versions …
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2016
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He's a p0wnball Wizard, and he's twisted one Ubuntu-powered game

Security pro Mark Lachniet has stamped himself as a p0wnball wizard by cracking a commercial pinball machine. Lachniet, who goes by the handle “Bede”, was able to crack a pinball titled The Hobbit. Detailed here, the hack saw Bede find his way inside the Jersey Jack production. Inside he found a Celeron-powered PC running …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016
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Building IoT London: Call for Papers is Open NOW

Reg Events If you’re making the Internet of Things a reality, we’d really like to see you at Building IoT London next March. Heise Medien and Situation Publishing are bringing the Building IoT conference to the UK for the first time in March, 2017, and the call for papers is open now. The three day conference will bring senior …
Joe Fay, 12 Aug 2016

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Updated The BBC's creepy detector vans will be dragged into the 21st century to sniff Brits' home Wi-Fi networks, claims the UK Daily Telegraph's Saturday splash. From September 1, you'll need a telly licence if you stream catch-up or on-demand TV from the BBC's iPlayer service, regardless if you've got a television set or not – phone …
Chris Williams, 06 Aug 2016
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Users of secure chat app Telegram popped after possible nation-state attack

Black Hat An attack group known for rudimentary phishing scams and having operational security so bad their servers were popped by Check Point has compromised a dozen Telegram accounts and gained phone numbers for a further 15 million, possibly with state assistance. Telegram is a well-regarded end-to-end encrypted chat client used by …
Darren Pauli, 04 Aug 2016

China cuffs ten white-hats, nobody knows why

China is apparently cracking down on white-hats, with local reports saying the founder of a 5,000-strong ethical hacker community has been arrested. The reports first emerged on Chinese-language site Caixinwang and were picked up by the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP). The latter outlet report names Fang Xaiodun, founder of a …
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Who should deliver our next Reg lecture? You tell us

After another cracking series of summer lectures, we’re planning our next run of talks, and we want you to help us put them together. So whether you want to take the mike, or know someone we simply must speak to, now’s your chance. We’ve had a succession of brilliant speakers over the last couple of years, covering everything …
Joe Fay, 28 Jul 2016
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Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

World exclusive Dell's ingenious strategy for financing its audacious $67bn acquisition of EMC is a secret no more. Dell is already facing a staggering debt mountain to fund the takeover. Now a crack Reg investigative team can reveal that the Round Rock computing giant has an ambitious plan in place to raise the cash necessary for the deal …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Asian nations mull regional 'Europol' in fight against cybercrime

RSA APAC A closed-door meeting of cabinet ministers from more than a dozen countries met yesterday to mull the creation of a Europol-style organisation to crack down on cyber crime in the region and abroad, The Register has learned. The Asian organisation is conceptual only, but has support from countries including China, Malaysia, …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016

Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

Lawyers for Tupperware, purveyors of the middle class plastic food containers, have written to El Reg denying it has anything to do with that nasty containerisation tech so beloved of the storage world. According to an email sent to us last week and neatly hidden from our sight by ever-vigilant spam filters, the Tupperware …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Jul 2016
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VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) says its servers have been seized by the Russian government, so has quit the country in protest at its privacy laws. The company has sent an e-mail to users claiming some of its servers have been seized, even though the enforcement regime – in which all Internet traffic has to be …
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Tintri 'consolidates' Australian office to Singapore

Storage vendor Tintri has “decided to consolidate APAC operations out of regional headquarters in Singapore”, effectively shuttering the Sydney office from which it served Australia and New Zealand. As archive.org records, Tintri had an office in Sydney as recently as May 7th, 2016. The company's Contact Us page now contains …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2016
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Space prang of cosmic proportions blamed for giving Mars its moons

Vid A new study suggests the early history of Mars was incredibly violent and the planet's two small moons are the sole surviving remnants of what was once a shimmering halo. Mars has two moons – Phobos and Deimos (from the Greek words for fear and dread respectively) – but they are tiny, misshapen planetoids, just 22 and 13km (14 …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2016

Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience

Android's full-disk encryption on millions of devices can be cracked by brute-force much more easily than expected – and there's working code to prove it. Essentially, if someone seizes your Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered phone, they can potentially decrypt its file system's contents with a friendly Python script without knowing …
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2016
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3GPP sets 2018 as freeze date for 5G air interfaces

The 3GPP has told the industry to get cracking on standardising the air interface for 5G. The standards body wants the “5G New Radio” (NR) to be frozen by June 2018, which should help vendors have devices ready for the planned 2020 date for 5G standards to be ready to fly. Behind the radio, there will be two architectures: …
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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

The NHS has been hit by a new scandal – overpaying for generic drugs. It’s a cracking story, and all credit to The Times for breaking it. The Thunderer reports how the NHS buyers continued to acquire drugs at eye-gouging prices, using prices set by the marketing middleman, when much cheaper alternatives could have been …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2016
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Want a job that pays at least $90,000 a year? Get into ransomware

An analysis of the finances and operation of a ransomware outfit has shown it's entirely possible to bankroll a modest-sized crime gang on victims' payoffs. Dark web monitoring firm Flashpoint has been following a ransomware-as-a-service campaign organized by Russian crooks since December 2015, tracking the recruitment of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016
Wiwynn's ST7110-30P JBOF based on Facebook designs

Facebook's newest JBOF can be yours for Christmas

Taiwanese server-maker Wiwynn will bring Facebook's latest JBOF (just a bunch of flash) devices to all comers by Christmas. The ST7110-30P is a 2U machine that can house 60 solid-state disks or 30 NVMe drives. Facebook's packed it full of PCIe interfaces – 16 version 3.0 ports to be precise – because that's how the device …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2016
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Want a better password? Pretend you eat kale. We won't tell anyone

People have a very poor grasp of what makes one password stronger than another, according to research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and published by the Association of Computing Machinery. The old rule that a password should contain letters, numbers and symbols mean respondents to the CMU's CyLabs study think …
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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

ON-CALL ON-CALL Welcome again to On-Call, our end-of-week waltz through readers' memories of odd jobs they've been asked to do. This week, reader “Jackson” shared the story of his time working for a very large and old three-letter-company, where he was part of a ““IT service consolidation” project that meant his client's employees …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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VCE boss Chad Sakac bets he'll win the hyperconverged market

VCE's new VxRail hyperconverged appliance sold 146 units in its first 44 days on sale and the EMC server unit's new leader Chad Sakac says that impressive start means he's betting the outfit will become the leading hyperconverged systems vendor by the end of 2016. Nutanix is felt to be the revenue leader in the field, having …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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We will end misleading broadband adverts, thunders ASA...

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has announced it will be cracking down on dodgy fixed broadband price claims... from 31 October. Back in January, the ASA and telco regulator Ofcom published joint research which found that the current approach to presenting pricing in fixed broadband ads was "likely to confuse and …

NIST readies 'post-quantum' crypto competition

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defend cryptography against the onslaught of quantum computers. It hasn't happened yet, but it's pretty widely agreed that quantum computers pose a significant risk to cryptography. All that's needed is either a …

Do you know where your trade secrets are?

Information security (infosec) is no longer a nice-to-have. It is a matter of corporate survival. Even the smallest company can be weakened by the simple loss of a customer list, ruined by the fallout from the loss of protected customer information. There's a lot more to infosec than merely hunkering down behind a firewall. As …
Trevor Pott, 03 May 2016
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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016

Lock-hackers crack restricted keys used to secure data centres

Bsides Canberra A group of Melbourne lock-pickers have forged a creative method for popping so-called restricted locks by 3D printing keys found on freely available designs on patent sites. The feat demonstrated at the BSides Canberra security conference last week is a combination of opportunistic ingenuity and lock-picking mastery, and will …
Darren Pauli, 21 Apr 2016

VMware says users run away screaming after trying OpenStack

VMware has reported a cracking first quarter for 2016, with year-on-year revenue growth of five per cent making for a US$1.59bn revenue haul for the three months to March 31st. Not everything is rosy down VMware way: compute virtualisation sales were off ten percent and revenue down one point, as expected. Licence sales ticked …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2016

Who are you lot, anyway? The Register Profiler 2016

Survey Welcome to our annual reader profile survey, for which we would really appreciate your participation. The results of this survey enable us to understand your interests and preferences so we can bring you more of the content you want in the form you want it. We also use the information when talking to advertisers and sponsors …
Team Register, 18 Apr 2016

US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

A passenger aboard a Megabus service to Coralville, Iowa, was cuffed on arrival on Sunday after cracking one off for three hours in the mistaken belief that a female fellow traveller appreciated his marathon five-knuckle shuffle. Telly Shadell Corey, 41, allegedly kicked off by playing with his todger in his sweatpants but " …
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2016

Dell/EMC will rule the cloud, for a while

Once Dell gobbles EMC for good, the combined company will rule the cloud. That's The Register's conclusion after grabbing analyst firm IDC's abacus and having somee fun with its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, the data it publishes after combining sales of servers, storage, and Ethernet switches by …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2016

Google, Facebook's CAPTCHAs vanquished by security researchers

Black Hat Asia Google's and Facebook's CAPTCHA services have been defeated in research that successfully designed an automated system to solve the "are-you-human?" verification challenges. CAPTCHAS are designed to make life easier for trusted users and painful for bots, by presenting challenges that are difficult for software to crack. …
Darren Pauli, 07 Apr 2016
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China drinks Uber, IoT and e-health Kool Aid

China's State Council has signed off on a plan to place the internet of things at the heart of new efforts to upgrade the nation's manufacturing capabilities. The “Made in China 2025” strategy aims to get China out of low-value manufacturing and into more impressive stuff. The State Council, China's equivalent of a …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2016

William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

William Hague, the Conservative former Foreign Secretary in the UK, has claimed that the latest Brussels terrorist attacks “show the need to crack terrorist communications.” Writing in The Telegraph, Hague claimed that the stand-out detail from the attacks in Brussels was “the communications discipline of those responsible.” …

Join The Register at ISC 16

Promo Registration is open for ISC 16, Europe’s most important high performance computing conference. The Register will be there in Frankfurt, June 19-23 - along with some 3,000 delegates - our fifth year on the trot. For those who can’t be there we will cover the keynotes, some of the conference sessions, and arrange plenty of …
David Gordon, 23 Mar 2016

What was all that about a scary iMessage flaw? Your three-minute guide

Watercooler – On Sunday, we were warned that hackers could read our iMessages texts, photos and videos. Should I be worried? As it turns out: no. If you're even a little curious about cryptography and secure programming, though, it should interest and amuse you. On Sunday, the Washington Post learned that Apple had fixed a flaw in the …
Chris Williams, 23 Mar 2016
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Champagne supernova in the sky: Shockwaves seen breaking star

The Kepler space telescope is best known for its planet-hunting prowess, but in a paper just accepted by the Astrophysical Journal it's racked up another first: sighting a shockwave ripping a star apart as it goes supernova. Called by boffins the “shock breakout”, the shockwave is the “bounce” that happens when the star …

HTTPS is not enough: Boffins fingerprint user environments without cracking crypto

Encryption might hide important content from prying eyes, but a group of Israeli researchers has found that HTTPS traffic alone can fingerprint a user's operating system, browser, and application. With a big enough learning set, they write, they were able to identify users' environments with 96.06 per cent accuracy. In their …