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French mobe repair shop chaps trash customer's phone

Two employees of French telco SFR who last week broadcast a live vid of themselves apparently trashing a difficult customer's mobe are now seeking new jobs after their entertaining footage escaped into the open plains of the internet. According to this report, the pair at an SFR shop in Villeneuve d'Ascq, in the country's Nord …
Lester Haines, 04 Apr 2016
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Is DNSSEC causing more problems than it solves?

The complex security protocol for the domain name system – DNSSEC – has another black mark against it: it is being used as a way to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. That's according to a security bulletin [PDF] by Akamai that notes it has "observed and successfully mitigated a large number of DNS …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2016

Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

An Austrian engineering firm is counting the cost of poor IT security after admitting €50m ($54m) has gone missing from its accounts following a "cyber fraud." FACC Operations makes airplane parts for giants like Airbus and Boeing, and is majority owned by a Chinese holding company. It insists its intellectual property, …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2016

Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

Representatives of a Catalan town hall have been ordered to appear before a judge after fulfilling their legal obligation to display a portrait of the reigning monarch ... using a passport-sized portrait of King Felipe VI. The 17-strong council in Torredembarra, Tarragona, voted unanimously to downsize Phil the Sixth on the …
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2016
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KCOM: We're selling our national network assets...

Tech-integrator-cum-comms-provider KCOM Group has slapped a for sale sign on its national network infrastructure (except in Hull and East Yorkhire) as management continues to reshape the organisation. KCOM has, like the rest of the tech world, placed its bets on the cloud, and is making less money from the traditional carrier …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2015

Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

Comment The UK Chancellor George Osborne last week announced that the British government plans to double cybersecurity spending and establish a single National Cyber Centre. Cybersecurity spending will rise to £1.9bn ($2.87bn) at a time of budget cuts to police and other government departments. More details are expected to come in the …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2015

Cyber-miscreants use Brit e-tailers as personal cash machines

British e-tailers are trying to manage website disruption after they were systematically targeted this week by DDoS extortionists. Bolton-based online reseller Scan International confirmed it first noted “unusual” amounts of traffic visiting its home page on Sunday, which continued until today, peaking at lunchtime. MD Elan …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2015
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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

Feature Everyone has heard about the diesel emissions scandal surrounding Volkswagen, but finding out what really went wrong and who is to blame is not so clear cut. John Watkinson considers the culprits: mechanical, political and virtual. Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Sleeper Wait! Don't give your filthy VW the push, the trail …
John Watkinson, 11 Oct 2015
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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

Game Theory I first met Satoru Iwata three years ago. At the time, the Wii's success was still fresh and the Wii U was still seen as having major potential. This was long before it had been exposed as underpowered and undersupported. Satoru Iwata Satoru Iwata: 1969-2015 Indeed, the Wii U's impending arrival was the chief reason for …
Mike Plant, 16 Jul 2015
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Gartner mages have spoken: 'D' is for Device, Decline and DOOM

It is just as well that fewer people now rely on PC sales to put food on the table, or they’d be reaching for the nearest begging bowl. Amid declining revenue forecasts from component makers, a Euro market buried under a mountain of unsold stock, and a strong US dollar causing price hikes outside the States, Gartner has added …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2015
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Ryanair stung after $5m Shanghai'd from online fuel account

Budget airline Ryanair has fallen victim to a $5m hacking scam. Crooks siphoned off money from an account earmarked for the payment of fuel bills via an electronic transfer to a bank in China last week. The transfer was subsequently blocked, but the funds – earmarked to pay for aviation fuel for Ryanair's 400-plus Boeing 737-800 …
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2015
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Kremlin hackers exploited TWO 0-day Flash, Windows vulns

A hacking group probably backed by Russia has been making use of two zero-day exploits to target foreign governments. The so-called "Operation RussianDoll" attackers used zero-day exploits in Adobe Flash and Windows to target a specific foreign government organisation. Security firm FireEye says the pattern of the attacks fits …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2015
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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

The first four episodes of the latest series of Game of Thrones has been leaked online – with fans reportedly downloading 550,000 illegal copies of the saucy, bloody fantasy drama in just 12 hours. Season 5 of GoT is set to air in the US tonight on HBO, while Blighty fans won't be able to view it over on Sky Atlantic until …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2015
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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

A former star of Major League Baseball hit a pair of alleged Twitter trolls out of the ballpark this week – by naming and shaming them on his blog, causing one to be fired and the other suspended from school. Former Arizona Diamondbacks Boston Red Sox Curt star Schilling published screengrabs of obscene tweets about his 17-year- …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2015

Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

There's a new twist in the already tangled tale of the Sony Pictures mega-hack: it's now claimed Russians possibly broke into the company's computers. Miscreants in the Putin-led nation comprehensively compromised the Hollywood studio's servers, and were responsible for most of the damage against its systems, reckons Jeffrey …
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2015

Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

The morning after Microsoft published its second quarter figures, its share price tumbled 10 per cent as markets opened in New York – wiping $30bn off its value. Never mind the 3D goggles announced a few days before: a brace of Wall St analysts have cut their estimates and ratings for the software giant. The Street has talked …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2015
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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

The director of the FBI has defended his bureau's claim that the hacking attack against Sony Pictures was the work of the North Korean government – saying skeptics "don't have the facts that I have." Speaking at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City on Wednesday, FBI boss James Comey said he has " …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2015
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Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

Hackers obtained system administrators' passwords to pull of the mega-hack against Sony Pictures' servers, according to reports. This will come as no surprise to IT professionals. Purloined administrator credentials gave miscreants calling themselves Guardians of Peace broad latitude to access systems and sensitive data; that …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2014

Kaspersky exposes SONY-CRIPPLING malware DETAILS

Kaspersky bod Kurt Baumgartner has released more details on the Sony-plundering malware and links it to attacks on Saudi Aramco and South Korea. Research conducted in the wake of the epic Sony breach last month had connected those behind the attack known as the Guardians of Peace (GOP) with the 2012 hacking of Saudi Aramco by ' …
Darren Pauli, 08 Dec 2014

Taiwan: Top tech giants must stop playing fast and loose with privacy

A Taiwanese watchdog claims 12 of the world's largest makers of cellphones have broken laws safeguarding privacy. The state's National Communications Commission, which has probed several tech giants, wouldn't name all of the accused – but officials at the regulator mentioned Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung, Sony and HTC, according to the …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2014
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JPMorgan CYBER-HEIST: 9 US financial firms snared by 'Russian hackers', says report

Russian hackers with "loose connections" to Vladimir Putin's government were reportedly behind the massive JPMorgan cyber-heist understood to have hit 83 million households and businesses in the US. According to the New York Times, nine other Stateside financial institutions were also targeted by wrongdoers involved in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2014
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JPMorgan Chase: 76 MILLION homes, 7 MILLION small biz thumped in cyber-heist

Mega-bank JPMorgan Chase has admitted to suffering a major data breach that has been rumored since August, saying that as many as 76 million households and 7 million small businesses have been affected. The bank, which has never discussed the breach publicly before, made the disclosure in a filing with the US Securities and …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2014
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HP: NORKS' cyber spying efforts actually a credible cyberthreat

North Korea is ramping up its cyber spying efforts to the point where it is becoming a credible threat against Western enterprises and government, security researchers at HP warn. North Korea’s cyber warfare capabilities are of particular interest to national security analysts and policy makers but the wider IT industry would be …
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2014
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Australia's first public swatting victim a nice bloke

An unknown online crim drew 16 armed police to raid a Sydney man's home, by way of a fake emergency call to Queensland police. The dangerous and expensive prank, known as swatting, was believed to be Australia's first on the public record, according to senior cybercrime state and federal police speaking to Vulture South. …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jun 2014

Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

Humans often claim to be able to sense wireless fields by way of headaches – the so-called WiFi syndrome – but pity the European Robin, whose navigational abilities may be spoiled by electromagnetic radiation. That's the suggestion put forward in this paper in Nature. The frequencies the researchers looked at had nothing to do …
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A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

+Competition We have prizes up for grabs. The first 30 people to sign up for a GFI Cloud free trial and add two or more devices to the console get a limited edition T-shirt from The Register. All signs ups that add two or more devices before this competition ends will be entered into a draw to win a 10-user licence of GFI Cloud’s AntiMalware …
Trevor Pott, 20 Mar 2014

Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

Comment As the future of net neutrality hangs in the balance, Google and Netflix have this week decided that offense is the best defense. The two web kingpins are preparing to rally millions of netizens to their cause, namely that their internet traffic should be free to flow unmolested by broadband providers. It comes as Verizon won a …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2014
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Andrew Fentem: Why I went to an arts quango to fund pre-iPhone multitouch

Special Report Part 2 In the late '90s British inventor Andrew Fentem pioneered multitouch techniques, years before Apple brought them to market in the iPhone and later the iPad. He won backing for his technology from Britain's new innovation quango: but its incompetence meant that Apple ultimately looked elsewhere. We told the story of how the UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2013
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CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

CIOs and IT bods are in the dark over tech budgets as lines of biz people sidestep them to deploy their own projects, according to a survey by the Corporate Executive Board. Some 165 firms with a tech spend of $29bn responded to the questions from CEB, an advisory firm, which estimates that up to 40 per cent more is unofficially …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
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Western Digital 'fesses up to Mavericks data loss mess

Western Digital (WD) has pulled some versions of its data management software after users of external disk drives from Western Digital reported data loss after they upgrade their Macs to OS X Mavericks. WD's forums are aflame with scarily-named threads like External Drives for Mac Experiencing Data Loss with Maverick OS, All …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Nov 2013
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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

Video The Metropolitan Police have put out a video showing just how easy it is to steal a mobile telephone, as long as one has a scooter and a mate to go pillion. The video demonstrates three grabs, caught on CCTV cameras and shared with the public to help them see just how easy it is to lose a mobile phone, at least until the …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2013

Mac fans: You don't need Windows to get ripped off in tech support scams

"I'll just [tap, tap, runs a ping command] see if you have any antivirus protection. See, all the requests timed out. That is why your computer is working so slow." These were the words of "technician" caught on video trying to convince a Mac user to hand over some cash for his "help". Convincing PC users that they have a non …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2013

Japanese police bust poker-playing IT boss for Android malware

Police in the Chiba Prefectural zone of Japan have arrested nine people suspected of making nearly $4m by distributing malware that harvested mobile user's contact information and using it for a fake dating website. The arrests came after a joint operation between the police and Symantec, and the security company reports that …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2013
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Knocking China with shocking phones and mocking tones

Something for the Weekend, Sir? This week began with a story that has become a stalwart of lightweight modern journalism: someone was killed by a computer. It’s a provocative and, let’s face it, often entertaining concept that has inspired many sci-fi writers and filmmakers from the 1950s through to the late 1970s. Of course, in fiction, the solution is for …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jul 2013

Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) - which investigates whistleblowers' allegations of organisations and individuals using pirated software - said half of the copyright-infringement claims it dealt with last year that were settled out of court involved Microsoft wares. The federation today disclosed its stats for the …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013

Thai PM's site defaced with smutty abuse

The Thai Prime Minister’s Office web site is out of action after hackers yesterday defaced the home page with insulting slogans, although the group implicated in the attack says it was framed. Glamorous Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, has been a controversial figure in Thailand since she …
Phil Muncaster, 09 May 2013

Alibaba and the thwarted thieves: Cops, bazaar to tackle China's piracy

The biggest e-shopping site in China - a nation considered the counterfeit capital of the world - has promised to help decapitate the "snake" of knockoff goods. Online bazaar Alibaba will, we're told, work closely with five government and law enforcement agencies including the Ministry of Public Security and the State …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2013

If only enterprise IT worked like my iPad ... or at least my car

Opinion Do you remember when computers were hard to use? Not so long ago our collective opinion was neatly summarized by the apocryphal GM press release which asserted that if they developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars that for no reason at all, would crash twice a day, shut down and refuse to restart. Since …
David Sprott, 04 Apr 2013
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Mobile dev site: We never knew about Facebook, Apple hacks

Mobile developer website iPhoneDevSDK says it was completely unaware of its own involvement in a recent online attack that compromised Macs at Facebook, Apple, and other companies – that is, not until its admins read about it in the tech press on Wednesday morning. "As the most widely read dedicated iOS developer forum, we're …
Neil McAllister, 21 Feb 2013
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Now Spanish sperm takes a kick to the cojones

Scientists have announced that sperm production in young chaps in south-east Spain has fallen 38 per cent in the last decade, and is heading towards the "danger level" where it might prejudice conception. An international team, headed by the Department of Preventative Medicine and Public Health of the University of Murcia (UMU …
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2013
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Anti-Israel hackers leak nuclear watchdog email addresses

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has admitted to suffering a data breach that leaked the email addresses of more than 150 people allegedly involved with Israel's nuclear weapons program. A hitherto-unknown hacker group calling itself Parastoo claimed responsibility for the breach in a statement released to …
Neil McAllister, 28 Nov 2012
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Claimed $400m Google buyout is fake, ICOA boss warns

It was a lousy start to the post-Thanksgiving weekend for the management of US hotspot provider ICOA after the company fell victim to what looks like a classic pump-and-dump stock scam. On Monday morning a press release was posted on PRweb announcing that Google was splashing out $400m to buy the firm, which operates 1,500 Wi-Fi …
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2012
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China fingered for Coca Cola hack - report

Suspected Chinese hackers launched damaging cyber raids on several big name multi-nationals over the past few years, including Coca Cola, according to new reports. Fizzy drink giant Coca Cola, British energy company BG Group, Luxembourg-based steel maker ArcelorMittal and Chesapeake Energy were all named by Bloomberg as having …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Nov 2012

Space Station ready to SWERVE sat junk hurtling towards it

The scheduled undocking of the ESA’s automated transfer vehicle (ATV) from the International Space Station (ISS) is being delayed as NASA and Russian managers prepare for a possible “debris avoidance maneuver” on Thursday. NASA has announced that the ATV’s engines may be needed to execute the maneuver, should it be required. …
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Three punters' data use doubles

Mobile customers now consume double the amount of data than they did last year, says Three. The operator's contract customers now use an average of 1.1GB a month, compared to the 450MB they gobbled up this time last year. The culprits of high data use are unsurprisingly top-end smartphone users, who swallow roughly 1.5GB a month …
Caleb Cox, 24 Jul 2012
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TERROR in SEATTLE: Gang of violent LEPRECHAUNS on the loose

Seattle is expected to go into lockdown this weekend, as fears grow that a gang of rogue leprechauns is on the loose and attacking locals. Komonews.com reports that police were called to reports of a street fight last Saturday. When they arrived they saw a number of people run from the scene, before finding a man "covered in …
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2012
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Apple places massive DRAM order at Elpida plant - report

Apple has taken a punt on bankrupt Japanese DRAM manufacturer Elpida, placing orders for a whopping 50 per cent of the firm’s production of chips at its Hiroshima facility, according to Digitimes. Industry sources told the Taiwanese tech title that Cupertino is keen to source the DRAM chips from Elpida to power upcoming iPhone …
Phil Muncaster, 16 May 2012
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Kiwi three strikes law closes on first victims

New Zealand’s controversial ‘three strikes’ copyright crackdown law may be eliciting its first hefty fines from downloading culprits, since being introduced in September last year. The Skynet law, which gives illegal downloaders two chances to cease and desist before issuing a third and final notice that attracts fines of up to …
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Government, business, military are internet security threats

RSA 2012 Usually the bête noire of the annual RSA conference is the criminal hacking community, but security guru Bruce Schneier asserts that government, business, and the military may well pose a bigger threat to security professionals. "The current risks to internet freedom, openness, and innovation don't come from the bad guys – they …
Iain Thomson, 29 Feb 2012
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Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites

Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser. The vulnerability resides in versions 1.0 and earlier of TLS, or transport layer security, the …
Dan Goodin, 19 Sep 2011