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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 huge …
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

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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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
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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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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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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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 thieves …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2013
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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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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
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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

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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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
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A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

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
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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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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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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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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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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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Knocking China with shocking phones and mocking tones

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 a …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jul 2013

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

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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Andrew Fentem: Why I went to an arts quango to fund pre-iPhone multitouch

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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Travelodge still doesn't know who hacked it

Travelodge is still trying to find out who got into their customer database and snaffled names and email addresses. The budget chain told the Reg it has asked outside contractors to go through its systems to try and find the culprits. A spokeswoman said: In the last 24 hours, we have been conducting a comprehensive …
John Oates, 27 Jun 2011
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Yet another delay hangs over release of Firefox 4

Mozilla is bracing itself for yet more beta releases and possibly another delay of its Firefox 4 browser. The open-source web tool outfit pushed out a 10th test build of Firefox 4 last week. It has now confirmed that two more betas will definitely follow before a Release Candidate version of the browser lands. "The current plan …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2011
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Channel islanders attack Street View car

Two of Google's Street View cars have been vandalised on the Channel Island of Guernsey. The camera-cars were on their second visit to the island. They were originally due in May but were delayed by the discovery that the cars were slurping up data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks, the BBC reports. The cars had their tyres slashed …
John Oates, 24 Sep 2010
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Did Bahraini activists closet anti-gay bus baron?

A theory has emerged as to just how the personal website of controversial bus millionaire Brian Souter came to be stuffed deep into Google's closet of invisibility. It appears that the (probably inadvertent) culprits may have been a group of Bahraini freedom fighters. It's possible that the activists torpedoed the Stagecoach co- …
Anna Leach, 15 Sep 2011
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Ex US internal-security overlord bigs up cyber menace

Cyberattacks are the top threat to future national security, according to the former head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Michael Chertoff. It's well known that Chertoff, who is now the co-founder and managing principal of private security consultancy the Chertoff Group, has a healthy respect for the power of …
The Register breaking news

Government, business, military are internet security threats

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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Hack attack kills thousands of Aussie websites

Thousands of Australian websites have irretrievably lost their data and email files following a malicious security hack on Australian domain registrar and web host Distribute.IT. The company has been scrambling to save data and get customers back online or moved to safe servers since the security breach occurred over a week ago …
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Realtors charged with Glengarry Glen Ross-style rival hack

Three real estate agents in North Carolina face charges over allegations they hacked into the webmail account of a rival. The Hotmail account of Nicole Hayden of Exit Realty was allegedly snooped upon by three agents who worked for RE/MAX Tri City Realty of Rockingham, North Carolina, between 1 March and 20 March. The techniques …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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Fanbois howl over 'hang a lot' Safari 5

Complaints about Apple's recently released Safari 5 continue to mount, but we've got a few suggested fixes — which, depending upon your situation, may be godsends or may be totally useless. Some of the reported problems, such as those involving misbehaving add-ons (aka plug-ins) are relatively simple to fix. Others – such as the …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2010
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Short URLs in spam skyrocket

Incidents of shortened URLs in spam messages have skyrocketed since the start of this week. Email filtering service MessageLabs reports that more than 2.25 per cent of junk mail messages feature spamvertised links laundered through URL redirection services. URL redirection services map between lengthy web addresses and …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2009
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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
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Hackers penetrate South Korean missile manufacturer

Black hat hackers were able to steal information from a South Korean missile manufacturer after planting malicious code on the company's computer system, according to news reports. According to the country's National Security Research Institute, the code was installed on the computer network of LIGNex1 Hyundai Heavy Industries, …
Dan Goodin, 01 Oct 2008
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NOTW hack-hackage: Inside the personal data press mess

In the middle of the Major years (back in the 1990s), David Mellor, then a Cabinet minister (whose fascination for female toes was discussed by the tabloids, in the "public interest" of course) famously said that the press were drinking at "the last chance saloon". Fifteen years of hard drinking later, the recent events into …
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Georgian blogger calls for Twitter attack probe

The pro-Georgian blogger who was the target of attacks that shut down micro-blogging website Twitter last week has called on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to track down the culprits. The well-known blogger who goes by the name Cyxymu has said the attacks - which also struck at Facebook, LiveJournal, and YouTube - were …
Dan Goodin, 10 Aug 2009
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Sony implicates Anonymous in PlayStation Network hack

Forensics experts investigating the security breach on Sony's PlayStation Network found a file on one of the hacked systems that was titled “Anonymous” and contained the phrase “We are Legion,” the company's chairman told members of congress. The revelation, made in a letter, (PDF here) that Sony Chairman Kazuo Hirai sent on …
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2011
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Spies hacked US electrical grid, says WSJ

Foreign cyber-spies have reportedly been infiltrating the US electrical grid and planting software that can be used to destroy key components. According to the Wall Street Journal - which cites unnamed national security officials - electro-spooks hailing from China, Russia, and "other countries" are trying to navigate and …
Austin Modine, 08 Apr 2009
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Dutch court convicts teens for stealing pixels

A pair of Dutch teenagers have been convicted of theft for stealing virtual items from a classmate. Leeuwarden district court sentenced the boys, aged 14 and 15 to community service for punching, kicking, and threatening their 13-year-old victim with a knife until he agreed to transfer a virtual amulet and mask from the game …
Austin Modine, 22 Oct 2008
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US auto parts store spills data to hackers

Advance Auto Parts, the US motoring parts retailer, is the latest firm to give up customer credit card data to hackers. The bad guys gleaned financial information on up to 56,000 customers, through an attack affecting 14 stores nationwide, the firm a href="http://www.advanceautoparts.com/creditsecurity/default.asp" target=" …
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2008
Pirates ahoy!

Street-savvy Microsoft tries to pop the pimply face of piracy

Microsoft has tagged schoolkids as the UK's worst culprits for illegally downloading files from the net. The company, in its latest swoop on software piracy, today put out the results of a new study - dubbed Real Thing - which was based on a survey of just 270 children and 1,200 adults aged 16 and above. It found that 54 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2008
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Study spanks Adobe Flash for abuses of power

We've known for years that graphics based on Adobe Flash and other third-party programming software can be clunky, time-consuming affairs that put our security at risk. Now comes new research suggesting they needlessly consume more power too. According to a paper published Monday, content that uses asynchronous javascript and …
Dan Goodin, 02 Dec 2008
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Is there any such thing as ‘The Business’?

A seasoned CIO of a large multinational once remarked: “All of these vendors keep telling me that IT must be aligned with the needs of ‘the business’, as if I just had one customer. "The reality is that I am constantly refereeing in squabbles over budgets, resources and priorities between the heads of the eight divisions I …
Dale Vile, 17 Nov 2009
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Yangtze river dolphin is an ex-cetacean

Scientists have today declared the Yangtze river dolphin extinct after an intensive survey failed to find evidence of a single animal in the waterway. Pollution, shipping, and over-fishing have all been fingered as culprits. The dolphin's demise marks the first large vertebrate species obliterated by human activity for 50 years …