Articles about Disruption

Want disruption? We got disruption: Race protest halts VC Thiel's Q&A

Pics Billionaire VC Peter Thiel loves disruption: bankrolling startups that shake up markets is what he does. But on Thursday night, he got a little more disruption that he bargained for – when protesters rushed the stage and ended his Q&A session with students. The PayPal founder and early Facebook investor was ironically about to …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Dec 2014

Jarvis versus Jarvis: Don't DISRUPT the DISRUPTION GURU!

Comment Thin-skinned media “guru” Professor Jeff Jarvis is furious about the acclaimed satirical Twitter account created by an English ex-pat techie in his name, which has built up a cult following. Jarvis claims his satirical alter-ego is damaging his reputation. The real Jarvis, author of the book What Would Google Do? describes …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2014
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Hyperconverged upstart Stratoscale raises $32m

Data centre software startup Stratocale has raised a further $32m in funding as part of a bid to take on the storage and virtualisation markets. The Israeli company drummed up funding from Intel Capital, Cisco Investments and SanDisk, as well as its original investors Battery Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners – which last …
Kat Hall, 04 Nov 2014
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We take bots down, but they get up again – you're never going to keep them down

A combined attack on one of the world's biggest networks of infected PCs has been partially successful: analysis from Dell SecureWorks shows you can't keep a bad botnet down. In 2013 infosec bods and the feds together disrupted the ZeroAccess network, which used a remotely controlled collection of more than two million slaved …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2015

Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

Virgin Media's broadband network suffered what appeared to be a widespread service disruption on Saturday – the second such weekend, packet loss blunder to have struck the cable company in recent months. Customers complained on VM's forum and Twitter about major performance problems blighting the network. However, it took …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2014

Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

RBS, Natwest and Ulster Bank have today been hit with a £56m fine from regulators for their IT meltdowns in 2012. They received a £14m smack from the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority and a £42m penalty from the FCA. The PRA said the IT incident could have threatened the safety of the banks and "in extremis" the …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2014
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Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

¡Bong! After last year’s fiasco in the Andes it was a relief to arrive safely for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos - which is a kind of week-long hackathon with fondue. Here, exclusively for THE REGISTRAR are a few highlights from my diary. Is it really 18 years since the great internet pioneer John Perry Barlow ( …
Steve Bong, 31 Jan 2014
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Salesforce cloud goes titsup: Users face another long weekend

Customers dependent on Salesforce were kicked offline on Friday morning as Marc Benioff’s cloud went titsup. Sales and marketing teams were left looking at an early start to the weekend as their CRM-as-a-service checked out. The blank screens seemed to be the result of a problem in two of the company’s instances serving EMEA …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2014

Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

Updated Demon internet broadband users are currently unable to connect, with the company reporting a complete outage of its services. The internet provider first reported problems at 08:43 this morning. According to Demon, engineers have localised the issue and further engineers have been despatched to a network site. "Our focus …
Kat Hall, 15 Jan 2015
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Twitter hit by giant go-slow days after last mega-wobble

Twitter suffered a second major disruption to its micro-blogging site in the early hours of this morning after the service went titsup on 28 December. Users moaned that tweets were delayed after being posted on Twitter. Other users reported that their timelines were very slow to update with new tweets. The latest technical …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2015
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Newly-private BMC gets cloud/social/mainframe (!) religion

Newly-privatised BMC thinks it can re-invent - nay, disrupt - itself by cashing in on on all of 2014's biggest buzzwords: cloud, social, mobile and disruption. And mainframe, for good measure. The company's recently-appointed head of global sales Paul Appleby today told The Reg in Sydney today that one of the reasons he joined …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2014
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2014: The condensed conference keynotes

Reg hacks travel the world and then ignore the local sights in order to attend giant, dark auditoria and listen to "industry champions" deliver "thought leadership". After a trans-continental telepathy session, here's our collective distillation of this year's C-level wisdom, as delivered from our industry's biggest stages. - Ed …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2014
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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

HP CEO Meg Whitman has outlined a management re-org to steer the business toward an eventual split into two separate Fortune 50 firms, according to an internal memo seen by El Chan. The Palo Alto-based company is consciously uncoupling, with the Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) division set to become HP Inc, and the server, …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2014
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Hot, horny bees swerve PLANET-SAVING DUTIES as climate warms, claim boffins

Boffins who believe that the world's climate is warming have uncovered new findings that they think could strike a serious blow to crop productivity: horny bees. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, Reg readers may want to take note, used Met Office climate records as part of their study. So we bring this information …
Team Register, 08 Nov 2014
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New York looks to PROBE TWC over US outage

The Governor of New York is planning to investigate a massive outage which left Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers around the US without service for hours. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the state would be looking into the outage on the grounds that a disruption in internet service also brings a halt to many personal and …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014

Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks

UK coppers and the FBI have arrested a man in connection with the denial of service attack on Sony Playstation and Xbox systems in 2014. Hacking group the Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the attacks last month, which caused major disruption to the platforms over Christmas. Officers from the South East Regional Organised …
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2015
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Gmail falls over after hitting 'Great Firewall of China' – report

Large numbers of Google's Gmail web addresses were reportedly blocked in China over the weekend. The disruption occurred on Friday, according to GreatFire.org, a China-based freedom of speech group. One Gmail user complained on Twitter yesterday that domestic suppliers could not send emails to Gmail accounts and described the …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2014
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Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) has called out Telstra's copper network, saying that this year's bad weather has left 20,000 lines out of service in NSW alone. The number could be higher, if you believe reports from News Ltd that the number is over 41,000. 2015 hasn't been kind to Telstra, with …
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Telstra's rivals eye point-to-point frequencies for country mobile

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is proposing a spectrum reallocation to give mobile carriers access to 1800 MHz spectrum in regional areas, extending the footprint of 4G networks. However, Telstra isn't entirely pleased at the prospect. Currently, it's one of the largest users of the 1800 MHz band, …
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Banks, UK.gov must work together to beat cyber-nasties

Government must work closely with UK banks to improve financial institutions' infrastructure and resilience to cyber attacks, the Bank of England has warned. Banks currently view cyber attacks as a "technical" problem, rather than an issue which merits "board-level attention," it said on Tuesday in its Financial Stability Report …
Kat Hall, 16 Dec 2014
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1&1 goes titsup, blames lengthy outage on DDoS attack

UK hosting company 1&1 went titsup late on Tuesday night and struggled to recover this morning, after claiming it had been the victim of a Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack. The website collapsed shortly before 10pm yesterday, and it has taken 1&1 a full 12 hours to get its service back up and running. Readers who …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2014

Soz Europe: IBM to delay System X Lenovo switchover for a month

IBM says it has delayed the European switchover of the outgoing x86 business to Lenovo by one month in a bid to side-step sales disruption in its busiest quarter of the year. Under the duo's original plan, the changeover was due to take place on the 1st of next month but IBM didn't want to risk switching systems during the run- …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2014
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OMG, that CLOUD has a TV in it! Sony goes Over The Top in telly wars

Mighty Japanese globocorp Sony has unveiled a new cloud-based television service called Playstation Vue. It will allow gamers to take a break from the virtual slaughter to watch programmes made by a range of partners, including CBS, Discovery and Viacom. "Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV …
Team Register, 13 Nov 2014
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Balls of destruction CRUSH your fancy new storage systems ... better get used to it

Storagebod Has EMC started an unwelcome trend? I had a discussion about roadmaps with a vendor this week, and its reps talked about substantial upcoming changes to their architecture. My questioning, "but surely that’s not just a disruptive upgrade but destructive?" was met with an affirmative. Of course, like EMC's XtremIO upgrades, the …
StorageBod, 30 Sep 2014
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WHITE HOUSE network DOWN: Nation-sponsored attack likely

Hackers have disrupted computer operations at the White House after breaking into its unclassified internal network. The attack, blamed by US government sources on Russian hackers, has resulted in the disruption of some services while incident response teams work to contain the intrusion. The White House network is under …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2014
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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) have today opened a joint independent enquiry into the IT cock-up which grounded hundreds of flights last week. On Friday London airspace was effectively shut down due to an IT failure at NATS. Sources told El Reg this was due to an IBM S/390 …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2014
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Sony blames NORK The Interview cyber strike for delayed Q3 report

Sony plans to delay its third-quarter financial results and has blamed North Korea’s crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s business systems. The media giant has asked Japan’s Financial Services Agency to extend its deadline by a month so it can compile the period’s results. Sony needs the extension so its film …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2015

London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

A 17 year-old Londoner has pleaded guilty to a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year. The teenager – who we cannot name for legal reasons – also admitted money laundering and possessing indecent images. faces a sentencing hearing on 9 January, a police …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2014

Kindle sparks Fire, Clouds emerge from Amazon data center

A fire has torn through an under-construction Amazon data center in Loudoun County, Virginia, US. The cloud giant told The Register that no one was hurt in the blaze on Friday, and that there was no disruption to the live Amazon Web Services platform. "We can confirm that a facility in Northern Virginia that is in the early …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2015
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You're late, Falcon 9: Look what you've done to NASA’s DSCOVR launch!

The delay of the SpaceX Falcon launch - slated for December 2014 - has had a knock-on impact on another NASA mission, with the agency announcing that its DSCOVR blast-off will have to wait until after 29 January. A joint NASA/NOAA project, DSCOVR (the Deep Space Climate Observatory) will provide real-time solar wind monitoring, …

PlayStation clambers back online days after DDoS attack PARALYSED network

Updated Sony's PlayStation network is slowly returning to normal service roughly 48 hours after it was hit by another major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Christmas Day. Members of the Lizard Squad gang, which has previously targeted Sony's PSN, claimed responsibility for the assault. Microsoft's Xbox similarly went …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Dec 2014
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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

Elon Musk's SpaceX will attempt – for the second time – to land one of its reusable Falcon 9 rockets on a floating hover-ship out at sea, just a month after its last effort ended with a catastrophic explosion. Blast off of the rocket is expected to happen later today, Sunday, when it is scheduled to launch a space weather …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2015

*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

Pissed birds' songs become slurred in a similar way to that of humans' speech after a night on the sauce. That's the conclusion from brain boffins who studied zebra finches to try to get a better handle on the effects of alcohol on cognitive function. Little is apparently known about booze-related garbled speech. Researchers …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Dec 2014
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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

Analysis London's airspace was effectively shut down on Friday afternoon after a flight data server fell over, the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has confirmed to The Register after multiple sources gave us specific details of the cockup. Hundreds of flights were cancelled or diverted after NATS was forced to restrict the airspace …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2014
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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

The UK wing of online retail giant Amazon collapsed within the past hour, and netizens across Europe appear to be reporting similar outage woes. Outraged shoppers are – at time of writing – complaining that the service has completely buckled. Hui. #Amazon ist wirklich #down. Irre. pic.twitter.com/YmEAcMLSh4 — Wolfram Bölte (@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2015
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Bosch boss wants more Bongs

The chief executive of Teutonic multinational engineering and electronics titan Bosch wants German industry to be more like Uber. The high-tech industrial group earned €48bn in 2014, employs 290,000 people, and spent €4.7bn on R&D. By contrast, Uber has received $4.9bn in funding so far, the bulk of which followed a $258m …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Feb 2015
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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

The IT cockup at the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) that grounded hundreds of flights in December occurred because both of its System Flight Server (SFS) channels went down, an independent report has revealed. "The disruption on 12 December 2014 arose because – for the first time in the history of the SFS – both channels …
Kat Hall, 09 Feb 2015
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Why not build your own VSAN hardware, asks VMware

When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN), it announced a laundry list of partners it said would be offering tricked-up servers to act as “ready nodes” real soon now. Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu. Supermicro and Inpsur have put up their hands and with “ready nodes”, servers with disk-slots-a-plenty capable of being …
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2014

Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

Yahoo! has apologised to customers, some of whom have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed. The Purple Palace blamed an unnamed outfit for the major mishap. It said in a status update on its website: We are aware that Yahoo Mail is slow or …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Nov 2014
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AWS 'won' Xen-mess-inspired cloud reboot says Rightscale

The Xen bug that forced AWS, Rackspace and SoftLayer, among others, to reboot many of their servers appears to have gone off without a hitch, although Amazon customers report less downtime than other cloud users. So says cloud groomer Rightscale, which asked 449 folks how the cloud reboot went for them. Here's the headline …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2014
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After Jobs: Apple and the Cult of Disruption

I have a list of some words that really should be banned in polite conversation. The only reason not to ban them is that they're useful indicators, an unambiguous warning that the speakers are going to be a serious waste of our time. The use of any of these words is like wearing a giant invisible hat that says: "I have no …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2011
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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

Update Facebook is recovering from the Cluster-Zuck disaster outage which saw its stock plummet and fans rush into the arms of its sworn enemy, Twitter. The world blazed with anger and indignation after Facebook collapsed, causing its stock to fall by nearly 0.8 per cent in pre-market trading. Luckily for anyone who is craving …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2014

Satellite weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of p0wnage

Weather predictions could be thrown into chaos if miscreants exploited a litany of dangerous and years-old holes reported in ground control for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). The flaws, of which 12,703 are considered high risk, have been detailed in a US Government audit report that examined the state of security of …
Darren Pauli, 11 Sep 2014
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Cisco ends Q1 an inch ahead of guidance

Cisco has farewelled its chief financial officer after announcing results that showed a still-beating heart somewhere in the giant switch market. Net income for the Borg's first quarter was reported at US$1.8 billion, on revenue of $12.2 billion, about US$40 million ahead of Wall Street's expectations. The company also announced …
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Keep an eye on those Object Storage critters, y'hear?

Storagebod So as another year draws to a close, it appears that everything in the storage industry is still pretty much as it was. There have been no really seismic shifts in the industry, yet. Perhaps next year? The flashy start-ups still continue to make plenty of noise and fizz about their products and growth. Lots of promises about …
StorageBod, 17 Dec 2014
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Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

Europe's top cyber-cop has called for a shift in focus from the prosecution of online crims to the disruption of their activities. This comes as crooks increasingly make use of the darknet – private peer-to-peer networks such as Tor – to stay hidden and anonymous; cops find it difficult to work out suspects' true identities and …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2014
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Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

Updated Regus has coughed to what appears to be a major network outage affecting its UK-based customers, but the company is yet to explain what has gone wrong. One Register reader told us that his IT services firm, which runs from a Regus-serviced office that provides internet access, has been offline since mid-morning today. Anecdotal …
Team Register, 27 Aug 2014
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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

An unnamed London teenager has been charged with a series of criminal offences following a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year. The 17-year-old male from London was charged on Friday and faces computer misuse, fraud and money-laundering offences at a hearing …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2014
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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

A number of Google services including Gmail, Contacts, Calendars, Chat, Drive and, er, Google+ suffered a midweek sag this morning just as Brits were downing their first cups of coffee. The ad giant's network appeared crippled to some users within the last hour. Register reader John told us that lots of different Google …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2014
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Feedly DDoSed by ransom-threat crims: 'We refused to give in'

News aggregator Feedly has been knocked offline by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack after refusing to pay criminals to stop the attack. The RSS feed service said on its blog that the attackers had gone ahead with the DDoS after Feedly had refused their demands for money to make it stop. “We refused to give in and …