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

Speaking in Tech: Apple crumbles to Taylor Swift. Let the disruption begin

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the crew talk about antagonising construction workers in Seattle (they don’t like the Village People’s ‘YMCA’, apparently) the Open Container Project (container burnout, and who’s going to acquire whom, and …
Team Register, 24 Jun 2015

You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

An Uber employee has been arrested for allegedly obstructing a police raid in Amsterdam in the Netherlands earlier today (Thursday). The taxi-booking app is illegal in Euro nation – but the company behind the software has been running the service regardless, earning the ire of not only cabbies but also the authorities. Last …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Apr 2015

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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HP in talks with unions ahead of the Big Split-Up

HP is consulting the local Works Council and trade unions well ahead of the corporate bisection, with its UK organ aiming to be ready to dot the Is and cross the Ts in a little over four months' time. The British tentacle is understood to be HP's second largest sales territory so getting things running smoothly here is paramount …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2015
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45% of UK data centres have suffered a natural disaster. Really?

Earlier this year I managed to sleep - somehow - through the Kent Earthquake. And in 2011 and 2012 about 30 centimetres of snow blocked my village for one or two days at a time. I also know someone who got flooded last year - she lives next to an estuary just a few kilometres away. Five weather systems can collide over the …
Drew Cullen, 18 Jun 2015
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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

Script tool a Docker shocker blocker

Docker security head Diogo Mónica has crafted a defence tool to help admins protect their machine instances. Mónica says the Docker Bench Security script available on GitHub is designed as a complement and check systems against the Docker benchmarks released last month alongside a whitepaper [pdf]. “Having the documents is …
Darren Pauli, 01 Jun 2015
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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

Yahoo! Mail! goes! titsup! in! Blighty! due! to! mystery! error!

Updated Yahoo!'s email service tumbled off the interwebs in the past hour when it began spewing out a "temporary error" message to an unknown number of users in the UK. The Purple Palace, however, remained silent about the outage on its official Twitter customer care account. At time of publication, it was not clear how many netizens …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 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
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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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Port of Hamburg to pave its roads with Cisco things

Cisco's scored a win for its Internet of Everything approach to running cities, with Hamburg Port Authority deciding to try out a “smart road”. Promising better traffic flow (and the resulting environmental benefits), the “smartROAD” will be built with a variety of environmental partners, and is Cisco's first such win in Europe …

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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Facebook farewells flaky SHA-1

Facebook has set the date: on September 30, the ancient and creaking SHA-1 hashing algorithm will make its tumbril trip and get the chop. SHA-1, designed by the NSA in 1995, is a one-way algorithm: a block of data is turned into a message digest. The digest can't be turned back into the original message, but serves as a digital …
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NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

A North Korea network outage last December came in retaliation for the Sony hack, a US lawmaker claims. Michael McCaul of Texas – Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee – linked disruption of North Korea's thin internet pipe to the earlier devastating attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. “There were …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2015
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For fax's sake: Medic chaos as e-Referrals system goes offline

Hospitals and GPs across England are resorting to fax machines in order to refer patients this morning thanks to IT problems resulting in the new e-Referrals system being pulled offline. The system is critical for GPs referring patients to hospitals and was supposed to replace the previous Choose and Book system. The new e- …
Kat Hall, 17 Jun 2015
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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
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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

The FBI is investigating a series of attacks on internet cabling in California – and has revealed that wiring has been meddled with at least eleven times in the San Francisco Bay Area within the past year. The bureau confirmed to USA Today that it is investigating a more traditional form of hacking against California's internet …

Bloomberg crash embarrasment delays £3 BEELLLION debt sale

A Debt Management Office auction of short-term Treasury bills, forming part of a bid to raise £3bn, has been postponed, after Bloomberg trading terminals went TITSUP on Friday morning. Just as the weekly tender of cheap debt was being flogged by Her Majesty's lackeys, the Bloomberg terminals crashed, affecting an estimated 300, …

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

NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

NatWest customers have been informed that 600,000 transactions have gone missing, the latest debacle facing the IT gaffe-prone bank. On its Twitter profile this morning the bank, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, said: "Some customer payments are missing this morning, and we are investigating as a matter of urgency …
Kat Hall, 17 Jun 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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Google-Twitter hookup rumours pushes up babble blog site's shares

+Comment Google is once again rumoured to be mulling over a potential takeover bid of micro-blabbing site Twitter. The latest speculative guff pushed shares in Twitter up nearly four per cent by the close of play on Tuesday as Wall Street appeared to respond favourably to the scuttlebutt. That rise in shares was the best performance the …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2015
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Job ad appears for CEO of Turnbull's digital transformation office

Australia's Department of Communications has advertised for a chief executive officer of the nascent Digital Transformation Office (DTO). Applicants are expected to possess a “Strong track record of delivering transformational change in a customer-focussed, high volume and transactional environment using digital technology”, an …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2015
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In tech? You’ll want to be in London for Interop in June

Promo Interop makes its UK debut at the Excel Centre in London this month, and the organisers have managed to squeeze 200 speakers and 100 exhibitors into three days. As usual for an Interop event, Interop London has assembled an array of top notch speakers, from the public sector, private companies and the tech world’s top vendors, …
David Gordon, 02 Jun 2015

$7500 DDoS extortion hitting Aussie, Kiwi enterprises

New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) chair Barry Brailey is warning Australian and New Zealand enterprises to be on the look out for distributed denial of service extortion attacks demanding payment of up to AU$7500. Brailey says criminals are hitting big organisations on both sides of the Tasman that have a large online …
Darren Pauli, 08 May 2015

Symantec: Corporate divorce starts on April Fool's Day

Symantec is to operate as two separate storage and security organisations from April Fool’s Day, as the deadly serious game of long-term survival begins in earnest. “We have begun to realign the sales and marketing organisations to support both businesses, starting with two new global sales leaders: Adrian Jones for Symantec and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 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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It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu

Updated UK mobile carrier EE has been struck by yet another "PDP authentication failure" on its network. Customers have been complaining about the technical cockup on Twitter, where gripes are slowly trickling through to the company. Another @EE issue. PDP authorisation failure on my iPad Air so no internet. #biggestnetwork = # …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2015
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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

Pre-split HP flops out plan to keep its sales pecker up

HP will parachute funded staff into its largest global channel customers to minimise disruption and ensure it maintains market share as the business is carved into two. Print and PC operations will be hived off to create HP Inc and the remainder of the company, including the new Aruba buy, will form Hewlett Packard Enterprise. …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2015

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

Oz dad-and-son team rattle tin for homemade reusable spaceplane

Australian father and son team Robert and Jason Brand have taken to Kickstarter in search of funds for their ThunderStruck project, which they hope will eventually lead to a reusable spaceplane capable of carrying a 50kg payload into low Earth orbit. Robert and Jason Brand Before conquering space, the high-altitude …
Lester Haines, 27 May 2015
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NetApp's customers resisting Clustered ONTAP transition

Customer resistance to complex Clustered ONTAP migrations caused a slowdown in hardware sales at NetApp, with revenues clearly shrinking. Fiscal 2015 fourth-quarter revenues declined 6.6 per cent year-on-year from $1.65bn to $1.54bn. Net income was $135m, down from $197m (32 per cent). The full-year revenues told the same story …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Phone hacking blitz hammers UK.biz's poor VoIP handsets

UK businesses are getting disproportionately targeted by a surge of attacks against Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. The growing use of VoIP technology in business and a greater availability of hacking tools that dumb down the process of hacking into systems has led to an increase in attacks worldwide. UK-based systems are being …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 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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ALIEN LIFE drenched in HOT FLUID on Jupiter's Ganymede – is that so?

The Hubble space telescope is usually eyeing up far away galaxies, but a novel technique has allowed it to peer inside the largest moon in our Solar System – and find signs of water. Jupiter's Ganymede is massive, about twice the size of Earth's moon, and has both an iron core and its own magnetosphere. Just as with Earth, that …
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2015
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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, …

Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

Failures in local government IT systems have threatened the legitimacy of some of today's parliamentary elections by denying large numbers of citizens a chance to vote. The scandal so far appears to be concentrated around the constituencies within Hackney London Borough Council, where voters, in their hundreds, are being …
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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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Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

British government snoops claimed it was too much hassle for them to use intercepted communications data in court proceedings because the accused could use the info to prove their innocence, it has emerged. Police officers, spies and local council bin inspectors were all asked for their views of Blighty's surveillance laws as …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Jun 2015
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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
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UK's richest man backs music minnow merger to annoy Ticketzilla

Two former MySpace featurettes which became companies — Songkick, which alerts you to acts playing near you, and CrowdSurge which handles merchandise and ticket sales — have agreed to merge. They will "do business under the globally recognized Songkick brand, bringing together over 500 of the world’s biggest artists with a …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jun 2015

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