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Microsoft squashes Exchange Server bug

Redmond has issued a patch for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 to cure a bug that borked its backups. The sleep-wrecking (for sys admins, anyhow) bug tipped backups into a bucket, whether using Windows Server Backup or third party products, according to this Knowledge Base article. The backup crashes would report problems with “ …

NASDAQ exchange stumbles AGAIN after 'human error' snafu

The NASDAQ stock exchange suffered yet another glitch yesterday, forcing it to halt trading in derivatives contracts linked to the Nasdaq 100 index. The latest in a series of hiccups at the all-electronic exchange was caused by "a human error", the exchange said in a statement. The snafu took out the Global Index Data Service …

Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

Over 400 people have expressed an interest in joining a class action lawsuit against Bitcoin exchange MtGox, according to a British-based law firm. Selachii has been gathering up investors stung by the collapse of the exchange and the prospect that it may have lost 750,000 of its customers' Bitcoins and 100,000 of its own, …

Cops probing 'unnatural' death of Singapore Bitcoin exchange boss

Police in Singapore are investigating the "unnatural" death of of a virtual currency exchange boss. Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead in an apartment block at Cantonment Close yesterday. According to the city state's police force, "preliminary investigations showed no foul play is suspected." They have not yet announced how …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Mar 2014
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Dotcom's Mega looks for a backdoor onto NZ stock exchange

Kim Dotcom’s cloud storage business Mega Ltd has announced plans to go public with a NZ$210 million (£109m) backdoor listing on the New Zealand stock exchange, which will open the firm up to a whole new level of scrutiny. Backdoor listings are usually enacted by smaller firms looking to go public without the cost and hassle of …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Mar 2014

LinkedIn: Obviously biz people DON'T use MS Exchange servers. REALLY?

LinkedIn has publicly spurned Microsoft by creating a new email-contact-identification app on Apple's iPhone which doesn't integrate with Redmond's Exchange email software. The company's mobile application - dubbed Intro - was debuted by LinkedIn on Wednesday, as it shrugged off reports of an hour-long outage with its service. …
Team Register, 24 Oct 2013
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Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

Microsoft has pulled a security update for Exchange 2013 after problems emerged with the latest patch to the email server software just hours after its release. The critical MS13-061 security update for Exchange Server 2013 broke the message index service, preventing Exchange 2013 email users from searching their mailboxes. …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2013

Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

El Reg readers of a more fatalistic disposition may be dismayed, but probably not surprised, to hear that Cyberdyne - the company that invented Skynet and ultimately the murderous "Terminator" machines - has just listed on the Tokyo stock exchange. Of course, it’s not the shadowy defence firm of the iconic Arnie films, which …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2014
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Fujitsu: Sayonara, London Stock Exchange... You're not worth the money

Japanese giant Fujitsu is to yank its shares from the London Stock Exchange in a move that will help it cuts costs and which recognises the shifting sands in global financial markets. The application to delist common stock and European Depository Receipts* from the Official List of the UK Listing Authority**, as well to cancel …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013
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Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host

Webcast To host or not to host: cloud is the question. With the recent release of Exchange 2013 and Wave 15 of Office 365, you probably have a choice to make in the near future, particularly if you're one of the huge number who also use Exchange for messaging. Do you migrate to the newest version of Exchange, migrate to the …
David Gordon, 20 Aug 2013

Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

Chinese Bitcoin exchange GBL has shut down, taking with it over 25 million yuan (£2.5m, $US4.1m) of investors’ money, in another warning to those who don’t look before they leap with the digital currency. Users first suspected something was up on October 26th when they could no longer access the site of Global Bond Limited (GBL …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Nov 2013

Microsoft fattens Exchange Online mailboxes to 50GB

Microsoft's Exchange Online service now comes with bigger mailboxes. Redmond has let it be known that henceforth Exchange Online mailboxes will offer 50 gigabytes of capacity, up from 25. Kiosk mailboxes go from one to two gigabytes. Shared mailboxes and those for Resources now have 10GB to play with, more than twice their …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2013
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Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host

To host or not to host: cloud is the question. With the recent release of Exchange 2013 and Wave 15 of Office 365, you probably have a choice to make in the near future, particularly if you're one of the huge number who also use Exchange for messaging. Do you migrate to the newest version of Exchange, migrate to the cloud and …
David Gordon, 30 Jul 2013
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Twitter to buy ad exchange as it edges closer to IPO

Twitter plans to spend a reported $300m on MoPub - a mobile ad exchange. The micro-blogging company announced its intentions in a blog post yesterday. The proposed acquisition strongly hints that Twitter is taking a step closer to floating on Wall Street next year. It said: The two major trends in the ad world right now are …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Sep 2013
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Microsoft releases Exchange 2013 update

Exchange admins rejoice: Microsoft has released the first big update for the 2013 version of the mail server and it's ready for you to download and install. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, actually, as Microsoft planned the release of “Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 1” for the first quarter of this year. By …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2013
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LinkedIn snarfing contacts from Exchange

LinkedIn offers lots of chances for its users to hand over credentials so the social business network can suggest new connections. But a new offer to do so for Microsoft Outlook means contacts can be sucked out of Microsoft Exchange and exposed to the world. Australian sysadmin Adam Fowler noticed the feature and detailed its …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2013
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Apple: iOS 6.1 network overload caused by our Exchange SYNC OF DOOM

The source of the battery-draining bug that sucked the life out of iPhones, and strained mobile phone and corporate networks, has been identified by Apple as a cock-up between its iOS calendar app and Microsoft Exchange servers. The flaw affects people synchronising their Microsoft Exchange calendars with their iOS 6.1 devices. …
Anna Leach, 14 Feb 2013
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Telstra issues report on Warrnambool exchange fire

Telstra has determined that the catastrophic fire in its Warrnambool Exchange, which in late 2012 took 100,000 Victorians offline, was an accident. The carrier has issued a report on the incident, the summary of which says an unspecified electrical fault was the cause of the fire, either in the roof of the exchange's control …
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Global tax data exchange plan floated to recoup cash

The world's getting serious about multinational tax avoidance, with with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today delivering a report (PDF) titled “A step change in tax transparency: Delivering a standardised,secure and cost effective model of bilateral automatic exchange for the multilateral …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2013

Chicago Mercantile Exchange floats Wall Street cloud

Cloud computing promises the easy migration from one supplier to the next, but we all know that isn't the case because there isn't any market punters can access to buy and sell their resources. But on Monday that changed when the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) announced it had signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with cloud …
Jack Clark, 01 Oct 2013
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Alibaba stands firm against Hong Kong exchange over IPO

Chinese tech biz Alibaba has revealed details of its internal partnership structure, which would allow a group of founders and senior employees to keep control over the board after the company goes public. Founder Jack Ma spilled the details in an email to employees, according to Reuters, adding to pressure on Hong Kong to …

New Bitcoin exchange launches in the UK

A new online trading platform based in London is to open next week to those seeking to exchange British pounds for the virtual currency Bitcoin. Traders are now able to register with Coinfloor providing they come from the UK or Europe, although they will not be able to buy or sell currency on the platform until 5 November, …
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DDOS strikes BitCoin exchange Mt.Gox

Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has been attacked and its servers briefly taken offline. The service confirmed the attack at 2:00 AM Japan time on April 22nd, posting a tweet to warn users of the outage. UPDATE: This again appears to be another strong DDos attack. We are working hard to overcome it and will update... fb.me/14J8rINhm …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2013
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Telstra offers cash in flaming exchange afternath

Telstra has announced new compensation plans for beleaguered customers affected by a fire that swept through a telephone exchange in Warrnabool last month. Services in the area remain disrupted. In the latest update Telstra said that there now fewer than 3,000 fixed line services and under 1,000 internet services remaining to be …
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Intermedia's Exchange hive goes titsup ... and no one's answering calls

Intermedia, the world's largest third-party provider of hosted Microsoft Exchange services, today delivered a masterclass in how to mismanage customers' expectations when cloud services crash. Hordes of angry customers on both sides of the Atlantic took to Twitter this afternoon to complain about "issues" with the company's …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2013
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Inquiry ordered after phone exchange blaze

The Australian government has launched an inquiry into the communications collapse that ensued after a fire engulfed a pivotal Telstra exchange last week. The fire wiped out communications for a large portion of South Western Victoria at Telstra’s Warrnambool telephone exchange hub, leaving over 60,000 residents without fixed …
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How mystery DDoSers tried to take down Bitcoin exchange with 100Gbps crapflood

Web security firm Incapsula helped a Chinese Bitcoin trader to weather a ferocious denial-of-service attack last month when the volume of inbound traffic to the site peaked at 100Gbps. The attack against BTC China, a platform where both Bitcoin and Chinese yuan are traded, lasted nine hours and is one of the fiercest on record. …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013
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Bitcoin exchange shuts after heist

Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor has suspended its operations while it tries to figure out who pinched 24,000 units of the virtual currency by accessing an unencrypted backup and using information it contained to transfer 24,000 BTC to destinations unknown. In a post on the Bitcoin Forum, Bitfloor founder Roman Shtylman said he has …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2012

Top Brit Penguins spurn London Stock Exchange for NYSE

Blighty-based open sourcer Alfresco is going public on the New York stock markets under a new chief executive. The content management software vendor has named former SuccessFactors CEO Doug Dennerline its new chief with the goal of stewarding the company through a successful IPO and growth in the US, former CEO John Powell said …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2013
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Tokyo Stock Exchange falters as IT problems return

The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) suffered its second major systems outage this year on Tuesday (August 7th), suspending derivatives trading for over an hour and striking another blow to the capital’s reputation as a global financial centre. There’s little publicly-available information about the incident, which knocked trading …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Aug 2012
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Bitcoin exchange: Greedy traders to blame for DDoS attack

The soaring value of crypto-currency Bitcoin stuttered slightly last night - after a main exchange for the currency was flooded with network traffic and Bitcoin wallet site Instawallet was suspended. Mt Gox, the most popular Bitcoin exchange, blamed an ongoing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for trading lags and …
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2013
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Redmond rolls with Exchange 2010 SP2 update

Microsoft has released the second service pack for Exchange 2010, including a tweak for mobile Outlook Web App (OWA) and better support for Exchange in hybrid cloud systems. The 535.2MB download, which needs Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (or just Standard) to run, …
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2011
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China's Bitcoin exchanges begin pulling down the shutters

The Chinese central bank's Bitcoin crackdown, first signalled in December 2013, is coming to fruition as the middle kingdom's Bitcoin exchanges begin halting withdrawals. The FXBTC exchange has posted a notice saying that it received the instruction by telephone as part of the central bank's “Bitcoin risk prevention work”, …
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Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that's the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a "definitive agreement" to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014
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Chuck Exchange mailboxes into the cloud... sysadmin style

How do we migrate Exchange mailboxes into the cloud? A customer of mine has recently approached me with a request to move his mail hosting into the cloud, and it had to include BlackBerry support. After some discussion of the options available, a hosted exchange solution was deemed best, with Microsoft's own Office 365 emerging …
Trevor Pott, 23 May 2012
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Israel's stock exchange site knackered by hackers

The website of Israel's main stock exchange was floored by a denial-of-service attack on Monday. Israeli airline El Al has also come under attack by hackers, but its website remains running despite the assault. Visitors to the Tel Aviv stock exchange website are confronted with the message "Please try again later. The site is …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2012
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MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling

Mark Karpelès, the founder of imploded Bitcoin exchange MtGox, says he won't come to the US to answer officials' questions after his trading website mislaid 850,000 BTC. Lawyers for MtGox said Karpelès had received a subpoena from the US Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to come to a …

MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox has revealed a further, but fortuitous failure. In a newly-released (PDF) statement, the outfit says it “... had certain old format wallets which were used in the past and which, MtGox thought, no longer held any bitcoins.” Once it prised open one of those wallets it was found to hold 200,000 …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014

MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles has been ordered by a judge to return to the US to face questions over his bankruptcy filing with a Dallas court and how 750,000 Bitcoins went AWOL. Bankruptcy judge Stacey Jernigan ruled that Karpeles must appear at the Dallas office of his lawyers Baker & McKenzie on 17th April. This is ahead of a May …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Apr 2014
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Quantum: No! Object storage CANNOT exchange data with tape!

Quantum introduced object storage to its StorNext data virtualisation product last week, saying data could be automatically moved between primary disk, object storage and tape. But actually there is effectively a wall between tape and object storage. StorNext virtualises the location of data in primary disk arrays, tape storage …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013
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Hackers mistake French rugby site for German stock exchange

Hacktivists mistakenly attacked a French rugby fansite instead of their intended target, the German stock exchange. The misdirected assault meant the allezdax.com website, a fan site for French second division side rugby club Dax, was unavailable for two weeks. Meanwhile the hackers' intended target, the German stock exchange ( …
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2011

Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

Ailing Bitcoin exchange MtGox has filed for bankruptcy protection after admitting it did indeed "lose" 750,000 of its customers' Bitcoins along with 1000,000 of its own – together worth about £283m. Lawyers for the digital funny money dealer told Tokyo District Court that MtGox had debt of ¥6.5bn yen (£38.1m, $63.8m). MtGox …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Feb 2014

Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

Collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been put into administration by a court in Japan, where the website is based, after it became clear the site's chances of recovery are nil. The biz, which has mislaid half a billion dollars of BTC, was granted protection from creditors in February by the Tokyo District Court as it battled to …
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London Stock Exchange floored, again

The London Stock Exchange is currently closed thanks to the failure of its trading platform. Technically it's in a "halt phase" meaning orders can be cancelled but new orders cannot be made, nor can automatic trading happen. At 8.03 this morning the market was paused as technical problems became clear, by 8.33am trading was …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2011
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Mt Gox's 'transaction malleability' claim rubbished by researchers

By now, we all know the Magic the Gathering Online Exchange says it came undone because of a gap in the Bitcoin protocol called “transaction malleability”. Now, two ETH Zurich researchers have rubbished that claim. In this paper at Arxiv, Christian Decker and Roger Wattenhofer analyse a year's worth of Bitcoin activity to reach …
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Major BT exchange titsup in power outage

BT was hit by a big power failure this morning at one of its major exchanges in the Midlands. Business broadband and Infinity customers as well as Easynet and other telcos have been downed by the outage over the past few hours. "We can confirm that, as a result of a power failure at one of our major exchanges, some customers …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2011
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Hack on Hong Kong Stock Exchange disrupts trading

Hackers took down a website belonging to the Hong Kong stock Exchange, prompting Asia's third-largest securities exchange to suspend trading in the shares of London-based HSBC and six other companies. “Our current assessment is that this is the result of a malicious attack by outside hacking,” HKEx Chief Executive Charles Li, …
Dan Goodin, 10 Aug 2011
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Stock Exchange says soz for downtime

Trading has restarted on the London Stock Exchange this afternoon after a systems failure closed it for business this morning. At 8.03am the market was paused as technical problems became clear, by 8.33am trading was halted - see our story here. Continuous trading restarted at 12.15pm this afternoon. The LSE said it had …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2011
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Millennium bugs hit stock exchange

The London Stock Exchange suffered a second day of problems yesterday as its new trading platform struggled to function again. On Tuesday the market failed to close correctly, causing confusion over closing prices for brokers and traders. Yesterday the MillenniumIT system displayed zeroes against some bid and ask prices, …
John Oates, 17 Feb 2011

MtGox allows users to see a picture of their money, but not have it

Bitcoin exchange MtGox has finally allowed thousands of concerned customers to view their balances, but not to withdraw the digital funny money. On its website, MtGox said it would let users look at their accounts as long as they were happy not to touch. "This balance confirmation service is provided on this site only for the …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Mar 2014