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UK pound crashes after Brexit

Lenovo: Our gear will be 10% more pricey from 1 August

Exclusive Lenovo has confirmed the price of its hardware is going to get more expensive in the UK from the start of next month. It is the latest vendor to react to the downward swing in the value of the British pound vs the US dollar. Confirmation of the double digit price hike – seen by us – was sent to channel partners late last week …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016
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Forget your RTO*: Real world Disaster Recovery needs garbage bags and bubble wrap

On-Call If it's Friday morning it must once again be time for On-Call, El Reg's end-of-week meander down memory lane to explore readers' reminiscences of jobs that went bump in the night. This week, reader “Olaf” shares his experience in Thailand's 2011 floods. Yup, those floods that left Western Digital's hard disk factory under …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Docker Cloud under fire after DDoS attacks slam DNS, knacker websites

Updated Websites running on the Docker Cloud hosted container management and deployment service were taken down by an apparent DNS outage on Monday. Reg readers and Docker Cloud support forum members complained today that their services were down or suffering intermittent outages with little explanation from Docker. One angry user …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2016
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HP Inc: Double-digit bounce due on PC prices next month

HP Inc has blamed the wobbliness of the British pound for a double-digit price hike in the UK due to kick in from the start of next month on all its commercial PC kit – but for some reason the print range is to avoid the upward swing. Sterling has slumped to a 31-year low following the outcome of the EU referendum and some …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2016
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Hydra hacker bot spawns internet of things DDoS clones

Lizard Squad may be mostly behind bars, but their LizardStresser botnet has spawned more than 100 clones. According to Arbor Networks' Matthew Bing, the imitators have lit on the Internet of Things, enslaving thousands of dumb devices with code the hacker group published last year. LizardStresser is an illegal booter service …
Darren Pauli, 01 Jul 2016

Ransomware slams corporate Office 365 users with macro storm

It's 2016, and Microsoft Office macros are still a viable infection vector: security outfit Avanan says it's spotted a week-long, large-scale malware attack against Office 365 users. The campaign began on June 22, and Microsoft started blocking the malicious attachment on June 23. Avanan says the attackers tried to send …

Inside the World of the Dark DDoS

Today’s distributed denial of service attacks are different than the kinds that we saw at the dawn of the millennium when the threat emerged. They’re becoming more nuanced, and subtle – and they could result in a lot more than a downed web server. In the early days of DDoS, volumetric attacks were all the rage. Politically or …
Danny Bradbury, 27 Jun 2016

Police ICT Company head: Eat your cloud, cops, it's good for you

A national strategy on using public cloud services is needed so British police forces can cope with the increasing weight of unstructured data storage, the head of the Police ICT Company has said. Martin Wyke, head of the body, outlined storage as a key challenge for police because of the explosion of unstructured data, through …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2016
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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

Gameplay video streaming biz Twitch has had enough of bots on its network and, after failing to find a lasting tech solution, has started throwing sueballs instead. Bots have become a big problem for Amazon-owned Twitch and its users. The software agents are used to hit up players' online channels and artificially inflate …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2016

Lone hacker claims to have broken into US Democrat servers

A lone hacker claims to have been the person who broke into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers, and has posted several files online as "proof." The hacker, going by the name Guccifer 2, created a new Wordpress blog Wednesday and posted several confidential files as well as a taunting rebuke to the security company …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jun 2016
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AWS Sydney's outage shows the value of a walk in the cloud

To understand the lessons of this week's Amazon Web Services outage in Sydney, which took down the local AWS cloud for a few hours, take a walk down Huntley Street, Alexandria, an unlovely street in a light industrial suburb. Huntley Street is interesting because its footpaths are riddled with an unusual concentration of …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jun 2016

Juniper: Yes, IPv6 ping-of-death hits Junos OS, too

That IPv6 neighbour packet discovery bug Cisco warned about last week? Juniper has just followed Switchzilla by warning it has the same problem. When Cisco announced the vuln, it said other IPv6 implementations would also be at risk. The Gin Palace agrees: CVE-2016-1409 is an issue for anybody running Junos OS. The advisory …

DDOS-as-a-service offered for just five dollars

Freelancer-finding site Fiverr has booted out users offering distributed denial of service attack for-hire groups for as low as US$5. Fiverr is a service that connects buyers with professionals like designers and developers, many of whom offer their services for not much more than the price of a beer. Incapsula security wonks …
Darren Pauli, 26 May 2016
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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

Containers are becoming the de facto way of spinning up new services and applications. Many are running on cloud servers which themselves are virtual machines running on bare metal, well... somewhere in the world. For many developers, containers are a way to create hermetically sealed application services. But once started, …
Andrew Cobley, 24 May 2016
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Cisco: Whoops, hackers can commandeer your TelePresence boxes with a devilish HTTP poke

Cisco has released three security patches to address flaws in its TelePresence, FirePower and Adaptive Security Appliance lines. The May bundle includes one patch classified by Cisco as "critical" and two more labeled "high" risks. In total, the updates remedy three CVE-listed security vulnerabilities: For TelePresence …
Shaun Nichols, 04 May 2016
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Website extortionists rake in over $100,000 without lifting a finger

Reputation is everything in business: it appears a bunch of canny scammers have stolen the identity of a hacking squad to make some serious bank. Back in November, a group calling itself the Armada Collective carried out a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on webmail providers who refused to pay them a …
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2016

Anonymous whales on Denmark, Iceland with OpKillingBay DDoS

A pair of Akamai researchers are warning that entities using the name and iconography of hacker collective Anonymous will soon expand a six-year distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack campaign against Japan to other whale-and-dolphin-eating nations. The operation, dubbed KillingBay, is detailed in a report [PDF] and is …
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2016
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Cracks show in VMware exec ranks

Comment The onrushing Dell acquisition of EMC seems to have prompted two senior VMware exec departures. Is Pat Gelsinger's position at the helm secure? VMware is 80 per cent owned by EMC, and Dell will become its new overlord when the acquisition closes later this year. The two high-profile exec departures from VMware signal that, …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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Cisco warns of 'critical' risks from web bugs and insecure SSH keys

Cisco has released a fresh crop of security advisories, including warnings for critical flaws in the UCS, Prime Infrastructure and Evolved Programmable Network Manager (EPNM) that would allow an attacker to gain root access over its products. The alerts were part of a collection of six security advisories released Wednesday to …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Apr 2016

Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

Twitter has paid a reported $10m for the streaming rights to ten NFL games later this year, surprising many and leaving some scratching their head. The one-million-dollars-a-game deal allows the social media company to rebroadcast the stream from network giants CBS and NBC who have paid $450m for the rights to broadcast the …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

Wireless networking is regarded by many as the way to go for corporate networking. No need for expensive structured cabling, no need to re-patch stuff when someone moves desk, and sufficiently secure to make it suitable for corporate use. I am inclined to agree with that last point: rank up the encryption to WPA2-AES and use …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Apr 2016

Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

Remember the rapacious smartphone growth that turned once-troubled Apple into the world’s most valuable company? That’s over. Smartphone sales will grow seven per cent in 2016, to 1.5 billion units. It’s the first time sales of this once must-have piece of personal tech has grown by a mere single digit percentage, according …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016

DNS root server attack was not aimed at root servers – infosec bods

The internet's root servers were not the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in December which for a short time took out four of the 13 pillars of the global network. That's according to two security researchers who will present their findings at a conference in Argentina on Friday. Instead, they conclude …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Mar 2016
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Six charged for 'hacking' lottery terminals to spew only winning tickets

Six people have been charged with exploiting a bug in lottery terminals to print off winning tickets on demand. Connecticut prosecutors say the group conspired to manipulate automated ticket dispensers to run off "5 Card Cash" tickets that granted on-the-spot payouts in the US state. According to the Hartford Courant, a group …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2016
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Pure Storage to punt out supersized FlashArray system

Pure Storage’s Accelerate event in San Francisco earlier this month previewed a coming high-end FlashArray//m system with more than three times the usable capacity of the current range-topping m70. The new system will arrive later this year and give Pure a five box line-up, unless one of the current//m products is dropped. A …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016

A third of Australians lose mobile services after Telstra outage

Australian incumbent telco Telstra has been forced to offer another day of free mobile data after a nationwide outage knocked out mobile services for eight million customers across the country. The carrier says the cause of the outage, the second in about a month, was an offshore connection issue affecting international …
Darren Pauli, 17 Mar 2016

Trivial path for DDoS amplification attacks found by infosec bods

Security researchers have discovered a new vector for DDoS amplification attacks – and it's quite literally trivial. Improperly configured services such as DNS or Network Time Protocol (NTP) have been exploited to launch a string of DDoS attacks over the last couple of years. Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have …
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2016

Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

Comment When does determination become stupidity? We're about to find out with the launch of slander-as-a-service app Peeple. It's been five months since the "Yelp for People" received a wave of press attention and then a flood of internet criticism when it was revealed that the app would allow people to rate other human beings. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Mar 2016
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Quick as a flash: ATTO joins 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel bandwagon

In company with Brocade, Emulex and QLogic, ATTO has launched its 32gig Fibre Channel HBA. Its 32 gig product line centres on Celerity HBAS (host bus adapters) with low profile single and fual-port products. These complement 16Gbit/s product in single, dual and quad-port formats. The 32 gig products support 3,200MB/sec …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2016
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Two flashy VMAX bridesmaids bare ankles at EMC's DSSD groom

+Comment EMC has two new all-flash VMAX products as a result of re-engineering aspects of the VMAX design to lower latency. The company now has four all-flash array product families; XtremIO for relatively standard all-flash workloads; the DSSD D5 for extreme high-performance; VMAX for high performance and huge capacity inside the VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2016

Wikimedia’s executive director quits after less than 2 years in post

The Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director, Leila Tretikov, has resigned after less than two years in the post. A decade ago the foundation employed just three people and operated on a budget of $3m – which is the operating cost of the site today. But aggressive funding drives initiated by a previous executive director saw …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2016
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Austinites outraged as Google Fiber tears up Texas capital

Residents of Austin, TX may be regretting the decision to bring Google Fiber to the city. The Austin American Statesman says that last year, 254 complaints were filed with the city over problems related to construction of the network. The complaints include reports of landscape and property damage caused by crews tasked with …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Feb 2016

And as for actual WordPress pingbacks .... you should probably switch 'em off

More than 26,000 WordPress sites have been enslaved and used in a recent distributed denial-of-service attack campaign using a vulnerability first described in March 2014. The layer seven attacks exploit the pingback feature activated by default on WordPress sites, which informs other sites when they have been linked to. Those …
Darren Pauli, 18 Feb 2016

Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

A huge amount of Linux software can be hijacked by hackers from the other side of the internet, thanks to a serious vulnerability in the GNU C Library (glibc). Simply clicking on a link or connecting to a server can lead to remote code execution, allowing scumbags to steal passwords, spy on users, attempt to seize control of …
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine's Day means DDoS for you

Net scum have bashed florists with distributed denial of service attacks over Valentine's Day in a bid to extract ransoms, security analysts say. The attacks affected almost a dozen florists who were customers of security company Incapsula, and likely many others not monitored by the firm. Security bods Ofer Gayer and Tim …
Darren Pauli, 15 Feb 2016
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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

How about this for bizarre bug of the week: the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud deletes the first hidden directory in root directories on Macs. That's bad news for users of BackBlaze: the backup software stores a .bzvol folder in the top level of every drive it backs up, and uses these folders to store information about …
Chris Williams, 13 Feb 2016

Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

Uber, AirBnB, Taskrabbit and another 44 online businesses built around the "sharing economy" have written to the European Union urging politicians not to limit their development through new laws. In a letter [PDF] addressed to Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, currently president of the EU, the companies argue that they are " …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016

A RAT and a spammer both avoid the slammer

Two US hackers have escaped prison, receiving probation instead of time in federal coolers. Blackshades remote access trojan (RAT) co-creator Michael Hogue, 25, of Arizona, could have stared down five years prison for his role in developing the BlackShades remote access trojan but instead received the time on probation. His …
Darren Pauli, 01 Feb 2016
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What if China went all GitHub on your website? Grab this coding tool

A security developer has released a coding tool that aims to help websites test their defences against a China-style GitHub attack. China upgraded its infamous website blocking system, dubbed The Great Firewall, last year so that it was capable of blasting foreign businesses and orgs off the internet. The weaponised …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2016

HPE smashes champers bottle on side of punter engagement centre

Hewlett Packard Enterprise expects 250 corporate enterprise clients – and incumbent channel partners – to this year unburden their biz challenges at a swanky London-based customer centre. Top brass from the firm today descended on the capital as the ribbons were cut on the Customer Engagement Centre (CEC), an EMEA hub that is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2016
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Cybercops cuff two in hunt for DDoS extortion masterminds

An international police investigation against the DD4BC DDoS extortion gang has led to one suspect being arrested and one detained, Europol said on Tuesday. Suspected key members of the organised network were identified in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the UK Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit before the intelligence was passed …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2016
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Crumbs! Stricken Kiev blames Russian hackers for Xmas eve outages

The Ukrainian government is blaming power outages in the Western Ukraine on “hacker attacks by Russia[n] special services”. Malware has been found in the networks of some utilities, according to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Moreover, these malware intrusions coincided with a “non-stop telephone flood at utility …
John Leyden, 29 Dec 2015

Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

The internet's root servers came under a concerted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last week that effectively knocked three of the 13 critical pillars of the internet offline for several hours. The attack came just days before the Janet academic network received a similar DDoS attack. According to a first analysis …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2015
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14 strikes and you’re out. Or not. Emails reveal how Cox lost Safe Harbor

Analysis We now know why US cable ISP Cox Communications lost the "safe harbor" DMCA liability protection afforded to those who disconnect high volume P2P file sharers. It appears to be down to its failure to take infringement notices sufficiently seriously, a US court has ruled. Last week in an East Virginia court, a judge stripped …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2015

Iran – yup, Iran – to the rescue to tackle Internet of Things security woes

It's no secret that people are getting increasingly jumpy about poor security within the Internet of Things. No one likes it when a website is hit by a flood of junk traffic from thousands of compromised computers – but that's nothing compared to what may happen when billions of IoT devices embedded all over our homes and in …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Dec 2015
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Google takedown requests mushroom as copyright holders play whack-a-mole

Google received more than 65 million removal requests for search results containing alleged copyright violations in the space of the past month. The takedown demands have come from the usual suspects, including the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), which asked Google to remove 7.1 million URLs as of mid-November this year …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015
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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2015

Criminal are mostly hacking-by-numbers with exploit kits

Exploit kits are dominating the criminal hacking industry, but even though code fiends prefer colour-by-numbers cracking kits that isn't stopping them from assembling a vast command and control army domain name servers linked to popular kits are up 75 percent in the third quarter compared to 2014, according to a report. It …
Darren Pauli, 19 Nov 2015
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Small Euro telco lobby group births small Euro telco lobby group

ECTA Regulatory Conf '15 "We’re not going to pilot the first generation of VR games because the infrastructure isn’t good enough," according to the European Commission's head of broadband, Anna Krzyzanowska, who added: "That might be one of the greatest opportunities lost in the current time." The EC's policy wonk made the comment during a discussion …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2015