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UK student in dock over Anonymous £3.5m PayPal attack

The trial of a British university student accused of participating in attacks by hacktivist collective Anonymous against the websites of PayPal and others has begun in London. Prosecutors say Christopher Weatherhead, 22, was studying at Northampton University when he allegedly took part in "Operation Payback", the packet- …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2012
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Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'AN OPEN SEWER'

According to former US vice president and climate activist Al Gore, the world faces "a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions," and the data center industry can – and should – make a tremendous contribution towards averting climate-change disaster. Speaking at Google's "How Green Is the Internet? Summit" at the company's …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jun 2013

Nokia flings low-end Lumia at developing world

Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 510, a budget Windows Phone handset unlikely to excite enthusiasts of the latest tech. With us Westerners distracted by incoming Windows Phone 8 kit, the Finnish firm today set its sights on flooding the developing market with more of yesterday's tech. And after the company pulled the …
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012
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New stats: Blighty's PC market ended 2012 on its KNEES

Retailers and distributors replenished PC stocks cautiously during Q4 last year in a nod to concerns over weak consumer demand for Windows 8 and the perennial threat posed by slablets, according to recent sales and shipment stats. IDC prelim stats show shipments of notebooks and desktops into the channel declined nearly 5 per …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2013

You hear that, Mr Cook? Samsung's profits have gone UP

Samsung Electronics is toasting a massive hike in its Q1 profits fuelled by sales of smartmobes and tabs but warned cheaper kit flooding the market may "dampen" its next quarterly numbers. Sales for the period ended 31 March climbed by 16 per cent to 52.87tn won (£30.7bn), boosting operating profits by 50 per cent to 8.78tn won …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2013
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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

Much has been written about how Bitcoin will affect libertarian society, banks, money and government, but there are some other effects that bear consideration: what it will do to the IT industry. Imagine you've always lusted after the highest of high end graphics cards. Why pay £500 for something that's only for improving the …
Simon Rockman, 27 Jan 2014
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Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike

Acer has become the first major PC vendor to confirm a price rise in response to flooding in Thailand, which it says has led to a 20 per cent hike in the cost of disk drives. This comes just days after Acer described the outlook for HDD supplies as uncertain, while rivals firms agreed drive component prices would head north, and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011

CA piles into API management with Layer 7 acquisition

CA Technologies has hopped into API management via the acquisition of Layer 7 technologies as the company continues to reinvent itself for the software-as-a-service era. The acquisition follows a similar move by Intel to acquire Mashery last week, and API Management company Mulesoft's announcement it had trousered a further $37m …
Jack Clark, 22 Apr 2013
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WD: Thailand floods worse than feared

WD is expecting flooding in Thailand to "significantly impact" disk drive availability this quarter after the situation deteriorated. The HDD giant last week confirmed that facilities close to Bangkok were closed as it dealt with the natural disaster. Rival Seagate is also evaluating the extent of the damage on sub assembly …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2011
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Flood-hit HDD parts supplier resumes production

Major disk drive motor supplier Nidec has resumed production at several facilities in Thailand, but continues to deal with damage to six sites that are still under water. The component giant, which manufactures around three-quarters of the world's HDD motors, confirmed operations were back online at its Rangsit plant in …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2011
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Iran's top brass deny nuking US bank websites

Iran has denied computers on its soil were behind denial-of-service attacks against American banks. US national security officials allege the websites of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America were slowed by assaults launched from Iran. The G-men didn't say whether the attackers were backed by the Middle Eastern nation's …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2012
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Call centers under attack in targeted cyber-blackmail scheme

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has cautioned public-safety call centers against the rise of so-called telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks, which it says have the potential to cripple local telephone exchanges. The warning was issued in March in a confidential Situational Awareness Update that was obtained by …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2013
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Flooded fabs to ship 48m fewer disks in Q4

Disk drive shipments are set to plummet by nearly 28 per cent in Q4 – 48 million fewer units than a year ago – in the wake of the devastating flooding in Thailand, says beancounter iSuppli. The ripple effect of the worst flooding in the country for more than half a century is also likely to be felt across many sectors of IT and …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011
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Flood recedes at Toshiba's Thai fabs

Toshiba Corp expects to crank up Thai production lines early next year at a number of plants on one industrial park as the waters have started to recede. The nine fabs in the Bangkadi Industrial Park build home appliances, semiconductors and lighting products, but Toshiba disk drives are made in the Navanakorn Industrial Estate …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2011
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HDD prices to remain 'inflated' until August

HDD prices are falling eight times more slowly than they rose in the weeks after the flooding in Thailand and look likely to remain inflated until mid-summer. Idealo.co.uk monitored vendors' online average selling prices (ASPs) across its five price comparison portals and found that disk drives went up 100 per cent in 33 days …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2012
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Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

A teenage computer crook faces prison after admitting hacking offences, including breaking into former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's electronic address and phone book. Junaid Hussain, 18, of Birmingham, swiped the sensitive information after unlawfully accessing a GMail account used by Katie Kay, a Blair aide. The hacker, …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2012
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'It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff'

This was the week when legendary security mailing list Full Disclosure closed down after 12 years when admin John Cartwright threw in the towel in utter exasperation. The service where security researchers could post details of exploits and vulnerabilities is closing after Cartwright reached the end of his tether with running …
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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

Some news events are so momentous they instantly become burned into the memory - as irreversibly as an iOS firmware upgrade. For example, I’ll never forget where I was when the Berlin Wall came down. I was still a schoolboy: in prep school in Geneva, trying to buy heroin. But 23 years later, everything about that day comes …
Steve Bong, 15 Nov 2013
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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

Feeling old? Clapped out? Weary of the cut and thrust of everyday work? Looking for a role that pays shitloads of dosh while demanding no relevant experience or demonstrable skill, but chairmanship of the Co-Op bank remains tantalisingly out of your league due to your clean living and good character? Tough. Get back to work like …
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Dec 2013
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Hitachi GST unzips to reveal hard internal 4TB whopper

Hitachi GST has a 4TB desktop disk drive on sale in Tokyo, although no product announcement has been made. This would be the world's first 4TB internal drive. As reported by Xbit Labs, the Deskstar 5K4000 is a 4TB drive with a 32MB cache and 6Gbit/s SATA interface. It features Advanced Format and Coolspin technology, spinning at …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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DDoS crooks: Do you want us to blitz those phone lines too?

Cybercrooks are now offering to launch cyberattacks against telecom services, with prices starting at just $20 a day. Distributed denial of attacks against websites or web services have been going on for many years. Attacks that swamped telecoms services are a much more recent innovation, first starting around 2010. While DDoS …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2012
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Hacktivists, blackhats snatch sixguns from whitehats' holsters

Tools designed for testing server and network defences are being snapped up by hacktivists to launch denial-of-service attacks on websites. More and more assaults are concentrating on knackering web apps and the HTTP server software running it, rather than simply flooding the underlying stack with bogus traffic to exhaust …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2012
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EMC hikes drive prices, blames Thai flood tragedy

El Reg has been sent a copy of a letter from EMC to its Velocity channel partners saying disk drive prices will rise 5 to 15 per cent from 1 January, 2012. It is apparent the price rise is due to drive shortages caused by the Thailand flooding. This has caused retail drive prices to rise and impacted many disk drive OEM deals as …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2011
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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

Yahoo! News' Washington bureau chief has been sacked after he joked that Republican US presidential wannabe Mitt Romney was "happy to have a party with black people drowning". The quip was made as the right-wing party held its National Convention and Hurricane Isaac barrelled across the southern state of Louisiana, bringing days …
Team Register, 30 Aug 2012
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Disk prices double after flood - and could 'double again'

Hard disk prices doubled in the past fortnight following the severe flooding in Thailand and could potentially rise by the same amount again, channel sources have warned. The world's second largest producer of drives behind China, Thailand, is dealing with the aftermath of flooding that has killed 380 people, inundated 14,000 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2011
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Embiggened x86 servers help Super Micro set revenue records

Last year was not an easy one for whitebox king Super Micro, which makes a living selling x86 servers as well as the components for those who want to compete with it. But the latest record-breaking revenues and improving profit picture shows the company has overcome its setbacks. Last fiscal year, the company was hurt when Intel …
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Floods? What floods? Seagate to open new Thai disk fab

Despite the devastating and deadly floods in Thailand, Seagate will spend $30m (£19.1m) to finish building a new disk read-write head plant in the south-east Asian nation. The 29,800m2 plant will be in Nakhon Ratchasima province in the country's north east. This region has been hit twice by severe flooding, once in October 2010 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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Nvidia hit by GPU slump, too

Microprocessor and GPU maker Advanced Micro Devices said yesterday that its financial results had been whacked by an unexpected downturn in discrete graphics processor sales in the fourth quarter, and Nvidia now says it had the same problem. In a statement, Nvidia put the blame squarely on the disk shortage that has been caused …
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Drama as Thai frogmen struggle to save world PC market

The Thai government has dispatched a crack squad of navy divers in a bid to glean WD factory equipment currently lost below metres of flood water. It is now more than a month since the flooding devastated parts of the country with 562 people confirmed dead, four million households affected and 14,000 factories inundated – …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2011
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WD dries out flood-trashed fab, pumps out first disks

WD has partially restored hard disk production at one of its flood-hit fabs in Thailand and expects to start pumping water from its second facility within ten days. The drive maker said that power at one of its buildings in Bang Pa-In - which had been under six feet of water since 15 October - was restored on 26 November and …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2011
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Flood-hit Thai disk fabs to pour out 140m drives

The production of hard disk drives is nearing full capacity after flooding last year in Thailand sent shockwaves through the supply chain, with output set to reach around 80 per cent of pre-flood levels. A Digitimes report, citing industry sources, claimed that production would increase to somewhere between 140 and 145 million …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Feb 2012
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Tosh Thai hard drive plant swamped

Toshiba is facing a long-term shutdown of its Thai disk drive plant due to more than a metre of water in the factory. The waterlogged fab is in the Navanakorn Industrial Estate Zone, next door to a flooded Western Digital plant. Toshiba said the depth of water has damaged machinery in the assembly line. It is working to prepare …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2011

Hurricane Sandy smacks the Big Apple around

Extreme weather is something we are getting used to here in New York City, and what is clear as we all walk outside to assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy is that the aging infrastructure in the Big Apple was not designed to sustain this kind of hit. Thankfully, this was a Category 1 hurricane with limited amounts of rain, …
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Massive PC shortages to hit this Xmas

PC shortages will likely dampen retail sales this Christmas as a result of the shortfall in hard drive production caused by killer flooding in Thailand. Analysts claimed this week that 48 million fewer disks will be shipped this quarter, but had reckoned the PC supply chain has sufficient stocks to see it through to next year. …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2011
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Growth, what's that? Storage firms tighten belts as revenues flatline

It’s results round-up day at the Register, with LSI, Mellanox, QLogic, Symantec and WD all filing their quarterly results. Here we go on a numbers blitz: Western Digital reported first fiscal 2014 quarterly revenues of $3.8bn and profits (net income) of $495m from making 62.6 million disk drives with an average selling price of …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2013
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Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

Cybercrooks are running distributed denial of service attacks as a smokescreen to distract bank security staff while they plunder online banking systems, according to a researcher. Avivah Litan, vice president at Gartner Research, reports that cyber criminals looking to attack financial institutions are getting more ambitious by …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013
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Microsoft execs warn of PC sales drop in crucial Q4

Senior Microsoft executives are warning that PC sales in the last quarter will be lower than expected, saying the effects of the floods in Thailand are having a lingering impact. CFO Tami Reller told a JPMorgan Chase & Co. conference that the flooding was causing the PC industry more serious problems than had been expected. …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2012
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Asian PC market slowed by HDD misery

Hard disk drive production levels may be reaching full capacity again after the widespread flooding in Thailand last year but the PC market in south east Asia is likely to be disrupted for some time to come after taking a severe knock in the last quarter, according to IDC. The analyst’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker for Q4 …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2012
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Spanish cops cuff 11 for €1m-a-year ransomware scam

Spanish police have arrested 11 individuals suspected of running a €1m a year ransomware scam using malware that posed as a message from law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies in Spain first became interested in the Reveton malware after hundreds of complaints from victims of the scam starting flooding in at the beginning of …
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2013
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Thai floods threaten Seagate hard drive supply chain

Seagate is assessing the potential impact of flooding in Thailand on the production of hard disks that forced arch rival WD to temporarily halt manufacturing this week. Severe flooding has reportedly killed at least 280 people, inundated homes, disrupted transport links and caused chaos at utilities close to WD's facility, which …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2011

Apple iWatch: Coming soon, runs iOS, to earn mucho mazuma

Reminiscent of the hypegasm that preceded the releases of the iPhone in 2007 and iPad in 2010, rumors of Apple's impending "iWatch" are flooding the intertubes, with the latest being that it will be released this year, will run iOS, and will rake in gobs and gobs of cash for a company that has seen its stock take a relentless …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Mar 2013

Tech bazaar Aria puts £10K bounty on heads of DDoS varmints

Manchester-based reseller Aria PC is offering a £10,000 bounty for information leading to the conviction of miscreants who hit its websites with a sustained denial-of-service attack this week. In a forum post, Aria said it had already reported packet-flooding assaults against its main site and forum to the police, but wanted to …
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2013
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UK server-makers weather Q4 sales droop

UK server sales hit the skids in Q4 due to HDD shortages, weak customer demand and delayed purchases as buyers waited for next-gen Intel architectures to launch. According to abacus-stroker IDC, some 82,000 servers were shipped in the period – representing a drop of 2 per cent – and market revenues fell to $609m, a 1 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2012
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Muslim vid protest hackers turn web-flood hosepipe away from US banks

Islamist hackers busy blasting bank websites with network traffic have suspended their assault after a controversial anti-Muslim video ceased to be available through YouTube. The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters crew launched a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in September and December, with the stated …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2013
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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

Thousands of old and duplicated emails are flooding the inboxes of irritated BSkyB customers - after the media giant dumped Google's Gmail overnight and turned to Yahoo! to run its message service. The migration to Yahoo!'s servers, which happened with little or no warning for some users, was branded a total cock-up by Register …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Apr 2013
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'Chromecast - recycle it after a long fulfilling life of kitten videos'

This was the week when the reviews, teardowns, commentaries and analyses of Google's 35-buck media-streaming HDMI dongle Chromecast came flooding in. Though there were those who were blown away, those who loved its pure simplicity and those who reckoned that the Chocolate Factory's dominance of TV was just around the corner, …
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Anonymous cell: Shove off, credit-hoggers, WE took down HSBC

An Anonymous-affiliated group has claimed responsibility for attacks that left HSBC websites worldwide knocked offline on Thursday night. UK-based Fawkes Security claimed responsibility for the digital sit-in via a post to Pastebin. As some of you may be aware HSBC bank suffered several DDoS attacks on the named sites in the …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2012
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HDS joins string of disk floggers hiking drive prices

All mainstream disk array suppliers seem to be raising prices. Here's what Hitachi Data Systems, the latest one to do so, says: As with other companies in our industry, HDS has witnessed a global cost increase from hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturers due to the devastating floods in Thailand. To date, Hitachi has absorbed these …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Chinese arrest 9,000 cyber-crims

Chinese police have smashed over 700 cyber crime gangs and arrested nearly 9,000 alleged criminals. The Ministry of Public Security – or police force, to you and me – announced confidently that it had cracked 4,400 criminal cases in its bid to "earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the masses of the people, …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2012
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Tesco blunder prices 64GB 4G iPad at 50 quid

Tesco tantalised online shoppers yesterday after a pricing error left punters thinking they'd snapped up Apple's latest iPad for just £50. The Twitterscape was alight last night with braggers who thought they'd got the bargain of the century. The Tesco Direct website was offering advance orders for the new Apple iPad Wi-Fi 4G …
Caleb Cox, 14 Mar 2012