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iMessage SPAM floods US mobile networks

China-based counterfeiters are spamvertising knock-off designer goods using Apple iMessage instead of using conventional email spam runs. iMessage has been hit with the single largest US mobile spam campaign this year. The campaign, which has been going on for months, was large enough to account for more than 80 per cent of all …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2014
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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

Skype floods UK stores with top-up cards

Skype has introduced prepaid cards to the UK, offering shoppers the option to purchase their call credits in stores. Top-up VoIP vouchers - available for £10 and £20 - are on the way to various retailers, including Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys and WHSmith. The prepaid amounts can be put towards subscription bundles as well …
Caleb Cox, 05 Nov 2012
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China and Japan stick it to floods, quakes and tsunamis

Japan and China will use technology to prevent mass loss of life caused by natural disasters. Authorities in Tokyo are trialling an online portal designed to centralise more than 40 services in the event of a large-scale natural disaster of the type seen in Sendai in the north-east of the country in 2011. The portal, which is …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Sep 2012

Thai floods derail Hadron-colliding antimatter boffinry

The world's hard drive shortage, caused by deadly flooding in Thailand, is holding back CERN's antimatter research, a top scientist at the boffinry nerve center said last night. Analysis of figures spewing out of the Large Hadron Collider was compromised by a lack of storage space, said Peter Clarke, who works on the CERN LHCb …
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012

Philippines tech industries survive floods

To the west of the Philippines' capital, Manila, lies Laguna De Bay, a colossal freshwater lake that has just become the site of what can loosely be called maritime services startups. The new businesses sprung up weeks ago after the annual monsoon hit the Philippines harder than usual. The lake filled, then spilled into …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2012

Japanese password protector floods screen with hoax cursors

Japanese boffins have demonstrated a rather nifty way of preventing online password theft by screen capture and shoulder surfing – flood the screen with a barrage of dummy cursors. Researchers at the government backed Japan Science and Technology (JST) Agency showed off the rather unusual approach to preventing fraud to local …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2013
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Thai floods float Seagate to top of hard drive biz

Last year's severe flooding in Thailand may have been human and economic disaster, but if every cloud has a silver lining, that silver has slipped into the pockets of Seagate as it retook the top sales spot among hard drive businesses, unseating Western Digital. "Seagate owes its return to market leadership to a fortuitous …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Feb 2012
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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

Comedian and activist Mark Thomas threw a riotous Irish-themed party inside Apple's flagship store in London to protest against the iPhone giant's tiny tax bills. The left-wing agitator led a group of about 50 protesters into the swish Regent Street shop, where they waved signs reading "you are now entering Irish territory" and …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
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O2 floods London with free Wi-Fi

Undaunted by its recent network outage fall from grace, O2 is now offering Londoners free Wi-Fi access in several of capital's busiest areas including Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street. The network's efforts – as part of a deal with Westminster Council – have resulted in the launch of various free "reliable" …
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Hard disk famine shaping up as predicted after floods

Flooding in Thailand is causing disk drive supplies to dry up and prices to rise. There is lots of anecdotal evidence confirming channel information about flooding-caused drive shortages. One example; blogger Zorinaq shows a chart from price-tracker Camelegg depicting a 180 per cent rise in Samsung SpinPoint 1TB SATA drive from …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2011
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HTC torches forecasts as stock tsunami floods skint Europe

HTC has slashed its Q2 top and bottom line estimates as it clears the glut of stock in the supply chain and acknowledges weakened demand in Europe. The Taiwanese firm revealed revenues for the period are expected to be NT$91bn (£1.9bn) or some 13.3 per cent lower than the NT$105bn it forecast in April. Operating margin was also …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2012
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Disk fab floods rinse $1bn off Intel's Q4 revenue

Chip maker Intel has slashed its final quarter outlook, admitting it will fall short of the company's previous forecast due to a hard drive supply shortage - sparked by flooding in Thai disk factories. The vendor said it now expects to bank Q4 revenue of about $13.7bn (£8.7bn), compared to an earlier prediction of $14.7bn for …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2011
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Thai floods halt WD hard disk fabs

Western Digital has temporarily suspended disk drive-related production in its Thailand sites close to Bangkok due to severe flooding. Flooding in Thailand is sparking transportation and utility infrastructure headaches with some supply facilities and peoples' homes inundated. WD has some 37,000 employees in its Thai facilities …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2011
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Thai floods flush storage channel clean

Distribution giant Computer 2000 has put disk drives on manual allocation to spread supply among its customer base while other distributors have completely frozen sales while they review the impact of the flooding in Thailand. The Far East country has been hit by the worst flooding in over half a century, with the world's …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011

Desperate VXers enslave FREEZERS in DDoS bot

Bad guys are launching denial of service attacks from Windows and Linux boxes and in a sign of desperation even fridges, freezers and Raspberry Pis. The attacks spotted by security company Akamai are based on an updated version of the Chinese language Spike malware that now targets insecure Internet-of-Things things. Akamai's …
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2014
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Telcos, ISPs respond to floods

With three-quarters of Queensland now declared a disaster zone in the face of widespread and rising floods, the telecommunications industry has had to scramble to maintain services. At the same time, carriers and ISPs have also announced a range of assistance package for affected customers, and many have committed donations to …
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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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WD: Thai floods will force hard drive prices up

WD has warned disk drive shortages will linger well into 2012 and price rises are inevitable as it deals with the aftermath of the severe flooding in Thailand. The country's worst floods in over half a century have so far claimed the lives of at least 317 people, affected more than nine million, and inundated 700,000 homes: 14, …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2011
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NEC slashes 10,000 jobs – blames Thai floods, smartphone slump

NEC is set to slash 10,000 jobs including 3,000 unlucky employees from its workforce outside of Japan, after its revised forecast revealed the Japanese electronics giant would make a year end net loss of ¥100bn (£820m). The firm did not reveal exactly where in the business the jobs would go, and said the overseas cuts would be …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jan 2012
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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
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'Work from home' spam scam floods Twitter

Cybercrooks are using compromised Twitter accounts to spamvertise work-at-home scams. The bogus messages appear as both direct messages and regular Twitter updates that attempt to induce users into visiting fraudulent websites punting supposed opportunities to make thousands for little or no effort. The dodgy messages link to …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2011
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Floods really will bring armageddon in 2012, insist resellers

PC shortages are affecting the UK earlier than expected but the rapid swing from inventory overload to relative hardware famine has led to some customers dismissing resellers' warnings as sales opportunism. The channel has been awash with stock all year as consumer demand fell off a cliff. However PC makers forecast shortages …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2011

When ZOMBIES attack: DDoS traffic triples as 20Gbps becomes the new normal

DDoS traffic has more than trebled since the start of 2013, according to a new study released on Thursday that fingers zombie networks as the primary source of junk traffic that can be used to flood websites. More than a quarter of all botnets are located in either India, China and Iran. The study, by DDoS mitigation firm …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2014
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Disk drive prices swell 5% every DAY in floods aftermath

Price comparison site Idealo.co.uk has revealed that disk drive prices were rising by more than 5 per cent a day in the aftermath of the crisis in Thailand that sent supply chains into a tailspin. The worst flooding in the country for more than half a century led to panic buying in the channel and subsequent accusations that …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2011

Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

A survey into what Americans fear most has shown that fears of identity theft and being unsafe online outweigh the fear of being shot. The poll of 1,500 Americans conducted by Chapman University in Orange, California, found that walking alone down a dark street is the situation that has Americans most fearful – beating the fear …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2014

HPC boffins: Our HOT MODELS will help you cope with DISASTER

What’s the most common and costly type of natural disaster? If you answered "floods and tsunamis” you’d be right on the money. Economic damages caused by large and small flooding events – either caused by storms, storm surges or earthquakes, in the case of tsunamis – are truly massive, running into the billions or tens of …

Disk demand after Thai floods drains away - unlike Seagate's coffers

Seagate may not have done as well as it had hoped to do in its latest quarter, which was down on the previous three months, but its $1bn earnings are still much, much better than a year ago. The disk drive dealer also defied industry speculation by failing to announce an OCZ acquisition. But it did say it could buy an SSD …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2012
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It's a boxless, super-flash, hyper-converged world: But what'll we do for BULK STORAGE?

Bulk secondary and tertiary data is going to the cloud. Not right now and not for everybody but the local ownership, operation and management of secondary data storage is costly and complicated and – slowly but surely – the cloud storage services are getting cheap enough and reliable enough to take over. CIOs will likely …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014

Cloud Foundry Foundation swells to thirty-three members

More companies have knocked at the door of Pivotal's floating cloud fortress and, after proffering almost $100,000 each, have been welcomed into the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Pivotal announced on Thursday it had signed up 16 new "silver" members to the Cloud Foundry Foundation, bringing its total roster of members to 33. Cloud …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
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Thai floods pour cold water on Dell's stiff growth

Dell practically wrote off any chances for meaningful top line growth this year, blaming the uncertain global economy and the disk drive drought crisis. The Texan tech titan last night reported flat sales for Q3 at $15.4bn (£9.77bn) and warned Wall St to expect more of the same in the final three months of its fiscal 2012. " …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2011
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Russia beats off US, floods world with spam

Russia has eclipsed the USA as the main villain in global spam distribution, according to stats published by Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday. While Russia was top of the rogues, the USA fell from its customary heights to a lowly 18th place for October, the month covered by the latest reports. Kaspersky credits …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2010
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Social media and Queensland's floods: some fail, some win

Setting aside superficial theories about the “triple bottom line”, corporate charity is a problem: the public donor will be criticized as handing over money in exchange for publicity, the secret donor will be criticized for not appearing in the published donor lists. Even before the floodwaters in Brisbane hit their peak, …

Point DNS blitzed by mystery DDoS assault

Domain hosts Point DNS has been hammered with a high intensity DDoS attack on Friday, knocking servers out for hours. The size of the attack and techniques used - much less who might be behind the attack - remains unclear. Several Reg readers got in touch to notify us about the issue and the company confirmed the attack online …
John Leyden, 09 May 2014
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Predicting floods through mobile telephony

Researchers in Tel Aviv have established that variations in microwave transmissions, specifically those used to connect up cell towers, can be used to measure humidity and thus predict flooding. The research, which is published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (pdf) used historical data to demonstrate that variations in …
Bill Ray, 08 Jul 2009
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Consumer disks trump enterprise platters in cloudy reliability study

The chaps at Backblaze have cracked open a spreadsheet and fed it some log files again, this time coming up with the assertion that contrary to expectations hard disks designated as destined for “enterprise” use don't always outlast cheaper kit directed towards everyday punters. A recap for those who aren't familiar with …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2013
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Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT

BT shares climbed three per cent this morning off the back of decent end-of-year results from the one-time national telco, which saw its sales growth outshine market predictions. But, despite being buoyed by its unexpected achievement of flat revenues of £18.3bn as well as a six per cent rise in adjusted pre-tax profit of £2.8bn …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2014

‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

If it's Sunday it must be time for another instalment of The eXpat Files, our weekly chat with a fellow reader who decided to move to another country in search of adventure, career advancement, and something else to do on weekends. This week, meet Andre Ben Hamou, a Brit who moved to Los Angeles, and scored a gig at Riot Games. …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2014
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Targeted attacks replace botnet floods in telco nightmares

Targeted attacks against backend systems have replaced botnet-powered traffic floods as the main concerns for security staff at telcos and large ISPs. Only one in five of the 132 senior telco security experts quizzed by DDoS security and network management specialists Arbor Networks reported the largest attacks they observed as …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2010
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Brisbane online flood maps woefully inadequate

As floods sweep over South-East Queensland for the second time in two years, Premier Campbell Newman took to the airwaves on 27 January advising citizens to “look at their flood maps” to decide whether they were at risk. To quote News Limited: “residents should check flood maps which would be released on council floods maps [for …
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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors. I'm thinking of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014

Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented what he described as a Budget for "the makers the doers and the savers" - and let's not forget the bingo players - in today's economy statement to Parliament. There was very little news for the tech world, with one notable exception: the announcement of the Alan Turing …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2014
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Now Barracuda bitten by Thai disk drought disaster

The deadly floods that wrecked electronic component factories in Thailand are sending Barracuda disk drive prices rocketing. We're told a 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT priced £171.95 ($274) on 22 September from eBuyer now costs £289.99 ($462), £118.04 ($188) more. Ouch! That's a 68 per cent price rise. A Reg reader says the rate of …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2011
Viking

Wurm turns! DDoSed online game universe offers €10,000 bounty for the hacker's head

Wurm Online, a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has been taken offline in a troublesome distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack shortly after updating its software. Now the founders have put up a €10,000 ($13,743) reward for the conviction of those responsible. "Shortly after today's update …
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2014
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Server-based botnet floods net with brutish SSH attacks

A server-based botnet that preys on insecure websites is flooding the net with attacks that attempt to guess the login credentials for secure shells protecting Linux boxes, routers, and other network devices. According to multiple security blogs, the bot compromises websites running outdated versions of phpMyAdmin. By …
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2010
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Seagate: Oh no, is my enterprise disk sales slip showing?

Seagate saw a 9.3 per cent slip in enterprise disk drive sales in its first fiscal 2013 quarter and revenues fell to $3.732bn compared to the previous quarter's $4.482bn. However, revenues were higher than the year-ago quarter's $2.8bn, when a profit of $140m was made. In the latest quarter profits were substantially higher at $ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2012

Despite your fancy-schmancy security tech, passwords still weakest link in IT defences

The use of stolen login credentials continues to be the most common way for network intruders to access sensitive information. Two out of three breaches were the result of weak or swiped passwords, making a case for strong two-factor authentication, according to Verizon’s latest annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The …
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2014

Seagate dock hands: Tea, lads? Fewer hard disks than last year, eh...

Seagate's fourth quarter and full year results show a company that's declining in revenues, profits and disk drive units. The hard disk business just isn't spinning as fast as it used to. The company shipped 53.9 million units in the quarter, down from 65.9 million a year earlier, representing a shipments slip of 18 per cent. …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013

Moses tablets ease Noah's flood headaches

Philippines authorities are hoping technology will help save lives this rainy season, after announcing a plan to equip local disaster officials with tablets to access and upload key info to prevent flood-related deaths. The Monitoring and Operating System for Emergency Services (Moses) tablets will be handed out to local …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jun 2013
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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

Global warming and climate change are usually thought to mean that world sea levels will rise, perhaps disastrously. But according to US government boffins, in recent times (2010 and 2011, to be precise) phenomena driven by human carbon emissions have actually caused world sea levels to fall. The seas have, of course, been …
Lewis Page, 20 Aug 2013