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The big split

Systemax flogs German sub to CANCOM

The break up of Systemax’s European operations may have just started after it brokered a “definitive agreement” to sell the Misco German subsidiary to CANCOM for an undisclosed sum. Under the terms of the deal, staff and customer lists will be transferred to the new owner. The deal is subject to closing conditions and is …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016

BlackBerry's licensing strategy looks smart – and a lot like Nokia's

Analysis BlackBerry didn’t show a new phone in New York City at its annual Security Summit last week, and CEO John Chen sounded a bit fed up that the assembled press corps kept asking about phones. But there was enough in his comments to glean how BlackBerry’s device strategy has evolved - and it’s following a familiar path taken by once …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2016
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Cisco UCS gets critical patch

Cisco's just posted a patch rated critical for its Unified Communications System Performance Manager. It's an all-too-familiar issue: the Web interface has a bug that lets a remote attacker execute whatever command they want, using the HTTP GET command. UCS Performance Manager version 2.0.0 and all prior versions are affected …

EU Net Neutrality debate heats up as Tim Berners-Lee weighs in

It's hard to work up a good lump in the throat in sympathy for a bureaucrat, but staff at the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) probably need just a little: they're going to have to work through 400,000 submissions about Net Neutrality in the EU. Volker Sypli of German telco regulator BNetzA …
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State hate for VW Dieselgate

A trio of US state attorneys general have sued Volkswagen for allegedly fudging emissions results. New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts have jointly dragged the German automaker in court, accusing it of violating environmental regulations. The charges stem from the revelation that testers manipulated emissions results on …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

A German software developer has accused the United States Navy of illegally copying $596m worth of its product. Bitmanagement Software GmbH claims that the Navy has copied "hundreds of thousands" of copies of its 3D modeling and tracking software BS Contact Geo without paying. They have filed suit [PDF] in the US Court of …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

The recent high-profile crash of a Tesla driving in Autopilot mode has sparked a rush to develop new laws for self-driving cars. Just as there is a race on in the engineering departments of many large car companies to develop autonomous car technology, so legislators are working fast to develop the rules to cover it. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016

Hackers steal millions from ATMs using 'just their smartphones'

Authorities in Taiwan are trying to work out how hackers managed to trick a network of bank ATMs into spitting out millions. Police suspect that two Russian nationals wearing masks cashed out dozens of ATMs operated by Taiwan's First Bank on Sunday and left the country the following day. The crooks stole an estimated T$70m ($2 …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2016

Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract

A consortium led by French missile company MBDA has reportedly won the contract to build a laser cannon for the Ministry of Defence, according to unconfirmed reports. The project, awarded under the Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) demonstrator project announced last year, is for a prototype to demonstrate whether firing a …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jul 2016

Exploit kit miscreants rush to plug gap in cyber-crime marketplace

Cybercrooks behind the Sundown Exploit Kit are rapidly updating the hacking tool in a bid to exploit a gap in the market created by the demise of the Angler and Nuclear exploit kits. While RIG and Neutrino have been the primary protagonists in the void left by Angler and Nuclear, Sundown is also vying for an increased share in …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2016

Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

Police in Dallas, Texas, used a bomb-carrying robot to blow up a cornered sniper who earlier shot 12 officers during a protest. The suspected gunman was holed up in a building not far from where the shootings took place, we're told. Negotiators tried to persuade the ex-US Army reservist to surrender – but the talks broke down …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2016
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BMW web portal vulns pose car hack risk – researchers

Two unpatched vulnerabilities in BMW's ConnectedDrive web portal create a mechanism to manipulate car settings, a security researcher warns. The first (and more serious) vulnerability creates a means for a hacker to access another driver’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) before changing in-car settings such as lock/ …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2016
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Post Brexit EU will spend 'stability and peace' budget funding Chinese war drones

The European Union wants to spend part of its “peace building” overseas aid budget on equipping African and Middle Eastern countries' armed forces, according to reports – which could include the provision of Chinese-built drones. The Financial Times reported yesterday that Brussels bureaucrats are planning to amend the rules …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Jul 2016
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Germans politicos woo London startups

German politicians have hit London's streets rallying tech startups to relocate to Berlin following British voters' decision to leave the European Union. A photo was posted on Twitter of a van carrying a sign with the slogan: "Dear start-ups, keep calm and move to Berlin." It’s apparently the work of Germany's Freie …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jul 2016
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London Stock Exchange's German mega-merger: It's a go, despite Brexit

The London Stock Exchange takeover by its German competitor Deutsche Boerse (aka the "Merger of Equals") should still be going forward despite Brexit, but a planned vote by their respective shareholders throws another wildcard into how job cuts are shared between London and Frankfurt. The £12bn deal, announced in March, is due …
Dominic Connor, 04 Jul 2016

Eat my reports! Bart ransomware slips into PCs via .zip'd JavaScript

The cybercrooks behind ransomware Dridex and Locky have started distributing a new file-scrambling software nasty dubbed Bart. Bart has a payment screen just like Locky's, and encrypts documents without first connecting to a remote command-and-control server to receive its orders. Bart may therefore be able to encipher Windows …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016
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Look into our network, not around our network... you're under

Tactics successfully deployed by Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery against German Army officer Erwin Rommel in the battle of El Alamein have been applied in a cyber-technology that aims to outfox hackers. During the important WWII battle, allied forces deployed dummy tanks consisting of plywood frames placed over jeeps as a …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2016

Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

Germany’s premier tabloid Bild has vowed to fulfil a series of promises if the Brits vote to remain in the EU, chief among them admitting Geoff Hurst’s disputed 1966 World Cup goal was over the line. With tongue firmly in cheek, the national daily swing into action today to convince any stragglers - using the country’s …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2016
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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Comment I'm just about old enough to remember the 1975 Europe referendum. Old enough to remember leaflets thudding onto the doormat (for every 'NO', there were three for ‘YES’). Most vividly of all I remember my father and our Austrian GP, who lived a few doors down in Teesside, discussing the EEC as he walked his dog past our house. …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2016
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Chattanooga mayor credits muni broadband with aiding city's revival

The mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is crediting the city's recent economic surge to a decision to defy national ISPs and build its own broadband network. Speaking at an event in his city hosted by the Fiber to the Home Council, Mayor Andy Berke said that over the last three years, unemployment in Chattanooga has fallen from …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2016
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Quantum is shutting down sync'n'share biz Symform in July

Storage firm Quantum bought the Symform cloud consumer/small business file sync and share business in August 2014 – and is going to close it down on July 31. It has gone from acquisition to closure in 23 months. Why? According to a Quantum FAQ: "Quantum is discontinuing the Symform service due to its strategic business focus …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2016

Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

Britain outclasses anywhere in the EU for attracting inward investment, partly because it is in the EU, and Brexit will leave some of those tens of billions looking for a new target. Since Ireland already does well in this, Brexit could turn out rather well for the emerald isle. On the surface, a UK exit from the EU could mean …
Dominic Connor, 16 Jun 2016

EPO president caught threatening independent appeal board

President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoit Battistelli, has been caught threatening an independent appeals board looking into the case of a judge he summarily dismissed. In an extraordinary turn of events in Munich this week, a planned public hearing of the organization's "Enlarged Board of Appeal" was abandoned …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2016

Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

It is official: Austrians are the most likely to get their kit off on the beach this summer. The country’s politics might be right of centre but clearly a vein of liberalism still exists in the Republic, even if it's related to tanning your hidden bits in public. Or so claims a survey by travel website Expedia.at, which …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2016
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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

Opinion In 2017, the EU is going to open the Unified Patent Court. This court will make it much easier for patent trolls and corporations in the US – armed with dodgy patent applications and IP attorneys – to reach into the UK and strangle your startup at birth. Think about it. Last week the Financial Times reported that two-thirds of …
Andrew Fentem, 15 Jun 2016
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Imagination: Come back to MIPS, Wi-Fi router makers, we have an FCC ban workaround

A fairly straightforward idea by Imagination Technologies could rescue American geeks' ability to run Openwrt on their routers. The freedom to tinker with Wi-Fi routers has been a hot topic ever since the Federal Communications Commission issued an edict that devices be locked down to protect America's spectrum. Its concern …
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Update your buggy Samsung PC bloatware to plug privilege bug

Another vulnerability has emerged in Samsung's Software Updater (SW Update) service – this time giving an attacker potential “full control” over a system. Announced by German consultants Blue Frost Security, the vulnerability could be exploited to give an attacker full control over a victim's machine. To exploit the …

Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

A German regulator has fined three companies for failing to change the way they share people's personal information following the invalidation of the Safe Harbor agreement last year. The Hamburg Data Commissioner fined Adobe €8,000 ($9,084), Pepsi subsidiary Punica €9,000 ($10,220) and Unilever €11,000 ($12,491) because they …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2016

TeamViewer: So sorry we blamed you after your PC was hacked

Beleaguered remote support tool maker TeamViewer has apologized for blaming its customers for the recent spree of PC and Mac hijackings. While TeamViewer maintains there was "no hack" on its end, public relations head Axel Schmidt told El Reg that the software house was sorry it used the term "careless" to describe folks who …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2016

'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

A custom Android phone is being pitched to security and privacy pundits promising to deliver by goring Google services, preventing app installation, and deploying end-to-end encryption. The US$540(£374, A$745) UnaPhone sports a custom Android Marshmallow operating system that has been stripped of "invasive" Google services to …
Darren Pauli, 03 Jun 2016
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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

Analysis Have you noticed that with copyright, the people who complain loudest and longest about how unfair it all is often the least talented? Grumbly bass players. Science fiction "novelists". Otherwise-unemployable "academics". It's a union of the bitter and grudgeful, with a distinct talent deficit. It doesn't take much to …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Jun 2016
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Top EU data cop slams Safe Harbor replacement as inadequate

The EU's independent data protection supervisor has said that the proposed US-EU data sharing agreement, Privacy Shield, "is not robust enough to withstand future legal scrutiny" and has refused to endorse it. "Significant improvements are needed should the European Commission wish to adopt an adequacy decision, to respect the …
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Bletchley finds Hitler plain text war machine on Ebay, buys for £10

A World War II teleprinter Hitler used in strategic communications with generals has been bought on eBay for £9.50. The teleprinter more was noticed and snapped up by keen eyes at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. The precious machine was languishing in a Southend, Essex shed covered in rubbish. The plain- …
Darren Pauli, 31 May 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

German boffins' clock drops 10 seconds in a billion-and-a-half years

Optical clocks are already so accurate that you can expect them to be out by a second every 15 billion years, but they suffer from frequent downtime. Now a group of boffins from The National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB, which stands for Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) reckon they've got that problem licked, by …
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German boffins smash records with 37km wireless spurt at 6Gbps

A team of German scientists has managed to establish a 6Gbps wireless link over a distance of 37 kilometers using newly developed antennas and receivers. The Advanced E Band Satellite Link Studies team established a connection between a base station and the town of Wachtberg using hardware with monolithically integrated …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2016
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Committees: Wait! Don't strap on the Privacy Shield yet

The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach has always differed from the EU's …
Frank Jennings, 24 May 2016
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Germany says yes to DANE

The German government has mandated the use of the DANE protocol for future use in secure email. It's a big boost for the security protocol. In a technical directive aimed at ISPs, the guidelines include DANE (DNS-based authentication of named entities) alongside DNSSEC as part of the "secure email transport" standard. …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2016
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Jfrog flicks out scanner to dive deep into containers

Repository management vendor JFrog has hopped into the container and binary scanning market with the launch of Xray. The launch comes just a week after Docker and Twistlock both launched container scanning products. While container technology has taken the market by storm over the last year, there has been a growing awareness …
Joe Fay, 23 May 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: What we saw, what we learned

Video If you ever wondered what would happen when some of the leading lights of the software development world came together with a couple of hundred very real world users, you really should have been at Continuous Lifecycle London earlier this month. The event, brought to you by Situation Publishing, the people behind The Register …
Joe Fay, 20 May 2016
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Want a Brexit? Promise you'll sort out UK universities' £1bn research cash loss

Leaving the EU could mean UK universities lose a whopping £1bn research funding, according to report released by Digital Science today. Academics have already warned the UK that leaving the EU would hinder research. A letter to The Times was signed by more than 150 fellows from the Royal Society - including Stephen Hawking - …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016

Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God

Congressional candidate Mike Webb had an immediate explanation for the porn tabs in his browser: he was conducting his own malware experiment. The Republican, who is vying for Virginia's 8th district, posted a screenshot of his computer to his Facebook page about a call he had received from a staffing agency, but failed to …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2016
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Zombie crypto still rules smart grids: OSGP vendors need to kill RC4

The Open Smart Grid Protocol's custom RC4 encryption has been cracked – again. OSGP was called out last year for rolling its own crypto, based on the deprecated RC4. At the time, the OSGP Alliance said it would implement better security, but the RC4 zombie is still shambling around, according to German researchers Linus …

Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

Apple has punted hacker Stefan Esser's app designed to highlight the security posture and running processes on iOS devices. The app System and Security Info shows detailed data on the state of security including possible anomalies like injected libraries and the state of code-signing and AppStore binary encryption, and a …
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2016

Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

An Australian man whose penis somehow became lodged in a ring spanner earlier this week was freed in the traditional manner - by a fire crew bearing an angle grinder. According to this local report, "firies" were called to a hospital in the New South Wales city of Tweed Heads on Monday to perform what for them is apparently …
Lester Haines, 13 May 2016
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Germans set to make schnitzel out of controversial Wi-Fi law

Germany could soon roll back a law that holds Wi-Fi network owners liable for crimes that individual users commit online. Der Spiegel reports that, after months of negotiations, lawmakers in Germany have agreed to roll back rules that would hold the owner of a Wi-Fi network liable for crimes that occur on it, including …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2016
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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Analyst firm Juniper Research has stared into its crystal ball and predicted that digital publishers stand to lose over $27bn (£18bn) by 2020 due to ad-blocking. Developer activity is set to increase over the next five years making ad-blockers more sophisticated and difficult to overcome, according to the research. The …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016
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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

Ireland has a very good track record of using its corporation tax rate to attract foreign tech firms - anyone who is anyone is either in Ireland or has been here. The number of jobs created down the years has been significant, especially for such a small country. The Industrial Development Agency (IDA) boasts that Ireland’s “ …
Billy MacInnes, 11 May 2016
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Tabby's Star's twinkle probably the boring business of calibration

Put the boffins in a cage and break out the popcorn: a new analysis suggests the “long-term decline” in the light observed from the hotly-speculated-upon “Tabby's star” tells us more about calibrating Earth instruments than alien gigastructures. The fun began last year when Kepler images showed unusual flickers in the …
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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

Do you trust the ad industry to clean up its act? It certain has an incentive to do so, with adblocking on the rise. Six months ago the ad biz trade association the IAB launched the LEAN initiative to define a basemark “acceptable ad”. The IAB's LEAN principles are “Light, Encrypted, AdChoices-supporting, and Non-invasive”. …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 May 2016
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Daisy-chained research spells malware worm hell for power plants and other utilities

BlackHat Asia A world-first proof-of-concept worm - if unleashed - could spell disaster for the world’s critical infrastructure, including power utilities by making attacks exponentially more difficult to detect and stop. It is a stand-alone attack but The Register has confirmed a realistic stealthy end-to-end attack scenario can be …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2016