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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

Call it “safe harbour” in action: Microsoft has announced it's going to go along with Germany's data privacy concerns and start hosting Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online in that country. The decision comes hard on the heels of the company's decision to spin up some rust in the UK, with the Ministry of Defence as an …

German football hero battles Nazi doppelgänger

German football hero Bastian Schweinsteiger is none too happy with a Chinese-made Wehrmacht action figure which bears both his name and an uncanny resemblance to the Manchester United midfielder. London's Evening Standard reports that Schweinsteiger has set a pack of attack lawyers on Hong Kong manufacturer DiD over the " …
Lester Haines, 22 Oct 2015

Russian friends make German web scum the 'best' in European Union

The German cyber crime market is an overlooked but unique beast that works in lockstep with Russian veterans to serve fraud-flinging newcomers and hardened carders alike, researchers say. In one of the few examinations into German crime forums a team of Trend Micro threat bods say the scene is the most developed in the …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2015
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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

The recent cyberattack on the German government began with the compromise of Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal computer, it is alleged. German newspaper Bild claims Merkel's computer was one of the first systems to be infected with malware linked to miscreants in Russia. Hackers reportedly used Merkel's computer to send …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015

Ruskies behind German govt cyber attack — report

Russia is the chief suspect in the recent hack of the Bundestag, according to esteemed German mag Der Spiegel. Officials within the German government are still refusing to publicly point the finger, but sources close to the Bundestag’s tech department have told El Reg that all indications point to a state-sponsored attack. …
Jennifer Baker, 04 Jun 2015
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Riverbed slurps German SD-WAN expert Ocedo

Riverbed has announced its first acquisition since 2013: German-based software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) outfit Ocedo. Ocedo's software suite includes hybrid WAN, various provisioning tools, a connectivity solution designed for AWS users, and a cloudy firewall. Its pitch is that SD-WANs offer better performance than …

OpenSSL fixes bug, gets dissed by German gov: That's so random ... not

Days after fixing a rare but dangerous key recovery attack, the developers of OpenSSL have been dealt a fresh blow with a poor review of the technology from a German government agency. An extensive security study and code review on OpenSSL by Sirrix AG (and sponsored by the BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der …
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2016

All cooped up and nowhere to go, US and German spooks spied on each other

Allies US and German spooks cooped up in a windowless structure dubbed the Tin Can have been found secretly spying on each other. The revelations reveal the absurdity of a secret agreement between spy agencies, the NSA and the BND, to operate from a former US base in Bad Aibling, Germany, that was in 2004 handed over to German …
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015
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Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

Volkswagon's former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, has come under investigation by the German state attorney. The German state attorney's office in Braunschweig, not too distant from Volkswagen's base in Wolfsburg, acknowledged that it had received complaints from people who had raised the issue anonymously, reported the New York …

German infosec bureaucrats want mail providers to encrypt

It's not so often that the dense and often dull documents that are our Internet standards attract the endorsement of governments, but that's what has happened with RFC 7672. Part of 'net boffins' ongoing effort to rewrite standards for better privacy, the standards-track RFC (SMTP Security via Opportunistic DNS-Based …
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German ATM displays bank’s network config data to infosec bod

A chance finding by a German security researcher has revealed ATMs run by German Bank Sparkasse leaked potentially sensitive information during a software update. Benjamin Kunz-Mejri, chief exec and founder of Germany based security firm Vulnerability Lab, came across the problem when he unsuccessfully attempted to use his …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2015
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No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA

The data protection authority at the German federal state of Schleswig Holstein has declared that any and all data protection workarounds for the transfer of data to the US after the European Court of Justice's Schrems v Facebook judgment are going to be illegal. In its first declaration on the post-Schrems legal landscape, …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2015

German Govt mulls security standards for SOHOpeless routers

The German Government is mulling an assessment of the security chops of consumer routers in a bid to lift current abysmal standards and help inform buyers. Berlin's Ministry of the Interior IT security office says it wants to test routers for support of security features like WPS, encryption, and brute force protection of …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2015
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German data retention law prompts Euro Commission backlash

Germany’s planned data retention law has run into more trouble. But not, despite media reports, because the European Commission is “threatening to take Germany to court”, nor even because of a court ruling against the EU-wide Data Retention Directive. On Tuesday, German stick-it-to-zer-Mann news site Netzpolitik published a …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Sep 2015

German surfers blitzed by widespread malvertising campaign

German surfers are under attack from multiple directions this week because of a widespread malvertising campaign. Users of eBay.de and subscribers of ISP T-Online.de were confronted with tainted ads after cybercrooks succeeded in pushing malicious traffic through rogue systems. The attacks began after hackers circumvented …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2015
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YouTube is responsible for user content, says German court #1

YouTube is responsible for, yet not liable for, user-uploaded videos on its service, according to two separate court rulings in Germany this week. Google-owned YouTube has been in dispute with German performing rights organisation GEMA since 2006. On Tuesday, the Munich district court rejected GEMA’s bid for compensation – …
Jennifer Baker, 02 Jul 2015
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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

As European officials dither about new emissions rules, German prosecutors got real and raided Volkswagen's headquarters on Thursday. The German car-maker said it was supporting the investigation and had handed over documents related to the diesel-gate scandal. French authorities are also going after the company following the …
Jennifer Baker, 08 Oct 2015
Plasma

German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

Pics and video Angela Merkel has witnessed the first hydrogen plasma being created by the Wendelstein 7-X fusion reactor experiment as part of Germany's push to take the lead in future power generation. Chancellor Mutti, as the ex-research scientist is known by the German electorate, fired up the device – which then fired a two-megawatt …
Iain Thomson, 03 Feb 2016
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Challenge! German drives from South Africa to Norway in nine days

Hats off to Rainer Zeitlow and his team for driving his Volkswagen Touareg from South Africa to Norway in nine days, 4 hours to set a new Guinness World record. HP and Intel, Rainer’s lead backers for the Cape2Cape challenge showcased security, connectivity and telemetry technology in the exceedingly connected car, a moving …
David Gordon, 22 Sep 2015
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You want a 6% Google Tax? Get lost, German copyright bods told

After months of deliberations, Germany's national arbitration board on copyright has told German copyright collection company VG Media to go whistle over its proposal for a six per cent “Google Tax”. Although the ancillary copyright tax law does indeed apply to Google, said the board, which is part of the German Patent …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

EU ombudsman slams Commish handling of German ePrivacy laws

The EU Ombudsman has criticised the European Commission for failing to be rigorous enough in examining Germany’s implementation of the ePrivacy Directive. After a four-year battle, German digital activist Patrick Breyer finally had his arguments partially upheld by the ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly. In 2011, Breyer complained to …
Jennifer Baker, 08 Jul 2015
Gavel

Aye-aye Eyeo, go safely on your way-o, says German judge

A Munich court ruled on Wednesday (May 27) that there was nothing illegal about the activities of Eyeo, owner of Adblock Plus. For the advert blocking toolmaker, this is the second win in as many months. German broadcasters RTL Interactive and ProSiebenSat1, claimed that users should not be able to block all ads on their …
Jennifer Baker, 27 May 2015

German spies sold out citizens to the NSA in exchange for super-snoop-ware XKeyscore

German weekly Die Zeit has published documents that reveal how the country’s domestic spies did a deal with the NSA to get their mitts on souped-up surveillance software. Under the 2012 agreement between the United States National Security Agency and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), the latter …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015
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German ex-pat jailed for smearing own pat all over Cork apartment

An ex-pat German Apple worker who stored three month’s worth of his own excrement and urine in his luxury apartment has been given a year's worth of porridge by an Irish court. Robert Kummer, 37, sparked a major public health scare after Gardai initially visited the apartment following a neighbour’s complaints about a foul …
Joe Fay, 27 Nov 2015
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German regulator sets VW deadline

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority, KBA, has lost patience with scandal-plagued Volkswagen and has given it a deadline. By October 7, the regulator says, Volkswagen has to submit its plan for bringing its cars into line with European emissions regulation – and this time, no cheating. That's going to be a tough ask …

Motorola monsters Apple's swipe-to-unlock patent in German court

Apple has suffered yet another setback in its Bleak House lawsuits, with another German court deciding to throw out its swipe-to-unlock patent. The ruling confirms an earlier decision that the patent just didn't have the goods to stand up in Europe. As The Register reported at the time, “European law doesn't allow for the …
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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

The tenth version of open-source productivity suite Libre Office, Libre Office 5.0, has arrived. If that numbering is a little confusing, prepare for more brow-furrowing as this release is considered the fruit of the suite's third development cycle. The first started in 2010, when OpenOffice forked and work on LibreOffice 3.0 …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2015
A lamb

Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

The German fuzz have nabbed a 25-year-old prostitute for keeping her pet lamb in the Munich brothel where she worked. Reuters reported that the woman and her lamb had been discovered during a narcotics raid, and it is understood she was briefly detained on suspicion of drug possession. Unlike the wooly situation in the UK, …
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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

Five German companies have removed Facebook’s “like” button from their websites following pressure from the niftily-named Consumer Advice Center of North Rhine-Westphalia (Verbraucherzentrale NRW). Two weeks ago, Belgium’s data protection authorities said the social network was breaking national and EU law by tracking users on …
Jennifer Baker, 26 May 2015
Uber - living the dream

German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

A German court has slapped Uber with a nationwide ban on its ride-sharing app Uberpop – again. The ruling means the app is no longer allowed, as it enables users to be ferried around by drivers who do not hold the requisite professional licences – a requirement under German law. The company's other services are still permitted …
Kat Hall, 19 Mar 2015
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VMware vs German kernel dev: Filings flung in Linux-lifting lawsuit

Software Freedom Conservancy has spat out a “high level” update on the GPL enforcement case it is backing against VMware, ahead of an expected first hearing next year. SFC said that VMware had filed its defence against the suit brought by German kernel developer Christoph Hellwig back in March, which alleges VMware's …
Joe Fay, 29 Oct 2015
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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

German police have detained a squirrel for stalking a woman and chasing her down the street. North-Rhine Westphalia police took the squirrel into custody. In an act of not very tough justice, they then fed it apple pieces and honey tea. It is not known at this point if the creature was part of the notorious crack squirrel …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2015
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German prosecutor given Das Boot over Netzpolitik treason charge

Netzpolitik.org, the website at the centre of the treason scandal in Germany, is the real winner in the whole furore as a senior German official was forcibly retired over the scandal, editor Markus Beckedahl told el Reg this morning. Last night, Germany's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range was given the boot by German …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Aug 2015
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German railways upgrade their comms tech from 2G to 4G

German choo-choo chaps Deutsche Bahn are replacing their GSM-R communications technology and has commissioned a consortium of Siemens Convergence Creators and Huawei to sort out the migration of the system across northern Germany's railway lines. GSM-R is a technology which dates back around 15 years and provides both voice …
Simon Rockman, 03 Aug 2015

German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

The German rozzers raided a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday (July 2), and found a Nazi tank from 1943 hidden in the cellar, alongside a torpedo and "other weaponry". The Local reported that the raid took place under the orders of the town's prosecutors, who suspect the villa's owner held the Nazi-era weaponry …
The NSA Unchained

The big boys made us do it: US used German spooks to snoop on EU defence industry

Germany's BND spy agency spied on European politicians and enterprises at the behest of the NSA for over a decade. Der Spiegel reports (in German) that for years the NSA sent its counterparts at the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst – Germany's Federal Intelligence Service) thousands of so-called selectors – IP addresses, emails, and …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2015
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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

European aerospace giant Airbus is promising legal action over claims its top blueprints were stolen by German spies and given to America's intelligence agencies. "We are aware that as a large company in the sector, we are a target and subject of espionage," the company said in a statement to the AFP newswire. "However, in this …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2015
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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

Johannes Caspar, Germany’s Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection, has told Facebook to allow users to use pseudonyms on the free content ad network. In Tuesday's ruling (in German) Caspar said Facebook’s real names policy is against German data protection law and must stop immediately. Facebook’s policy requires users to …
Jennifer Baker, 29 Jul 2015

WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

A three-rotor Engima machine was sold for a record $269,000 at a Bonhams auction earlier this week. The machine is in complete working condition and was manufactured for the German military in Berlin in July 1944. The Enigma machines were, for their time, sophisticated encryption devices, and were used to encrypt Morse-coded …
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Vodafone splashes €2 BEEELLLION to kick German TV sideways

Germany's electricity, gas, telecoms, post and railway regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, has raised €5.08bn in its latest spectrum auction - including flogging the 700MHz frequencies currently in use by TV channels. The biggest purchaser was Vodafone, which splurged €2.1bn, with the auction going through 181 rounds and …
Simon Rockman, 23 Jun 2015

EU Commish is rather pleased German BND and NSA thought it worth spying on

According to local media reports Thursday, German intelligence agency BND (the Bundesnachrichtendienst) has helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy on the European Commission and French authorities since 2008. German officials themselves were not targeted because of a NSA-BND deal signed in 2002. The revelations have …
Jennifer Baker, 01 May 2015
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German spooks target officials who leaked govt docs to bloggers

Germany’s domestic secret service is backing a criminal case against government officials who passed documents to the press. Activists claim the investigation is an effort to clamp down on the freedom of the press, while others see it as a cynical move by interior spooks the Federal Office for the Protection of the …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Jul 2015

Ausgezeichnet! Logicalis devours German channel biz

Integrator Logicalis has wolfed down German infrastructure services biz Inforsacom for an undisclosed sum. Some would say this is a brave move given the state of that country IT market and wider economic woes, with Forrester forecasting a 1.2 per cent rise in spending on tech for 2014. But perhaps Logicalis grabbed a bargain …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2014

Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

What’s the worst thing that could happen when your Windows update takes longer than expected? Ask the Paderborn Finke Baskets, a German pro basketball team who got relegated thanks to Windows’ sluggish performance. The Spiralling Progress Indicator of Doom spelled the end of the team’s run in Division Two of the Basketball …
Jennifer Baker, 31 Mar 2015
Gavel

Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

A Hamburg court today ruled the use of ad blocking is legal following a case brought against Adblock Plus by a group of German publishers. The defendant in the four-month trial was Eyeo GmbH, the company that owns Adblock Plus. The lawsuit claimed the company should not be allowed to block ads on websites owned by the …
Kat Hall, 21 Apr 2015
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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

Video Scientists at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Dresden, Germany, have successfully tested a tiny motor that can be attached to sperm to give them an extra push to meet a human egg. Youtube Video The research, published in the latest issue of Nano Letters, details how the team built a screw-like metal helix that …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2016

Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

Talented hackers have caused "serious damage" after breaching a German steel mill and wrecking one of its blast furnaces. The hack of the unnamed mill, detailed in the annual report of the German Federal Office of Information Security, was pulled off after a victim fell for a phishing email. Hackers then pivoted to the …
Darren Pauli, 22 Dec 2014
Angela Merkel's eyes

German chancellor DECLARES WAR on crap rural Wi-Fi

CeBIT 2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel used the opening of CeBIT to present her 10-point plan to revive Germany’s digital economy. However despite some rhetoric about “Industry 4.0”, the 10 points are instead a rather uninspired collection of the same old ideas that every man and his goat trots out. “The competition is large, the …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Mar 2015
The thumb of the German Defense Minister

German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

Security researchers claimed to have cloned the thumbprint of the German Defense Minister by photographing her hand at a press conference. In a presentation at the annual Chaos Computer Club hacker gathering in Hamburg, Germany, biometrics specialist Jan Krisller – known in the community as "Starbug" – explained how he'd taken a …
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2014
Angela Merkel's eyes

Public prosecutor waves big stick at German spies over NSA data slurp claims

Germany was in a tizz this weekend, in the wake of spying allegations that could harm the country's thorny relationship with surveillance of its citizens. Der Spiegel magazine claimed on Saturday that Germany's spook agency BND had exploited data it had allegedly intercepted on behalf of U.S. spies at the NSA. According to …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2015