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Want to tell the world how IT really works? Tell us first

When it comes to working out how enterprise IT really works, who do you speak to first? Easy. Reg readers. That’s why we’ll be holding the first of a series of live Register events for senior IT decision-maker readers on July 8. We will be meeting at the Soho Hotel in central London, and our question for the day will be: Does …
Team Register, 16 Jun 2014

Amazon's public cloud fingered as US's biggest MALWARE LAIR

Amazon's public cloud is the largest haven of malware spreaders in the US, according to security company Solutionary. The claims are in the outfit's "Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report" [PDF], which uses data from Solutionary's ActiveGuard Security and Compliance Platform. It was published on Wednesday. "Malware and, more …
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014
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Brandon Gray aka Namejuice suspended by ICANN

An accused domain slammer with an international footprint has been temporarily suspended by ICANN, more than a decade after the first complaints about its operations. Brandon Gray Internet Services is accused by ICANN of letting its resellers mine whois for registrant data, which would be used to send “your domain is about to …
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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

BlackBerry has given users another reason to throw out their BlackBerry servers – by putting BES10 into the cloud as a hosted service. It's a long-overdue move, allowing existing BlackBerry sites to set up and manage the first-rate MDM and secure communications services offered BlackBerry via the web, rather than maintaining in- …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
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Feds: Amazon cloud can be used for healthcare data

The US government will let healthcare insurers store sensitive data in the Amazon Web Services cloud, raising hackles among companies that had already bought on-premise kit. The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on a conference call last week that healthcare insurers will be able to feed healthcare data …
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2014
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CloudSigma lashes cloud to colocation partners

European infrastructure-as-a-service provider CloudSigma has followed in the steps of Amazon and Microsoft to offer a direct connection between private servers in colocation facilities and its cloud. The "hybrid hosting" service was announced by the company on Wednesday, and will see it give customers the option of renting …
Jack Clark, 20 Sep 2013
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HACKLASH! Syrian Electronic Army's website hacked by angry rivals

The notorious hacktivists of the Syrian Electronic Army have received an unwelcome dose of their own medicine, after their official website was defaced by a Turkish hacking crew. TurkGuvenligi compromised the Syrian Electronic Army’s official sea.sy website after the pro-Assad group’s hosting firm was breached. It's unclear …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2014

Russian law will force citizens' personal data to be stored locally

Russia has amended legislation on data retention to force social networks to store data about its citizens on home soil. Bill number 553424-6 , which translation engines tell us is titled “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (to clarify the processing of personal data in information and …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jul 2014
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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

One of the world's largest BitTorrent search engines is back online after British cops successfully – but temporarily – managed to get the domain name Torrentz.eu switched off. The website's registrar, based in Poland, had agreed to suspend the domain name following a written warning from Blighty's Police Intellectual Property …
Team Register, 27 May 2014
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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

Network anonymisation outfit TOR has posted a fascinating piece of commentary on reports that some of the anonymous servers it routes to have disappeared from its network. “Around midnight on August 4th we were notified by a few people that a large number of hidden service addresses have disappeared from the Tor Network,” the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2013

IBM makes cheeky SNATCH at AWS's cloud crown

IBM has launched an offensive in which it claims it is the world's foremost cloud company. Big Blue's claim hinges on a metric it has taken public, namely that it's cloud “powers 270,000 more websites than Amazon”. That message has appeared in ads placed in prominent financial newspapers and the like. One such journal, Forbes, …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013

Linode busts up Digital Ocean with price-matching speedy server

The world's ferocious appetite for gadgets and computers has worked its magic again, driving storage prices down enough for Linux hoster Linode to cut the price of its servers, making it competitive with young rival Digital Ocean. The 11-year old company announced on its birthday that it was adding a new server class to its …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014

Are you senior enough to sit around a table with The Register?

You’ve filled in the polls, posted the comments – now we want to meet you in person to chew over the most important IT issues of the day. The day in question is 8 July, when we’ll be holding the first of a series of live Register events for our senior IT decision-maker readers. We will be meeting at the Soho Hotel in central …
Team Register, 21 May 2014
Blogdom's Rainbow Nation - diversity in action

White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

Twitter has revealed its diversity numbers and – surprise, surprise – they're terrible. The babble-chat service published a breakdown of its employees by gender and ethnicity on Wednesday [coincidentally, right alongside Facebook's earnings report – Ed]. The figures aren't encouraging for those concerned about the lack of …
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014

Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

British colocation outfit Alphadex says British Gas is refusing to discuss what it believes are errors in its bills and says that dispute, rather than any financial weakness, is behind the energy company's petition to wind it up. Alphadex sent The Reg the following statement. "With regards to the winding up petition from …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

Malware dubbed Mayhem is spreading through Linux and FreeBSD web servers, researchers say. The software nasty uses a grab bag of plugins to cause mischief, and infects systems that are not up to date with security patches. Andrej Kovalev, Konstantin Ostrashkevich and Evgeny Sidorov, who work at Russian internet portal Yandex, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2014
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Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

Google is poised to further its dominance of all things internet with a move into domain-name registration. Plenty of people find companies online by typing their names into Google Search, rather than typing their URLs into their browsers, but the launch of Google Domains will mark the first time the online ad-slinger has dealt …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jun 2014
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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

Microsoft has relinquished more control over the way third-party suppliers can manage Office 365 and Windows InTune punters, finally making the channel the "first point of contact" for customers. It is now three years since the online productivity suite hit the streets. It took two years until Microsoft would allow third-party …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014
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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

Valve's Steam streaming service lets you play games on the toilet

Games maker Valve has launched Steam In-Home Streaming, a new service that allows Steam subscribers to view and play games that are running on their primary PCs on devices located anywhere in their homes. "When you log into Steam on two computers on the same network, they automatically connect, allowing you to remotely install, …
Neil McAllister, 22 May 2014
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Department of Interior dishes out $10bn for cloudy IT

The Department of Interior has announced a multi-billion dollar cloud procurement round that will see the land management organization shell out a maximum of $10bn across contracts with 10 major IT vendors. The pork barrels IT contracts were announced by the organization on Wednesday, and will see Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic …
Jack Clark, 16 Aug 2013
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Flexiant flexes muscle in face of web hosting crowd

A SaaS company with its eye firmly fixed on the web hosting market and backed by investors including the co-founders of Nominet UK and Pipex Communications will launch later today. London-based Flexiant, which was incorporated in November last year, raised around £1m in an "over-subscribed" funding round. It has splashed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jan 2010
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Torrent crackdown pushing pirates towards file hosting

The crackdown on torrent tracking sites such as BitTorrent has encouraged software pirates to make greater use of file-hosting websites. Sites such as RapidShare, MegaUpload or Hotfile allow anonymous users to upload large files without charge. The services are intended for personal video file and backup storage but also have …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2009
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DiData adds DCs in three countries

Dimension Data has announced a global expansion of its data centre footprint to help it create a global cloud. The NTT-owned services provider already has a data centre in Ashburn, Virginia. As part of NTT's desire to embiggen its Australian operations, the next DC to be added to DiData's MCP (managed cloud platform) operation …
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AVG, Avira and WhatsApp pwned by hacktivists' DNS hijack

The websites of freebie antivirus vendors AVG and Avira as well as mobile messaging service WhatsApp appear to have been hit by a DNS redirection attack today which sent users to pro-Palestinian websites. A team of hacktivists calling themselves KDMS have claimed credit for the hacks. Visitors to avg.com were greeted by a …
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013

VCs toss gold into DigitalOcean

Web hosting company DigitalOcean has taken $3.2m in funding to help the company expand its engineering team and buy in more server hardware for its four colocation facilities. The funding round was led by IA Ventures, along with CrunchFund and TechStars, and was announced on Wednesday. The company hopes to use the dosh to add …
Jack Clark, 07 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

ISP shuttered for hosting 'witches' brew' of spam, child porn

A federal judge has permanently pulled the plug on a California web hosting provider accused of harboring a "witches' brew" of pernicious content on behalf of child pornographers, spammers, and malware purveyors. San Jose, California–based 3FN.net, which also operated under the name Pricewert, was also ordered to liquidate all …
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2010
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VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products. The first of an expected salvo of services that use its ESX hypervisor came on Tuesday when the …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014

Brit biz Phoenix IT Group confirms £16m of contract wins

A flurry of biz wins worth more than £16m were this morning confirmed by the new CEO at Phoenix IT Group - the man brought in to turn the loss-making British firm into a profit generating machine. Former EDS and Synstar exec Steve Vaughan, was hired in March to design a turnaround plan, which includes the, er, mind-blowing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014
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Cloud silo and services firm UKFast hires personal shopper

Cloud silo and server hosting service provider UKFast, which owns three data centres across the UK and claims Coutts private bank and NHS trusts among its customers, has brought on board an M&A specialist to help it embark on a UK acquisition spree. UKFast claims it had previously lost acquisition targets to rivals because it …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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Amazon carefully stitches up Heartbleed OpenSSL hole

Amazon is working to patch "Heartbleed" memory-leak vulnerablities in its Amazon Web Services hosting infrastructure. The mammoth cloud company confirmed on Tuesday that it has dealt with some of the parts of its infrastructure that were vulnerable to the nasty OpenSSL 1.0.1 bug nicknamed "Heartbleed" that was disclosed on …
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014
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IBM and SAP: Looks like we're STUCK forever on the cloud highway

Earnings from SAP and IBM – two giants in enterprise IT - proved that both companies are struggling to cope with the move to the cloud and show that success in hosted computing is receding for them. While it's true that the big growth for SAP was in its cloud-related business – up 66 per cent for the fourth quarter and 158 per …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2014
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T-Systems scoops up SAP European hosting biz

T-Systems announced today that it plans to buy SAP AG’s external hosting business for an undisclosed sum. The company, which is the business customer wing of Deutsche Telekom AG, said it would host software apps for around 90 of SAP’s punters at its computer centre under the deal. The agreement, subject to the normal regulatory …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2009
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Fujitsu on hunt for UK directors after re-jig

Fujitsu is in headhunting mode to fill some senior positions in the UK following a revamp of the company structure, El Chan can reveal. The local big boss Duncan Tate is moving to head up the EMEA and India regions but will continue to look after Blighty until a successor is found, the company confirmed. "We still have the UK …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014

Equistone borgs Easynet, MDNX in double-slurp

Lloyds Development Capital is getting out of Easynet, with Equistone to be announced as the buyer for most of the company later today (excepting its operations in Germany). Easynet will at the same time acquire UK integrator MDNX, according to a tip-off from a Reg reader. LDC bought into Easynet in 2010, acquiring it from Sky …

Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

Microsoft's licensing policies for virtual desktops (VDI) include two anomalies that make it cheaper to provide Windows Server to end users. Those hoping to adopt desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) have problems because hosting companies cannot rent out Windows licences and must serve desktops from dedicated hardware. Hosting …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2013

Rackspace seals new UK data center in frosty air-cooled TOMB

Cloud and hosting provider Rackspace will put the chilly air of England to work cooling servers in a new facility – though its approach differs from other energy-saving techniques used by Google and Facebook. The company announced on Wednesday that it had broken ground on a new data center site in Crawley, West Sussex, with …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014

Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers

The Tor Project has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit that claims the privacy software's developers aided a revenge porn slinger. An attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told The Register the allegations against the Tor team are baseless. In a lawsuit, Shelby Conklin accuses the Tor Project of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2014

Microsoft Azure adds global HUSH-HUSH connection routes with Equinix

Microsoft and Equinix have interlaced their fleet of data centers to let customers go directly to the Azure cloud from inside 16 co-location data centers around the world. The expansion to 'Azure ExpressRoute' was announced by Microsoft on Tuesday and means security-conscious organizations hosting with Equinix can safely connect …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014

Linode adds analytics package to Linux cloud

Xen hosting company Linode has added a statistics collection and graphing service to its cloud to keep current users happy. The "Longview" technology uses a server-side agent written in Perl – available as an open source project on Github – to inspect server performance, massage data, and output it to a Linode admin GUI. It …
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
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Think file-hosting sites guard your private data? Think again

Academic researchers say they've uncovered weaknesses in dozens of the most popular file hosting sites that allow people to gain unauthorized access to data that's supposed to be available only to those selected by the user. The services, which include sites such as RapidShare, FileFactory, and Easyshare, allow users to upload …
Dan Goodin, 08 May 2011
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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

Two programmers hope to resurrect development of disk-encryption tool TrueCrypt after its original developers quit the project. The official TrueCrypt.org website abruptly shut up shop last week ostensibly because its secretive maintainers felt they could no longer keep the software secure. They blamed the Microsoft's …
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2014
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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Two years ago Lee Beaumont, fed up of receiving daily phonecalls from telemarketing agencies, connected his home landline to a premium rate phone number and started cashing in on cold callers - covering his costs in less than two months. Beaumont splashed out £12 on an 0871 premium rate phone number, which he promptly gave to …
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2013
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'Wait a minute!' puffs VMware as it trots after Amazon, Microsoft in US gov cloud grasp bid

It feels like every company is pushing cloud computing on the hoi polloi, but they all recognize the need to give the US government something special – and VMware is no different. The virtualization specialist announced today it is pursuing a crucial federal certification known as FedRAMP with help from managed hosting biz …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014

App.net: 'Good news, we've made money; bad news, we're all fired'

Ad-free social network App.net has clawed enough cash from subscription revenues to let it be "profitable and self-sustaining," – albeit without any employees. The surprising news was disclosed by App.net chief Dalton Caldwell in a blog post on Tuesday. Though the post indicates App.net is in rude health, it is not quite strong …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014
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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

Hundreds of people have been tricked into installing Trojan malware after clicking on a new Facebook scam that falsely promises naked videos of their "friends". The scam – which relies on tricking users into installing a fake Flash player supposedly needed to view the racy footage – can multiply itself rapidly across multiple …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014

IoT silos bad for business: Rackspace

Today's Internet of Things (IoT) devices have to break out of their vendor silos if they're to be taken seriously in the corporate environment, according to Rackspace Asia's CTO Alan Perkins. Speaking to Vulture South at its CeBIT stand to launch an upgrade to its Australian service (more on this below), Perkins said the future …

Yee-haw! Rackspace shares soar on – gasp – healthy results

When Rackspace's chief executive Lanham Napier shocked analysts with his resignation last quarter, things looked bad for the company. But its latest financial results indicate that the company has weathered the transition. Napier's outgoing comments that the company's numbers looked "pretty darn formidable" have been borne out …
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
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Cisco: Hey, IT depts. You're all malware hosts

Everybody – at least every multinational that Cisco checked out for its 2014 Annual Security Report – is hosting malware of some kind, and there aren't enough security professionals to go around. Along with its Managed Threat Defense service launched this week, Cisco also launched the latest publication (here with registration) …

Beginning of the end for Cenitex

Victorian IT agency Cenitex is to become a broker of services rather than a direct provider of services, under an expression of interest released today by the state government. The change was foreshadowed in May in a document posted to Scribd. Victoria's minister for technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said the new tender marks the …