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'Mm, we do love tweeters' private info, we'll take 40% more,' say world's g-men

Twitter has seen a 40 per cent rise in requests from governments around the world for users' personal information in the first half of this year, with the United States topping the list. Apparently, snooping all over folks' web and phone calls with its NSA PRISM project hasn't sated Uncle Sam's thirst for knowledge. Twitter …

Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

UK cops and spook agencies wrongly fingered five people as criminals after seizing data about their communications, according to a new report. The Interception of Communications Commissioner's latest dossier [PDF] gave examples of intelligence data used to seize drugs and firearms, stop illegal waste dumping and in one …
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Secunia bets on open information for security growth

RSA 2012 Danish vulnerability specialist developer Secunia has released the latest beta of its Personal Software Inspector (PSI), and says it is betting on an open approach to security information to grow the company. Founder Niels Henrik Rasmussen told The Register that his company will continue to work on open information sharing …
Iain Thomson, 2 Mar 2012
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Delivering a secure information infrastructure

Lab I recently had the task of writing an explanatory paper about Good Practice Guide (GPG) 13, a UK-government sponsored piece of guidance around "protective monitoring" – that is, being able to keep an eye on what's going on in your IT environment in order to spot when security breaches happen. Now, before you get all big …
Jon Collins, 18 May 2010
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Raytheon unveils Linux 'Insider Threat' rooter-out routers

US armstech mammoth Raytheon has announced that its "government insider threat management solution" for information security will be powered by Linux. Penguin-inside crypto modules to be used in Raytheon's mole-buster tech have now passed tough federal security validation, apparently. The insider-threat detector gear in …
Lewis Page, 22 Oct 2009
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Boffins 'write directly to memory' of living brains

An alliance of boffins from Oxford University and Virginia, America say they have developed a technique for "writing directly to memory" in a living brain, "seizing control of brain circuits" to create a memory of an experience which had never actually happened. Thus far, according to the research, the technique works reliably …
Lewis Page, 16 Oct 2009

DARPA, Microsoft, Lockheed team up to reinvent TCP/IP

Arms globocorp Lockheed Martin announced today that it has won a $31m contract from the famous Pentagon crazy-ideas bureau, DARPA, to reinvent the internet and make it more suitable for military use. Microsoft will also be involved in the effort. The main thrust of the effort will be to develop a new Military Network Protocol …
Lewis Page, 16 Oct 2009
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New cyber-security research centre opens in Belfast

Computer boffins at Queen's University in Belfast are chuffed as ninepence today to snip the ribbon on a new government- and industry-sponsored cybersecurity research centre. The £30m Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) will work primarily on embedded security tech for next-gen IT equipment, and on real-time …
Lewis Page, 24 Sep 2009

Cal Tech, Berkeley and UCSB working on 'iPhoD'

The US military has handed out triple multimillion-dollar contracts to Californian university tech labs, aimed at developing a device called an "iPhoD". The iPhoD is not, as one might have supposed, something to do with a famous nibbled-fruit hardware'n'lifestyle firm. Rather, it stands for "integrated Photonic Delay" - …
Lewis Page, 10 Aug 2009
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Prof: People reject news which conflicts with beliefs

It's well known that people have a tendency to seek out information which confirms what they already believe. Beancurd-scoffing hippies read the Guardian; mindless bigoted reactionaries read the Daily Mail; people who feel that the IT industry would benefit from the involvement of Paris Hilton in some way read the Reg. But now …
Lewis Page, 2 Jul 2009
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Union attacks fire-brigade control room IT modernisation

Union officials have launched a public attack on a government networking and IT project designed to reduce the number of fire-brigade control rooms from 46 to 9. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says that the Fire and Resilience Control (FiReControl) project is in "meltdown" and can't possibly be ready in time for the London …
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2009
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Computer-related injuries in US 'increase sevenfold'

American medical eggheads have issued a stark warning today about the latest deadly health scourge to hit the developed world. It's one particularly relevant to Reg readers. We refer, of course, to the unprecedented rise in computer-related injuries, which have - shockingly - surged by a shocking 732 per cent in America during …
Lewis Page, 9 Jun 2009
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New York cops seek tech solution to plod-v-plod shootings

The New York City police, having recently suffered an incident in which a cop in plain clothes was shot and killed by his fellow officers, are reportedly looking for a tech solution to prevent such occurrences. AP reports that the NYPD are consulting with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, after off-duty plod Omar …
Lewis Page, 8 Jun 2009
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MoD to test 'Combat ID Server' from September

The UK Ministry of Defence says it will commence trials of its "Combat ID Server" (CIDS) system from September, according to reports. The CIDS is intended to make it easier for people about to unleash heavy firepower to find out if there are any British troops in their gunsights, so helping to reduce so-called "blue on blue" …
Lewis Page, 5 Jun 2009
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DARPA killer AI robots to 'participate in own construction'

You've got your robots which can make copies of themselves, of course. That's pretty scary - a runaway exponentially-multiplying machine horde, potentially able to overrun the human race in an eyeblink. But how much more scary would it be if you had a machine which could not only make copies of itself once complete, but could …
Lewis Page, 2 Jun 2009
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Science tests for 11-year-olds to be scrapped

The government has agreed to scrap national science tests for 11-year-olds. However, teaching unions still plan a boycott of the remaining tests in English and Maths, saying that these make primary school teaching "narrow". The teachers also object to the revelation of schools' test results in public league tables. The BBC …
Lewis Page, 7 May 2009
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Profs: Facebook, Twitter users are lazy, thick, amoral

Fresh research from America confirms that online social networks are in fact playthings of the devil. Ohio profs say that use of Facebook leads to lower college grades, and others in California have found that Twitter gradually renders its users' moral compasses untrustworthy. First up comes Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State Uni, …
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2009
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Satyam sold to BT-backed Indian firm

Tech Mahindra looks set to seize control of Satyam - the almost terminally troubled Indian outsourcer. Tech Mahindra has paid $351m for a 31 per cent stake in the firm - on top of the 31 per cent it already owned. This gives a rough value for Satyam of $1bn, a good premium on its current share even if it is only a fraction of …
Team Register, 14 Apr 2009

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