Articles about Information Technology

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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014

US, China, ink tariff-free technology trade pact

The United States of America and the People's Republic of China have agreed to abolish tariffs on each other's technology products. Announced at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Beijing on Monday, the deal won't immediately mean unfettered access for US and Chinese companies, because the agreement was …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2014
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Indian scientists teach computers to see by watching Cricket

Indian researchers from Xerox and the International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad have used the sport of Cricket to develop a novel approach to interpreting human movement recorded by video. As the trio of authors from the Institute's Centre for Visual Information Technology write, in an ArXiv paper titled …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015

Pentagon on manual mission to build nation-wide security database

US Defence bureaucrats are bashing numbers into a database in a bid to develop what the agency hopes will become an automated security scorecard, assessing vulnerability exposure across the country's networks and weapons systems. The scorecard is at present a manual effort to help identify vulnerabilities and propose the means …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015
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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

US government agencies are being called out by Congress after it was revealed that they are falling woefully short in data center consolidation efforts. Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the number of data centers the American administration runs has gone up, in part because an …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2015

WTO cuts tariffs on $1tn worth of 'IT' gizmos

Wealth is now available to all in IT, following the World Trade Organisation's members agreeing to update the Information Technology Agreement, cutting tariffs on $1tn worth of IT products. Finalised on Friday, the members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have agreed that tariffs ought to be cut on IT products, from new …

Mostly harmless: Berlin boffins bleat post epic TrueCrypt audit feat

Ten auditors from the lauded Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology have given TrueCrypt a security tick after completing a comprehensive six-month audit under contract from the German Government. The 77-page report dug up extra vulnerabilities in the once-popular encryption platform but say none are sufficient …
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2015
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Deutsche Bank's creaking IT systems nervously eyeing bins

Deutsche Bank is the latest financial institution to announce plans to rip out its creaking IT, according to reports. According to the Financial Times, John Cryan, the new boss of Deutsche Bank, is determined to overhaul the creaking computer systems that he blames for its woes. It follows a major management restructure last …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2015

Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

A pair of technology industry pressure groups have sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to back off demands that companies give government agencies the ability to decrypt all user data. In the letter [PDF], the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and the Software and Information Industry …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015

US Army bug hunters in 'state of fear' that sees flaws go unreported

The US Army has gaping holes in its information security infrastructure and operates an environment of vulnerability reporting fear, according to current and former members of the department's cyber wing. Captain Michael Weigand and Captain Rock Stevens make the comments in an academic piece on the Cyber Defense Review, a …
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2015

Gods' own broadband: Loon option for DEITY

Alphabet has its eye on its next billion, reportedly holding meetings in India to get Project Loon off the ground. The country's IT minister, responsible for the gloriously-named DEITY (Department of Electronics and Information Technology), expressed his interest in the project late last week. The move would add India to the …

Bloodthirsty data parasites hungrily eye up healthcare sector

The healthcare industry sees 340 per cent more security incidents and attacks than the average market segment, according to a new study by Raytheon|Websense. Raytheon|Websense also warns that healthcare organisations are more than 200 per cent more likely to encounter data theft. Carl Leonard, principal security analyst at …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2015

Hackers steal files on 4 million US govt workers

The agency tasked with recruiting workers for the US government has fessed up to allowing the personal details of 4 million people to be stolen by hackers. The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has sent out an alert to current and former government employees warning of the data breach. "Beginning June 8 and continuing …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jun 2015

Obama's IT reforms saved about one per cent of spending

In 2010 the US federal government decided it needed a data centre consolidation initiative and a “25-point implementation plan to reform federal information technology management ((PDF) to save dough and improve efficiency, but a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit suggests neither outcome has been achieved. The …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015

EU, China promise 5G cooperation, seek an understanding on standards

The EU and China have pledged to work hand in hand on rolling out the next generation of mobiles and mobile networks. Digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger signed a symbolic agreement with Miao Wei, Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology at Monday’s “High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue” in Beijing. “5G …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

India to cripple its tech sector with proposed encryption crackdown

The Indian government has published a draft of its latest plans for encryption. The proposals spell bad news for domestic software developers and will make other companies looking to do business in the subcontinent very nervous indeed. The new National Encryption Policy [PDF] proposed by the nation's Department of Electronics …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2015
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Thought Apple was kidding about diversity? Here's 50 MEEELLION reasons you're wrong

Apple has announced a $50m donation to help improve diversity in the science and technology fields. The company revealed on Tuesday that it would be pledging the cash to a group of charities aiming to train women, minorities, and military veterans for careers in the information technology sector. "We wanted to create …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2015

Cloud busting: Alibaba pumps $1bn into Aliyun, hopes it will rain cash

Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba is pumping $1bn (£637m) into its cloudy arm Aliyun, thereby injecting cold, hard cash into its global domination plans. The investment is intended to further its international presence, as the firm intends to cosy up with more local partners. Part of the investment pot will be used to set up …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015

The Register invests in Infrastructure (channel)

Site news IT infrastructure: a combined set of hardware, software, networks, facilities, etc. (including all of the information technology), in order to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support IT service (ITIL v3). Today we introduce a new content section to The Register. It’s called “Infrastructure” - and as you may already …
David Gordon, 16 Jun 2015
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Homeland Insecurity: OIG audit identifies numerous deficiencies

An Office of the Inspector General audit into the US Department of Homeland Security has identified a range of deficiencies across the agency, which is responsible for America's cybersecurity. The 36-page audit (PDF) was published with the positive title "[Department of Homeland Security (DHS)] Can Strengthen its Cyber Mission …
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NSW to give more IT money to Department of Education

NSW's IT-inept Department of Education is being offered nearly AUD$50 million for new TAFE computer systems and courseware, if it can flog land, close campuses, and relocate courses to fund it. Australia's Greens party has used freedom of information laws to land a juicy document that outlines the planned asset sales: …
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Prostrate yourself before the GNU, commands Indian DEITY

The best-acronymed government department in the world – India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) – has laid out a new policy (PDF) commanding the nation's government to use only open source software. The policy statement is rather blunt: Government of India shall endeavour to adopt Open Source …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2015

Google ponders purified Pakistani YouTube

Pakistan's Standing Committee on Information Technology and Communications has recommended that the nation end its ban on YouTube. Pakistan was unhappy with YouTube for years, on grounds that it made it possible to view content considered blasphemous. Once the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” made it to Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015

Atos buys up Xerox ITO, splashing almost $1 billion in process

Atos has completed its acquisition of Xerox's outsourcing biz as the French firm gears up for an American invasion. The company snapped up Xerox ITO (Information Technology Outsourcing) for $966m (£618m), slightly less than the initial $1.05bn (£670m) agreement announced back in December. Thierry Breton, Atos chief exec, said …
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015

Indian DEITY plans 14 Exabyte cloud storage rig

India last week launched a national Digital locker, a kind of Dropbox clone it hopes will simplify citizens' interactions with government. The service offers a Gigabyte for eligible citizens, which isn't a lot. Until you multiply it by India's 1.4 billion citizens and get to a potential for 14 Exabytes if the system ever fills …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jul 2015

Arabic-speaking cyberspies targeting BOFHs with crude but effective attacks

An Arabic-speaking cyber-espionage group, active since 2012, has stepped up its attacks over the last six months, according to new research from Kaspersky Lab. The so-called "Gaza cyber-gang" focuses on attacking government entities, especially embassies, and primarily targets information technology and incident response staff …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2015

Indian DEITY lifts national pr0n ban

India's ban on online pornography looks to have gone limp after four days, after a DEITY recommended a change of interpretation to the nation's ban on 857 sites. The DEITY in question is India's marvellously-named Department of Electronics and Information Technology. DEITY is India's acronym, as the website …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2015

Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

Sysadmin blog Information security and privacy are important. Stop being Oracle-class short-termist assholes. Stop waffling, dodging and procrastinating. Get your heads out of your asses and start doing something to improve things for everyone. You. Yes, you there reading this article. I don't care who you are, you have the power to be part …
Trevor Pott, 12 Aug 2015

Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

Although tech is often characterised as a fast-paced industry, in local government IT change happens at more glacial speeds, at least according to a report on the councils' websites. A study by public sector organisation the Society of Information Technology Management (SOCITM) found local authority websites have "failed to …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2015

Hooray! China suspends ban on foreign tech in banking

EU tech firms are heaving several huge sighs of relief, as China lifts a ban on foreign tech in banking, although it may only be a stay of execution. Beijing officials notified authorities on Thursday that they would “suspend the implementation” of a controversial new law that effectively blocks any non-Chinese tech company …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Apr 2015
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Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

A group of university researchers claim to have developed a method to increase the data bandwidth of fiber optic cables by eliminating a barrier that has limited the maximum power at which optical signals can be sent. The team from University of California, San Diego said its method of adjusting the frequency of light signals …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2015

Twitter fears big EU tech payout to pacify lawmakers over data-slurping concerns

A fretful Twitter has told investors that it may be forced to shell out cash on IT infrastructure in Europe if the Safe Harbor pact between the EU and the US collapses. The profit-shy company, which derives most of its revenues from advertising, revealed its fears in Twitter's annual report published on Tuesday. Meanwhile, it …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2015

What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

The Indian government has got a grip on the Asian nation's masturbation issues and dished out an order to ISPs to block access to a staggering 857 pornography websites. While the private perusal of pornography is perfectly permissible in India, both its sale and distribution is a criminal offence. The nation, birthplace to …
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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

Heads are set to roll at the Office of Personnel Management as director Katherine Archuleta continues to receive a grilling from Senate committees, who are beginning to realise that the country's entire intelligence workforce has been utterly pwned, probably by a hostile nation. Archuleta, alongside OPM's Chief Information …
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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

A group of North Korean journalists will visit the UK next year to "observe how multimedia websites work at British media companies". The Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded project Inside Out: Working in North Korea to connect its journalists to the internet world aims to give North Korean journalists a greater understanding …
Kat Hall, 01 Dec 2014
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Toshiba shares go over a cliff after probe into hidden losses

Toshiba's shares have dived 22 per cent in a week after the company commenced a probe into accounting irregularities, rescinded previous profit guidance and cancelled a planned dividend payment. Toshiba's Notice Regarding Establishment of Independent Investigation Comittee (PDF) explains that some projects went pear-shaped, but …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015

India to develop an API for entire government

India has released a “Policy on Open APIs for Government of India” (PDF) that calls on the nation's government to develop APIs to let departments share information with each other and with the public. Many of India's government agencies are infamously moribund and Indians bemoan the short working hours, can't-do attitude and …

Tech goliaths stand firm against demands for weaker encryption after Paris terror attacks

Tech giants claim they are standing firm in their refusal to allow government agencies to backdoor their cryptography – or to weaken encryption in their products. The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), which bills itself as the "global voice of the tech sector" and contains such giants as Apple, Google, and …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2015

Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

Hillary Clinton has joined a growing number of politicians using the Paris attacks earlier this month to argue for a weaker encryption. Speaking at Council on Foreign Relations in Washington Thursday, the presidential candidate talked extensively about Islamic State, the recent attacks in Paris and what the US government could …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2015
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GCHQ: Ensure biz security by STOPPING everyone from TALKING

GCHQ is advising organisations to consider stripping staff of smartphones and memory sticks in order to make themselves less exposed to cyber attacks. The advice from the intelligence agency's CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) information assurance arm comes against a backdrop of increased concerns about the theft …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2015
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Watchdogs roughed up for picking Morocco (of all places) for next privacy 'World Cup'

The world of data protection is having its very own FIFA moment: next year, the World Cup of data privacy will take place in a country with a very poor track record on, er, privacy. Despite not being run by Sepp Blatter, the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners will take place in Morocco …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Sep 2015

How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

Analysis If the latest reports are true and Chinese hackers have managed to pilfer as much data about US government employees in sensitive positions as is thought, the Obama administration may be headed for a serious intelligence crisis. According to an Associated Press report on Friday, hackers linked to China may have compromised …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2015
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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

Apple will boot giant telco AT&T off the oldest and most famous stock market index later this month, the people running the Dow Jones Industrial Average announced this morning. The change will come into effect on the morning of Thursday March 19 and is timed to coincide with a stock split by Visa, one of the other 29 companies …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Mar 2015
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Step forward the chief information security officer

What does the modern chief information security officer (Ciso) look like? The role used to be little more than acting as a glorified sysadmin but things have changed. These days, Cisos must be all-rounders, concentrating not just on technology but on business too. “In recent years, the role of the Ciso has become more business …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Nov 2011
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Australia finds AU$131m for data retention, $254m for e-gov luvvies

BUDGET 2015 Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey has outlined several technology-related items in the nation's budget for 2015/16. In a surprise announcement, the treasurer announced the government will abolish fringe benefits tax “on all portable electronic devices used for work, like mobile phones, laptops and tablets.” Fringe benefits tax …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

New York City authorities have thumped Verizon for apparently reneging on its promises to wire up the Big Apple with super-fast fiber internet. In 2008, the city signed a deal with Verizon in which the telco promised to give every resident access to a fiber-optic broadband connection by July 2014. In return, the city reduced the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015

The weapons pact threatening IT security research

Analysis The US government has rewritten chunks of an obscure weapons trade pact between itself, Europe, Russia, and other nations – a pact that is now casting its shadow over today's computer security tools. Dubbed the Wassenaar Agreement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, the treaty limits who …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2015
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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

A malware infestation at the Bundestag is proving harder to clean up than first predicted, with several unconfirmed local reports going as far as suggesting that techies might have to rebuild the entire network from scratch. As previously reported, a state-sponsored attack is suspected for the widespread infection of systems …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2015
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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

A year or so before American health insurer Anthem admitted it had been ruthlessly ransacked by hackers, a US federal watchdog had offered to audit the giant's computer security – but was rebuffed. And, after miscreants looted Anthem's servers and accessed up to 88.8 million private records, the watchdog again offered to audit …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Mar 2015

Chinese cyber-spies hid botnet controls in MS TechNet comments

Cyber-spies are increasingly attempting to hide their command and control operations in plain sight by burying their command infrastructure in the forums of internet heavyweights, including Microsoft. FireEye and Microsoft have successfully shut down the Chinese threat actor APT17’s use of the MSFT TechNet blog to hide their …
John Leyden, 14 May 2015