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Tenable ate FlawCheck for DevOps enhancement

In order to remain tenable as the security market adjusts to software containers, Tenable Network Security, based in Columbia, Maryland, has acquired FlawCheck, a San Francisco-based company founded last year to make Docker containers more secure. Renaud Deraison, CTO and cofounder of Tenable, contends that information …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016

Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

Vodafone has been fined £4.6m for failing customers for mis-selling to customers, inaccurate billing and poor complaints handling. The regulator Ofcom imposed the fine today following two investigations into the business which began in June last year. Vodafone said the issues were due to errors "during a complex IT migration …
Kat Hall, 26 Oct 2016
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Got Ancient exploit but nowhere to use it? Try the horrid GRX network

Ruxcon They've been warned for years, but scores of telcos are still making bone-headed configuration mistakes in their GPRS Global Roaming Exchange (GRX) networks, leaving mail and FTP servers vulnerable. The international phone routing system is used for passing and billing calls between providers, using encryption to funnel data …
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016
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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

“Uglier things have been spotted in the sky, but not by reliable witnesses” – and, in the case of the A10 “Warthog”, it'll be the ugliest thing in the sky for a lot longer than the US Air Force wanted. Devoted to the Toothless Tiger Moth, the F-35, the Air Force wants the ancient-but-nearly-indestructible A-10 decommissioned …
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Spoiler alert: we'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

As any followers of the “Tabbi's Star” controversy will tell you, put “aliens” in a media release and you're bound to get the clicks. So it was over the weekend when the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific accepted a paper claiming to have identified 234 stars out of a couple of million whose signatures …

Hackintoshes hackable

VMware has found two flaws un its products, both of which impact users running Mac OS. One means that Mac OS X guest VMs running VMware Tools can “allow a privileged local user on a system where System Integrity Protection (SIP) is enabled, to obtain kernel memory addresses to bypass the kASLR protection mechanism.” The good …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2016
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Samsung ties Thread into two new IoT Artik chips

Samsung has expanded and updated its IoT hardware with the release of the low-end Artik 0 and high-end Artik 7 modules – both of which support the Thread protocol for the first time. The Artik 0 is aimed at the very smallest IoT devices and will replace the Artik 1, which was launched in April last year. The Artik 7 will sit …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2016

VXer turns to ancient freemium model to flog keylogger, malware tools

Malware has been spotted using the freemium model more than 30 years after it was introduced. PhishMe malware researcher Paul Burbage (@hexlax) spotted the revitalised model in a keylogger sold as a freemium public download and as a US$55 full version purchase. The Viotto Keylogger is the offensive security tool designed by a …
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016

Atlantis, stateless virtual desktops, and containers

Atlantis is integrating its virtual workspace (desktop) into the Citrix management suite and is also providing a software product to manage and provision compute, networking, storage and data services for containers. It's partnering with Rancher Labs in the container work. Container adoption by enterprises has been hindered, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
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Google fibre: Subs up, Revenue up, expansion over

Google's taken another step in winding back its fibre rollouts, and Craig Barratt, CEO of the operation, is showing himself the door. Back in April, Google axed its free fibre offering in Kansas, switching to US$50 for 100 Mbps services and $70 for gigabit services. That part of the strategy seems to have worked, since Barratt …

This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

The Nexus 6P appears to have been hacked with attackers at the Mobile Pwn2Own contest installing malware without user interaction in less than five minutes. The hack by China's Keen Team happened minutes ago at the Tokyo event and does not require users to do anything. It is as of the time of writing yet to be confirmed but …
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016

'Outpaced' ASIO was infiltrated by Soviets

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has publicly admitted for the first time it was infiltrated by Soviet spies during the Cold War. The admission in a new historical volume is 27 years in the making since the end of the Cold War spanning 1975 to 1989. Australian National University senior fellow Doctor …
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016
Suitcase full of money

Akamai rides on the botnet's back to US$584 million quarter

Cloud computing security has driven a 6 per cent year-on-year revenue growth for Akamai, up from $US551 million last year to $584 million for Q3 2016. The company's third quarter financial report shows its performance and security business unit turned in $345 million in revenue, 19 per cent higher than for the same quarter in …
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IBM Australia didn't stress-test #censusfail router and blocked password resets

If Vulture South wasn't running short-staffed yesterday, we'd have stayed with the Senate Committee hearings inquiring into Australia's Census outage on August 9, and caught this gem: “If we had our time again we would have tested a hard power it off, power it on that router, that would have discovered earlier that we had that …

Benioff on being hacked: We're looking into some next-gen fax machines

Marc Benioff is many things. But a whiner is not one of them. Asked on stage today at the Intel Capital Global Summit about the hack of Salesforce board member Colin Powell and the resulting release of the company's highly confidential mergers and acquisition strategy, Benioff was surprisingly upbeat. "On one level, it was …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2016

Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

Since 1965, transistors have followed a path predicted by Gordon Moore, becoming more densely packed year after year. The result has been a steady improvement in CPU performance. Batteries, however, haven't advanced at the same pace. As Fred Schlachter, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, put it in a 2013 …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016

That time Brian Krzanich had dinner with Elon Musk, Marc Benioff, David Blaine and Lars from Metallica

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doesn't read books. "I don't read. I don't read books. I don't have time," said BK – as everyone at the chip company calls him – on the second day of the Intel Capital Global Summit. "The last book I read was on the technology of welding; I decided one day I would teach myself how to weld." That …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Want to use 3D XPoint DIMMs with Intel Purley Xeons? Wait a couple of years for second-gen

Intel will fab Xeon processors that support 3D XPoint DIMMs in two years, its CEO signaled to analysts on a conference call this month. 3D XPoint is Micron and Intel's post-NAND, non-volatile memory technology that is claimed to be faster than NAND, with near-DRAM speed, and denser and longer endurance. It is intended to fill …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016

What has 500,000 thumbs and is no longer being sued by HP? Panasonic

HP says that Panasonic will no longer be a target in its optical drives lawsuit – after the two sides reached a settlement deal. The companies announced the arrangement yesterday in a filing to the California Northern District Court, where Judge Richard Seeborg is presiding over HP's claim that a group of optical drive makers …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016
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AT&T's spying millions

The Project Hemisphere spying business run by AT&T, which sells customer phone logs to the police, is raking in millions for the telco. Invoices leaked to the Daily Beast show that numerous police forces are handing hundreds of thousands of dollars to AT&T in exchange for the call times, recipients, and locations of caller …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2016
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Google gobbles startup that claims its tech is like a mind reader (gulp)

Not content to track people's activities online, Google plans to read their minds. On Monday, Eyefluence, a three-year-old startup that develops eye-interaction software for virtual reality and augmented reality applications, said it is joining Google. "With our forces combined, we will continue to advance eye-interaction …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016
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A bigger splash: The mathematics of spilling beer

A team of researchers has ventured deep into the physics of spilling to uncover why pints of beer splash everywhere but liquid in straws do not when positioned horizontally. The relationship between the possibility of spillage and a tube was thought to be based on the size of the tube’s opening. A paper published on the …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Oct 2016
Activity tracking wristbands for all comers

'Every step your anti-theft tracker takes – I'll be watching you'

Tracking widgets that you stick on your keys and wallet so you don't lose them are riddled with security vulnerabilities, we're told. These tracker devices allow folks to locate valuable items and find them again. They communicate over Bluetooth with iOS and Android handhelds, so if they go out of range of each other, a little …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016
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HPE buffs OpenStack cloud to woo public-shy types

OpenStack Summit Hewlett Packard Enterprise has polished its open-source cloud bundle ready for those returning from public cloud or perturbed by off-premises services. At the OpenStack Summit on Monday, HPE unveiled HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0, running the latest Mitaka edition of OpenStack and targeting enterprises and telcos keen on …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2016
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Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

A truck using Uber’s latest automated driving system has made its first commercial delivery after shipping 45,000 cans of beer Bud on public freeways with no one at the wheel. The truckload of fizzy brew was shipped from an Anheuser-Busch warehouse in Fort Collins, Colorado, to a distributor in Colorado Springs about 140 miles …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2016
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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

Pic Google's latest tablet, the Jamboard, weighs 93 pounds (42 kilograms). It could inflict grievous bodily harm if it toppled onto you. But Google made sure to have the four-wheeled stand that supports the unwieldy screen certified by safety testing firm UL. "UL was worried about it tipping over in an earthquake," said Prabhakar …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016
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Avira debuts freebie VPN

Avira began bundling VPN technology with the latest edition of its security scanner suite. Avira's Free Security Suite (FSS), released on Tuesday, combines free antivirus (with protection against ransomware) with Phantom VPN, System Speedup, and Browser Safety technologies. Consumer VPN technology normally comes with a paid …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016

ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

ARM TechCon Processor designer ARM will squirt security fixes directly into internet-connected gadgets to hopefully keep them defended from hackers. Manufacturers of Internet-of-Things gizmos and other embedded products have complained that updating gear in the field is too much hard work. That means devices are rarely patched when …
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016

SUSE: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

ARM TechCon SUSE is claiming victory over Red Hat by announcing – and these caveats are all crucial – "the first commercial enterprise Linux distribution optimized for ARM AArch64 architecture servers." In plainer English, SUSE has developed an enterprise-grade Linux distribution that runs on 64-bit ARM servers (should you happen to ever …
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016

Samsung patches Galaxy Note 7 to not explode as two-thirds of phones recalled

Samsung is issuing a software update to all its Galaxy Note 7s across Europe, limiting the maximum battery charge to 60 per cent, in an attempt to quell its explosive safety issues. This month Samsung announced it will permanently discontinue its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after multiple reports of the devices exploding and …
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2016

Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub in all its speech-recognising glory

Microsoft has released a catalogue of AI software under Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub today. The new toolkit is an updated version of the Computational Network Toolkit, which was developed by a team of computer scientists interested in speech recognition and natural language processing. It has since expanded into …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Oct 2016

Cohesity COO Riccardo Di Blasio cut loose by board after HR probe

Exclusive Cohesity has parted ways with its chief operating officer, Riccardo Di Blasio, one year after he joined the startup. The firm supplies a software platform to converge all secondary storage into a single repository. It was founded in 2013 by Mohit Aron, its CEO, and has had two rounds of funding for a total of $70m. We …

And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

King's College London suffered its seventh consecutive day of IT woes today. According to our sources in Blighty's capital, this was down to a redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) which was running virtualised systems failing during a hardware upgrade. As KCL officials note, their IT systems department has been working …
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Bloody robots! 860k public sector jobs to be automated by 2030, say researchers

Once upon a time a public sector job was a golden ticket: little actual work, less accountability, and a job for life. Not any longer. According to research by Deloitte, building on its previous work with the University of Oxford about job automation, up to 861,000 public sector jobs could be automated by 2030. In just over a …
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Existing security standards are fine for IoT gizmos in electrical grids

IoT World Congress Putting Internet of Things sensors into electricity distribution grids works just fine - and security is catered for by existing broad standards, Luc Hossenlopp, CTO of Schneider Electric’s energy division, told the Internet of Things World Congress today. Addressing a packed auditorium at the Fira de Barcelona conference …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Oct 2016
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Surveillance by consent: Commissioner launches UK-wide CCTV strategy

“There is a gap between what exists and what should exist,” according to the UK's commissioner responsible for ensuring that surveillance cameras are protecting members of the public, rather than spying on them. Tony Porter, who sees that public authorities follow the government's rules on operating surveillance cameras, on …

BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

Hands-on Review Available for order this week, BlackBerry’s penultimate own-brand phone is a luxurious but light big sibling to its DTEK50. That was the first to marry a reference design, from TCL, to BlackBerry’s own “hardened” Android. The DTEK60 – not a name that rolls off the tongue – also uses BlackBerry’s Android, but aims for the …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2016

Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

Honesty in job ads is rarity. When employers talk of "exciting admin management opportunities", they really mean: paper-pushing drones wanted. We all know that "disruptive upstarts" translates as chaotic hipsters making it up as they go along; and "challenging role for the right person" means we will pay you to take crap. So …
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2016
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Small fry Scale offers single-node HCI boxen for the ROBO crowd

Scale Computing is set to announce a single-node configuration of its HC3 hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA). Scale says it provides replication and remote management for disaster recovery (DR) and distributed enterprise deployments – remote and branch offices (ROBO). It is less costly than normal HCIA deployments …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope

FireMon buys FortyCloud

Security firm FireMon has signed a deal to buy FortyCloud, a cloud infrastructure security broker. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed. In a statement, FireMon said the acquisition would allow it to expand its enterprise security management platform across all major cloud platforms. FireMon’s technology …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016
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Capita's head of tech solutions resigns

The head of Capita’s technology solutions division Simon Furber is the most recent capo to leave the biz. His departure comes as the outsourcing Goliath issued its first ever profit warning in which it blamed a drop-off in the reseller businesses in the IT Enterprise Services subsidiary for a £30m shortfall in sales. A Capita …
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2016
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Will AI spell the end of humanity? The tech industry wants you to think so

Star physicist Stephen Hawking has reiterated his concerns that the rise of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems could spell the end for humanity. Speaking at the launch of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Intelligence on 19 October, he did, however, acknowledge that AI equally has the potential to …
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The cloud is not new. What we are doing with it is

Sysadmin blog In the 10 years since the modern form of public cloud computing went mainstream, it has changed the entire industry's approach to IT. In response, IT's top vendors have had to change as well. Like any technology, however, the public cloud has adapted, evolved, and become something much different than was ever originally …
Trevor Pott, 25 Oct 2016
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Euro Central Bank backs money laundering rules for virtual currency exchanges

Plans to bring virtual currency exchanges and digital wallet providers within the scope of EU anti-money laundering (AML) legislation have been backed by the European Central Bank (ECB). he ECB said it "strongly supports" the proposals to extend the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4), noting that "terrorists and …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Oct 2016
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Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials

Microsoft is warning of fake copies of its Security Essentials that if executed will throw a fake blue screen of death, pwn machines, and lead users to technical support scams. Redmond regards the threat dubbed Hicurdismos as a severe threat which compromises PCs typically through bundled software installers and drive-by- …
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016
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Swedes ban camera spy-drones for anything but crime fighting

The Swedish judiciary has ruled that camera drones are surveillance devices, meaning their pilots will have to get a seldom-issued permit to use them for private flights. The judgement from the highest court in the land looked at two cases, one against private drones and the other against a camera mounted on a bicycle. The …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2016
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Graduate recruitment site exposed 50,000 CVs sent to Virgin Media UK

Virgin Media has shuttered a kindergarten-grade bug in a third party website that exposed up to 50,000 résumés it's received over the years, complete with names, street and email addresses of applicants. The vulnerability was due to entirely absent access controls on a public server to which applicants were directed to upload …
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016

Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

A lonely beancounter has been jailed after he fell for what appears to be a classic Nigerian email scam, and conned £150,000 out of a friend so he could bankroll his fake damsel in distress. Brian Ridpath, of Willesborough, Kent, England, was fooled into believing the story of Lisa Johnson, who emailed him X-rated snaps and …

Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed a new on-prem-VM-to-cloud teleporter that aims to help organisations take virtualised workloads to its cloud. The “AWS Server Migration Service will replicate your server’s volumes to the cloud, creating a new Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for each one.” There's no expectation cutover will …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
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WiGig spec hints at 5G offering 8 Gbps over 10 metres

The WiFi Alliance reckons it's bestowed on a waiting world the first hint of what 5G will look like, and apparently it's a radio link that can manage 8 Gbps over 10 metres. The group has announced the first products to carry its freshly-minted WiGig certification. Chipsets to carry the certification come from Qualcomm (the …