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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

The government was warned of the risks surrounding its controversial smart meter programme four years ago, according to a leaked internal report seen by The Register, but appears to have largely ignored those concerns. A review of the programme from March 2012 highlights the vulnerability of smart meters to cyber-attacks, and …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016

What a bee-lief! UK's asian hornet outbreak is over ... for now

British honeybees can sleep safely in their hives tonight. The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has announced that the outbreak of Asian hornets in Blighty has been safely contained. The winged critters were spotted in Tetbury this year, a small town within the picturesque Cotswold district last September, …
Katyanna Quach, 07 Nov 2016
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Fingerprint tech makes ATMs super secure, say banks. Crims: Bring it on, suckers

Cybercriminals are hawking their claimed ability to exploit newly introduced biometric-based ATM authentication technologies. Many banks view biometric-based technologies such as fingerprint recognition to be one of the most promising additions to current authentication methods, if not a complete replacement to chip and PIN. …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2016
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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

The UK’s controversial smart meter programme will only succeed in saving consumers cash if people are made aware of the benefits, says Rob Smith, head of policy and public affairs at Smart Energy GB. Some 53 million smart meters are due to be installed in residences and small businesses by the end of 2020, at an estimated cost …
Kat Hall, 09 Sep 2016
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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

London’s Metropolitan Police has missed its deadline to dump Windows XP, with tens of thousands of copper still running the risky OS. The force, on the front line against terrorist threats and criminals in the capital city, is running Windows XP on around 27,000 PCs. At last count, in May 2015, the Met had a total of 35,640 …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2016
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Microsoft and Salesforce strike up Lightning-Outlook love

Microsoft’s Outlook email client has had a Lightning makeover for Salesforce’s CRM. The companies on Tuesday announced Lightning for Outlook, integrating Microsoft’s popular email client with Salesforce’s new-ish CRM. Lightning is the HTML5-edition of Salesforce’s as-a-service platform and UI announced in October 2014. …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2016
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Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update

Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their …
John Leyden, 20 May 2016
Vodafone adds payment cards to mobile wallet

Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

Android Pay's UK launch is promising but could be held back by malware concerns, security and payment experts warn. The Google-backed technology launched in the UK on Wednesday, adding to the options smartphone users can employ when paying for goods and services using their mobile rather than a card. Smartphone payment systems …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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Facebook image-tagging to be tested in Californian court

Facebook has lost the first round of a US class action lawsuit in Illinois, with a judge ruling it can proceed to trial. The first sueball in the action was lobbed last September, on the basis that the ZuckerBorg was breaking that state's 2008-era Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Plaintiffs Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen …
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Ted Cruz knows where you live – if you downloaded his app

Many US presidential primary apps gather users’ personal information and leave their sensitive data vulnerable to attackers, security researchers at Symantec warn. Data exchanged through many of the apps can be intercepted by attackers and shared with third parties because of weak security practices. Symantec analysed the …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2016
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Academics claim Google Android two-factor authentication is breakable

Computer security researchers warn security shortcomings in Android/Playstore undermine the security offered by all SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA). The issue - first reported to Google more than a year ago - revolves around an alleged security weakness rather than a straightforward software vulnerability. The …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2016

Zen Cart admins: Don't skip version 1.5.5

If you missed the March 17-issued patch for shopping cart application Zen Cart, get busy, because among other things it fixed serious cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Trustwave, which turned up the bug last September, made it public last Friday. Zen Cart reckons the vulnerability was closed before it was exploited …
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Pebble axes quarter of its workers after fitness pivot

Smartwatch trailblazer Pebble is laying off a quarter of its staff to refocus on the fitness segment of the wearables market. Pebble has raised some $50m over the past year, with $20m coming from a Kickstarter campaign, but hasn't shipped any new kit since the round last September. In retrospect, we can see that the recent …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Mar 2016

IBM wants to harden your 'data centre on wheels'. Yes, your car

IBM is developing a security stack for connected cars as part of a wider strategy to secure vehicles against a growing range of hacking attacks. Some describe modern cars as computers on wheels but for Martin Borrett, CTO IBM Security Europe the range of communication options (Bluetooth, 3G) and range of embedded computing …
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2016

Google goes over the top with RCS

Google has run into a privacy furore with its acquisition last September of carrier messaging company Jibe. Jibe is a messaging platform based on the GSMA's Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard, which kicked off back in 2007 as the telco sector's answer to the looming threat of over-the-top (OTT) services. That threat …
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Bulk sensitive data slurp? You can't stand under our umbrella-ella-ella – EDPS

A data protection framework that will underpin the exchange of personal data between law enforcement agencies in the EU and US should not apply when sensitive information is to be transferred to the US in bulk, an EU privacy watchdog has said. The data protection "umbrella" agreement was announced by the European Commission …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Feb 2016
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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

Customers of Virgin Media who are increasingly convinced their service provider has been victim of a security breach have formed a Facebook group to share their experiences and push for answers. Virgin Media is firmly denying any breach of its systems but users are equally adamant that the cause of a widespread and ongoing …
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016
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Russian ATM-popping gang used nation state cybercrook tactics

Cybercrooks are increasingly adopting tactics from more advanced hackers in order to steal millions of dollars from banks and other financial institutions. The first of the two cybercrime groups, dubbed Metel, are mostly active in Russia. The group’s typical modus operandi involves gaining control over machines inside a bank …
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016
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EU could force countries to allocate 700 MHz band to mobile by mid-2020

New legislation could force EU countries to make sure the 700 MHz band of spectrum is made exclusively available for mobile services by the middle of 2020. The European Commission has published proposals to introduce new laws that would require EU countries to “allow the use of the 694-790 MHz frequency band for terrestrial …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Feb 2016

Dragons and butterflies: The chaos of other people's clouds

Cloud computing was meant to solve the reliability problem, but in practice, it still has a long way to go. Is that an endemic problem with the complexity of cloud computing, or a problem with the way people use it? Cloud infrastructures are meant to be resilient, because they tend to use lots of cheap servers and scale out. …
Danny Bradbury, 05 Feb 2016
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We've just stepped out of our time machine, and we can reveal ... EMC's new kit for early 2016

Analysis EMC has new storage products coming in both external shared array form and in its converged and hyper-converged systems lines of products, using new VSAN capabilities. These will be announced over the next two quarters and will change the shape of EMC's product lines. We think we now have an overall view of what the mainstream …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2016
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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

Microsoft’s second fiscal quarter showed a company at a dangerous stage in its transition. It also revealed a firm that is unable to rely on the certainties of old. Not so long ago, Microsoft could call on three engines of growth to drive its business – Office/personal productivity, server and tools, and Windows client …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2016
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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

By the early 22nd century, Mega-City One will stretch down the eastern seaboard from Montreal to Georgia. It will be home to some 400 million citizens. Almost all of them will be unemployed. Judge Dredd’s vast satirical dystopian backdrop in the pages of 2000 AD is one of the comic’s most colourful settings. A predominant …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Jan 2016
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Capita hiring temps to cover for call centre redundancies – staff sources

Capita is hiring a bunch of temps to deal with customer requests being directed at its O2 call centre, just months after initiating a redundancy scheme due to perceived lower levels of work. This is according to the outsourcer’s staff based north of the border in Glasgow, who agreed voluntary redundancy terms last summer but …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2016
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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

BBC 2 has shrugged off the rising android-rights movement to reboot Robot Wars, the mechano pugilistic punch-fest which enlivened many hungover Sundays* in the late '90s. The broadcaster has commissioned six one hour episodes of the new series from Mentorn Scotland, which it reckons will exploit “a raft of technological …
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2016
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Harman to TowerSec: 'How are you with stable doors?'

Harman, whose in-car UConnect wireless system helped Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller take control of a Jeep Cherokee last year, has announced it's buying TowerSec. The acquisition target loved last year's hacked-Jeep story, last year claiming not only that it would have blocked the attack, but turning the hype to 11 by …
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Global productivity explodes as Facebook's service takes a dive

As US West Coast workers sat down at their desks for the day's work, the most popular form of slacking off was unavailable as Facebook went offline for a bit. Uh oh. #FacebookDown for you as well? pic.twitter.com/vFLrqCdF45 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) September 24, 2015 Facebook corporate hasn't responded to requests for …
Iain Thomson, 24 Sep 2015
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Billionaire Soros 'likes' Facebook to the tune of $212m; Alibaba out of favour

Billionaire George Soros has slurped up $212m (£135m) of Facebook shares, while simultaneously shedding $365m (£233m) of stock in Chinese giant Alibaba. Last quarter, Soros had just $10.2m (£6.5m) in Facebook shares and $370m (£236m) invested in the Chinese tat bazaar. The shift in stock preferences was revealed in a …
Kat Hall, 17 Aug 2015
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Scammers going after iOS as fake crash reports hit UK

Tech support scammers have begun targeting UK iPhone and iPad users, offering to fix problems that don't actually exist. Cold call scams that seek to hoodwink Windows users into paying for useless remote diagnostic and cleanup services have been an issue for years. More recently, scammers have broadened their sights to target …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2015
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Airbus plots exit from government comms biz

Airbus is reportedly considering selling its public safety radio business, with Alcatel-Lucent and Thales apparently interested in writing a cheque to obtain the operation. Bloomberg's off-the-record briefers say that €500 million-plus business is slated for sale by the end of the current quarter. Originally formed when …
Philae takes a first look at the surface of Comet 67P

Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

Top astrobiologists say that the approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko could be loaded with slumbering alien organisms capable of living on Earth, which will wake up and become active as the frosty spaceball comes nearer and nearer to the Sun. Dr Max Wallace and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe say that data from the …
Lewis Page, 06 Jul 2015
IK Multimedia iRig 2 guitar interface

Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

Review Music gear manufacturer IK Multimedia will be 20 years old next year. It’s known to many these days for its iOS gadgets, but the Italian company began with software development focused on digital signal processing, producing standalone sound-creation apps and plug-in effects. One of its earliest creations, T-Racks, was dynamics …
Bob Dormon, 03 Jul 2015

A brief introduction to converged infrastructure

Sometimes, it’s better to think inside the box. Bundling different IT components together into a single unit may just solve some of your computing problems, if you plan it right. Welcome to the world of IT convergence. Depending on which vendor or analyst you talk to, it’s known as an integrated system, a unified computing …
Robin Birtstone, 23 Jun 2015

Reddit joins the HTTPS-only stampede

Reddit will soon be served over HTTPS only as part of wider moves to secure the web. The Front Page of the Internet™ began serving its user-curated pages over secure sockets layer last September, in an effort that took some nine months to complete. The site has now decided that as of 29 June it will begin pushing all traffic to …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jun 2015

IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

US Congress' only Comp. Sci. majors are trying to convince the head of the FBI that there's no such thing as a safe backdoor. In yet another attempt to instil good sense in the Feds, Congressmen Will Hurd and Ted Lieu have written an open letter to FBI director James Comey trying to spike the latter's enthusiasm for encryption …
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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

The Scottish National Party had an astonishing election night. It previously had six Westminster seats; it now has 56 of Scotland’s 59 MPs, some elected on swings in excess of 30 per cent, with most of its seats gained from Labour. It already runs the Scottish Parliament as well as 11 of Scotland’s 32 councils, although some in …
SA Mathieson, 12 May 2015
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Barclaycard axes bonking payments bracelet

Barclaycard will be switching off the service for the bPay mobile payments bracelet on May 31st. The company claims that there will be a replacement in June and, while it can’t say what that will be, it is willing to share the expectation that it will be really, really good. The bank told us: "To do this we need to make some …
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2015

Netflix wipes blood of Comcast/TWC from its blade, charges toward AT&T/DirecTV

Netflix is lobbying US watchdog the FCC to reject the proposed merger between AT&T and DirecTV. The over-the-top vid streamer said that should AT&T be allowed to scoop DirecTV for $49bn, the resulting broadcast behemoth would be able to throw its weight around and extract premium fees from streaming upstarts like Netflix. To …
Shaun Nichols, 05 May 2015
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When THINGS attack! Defending data centres from IoT device-krieg

When good fridges turn bad. It may sound like science fiction, but security experts are warning that the growing prevalence of interconnected “thingbots” is opening up businesses to all sorts of bother. Security-as-a-Service provider Proofpoint warned recently that more than 750,000 Phishing and SPAM Emails had been launched …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Apr 2015
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IT'S WAR: Hacktivists throw in their lot with spies and the military

Feature Hacktivism has lost its innocence. Once characterised in the early days of Anonymous back in 2008 by assaults against the Church of Scientology, it has now become part and parcel of far darker plans, such as the spread of terrorist propaganda by Islamic militants. Meanwhile, over in the Ukraine, cyber militias of patriot …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2015
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Micro Focus guillotine will fall more frequently on Novell necks

Novell seems to be bearing the brunt of the mammoth restructuring that parent company Micro Focus is currently executing, say our sources close to the situation. This week, Micro Focus issued a profit warning based on the strengthening dollar and went public on a review of the group – trading brands include The Attachmate …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2015
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Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

Microsoft and Getty Images have resolved a dispute by getting into bed together. The legal imbroglio between the two kicked off last September when Getty sued Microsoft for making it too easy to find its images with the Bing Image Search widget. Once it saw the sueball heading its way, Redmond shuttered the widget and the …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2015

Cisco pitches security for SMEs

Small and/or medium businesses and branch offices rejoice: Cisco has joined the ranks of vendors deciding you warrant security you can afford. As incidents like the Target “hack” demonstrated, a small contractor can easily provide a path into an enterprise network, so one of the key chunks of The Borg's latest announcement is …
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Harper review: break up ACCC, free up IP*, let freedom reign

Australia's federal government has conducted a review into competition policy and there's plenty in it to ponder for the country's tech sector. Following last September's release of its preliminary study, the Harper Review has now issued its final report. Aside from the recommendation that the rules governing ride-sharing be …
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Open-Xchange builds anti Oracle stack after server M&A splurge

Open-Xchange, a maker of web apps that some of the biggest telcos and hosts rebrand as their own, has bought up open-source mailserver firm Dovecot and DNS server outfit PowerDNS. There are lots of possible reasons for this burst of activity, the most obvious being Open-Xchange's desire to offer its service provider customers a …
David Meyer, 24 Mar 2015
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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

Historic retailer RadioShack, currently under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, will learn its fate today, as its assets go up for auction, although its options for survival look distinctly limited. A $145.5m bid from Standard General LP, a hedge fund which is also one of RadioShack’s lenders, could save 9,000 jobs and 1,723 …
Simon Rockman, 23 Mar 2015
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Google's Softcard hookup: Never mind Apple Pay ... it's about beating the networks

Comment So Google Wallet will come installed on Android handsets in the US. It is an assault on Apple Pay, but it's also end of a dream which saw operators as custodians of the electronic wallet. That dream started in 2007, when SIM manufacturers hit on the idea of embedding a secure transaction element into the SIM, connected to the …
Bill Ray, 24 Feb 2015
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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

RBS and NatWest have become the first UK-based banks to offer their customers the option to log in to mobile banking apps using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology. From today (19 February), RBS and NatWest customers who have an iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus will be able to access their mobile banking …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2015
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Samsung, LG wash dirty laundry in two separate court cases

LG Electronics' home appliances top brass Jo Seong-jin has been indicted for allegedly sabotaging four of Samsung Electronics' high-end washing machines at a trade show last year. LG said on Sunday Jo and two others had been indicted by South Korean prosecutors for the alleged sabotage in Berlin last September. Separately, on …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2015

Seagate’s EVault joins the backup providers swarm

+Comment Seagate has a new backup target appliance (BTA) that can shoot data to a private, public or partner cloud, as well as having 65TB of usable storage capacity. Why in a mature market are there so very many suppliers? It announced 50TB (3U) and 100TB (4U) EBA (Enterprise Backup and recovery Appliances) appliances last September and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015