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Big Blue finds big green in derailing transport

The transport sector is a booming lucrative playground for cyber criminals that is increasingly fragmented, IBM researchers say. The findings in a report Security trends in the transportation industry reveal that airlines, trucking, and parking sector companies are being hosed for credit cards and sensitive information. Big …
Team Register, 30 Jun 2016
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Liberal Party of Australia: why are you paying so much for ancient software?

An Australian developer has taken a look at the Liberal Party's controversial Feedback software, and guesses that MPs are paying a fairly steep licence for something developed on DataFlex. For those of you born later than the first Linux release, DataFlex was a Windows development environment that emerged from the DOS era to …
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Sliced your submarine cable? Fill in this paperwork

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved new rules that will require companies to report outages in submarine cables. Although submarine cables account for 95 per cent of the US' international internet traffic, as well as voice and data, the rules over reporting outages are weak and in most cases are simply …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jun 2016
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MBE? Pah! Gartner gurus made us an MQ L

Gartner’s magic quadrant-producing gurus have awarded Commvault the data centre backup and recovery Iron Throne. They have also added Veeam to the Leader’s quadrant and severely pruned the niche player section, following a market criteria review, in "response to Gartner client requests to focus more on backup and recovery …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2016
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SolidFire offers 'pay as you grow' deals to fight off software upstarts

Storage architect If you’ve ever had to scope out and purchase enterprise storage, you’ll know what a nightmare it can be. Vendors love to make the process as opaque as possible, with quotes that run into multiple pages and dozens of line items – including bezels and racks. Consider also the issue of adding more hardware (e.g. drives and …
Chris Evans, 08 Jun 2016

Juniper: Yes, IPv6 ping-of-death hits Junos OS, too

That IPv6 neighbour packet discovery bug Cisco warned about last week? Juniper has just followed Switchzilla by warning it has the same problem. When Cisco announced the vuln, it said other IPv6 implementations would also be at risk. The Gin Palace agrees: CVE-2016-1409 is an issue for anybody running Junos OS. The advisory …

TalkTalk scam-scammers still scam-scamming

Updated TalkTalk customers are still being targeted by scammers, following a series of data breaches at the company. In the last four years, TalkTalk has had to admit to four different breaches of data, two directly from the company itself and two others from partners here and in India. Most notorious was its attack in October last …
Kat Hall, 03 Jun 2016
SQL Server 2016 supports hybrid cloud as well as on premises deployment

SELECT features FROM bumf... What's new in MS SQL Server 2016

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2016, adding new security features, improved query profiling, Hadoop integration, hybrid cloud capabilities, and R analytics to its database server, along with numerous other improvements. Calling SQL Server a "database server" does not do justice to its scope. The main components are: …
Tim Anderson, 01 Jun 2016
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Life after Safe Harbour: Avoiding Uncle Sam's data rules gotchas

Back in the day I used to work for a multi-national company with a big presence in the US. I learned a lot there, from the usefulness of a BA silver card to how to run the tendering process for a big global WAN. I also learned what a big deal our US cousins make of their data export regulations. This doesn't mean, of course, …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Jun 2016
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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

Blog Everyone I speak to about system security seems to panic about malware, cloud failure system crashes and bad patches. But the biggest threat isn’t good or bad code, or systems that may or may not fail. It’s people. What we call Liveware errors range from the mundane to the catastrophic and they happen all the time at all levels …
Stuart Burns, 30 May 2016
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Verizon, union make peace after 35,000 strike techies put telco on hold

Verizon has reached a deal that will end the six-week strike by many of its network technicians. The US Department of Labor (DOL) says it has brokered a deal for a four-year contract between Verizon and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Verizon workers …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2016
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The screeching of Violin Memory's parting strings is horrible

Another great quarter. Not. Violin Memory made a paltry $9.7m in revenue and posted a $22m loss for its first fiscal 2017 quarter. Revenues were down 20 per cent on the year-ago quarter and 11 per cent on the previous quarter, the fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, when revenues of $10.9m and losses of $25.5m were followed by lay- …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2016

​The hybrid cloud wants your data

Promo A coding competition is coming soon, brought to you by The Register in partnership with IBM. For now all we can tell you is that IBM's Cloudant platform will play a part in the proceedings. So let's get the ball rolling with this call to developers, data science professionals and IT analytic architects to sign up now for a …
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UK.gov preparing to lob up to £4 BEEELLION at commodity tech

The government’s official procurement arm, Crown Commercial Services, has coughed the contract notice for a multi-year mega framework for commodity tech valued between £2bn and £4bn. The Technology Products 2 buying vehicle is set to go live in November, replacing the previous iteration, which launched in the same month back …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2016
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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

A troubled heliostatic power station is set to hit the anti-renewables meme-factories, after misaligned mirrors set the tower on fire. The Google-backed, US$2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System generates power by focussing sunlight on boilers at the top of three 140-metre (439-foot) towers and using the …
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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, is enduring more customer fury after extended outages stretched across its ADSL, NBN, and mobile networks. The carrier has blamed network hardware for the TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance), issuing a statement saying a Friday outage resulted from “a fault with the …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

The A380 may be able to haul hundreds of people across oceans and continents in considerable comfort, but aerosexuals* find it hard to love on aesthetic grounds. And now Airbus has signalled it intends to make even uglier planes next year. You'll need to be a very dedicated aviation enthusiast to see the new ugly birds, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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US giant Ingram Micro snaps up little Brit Comms-care

Tech distributor Ingram Micro has snapped up UK channel services minnow Comms-care for an undisclosed sum. Comms-care sells maintenance services to resellers that can't provide services themselves. It has has 225 staff and 850 channel partners. For the full year ended 2015, Comms-care posted a revenue increase of 33 per cent …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2016
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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

Just a few days after a counter-terrorism incident which involved precisely zero terrorists, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has started to deploy 3,000 body-worn video (BWV) cameras to its coppers. After enabling the evacuation of 75,000-seater Old Trafford on the final day of the Premier League, for what turned out to be a …
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EMC Unity or VNX3? You tell me

Opinion The big announcement at the recent EMC World was VNX3 – or EMC Unity as we now have to call it. The EMC marketing Reality Distortion Field is in full effect, with the company at pains to claim that Unity is a brand new product “designed from the ground up”, although your correspondent believes it appears to be significantly …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

A date has been set to formally decommission the government's online identity Gateway portal by 2018 - a move that raises serious questions as to whether the Verify replacement will provide a fit for purpose alternative. The deal to pull the plug on Gateway - which is most importantly used for self-assessment tax users - has …
Kat Hall, 13 May 2016

36 firms at risk from that unpatched 2010 SAP vuln? Try 500+

Analysis A vulnerability in SAP systems that some enterprises have failed to patch for six years is more difficult to fix than previously reported and estimates of enterprise exposure are way too low, according to the security consultancy that originally found it. US-CERT took the unprecedented move on Wednesday of enumerating in an …
John Leyden, 13 May 2016
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Hitachi sniffs around the Internet of Things market with HIG

Hitachi has set up a Hitachi Insight Group (HIG) to focus its variegated and so far separate Internet of Things (IoT) efforts. It will develop digital products and services, relying on a Lumada IoT platform product. This has a software design supporting customisation by customers and partners. Hitachi’s IoT portfolio includes …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

Police in Maryland, US, used controversial cellphone-tracking technology intended only for the most serious crimes to track down a man who stole $50 of chicken wings. Police in Annapolis – an hour's drive from the heart of government in Washington DC – used a StingRay cell tower simulator in an effort to find the location of a …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2016

Verizon worker strike now in its third week

Last month, Verizon staff along with the Communication Workers of America (CWA) decided to go on strike as union and the US telco failed to agree on a new contract. Now, as the strike enters its third week, both sides are hunkering down for what they believe could be a long and ugly battle. Verizon employees on the Eastern …
Shaun Nichols, 03 May 2016

EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

EMC World The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more. The Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) is for enterprises and service providers to store data in the cloud, mission-critical data, says EMC. The data can come from …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016

Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

The six-year effort by VC Vinod Khosla to prevent public access to a California beach may be going against the billionaire. In a 3-0 ruling, a San Francisco appeals court reinstated part of a lawsuit brought against the Sun Microsystems co-founder that will now allow lawyers to argue that the land's former owners had granted a …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2016
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Zuck's $16m security bill

Facebook has spent $16m on security for its CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the past five years, an SEC filing has revealed. Last year, the social media giant spent $4.26m on "home security" for The Zuck; the year before that $5.6m. It has also spent about $500,000 a year on private jets for the CEO. "Because of the high visibility of …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2016
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Node.js releases version 6.0. Yes, yes, LTS

The Node.js Foundation has released version 6, which now falls just seven per cent short of complete support for the ES6 specifications. The European Computer Manufacturer's Association's ECMAScript version 6 was released in 2015 as a trademarked specification for scripting languages, including JavaScript. It specifies core …

Google discovers you assume clouds just work

Google's proved to itself that when users take workloads to the cloud they just assume cloud operators will be takin' care of business. Last year, the cloud challenger announced it had introduced non-disruptive live migration of virtual machines, so that it could patch VMs without asking users to endure an interruption or …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2016
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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

America's toothless Tiger Moth, the F‑35, has copped another backhander from US government auditors: the US Government Accountability Office reckons its logistics software isn't ready for battlefield deployment. The GAO also warns that the US$16.7bn Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) could, instead, swallow anything …
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NexentaEdge gets persistent for Docker containers

Nexenta has upgraded its NexentaEdge scale out block and object store to add persistent storage to Docker containers, and support native block device services, so hyper-converged OpenStack Nova nodes can run directly on a NexentaEdge cluster. NexentaEdge includes additional performance optimisations for all-flash and hybrid …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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Planning to throw capacity at an IT problem? Read this first

Not so long ago the axiom “you get what you pay for” held true in IT. More expensive hardware and software generally produced better results. With the rise of open source and open standards, this is no longer the case. In today's world, if you'll pardon the mangled aphorism, IT isn't about how much you spend, but how you set …
Trevor Pott, 25 Apr 2016

Four bugs bait hooks in Asian phishing trip

Malware writers are exploiting four RTF parser vulnerabilities, in a long-running campaign to target journalists, human rights activists, and Tibetans across Hong Kong and Taiwan. An Arbor Networks study found miscreants are exploiting since-patched vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office's handling of rich text files (CVE-2012- …
Darren Pauli, 20 Apr 2016
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Dell gives up on vWorkspace virtual desktops

Dell has decided to cease further development of its vWorkspace product, a desktop virtualisation (VDI) tool it acquired along with Quest back in 2012. In a statement sent to The Register's virtualisation desk, Dell said it is “transitioning vWorkspace to maintenance and support of its existing product.” “Current customers …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2016
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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

The UK's biggest broadband provider BT redirected its customers' outgoing emails to a single account for three hours on Tuesday. The telco said the flooded inbox was an internal account it uses for test purposes and not a random unlucky subscriber. While BT did not provide details on the reason for the disruption, it appears …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016
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SamSam ransomware shifts from hospitals to schools via JBoss hole

Cisco has warned that the SamSam ransomware that has been plaguing US hospitals is now menacing schools, governments, and other organizations that have not kept their JBoss deployments up to date. According to the networking giant's Talos security team, SamSam exploits a hole in server middleware JBoss to drill its way into …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2016

R+SQL tutorials released

Microsoft's GitHubbed tutorials to teach R to SQL Server 2016 Services users. Posted in Redmond's GitHub channel here, the training docs are designed to help devs build analytics based on the language Microsoft bought last year. There's docs and examples for building models in the R IDE, but getting SQL Server to do the …
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Zadara alters storage destiny: Object storage is written in our STaaS

The Zadara Storage Cloud, available on-premises and in the cloud (remotely) or both, has had the ZIOS Intelligent Object Store service added. The Zadara cloud systems provide VPSA (Virtual Private Storage Array CHECK) block and file services, using FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, and CIFS protocols. Its STaas (storage as a service) can …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016

HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

Hands On HTC has unwrapped its make-or-break flagship for 2016, the Ten, and we’ve had a look. The successor to the hit M8 and flop M9 features much-improved cameras front and back, sports a close-to-stock implementation of Android, and packs one major surprise... it’s the first non-Apple phone to license Apple’s AirPlay. TVs and …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2016
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Cash, fear and uncertainty: The Holy Trinity of Bitcoin and blockchain

Feature Writing anything about Bitcoin or blockchains is a challenge. It's not the easiest technology to understand – not because it's particularly complex, but because it's grown into something of a confused mess of different technologies and applications. It also "looks" strange compared to most technologies that we're used to. Plus …
Matt Reynolds, 12 Apr 2016
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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

Something for the Weekend, Sir? There’s a woman at the front door. She has come to twiddle my knobs. Here we go, you’re thinking: yet another puerile SftWS column opening with cheap sexual innuendo. Well, not this time, young Bucky. It’s been four years almost to the day since I first began writing these weekly rantings, so it’s about time I put an end to …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Apr 2016
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London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

The creation of new "smart" roads with in-built Wi-Fi technology can be an enabler of the widespread adoption of driverless and connected cars, an expert has said. Ben Gardner, expert in autonomous vehicles technology and regulation at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said he welcomed plans outlined by Highways …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Apr 2016
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Neighbour sick of you parking in his driveway? You'd better hack-proof your car

Car security startup Karamba Security has emerged from stealth with $2.5m in funding and a plan to revamp in-car security. Karamba has developed a technology that hardens the externally-facing electronic control unit (ECU) of cars in order to defend against hack attacks. The software is designed to protect a car's externally …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2016
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Managing infrastructure, a newbie's guide: Simple stuff you need to know

We all have IT and telco infrastructure equipment that's getting older. Time marches on and few of us have the funds or resources to renew everything when it reaches its official point of being written off by the bean-counters. We all, then, have some kind of legacy kit clinging onto its existence – even if it doesn't quite …
Dave Cartwright, 07 Apr 2016
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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

Australian political commentator Waleed Aly has made a spectacularly non-useful intervention into the debate about the technologies used to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), setting the ridiculous expectation that streaming video must always load in under a second and must never pause. Aly's piece on The …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016

Storage admins.... they'll take your jobs

Blog Last week I had an interesting chat with Andy Warfield (CTO and founder of Coho Data). We started a debate about his latest article and the pros and cons of custom hardware design in modern storage products. However, the conversation quickly got side-tracked to another topic: the role of the storage admin, if any, in 2016. It …

Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

Google sees little distinction between board rooms and bars, cubicles and coffee shops; all are untrusted under its perimeter-less security model detailed in a paper published this week. The "BeyondCorp model" under development for more than five years is a zero-trust network model where the user is king and log in location …
Darren Pauli, 06 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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The kid is not VSAN: EMC buffs up ScaleIO for high-end types

EMC has buffed up its ScaleIO virtual SAN software. Hopkinton positions ScaleIO as virtual SAN software for higher-end data centres than subsidiary VMware’s VSAN virtual SAN software, and also for customers using Hyper-V server virtualisation, which VSAN does not support. ScaleIO scales out to more nodes than VSAN, we’re told …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2016