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Manchester plods cop £120k fine for USB-stick-inna-wallet data gaffe

The Greater Manchester Police Force have paid a £120,000 fine after losing the details of more than a thousand people under investigation for serious drugs crime. The personal details were kept on an unencrypted memory stick with no password protection, belonging to an officer with the Serious Crime Division team. Kept in the …
Anna Leach, 16 Oct 2012
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Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

Manchester is Britain's biggest cove of pirate downloaders, claims a Shoreditch-based music upstart. Mancunians have a particular craving for illegal copies of smirking indie crooner Ed Sheeran's albums and singles, we're told. The northern city is the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study by London-headquartered …
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Manchester biz raided in text message spam clampdown

A clampdown on text spam has led to a police raid on offices in Urmston, Manchester, and the seizure of equipment by the Information Commissioner's Office. The UK data privacy watchdog was given enhanced powers last year to tackle the growing problem of junk SMS messages, including the authority to ask mobile operators for …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2012
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Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'

FoxNews.com has got its knickers in a twist about the birthplace of some pop band called the Beatles. As illustrated below, the US news outfit is quite certain in a news article curiously carrying a Wall Street Journal byline that the Fab Four are from Manchester and not Liverpool. Fox says Beatles are from Manchester …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2010

Referee and two others charged in FA hacking probe

Three people from the Manchester area have been charged over allegations they hacked into computer systems at English football governing body, the FA. Dean Mohareb, 30, of Weybourne Drive, Woodley, Stockport has been charged with perverting the course of justice and unauthorised access to computer data. Liam Cliff, 19, of …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2013
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Crowds greet A380 at Manchester Airport

An enthusiastic crowd greeted the first Airbus A380 to land at Manchester Airport earlier this afternoon, marking the end of an 18-month, £10m upgrade of the airport to accommodate the beast. Emirates will operate a daily Manchester-Dubai service, meaning the former has the honour of being the first regional airport anywhere in …
Lester Haines, 01 Sep 2010

Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

The movies tell us that tunnels are normally dug when a person locked behind bars laboriously scrapes away dirt with just a spoon to secretly set themselves free. Now some naughty scamps in Salford, Greater Manchester, have used the technique, not to escape, but to break their way into a shop to steal cash out of an ATM. …
Team Register, 21 Mar 2014
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Hardware keyloggers found in Manchester library PCs

Hardware keyloggers have been discovered in public libraries in Greater Manchester. Two USB devices, attached to keyboard sockets on the back of computers in Wilmslow and Handforth libraries, would have enabled baddies to record every keystroke made on compromised PCs. It's unclear who placed the snooping devices on the machines …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2011
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Manchester to host UK's first Apple AirPlay demo

Hi-Fi maker Denon will tomorrow give the first UK demo of Apple's AirPlay technology - the revamped AirTunes that now incorporates video. The company will be showing off its upcoming AVR 3311 AV receiver which, when it ships early next year, will be able to stream content from a computer running iTunes, and be controlled by …
Hard Reg, 15 Oct 2010
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BT jabbed by ad watchdog AGAIN over fibre deployment fibs

BT has been caught fibbing to Manchester residents, after the telecoms giant wrongly claimed that its fibre optic Infinity product was already available throughout the city. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled today that BT had misled customers with a poster ad that shouted: "MANCHESTER BUSINESSES. IT'S ARRIVED". A …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2013
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Casino DDoS duo caged for five years after blackmail buyout threat

A pair of cyber-extortionists who attempted to blackmail a Manchester-based online casino with threats of unleashing a debilitating denial of service attack have been jailed for five years and four months. Piotr Smirnow, 31, of Tawerny, Warsaw, Poland, and Patryk Surmacki, 35, of Szezecin, Poland, pleaded guilty at Manchester …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013
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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

A Greater Manchester woman has found to her cost that if you turn up on horseback to a McDonald's drive-through window and are refused service, it's probably unwise to then lead your mount into the restaurant and let it crap on the floor. The unnamed horse-lover rolled up to the fast food outlet on Bury New Road, Whitefield, on …
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2013
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Burmese junta strongman considered buying Manchester United

The leader of the Burmese military junta seriously considered a $1bn bid for Manchester United in January 2009. The Asian republic was coping with the aftermath of cyclone Nargis (which killed around 140,000) at the time, but Than Shwe, commander of the armed forces in the south-east Asian state, was urged by his grandson to …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010

Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms

A graphene condom so thin that blokes won’t look for excuses to avoid using it is on its way, thanks to Bill Gates. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $100,000 to University of Manchester boffins who’ve proposed making condoms built using the wonder-material, so far earmarked for use in electronics and computing …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2013
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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

Aria Technology has received a telling-off from the Advertising Standards Agency for failing to respond to a complaint about a hard drive promotion which the toothless watchdog deemed to be "misleading". The Manchester-based reseller was put on the ASA naughty step over a "500 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA III Hard Drive - Clean …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2014
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Manchester cops hit Twitter - spoof feeds fall down stairs

Greater Manchester Police decided to show the world just how tough it is policing England's third city by tweeting every report it receives for 24 hours. The results so far tell a story of stretched resources, organisational confusion, police communications hijacked by criminals and pranksters, and coppers ending up in jail - …
Joe Fay, 14 Oct 2010
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Manchester Uni looks into mobile health nannying

Industry body, the GSMA, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Manchester to set up an Innovation Centre devoted towards health on the move. The Manchester m-Health Innovation Centre will focus on "using mobile technology to enable people to play a more active role in determining their own health". The …
Bill Ray, 11 Nov 2009
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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

According to friendly "leaks" passed to newspapers overnight, the government may force cigarette manufacturers to sell their wares in plain packaging after yet another review, despite rejecting the policy earlier this year. But the gambit is unlikely to withstand the scrutiny of the Chancellor. Why? Plain packaging legislation …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2013
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Manchester ID staff suffer isolation as new dawn fades

The people of Manchester have either lost all interest in travelling abroad and drinking, or couldn't give a monkey's about the government's lame duck ID card scheme, if a commons answer is anything to go by. Manchester is the first big trialling ground for the ID card scheme, before a broader trial across the rest of the North …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2010
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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

British schoolkids as young as 11 will be trained in cyber security as part of a new drive to protect the UK from digital threats. The government will produce learning materials designed to get 11- to 14-year-olds up to speed on cyber security. If the kids show a willingness to strap on a keyboard and fight in some foreign …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014
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Manchester cops recover from Conficker

Manchester police were once again able to run inquiries on the Police National Computer on Wednesday morning, after techies purged a Conficker worm infection from the force's network. The malware infection left cops unable to run PNC checks on suspect persons or vehicles between Friday evening - when a decision to disconnect …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2010
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Square-kilometre radio telescope wins millions in UK funding

UK science minister David Willetts has announced £11m of funding to help the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) process the expected deluge of data it will produce. Handling the expected 915-petabyte daily data firehose from the entire SKA radio telescope will require advances in practically every computing discipline: the data will …
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Manchester council caned over school data breach

Manchester City Council has been rapped over the knuckles for the loss of two laptops containing sensitive personal information on teachers and workers at local schools. The local authority was sent to detention obliged to sign a promise to improve its performance following the loss of two unencrypted machines from the Town Hall …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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IBM opens systems software lab in Manchester

IBM has opened up a software development lab in Manchester, focusing on various systems programs that run on its Power Systems iron. The lab is leveraging the bit-twiddling expertise that Big Blue gained when it bought Transitive back in November 2008. Transitive is the commercial implementation of emulation work done in the …
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Google offers up its own flesh to the world's braying cloud hordes

Google is sending its cloud cultists out into the recesses of the real world to preach the gospel of its technology. The "Cloud Platform Developer Roadshow" was announced by Google on Tuesday as the search company tried to broaden revenues away from its main advertising offerings. "In the roadshow, we will be talking about new …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014
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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has launched a £6.1m takeover bid of his electronics retail firm Expansys. The entrepreneur made his move after increasing his share ownership in the AIM-listed firm from 41.4 percent to more than 50 per cent. Jones bought some 110.3 million shares to become the majority owner. This means that …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
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Cloud-puffing Iomart goes south - to gobble Manc biz Melbourne

UK biz Iomart is spreading its cloud south and bolstering biz services by buying up Manchester-based Melbourne Server Hosting, in an acquisition announced last week. Glasgow-headquartered Iomart will get two data centres and offices in Manchester's Technopark as part of the deal, and will take over hosting for 600 customers – …
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012
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Cloud silo and services firm UKFast hires personal shopper

Cloud silo and server hosting service provider UKFast, which owns three data centres across the UK and claims Coutts private bank and NHS trusts among its customers, has brought on board an M&A specialist to help it embark on a UK acquisition spree. UKFast claims it had previously lost acquisition targets to rivals because it …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

Connecticut twins Aric Ryan Hale and Sean Peter Hale welcomed in 2013 in fine style after being arrested for scrapping over whose turn it was to make the beast with two backs with a woman described by cops as their "shared" girlfriend. The pair - "both 28" as this report nicely notes - were in a hotel room in Manchester, east of …
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2013
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Launchpads, catapults... what a load of - WAIT, there's £15m for grabs?

Techies and investors with bright ideas for commercial video, imaging and games businesses can apply for a slice of £15m this month – if they can wade past the quango-ese jargon of "catapults" and "launchpads". It's all intended to commercialise good ideas. Created by Gordon Brown in 2007, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2013

Brit education tech supplier comes back to life after collapse

The company formerly known as Tribune Business Systems is about to be reanimated after Dubai-based investment firm VMS bought it out of administration in a classic pre-pack arrangement. As revealed this week, the London-based education supplier called in receivers FRP Advisory after failing to secure additional investment. All …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014

Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

Virgin Media customers in Bolton have been moaning about the telco's network since late last year, with some subscribers in the area claiming that the firm's techies have ignored the complaints or blamed the connection problems on individual routers. But – for once, perhaps – the SuperHub, which has been cheekily dubbed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2014
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Manchester united against ID cards, ID minister finds

The put-upon people of Manchester got the chance to quiz Home Office minister Meg Hillier on ID cards yesterday, while Parliament got an update on the national identity register - the database at the heart of the project. Sir Joseph Pilling told the Home Affairs committee that 538 people were now on the database - one of them …
John Oates, 24 Nov 2009
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Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

It was a year of frenzied activity for AIM-listed Outsourcery in 2013 but none of this translated into bottom line goodness as the cloud provider's losses again outstripped sales. According to preliminary numbers reported today, the Manchester-based as-a-service firm reported a 44 per cent sales spike to £5.2m, including £4.1m …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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Conficker left Manchester unable to issue traffic tickets

Manchester City Council was prevented from issuing hundreds of motoring penalty notices in time after the infamous Conficker worm knocked out parts of its IT systems. Drivers caught on camera driving in bus lanes escaped punishment after the town hall fine processing system was taken offline in February, following infection by …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2009
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Manchester cops clobbered by Conficker

Greater Manchester Police's computer network has been infected by the infamous Conficker worm, leaving beat cops unable to run computer checks on suspected criminals and vehicles for the last three days. The malware was likely introduced into the GMP network after an already infected memory stick was plugged into a Windows PC. …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2010
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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

13,000 households in the UK still watch TV in black and white, telly licence fee collectors have revealed. In an age when TV sets are often internet-enabled with high-def plasma screens and 3D capabilities, some people obviously like to keep it simple. And cheap too. At £49, a black-and-white TV licence is cheaper than the …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2013
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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Brits on the UK cell network EE are reporting dodgy connections, delayed text messages and other problems tonight. Some users are unable to make calls even though they have a full signal strength showing on their mobiles. According to handy uptime monitoring website downdetector.co.uk, most of the complaints are coming in from …
Chris Williams, 19 Mar 2014

Brit colo outfit Alphadex offline all weekend after attack

British data centre provider Alphadex has been hit by a weekend-long outage. Users report that everything they host with the company has gone down, along with Alphadex's own control panels and management interfaces. Details of the incident are sketchy, with Alphadex offering only Tweets to explain the situation. Customers first …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2014
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'Spend police USB stick data loss mega-fine on IT lessons for cops'

A six-figure fine levelled against police for losing a USB stick of drug probe suspects' details should be spent on training cops to take better care of sensitive data. That's the view of a candidate standing in today's police commissioner election in Greater Manchester. Last month the county's police force was fined £120,000 …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2012
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Spread the gospel! Tim Berners-Lee's Open Data Institute goes global

The Open Data Institute, an organisation founded by web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt, has announced it's setting up 13 "nodes" around the world. The ODI, which is backed with a £10m cash pot provided by taxpayers and based at London's Silicon Roundabout, was created to help businesses use public …
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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

Britain's temporary 4G monopolist EE promises to "double" its network speed in twelve cities from tomorrow as the company attempts to achieve superior offerings and differentiate itself from rival operators who are set to swamp the market in the autumn. The company's boss Olaf Swantee admitted that EE wanted to "stay one step …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013

Tech repair shop to the UK flees Manchester

A Novo UK, which services mobile phones, monitors and set-top boxes, is laying off at least 130 staff and closing its Manchester repair centre. The company provides after-sales support and repairs for lots of tech companies including BT Vision, Sky, Dell and Philips. The redundancy plan, part of a strategic review of UK sites …
John Oates, 27 Aug 2008
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Vodafone sends Manchester back to the 90s

Vodafone customers in Greater Manchester are having to rely on 2G services as a hardware fault has brought down the whole area's 3G coverage. Users of the 3G network are reporting dropped calls and incoming connections being routed direct to voice mail, though switching the handset to use 2G, GSM, seems to fix the problem. …
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2007

Monkey poo probe reveals secrets of middle-management brains

It might be tough at the top, or at the bottom - but it's even tougher in the middle. That's the claim made by boffins from Liverpool and Manchester universities who say their study of monkeys proves that middle managers suffer more stress than anyone else. 'If you could go ahead and remember to do that from now on' Katie …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Apr 2013
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India's IT giants left gasping after water shortage

IT execs from some of India’s biggest tech firms are set to meet government officials this week after crippling water shortages almost shut down a large chunk of the country’s multi-billion pound industry last week. Businesses in Chennai’s Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) district apparently account for around three-quarters of the …
Phil Manchester, 04 Jul 2013
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Manchester's congestion charge: pay-to-leave

Manchester council looks set to pick up a big pile of cash from central government in exchange for setting up a two-tier congestion charge system to tax drivers who enter or leave the city. The congestion zone covers most of Manchester. You will pay to go into the centre in the morning and pay again to leave in the evening. …
John Oates, 09 Jun 2008
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Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

Lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones is edging closer to signing a deal to buy AIM-listed Expansys for a fraction of the price of some shares he placed on the market in 2010. The irascible tennis aficionado – Jones trained as a coach in his teens – launched an initial buy-out offer of £6.1m via PDJ Bidco in January, but upped …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
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Gov to Manchester: No new trams without road pricing

Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, has made it clear that Greater Manchester will lose £1.5bn in central government funding for public transport if local people don't agree to the use of road pricing for motorists. “There is no Plan B. I would not want people to be under any illusion about that,” said Mr Hoon, referring to the …
Lewis Page, 17 Nov 2008

Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Vodafone's new 4G mobile broadband package, announced today for the UK, will include live football or a Spotify Premium subscription, plus three months of unlimited downloads and calls - all for £26 a month. Voda has effectively updated its "Red" tariff by adding a fiver a month onto the price, and including 4G connectivity and …
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013