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SWIFT finally pushes two-factor auth in banks – it only took several multimillion-dollar thefts

The international financial network SWIFT has said it will "expand" its use of two-factor authentication when banks shift funds. The belated decision comes following a turbulent few weeks in which a series of multi-million dollar thefts carried out through the SWIFT system came to light. Bangladesh's central bank lost $81m, …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 May 2016

As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

The sysadmin-activist at the center of a bizarre legal battle over a smart meter network in Seattle, Washington, says he never expected a simple records request to turn into a lawsuit. Phil Mocek told The Register that when he asked Seattle City Light, a public power utility, to provide details on the designs and rollout of …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2016

Are EU having a laugh? Europe passes hopeless cyber-commerce rules

Analysis The European Commission (EC) has approved a series of ecommerce rules designed to make Europe more competitive online. In true European fashion however, the proposals contain a lengthy series of inconsistent compromises and avoid altogether the most complex policy issues, making them largely worthless. Vice-President for the …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016
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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

An Alphabet shareholder is suing company executives – including exec chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and president Sergey Brin – for their roles in Google's EU antitrust case. Robert Jessup has filed suit [PDF] in a California state court against more than three dozen people, including the Google cofounders and long- …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016
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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

Bank customers may be obliged to bear the bill for fraud against their accounts, under proposed changes mulled by banks, the UK government and GCHQ. Under the plans, individuals or companies with poor online security could be “frozen out of banking services or even excluded from the system whereby banks compensate customers …
John Leyden, 26 May 2016
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Big Cable uses critics' own arguments to slam set-top box shake-up

Analysis Amid a battle to end Big Cable's $20bn annual windfall from rented set-top boxes, the industry has hit on a novel strategy: use its opponents' own arguments against them. In a filing on the last day of public comment to the FCC's plan to open up the market, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) in the US …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2016
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Committees: Wait! Don't strap on the Privacy Shield yet

The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach has always differed from the EU's …
Frank Jennings, 24 May 2016

Password reuse bot steals creds from weak sites, logs in to banks

The perils of password re-use have been laid bare with the discovery of a botnet dedicated to finding account credentials on websites and testing the logins it finds on banks. The work is clever since it avoids tripping botnet detection and brute force rate limiters in place at most security-savvy banks, but absent across the …
Darren Pauli, 24 May 2016
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Half of EU members sidle up to EC: About the data-sharing rules. C'mon. Chill out

Ministers from half of the European Union's 28 member states have signed a letter asking the EU Commission to drop its “barriers to the free flow of data”. The letter was sent to the EU's digitally focused folk ahead of Wednesday, when the commission will publish the findings of its inquiry into online platforms (“search …
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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

If you have ever travelled on an aeroplane, the chances are you have experienced some form of turbulence. For those of us who fly infrequently, it can be alarming and unnerving, but rest assured that for the pilots and crew who experience turbulence every day, it is business as usual. You will normally receive a message to …

Bold stance: Microsoft says terrorism is bad

Microsoft is enacting a new policy to remove terrorist content from its consumer services. The Redmond software giant said that the new terms and conditions for its hosted services will bar any content containing graphic violence or supporting material for any group considered a terrorist organization by the United Nations …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2016

Theranos bins two years of test results

The controversial blood-testing company Theranos has voided two years of results and issued tens of thousands of corrected reports, further undermining its credibility and raising serious questions over its future. The discarded results were run both on traditional testing machines and on Theranos' "revolutionary" Edison …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016

Europe adopts new cybersecurity rules for key players

The European Council has adopted new cybersecurity rules to make networks and information services across the European Union safer and more secure. The network and information security (NIS) directive [PDF] will require providers of essential services – such as energy, transport, health and finance – and "digital service …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2016
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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

Promises on broadband make up the mainstay of a new Digital Bill, first revealed at The Register back in January and formally revealed in the Queen’s Speech today. It’s one of 21 new legislative proposals. The speech reiterated plans to create the right for every household to access high speed broadband. The plans for a …
Team Register, 18 May 2016
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Android Pay debuts in UK

Google has launched its contactless payment service, Android Pay, in the UK. The service, which uses NFC chips to enable transactions and integrates "everywhere contactless payments are accepted", comes to the UK directly from the US. It arrives with standard industry security measures for contactless payments. More …

Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

The Iraqi government is repeatedly shutting down the country's entire internet to prevent students from cheating in their exams. That is the extraordinary conclusion reached by infrastructure experts delving into why the country has experienced a series of three-hour blackouts at the same time each day for three days in a row …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2016

YouTube skiddie busted for hacking Country Liberal Party

A man from the Australian state of Victoria has been charged after stealing, using, and publishing credit cards of political party members using basic tricks he learned from YouTube. Aaron Warren Camm, 20, of Kangaroo Flat, learnt how to use the skiddie tool Havij to launch SQL injection attacks and applied the lessons in …
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2016

Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

Revolutions have started for flimsier reasons than draconian new laws that assault the population’s health. In the past, a ruling bureaucratic class has had to do something demonstrably stupid to signal to the people that it’s unfit to govern: like dramatically increase the price of staple foods such as bread, or introducing …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2016
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Super cool: Arctic data centres aren't just for Facebook

Dotted around the near-Arctic are several data centres, each taking advantage of the cold air in that region. We know that low temperatures are great for cooling, but it isn’t the only reason that operators chose those locations. Facebook opened its data centre in Luleå, northern Sweden in 2011. Google rolled out its Hamina …
Danny Bradbury, 12 May 2016

Popular UK mobile tech firm 51Degrees hacked

British mobile device detection company 51Degrees used by the likes of Unilever, T-Mobile, IBM, and Microsoft, has been hacked. The Reading-based company sells device detection allowing customers such as Hyundai, Deloitte, and Heineken to identify quickly a web site visitor's device. Founder James Rosewell says in a letter to …
Darren Pauli, 11 May 2016
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NVMdurance extends flash life tenfold

A small Irish startup says it can extend flash endurance tenfold, and has inked a supply deal with Altera to demonstrate the strength of its technology. NVMdurance was founded as Evolvability by Joe Sullivan and Conor Ryan in 2008 to carry out flash endurance consulting. In 2012 it gained funding and support from NRDC Ireland …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016
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London NHS trust fined £180,000 after second bcc fail on HIV email list

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has handed down a £180,000 fine to an NHS trust in London after it revealed the email addresses of more than 700 users of an HIV information service. The data blunder occurred last year when a sexual health clinic at 56 Dean Street, which is operated as part of Chelsea and …
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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

We have grown so used to credit reference giants like Experian knowing almost as much about us as Google, but unlike Google, they put this information up for sale. This is perhaps why we have forgotten that Experian could form the basis of one of the most powerful personal intelligence systems in the world. And that it is a …
Faultline, 09 May 2016

Researcher arrested after reporting pwnage hole in elections site

Vanguard Cybersecurity man David Levin was arrested after exploiting and disclosing SQL injection vulnerabilities that revealed admin credentials in the Lee County state elections website. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the 31-year-old Estero man hacked into Lee County state elections website on 19 December. …
Darren Pauli, 09 May 2016
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Giant 3D printed human

A new Guinness World Record has been set for the tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human, which measures 2.05m from head to toe. The scan, by Birmingham-based Backface, was slightly reworked by an artist before it was sent off to a ProJet 660 printer. It took a over month’s worth of (almost) non-stop printing power to build …
Katyanna Quach, 06 May 2016

ICO fines NHS trust £185K for publicly airing personnel files

A health trust that exposed the private details of 6,574 members of staff on its website has been fined £185,000 by UK data privacy watchdogs. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust inadvertently published workers’ confidential data including their National Insurance number, date of birth, religious beliefs and …
John Leyden, 04 May 2016
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Sweaty students push hot HPC clusters through benchmark tests

HPC Blog The first task that students have to perform at the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition is to run the venerable HPL and newish High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmarks. High performance Linpack (HPL), also known as LINPACK, is a routine that measures floating point performance and is the basis for the Top500 list. …

Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

The value of online fraudulent transactions is expected to reach $25.6bn by 2020, up from $10.7bn last year, according to a new study from industry analysts Juniper Research. The researchers predict that by the end of the decade, $4 in every $1,000 of online payments will be fraudulent. Juniper’s study, Online Payment Fraud: …
John Leyden, 03 May 2016
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Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices

If you run online services, concentrate your efforts on making sure they can handle iOS devices on weekends. The Register makes that recommendation after a wade through the United States government's data on which operating systems hit its empire of websites. The US makes that data available at analytics.usa.gov, where …
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2016
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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

Business Intelligence (BI) systems are designed to turn raw data into useful information, so why don’t they do the job properly? Why do most of them fail so completely to make use of the huge range of capabilities that the analytics world has to offer? Even at the most basic level, they fail catastrophically to take simple …
Mark Whitehorn, 02 May 2016
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Finance bods SWIFT to update after Bangladesh hack

Security vendors are pushing for a more comprehensive revamp of the SWIFT international inter-bank financial transaction messaging system beyond a update prompted by an $81m hack against Bangladesh's central bank. The loss of $81m (part of an attempted $950m heist) in February’s Bangladesh cyber-heist – reckoned to be the …
John Leyden, 29 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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Dyson hair dryer

Vacuum mogul James Dyson has launched a "Supersonic" hair dryer. The £299 creation measures air temperature 20 times a second to stop strands searing, just one of many features said to make locks look lustrous. Dyson trotted out its usual "this product category is broken so we re-invented everything to make air behave usefully …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2016
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Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale

Comment Internet Australia's new National Broadband Network (NBN) policy advocates using a technology yet to be proven to work at scale. The organisation last week decided to update its policy from one I surmise as “never compromise: only fibre-to-the-premises will do” to advocating fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTDP) rollout as …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2016
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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

Almost any cash machine in the world could be illegally accessed and jackpotted1 with or without the help of malware. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab reached this conclusion after investigating real attacks on ATMs and assessments of the machines carried out for several international banks. The susceptibility of ATMs in …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2016

Charter can gobble TWC for $78.7bn ... if it bins monthly download caps

FCC boss Tom Wheeler has put out the terms for his watchdog's approval of Charter Communications' $78bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Wheeler said Monday that he has passed along a proposed approval order and conditions for the other four FCC commissioners to vote on. "As proposed, the order outlines a number of …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016

Meet the malware that screwed a Bangladeshi bank out of $81m

February's hack against Bangladesh's central bank that netted $81m in diverted funds is one of the biggest cyber heists of all time. Now researchers think they've found the malware that did it. A sample of the software nasty was obtained by researchers at defense contractors BAE Systems. The malware appears to have been custom …
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2016
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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

Steve Wozniak has spoken out against Apple's tax affairs, saying all companies ought to pay 50 per cent in taxes. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live he said: "I don't like the idea that Apple might be unfair - not paying taxes the way I do as a person. "I do a lot of work, I do a lot of travel and I pay over 50 per cent of anything …
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2016

Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

Customers still unable to access their websites following a mega cock-up at hosting site 123-reg over the weekend have been offered six months' free VPS and backup recovery services as a sweetener. The biz 'fessed up to customers this week that a script containing a catastrophic error which was run on Saturday (16 April) took …
Kat Hall, 21 Apr 2016
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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

Kent Police has been fined £80k by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after sensitive personal details of a woman who accused her partner of domestic abuse were passed to the suspect, who was a police officer. According to the ICO, the copper's solicitor was handed the entire contents of the complainant’s mobile phone …

Australia admits to running offensive cyber-ops team

The Australian Government has today launched an information security strategy under which AU$230 million will be spent over four years to improve critical infrastructure defences through private and public sector information sharing, innovation security centres, and by bankrolling support for 5000 security tests for businesses …
Darren Pauli, 21 Apr 2016
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EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

The EU is launching a €6.7bn (£5.3bn) mega “science cloud”, intended to better exploit the continent's academic research via big data. According to a press release from the European Commission, the EU is the "largest producer of scientific data in the world, but insufficient and fragmented infrastructure means this 'big data' …
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2016

US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

America's flagship news program 60 Minutes has demonstrated how to "hack" a US congressman's smartphone. One little thing to bear in mind about this incredible scoop: the vulnerability has been in circulation since 2014 ... and it requires high-level access to global phone networks. House representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) loaned …
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2016
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Europe's new privacy safeguards are finally approved, must invade EU nations by 2018

Analysis The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been ratified by the European Parliament. The final seal of approval follows successful passage through the EU Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Following four years of discussions and amendments, the GDPR is now officially EU law and will …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2016
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Theranos faces ban

Troubled blood-testing startup Theranos may lose one of its testing facilities and a functional management team following a damning report by federal health regulators. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has said it will revoke the company's license for its California lab and prevent its owners – Theranos CEO …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2016

Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

The Badlock flaw in Windows and Samba file servers has been revealed after weeks of hype and anticipation. It is not as critical as feared, but it's still an annoyance. Fixes and mitigations are available today. In late March, we were alerted to what was described as a "crucial security bug" in Windows and Unix-flavored SMB …
Chris Williams, 12 Apr 2016

Swedish military unwittingly helped hose US banks in 2012/2013

Sweden's military has told a newswire that its servers were used in a 2012/2013 attack on American banks. The report from Agence France Presse (AFP) quotes military spokesperson Mikael Abramsson, who told the agency, "The hacking attack was a kind of wake-up call for us and forced us to take very specific security steps to …
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Infinidat adds predictive analytics to Infinibox OS. But what's it mean?

Comment Infinidat says that its upcoming OS release will provide advanced performance analytics with across-the-board instrumentation, and enhanced quality of service (QoS) facilities. Infinidat, founded by Moshe Yanai of Symmetrix and XIV fame, provides probably the most reliable and available monolithic primary data storage array in …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2016
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Turbo-charged quantum crypto? You'll need Cambridge laser boffins for that

Boffins hope to turbo-charge the speed of “unbreakable” quantum cryptographic systems with a new technique involving “seeding” one laser beam inside another. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Toshiba Research Europe have used the technique to demonstrate that it might be possible to distribute encryption keys at …
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2016

Homeland Security report hoses down energy-sector 'cybergeddon' talk

+Comment Everybody knows how easily the world could be plunged into a New Dark Ages with nothing more than a handful of hacker keystrokes – everybody except the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In a report obtained and published by Public Intelligence researchers, the DHS contradicts most of the received wisdom …