Feeds

Articles about Measures

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

High Court orders dished out to telcos in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union demanding that they block access to sites serving pirated content have helped to decrease access to BitTorrent trackers, a music industry body has claimed. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its annual report on …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2014

Apple erects measures to stop app-happy kids splurging parents' dosh

Apple has handed new guidelines to App Store software programmers to prevent kids from racking up huge bills from in-app purchases. The fruity firm has come under pressure to protect kids from spending all their parents' cash on virtual rubbish in games, such as smurfberries or vegetables. The new guidelines, available from the …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Aug 2013
shutterstock_copyright_theft_burn_sidey must credit and link to shutterstock

How UK gov's 'growth' measures are ALREADY killing the web

Yesterday the House of Lords debated measures smuggled into the proposed Enterprise and Regulatory Reform law - measures that would lead to fewer photographs on the web and potentially cripple British businesses. Allow ace aerial photographer Jonathan Webb to explain. Webb runs an aerial photography business and deals with …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Leaked AT&T files show planned anti-piracy measures

A series of what are claimed to be leaked training manuals show that AT&T will get a lot more aggressive with its customers over suspected internet piracy, beginning this November. The documents, allegedly obtained by TorrentFreak, say that AT&T will contact customers who have been identified as pirates by copyright owners. The …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Cookies law: Only two EU states implement full measures – so far

A pattern is emerging that shows European Member States greeting Brussels with a collective thumbs-down on its cookies law. So far, the Commission has had just two submissions from countries that have agreed to fully adhere to the amendments to the e-Privacy Directive. "Denmark and Estonia have notified measures to implement …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act site-blocking measures

Communications watchdog Ofcom is to review sections of the Digital Economy Act to see if they are workable. The government said this morning that culture secretary Jeremy Hunt had asked Ofcom to consider whether the Act, which was expected to come into force this month, could work on the issue of reserve powers to enable courts …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2011
euros_channel_money

VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

VAT relating to cross-border business-to-consumer transactions will be charged at the rate in the country where the customer is based, rather than that of the supplier, under new EU rules to take effect in 2015. Explanatory notes on new VAT rules for telecoms, broadcasting and electronic services have been published by the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Apr 2014
Woman throttling man

Steelie Neelie secures MEPs' support for 'net neutrality' – in principle

Members of the European Parliament jockeying for re-election voted for a wave of telecom regulatory measures proposed by Brussels' unelected digital czar today – including the proposal that mobile roaming charges should be axed by the end of next year. The politicos backed "Steelie" Neelie Kroes' reform package ahead of tense …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

Europe floats DIRTY ORE plan, rights groups scoff: It's VOLUNTARY?

The European Commission has released a draft for a programme to regulate the use of conflict materials. The EC said that its plan includes measures which would seek to restrict groups from trading in valuable minerals in order to fund armed conflicts. The package would bring a certification which would require importers in the …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Beeb measures Blighty in doormats

The BBC's improbable units department was in fine form last week when it decided to quantify the land area of the United Kingdom in doormats. In this illuminating piece on just how may noughts a trillion has, Auntie notes that Blighty's 244,820 sq km area is the equivalent of 1,000,000,000,000 doormats, based on a standard foot- …
Lester Haines, 01 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

MS advises drastic measures to fight hellish Trojan

Microsoft is advising users to roll-back Windows if they happen to be unfortunate enough to get hit by a particularly vicious rootkit. The Popureb Trojan sticks its tendrils so deep into the operating system that the best option is to nuke from orbit return machines to their pre-infected state and change the Master Boot Record. …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2011

FTC gets judicial thumbs-up to SUE firms over data breaches

In a ruling this week, a US federal judge affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's authority to file lawsuits against companies for failing to take "reasonable and appropriate" data security measures, rejecting a claim that the agency lacks that power. District Judge Esther Salas of the US District Court of New Jersey denied …
Neil McAllister, 12 Apr 2014
ipad_big_teaser

Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

A bereaved man has launched a legal bid to force Apple to unlock his late mother's two-year-old iPad. Josh Grant, a 26-year-old Londoner, told the Beeb he did not know his mum's Apple ID and password. The fruity firm then refused to open up the fondleslab (presumably locked to her Apple ID) even though he has sent them copies of …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Mar 2014

SPEC puts forward benchmark for accelerated supers

SPEC – the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation – is pimping a new set of benchmarks it says will help HPC users get the most out of their hardware-accelerated systems. The “new benchmark suite that measures the performance of systems using hardware accelerator devices and supporting software”, SPEC ACCEL 1.0, comprises …
ZTE Goes blue

Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

As Telefonica pushes Firefox as a foil to the dominance of Apple and Android, ZTE is keen to play ball with a couple of new Firefox phones. Called the Open C and Open II, they are looking to ship more than one million devices this year. The new phones run Firefox OS 1.3. It’s Telefonica’s strategy to sell Firefox phones to users …
Simon Rockman, 24 Feb 2014

Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin

Google has bought five-month-old security startup SlickLogin, which specialises in sound-based authentication technology. Financial terms of the deal were kept secret. The Israel-based company, which was founded by three ex-Israeli-military security bods in 2013, announced that it had been scooped up by Google in a statement on …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Feb 2014
heart.mexico

Save Mexico: Stop druglords, violence ... and that DRATTED MOBILE DUOPOLY

Mexico's government was told that next to the country’s endemic level of organised crime and associated violence fuelled by the drug trade, its mobile duopoly was one of the major hindrances to its economic growth. So it decided to act against both. Mexico’s sensational growth in pay TV and telecoms has been distributed largely …
Faultline, 17 Mar 2014

California high school hackers expelled for grade tampering, test thievery

A group of students have been kicked out of a California high school over charges that they hacked teachers' computers in order to change their grades. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District said that it had voted to expel 11 students in connection with charges of grade tampering and unauthorized access to teachers' computers …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Feb 2014
Dolphins play in the water

Brit and Yank data watchdogs ink deal to share case info

Britain's Information Commissioner's Office has inked a memorandum of understanding with bods at the US Federal Trade Commission to strengthen ties on probing outrageous online privacy howlers that happen across borders. The deal will allow the two regulatory bodies to share information on specific cases. Information …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Single-molecule 'motor' measures just a nanometer

It’s not the first single-molecule nano-motor, but it’s the first one to be driven by electricity: a Tufts research team has demonstrated that you can “provide electricity to a single molecule and get it to do something that’s not just random” (as team leader Charles Sykes put it). Previous single-molecule nano-motors have been …
Apple iPad 2

Apple says sayonara to Samsung's ninjas: iPad, iPhone don't infringe comms patents – report

Apple's iPhone 4 and 4S and iPad 2 products do not violate Samsung-owned patents, a judge in Tokyo ruled today, according to reports. The South Korean giant had taken its rival to court in Japan and demanded damages for alleged patent infringement, and is now considering lodging an appeal, we understand. The ruling, as reported …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2014
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal

Japanese firm Fujitsu has been helped along to a profit in the last quarter of 2013 by the weaker yen and strong sales in the enterprise sector. The company even managed growth in the sale of PCs, no mean feat in the current PC market nightmare, as it upped sales primarily to business customers. Fujitsu said its net profit for …

Regretful selfie-snapping vixens, lads to get shame-hiding digital burqas

California's children will get the legal right to order their embarrassing digital past to be hidden from public view. But the new laws won't end in total deletion of unwanted content – just that it be placed behind a digital veil. Starting from 2015, any minor will have the right to ask internet companies to destroy …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2013
Street View spymobile captures Street View spymobile on Street View

Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

Google has paid up on a million euro fine ($1.4m) from Italy's data protection regulator imposed because its Street View cars weren't recognisable enough to the people they were taking photos of. "The disputed facts date back to 2010 when the giant of Mountain View's cars roamed the streets without being perfectly recognisable …

AWS bins elastic compute units, adopts virtual CPUs

Gartner analyst Kyle Hilgendorf has spotted something very interesting: Amazon Web Services seems to have stopped rating cloud servers based on EC2 compute units (ECUs), its proprietary metric of computing power. ECUs were an odd metric, as they were based on “... the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2014
Snapchat logo

Snapchat: In 'theory' you could hack... Oh CRAP is that 4.6 MILLION users' details?

Hackers claim to have lifted millions of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers, apparently taking advantage of a vulnerability that the messaging service last week dismissed as mostly theoretical. A partially redacted database of 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers (minus two digits) - purportedly of Snapchat users - have …
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2014

Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Imperial traditionalists have expressed dismay that allotments will henceforth be measured in metres, thereby ending a 600-year-old system of staking out municipal veg patches in poles. According to the Daily Mail, shocked gardeners have received rent renewal notices from their town halls reclassifying the standard "10 pole" …
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2014
European Union Flag

MEPs: Specialised services? Oui. 2-speed internet? Nein

MEPs have called for greater restrictions on content producers' ability to set minimum internet service provider (ISP) service levels for their content. Producers and ISPs themselves need to be more restricted than is planned under new EU telecoms rules, they said. The European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jan 2014
Disney's Beagle Boys

Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

BT is suffering a big outage in a number of areas throughout Blighty, after thieves severed the telecoms giant's fibre cable in an effort to nick copper wiring from the company on Monday. TalkTalk, which is a BT Openreach customer, said on its status page that its service was affected by a "major cable break". BT told The …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2014
gavel_judgment_channel

Hotmail-gate: Windows 8 code leaker pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

A former Microsoft employee accused of leaking prerelease Windows 8 software has pleaded guilty to stealing the company's trade secrets. Alex Kibkalo, a Russian national who spent seven years as a Microsoft employee in Russia and Lebanon, was arrested in Seattle, US, in March on charges that he shared proprietary Microsoft code …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014

Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

Australia's Attorney-General's department has floated a plan that would allow national security agencies to seize citizens' crypto keys. The AG's submission to the Senate inquiry into telecommunications interception outlines the plan, saying that the moves are necessary because new telecommunications technologies are "providing …

SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

The US House of Representatives has momentarily put aside its internecine warfare and actually passed a bill aimed at stopping the worst excesses of the patent trolling business, and most of the technology industry is rejoicing at the news. "Today Congress worked in bipartisan fashion to do the right thing and secure America's …
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2013
google street view edinburgh

Google to Supremes: End this Street View fight once and for all

Google is taking the battle over its Street View data collection to the US Supreme Court, seeking a final decision on the legality of its Wi-Fi snooping activity. The company has filed a petition (obtained by Wired) asking the Supremes to hear its appeal of a decision by the US Ninth Circuit court of appeals. The case dates …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014

Nearly HALF of South Korea hacked in insider data theft

The personal details of as many as 20 million South Koreans may have been exposed after an employee at a credit ratings firm was arrested on suspicion of selling the records to marketing firms. The temporary consultant, who worked at the Korea Credit Bureau (KCB), is suspected of lifting the data from the servers of KB Kookmin …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jan 2014
Un Frog

Crafty French hackers tweak 'My Account' page, slurp 800,000 Orange users' details

Juicy personal data belonging to 800,000 Orange customers in France was siphoned off by hackers who attacked the company's "My Account" section of its website. The webpage on Orange.fr is used by subscribers to manage their accounts with the former French monopoly mobile operator. Orange confirmed to The Register that the …
Team Register, 05 Feb 2014

Oz Government: TPP papers will stay secret

Australians interested in knowing just what's going to be in the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership agreement will have to hope someone leaks the latest text, with the government resisting last week's Senate order to produce the documents. According to Fairfax, the government says the treaty text will only be made public …

Steelie Neelie eyeballs ENCRYPTION PLAN for telco data breaches

Telcos in Europe are being asked to consider encrypting their subscribers' personal information as Brussels confirmed new rules on Monday about the industry's obligation to notify customers about data breaches. The European Union's unelected digital czar, “Steelie” Neelie Kroes, said that if ISPs agreed to shield the data with …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jun 2013
Electronic devices dangerous to flight safety

Thought of in-flight mobile calls fills you with dread? Never fear, US Dept of Transport is here

The US Department of Transportation is considering banning people from making mid-flight cellphone calls – all while the US Federal Communications Commission mulls approving in-flight mobile jabbering. "Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress and …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Dec 2013

Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

Apple, Symantec, and other have put their weight behind efforts to defeat a law in Arizona which would allow discrimination based on sexual orientation. The companies are among a growing list of businesses that have publicly called on Governor Jan Brewer to veto SB1062, a bill that would expand an existing religious-freedom law …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2014
DNA

Bad genes? US watchdog halts 23andMe's handy home DNA test kits

Vanity DNA testing company 23andMe has hit a major roadblock, having been told by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it must stop selling its personal genome testing kits. Backed by Google and run by Anne Wojcicki, the estranged wife of Google cofounder Sergey Brin, 23andMe has marketed its Saliva Testing Kit and …
Neil McAllister, 25 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

So, you gonna foot this '$200bn' hacking bill, insurance giants asked

Multibillion-dollar energy giants, rail companies and other corporations should take out insurance policies for damage caused by hackers, a White House official has suggested. The government apparatchik is working on a so-called Cybersecurity Framework of best practices to safeguard America's critical infrastructure - think …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Aug 2013

Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

The Federation against Software Theft (FAST) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) have said they're very concerned about standards budgets in England and Wales being slashed by an average of 40 per cent. While TSI is worried about the next horse-meat scandal or children being harmed by counterfeit toys if trading standards …
The Bra Dryer

Microsoft researchers build 'smart bra' to stop women's stress eating

A team of boffins at Microsoft Research have been trying to solve the problem of stress eating with a Windows Phone smartphone app and a bra that measures the wearer's emotions. When humans come under stress, overeating is common. Some scientists think there's a valid reason for this – grabbing some extra food is always handy …
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2013

China ponders joining controversial IP trade treaty

China has signalled it may consider joining the group of nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade treaty that has attracted extensive criticisms for its proposed reforms to copyright law and other intellectual property regulations. China's People's Daily reports that Ministry of Commerce “spokesman Shen …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013
The Register breaking news

EU wants the Swiss and pals to cough up IT giants' hidden bank info

Europe's finance ministers will start talks with five non-member states to close tax law loopholes exploited by tech multinationals - such as Google and Amazon. The ministers said they wanted to open up negotiations with European Free Trade Association members Switzerland and Liechtenstein as well as with "tax haven" microstates …
Onyx_Boox_the_non-gaming_phone

Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

Chinese handset manufacturer Onyx has announced the 3G OnyxPhone E43, a mobile-phone-cum-e-reader, claiming a whopping two weeks on its 1800mAh battery. The e-ink smartphone has a 4.3-inch display which dramatically improves battery life. How long it lasts will of course depend on how much you use it; e-ink only uses power when …
Simon Rockman, 11 Mar 2014
Password Assistant

Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

Top UK e-commerce sites are not doing enough to safeguard users from their own password-related foibles, according to a new study. A review of password security at the top 100 e-commerce sites found two in three (66 per cent) accept notoriously weak passwords such as “123456” or “password”, putting users in danger. The first …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2014
Flower clock

Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years

Some people are nuts about knowing the correct time, but the boffins at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken such habits further than anyone else with a new atomic clock that's accurate to 10 trillionths of a second per day. The clock, snappily dubbed NIST-F2, uses the frequency of a particular …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2014
Scrooge McDuck

G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

The world's top 20 finance ministers have signalled once again that they're sick of their taxes disappearing offshore and have signalled a strong intention to get their cash back. The ministers in question are all members of the Group of Twenty (G20) and gathered in Sydney, Australia, over the weekend. The Communiqué (PDF) …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2014

Hate keeping your systems updated and secure? So does Uncle Sam

A Senate report has cast doubt on the ability of many of the US's largest government agencies to properly secure and maintain their systems. The report, authored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and his fellow Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, detailed incidents in government …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2014