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Mega UK hospitals trust Barts says IT borkage was due to trojan – not ransomware

Barts Health NHS Trust has blamed the disruption of its IT systems last Friday on a trojan horse infection and not ransomware. The trust, which runs five east London hospitals and is among the biggest in the UK, was forced to quarantine systems in response to the outbreak last week. In an update on Monday, the trust said that …
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2017
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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

Analysis The reality of red tape might mean the UK’s exit from the EU will take longer, and be softer, than the Prime Minister outlined today. Theresa May ruled out “partial” membership of the EU in a bullish speech today. The UK would conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) within the two years permitted by the Article 50 process, she …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jan 2017

Blighty's lords want more details on adult website check plans

A House of Lords committee has called for greater detail on how the UK government intends to introduce online porn age verification plans in the Digital Economy Bill. Under the proposed legislation, pornographic websites that fail to implement checks would be blocked by all UK internet service providers. The Digital Econonomy …
Kat Hall, 17 Jan 2017

911 app is a joke, says security researcher Randy Westergren

The Rave Panic Button app, designed to allow businesses to summon emergency services, allows miscreants to easily 'swat' targets by making false reports of emergencies says security researcher Randy Westergren. The app, which has a small install base of up to 10,000 users, has shuttered the holes Westergren identified. The …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jan 2017

Oh, for F...acebook: Critics bash WhatsApp encryption 'backdoor'

Updated A vulnerability in WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption allows snoops to intercept and read encrypted messages, it was claimed today. Essentially, it's possible to reroute an undelivered encrypted message to an attacker's phone and decrypt it under a particular set of circumstances. At the heart of the matter is the exchange of …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2017
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EU policy makers consider FRAND licensing of machine-generated data

EU policy makers are considering introducing a new licensing regime for anonymised "machine-generated data". It is one of the options the European Commission said could be introduced to facilitate greater access to the ever-growing volumes of data generated by "computer processes, applications or services, or by sensors …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Jan 2017
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Security hardened, pah! Expert doubts Kaymera's mighty Google's Pixel

The arrival of a security hardened version of Google’s supposed "iPhone killer" Pixel phone from Kaymera has received a sceptical reception from one expert. Kaymera Secured Pixel is outfitted with Kaymera’s own hardened version of the Android operating system and its security architecture. This architecture is made up of four …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2017
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NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

On Monday, we noted the privacy nightmare that is the NSW State Government's latest attempt at public transport Wi-Fi, and asked APN Outdoor, owner of Catch, questions about security and its regulatory status. Our questions have travelled around a bit, to finally get a response from the State Transit Authority. Its stance? …
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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

Australia's Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has finally weighed in on the country's Centrelink debacle, having returned from holidays with a sheet full of talking points. Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the minister denied there was any problem, said he wasn't aware of the system creating any false …
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What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

A UK insurance business has been fined £150,000 for its lax security practices after a hard drive containing customers' unencrypted information was stolen. The hard drive disappeared from the offices of Royal & Sun Alliance insurance (ironically it prefers the abbreviation RSA) back in 2015. It contained 59,592 customers' …
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Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

Analysis Prosecutors are turning to fraud charges in cases against people supplying set top boxes that can be used to access copyrighted material without paying for it because it makes cases easier for juries to understand. But a barrister who acted in one recent such case has told Out-Law.com that those conspiracy to defraud charges …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Jan 2017
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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

The very phrase "food substitute" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Full-English loving workforce, and perhaps rightly so. Way back in the summer of 2013, former Reg man Jack Clark took one for the team by surviving on nothing but Soylent for seven nightmarish days and wrote up his experiences so that others …

Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

Blighty’s post Brexit diet must include a "full-fibre" eating plan, or so says the UK’s new digital minister Matt Hancock. Amid all the political noise over the last 12 months, the volume for infrastructure investment was dialled up to 11. In the Autumn statement, chancellor Phillip Hammond announced a £400m "full fibre" …
Kat Hall, 03 Jan 2017

Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

The government is asking for ideas on how it should splash £400m earmarked for fibre broadband investment. Its call for evidence document follows the announcement in the Autumn Statement, which aims to invest up to £1bn in digital infrastructure via matched private sector finance. It also intends to fling £700m at 5G - even …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2016
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Australia's future technology headlines … for 2018!

Today's the last day anyone from Vulture South will show up for work until January 3rd. So while we're at the beach, cricket and bottom of a beer glass, we leave you with our almost-traditional prediction for technology news in the year after next Without any further ado, let's get into it. Google dodges Google Tax Australia …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

Analysis Yesterday's judgment from the EU Court of Justice offered hope to many of those critical of the wider culture of communications data retention, but what does this mean for the UK's Investigatory Powers Act? Nothing immediately, of course. The original case will now go back to the UK's Court of Appeal, from whence it initially …
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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

Move to the cloud, they said, everything will be better, they said. Security, reliability, scale. We take the work and the worry off your hands. Except nothing is that simple or straight forward – and that includes cloud. When your IT ran the tin and it crashed, they weren’t running your entire business. If a server flamed out …
Danny Bradbury, 21 Dec 2016
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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

The Chinese government has handed back to America the US Navy underwater drone it stole last week. The Seaglider submersible was scooped out of the ocean by a Chinese military vessel shadowing the USNS Bowditch in the South China Sea. The drone, one of hundreds of autonomous vehicles the US Navy uses to track currents and …
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2016
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This is your captain speaking ... or is it?

Updated Vulnerabilities in Panasonic in-flight entertainment systems create a possible mechanism for attackers to control in-flight displays, PA systems and lighting, say researchers. Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant at IOActive, said it had found vulnerabilities in Panasonic Avionic In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2016
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Banks 'not doing enough' to protect against bank-transfer scams

UK banks have been told they needed to go further protecting consumers against money transfer scams - a growing form of fraud. The Payment Systems Regulator said institutions must improve the way they respond to bank transfer scams and do more to identify fraudulent payments without advocating changes in liability for …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2016
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It's now illegal in the US to punish customers for posting bad web reviews

President Obama has signed into effect a new law that bars businesses from punishing customers for giving bad reviews. The Consumer Review Fairness Act (HR 5111) voids any contract that involves prohibitions or penalties related to negative online reviews. The aim of the bill, written by Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Joseph …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Dec 2016

Euro Patent Office staff plead for third time to get rid of Battistelli

Staff at the European Patent Office (EPO) have pleaded with the organization's Administrative Council for a third time to take action against its rampaging president. In an open letter sent to the 36 country representatives that make up the council, a group that calls itself the EPO-FLIER team walk through the wave of …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2016
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Kentucky pried chicken: Fried grease chain's loyalty club hacked

Anti-artery campaigners KFC have urged 1.2 million customers in its Colonel’s Club loyalty scheme in the UK to ditch their account passwords for new ones after its site was hacked. The club includes an app that lets fried grease fans login and collect Chicken Stamps to “earn ... free food rewards.” Today, KFC sent an email …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2016
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UK.gov state of the nation report: Infosec's very important, mmmkay

The UK government’s first annual report on the implementation of the 2015 National Security Strategy has reaffirmed that cyber-security remains a key priority. The 39 page report (pdf) lists cyber-security alongside Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine and terrorism as among the greatest threats Britain faces. The range of …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2016
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Capita: 2,250 jobs cut, more offshoring, more robots... Merry Xmas!

Troubled outsourcing giant Capita is reacting to a post-Brexit slowdown by confirming it will axe roughly 2,250 staff, which includes sending more jobs to India and using robots to automate certain parts of the operation. The company will also try to flog off parts of the sprawling empire, bits that are no longer deemed part …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2016
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Playtime's over: Internet-connected kids toys 'fail miserably' at privacy

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) are calling for US and EU data protection authorities to take action against insecure networked toys. Declaring that "My Friend Cayla," a Bluetooth-enabled doll released in 2014, and "i-Que," a connected robot released last year, " …
Thomas Claburn, 08 Dec 2016
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Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles

UK comms watchdog Ofcom has fleshed out its proposals to open up BT's ducts and poles - intended to encourage rivals to access Openreach's infrastructure and lay their own "full fibre" networks. Part of its plans, outlined in the once-in-a-decade Digital Communications Review earlier this year, include the promotion of large- …
Kat Hall, 06 Dec 2016
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Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Russia has accused unnamed foreign spies of launching a concerted effort to undermine its domestic banking system. Cyber attacks are being combined with fake social media reports about banks going bust, according to Russia's state security agency, the FSB. Servers physically located in the Netherlands and leased to BlazingFast …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2016

HPE UK preps the redundancy ride as Chrimbo looms

Cost-cutting at Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CSC-bound services business looks set to continue right up to the point it is sold in the spring, leaked documents have indicated. In a note to his staff this week, Maurice Mattholie, HPE UK and Ireland veep for IT Outsourcing – which part of the outgoing Enterprise Services (ES) …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2016
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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

Thousands of broadband customers in the Hull area have been left without reliable internet access following a cyber attack. Local telco KCOM blamed difficulties for its customers which began over the weekend and remains ongoing on an attack it said was targeted at models of routers it supplies to some of its customers. Since …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2016

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

The Council of Ministers has agreed on draft regulation to ban unjustified geoblocking in an attempt to remove barriers to e-commerce across the European Union. Geoblocking is the practice of preventing consumers in one country from accessing products and services via a website based in another country. The draft regulation …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Dec 2016
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UK National Lottery data breach: Fingers crossed – it might not be you

Cyber criminals appear to be using passwords and email addresses from previous breaches to gain access to 26,000 online UK National Lottery accounts. Camelot, the company behind the National Lottery, detected the scam and subsequent attempted frauds and responded by locking down accounts, triggering compulsory password resets …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016
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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

IPBill Queen Elizabeth II today signs off on Parliament's Investigatory Powers Act, officially making it law in the UK. Her Maj not only had the last word on the new legislation — aka the Snoopers' Charter — she had the first. She publicly announced what the law would be called during the official opening of Parliament after last …

'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

A widespread attack on the maintenance interfaces of broadband routers over the weekend has affected the telephony, television, and internet service of about 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) issued a statement indicating that the cyber-assault, which was …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Nov 2016

Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

The Liberal Democrats are to oppose plans to impose strict age regulations on porn sites in the UK's forthcoming Digital Economy Bill – describing the measures as something the "Russian or Chinese governments" would impose. The proposed law is due for a report-stage vote and third reading in the Commons on Monday afternoon. …
Kat Hall, 28 Nov 2016

The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

The Internet Society (ISOC) is the latest organisation saying, in essence, “security is rubbish – fix it”. Years of big data breaches are having their impact, it seems: in its report released last week, it quotes a 54-country, 24,000-respondent survey reporting a long-term end user trend to become more fearful in using the …
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I'm not having a VMware moment – there's just something in my eye

Analysis SAP VP Renu Raman thinks 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes could provoke a storage VMware moment. Raman looks after HANA cloud computing at SAP and his interests include high-performance persistence architecture for in-memory databases. What he's clocked is that there is storage hardware now in the same position as the 2U 2- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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EU puts out prescription for smart hospitals

An EU agency has grappled with thorny issues surrounding the adoption of IoT technology in hospitals to draft a series of best practice guidelines. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) study engaged information security officers from more than 10 hospitals across the EU, painting a picture of …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2016
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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

Australia's census all-but failed due to a combination of poor design, bad operational decisions, human error and numerous lazy and/or bad decisions that could have been avoided had warnings about corporate culture been heeded, or Australian government agencies properly educated about what it takes to deliver digital services …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
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Melbourne man arrested for broadcasting fake messages to pilots

Melbourne man Paul Sant has been charged with unauthorised broadcasting over to pilots over radio bands restricted to aviation users, causing one plane to abort a landing to Tullamarine Airport. Sant, 19, is alleged to have placed 16 separate transmissions to pilots at Tullamarine and Avalon airports between 5 September and 3 …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2016
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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released results of its early investigations into the crash of the Schiaparelli Mars probe and it sounds like software may have been a part of the problem. "A large volume of data recovered from the Mars lander shows that the atmospheric entry and associated braking occurred exactly as …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2016
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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

Film censors in the United Kingdom will be able to ban Brits from accessing websites that stream especially kinky X-rated videos, if a proposed change in the law gets up. The Digital Economy bill, which is due to penetrate the statute books in early 2017, is set to include a provision that will allow the British Board of Film …
Iain Thomson, 24 Nov 2016

Deliver-oops! Takeaway pusher's customers burger-ed by hijackers

Customers of online takeaway firm Deliveroo are getting their accounts hijacked and charged for food they never ordered, according to an investigation by BBC One's Watchdog. Investigators from the campaigning TV consumer affairs programme uncovered evidence that scores of customers of the newly be-logo-ed Deliveroo are being …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2016

FTC report highlights challenge of how to best regulate 'sharing economy' platforms

User rating and review services provided by online platforms can help reduce the need to regulate the "sharing economy", according to a report by a US regulator. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report (100-page / 2.26MB PDF), said, though, that the deployment of "trust mechanisms" alone might not "address externalities" …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Nov 2016

Trump hires very best, greatest net neut haters to head FCC transition

President-elect Donald Trump has hired two strong opponents of net neutrality rules to head up his transition team for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Economist Jeff Eisenach, who worked in the Reagan Administration at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and does a lot of corporate work for Verizon, and Mark …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Nov 2016

Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

Communications giant BT/EE will not be able to bid for more 4G spectrum in the forthcoming auction, according to proposals by communications regulator Ofcom. Next year, Ofcom will auction 190 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands – an increase of just under a third of the total mobile spectrum currently available. …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016
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FYI Apple fans – iCloud slurps your call histories

Apple's effort to avoid becoming an on-demand data dispensary for authorities faces unlikely saboteurs: The company's commitment to convenience and its customers' preference for the same. Russian digital forensics company Elcomsoft on Thursday published a blog post claiming that Apple's iCloud Drive service stores phone call …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Nov 2016

Quantum traffic jam of atoms could unlock origin of dark energy, physicists claim

It may be possible to crack the mystery of why the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, if gravity can be measured through a “quantum traffic jam” of ultracold atoms. A paper published in Physical Review Letters [paywalled] proposes a hypothetical experiment that could provide scientists with a new way of measuring …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Nov 2016
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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

It appears that appeals for clemency have come to naught after the UK Home Office confirmed that the extradition order for Lauri Love has been signed off by Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Love is facing charges that he was part of #OpLastResort, which stole large amounts of data from targets like the US Federal Reserve, the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2016
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Pay up or your data gets it. Ransomware highwaymen's attacks on small biz octuple

Small businesses faced eight times more ransomware attacks in the third quarter of 2016 than the same quarter last year, according to stats from Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky Small Office Security thwarted 27,471 attempts to block access to corporate data in Q3 2016, compared to 3,224 similar attacks in Q3 2015. Ransomware makes …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2016