Articles about Middle East

Falling flat: Silicon Valley satire is a no show

Recap Trouble lies ahead for the plucky nerds of HBO's Silicon Valley and not only within the show itself. Last season, it took until the eighth episode of the 10-slot run for the show to fall flat on its face (a trip from which it swiftly recovered). This time around it has happened - literally - in episode three. Last time, we …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016

How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

Privacy guides meant for journalists are being re-purposed by terrorist groups, Trend Micro researchers say. The guides are designed to help hacks avoid surveillance by nation-states and well-resourced adversaries focusing on encryption, operational security, recommended and untrusted platforms. It is one finding of dozens …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2016
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Pro-ISIS hacking groups are still hooking up

Remember when pro-Daesh/ISIL/ISIS hacking groups banded together to form a unified force? They're still, er, hooking up, according to a recent study. However, while they still operate unofficially, say the authors, they remain poorly organised and are likely underfunded, according to threat intel outfit Flashpoint. The study, …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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Gibraltar kids win UK CyberCenturion blue team hacker comp

A team of Gibraltar school kids have taken out the British CyberCenturion hacking competition at Bletchley Park. The student team, dubbed G-Sec, beat nine others to claim flags for identifying and patching flaws in a simulated online internet-of-things business saving it from equally imaginary attackers. G-Sec is a diverse …
Team Register, 27 Apr 2016
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The suits in finance are cutting down on tech spend – Computacenter

Some financial services institutions are taking a break from spending cash on tech, London-based supplier giant Computacenter said today as it reported a Q1 trading update. The services-based reseller revealed a four per cent year-on-year dip in UK turnover to £348.6m for the three months ended 31 March. Product sales dropped …
Paul Kunert, 21 Apr 2016

Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

Apple's fight with law enforcement has stepped up again, with the iPhone giant forced to deny that it hands over user information to Beijing while refusing the authorities at home. Speaking at a hearing of US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell said that the Chinese …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2016
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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

In all the excitement about 5G, it is easy to forget that the most intensive innovations of 2016-2020 will go on in "4.5G" – in Release 13 and 14, of course, but more importantly in the way the carriers and their vendors reinvent their cellular networks with new approaches like virtualization and HetNet, in the desperate bid to …
Wireless Watch, 18 Apr 2016

Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

Interview In the UK, IT Godzilla Fujitsu is perhaps best known for its unwieldy public sector contracts, being responsible for running a sizeable chunk of the government's legacy technology. Indeed most of its UK and Ireland revenue has historically come from the public sector, some 70 per cent at the beginning of the last Parliament in …
Kat Hall, 15 Apr 2016

Cyber-security pro? Forget GCHQ, BT wants to hire 900 of you

Former state monopoly BT is on the hunt for 900 security bods to help it meet the "surge" in customer demand for those skills, following a number of high-profile security and data breaches. The biz currently employs more than 2,500 security folk and reckons its security operations' annual revenues are growing at a double-digit …
Kat Hall, 13 Apr 2016
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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Internet.org aka Free Basics – Facebook's slice of the web for the developing world – has been controversial, but that isn't stopping the social network. The internet service requires a SIM card from a participating mobile operator, and grants free access to Facebook, BBC News, Dictionary.com, er, ESPN and a few other sites. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2016
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IP address clerks RIPE: Feds, come back with a warrant, er, web browser

One of the five regional internet registries (RIRs), RIPE, has published its 2015 transparency report reviewing requests from law enforcement for information. You may be wondering what kind of information an RIR is capable of giving the authorities, since most information regarding the allocation of IP and AS numbers is …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Apr 2016
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Huawei on bumper results: We owe growth to ginormous ICT market

Chinese telco Huawei posted bumper sales and profits for its full-year 2015, with revenue up 37 per cent to 395bn Chinese yuan (£42bn) and a net profit increase of 33 per cent to in annual revenue worldwide. Its traditional kit-building biz contributed the lion's share of sales, up 21 per cent to ¥232.3bn (£25bn). The company …
Kat Hall, 01 Apr 2016
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New submarine cable to connect Australia to Singapore

SubPartners' APX-West cable from Perth to Singapore will finally go ahead, after the company changed its business model to a consortium build. Mooted for some years now, the company originally wanted to finance and build the cable itself and sell access to all comers. It proved difficult to convince investors, however, so …
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EU ministers to demand more data access after Brussels attacks

Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, European Union ministers are planning on a new security-driven push for access to communications data – including a dedicated international data sharing platform. This comes after 31 people were killed and roughly 300 others were injured when three suicide bombers attacked Brussel's …
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Lenovo says bye-bye to key exec amid massive spring reorganisation

Lenovo is embarking on the mother of all spring cleans after digesting the acquisitions of Motorola and IBM’s volume server biz. The group is re-arranging execs and the business units they steer amid numerous sector challenges, including the weakened state of demand for traditional PCs, tabs and smartphones, or the sales hit …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2016
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Former Hewlett Packard Enterprise chief slips into OCSL

A couple of months after Hewlett Packard Enterprise veteran sales chief Martin Hess quit, he’s rocked up as chairman at OCSL – one of his former employer’s nearest and dearest in the channel. London-based OCSL partners only with HPE on hardware, there are not many tech suppliers in the channel that do this, and coupled with …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2016

WLAN sales closing in on wired Ethernet sales

The global Ethernet switch market has stirred and started tapping messages on the underside of its coffin-lid, according to prognosticator IDC, managing measurable growth in Q4 2015 rather than the of-late-usual shrinkage. At US$6.4 billion, Q4 2015 exhibited an almost-beating heart, with more than 3.2 per cent growth compared …

Snowden is a hero to the security biz – but not for the reason you'd expect

RSA 2016 This year's RSA conference was the busiest on record, with over 40,000 people cramming the halls (and later, bars) of San Francisco, and more than a few of them were raising glasses to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. "The Snowden effect has had an undeniable effect on the business," Pravin Kothari, CEO of cloud encryption …
Iain Thomson, 04 Mar 2016

Salesforce.com storage fail causes lengthy outage

UPDATE One of Salesforce.com's European instances is enduring a lengthy un-planned PITSTOP incident – that's a Partial Inability To Support Totally Optimal Performance, a whit below our other status indicator of a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance or TITSUP. Salesforce's ”trust” page (that's what the company calls what any …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2016

Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

A slew of Silicon Valley leaders have warned US Congress that changes to visa waiver rules for entering the United States are impeding business. The open letter is signed by more than 30 industry heads including the chairmen, CEOs and founders of Twitter, Paypal, Uber, Pixar, Dropbox, Zynga, Pinterest and eBay, among others. …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2016

Go and whistle, IDC. The storage world's going to hell in a handbasket

Comment Data volumes are growing like crazy and yet there's a case to be made that 2016 is going to be a tough old year for storage, and could be an annus horribilis* and not an IDC prediction-fuelled glory year. Really? Yes, really. Try this argument on for size. South America is in a dreadful economic state. Brazil is over-spent …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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World's annual mobile data intake to hit 367 exabytes by 2020

Continued growth of mobile broadband, connected devices and economic development will have data consumption rising by 53 per cent yearly from now to 2020. So says Cisco, who reports in its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) that as the next decade dawns, 4G use will finally eclipse 3G and 11.6 billion mobile devices will be …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Feb 2016
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Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams

The NSA and Britain’s GCHQ have access to the video feeds of Israel’s fleet of drones and aircraft, according to new documents. The spy agencies have intercepted data streams containing videos, pictures and GPS data from Israeli jets and drones since at least 2008, according to Snowden-supplied documents seen by The Intercept …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2016
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Juniper turns around in 2015, worried about 2016

Juniper Networks has managed to disappoint Wall Street with revenue growth, a turnaround from loss to profit and earnings per share better than analyst forecasts. The problem? It doesn't like next year's outlook. Its Q4 2015 revenue of US$1,319.6 million was 20 per cent better than Q4 2014 and six per cent ahead of Q3, with a …

Dell EMEA channel czar Binetti to hang up corporate Stetson

Dell’s EMEA channel overlord Laurent Binetti is to pass the sales baton to fellow company exec Michael Collins in the coming weeks as he heads out of the door. Binetti has worked at the Texan tech baron for nearly thirty years, starting as sales director for mid- and large-corporate business, setting up operations in Eastern …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2016

IBM still on a (downward) roll with 15th consecutive quarterly revenue drop

IBM continues to take a beating as it struggles to transition its business to a focus on cloud and analytics products. The fourth quarter of 2015 brought the following returns: Revenue was $22.1 billion, down 9 per cent from the previous year's quarter. Net income was $4.5bn on the quarter, down 19 per cent. Earnings per …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2016
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Telecity shuffles off London stockmarket

Former UK-owned data centre outfit Telecity has today delisted from the London stock market, having formally been subsumed by US co-location giant Equinix following its £2.3bn acquisition. The deal, which was announced back in May 2015, will add an annual revenue of £349m to Equinix's global turnover of $2.4bn (£1.7bn). It …
Kat Hall, 15 Jan 2016
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ROBO HCIAs erupt from Atlantis. Thankfully it's not Rise of the Machines

Software biz Atlantis has announced a pint-size hyper-converged appliance for remote and branch offices. Atlantis’ HyperScale CX-4 software is a two-node design integrating compute, all-flash storage, networking and virtualisation. It is available on Dell’s PowerEdge FX2 servers, which feature blade servers and integrated …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016

HPE veteran looks at watch, realises time and quits

Hewlett Packard Enterprise veteran Martin Hess will pin the green rectangle badge to his lapel for last time at the end of this month - the UK, Middle East, Africa and Israel veep for enterprise services is off. In a memo sent to staff - seen by us - HPE revealed that after 14 years the exec has chosen to call it quits at the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2016

Cloud Security Alliance says infosec wonks would pay $1m ransoms

Some companies will pay hackers up to US$1 million in ransoms to claw back stolen data according to a poll by the Cloud Security Alliance. The survey garnered 209 respondents of which half were in IT security and a third from tech with most hailing from companies with up to 1000 staff and a quarter from large enterprises with …
Team Register, 14 Jan 2016

Finding NEMEA: NetApp loses northern Europe chief

NetApp in Europe has seen the resignation of its northern region head, Dave Allen. The company confirmed Allen's departure, saying: "Dave Allen has decided to leave NetApp. We wish Dave Allen success in his new ventures, and thank him for his contributions. In the interim, Gos Hein van de Wouw, VP and head of Strategy and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016

Linode: Back at last after ten days of hell

Linode reckons its long outage has come to an end, although its most-current message says there may be “intermittent” issues for users, mostly of its Atlanta facility. At the time of writing, the status of all services was listed as “operational”, except for Atlanta which still shows as “partial outage”. The company has been …
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Does life as a hostage change your attitude to life as an IT contractor?

Reg Lectures It’s rare that the Register has to give a “trigger warning”, but it was necessary when former Iraq hostage Peter Moore brought our Winter Lecture series to a close this month with a 60-minute account of his two-and-a-half years in captivity. After all, how often do we get a bunch of readers together in a pub to hear a talk …
Joe Fay, 24 Dec 2015
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Seagate rolls storage kit for manufacturers down Dot Hill

Seagate is pushing out OEM products from its eyrie atop Dot Hill. These are for storage array suppliers, and based on its Dot Hill acquisition in August. It’s also tweaked the existing RealStor 6004 product. The acquisition cost was $694m, so Dot Hill, now in Seagate’s CSES (Cloud Systems and Electronics Solution) business …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2015
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Ethernet switch sales flatten but 40 Gbps starts to take off

The Ethernet market remains pretty dull: flat on a year-on-year basis, prone to quarter-on-quarter swings in individual segments, and dominated by Cisco. One vendor that can wave IDC's latest numbers in front of its investors is Juniper Networks, which piled on 39.4 per cent year-on-year, but at US$230 million for the quarter …
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Google cloud outage caused by failure that saw admins run it manually ... and fail

A mistaken peering advertisement from a European network took Google Cloud's europe-west1 region offline last week for around 70 minutes. The slip-up happened when an unnamed network owner connected a new peering link to Google, and in the process, it advertised reachability for far more traffic than it could handle. As a …
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Another $75m for Datto as EMEA and APAC expansion beckons

Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) has led a $75m B-round for cloud backup and biz continuity service/product supplier Datto, as it looks to expand its presence in the EMEA and APAC regions. Datto provides backup, recovery and business continuity products used by thousands of managed service providers around the planet. It …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015
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Don't flip your lid: The Internet of Helmets has arrived

Microsoft has shown off an internet helmet built by a customer. The hard-wired headwear is the brainchild of construction outfit Laing O’Rourke, which is rightly concerned with the welfare of workers it sends out to build stuff in the sweltering heat of places like Australia and the Middle East. Folks toiling in the hot sun …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2015

The ETERNUS dance: Fujitsu extends backup and archive box range

Fujitsu has updated two of its backup and archiving appliance products; the ETERNUS CS200c and CS800. Both of these use OEM'd software and provide deduped backup to disk. They have been given a hardware refresh with faster CPUs, which speeds dedupe. The CS200c S2 all-in-one backup and archiving product embeds Commvault …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2015

Outrageous OPSEC: What happens when skiddies play natsec

CheckPoint has raided the servers of a bumbling alleged Iranian hacking group using credentials hardcoded into malware, using its access to name suspected members. The Rocket Kitten group was revealed September 2014 and later in more detail March targeting organisations throughout the Middle East with persistent, successful, …
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015

RIPE rebrand whiffs slightly of joss-sticks

LOGOWATCH The magnificent era of corporate rebranding excess have long passed - heady days in which brainstorming strategy boutiques would crank the whalesong up to 11 and give forth on the empowering effects of emotionally compelling and strategically grounded brand frontage paradigms. However, there are still a few joss-stick embers …
Lester Haines, 04 Nov 2015
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Gridstore going gangbusters

Gridstore, the Hyper-V-focused, hyper-converged, all-flash appliance startup, is growing gangbusters after coming out, so to speak, a year ago. Its third 2015 quarter was 440 per cent higher than the third 2014 quarter, and, for the nine months ending September 30, 2015 it saw year-to-date growth of 428 per cent YoY. …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015

Iranian VXers unleash RATs to bite popular Android devices

Future threat researcher Rodrigo Bijou says Iranian hackers have made Android a priority for attacks with remote access trojans. The San Francisco consultant says attackers are preferring AndroRAT and DroidJack over common trojans like njRAT and DarkComet. Android is the most popular mobile OS in the Middle East and Africa, …
Darren Pauli, 29 Oct 2015
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Voice, data, help desk: Meet the Syrian refugees' IT infrastructure chief

Special report Humanitarian organisations depend on internet and telecoms connectivity to conduct their life-saving work, and providing that critical service when there is none available is the job of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). This is a global network of organisations who are on call to rapidly deploy when disaster …
Andy Favell, 28 Oct 2015
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Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe

The Pawn Storm hackers who tried to infiltrate NATO and White House networks have been spotted bothering another sensitive target: the team investigating the downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight. Researchers at Trend Micro found suspicious SFTP, VPN, and Outlook Web Access servers configured to collect usernames and passwords …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2015
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BT swarms into the global cloud world with Caringo

British Telecom is setting up a cloud storage service using Caringo's Swarm object storage technology. Caringo's product is the object-based storage component of BT's Compute Storage offerings, which include storage, data protection and sharing for BT customers around the globe. With a nod to current Safe Harbour difficulties …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Your one-minute guide to IBM's financial future – or just imagine a skier tumbling down a slope

Today, IBM is said to be the biggest technology services biz on Earth – and the only way is down. Big Blue's fortunes are continuing in a downward trend: its global revenue has fallen, profit is down, and its share price slipped five per cent in after-hours trading on Monday. The company blamed the strong dollar for bruising …
Chris Williams, 20 Oct 2015
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SeaMeWe-3 cable connecting AU to Asia patched, new fault found

The SeaMeWe-3 cable break that's given Australian 'net users performance headaches has been fixed, but the cable's developed a second fault that won't be repaired until the end of the month. At the end of September, Vulture South reported the cut to the cable. Even with traffic routed around the disruption, the cable cut was …
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Think your mobile calls and texts are private? It ain't necessarily so

Mobile networks around the world have been penetrated by criminals and governments via bugs in signalling code. Security holes have been found in a technology known as Signalling System 7 (SS7), which helps to interconnect international mobile networks across the globe. AdaptiveMobile has uncovered evidence of global SS7 …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2015
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Violin adds Pure sales heft to bow with strings of new senior folk

In what almost looks like a tit-for-tat exercise, Violin Memory has gone and raided Pure Storage’s sales exec cupboard to recruit Carlo Wolf as VP sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Wolf was formerly regional director of central Europe for Pure Storage, which has just IPO’d. Ironically, Violin’s former VP EMEA, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015