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Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

Blue Coat has denied it's up to any shenanigans – after the security biz was seemingly given the power to issue crypto certificates that could be used to spy on people. A kerfuffle kicked off this week when it looked as though Blue Coat had been made an intermediate certificate authority, backed by root certificate authority …
Iain Thomson, 27 May 2016

Verizon, union make peace after 35,000 strike techies put telco on hold

Verizon has reached a deal that will end the six-week strike by many of its network technicians. The US Department of Labor (DOL) says it has brokered a deal for a four-year contract between Verizon and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Verizon workers …
Shaun Nichols, 27 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
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FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

A fourth bank, this time in the Philippines, has been attacked by hackers targeting the SWIFT inter-bank transfer system. Security researchers at Symantec reckon the same group blamed for the infamous $81m Bangladesh central bank mega-heist back in February also mounted an earlier assault in the Philippines last year, itself …
John Leyden, 27 May 2016
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It's a Hull of a thing: Kcom takes a break from 8-year sales slide

Telecoms provider Kcom stemmed its declining revenue for the first time in eight years, reporting growth of 0.4 per cent to £349.2m for the full year 2015/16. However, operating profit fell to £6.3m from £50.9m mainly due to increased investments, compared with the previous year. That was mainly due to its fibre roll-out in …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2016
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Ansible adds .1 to Ansible 2.0, de-betas networking

Ansible has pushed out version 2.1 of its eponymous automation platform, with a large part of the update consisting of peeling off beta stickers on features it announced earlier this year. The vendor unveiled a foray into networking back in February at its London AnsibleFest. That technical preview has now been formalised as a …
Joe Fay, 27 May 2016
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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, has revealed that a botched fix for a DNS service is the reason for a week-long outage that has taken some of its broadband customers offline. The company has explained that a seemingly-innocuous software update to Domain Name Servers (DNS) caused some of them fail and Telstra's DNS …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016

Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

AusCERT One in five Australian identity theft victims reporting to a government-backed crime monitor ID-Care have had drivers licences stolen, according to Dr David Lacey of national ID theft support service ID Care. ID Care was founded in 2014 with a budget of AUD$800,000 (£515,402, US$575,452) and receives cybercrime victim …
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2016
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Republicans move to gut FCC and crush its net neutrality crusade with paralyzing budget rules

A new budget proposal would effectively bar the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from enforcing its net neutrality provisions. Buried deep within the House Appropriations Committee budget proposal [PDF] is a set of new rules that limit the FCC's ability to use its funds for activities including the regulation of " …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016

Hard-up Sprint rents out Hz

Continuing its efforts to drum up cash and recover from losses, Sprint is going to be leasing off some of its 2.5GHz spectrum holdings. CFO Tarek Robbiati said recently that the leasing operation that saw Sprint sell and then take a lease on its own network equipment could soon be expanded to include the sale of Sprint's …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016

One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Mobile operator Three is pushing ahead with plans to block ads on its network in the UK during a one-day trial next month. Sam Barker, an analyst at Juniper Research, said other operators are likely to follow suit. "Although the operators are likely to push this as a consumer-focused benefit, the reality is that the operators …
Kat Hall, 26 May 2016

Judge torpedoes 'Tor pedo' torpedo evidence

A US District Court judge has tossed out evidence gathered by the FBI from Tor users, because the Feds wouldn't reveal how exactly it exploit their browsers to unmask them. Jay Michaud, a Vancouver school administration worker, was charged with viewing a hidden service called Playpen, which hosted child abuse material, on the …
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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

Smart meter makers are battling to keep Seattle's power grid designs under wraps – claiming that if the details are made public, they could be exploited by hackers to plunge the US city into darkness. Sysadmin-activist Phil Mocek requested documents from the city on its smart meter system under the Washington Public Records …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2016
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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

A US Government Accounting Office (GAO) report has highlighted the parlous state of Uncle Sam's IT infrastructure. As an example, the computer used to coordinate America's nuclear forces is an IBM Series/1 that uses eight‑inch floppy disks capable of storing about 80KB of data each. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department is …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2016
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'Grey tech' broker DP Data Systems has gone titsup

DP Data Systems has given up the ghost just months after committing to quit the grey market in favour of “authorised” tech. The company’s website stated, “Sorry we have now ceased trading”. Suppliers and customers were then directed to email addresses of the firm's accounts and credit control departments respectively. Back in …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2016
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Brocade tunes up Workflow Composer for network automation

Brocade has unveiled a set of network automation tools it claims will allow admins to script out provisioning and management tasks. Designed for large enterprises and cloud service providers, the Workflow Composer package is a server-based network management system that allows administrators to set scripts for performing …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2016
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Next-gen Tor to use distributed RNG, 55-character addresses

The Tor project has cooked up a new way to generate random numbers to help secure its next-generation onion router. Random numbers are essential for secure communications, because they're used to generate encryption keys. If the numbers used to do so are even a little bit predictably random, it's possible to deduce the range …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016

Citrix dodges death, returns with bigger XenServer and NetScaler

Citrix has unified its networking products and made big additions to its virtualisation stack. Last things first: XenServer is now in version 7, which means it gains support for Intel's Iris Pro graphics technology. In theory that makes XenServer a better platform for graphics-intensive desktop virtualisation (VDI) chores. …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on one in 14 humans, wants to get that down to one in seven, but at heart what he really wants is the thin client that Oracle killed when it acquired Sun. McNealy gathered the data in his role as co-founder and executive chairman of Wayin, a software-as-a-service outfit that aims to give …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016
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Facebook adds new names to Telecom Infra Project

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has signed up a bunch of carriers and vendors. The TIP aims to spread the white-box with software-defined control plane approach used by Facebook's Open Compute Project to telco networks. When it launched back in February, TIP had members and some reference designs from Facebook, Intel …
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NBN raid fallout continues, with Conroy formalising privilege claim

The Australian Labor Party's (ALP's) senator Stephen Conroy has formalised his claim of parliamentary privilege over documents seized in last week's Australian Federal Police raid of his office and the homes of two of his staffers. Conroy has sent a letter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), a procedural step required to …

SWIFT CEO promises security improvements

The head of the SWIFT financial network has put forward a five-part plan to improve security after its systems were the focus of several cyberattacks. Gottfried Leibbrandt gave a keynote on Tuesday at a financial services conference in Brussels and promised the organization would work harder to ensure that incidents like last …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2016
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Insure against a cyberwhat now? How the heck do we crunch those numbers?

The head of a UK industry insurance organisation has called for the government to create a database where companies would be obliged to “record details of cyber attacks”. Insurers are struggling to assess premiums for newly introduced cyber insurance policies in the absence of background info, according to the head of the …
John Leyden, 24 May 2016

Galileo satnav fleet grows an extra pair

Europe's home-grown Galileo satnav network is two orbiting operatives closer to a full constellation following the successful launch earlier today of satellites 13 and 14. The pair blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at 08:48 GMT, en route to joining their fellow Galileos at an altitude of 23,222km …
Lester Haines, 24 May 2016
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UK.gov preparing to lob up to £4 BEEELLION at commodity tech

The government’s official procurement arm, Crown Commercial Services, has coughed the contract notice for a multi-year mega framework for commodity tech valued between £2bn and £4bn. The Technology Products 2 buying vehicle is set to go live in November, replacing the previous iteration, which launched in the same month back …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2016
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Crappy sandwiches, cantankerous nerds: Put user back in user group

Sysadmin Blog I am going to moderate a webinar today*. The webinar is about the real world implications of copying data and cloning VMs. The interesting bit? We're going to try this with video conferencing, live from the Wisconsin VMware User Group meeting (VMUG). To my knowledge, this has never been done before. That probably means it's a …
Trevor Pott, 24 May 2016
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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

Containers are becoming the de facto way of spinning up new services and applications. Many are running on cloud servers which themselves are virtual machines running on bare metal, well... somewhere in the world. For many developers, containers are a way to create hermetically sealed application services. But once started, …
Andrew Cobley, 24 May 2016
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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

Analysis of passwords from the LinkedIn leak has revealed, should there be any doubt, that users remain terrible at choosing secure login credentials. Last week a black hat hacker using the nickname Peace was revealed as attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. "Peace" wants 5 BTC …
John Leyden, 24 May 2016
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ENISA / Europol almost argue against crypto backdoors

While the FBI, in the person of James Comey, continues its campaign to persuade the tech sector that mathematics isn't that big a thing and therefore backdoors are feasible, The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and Europol have tip-toed around the issue, issuing a joint statement that both …

Google security man reveals Allo will encrypt chats - sometimes.

Security industry types and leaker Edward Snowden have rubbished new Google instant messenger app Allo after its lead product engineer revealed it would not run end-to-end encryption by default. The text-based messaging service launched at Google's I/O 2016 gabfest last week is linked to phone numbers and sports Chrome's porn …
Darren Pauli, 24 May 2016
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Swiss CERT publishes reveals details of defence contractor hack

Swiss defence contractor RUAG and the country's GovCERT have revealed the details of a 2014 network breach in which attackers got access to a stunning 23 GB of data. RUAG's business covers defence, aerospace (including drones), and ammunition technology, making it a very attractive target for espionage. The breach was only …
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DMA Locker: One time joke, now next big ransomware threat

A new complex and dangerous ransomware strain has been detected. A Malwarebytes researcher known as "Hasherezade" says the "DMA Locker" ransomware is already being slung by the popular Neutrino exploit kit. "The recently observed changes suggest that the product is preparing to be distributed on a massive scale," Hasherezade …
Darren Pauli, 24 May 2016
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US Telecom beats up FCC over investment

Analysis Telco lobbying group US Telecom has fired another broadside at their erstwhile friendly regulator, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), saying the billions telcos make each month isn't enough. This time, in a blog post from its vice president of law and policy, Diane Holland, Big Telco is complaining that the FCC – and …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2016

Surrey teen charged over Mumsnet hack attack

A Surrey man has been charged with hacking offences related to the attack on the Mumsnet website last year. David Gerrard Buchanan, 18, of Haslemere, Surrey, was charged on Saturday with three offences under the Computer Misuse Act following an investigation by the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU). Two of the alleged offences …
John Leyden, 23 May 2016
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Who cares about IT resource planning capabilities?

Study More businesses than ever depend on IT systems to keep things rolling, deliver services to customers and keep the cash flowing in. But the desire to add ever faster responsiveness to business needs is placing a strain on IT – legacy internal platforms, systems running virtual machines, never mind "cloud" based solutions and …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Facebook's turbo-charged Instant Articles: Another brick in the wall

Facebook recently opened up its Instant Articles platform to all publishers after an early test run with an anointed few publishers. In a nutshell, it strips out everything a publisher has festooned across their site. In its current form, it uses a specially crafted RSS feed to reformat articles for Facebook. The result is a …
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Malaysians using South African cards pinch US$12.7m in Japan

Carders have made off with US$12.7 million (£8.7 million, A$17.5 million) ripping through 1400 ATMs in a mere two hours last week. The attackers netted ¥1.4 billion in cash from ATMs located in convenience stores across the country using counterfeit credit cards. Sources told local media the 1600 credit cards used in the …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2016
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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, is enduring more customer fury after extended outages stretched across its ADSL, NBN, and mobile networks. The carrier has blamed network hardware for the TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance), issuing a statement saying a Friday outage resulted from “a fault with the …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden has opined that last week's National Broadband Network (NBN) raids in Australia last week are a misuse of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) power. Snowden appeared via satellite link in the Australian city of Melbourne last night, live from Russia where he resides under …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2016
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Google releases v4 Safe Browsing API

Developers using Google's Safe Browsing API: get ready for an upgrade. The Chocolate Factory's announced v4 of the API, and is deprecating prior versions. Announced here, the update pays more attention to mobile users. As Googlers Emily Schechter and Alex Wozniak write, that means the API had to be optimised to reduce power …
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NBN leak pits minister against AFP commissioner

The Australian Federal Police's (AFP's) raid on Australian parliamentarians and their staffers over leaked documents on delays to the National Broadband Network (NBN) leaked-documents raid had more fallout over the weekend, with the AFP criticised for allowing an nbnTM staffer to photograph documents seized in Thursday night's …
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SWIFT moves on security in wake of hacking attacks

The team behind the SWIFT financial transaction network is taking another look at its security after several hacking attempts against its customers. In February, hackers managed to siphon off $81m from Bangladesh's central bank in a raid that – but for a spelling mistake that alerted an analyst – could have taken a lot more. …
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2016
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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

Yahoo!'s planned sell-off of its core business may not end up bringing the cash return investors had hoped for. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports that Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web is receiving bids of around $2-3bn on its core business, significantly less than the $4-8bn …
Shaun Nichols, 20 May 2016
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Flying filers and Game of Thrones: Jon Snow? No, latency is dead

Cache me if you can Special effects for season 6 of Game of Thrones were created by Spanish video special effects (VFX) house El Ranchito, which explains how it solved its classic scaling problem below. El Ranchito, which was founded in 2010 in Barcelona, has an office in Madrid. It has done work on movies including The Homesman and it also did …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016
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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

Draconian new regulations on vaping come into effect today – but for many vapers, it won’t feel like a crackdown, at least, not right away, Written into the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive were new rules restricting the supply, manufacture and promotion of things which aren’t tobacco products at all, but which have …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 May 2016
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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

Have you ever bothered to look at who your browser trusts? The padlock of a HTTPS connection doesn't mean anything if you can't trust the other end of the connection and its upstream signatories. Do you trust CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Centre). What about Turkistan trust or many other “who are they” type …
Stuart Burns, 20 May 2016
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Japan on Olympic hacking mission to test utilities, trains, telcos

Japan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games. The effort will be run out of a new penetration testing arm to be created in 2017 charged with identifying vulnerabilities in physical control systems that …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2016
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Australian Federal Police say government ignorant of NBN raids

Australian Federal Police (AFP) has confirmed it raided the office of Labor senator Stephen Conroy and the home of a staffer of opposition communications minister Jason Claire over leaked documents pertaining to Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN). Sensitive documents have been repeatedly leaked since late last year …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2016

Congress presents plan to tighten reins on FBI hacking

A bipartisan bill introduced to Congress this week will aim to set new limits on the ability of the FBI to access private computers. Dubbed the Stopping Mass Hacking (SMH) Act, the Senate bill [PDF] aims to roll back changes the Supreme Court recently issued in its stance on Rule 41 computer search warrants. Those changes …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2016

Algeria suffers net blackout

Algeria experienced an internet blackout Thursday after a submarine cable that carries much of its traffic failed. The SMWE4 Annaba to Marseilles suffered a "technical problem," according to Algeria Telecom. Usually with submarine cables that means it has been accidentally cut, either by a trawler, or ship dragging an anchor, …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016