Articles about Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

The creators of this Irish website may be fluent in the language of the Emerald Isle, but they are distinctly unversed in computer security. The Líofa (Fluent) website – a UK government project [PDF] – suffered not so much a data breach as a data giveaway. Users' personal information such as names, addresses, emails and phone …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Nov 2014

HPC Wales stretches its reach to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is to get what's touted as its first HPC service, courtesy of a deal between Fujitsu and HPC Wales. Extending a collaboration that's been in place since 2012, HPC Wales says the vendor will sling £1.1 million towards the service, and seek collaborations from Irish business and academic partners. HPC Wales has …

For sale: One 236-bed nuclear bunker

Readers looking for a spacious pad with plenty of accommodation, plus "male and female WCs, commercial kitchen facilities, BBC audio visual broadcasting facility, conference facilities, air filtration systems, conference rooms, decontamination chambers, plant rooms and oil storage", are directed to the sale of a former nuclear …
Lester Haines, 02 Feb 2016

BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish

Some of the telcos which depend on BT's network to offer broadband services to their customers have been reporting a major outage affecting thousands of people in the North of England, Northern Ireland and the two biggest cities in Scotland. ISP Zen Internet told its subscribers that BT's 20CN and 21CN circuits were currently …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2012

TalkTalk attack: Lad, 15, cuffed by UK cyber-cops

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by police probing the hacking of Brit ISP TalkTalk. The internet provider admitted on Thursday last week that someone had waged "a significant and sustained cyberattack," upon its website, and potentially swiped copies of sensitive information on four million subscribers. This info could …
Chris Williams, 26 Oct 2015

Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

Police have arrested a second teenage boy as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged data theft from UK telco TalkTalk. The 16-year-old, from Feltham, west London, was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences on Thursday. The unnamed teenage has since been released on police bail. Detectives from the …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2015
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Northern Ireland's top cops 'hacked by NotW' - new claim

Senior police officers and a Cabinet minister may have been targeted for computer hacking by unscrupulous journalists at News International. This is according to Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). At the time of the alleged hack, he was chief constable of the Police Service of Northern …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2011

Third suspect arrested over TalkTalk breach

A 20-year-old Staffordshire man has become the third person to be arrested in connection with the mammoth hack of British telco TalkTalk. The unnamed man has been released on bail until March after he was arrested under the country's Computer Misuse Act. He was nabbed in connection with a hack on budget telco lifting 1.2 …
Darren Pauli, 01 Nov 2015
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Americans whisk up 106 software jobs in Northern Ireland

A US software firm is creating 106 jobs in Northern Ireland. Market Resource Partners, based in Philadelphia, makes sales and marketing software to help companies judge the success - or failure - of marketing campaigns by analysing conversion rates. The company told the BBC the jobs would be high quality and would pay above the …
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010

Met makes fourth TalkTalk arrest, this time a London teen

A 16 year-old boy from London has become the fourth to be arrested in connection with the hacking of British telco TalkTalk. Information is thin on the ground. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit arrested the boy at his Norwich home on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences and he remains in custody. A …
Darren Pauli, 04 Nov 2015
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Fujitsu in deal with Northern Ireland beaks

Fujitsu will provide a managed ICT and telecommunications service for the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service for the next five years. The services included in the contract, awarded by the Department of Finance and Personnel on behalf of the courts and tribunals service, are infrastructure and software support, …
Kable, 24 Nov 2010
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£4.4m gov wad to get all Northern Ireland up to 2 Mbit/s

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt slapped £4.4m on Northern Ireland's broadband pile today in a move to roll out the tech to the entire country. The NI Executive is tasked with matching that sum of cash in order to reach out to the final 3 per cent of homes and businesses not yet upgraded to faster broadband technology. "Matching …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Aug 2011
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Surfing far too tedious or terrifying, say Northern Irish women

Women in Northern Ireland are the least likely of all UK adults to have surfed the net, according to new stats on web usage in Blighty. The Office of National Statistics surveyed bods aged 16 and over in a quarterly report, and unsurprisingly found that age, location and gender play a deciding role in people's adoption of the …
Anna Leach, 16 Aug 2012
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Northern Ireland gets upgraded spycams

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is planning to spend some of £12.9m in additional government security funding on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras. A spokesperson for the service told GC News that due to security reasons it could not reveal the exact amount being spent on ANPR or any other details …
Kable, 12 Aug 2010

Fifth arrest in TalkTalk hacking probe: Now Plod cuff chap in Wales

Cops probing the TalkTalk mega-hack arrested a teen in south Wales on Tuesday. The 18-year-old is the fifth suspect to be cuffed in connection with the computer security breach at the UK ISP. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service's Cyber Crime Unit and officers from Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit, …
Chris Williams, 25 Nov 2015
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Rise in Northern Ireland violence highlights data failing

Police remain unable to access records on some of Northern Ireland's most notorious terrorist killers who now live on or travel to the British mainland, months after a deadline to link computer systems passed. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has its own system for storing and accessing criminal records. In a …

Teenage boy bailed until November over TalkTalk incident

The 15-year-old boy arrested in connection with the investigation into the alleged data theft from the TalkTalk website has been bailed until a date in November. Arrested on the evening of Monday, 26 October, a 15-year-old was taken into custody by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), working alongside …

Citrix buys System Center control freak, sells CloudPlatform

Citrix has offloaded its CloudPlatform products to Accelerite, bought Comtrade's System Center Operations Manager management packs and tweaked some of its software. The sale first: Accelerite is a subsidiary of India's Persistent Systems, a software-developer-for-hire that created Accelerite to sell products instead of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2016
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Northern Ireland IT spending on the up

IT spending in Northern Ireland is growing, according to analyst IDC. Researchers say the total spending on IT in 2005 reached £658m. Government spending accounted for 70 per cent, with the rest coming from the private sector. Looking ahead, IDC expects IT spending to experience "good growth", reaching £877m in 2010. IDC …
Team Register, 08 May 2006

UK terror law probe stresses 'safeguards' amid MI5 plot claims

Blighty's domestic intelligence agency MI5 foiled a number of life-threatening terrorist plots over the last 12 months, underlining the need "for good intelligence and strong anti-terrorism laws, accompanied by proper safeguards." This was the conclusion of the watchdog report by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism …
Kat Hall, 17 Sep 2015
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Ad watchdog terminates Vodafone's cherry-picked 'unbeatable connecting calls' claims

Blighty's ad watchdog has given Vodafone a ticking off following a complaint from rival carrier Three, which successfully challenged the firm's "unbeatable at connecting calls" claims. A press and website advert were found to have cherry-picked locations across the UK to support Voda's assertion that it was "unbeatable" at …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Sep 2015
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Northern Ireland boasts blanket broadband coverage

Every home and business in Northern Ireland can now access a broadband service after millions of pounds were invested improving internet access. Speaking today, Enterprise Minister, Angela Smith, said: "This is a significant achievement for Northern Ireland to lead Europe in broadband availability. Every household, business, …
Tim Richardson, 16 Jan 2006
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BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

If you can't reach a chum in the UK, chances are they've fallen victim to a substantial outage that's hit BT's voice and broadband services. Or a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) incident. The carrier appears to be suffering from two issues, the first reported to us by Reg readers Colin and Neil who've …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015

3 continents, 8 countries and one cyber attack on a fake petrol company

Organisers are praising the success of a multi-nation exercise – hosted by the UK – that aimed to test response to serious cyber crime. Exercise Silver Shadow, which was run by the National Crime Agency (NCA)’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and supported by the Home Office, saw …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2015
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Eircom injects €5m in Northern Ireland network

Eircom is to make a €5m investment in its network in Northern Ireland as the telecoms firm looks to develop its business in the area. The investment will see Eircom establish a network operations centre in Belfast, employing 15 people in roles such as network engineers, project managers, and qualified service professionals. …
Emmet Ryan, 03 Jul 2007
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More than 260 suspects charged in UK child abuse crackdown

Teachers, a retired magistrate, a doctor, and civil servants are among 264 suspected paedophiles charged as part of a major UK police operation targeting those accessing child abuse images online. Operation Notarise, which launched around a year ago, is the biggest UK inquiry into people allegedly sharing child abuse images …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
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Northern Ireland gets e-prescriptions

Paper prescriptions will be phased out in Northern Ireland, following an agreement between the government and HP to develop an e-prescriptions service. Community pharmacies across Northern Ireland will be equipped with an electronic system to transfer prescriptions over the next two years, the Department for Health Social …
Kablenet, 16 Aug 2006
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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) is once again looking to rat out known piracy hotbeds to the US government, both online and in real life – and Canada's largest urban center remains high on its list. The MPAA said on Monday that it had provided the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) with a list of markets that …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

Chris Carter's cult, '90s telly classic The X-Files could be set for a return to the small screen, after the Fox network confirmed it was in talks to hit reboot on the drama series. Original cast members David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are expected to reprise their roles as FBI special agents Mulder & Scully in the popular …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2015

Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

An international team of researchers have created a fine-scale genetic map of the UK, the first time such a map has been produced for any country in the world. The fine-scale genetic variation between human populations is of interest to researchers both as a means of tracking historical population movements, and for its …
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Seagate to close Northern Ireland plant

Seagate is closing one of two manufacturing plants in Northern Ireland, axing 768 permanent and 159 temporary employees. The 10-year-old plant at Limavady in County Londonderry manufactures nickel plated aluminum substrates — the base platter on which magnetic materials are deposited for making hard drives. "We have made great …
Austin Modine, 29 Oct 2007

UK says wider National Insurance number use no longer a no-no

UK government policy towards the wider use of the National Insurance Number (NINo) as a general identifier appears to have changed again. This ever-shifting policy now illustrates that well-known saying “What goes around comes around”. As is well known, the “general identifier” powers in the Data Protection Act (Schedule 1, …
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Viglen wins Northern Ireland megadeal

Viglen has scooped the contract to run IT for Northern Ireland's primary schools. The deal runs for three years and is worth £26.2m, and is the fourth that Viglen has won from the Northern Irish education system, worth £50m in total. Under these contracts, the system builder-cum-education reseller will supply Northern Irish …
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2002

Flogging kit and services to UK.gov? YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE

A raft of major changes to the regulation of procurement in the public sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is set to be introduced later this month. Public procurement law expert Stuart Cairns of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said public bodies must "prepare to start doing things differently". On …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Feb 2015
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Northern Ireland gets own VC fund

Invest Northern Ireland is putting £7.5m into a fund to help get early stage technology companies in Northern Ireland off the ground. Crescent Capital has raised £22.5m in total for the new fund, called Crescent Capital II, which will invest in local hi-tech companies. Other investors include Queen's University, University of …
John Oates, 01 Jun 2005
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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

UK businesses that rely on a third party pricing system on Amazon were hit by an hour-long software glitch on Friday night, with items being sold for just 1p. Some retailers complained that RepricerExpress's technical cockup, which happened between 7pm and 8pm on 12 December, could leave them bankrupt. A number of small …
Team Register, 14 Dec 2014

RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

RBS Group has spent £750m overhauling its IT – which includes replacing the systems at the heart of its mainframe mega-meltdown in 2012. The banking giant has established three separate batch schedulers to process transactions at NatWest, Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, and Ulster Bank Republic of Ireland. It's hoped this will …
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2014
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RM shuns £300m Northern Ireland contract

RM, the UK's biggest IT supplier for schools, has walked away from a ten-year £300 million contract to supply all the IT for Northern Ireland schools. RM, with JV partner ICL, was the only company negotiating for the deal, which would have been Britain's biggest ever education contract, but said it could not accept onerous …
Drew Cullen, 14 Dec 2000
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Amazon pays libel damages again over Northern Ireland book

Amazon.com has publicly apologised for distributing a book that contained a series of false allegations about killings in Northern Ireland. Seven retired police officers won the apology - and undisclosed damages - after Amazon distributed the book The Committee: Political Assassination in Northern Ireland by Sean McPhilemy. …
Tim Richardson, 02 Jan 2004

EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

With BT now expected to complete the deal to buy EE, it has been reported that EE will kill off the T-Mobile and Orange brands in the UK. The mix of brands from BT, EE, T-Mobile and Orange is all a bit confusing. Nobody will mourn T-Mobile, and it was always a bit uncomfortable after the success of the One2One brand which …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jan 2015
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Northern Ireland aims for 100pc broadband

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland wants to make broadband available to 100 percent of its population in three years. The ambitious target, if met, would make Northern Ireland one of the most wired regions in the UK. Currently, only about 52 percent of homes in the North have access to …
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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

Updated Government legislation to exempt GCHQ from prosecution on charges of illegal hacking has been passed and come into effect – apparently torpedoing an ongoing claim against the surveillance agency being heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. Last July, a coalition of internet service providers and international …

ICO's data protection tentacles will penetrate NHS bodies

NHS bodies in the UK can now be forced to open themselves up to data protection audits under new powers handed to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The watchdog told Out-Law.com that its audits regime follows a "participative approach" and that therefore it would first ask health bodies if they would voluntarily …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Feb 2015
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Northern Ireland touts low IT wages

A survey carried out by Invest NI has shown that Belfast technology workers are among the lowest-paid in Europe. The report, carried out by Watson Wyatt on behalf of the Northern Ireland investment agency, said that high-tech salaries in Belfast are among the lowest of cities surveyed in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. Only …
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ICO probes BBC after secret British army unit's info LEAKED

A BBC Panorama researcher who leaked confidential material from the programme's production company to the target of an investigation allegedly also leaked highly sensitive data about a secret British army unit. According to a report in the Independent, the UK's privacy regulator has been notified of what appears to be a serious …
Team Register, 03 Jul 2014
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Aramiska in Northern Ireland broadband deal

Businesses in Northern Ireland are being offered grants to hook up to broadband by satellite Some 250 small and medium-sized businesses could receive up to £1,500 each to subsidise set-up and running costs for hi-speed Net access supplied by Aramiska. The scheme is a public/private initiative funded by the Industrial Research …
Tim Richardson, 29 Jan 2002
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Northern Ireland offers broadband funds

The government of Northern Ireland has re-iterated its pledge to bring 100 per cent broadband availability to the region and announced new funding for broadband. "Government's vision is for Northern Ireland to be the leading broadband region in the UK and the first region to have 100 percent broadband availability," said …
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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

The denizens of 12 farflung towns across the United Kingdoms received a bit of good news today after EE continued its rollout of 4G. A total of 187 towns across the UK are now covered by EE's 4G, with the latest well-connected places including world-class conurbations like Macclesfield, Burnley and Bridgend. Olaf Swantee, chief …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Mar 2014
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Northern Ireland signs up HP for €107m e-learning gig

Hewlett-Packard has won a massive e-government contract in Northern Ireland, worth more than €100 million. The five-year deal, with a two-year extension clause, will see HP provide and manage technology infrastructure for 1,200 schools and 350,000 students, as well as teachers and administrators. The massive technology roll …
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An all-island Ireland

O2 says its customers will no longer incur inadvertent roaming charges while taking calls near the border and has announced a new all-island tariff. Inadvertent roaming occurs when a mobile phone user unknowingly connects to a base station in Northern Ireland while in the Republic of Ireland, and vice versa. From the beginning …