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TeamViewer: So sorry we blamed you after your PC was hacked

Beleaguered remote support tool maker TeamViewer has apologized for blaming its customers for the recent spree of PC and Mac hijackings. While TeamViewer maintains there was "no hack" on its end, public relations head Axel Schmidt told El Reg that the software house was sorry it used the term "careless" to describe folks who …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2016

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

When you're stuck in the middle of the Central African Republic (CAR) trying to protect the wildlife from armed poachers and the Lord's Resistance Army, then life's pretty tough. And now Microsoft has made it tougher with Windows 10 upgrades. The Chinko Project manages roughly 17,600 square kilometres (6,795 square miles) of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016
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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

TeamViewer is whacking anti-hacker protections into its remote-desktop tool – as its customers continue to report having their PCs and Macs remotely hijacked by criminals. Two new security checks in TeamViewer will warn users when a new device or location attempts to log into their TeamViewer account and remotely manage any …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2016
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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers memories of odd jobs in odd spots. This week, reader “Gerald” wrote with the story of his time at a “one-man-and-a-dog computer dealer, selling mainly early PCs with accounts software.” If you can remember the likes of Wang and TABS, you'll understand the kind of kit …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jun 2016
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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

Microsoft's sometimes hard-ball tactics to get people running Windows 10 look like they're working. All three of the desktop OS market share data sources we track report a nice bump for Win 10 in May. Desktop OS market share March to May 2016 Desktop OS market share March to May 2016. Click here to enlarge There's the …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jun 2016
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Windows 7, Server 2008 'Convenience' update is anything but – it breaks VMware networking

VMware is warning administrators to steer clear of an official update for Windows 7 and Server 2008 – after the patch was found to be incompatible with some virtual machines. The virtualization house says that VMs using VMXNet3 virtual NICs are having networking problems after installing the Windows 7 rollup update. VMs …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jun 2016
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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

Updated TeamViewer users say their computers were hijacked and bank accounts emptied all while the software company's systems mysteriously fell offline. TeamViewer denies it has been hacked. In the past 24 hours, we've seen a spike in complaints from people who say their PCs, Macs and servers were taken over via the widely used remote …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jun 2016
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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

Computers from many of the biggest PC makers are riddled with easy-to-exploit vulnerabilities in pre-loaded software, security researchers warn. The research from Duo Security shows that bloatware is not just a nuisance that causes a lag in system boot-up, but a security risk. Laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo all …
John Leyden, 31 May 2016
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Intel's new plan: A circle that starts in your hand and ends in the cloud

As predicted by The Register, Intel has created an x86-powered reference platform for home gateways that makes the box you use for broadband services an Atom-powered target for virtual machines delivered by carriers. Announced today at Computex in Taipei, the new AnyWAN GRX750 is a system-on-a-chip that can serve as the basis …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016
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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Updated Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft’s nagging and installing Windows 10. The consumer electronics giant's support staff have admitted drivers for its PCs still don’t work with Microsoft's newest operating system and told customers they should simply not make the upgrade. That’s nearly a year after …
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2016
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Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

Total disk drive shipments are going to plummet by 2020, with raw SSD cost getting cheaper than disk and SSDs taking over from disk in notebooks. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus's MD, Aaron Rakers, has taken a close look at Gartner’s HDD and SSD projections over the next few years. He writes: “Gartner is currently forecasting …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016

HP Ink joins DMTF board

HP Inc. has joined the board of the Distributed Management Task Force, the body that sets manageability standards for PCs and thin clients. HP says it needs to be on the DMTF to make sure its products appeal to businesses. The Reg imagines it is also keen to be in the room when standards are set, because rivals Dell and Lenovo …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

Mergers and acquisitions and restructuring costs led to Lenovo booking its first annual loss since 2009, but crappy demand for PCs and smartphones didn’t exactly help to wax the bottom line either. The Beijing HQ’d biz reported sales for fiscal ’16 ended 31 March of $44.9bn, down three per cent year-on-year, after ending the …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
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HP Inc-eption: Our new 3D printers print themselves, says CEO

Just like Leonardo DiCaprio and his photogenic pals crafted dream worlds out of dream worlds in the hit flick Inception, we're told HP Ink prints its 3D printers using its 3D printers. Take one of HP Ink's new and expensive 3D printers, and you can print out half of the components needed to build another one, CEO Dion Weisler …
Chris Williams, 26 May 2016
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You've patched that Flash hole, but have the users? Phone's ringing. It's for you

Security researchers are warning of a new wave of malvertising that harnesses the latest Flash exploit. The attack features tainted ads from websites including dailymotion.com, vodlocker.com, answers.com and legacy.com. Fraudulent advertisers are posing as legitimate retail or legal businesses in order distribute "conditional …
John Leyden, 25 May 2016

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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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

Microsoft has trumpeted the fact that 300 million devices now run Windows 10, but the scale of its failure to extend its operating system dominance into mobile can be seen in the fact that of the 349 million smartphones sold in 2016's first quarter, 293.7m ran Android. And just 2.4m ran Windows Phone. Those numbers come from …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016

Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

Microsoft won bragging rights over Apple in Britain’s biz slab sales stakes following the first full quarter the two rivals went head to head with their Pro devices. The iPad Pro, released in last October, sold 107,000 units in the UK in Q1 versus 275,000 Surface Pro devices, which was up on the 83,000 units Microsoft flogged …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2016
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Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update

Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their …
John Leyden, 20 May 2016
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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

Google I/O 2016 Google has been outlining plans for kickstarting its virtual reality portfolio this year, including new hardware, software tools, and developer support. Unlike Facebook's Oculus platform, which requires a high-end PC to crunch the code, Google thinks that you can get a perfectly decent VR experience just using a smartphone, …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016
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Inside the world's second worst exploit toolkit

Security researchers have lifted the lid on the Nuclear exploit kit, rated the second largest malware-as-a-service toolkit in the world. Nuclear has generated 1.8 million attacks worth $12m in revenue in one month alone, chiefly through slinging the infamous Locky ransomware. The estimated monthly revenue for the developers of …
John Nicholson, 19 May 2016
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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

The PC market is doomed. We know this. You know this. Gartner knows this, but it reckons vendors can bleed out a few more pennies if they start selling high-end rigs for gamers. "PCs are no longer the first or only devices users are choosing for internet access," said Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner. …
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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

Microsoft says it will simplify the update process for older versions of Windows by switching to once-a-month "rollup" bundles. Redmond says that all PCs running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, and servers running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012 will begin getting the monthly updates. " …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2016
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Got $130,000 down the back of the sofa? Great. Grab an HP 3D printer

The first of HP Inc’s much-delayed (and cynics might say over-hyped 3D printer) is to hit the market “late” this year – launching into a crowded space with a challenger device the firm hopes will brighten its future. The Jet Fusion 3D 3200 will sell for $130,000 – add another $25,000 for services including post-processing …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2016
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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

Storage Architect One of the questions posed to the “ask me anything” storage panel at this week’s TECHunplugged event was whether we will ever see a single storage protocol develop. This is an interesting idea and with the move to object storage, seems to have some merit. However, as always with technology, the answer “it depends” seems the …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in its regular Friday slot where we bring you readers' stories of stuff that goes on in the workplace. Yesterday's tale of four fellows paid elephant bucks to do nothing for three months prompted a submission from reader “Ivan” who says his first job in tech support was for “a call centre company that …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2016
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Acer made less than £1m profits in Q1 as forex rates bit hard

Ailing Acer – one of the PC makers considered at risk of vendor consolidation – has made an inauspicious start to calendar year 2016 as sales and profits tumbled. The Taiwanese business today reported revenues of NT$56.32bn (£1.19bn) for the three months ended 31 March, down 17.1 per cent on the prior year’s stats. It didn’t …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2016
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Lenovo's European prez quits over 'serious strategic disagreements'

Lenovo's European president Eric Cador is today stepping down from the firm after just 12 months in post, citing "strategic disagreements". Luca Rossi, currently president of Lenovo’s biz in Latin America, will succeed Cador. Prior to joining Lenovo in 2015, Rossi was EMEA president for Acer. Cador will return to his …
Kat Hall, 10 May 2016
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Chipzilla veteran joins IBM's OpenPOWER

IBM has tapped former Intel product development veteran Rani Borkar as veep for development of its OpenPOWER project. Borkar left Chipzilla at the end of last year, after 27 years with the company. At Intel, she specialised in chips for PCs and data centres – for example, speaking for Intel when it first started pitching its …
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Sneaky Lenovo patches hole

Lenovo has quietly patched a hole in the software it bundles with its laptops and desktop PCs that can be exploited by malicious code to hijack the hardware. The Lenovo Solution Center can elevate malware and other nasties on machines a leg up to system-level privileges. It has been fixed in version 3.3.002, according to this …
Team Register, 06 May 2016
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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

A recent Windows 7 update partially bricks computers that have an Asus motherboard fitted, it emerged this week. Windows 7 machines that have installed Microsoft's KB3133977 update may trigger a "secure boot violation" during startup, preventing the PC from loading the operating system, Asus said. Though the KB3133977 patch …
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2016

Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

Microsoft's "Get Windows 10" nagware will be killed off in July, the tech giant has told us. The software has been worming its way into Windows PCs via Windows Update since last year using aggressive malware-like techniques and frequent pop-up reminders. It quietly downloads and installs Windows 10 automatically for you, and …
Chris Williams, 06 May 2016
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MS to kill GWX nagware

Microsoft has promised to kill its aggressive Get Windows 10 nagware promotion in July, when the year-long free upgrade scheme ends. “On July 29th, the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide,” the company said. The GWX popup uses aggressive …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

At the end of April, Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware interrupted a live TV weather broadcast to urge meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade her computer. A week later, while playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive to 130,000 spectators on Twitch.tv, Erik Flom was blasted out of his match by the Windows 10 installer. This was …
Chris Williams, 06 May 2016
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Microsoft kicks out fix for buggy Win Server 2012 WSUS updates

Microsoft has a released a fix to address problems with its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) tool. For those not in the know, WSUS is a component of Windows Server that lets IT administrators push particular updates to users' PCs. Redmond said installing KB3159706 on Windows Server 2012 will give WSUS the ability to …
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2016
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Daisy-chained research spells malware worm hell for power plants and other utilities

BlackHat Asia A world-first proof-of-concept worm - if unleashed - could spell disaster for the world’s critical infrastructure, including power utilities by making attacks exponentially more difficult to detect and stop. It is a stand-alone attack but The Register has confirmed a realistic stealthy end-to-end attack scenario can be …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2016
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TLS proxies: insecure by design say boffins

Have you ever suspected filters that decrypt traffic of being insecure? Canadian boffins agree with you, saying TLS proxies – commonly deployed in both business and home networks for traffic inspection – open up cans of worms. In their tests, “not a single TLS proxy implementation is secure with respect to all of our tests, …

Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

Last month, while we were all distracted by iPhone hacking and Jay-Z's web fiasco, Microsoft silently bumped off the ability for IT administrators to easily take the Windows Store off Windows 10 Pro PCs. Removing the software store, along with other bundled apps, from work machines is normally a good idea to prevent users from …
Shaun Nichols, 05 May 2016

US telly stations fling malware-tipped web ads at unsuspecting surfers

A rogue advertiser abused the Taggify self-serve ad platform to inject malware-installing code into browsers visiting the websites of two US TV stations. It was a textbook malvertising attack: to infect victims' PCs, the dodgy ads used the Angler Exploit Kit, which is a grab bag of code that exploits weaknesses in Adobe Flash …
John Leyden, 04 May 2016
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Long term sick-note abuser Misco not losing nearly as much money

A pinkish hue has yet to return to the cheeks of sickly European reseller Misco but its latest financials indicate the patient is finally out of intensive care - the same cannot be said of its parent. Most of Misco’s vital statistics improved in calendar Q1, all but sales which slipped 5.3 per cent to $258.2m - or were down a …
Paul Kunert, 04 May 2016

Argos defection to Tech Data whips Ingram Micro's bottom... line

The loss of a retail supply contract with Argos helped push Ingram Micro’s European sales growth into the barrier’s during car crash Q1 financials. The US-headquartered tech distributor reported sales of $2.66bn on this side of the pond for the period ended 31 March. This was down 13.35 per cent year-on-year. Ingram is being …
Paul Kunert, 03 May 2016
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Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices

If you run online services, concentrate your efforts on making sure they can handle iOS devices on weekends. The Register makes that recommendation after a wade through the United States government's data on which operating systems hit its empire of websites. The US makes that data available at analytics.usa.gov, where …
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2016
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Dell to change name to 'Dell Technologies'

Michael Dell has written to his staff to tell them that Dell will soon become known as “Dell Technologies”. Except for the bit of Dell that sells PCs, which will be called “Dell”, and the bit that sells to the enterprise, which will be called “Dell EMC”. Confused? Here's how Dell the man said it in his letter: “Dell …
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2016

Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

Intel has thrown in the towel on smartphone processors after losing round after round against the ARM architecture – the dominant brains of the mobile world. Intel today scrapped the development of its Atom processor codenamed Broxton, which was aimed at powering high-end smartphones and tablets. Broxton was expected to …
Chris Williams, 30 Apr 2016
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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

WD is experiencing global disk drive cooling as the slowing PC jetstream and flash El Nino jointly disrupt the HDD environment. But that's enough in the meteorological metaphor line. WD revenues fell 21 per cent year-on-year to $2.8bn in WD’s third fiscal 2016 quarter, which closed April 1. The quarter-on-quarter compare …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016
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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court approved a change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. It sounds innocuous, but the effects will be felt around the world. Under today's rules, US cops and FBI agents need to know where a computer is before they can get a warrant to directly hack the machine – because they …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2016

America edges closer to get-a-proper-warrant-to-read-my-email law

In a rare display of bipartisanship the US House of Representatives has passed the Email Privacy Act (EPA) in a 419-0 vote. The legislation updates the antiquated 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and closes an important privacy loophole. Under ECPA the police could examine any email that had been read or that …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2016
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German nuke plant viruses

Malware managed to get into PCs at a German nuclear power station – but the software nasties weren't able to touch the systems running the reactors, we're told. Machines operating the power plant are air-gapped from the office computers, which is just as well because the latter systems, retrofitted in 2008, caught viruses …
Team Register, 27 Apr 2016
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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will announce his running mate at a campaign event on Wednesday afternoon – and the pick to revitalize his flagging campaign is Carly Fiorina. Fiorina ended her own bid for the presidency in February after a lackluster performance in which she proved herself to be factually challenged …
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2016

Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

Microsoft last year effectively murdered one part of the mobile PC market that was going gangbusters - Windows with Bing (WwB) - and unsurprisingly this is now reflected in weaker sales across Western Europe. The low-cost WwB portables reached distributors by summer '14, designed to counter what was seen as a growing threat to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2016