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Syrian Electronic Army hijack Reuters' Twitter feed

The official Twitter account of the Reuters news agency became a conduit for pro-Assad propaganda on Monday after the account was taken over by hacktivists from the infamous Syrian Electronic Army. Updates supportive of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad spewed from @thomsonreuters before normality was restored and the news agency …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Police accuse Reuters hack of helping Anonymous hackers

The Department of Justice has charged the deputy social media editor of Reuters with helping hackers from Anonymous gain access to the main servers of the Tribune Company in 2010 so that they could deface news sites. Matthew Keys, 26, is accused of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting …
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Reuters rubbishes report rubbishing cheap iPhone rumor

So is Apple planning to release a cheaper iPhone or isn't it? The answer seems to depend on whom you believe – and Reuters, for one, says it doesn't believe the Shanghai Evening Post. Reuters was one of many news outlets – The Reg included – to note a story featured in the Chinese newspaper on Wednesday that claimed Apple …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jan 2013
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Breaking news, literally: Reuters hacked third time this MONTH

Reuters websites were hacked for third time in a fortnight when hackers posted a bogus article falsely claiming that Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Saud al-Faisal was dead. The planting of the false report follows two similar attacks earlier this month. First, a bogus piece stating that the Syrian rebels were retreating …
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2012

Reuters suffers double hack

Call it a “psy-ops” attack, if you like: Reuters has suffered the embarrassment of having two platforms infiltrated and used to spread propaganda messages supporting the Syrian regime. The newswire’s woes began on Friday, August 3, when attackers gained access to its blogging platform and posted false stories claiming attributed …
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Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

Staff at fallen Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox in Japan have claimed that they raised alarms about how the company was handling client funds as long ago as 2012, according to Reuters. In this report, the unnamed “current and former employees” of Mt Gox were concerned that “customer funds were diverted to cover operating costs” of the …

Google researcher says government hack attacks on journos on the rise

Most major news organisations are now the targets of state-sponsored attacks on their security, according to Google security researcher Shane Huntley. According to Reuters, Huntley told the Singapore Black Hat conference on March 28 that his research, conducted in partnership with Citizen Labs' Morgan Marquis-Boire, revealed …

'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

Apple's Asian suppliers will begin producing 4.7-inch displays as soon as next month for a next-gen iPhone release this fall, but 5.5-inch displays for an even bigger Cupertinian handset are said to be delayed due to production problems. So reports Reuters, citing supply chain sources – which, as Ars Technica astutely points out …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014
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Cisco pursuing bribery investigation in FSU countries

Cisco is investigating the probity of unnamed resellers in Russia and other former Soviet Union countries, to determine whether or not it could be exposed to violations of US anti-bribery laws. The company first discussed the allegations in this December 23 blog post, which went under the radar in the lead-up to Christmas. The …
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HP execs Bradley and Donatelli ready to walk: reports

HP's troubles at the top continue, with formerly high-level executives getting ready to jump ship. Reuters reports that Todd Bradley and Dave Donatelli are both working on their exit strategies after being “sidelined by CEO Meg Whitman”. Bradley was head of the merged PC and printer business until June 2013, when he was shunted …
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Google close to inking search biz deal with Brussels: report

Google is reportedly edging closer to scoring a settlement deal with competition officials in Brussels regarding the ad giant's alleged abuse of its dominance in the European search market. According to Reuters, Google has submitted a "much better" revised package of concessions to the European Commission's anti-trust chief …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2014

Redmond cash splash follows mobile hash

Microsoft has decided to fling handfuls of cash at its shareholders, in the form of a 22 percent increase in its quarterly dividend, and renewing its $US40 billion share buyback program. The decision comes as Microsoft seeks a replacement for outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer, and seeks to digest its $US7 billion acquisition of its …

Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

As air and sea searches continue to try and identify and retrieve wreckage from Malaysia Airlines MH370's presumed crash site in the southern Indian Ocean, Inmarsat has briefed Reuters on how it estimated the path the flight took. Since relatively early in the search for the flight, reference has been made to the seven “pings” …

Alca-Lu plots enterprise exit, again

Alcatel-Lucent once again hopes to exit the enterprise business to concentrate on the carrier and service provider markets. Reuters is reporting the move as part of Alca-Lu's plan to shed €1 billion worth of assets by 2015. The news agency's sources have told it that Lazard Limited is advising the vendor on the sale. Finding a …

PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

The fight between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay over the fate of PayPal has hit the media, after Icahn claimed that he'd "never seen worse corporate governance" at another firm. Speaking to CNBC television, Icahn criticised the firm's governance policy and also said that eBay chief exec John Donahoe shouldn't have …
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Microsoft CEO shortlist down to EIGHT ... appropriately enough, perhaps

Microsoft's search committee has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of eight candidates to replace Steve Ballmer. Reuters reports the list includes three internal candidates: prodigal returner Stephen Elop, former Skype leader Tony Bates and cloud and enterprise supremo Satya Nadella. The one outsider Reuters mentions as having …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013

Eurocrats recommend right to sue American companies over snooping

The European Commission is calling for better protection of its citizens' data, against intrusion by American agencies like the NSA. According to Reuters, the commission wants European citizens to have the right to sue in America over misuse of their data – something the US has promised but not yet implemented. The report …
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BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan appears to have ordered Twitter be blocked in the nation after the service was used to post information alleging government corruption. Turkish users trying to load Twitter.com were taken to a page with a statement from the local telecoms regulator TIB, according to Reuters. The statement …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Mar 2014

China challenged to take down ALL of AWS and Google

Non-profit anti-censorship body GreatFire.org has created a mirrored site that allows users in China to view the recently blocked Reuters site, in a move which could take down thousands of websites in the PRC if the authorities decide to play hardball. Reuters China and the local language version of the Wall Street Journal were …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Nov 2013
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ICANN boss: 'Russia and China will NOT take over interwebs'

ICANN boss Fadi Chehadé appeared before a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday in an attempt to reassure troubled lawmakers that China and Russia will not take control of the internet once the US government pulls out in 2015. "Do you really think that Vladimir Putin ... can't figure out some way to get control? China …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Apr 2014
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Seoul-blackening disappointment for Samsung backers as stock droops

Shares in Samsung Electronics fell to their lowest in four months, dropping over four per cent on Thursday, after analysts said the firm's quarterly earnings were likely to be hit by the strong won and weaker business in its display unit, according to Reuters. The Korean chaebol's stock closed down 4.6 per cent on its fifth …
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Pegatron goes on hiring spree as iPhone 6 release date approaches

Taiwanese tech outfit Pegatron is reportedly preparing to open a new factory in China to build the iPhone 6. The new factory is said to be opening on the outskirts of Shanghai, according to Reuters. Foxconn – aka Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. – is also likely to start building the new iPhone, although it is not known which …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Mar 2014

US Justice Department on Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: 'Go for it'

The US Department of Justice has given its approval to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. The next step in the deal's finalization will up to the EU, which has said that it will issue its decision this Wednesday. The DOJ's go-ahead came in the form of a notice, released Monday by the US Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2013
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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

Disney has given Star Wars fans plenty of time to work themselves up into a right state of excitement by announcing that the next movie in the space saga will hit cinemas on 18 December... 2015. According to Reuters, Disney chief exec Bob Iger said: "This, obviously, is one of the most important movies we have in the next few …
Lester Haines, 08 Nov 2013
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Experian subsidiary faces MEGA-PROBE for 'selling consumer data to fraudster'

Several US states have launched an investigation into a subsidiary of credit reference bureau Experian after a fraudster allegedly bought millions of consumers' personal data from it. Vietnamese national Hieu Minh Ngo allegedly used information obtained through Experian subsidiary Court Ventures to run two identity fraud- …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2014
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China's annual TV smear segment drags Nikon's name through the mud

Nikon is braced for weeks of fun after it was targeted by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV in an annual consumer complaints show which last year forced a grovelling apology from Apple. The investigative program “3.15” broadcast a special edition last Saturday to coincide with World Consumer Rights Day, however it’s often used to …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2014
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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

BlackBerry's revenue slipped below a billion dollars in the fourth fiscal quarter for the first time since 2007, as its smartphone sales continued to slide, but its losses were slightly less than expected. The ailing Canadian firm reported a net loss of nearly $6bn for the year up to the start of March and a loss of $423m for …

Private equity signals interest in Optus satellites

Reports are emerging that Optus' satellite division, for sale if the price is right, is being eyed by a brace of private equity firms and a French telco. Back in March 2013, Optus appointed Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse to conduct a strategic review of the satellite business, sparking speculation that the division would be …

Extended Random: The PHANTOM NSA-RSA backdoor that never was

Over the last day or so the security press has been touting stories of a second NSA-induced backdoor in RSA's encryption software BSafe. But it appears to be more sound and fury than substance. The brouhaha was kicked off by a Reuters report into an as-yet-unpublished academic study examining the cryptographically crap Dual …
Iain Thomson, 02 Apr 2014

How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

The mystery of why RSA would use a flawed, NSA-championed algorithm as the default random number generator for several of its encryption products appears to be solved, and the answer is utterly banal, if true: the NSA paid it to. Reuters reports that RSA received $10m from the NSA in exchange for making the agency-backed Dual …
Neil McAllister, 21 Dec 2013
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EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid

EU competition regulators are going to the mobile ISP industry with new concessions from Hong Kong firm Hutchison Whampoa, as it seeks approval for its $1bn bid for O2 Ireland. Sources whispered to Reuters that the conglomerate has offered the European Commission a new deal for Telefonica's Irish company after an initial …
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Indian supremes demand $573m in Nokia-Microsoft phactory selloff deal

India's Supreme Court has ordered Nokia to hand over a $572.5m guarantee before it can give the keys of one of its biggest manufacturing facilities to Microsoft. The order stems from a tax dispute over the plant in Chennai and upholds the verdict of the Delhi High Court, Reuters reported. The Finnish firm originally offered to …
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Apple faces €1bn tax probe in Italy, claim legal eagle insiders

Apple will be investigated in Italy for allegedly owing almost £1bn to the Euro nation's taxman, it was claimed last night. News agency Reuters quoted a unnamed judicial source who said the "checks on the size of the tax are under way". Since the news broke last night, the fruity firm's spokeswoman Kristin Huguet has told Sky …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013

Angry Nokia staff protest Microsoft deal in China

Hundreds of Nokia workers in China have protested the firm’s recent decision to sell its devices unit to Microsoft, complaining that they were forced to sign new contracts on worse terms. The disgruntled employees stood outside a Nokia plant in the southern city of Dongguan, holding signs with slogans that read "Legally protect …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2013
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Japan set to create DARPA-style agency for military tech

Japan’s wolfish new government may create a DARPA-style agency to research, develop and adapt cutting edge technologies for possible military use. The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was founded back in the ‘50s as a response to the Soviet Sputnik launch, with a mission to execute forward-looking R&D …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Nov 2013

Chip, Chip hooray at Samsung outweighs slack gadget numbers

Samsung is on course for another year of record profits as an improved chip market makes up for its slowing smartphone business. A survey of 45 analysts by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S estimated an operating profit for Samsung this year of 38.5 trillion won ($35.85bn), up a third from its 29 trillion won ($27bn) haul in 2012. …
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Sina rumoured to be prepping Weibo for $500m US-based IPO

Chinese web giant Sina has picked two of the big banks to prep its Twitter-alike microblogging site Weibo for an IPO in the US. Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse have been taken on to help the site manage a debut onto the market in New York, sources told the Financial Times and Reuters. Weibo, which is hugely popular in China, is …
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Biometrics not so trustworthy: False Samsung stock-pump buy draws Swedish cops

An elaborate scam saw shares in Swedish biometrics firm Fingerprint Cards rise by over 50 per cent after a false press release was circulated saying the company was being bought by Samsung. On Friday press release distributor Cision put out the fabrication, claiming the Swedish firm had been bought for $650m in a cash deal with …
Iain Thomson, 12 Oct 2013
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Twitter duped us, coupon-clippers claim

The most-anticipated IPO since pets.com Facebook has come under a cloud, with a lawsuit launched accusing Twitter of cancelling a “fraudulently” organised private sale of shares. In their Manhattan-filed complaint, Precedo Capital Group and Continental Advisors are claiming that Twitter wanted them to organise a private sale of …

Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

Apple has been sued by a small Texas firm for patent infringement related to how it tags, stores, and assembles video content in its consumer-level video-editing app, iMovie. The patent in question, US Patent No. 5,684,514, "Apparatus and method for assembling content addressable video," was filed in May 1994 and granted in …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Apr 2014

Symantec scratches head over balance sheet, calls in JPMorgan

Reports say Symantec, struggling to reverse a revenue slowdown, has called in JPMorgan Chase & Co. to look at its options and help fend off activist shareholders. Symantec is a $6.7bn/year revenue company that is struggling to lift its earnings. The last quarterly report made that abundantly clear. It fired its CEO Steve …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

China has demanded an explanation from the US government in the wake of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's latest leak, which claims that the agency was spying on telecoms firm Huawei. The US has repeatedly accused Huawei of being a risky bet for network contracts outside of China as it claims that the company is involved in …

YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list

YouTube appears to be the latest site added to Turkey’s blacklist after reports emerged that the government has blocked it in response to a “villainous” audio file uploaded to the platform this week. The authorities said on Thursday they had taken an “administrative measure” to block the popular video sharing site. The clip in …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2014

MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles has been ordered by a judge to return to the US to face questions over his bankruptcy filing with a Dallas court and how 750,000 Bitcoins went AWOL. Bankruptcy judge Stacey Jernigan ruled that Karpeles must appear at the Dallas office of his lawyers Baker & McKenzie on 17th April. This is ahead of a May …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Apr 2014
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Microsoft investors push for Bill Gates defenestration: report

Three Microsoft investors that collectively own more than five per cent of the company are lobbying to fire founder Bill Gates from his role as Chairman. The Reuters report containing the news doesn't name the investors but says they are worried that Gates' influence as Chairman is disproportionate to his current 4.5 per cent …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Oct 2013

Foxconn boss: We're CROSSING Mexican border ... to bring TV-making jobs into US

The head of Foxconn has reportedly said that he is confident that the group, which includes the Hon Hai unit busily making iPhones, will see its revenue grow by 15 per cent this year. Terry Gou also said that the group was expecting to invest 10 times as much in the US in 2014, Reuters reported local media including the …

Carl Icahn: I don't want to fight with Tim... but I will

Investment guru Carl Icahn says he doesn't want to fight with the management of Apple, but he won't abandon his sizeable financial concern in the firm either. Icahn has been trying to get Apple to give some of its cash mountain to shareholders by buying back $150bn worth of shares and has been meeting with chief Tim Cook to try …

Apple kingpin springs to Beijing, pings telco kings: Flog our iPhone things

Apple chief Tim Cook has been doing the rounds in China with national telcos, drumming up interest in carrying iPhones and iPads to the country's massive mobile market. Cook met China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing to "discuss matters of cooperation", Reuters and Bloomberg reported. The world's largest mobile carrier by …
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Panasonic to build Toughbook-style smartphone

Panasonic has become the latest venerable Japanese electronics giant to abandon the consumer smartphone market, with the firm set to concentrate its efforts on producing a “Toughbook” handset for business use. Company president Kazuhiro Tsuga told Reuters that it will continue to sell consumer handsets in emerging markets under …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Sep 2013
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Enormo reseller Insight seeks experienced sales hands for City pad

Headhunters will be on red alert after Insight confirmed plans to establish a sales outpost in the City in a bid to snuggle up to existing and potential corporate customers. The firm has rented some space from an unspecified service delivery partner in Aldgate to rub shoulders with Kelway, Misco, Softcat, Computacenter and many …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014