Articles about Serial Numbers

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

Episode 9 "Ahhh... Just found some... uh... anomalies with the asset inventory checklist," our friendly neighbourhood Beancounter says to the PFY. "What anomalies?" I ask. "You didn't fill it out," the Boss says. "I bloody did!" I gasp. "You wrote at the bottom 'all present and correct' and signed your name," the Beancounter responds …
Simon Travaglia, 29 Aug 2014

Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

Big Data's Big 5 You've employed Benford's Law to out fraudsters hidden in seemingly random numbers. Now what do you do if you need answers but some of your data is missing? Welcome to the German tank problem, the second in The Reg's guide to crafty techniques from the world of mathematics that can help you quickly solve niggling data problems. …
Mark Whitehorn, 20 May 2014

iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

A video and photos have appeared on Chinese websites purporting to be "real" shots of the iPhone 6 – just days ahead of Apple's latest iStuff showcase on September 9. Vulture Weekend notes that this is potentially pure tittle tattle and understands only too well that on the internet nobody knows you're a dog. Yada yada ... But, …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Sep 2014
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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

Thumb drives are so inconsistently manufactured it is all but impossible to know if any unit could be reprogrammed to own computers, researcher Karsten Nohl says. The conditions that determined if a unit could be hacked varied not only between vendors but also within product unit lines due to manufacturers buying different …
Darren Pauli, 18 Nov 2014
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Online sales of stolen gear prompt call to list serial numbers

The US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary yesterday heard police and retail witnesses call for eBay to include serial numbers in its auction postings. Members of the Committee said the issue of organised shop lifting needed action from legislators because it was now costing US retailers $30bn a year. Brad …
John Oates, 26 Oct 2007

Cisco sprinkles more SDN goodness into the access network

Cisco is pushing its “Evolved Programmable Network” architecture further into the access network, with a slew of product releases designed to make the access network more “cloudy”. First, let's get through the list of serial numbers. The new products cover optical access, Ethernet access, TDM access, management and …
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HP: We will eradicate the colour grey from our market

HP UK claims to have clawed back some $2m worth of revenues it would have otherwise lost to the grey market by getting litigious with anyone importing and selling boxes from outside of the EU. The firm told us “preventative” activity increased sevenfold from fiscal ’12 to ’14, that “recoveries of mis-used contra” is up tenfold …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014
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Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11

A conservator has confirmed that one of the F-1 rocket engines that Amazon magnate Jeff Bezos's salvage team recovered from the ocean floor is in fact from Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the Moon. Photo of a recovered Saturn V engine showing the serial number Beneath all the muck, the serial number reveals the …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013
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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

A New York State legislator has proposed a law designed to combat smartphone theft by making it illegal to buy or sell a used mobe without valid proof of ownership. Phone theft is on the rise in cities around the US and the UK. An estimated 1.6 million Americans were mugged for their mobes in 2012, and in tech-savvy San …
Neil McAllister, 19 Oct 2013

Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper

If you're one of the few people who bought a Sony VAIO Fit 11A laptop/tablet convertible unit in the last few months, you need to unplug it immediately and step away from the system, Sony has warned. "It has come to our attention that some of the internal, non-removable battery packs provided to us by a third party supplier and …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014
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Silicon Valley Cisco reseller charged with $37 million fraud

The boss of Silicon Valley Cisco reseller Network Genesis has been indicted for selling counterfeit kit and sub-price products bought by the networking company's staff. According to the federal grand jury indictment, Cuong Cao Dang, sometimes known as Calvin Dang, bought counterfeit hardware for his San Jose reseller business …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013
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Skype snoop agent reads mobo serial numbers

Skype has been spying on its Windows-based users since the middle of December by secretly accessing their system bios settings and recording the motherboard serial number. A blog entry made on Skype's website assures us it's no big deal. The snooper agent is the handiwork of a third-party program called EasyBits Software, which …
Dan Goodin, 11 Feb 2007
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Intel adds serial numbers, random numbers to PIII

Intel is today due to announce that it will embed individual serial numbers first on every Pentium III it produces and later other chips, including future Celeron products. The move is geared to identify stolen PCs, either physically or via the Internet. It may also help Intel identify companies overclocking processors then …
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 1999
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Feel Cisco's WRATH: Over 1,000 placed on DENIED partner sh*t list

Exclusive Cisco has launched an EMEA-wide crackdown in the channel after expelling Phoenix IT Group from the Gold Partner network, which our sources alleged was because it flouted support rules by supplying grey market kit. The Brand Protection police at the networking Goliath sent letters to more than 1,000 resellers, integrators and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
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OEMs can switch off PIII serial numbers – Intel

Chip giant Intel now says that OEMs will have the ability to switch off a registration number embedded in Pentium III chips. That means the Compaqs, Dells and HPs of this world could ship product without antagonising US privacy groups. There is already an ability to switch off the identification number using software shipping …
Mike Magee, 25 Jan 1999

Cisco takes aim at fakers with anti-piracy tool

Cisco hopes to strangle the trade in counterfeit versions of its products by launching a tool designed to help US government agencies spot imitations, many of which come from China. The firm’s senior vice president for public sector, Patrick Finn, told Nextgov that increasing numbers of “rogue partners” pretend to posses Cisco …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012
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Serial numbers unmask Melissa author

Serial numbers may not be so good for your privacy, but they come pretty damn useful when tracking down virus authors. Using Microsoft's highly contentious Global Unique Identifier, two bug hunters have unmasked the web site where -- they claim -- the Melissa email virus originated. Bug hunter Richard Smith, president of Phar …
Drew Cullen, 30 Mar 1999

Sage 50 activation blackout: Shops sent back to paper age

New and existing retail customers of the Sage 50 online accounting service were left in the lurch following a “massive” server outage last week. Shops installing new versions of the Sage 50 accounts software or upgrading their existing accounts were unable to register their serial numbers or activation keys for the new systems …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Sep 2013
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Adobe offers free trip to PowerPC era

Creative types tired of forking out wads of cash to Adobe can now get their hands on its flagship Creative Suite for free. The catch? It's only version 2.0 of the suite almost certainly won't run on a modern Mac. News of the 'free' download for those with an Adobe.com account came to light yesterday, producing frenzied reports …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jan 2013
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Non-Intel Processor Serial Numbers around for 20 years

Chipzilla's much-maligned PSN is not the first system serial number. Sun has had a hardware serial number coded into each system (as have most Unix hardware vendors) since the early 80s. Most large (aka expensive) Unix software is usually locked to a certain system serial number to prevent piracy. "Sun puts a serial number -- …
Pete Sherriff, 02 Dec 1999
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Nickers nab Assassin's Creed cache in Benelux blag

Thieves made away with a lorryload of Assassin's Creed 3 copies bound for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg this week. Most gamers who pre-ordered the title will still get their game. Ubisoft has released more stock for distribution. But customers from those countries who had pre-ordered the limited 'Join or Die' edition …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012
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Dixon Intel mobile PIIs have serial numbers – it's a bug, official

Updated A Register reader is claiming that Pentium II/mobiles using the Dixon cores embed unique serial numbers and has posted information on his site to back up his claim. And now Intel has confirmed it has a manufacturing problem. Pierre Chassaing's Web site produces evidence for his claim. He used a utility called WCPUID to …
Mike Magee, 10 Mar 1999

UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

Oracle has won a UK Supreme Court ruling in its long-running battle with dealer M-Tech Data that upholds the database-maker's right to be the first to bring its gear to EU markets. The case was originally brought by Sun Microsystems, which sued M-Tech in 2009 for importing Sun drives into the EU after Sun had only sold them in …
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Pentium II Xeons have serial number too

Pentium II Xeons also have personal serial numbers, a reader told The Register today. That is in line with senior VP Pat Gelsinger's statement at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) two weeks ago. He said in September last year that Intel would proliferate the ID numbers on every chip, bar none. ®
Mike Magee, 12 Mar 1999
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Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his deep-sea salvage crew have successfully raised enough wreckage from the seabed off Florida to rebuild two of the massive F-1 rocket engines that once powered NASA's Apollo missions. F-1 rocket from an Apollo engine A fixer-upper in mechanical terms "We found so much," Bezos said in a blog post …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2013
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NYPD: iPhone thefts rising ten times rate of other crimes

Thefts of iPhones and iPads in New York City have increased at a rate ten times higher than other crime during this year – and the police are offering help to protect your Apple kit. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told Bloomberg that iPads and iPhones are a "magnet for crime, including robberies, driving the …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2012

Oh My GOD! Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?*

A story that the Conservatives “made the internet disappear” has ignited news channels today. In fact, the story demonstrates yet again how ignorant most journalists are of the basic workings of the internet - and it demonstrates how the thirst for conspiratorial thinking dominates political news. Perhaps not surprisingly, this …
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Intel serial number linked to US transaction plan

A US government programme which will be implemented in April of next year has been linked to the current furore over serial numbers in Intel's Pentium III. The US government's "Know your Customer" programme requires that all transactions identify the individuals or companies concerned. Because it is practically impossible to be …
Mike Magee, 10 Feb 1999
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AMD a reluctant serial number player

AMD is showing marked reluctance to follow Intel's lead in putting serial numbers in its chips. (Previous story today with links to more previous stories: OEMs can switch off PIII serial numbers) That emerged after Cyrix spokespersons in the US said they would follow Intel's lead with the Pentium !!! (Katmai). According to US …
Mike Magee, 25 Jan 1999
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Intel changes its mind on PIII numbers

Chip Goliath Intel has caved in to pressure from a concerted attack on its integrity by the US media. Yesterday we reported it could do that if it wanted, and Intel didn't think it was a big deal. It confirmed this morning it will ship Pentium III (Katmai's) with the serial numbers switched off as default. People can then turn …
Mike Magee, 26 Jan 1999
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M-Tech Data: Grey import battle with Oracle has ruined us

M-Tech Data's boss has claimed the "crippling" legal bill for its spat with Oracle over allegations of parallel importing left management with no option but to shut up shop. The Manchester-based distie was involved in a long running case with Sun Microsoftsystems, and subsequently the vendor's new parent Oracle over the …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012
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Hackers leak '1 MILLION records' on Apple fanbois from FEDS

Hackers have dumped online the unique identification codes for one million Apple iPhones and iPads allegedly lifted from an FBI agent's laptop. The leak, if genuine, proves Feds are walking around with data on at least 12 million iOS devices. The 20-byte ID codes were, we're told, copied from a file extracted from the Dell …
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2012
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Oh dear, it’s processor serial number time again

Those awfully clever Zero Knowledge folks have placed a cookie on the web here which it claims can read your Pentium III serial number even if it’s turned off. See The Sherriff's earlier story: PSN back from the dead We tried it on The Register’s P3 system (which had the serial number turned on). It was hardly, shall we say, …
Pete Sherriff, 10 May 1999
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Did Google certificate forgers hit hundreds more sites?

The hack attack that minted a fraudulent authentication credential for Google.com may have affected hundreds of other websites, a review of source code for Google's Chromium browser suggests. A side-by-side review comparing code contained in an upcoming version of Chrome increased the number of secure sockets layer certificates …
Dan Goodin, 30 Aug 2011
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Dealer bosses jailed for flogging fake Cisco kit

The bosses of US reseller Direct Deals has been sent down for touting fake Cisco gear imported from the Far East. According to reports stateside, Timothy Weatherly, 29, was sentenced to 27 months in a federal penitentiary for conspiring to import goods through false statements. White label equipment was shipped from China, …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2011
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Cisco partners: Services programme revamp will hit us in the wallet

Cisco is to overhaul the Shared Support programme from October in a move that is expected to strike a blow to the cash flow of incumbent partners. The Cisco Services Partner Programme (SPP) framework applies broadly the same discount structure, but rather than making it available at the point of purchase dealers will need to …
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2012
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Unique serial number exists in all 25 micron Intel chips

Update Two An architect who currently works for Intel US has now confirmed what we were beginning to suspect all along -- every .25 micron Intel chip has the processor serial number (PSN). The chip designer, who revealed the news under strict conditions of anyonymity, said: "Any .25 micron core including the PII, all Celerons and all …
Mike Magee, 15 Mar 1999
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Over 40 Magnifier

iOS App of the Week I almost decided not to review Over 40 Magnifier, simply because of its rather insulting name. I may be over 40 but my eyeballs haven’t given up the ghost just yet. Nonetheless, this simple little app has still proven to be very useful and has taken up permanent residence on my iPhone. My eyesight is respectable enough, but I …
Cliff Joseph, 14 Jun 2012
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iPhone apps put user privacy at risk

A large number of applications that run on Apple's iOS collect serial numbers that uniquely identify the hardware device, according to a study that warns the practice could compromise users' privacy. Apple bills the UDID, or Unique Device Identifier, as a tool for developers to identify iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches when …
Dan Goodin, 04 Oct 2010
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That Brit-built £22 computer: Yours for just £1,900 or more

The British-designed credit card-sized RaspberryPi computer, eagerly awaited due to its £22 price tag, can be yours this week for a mere £1,900 or more. The tiny GNU/Linux ARM-powered machine, which is priced less than a textbook, is due to go on general sale by the first half of February, several weeks later than expected …
Chris Williams, 03 Jan 2012
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NHS fights record £325k ICO fine after clap records appear on eBay

An NHS Trust is disputing a record fine the Information Commissioner's Office has levelled on it for leaving tons of data on patients and staff on hard drives that were sold on eBay instead of being destroyed. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust was served a civil monetary penalty of £325,000, the highest handed …
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Ingram sore over Belgian warehouse burglary

Ingram Micro has told customers to be on the lookout for laptops stolen in a recent raid on its Belgian warehouse, and pointedly warned them that it plans legal action against those who fail to report offers of hooky kit. In an ALL CAPS email yesterday, the super distributor's legal department said a "large quantity" of HP …
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Two US men charged with running phony Cisco biz

Two Kansas men have been charged with making $1m in proceeds by buying computer networking gear in China and passing it off as products from Cisco Systems. Christopher Myers, 40, and Timothy Weatherly, 27, obtained the networking gear from a variety of sources and then slapped phony Cisco labels on them, according to documents …
Dan Goodin, 04 Dec 2009
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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

Archaeologic Despite its name, Intelligent Software also had a nice little sideline designing hardware. Founded in 1981 by international chess champion David Levy and chess writer Kevin O’Connell, the company was best known for its chess programs, in particular Cyrus and SciSys Chess Champion. But it also developed chess computers for toy …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013
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RSA makes token offer to worried customers

RSA has offered to replace its customers' security tokens following confirmation that an important customer had come under attack, in an incident made possible by an earlier high-profile hack against RSA's systems. SecurID, RSA's two-factor authentication system, uses a token which generates a pseudo-random six-digit passcode …
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2011
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Second defence contractor targeted in RSA SecurID-based hack

Defence giant L-3 Communications has become the second victim of an attempted hack attack that relied on the RSA SecurID hack that took place earlier this year. A leaked internal memo, obtained by Wired, said that L-3's Stratus group had been actively targeted with attacks based on "leveraging compromised information" from the …
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2011
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RSA won't talk? Assume SecurID is broken

Comment It's been a week since RSA dropped a vaguely worded bombshell on 30,000 customers that the soundness of the SecurID system they used to secure their corporate and governmental networks was compromised after hackers stole confidential information concerning the two-factor authentication product. For seven days, reporters, …
Dan Goodin, 24 Mar 2011
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Scammers plunder gullible iPad owners' backdoors

Malware scammers are trying to trick early iPad buyers into installing backdoor software on Windows machines, according to a security firm. The miscreants are punting emails claiming that the bigphone needs an iTunes update for "best performance, newer features and security", to be installed via their PC. Malicious links direct …
Team Register, 26 Apr 2010
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Parallel import argument turns toxic in Oz

Vendors vs consumers With retailers in Australia getting shafted by vendors and consumers alike, it’s hardly surprising that the "Iron Curtain" of channel control is starting to fall. With it, price discrimination – the “hell, Aussies will pay anything” thinking that’s set prices for imported goods since time immemorial – is also breaking down, and …
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Intel Processor Serial Number Q&A for OEMs

The following Q&A document was sent to Intel OEMs on March 5th, 1999 to provide answers to user and press questions on PSN. Processor Serial Number Q&A for OEMs March 3, 1999 Prepared by Howard High Background Intel has briefed press, industry analysts, privacy organizations, and government agencies about a new feature of the …
Andrew Thomas, 04 May 2000