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'Syrian Electronic Army' goon extradited from Germany now coughs to hacking, extortion

An associate of the self-styled Syrian Electronic Army has been sentenced to five years in an American prison for his part in running a cyber extortion scheme against businesses around the world. On Wednesday, Syrian-born Peter Romar, 37, pled guilty in a Virginia district court to conspiring to unlawfully access computers and …
Iain Thomson, 29 Sep 2016
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Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a financial firm £130,000 after it sent out over seven million spam texts flogging credit cards. Manchester-based Intelligent Lending, trading as Ocean Finance, has also received an enforcement notice forcing it to stop sending out the spam, after it had sent out 7.7 …
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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

A Catholic priest has said virtually all his free time is taken up with exorcisms these days as he struggles to counter the tide of demonic possession washing up Silicon Valley and the rest of Northern California. Father Gary Thomas, together with fellow exorcist Father Vincent Lampert, has been profiled in a lengthy piece in …
Joe Fay, 26 Sep 2016
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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

Buttnote Public service announcement: if you're going on a bender in the Australian city of Melbourne, do not indulge in the practice of “mooning”, because you could end up with your arse in jail (and the rest of you). The Victorian state government either believes people aren't deterred [Ed: bad pun, don't try it again] put off by …
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Magneto-resistant upstart Everspin gets itself into an IPO whizz

MRAM startup Everspin has filed for an IPO. Everspin_ST-MRAM_die Everspin MRAM die Magneto-resistive or Magnetic Random-Access Memory (MRAM) is non-volatile RAM that’s faster than NAND; think of it roughly as XPoint-class stuff. It’s been used by server and system vendors for niche needs requiring very fast and non- …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

Someone with far more time and money than sense has developed a “real flame smart candle” that can be controlled over Bluetooth. No, really. The Ludela smart candle is some kind of bastard offspring of an electric vape and a wax candle. Boasting a “real flame”, the ludicrous Ludela candle comes with a smartphone app that …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Sep 2016
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Oracle confirms Java EE 8 is delayed for 'major enhancements'

Java Enterprise Edition 8 is delayed yet again, Oracle has conceded. The next enterprise Java will ship at the end of 2017 – moving back at least six months from Oracle’s last rescheduled date that it named in June, of “first half” of next year. Anil Gaur, Oracle’s vice president for Java EE and application server development …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2016
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Online scammers speed up: Hit gold every 15 seconds

There were over one million fraud attempts in the UK in the first six months of 2016, or one every 15 seconds - more than 50 per cent higher than the same period of last year. Between January and June 2016 there were 1,007,094 fraud cases in the UK compared to 660,308 in the first six months of 2015. Each case represents a …
John Oates, 20 Sep 2016
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SOHOpeless Seagate NAS boxen become malware distributors

Update Sophos researchers say they've uncovered a malware strain that targets Seagate's network-attached storage appliances and turns them into distribution points for cryptocurrency-mining malware. Attila Marosi, a senior threat researcher, explains the attack in a document titled Cryptomining malware on NAS servers (PDF). “Attack …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2016

International Space Station astros prepare to rejoin us Earthlings

Three astronauts from the International Space Station are expected to fly home tomorrow after spending 172 days floating in space. Expedition 48 Commander and NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Soyuz commander and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, will leave the ISS in the …
Katyanna Quach, 05 Sep 2016

Corporates ARE sniffing around Windows 10, says Computacenter

Bulky corporate enterprise punters are starting to fall for the, ahem, charms of Windows 10, Computacenter's chief executive claimed today as he flashed his firm’s calendar first half-year trading figures. Mike Norris, boss of the London-listed services-based reseller, said the pending contract sign-off for managed services …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2016

Beardy Ed Vaizey: 'I can't let go. I like the tech sector'

Interview One month after Theresa May swept into government, former culture and digital minister Ed Vaizey is relatively sanguine about getting the sack. "The reason for me not being in my job is due to political reasons ... I didn't have perhaps enough credentials for her [sic] to stay in my post or even stay in government. Others did …
Kat Hall, 23 Aug 2016
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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

SpaceX has retired the first rocket it managed to land in one piece and erected the remains on Sunday outside the company's US headquarters. The 156-foot (47-meter) rocket is the first stage of SpaceX's Flight 20 launch, which touched down at Cape Canaveral last December. Since then, its innards have been removed and …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2016

Shopped in an Eddie Bauer store recently? Your card's probably gone. It's just gone

Clothing chain Eddie Bauer has admitted the payment terminals in more than 350 of its stores have been siphoning customers' bank card details to criminals. The retailer – which sells high-end clobber for hikers or anyone who wants to pretend they're outdoorsy – said malware infected its cash registers on January 2 and the code …
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2016
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Apple beats off banks' bid for access to iPhones' NFC chips

Apple has had a partial win in its attempt to prevent banks using iPhones' NFC chips for payment services other than Apple Pay. Four Australian banks applied to local regulators to bargain with Apple as a cartel. Apple argued against their application by claiming iThings' security would be badly compromised by allowing third- …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016

Grindr rolls out New Relic in ‘comprehensive lifestyle’ push

Grindr is rolling out New Relic’s platform into its production environment as it looks to become a fully fledged “comprehensive lifestyle resource” for gay men and the men who want to meet them. The hookup app turned lifestyle resource has been using New Relic's software analytics platform in its dev operation. The dating …
Clodagh Doyle, 16 Aug 2016
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Euro regulator calls for delay to virtual currency exchange anti-money laundering regime

EU law makers should step back from plans to subject virtual currency exchanges and digital wallet providers to anti-money laundering (AML) regulations from the beginning of next year, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has said. The regulator said that more time is needed to implement a legal framework across EU countries …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Aug 2016
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Three posts lacklustre results, angrily mutters over O2 merger rejection

Mobile operator Three posted lacklustre results for its first half of 2016, following a move by the EU competition regulator to veto its proposed £10.25bn merger with O2. Revenue for the first six months of the year dropped by 2 per cent to £1.052bn. Average revenue per user also fell by 3 per cent to £19.50 per month. The biz …
Kat Hall, 11 Aug 2016
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Thailand plans to track non-citizens with their mobile phones

Thailand is considering a proposal to track the location of all SIM cards acquired by foreigners, be they tourists or resident aliens. The plan's been floated as a way to assist law enforcement agencies combat trans-national crime. Thailand borders Cambodia, Laos and Burma, three nations that have reasonably porous borders, …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2016
Prison

Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

A London man has been jailed for almost six years after being caught with two illegally held revolvers – and refusing to reveal to police the PINs for his mobile phones. Twenty-nine-year-old Marvin Jones, of Tyneham Close, Clapham, was sentenced to five years and six months in prison for possessing the two revolvers, a Smith …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Aug 2016

Seagate inflates 12TB helium drives, floats them to IT bods to test

Backgrounder Seagate is seeing the storage market shift from client server to mobile cloud applications and storage environments. Although responding to this, it is encouraged by the capacity needs of the remaining PC client as well as significant growth in non-PC-client devices and applications. It talks of a new customer base that …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2016

Hospital hackers leak 156GB

Miscreants have taken 156GB of sensitive medical files and internal documents from the Central Ohio Urology group in the US – and leaked the lot online. That's according to those who have inspected the dumped data, which appeared briefly in a publicly shared Google Drive account on Monday. The 105,000 swiped files were …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
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123-Reg goes TITSUP – again

Updated It seems the wheels of 123-Reg's clown vehicle have fallen off once again. The UK-based web host's website is out of action and customers are reporting a lack of email access. One reader got in touch to say: "Over the past month or so the email service offered by 123-Reg has been up and down and very poor for this small …
Kat Hall, 02 Aug 2016
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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

Six months after slicing production of the iconic Boeing 747 to just one plane a month, the aerospace company has decided to halve the rate of production and flagged it is close to killing off the plane. A new Form 10-Q filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission spells out the ugly situation as “Lower-than …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2016

O2 sales dip 9% as tight-fisted Brits cling to their old handsets

Sales at O2 UK fell by 8.9 per cent to €3.46bn (£2.91bn) for the first half of the year, as customers opted to hang on to their old handsets rather than upgrade. Sales for the quarter fell even further by 12.3 per cent year-on-year to €1.71bn (£1.4bn). However, Philip Carse, an analyst at Megabuyte, notes that, given the weak …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2016
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Boo hoo. Brexit to hit Capita's bottom line

Outsourcing giant Capita has hinted that the UK's decision to leave the EU will have an impact on its bottom line, while recording a sales increase of 5 per cent to £2.4bn for its first half-year results. Profit before tax rose by 27 per cent to £186.1m, compared with the same period in 2015. Andy Parker, chief exec of Capita …
Kat Hall, 27 Jul 2016
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Huawei big, margins slimmer

Huawei revenue rose 40 per cent over the first half 2016, from the same period a year ago, although the employee-owned company didn’t disclose its profits. Revenue was declared at ¥245.5bn ($36.6bn) for the first six months of 2016. Margins were lower, at 12 per cent, down from 18 per cent. Huawei has increased its consumer …
Team Register, 25 Jul 2016
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Not-BT-Openreach' biz CityFibre sextuples pipeline

Cable-layer CityFibre has booked a six-fold increase in contracts during its first half of 2016, with £53.8m in the pipeline compared with £8.1m for the same period last year. New contracts signed in the period comprise 3,702 new customers, more than three times the total amount on the books in 2015 (1,110), and more than …
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Computer science graduates continue to top the UK's higher education unemployment rankings, according to the latest figures compiled by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Ten per cent of computer science graduates failed to find a job six months after graduation in the academic year 2014/2015 - a figure higher than …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jul 2016

The cloud ain't making it rain for Intel right now: Tech giants pause server chip sales

Analysis Intel's stock price fell on Wednesday after it became clear the processor maker is not selling quite as many server processor chips as investors had hoped. The Silicon Valley giant reckons its CPU sales into data centers will hit double-digit growth by the end of the year. So far, with half the year gone, we're staring at mid- …
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016

DDoS trends: Bigger, badder but not longer

DDoS attacks once again escalated in both size and frequency during the first six months of 2016. Netscout's DDoS mitigation arm Arbor Networks warns that attacks greater than 100Gbps are far from uncommon. The security firm has monitored 274 attacks over 100Gbps in the first half of 2016, versus 223 in all of 2015. The …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
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Brexit has left a regulatory black hole for digital, say MPs

Brexit has left the UK peering into a digital regulatory void, according to MPs. The government must provide greater clarity on digital regulation and ensure it stays on track in light of the EU referendum result, the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee finds in a report published today (PDF). Issues that …
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2016

Tor board swept under carpet after Appelbaum 'sex misconduct' claims

The entire board of the Tor Project has been replaced in an effort to restore credibility in the anonymizing network software. In an announcement on the non-profit's website, executive director Shari Steele noted that the board decided to leave as a block and replace themselves entirely with a new set of six people, including …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2016
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Russian gang who exploited hacked bank accounts jailed

Five members of an international money-laundering gang based in London have been jailed after cops unravelled their malware-enabled conspiracy. The gang, composed exclusively of Russian nationals, was led by a pair of men who were both named Aslan. Aslan Abazov, 30, of Cromwell Road, London SW7,was sentenced to seven years …
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Blocks appear in DigitalOcean's Droplets

Web compute server hoster DigitalOcean is adding block storage to its cloud-based Droplet servers. Digital Ocean offers Droplet virtual servers in the cloud for $5/month to $80/month depending on their configuration. The entry-level is 512MB RAM, 1 CPU, 20GB SSD and1TB transfer. At the $80 level you get 8GB, 4 CPUs, an 80GB …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2016
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Spotify, YouTube pay musicians with ever-shrinking buttons

Digital music is a loss leader for tech giants, driving traffic to other parts of the plantation as they harvest personal data. But it’s creators who are carrying the loss. “Leaked” Spotify numbers suggest its maintaining an audience lead over Apple in the digital streaming business - but only by giving the music away for …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2016

Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

Usually when you read about Facebook blocking accounts or taking down videos it's because something serious has happened: like a woman filming her boyfriend dying at the hands of traffic cops; or someone going on a racist rant. But this morning it happened to me. Facebook informed this lowly reporter that it has removed one …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2016
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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

NASA is firing up the nine scientific instruments on board the Juno probe orbiting Jupiter ahead of its first data collection mission. The spacecraft successfully went into orbit around the solar system's largest resident on July 4 after a five-year trip and has used some of the instruments already to take pictures as it …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2016
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Copy paste slacker hackers pop corp locks in ode to stolen code

The ultimate copy paste slacker hacker group has busted security controls in some 2500 corporates and government agencies using nothing but stolen code. The targets focus on those affiliated with military and political assignments around Southeast Asia and the contentious South China Sea, and may have been compromised in a …
Darren Pauli, 08 Jul 2016

Three years in: Can Kurian heal sickly NetApp's woes?

Profile After three years of flat and declining revenues, NetApp needs to regain its mojo and George Kurian is the CEO tasked with doing just that. Kurian, a year into his CEO role, is running NetApp at a time when this external array company par excellence is facing numerous threats: rampant all-flash array competition, hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2016

Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

Exclusive Oracle has told The Register it is "committed" to Java amid growing fears the IT giant had all but given up on Java EE – aka Java Platform, Enterprise Edition. The Redwood City titan said it will present fresh plans for the future of Java EE 8 at its JavaOne conference in San Francisco in September. Version eight is due to be …
Chris Williams, 07 Jul 2016

Even Silicon Valley rolls its eyes as controversial Zenefits ex-CEO reveals he's back in business

It's a Silicon Valley trope, even a badge of honor, that failure is good. Fail fast, fail often. Learn from failure. There are even failure-based meetups where would-be Zuckerbergs share tales of having done miserably. But former Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad is pushing the envelope on what even Silicon Valley is willing to …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jul 2016
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Mind the GaaP: UK.gov needs to get a grip on digital

Analysis The UK government’s digital strategy is among the many things Brexit has put a lit match to, and, amid the current EU exit plan bunfighting, it’s unlikely to top any “Right, what the hell do we do now?” lists. Faced with the fallout from Brexit on IT systems, Whitehall technocrats will no doubt want to erect – or dust off – an …
Kat Hall, 05 Jul 2016
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RM: School spending on tech is soft, soggy and downright subdued

School spending on tech remains “subdued”, according to specialist education supplier RM at the half-way stage of its fiscal year 2016, ended 31 May. Revenue slid 3.8 per cent year-on-year to £76.8m, but excluding the disposal of SpaceKraft, which made sensory learning devices for children with special needs, sales fell 1.4 …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2016

Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

Recognizing it has to do something about its tortuous licensing deals, Microsoft has come up with a new program: Enterprise Advantage. Enterprise Advantage – not be confused with an Enterprise Agreement – will be available from early 2017 to companies with a Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). It's aimed at …
Chris Williams, 04 Jul 2016

FCC starts running from cable box rip-off kill-off

Twenty billion dollars is a lot of incentive, as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found out. Following a proposal in January, later approved by three of the five FCC Commissioners, cable companies would be obliged to let third parties produce set-top boxes by making subscriber and channel information …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jun 2016
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ODM for the masses? Facebook's OCP still ain't for you, brother

Go to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, and you’ll see a strange contraption cobbled together from commodity motherboards purchased from electronics stores. It’s one of Google’s first production servers, built in 1999 when it didn’t have money to waste on dead-end projects like Wave, NexusQ and Buzz. …
Danny Bradbury, 30 Jun 2016
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Post Brexit tech spending to rise like a lead balloon

Yet another analyst has delivering a damning forecast for tech spending following last week’s UK referendum decision to leave the European Union as major suppliers prepare staff for what could months of slowing sales. Channel-watcher Canalys projected local sales spending of $90bn to $100bn for the year before Brits voted to …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2016
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Deploying software every day is... actually... OK – what devs tell their real-life friends

“High-performing organisations” which have employed agile and devops methodologies are decisively pulling away from their fuddy-duddy peers in the number of software deployments they can manage. But while the idea of deploying software 200 times more frequently than low performing companies might fill some developers with …
Joe Fay, 23 Jun 2016

Major Tim Peake comes home to a gastronaut's Sunday roast

What better way for Major Tim Peake to celebrate his homecoming after six months in space than with buckets of meat and veg - a roast dinner - strategically placed on a giant plate to look like him. Peake, who touched down on terra firma in Kazakhstan at the weekend, previously listed the Sunday favourite as his top nosh and …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2016