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World's worst exploit kit weaponises white hats' proof of concept code

The new wearer of the crown for World's Worst Exploit Kit is compromising users with exploit code for a dangerous new attack published by a white hat researcher. Neutrino is the new king of for-profit p0wnage packages, a market in which criminals create tools to compromise scores of users through the latest vulnerabilities. …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2016
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Hands On with Project Centennial: A better app installer for Windows

Hands On Even those who do not care about Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) might have some interest in Project Centennial, also known as the Desktop App Converter, which lets you convert desktop applications to the Appx format used by Windows Store apps. The ability to have Appx packages install desktop applications is a …
Tim Anderson, 12 Jul 2016

Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

Pic Cops at Stansted airport in Essex, UK, couldn't believe their eyes when a passenger turned up for a flight with what looked like a gun in his bag. The unnamed pillock had chosen to protect his iPhone with a black case that sported a realistic-looking handgun built into the base. It's difficult to see the attraction of such a …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2016

Meet the grin reaper: Password manager now snaps login SELFIES

Forget master passwords, literally. Password manager LogmeOnce has come up with a new-ish way to log into websites – selfies. The cloud-based biz told El Reg today it has added a new PhotoLogin option which takes a photo of you and uses it to unlock the services you're trying to access. It works by getting you to take a …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jun 2016
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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

Review Fedora 24 is here, packing not just the standard group of changes familiar to any distro update, but also changes to fundamental elements. The biggest news in the default desktop version that I looked at – called Fedora Workstation 24 – is GNOME 3.20 and the continuing improvements to support for Wayland, the graphic stack …

Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

Hundreds of bees with special number plates attached to their fuzzy abdomens will be released from the rooftops of Queen Mary University of London later today. The bumblebees are from bee colonies raised at the university and are part of a wider effort to step up conservation efforts in the London Pollinator Project. The …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jun 2016
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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

A New York State law will make it illegal for resellers to use bots that snap up tickets for events en masse. The State Assembly has passed A10713, a measure that makes the use of automated scripts (bots) on ticket-purchasing sites a criminal act. Under the new law, anyone who is found to be using bots to buy tickets will be …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2016
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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

Analysis The Snap application container system released in April with Ubuntu 16.04 is now going to be opened up to many other Linux distros after a surprise discovery by developers. In a press call to journalists, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth (accompanied at times by a rather excitable Labrador) explained that shortly after the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016
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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

An Irish property company is expected to secure planning permission for a 25,550 square meter facility on the outskirts of Cork City that will offer much reduced data latency times between the US and Europe. JCD Group’s rapid movement with plans for the centre on the site of a disused electronics factory in the city is in …
Joe Fay, 10 Jun 2016
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It takes two to Tango: Lenovo bets on phabs, snap-on smartphones

Lenovo hopes its new smartphones and new phablets will help reverse its tumble in the mobile market. The Chinese computing giant took the stage in San Francisco Thursday to unveil its long-awaited Phab 2 family – which includes its Google Project Tango-enabled phablet – as well as a revamped line of Moto Android smartphones. …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2016
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Reg photography special: Get a better snap of a BLACK HOLE

MIT boffins have developed an algorithm to help astrophysicists see the unseen, improving the resolution of black hole “images”. Working with Harvard University collaborators, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) researchers' algorithm improves the imaging quality of the international-scale Event …

Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

Kenya yesterday suffered a four-hour nationwide blackout caused by a monkey tripping a transformer at a hydroelectric power plant. 'Leccy producer KenGen said: "At 1129 hours this morning, a monkey climbed on the roof of Gitaru Power Station and dropped onto a transformer tripping it. This caused other machines at the power …
Lester Haines, 08 Jun 2016

Oh snap! Facebook zaps crap yap gap in web chat, natter app flap

A vulnerability in Facebook's web chatrooms and its Messenger app would have let miscreants surreptitiously tamper with messages after they had been sent. The flaw was discovered by eggheads at security biz Check Point, who reported it to the social network giant. We're told attackers would have needed only a basic knowledge …
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2016
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8K video gives virtual reality the full picture for mainstream use

Over the last six months, 360-degree videos have become A Thing. Google added support in YouTube, Facebook followed, and now we see a cavalcade of announcements from device manufacturers, all wanting a slice of the next revolution in photography. It’s easy to understand why: immersive video provides a feeling of ‘being there’ …
Mark Pesce, 02 Jun 2016

Modular phone Ara to finally launch

A modular phone that will let you snap on and pull off different components as you wish will finally launch this fall, Google has announced. The Ara project was originally announced in October 2013 and was part of the acquired Motorola Mobility business. Since then it has become part of Google's Advanced Technology and …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016

Africa poses for 7,000 snap mosaic

Boffins have used 7,000 images from Europe's Sentinel-2A Earth-watching satellite to construct a fine mosaic of Africa, shown entirely cloud-free in all its continental glory. The Sentinel 2-A mosaic of Africa Clear skies over Africa Most of the images - totalling 32 TB of data - were snapped between December 2015 and …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2016

Congress calls for change to NSA spying law

The legal justification for the NSA to tap the internet's backbone was put on the table Tuesday in a hearing of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, with some senators vowing to add privacy protections to the law as expert witnesses noted the FBI was likely reading the love letters of US citizens rather than tracking down …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 May 2016

EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

EMC World The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more. The Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) is for enterprises and service providers to store data in the cloud, mission-critical data, says EMC. The data can come from …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016

Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

Europe's Sentinel-1B Earth-watching satellite has delivered its first image, a tad over two days after soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana, and a mere two hours after its Synthetic Aperture Radar was fired up. Norway's Svalbard archipelago - including the Austfonna glacier - was the satellite's inaugural snap (full …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2016

Neo4j bolts on binary protocol to up its graph database game

Neo Technology has released Neo4j 3.0, which it declared comes with a "completely redesigned architecture." 3.0 comes with a new binary protocol dubbed Bolt, intended for speedier graph access, though the architectural redesign is centred on a new data store, where dynamic pointer compression is intended to expand Neo4j’s …
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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

Before I dive into what's new in Ubuntu 16.04, it's worth pausing to reflect on what's missing: Scopes online search, now off by default. That means no more potentially socially awkward search results when all you really wanted was to open Brasero (speaking of which, Brasero is gone too). Scopes, introduced four years ago, …

Business gadget-makers eyeing modular LG G5 smartmobe

LG has conducted a developer day to interest gadget-makers in developing third-party modules for its LEGO-like G5 smartphone. When we first set eyes on the G5 we called for LG to enable a proper ecosystem for the device. LG officials The Register spoke to at the phone's Australian launch today said an effort to do so is now …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2016
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Iron.io signs on to integrate Intel's Snap

Docker-herder Iron.io has added another string to its bow, in an agreement with Intel that gives it access to Chipzilla's Snap* framework. Intel emitted Snap in December as its contribution to data centre scheduling and workload management. The idea, according to this Jonathan Donaldson's blog post, is to use telemetry and …
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Iceland prime minister falls on sword over Panama Papers email leak

Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson has resigned over documents in the so-called Panama Papers, which revealed details of his family's tax arrangements. Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, the deputy chair of the Prime minister's Progressive Party, stated that Gunnlaugsson had resigned on Tuesday on Iceland's national public …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2016
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Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis

Apple at 40 Forty years ago today, Yasser Arafat was on the front page of The New York Times, the cover of Time magazine was screaming about "The Porno Plague," Johnnie Taylor sang "Girl you ought to be on T.V. on soul train" as his "Disco Lady" topped the US pop charts, and the Apple Computer Company was born. Apple co-founder Steve …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2016
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IT freely, a true tale: One night a project saved my life

Everyone knows that IT is a byword for burnout. Admins, coders and hardware jocks frequently keep unsociable hours. Putting in 60-hour weeks is something of a norm. Such punishing workloads can and do push people over the edge. Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Some people snap and end up taking it to the extreme, …
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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

Updated Bookmarking site Pinboard has discovered one of the downsides of the so-called “API economy”: that moment when lawyers get in the way of a service. In this blog post, founder Maciej Ceglowski claims that If This Then That – which, according to him, is a kind of “plumbing-as-a-service” glue-code site – has fired up new …

What was all that about a scary iMessage flaw? Your three-minute guide

Watercooler – On Sunday, we were warned that hackers could read our iMessages texts, photos and videos. Should I be worried? As it turns out: no. If you're even a little curious about cryptography and secure programming, though, it should interest and amuse you. On Sunday, the Washington Post learned that Apple had fixed a flaw in the …
Chris Williams, 23 Mar 2016

Apple mulled gobbling its Brit GPU designers – but didn't like the taste

Apple was considering buying Imagination Technologies – designers of the PowerVR graphics processors in its iPhones and iPads – but walked away from the deal. In a statement today via Imagination and the London Stock Exchange, the Cupertino giant said: "From time to time, Apple talks with companies about potential acquisitions …
Chris Williams, 22 Mar 2016
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Pope kicks off Easter week by triumphal entry into ... Instagram

The pope has celebrated the most solemn week in the Catholic calendar by expanding his social media presence and signing up to Instagram. In the process, he has also perhaps flagged up where Apple and Google are going wrong in their own social media efforts. Pope Francis has already continued his predecessor’s social media …
Joe Fay, 21 Mar 2016
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Astronaut trio blast off to space station with ... er, rearview mirror toy?

Vid + pics The three latest additions to the International Space Station crew have blasted off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Youtube Video Cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka, along with US astronaut Jeff Williams, lifted off aboard the Soyuz TMA-20M rocket at 1428 PT (2128 UTC) and are now on their …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2016

Mighty Soyuz stands proud at Baikonur

The Soyuz TMA-20M which will tomorrow transport 'nauts Jeff Williams, Oleg Skripochka and Alexei Ovchinin to the International Space Station is standing ready to roll on launch pad 1 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As is the Russian custom, the lifter was prepared in a horizontal position*, trundled to the pad and …
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2016
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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

If you've got a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in your Android phone and tablet, make sure you grab its latest security updates – if you can. And if you can't, well, get used to it: the Internet of Things is going to bring more and more un-patchable and insecure electronics onto the market, it's feared. Researchers at Trend Micro …
Iain Thomson, 16 Mar 2016

ExoMars ready to roll atop bloody big rocket

The European Space Agency (ESA) is gearing up for Monday's launch of its ExoMars mission, which will soar aloft from Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a mighty Proton-M lifter. ESA will provide live coverage here kicking off at 08:30 GMT, with the launch scheduled for 09:31 GMT. On board for the ride will be the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO …
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Less than eight weeks to go

You may have missed the early bird pricing, but there are still plenty of good reasons to snap up some of the remaining tickets for Continuous Lifecycle London. The programme is fairly well set now, with a broad range of speakers taking you from the theoretical end of the continuous delivery pipeline right through to the nitty …
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2016
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Google rocks up to Facebook's DIY-data-center party with six pack of rack blueprints

OCP Summit Rather than loiter at the fringes of Facebook's Open Compute Project, Google has decided to enter the game. Google was, until now, a peripheral acquaintance of the project. Now it's turned up to the party with the enterprise IT equivalent of a six pack of beer: server blueprints. The Open Compute Project encourages hardware …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016

SpaceX Falcon 9 set yet again to soar aloft

SpaceX will have a fifth pop today at getting its SES-9 communications satellite mission off the ground from Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 launch window runs from 23:35 GMT tonight to 01:06 GMT tomorrow (15:35 PT to 17:06 PT today). A first launch attempt last week was grounded by inclement weather. A second go was aborted with …
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2016

ISS 'nauts Kelly and Kornienko homeward bound

'Nauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko will wrap 340 days in space tonight when they return to terra firma from the International Space Station. Kelly and Kornienko will be joined aboard the Soyuz TMA-18M capsule for the return trip to Kazakhstan by cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, who will himself have clocked up 182 days in the …
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2016
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Dell stares EMC in the eye, doesn't blink, turns up data protection dial

Dell has added new deduping appliances and updated its Rapid Recovery (AppAssure) and NetVault (Quest) backup software, showing no signs of portfolio retrenchment in the face of the oncoming EMC merger. In a multi-product release Dell announced: Rapid Recovery (rebranded AppAssure) ZeroImpact recovery of systems, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2016

Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a nice snap of a rather lonely figure in a chemical suit fuelling the ExoMars mission's Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), due to launch between 14–25 March 2016 from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Man in chemical suit fuelling the TGO. Pic: ESA Easy does it. Pic: TAS-F / Y. Le Marchand ESA …
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2016
Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra shows of the Mi 5 smartphone

Hands on with Xiaomi's Mi 5: Great smartphone, but when do we get it?

MWC16 Following a hypetastic presentation from Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra, your correspondent was among the first to get a quick hands-on with the 5.15” Mi 5, Xiaomi’s newly announced smartphone. Xiaomi is the huge smartphone brand you may not have heard of, if you live outside the far east. It is the bestselling brand in China, …
Tim Anderson, 24 Feb 2016
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Intelligent Energy secures $7.5m to develop smartphone fuel cell

Fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy has announced that it has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with “an emerging smartphone OEM” to develop an embedded hydrogen fuel cell for powering smartphones for up to a week. The £5.25m ($7.5m) project will develop a fuel cell that will coexist with the smartphone’s existing …
Wireless Watch, 22 Feb 2016

Europe's ExoMars mission enjoys orchestral fanfare

Every proper space mission deserves a full orchestral soundtrack, so we're pleased to report that the European Space Agency (ESA) has delivered in spades for its short vid overview of the forthcoming ExoMars mission. The mission is slated to launch between 14–25 March 2016 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, atop a Proton-M lifter. On …
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2016

Europe's Earth-watching satellite streaks aloft

The European Space Agency's Sentinel 3-A satellite successfully launched yesterday from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome, atop a Rockot converted intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) lifter. In what was almost a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, the Earth-watching satellite departed the launchpad at a considerable rate of …
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2016
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RSA: Fraud may double as 2017 Oz snap bank transfers cut safety nets

Australia's long-awaited instant bank transfer reform will result in more fraud attempts and fewer theft recoveries according to RSA fraud boffin Tim Dalgleish. The reforms known as the New Payments Platform (NPP) is slated for operation late next year and is designed to push the antipodean banks to innovate, while providing …
Darren Pauli, 16 Feb 2016

Philae comet lander officially dead

Scientists have glumly concluded that the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is almost certainly dead, and have given up trying to contact the spacecraft. Boffins have been trying to re-establish communications with the lander since July last year, when sporadic transmissions from the comet's surface were cut. …
Lester Haines, 12 Feb 2016
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Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation

Civilisation is an agreement. We agree to pay our tax, obey the laws, and generally avoid berserking around the joint. Where these agreements breaks down you get riots that scale into civil wars, then collapse. That’s less of an issue so long as the problem is over there - so that when a culture soils the sheets you don’t have …
Mark Pesce, 11 Feb 2016

Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Put down the sacrificial dagger and step away from the goat.” Tsk, typical. I make all the effort of finding a remote hillock in Wales and an inexpensive black doe for my pagan ritual and I’m not even halfway through the banishing ceremony. It’s wet and cold and the trailing edges of my robes are muddy, and now some norm in a …
Alistair Dabbs, 05 Feb 2016

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

El Reg nips down to the Hewlett You Inn?

When readers recently decided that Hewlett Packard Enterprise's private London drinking club should be dubbed the "Hewlett You Inn?", we promised to knock up some artwork for the boozer and deliver it to the door of HPE's shiny new HQ at One Aldermanbury Square. Here are said premises during refurbishment last November, when …
Lester Haines, 01 Feb 2016