Articles about South Korea

GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

UK union the GMB has brought two test cases to the Central London Employment Tribunal today to determine if Uber acted unlawfully by not providing its drivers with “basic workers’ rights”, such as holiday pay and a national minimum wage. This is the first time that Uber's claim that drivers are self-employed has been tested …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016
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South Korea mulls TREEELLION-Won fine for Qualcomm

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has Qualcomm in its sights again, telling the Korea Times the company could be up for a trillion-won fine (nearly US$880 million) over anti-trust violations. The fine (which would set a KFTC record) concerns an ongoing dispute in South Korea over how Qualcomm levies royalties for its …
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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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Android malware blocks bank calls

Cybercrooks have put together a fake banking application that blocks victims’ outgoing calls to customer service. The Fakebank trojan blocks calls in order to stop victims from cancelling their stolen payment cards. The Android nasty is automatically programmed to cancel calls from being placed. Victims can, of course, use …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2016
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Verizon, KT, Telefonica: On three continents, operators prepare for 5G

In the week of Brexit and Iceland, a London event perhaps did not need any more reminders about falling behind the rest of the world – but a final, unavoidable conclusion from last week’s 5G World was that the east Asian operators, always very technically progressive, are also in a league of their own when it comes to detailed …
Wireless Watch, 06 Jul 2016
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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

Pic Gameplay streaming site Twitch.tv says it will be launching a dedicated channel for live videos of people eating. The Amazon-owned website says its "Social Eating" channel will allow its army of amateur and professional video broadcasters to "socialize with their viewers over their favorite meals". Twitch says you have South …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2016

Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

Comment As Brexit sends London's tech sector and Silicon Roundabout into post-traumatic shock, and protesters out onto the streets of London, inventor Andrew Fentem wonders "what sort of hippy free-for-all is this anyway?" While some sections of the British press celebrate the Brexit vote in the UK, in the technology press there has …
Andrew Fentem, 30 Jun 2016

East Euro crims pwning 'high profile' victims with Flash zero day

An eastern European group has for more than three months been using an unpatched Flash zero day vulnerability to target 'high profile' victims, Kaspersky Labs researcher Costin Raiu says. The attacks are linked to a group dubbed ScarCruft which under the Operation Daybreak has used the vulnerability since March. A patch for …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2016
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North Korea hacks 140k computers in planned mass attacks on Seoul

North Korea has hacked a whopping 140,000 computers located in 160 South Korean firms stealing 40,000 defence-related documents, Seoul says. The attacks which targeted defence contractor firms among others began in 2014 and were noticed in February. Police in the South say Pyongyang hoped to "cause confusion on a national …
Team Register, 14 Jun 2016
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O2 chief techie: Light up dark fibre and unleash the small cell army

When it comes to improving mobile network coverage and increasing capacity with small cells, the UK needs more access to dark fibre and easier planning permissions. So says O2 CTO Brendan O’Reilly. Speaking to El Reg recently, O’Reilly said dark fibre was a prerequisite for small cells and heterogeneous networks (HetNets) as …
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Norks' parade rocket fails to fly, again

Japan and South Korea have had another live training exercise turn to disappointment, with another North Korean missile launch failing. Both countries had put their militaries on alert after they detected preparations for a launch, according to Reuters. That included Japan deploying Patriot anti-missile batteries and telling …
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FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

A fourth bank, this time in the Philippines, has been attacked by hackers targeting the SWIFT inter-bank transfer system. Security researchers at Symantec reckon the same group blamed for the infamous $81m Bangladesh central bank mega-heist back in February also mounted an earlier assault in the Philippines last year, itself …
John Leyden, 27 May 2016

Suckfly: The hacking group targeting India but taking weekends off

A professional hacking group called Suckfly is targeting India's infrastructure and economic base by zeroing in on individuals and installing tools to access their work networks. That's according to a blog post by Symantec that has analyzed and dug into the group's activities and methods. Symantec first spotted the group it …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2016
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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

Analysis The pace of fibre broadband deployment in the UK remains a highly contentious issue. But the current lack of fibre isn't our biggest problem: it's the absence of any national strategy. To put our fibre-to-the-premise broadband infrastructure into international perspective, FTTP services are only available to two per cent of UK …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016
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South Korea fingers North for defence contractor hack

South Korea is fingering its northern neighbours for an attack last month against a navy defence contractor. North Korea's regime says the attribution is political and dubbed the attacks fabricated. Details of the hack of Hanjin Heavy Industries have not been disclosed but local broadcaster Yonhap reports the government has …
Darren Pauli, 11 May 2016

Jaku botnet runs targeted attack behind sandstorm of routine malfeasance

Security researchers have spotted an on-going global botnet campaign seemingly linked to North Korea. The Jaku botnet has an unusual split personality. On the surface it’s spreading en masse through pirated software (warez) or poisoned BitTorrent trackers to notch up around 17,000 victims at any one time. However, a six month …
John Leyden, 05 May 2016
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Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale

Comment Internet Australia's new National Broadband Network (NBN) policy advocates using a technology yet to be proven to work at scale. The organisation last week decided to update its policy from one I surmise as “never compromise: only fibre-to-the-premises will do” to advocating fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTDP) rollout as …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2016

LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

Review Every year LG threatens to steal the flagship crown, but the press pauses briefly only on the device before returning to speculating about Samsung and Apple. LG’s flagships have featured ground-breaking screens (Quad HD), unusual banana shaped glass and consistently good imaging. But still no breakthrough. No wonder LG got fed …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2016
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Blighty gears up for first UK Robotics Week

The acronymically-abundant UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) tentacle of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced further events which will feature at the first UK Robotics Week from 25 June to 1 July. As we previously reported, the event is backed by the Royal …
Lester Haines, 19 Apr 2016
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They Came From Beyond Our Galaxy And Landed In The Ice!

“Big Bird”, a neutrino spotted in December 2012, probably started its life nine billion years ago in a quasar far, far away: so says the international team of boffins who run the IceCube detector beneath the Antarctic ice. By 2013, the IceCube collaborators believed they'd spotted extragalactic events: now they believe which …
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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

South Korea has issued a tender for a new national defence stereo system. The democratic enclave in North-East Asia has long operated huge banks of speakers on its side of the demilitarised zone it shares with North Korea. South Korea uses the speakers to broadcast propaganda and K-Pop into the North, with troops along the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2016

China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

The architect of China's Great Firewall was forced to use a VPN to bypass his own creation in a lecture this week on internet safety. Fang Binxing was speaking at his old university, the Harbin Institute of Technology in Heilongjiang, China, when he attempted to access webpages hosted in South Korea as a way to illustrate a …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Apr 2016

Hacking Team's export authorisation hacked by Italian government

The Italian government has revoked the blanket export license that allowed Hacking Team to ship its surveillance tools around the world. According to Italian outlet Il Fatto Quotidiano (here in Italian), the license decision applies to the company's Galileo spyware, formerly okayed for export to 46 countries. Last year's …
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Internet users don't understand security or privacy, says survey

Canadian think-tank CIGI (the Centre for International Governance and Innovation) reckons ordinary citizens are more comfortable with government oversight of the Internet and their privacy than, for example, Apple. In an international survey (24,000 respondents in 24 countries), the group claims more than 70 per cent want the …

Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

Akamai’s state of the internet survey is the most comprehensive global snapshot of internet performance you’ll find. So if your country (or state) is falling behind, you can see how. These days, the survey even comes with its own app. The just-published summary for Q4 2015 shows a 23 per cent year-on-year gain in connection …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2016
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SanDisk stockholders book a table, prepare for Western Digital gobble

SanDisk shareholders have voted in favour of Western Digital buying their company. At SanDisk's special stockholders' meeting today, 98 per cent of the votes were in favour of the sale to WDC. WDC shareholders, via more than 90 per cent of the votes cast, have separately approved WDC issuing more shares (common stock) to help …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016

Microsoft traps and tortures poor little AI in soulless Minecraft world

Microsoft's boffins in its New York research lab are encouraging a Minecraft character to teach itself how to climb a hill. Their work, described here, is an advertisement for AIX. No, not the Unix – Redmond's platform, due to be open-sourced this summer, that helps computer scientists test their machine-learning algorithms in …
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Buying gov.UK kit via price-comparison digital portal could 'save £10bn'

The government could save up to £10bn per year if it were to create an "Amazon-like" procurement portal for all its purchases, similar to the underused G-Cloud, according to a think tank report. Amazon box tipped over, propped against doorframe.Photo by Jeramey Lende via Shutterstock Er, ID Smith? Your server arrived! Upside …
Kat Hall, 07 Mar 2016
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Hackers rely on weak passwords when brute-forcing PoS terminals

New research takes a fresh perspective on the passwords hackers use while scanning the web rather than the weak login credentials users often pick. Security analysts Rapid7’s results come from a year’s worth of opportunistic credential-scanning data collected from Heisenberg, the MetaSploit firm’s public-facing network of …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2016
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Humans – 1 Robots – 0: Mercedes deautomates production lines

In a surprise win for humanity, Mercedes Benz has announced that it's ditching the robots used on its assembly line in favor of human workers because they can cope with the job better. "Robots can't deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today," Markus Schaefer, the luxury car-maker's head …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2016
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Operation Blockbuster security biz: We'll get you, Sony hackers

A newly created cross-industry initiative aims to pool resources in order to bring down – or, at least, disrupt – the hackers behind the infamous attack against Sony Pictures back in 2014. The Lazarus Group, which may in reality consist of several associated groups of attackers or hacking crews, started around seven years …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2016

Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

A slew of Silicon Valley leaders have warned US Congress that changes to visa waiver rules for entering the United States are impeding business. The open letter is signed by more than 30 industry heads including the chairmen, CEOs and founders of Twitter, Paypal, Uber, Pixar, Dropbox, Zynga, Pinterest and eBay, among others. …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2016
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Ofcom must tackle 'monopolistic' provider BT, says shadow digital minister Chi Onwurah

Shadow digital economy minister and former Ofcom head Chi Onwurah has called on the communications regulator to tackle BT’s hold on the broadband market, ahead of its major sector review next week. Speaking to The Register, Onwurah said it is imperative that the once-in-a-decade review addresses the nationwide lack of …
Kat Hall, 15 Feb 2016
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South Korea abandons manufacturing enclave in nuclear North

North Korea's launch of a useless satellite atop a thinly-disguised intercontinental ballistic missile has turned out to have immediate terrestrial implications, including some for the technology industries, after South Korea closed a manufacturing enclave in the North. The South's Ministry of Unification has announced that …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016
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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

North Korea briefly got its tumbling satellite under control, but before the satellite made any transmissions it started tumbling again. If there was any purpose to the satellite other than to provide a rationale for the launch of the three-stage Unha rocket that lifted it, that purpose won't be fulfilled. As we reported on …
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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

North Korean "Earth observation" satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 is "tumbling in orbit", according to US officials, suggesting a second failure by Pyongyang to get a functioning satellite aloft. Kwangmyongsong-4 launched on Saturday, to widespread international condemnation. The satellite has remained silent - as did its …
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2016
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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

The UN Security Council has threatened North Korea with the terrors of the Earth after its weekend ballistic missile test. Meanwhile, radio hams are gearing up to work out whether the satellite's making any contact with Earth. Norks' launch, which also put a satellite into orbit, the Kwangmyongsong-4, which was detected by …
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Foxconn to slurp Sharp for US$5.6 BEELLION

Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou says Sharp will be slurped into the Chinese manufacturer's maw by the end of February. According to Reuters, executives of the two companies have reached a consensus about the main details of the ¥659 (US$5.6 billion) deal. “We have a consensus”, he reportedly said. “The rest is a process … I don't see …
Team Register, 07 Feb 2016

How many Surface power cords are a fire risk? 2.25 million in the US alone

Microsoft has yet to go public on the number of Surface Pro power cords it is recalling over fire concerns, but the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has: it’s more than two million Stateside alone. As revealed last month, Microsoft claimed it received reports that cords for the first, second and third generation of the …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2016

Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

Apple is asking people to return their Mac and iOS travel adapters after multiple reports of the two-prong plugs electrocuting users. The Cupertino maker of iStuffs said that for more than a decade it has been selling adapters that can break and, when touched, give an electrical shock. The problem affects two-prong adapters …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2016

We've all suffered hangovers, but Qualcomm's right now is something epic

Qualcomm makes running a top-tier semiconductor business look like hard work. The Snapdragon system-on-chips it designs are used all over the place in smartphones, smart TVs, cars, gadgets, you name it. This should be easy street for Qualy, and yet it's slipping over in the winter ice. Let's go over the numbers first. On …
Chris Williams, 28 Jan 2016

If you can't buy bootleg gear online in New York, this may be why

Usenix Enigma A university sleuth investigating online bootleggers has spoken of his research into counterfeit markets – including revealing the moment he accidentally blocked off a chunk of Manhattan to scammers. Understanding the money trail behind illicit internet businesses has been a passion of Damon McCoy, an assistant professor of …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2016
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Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid: AWS to open data center in Montreal

Amazon Web Services will open its first data center in Canada later this year, allowing folks to use AWS's cloud services in North America but not necessarily in the US. The new region will go live in Montreal, Quebec, and will compete against nearby rivals, such as OVH. AWS also offers locations in Northern Virginia (US East …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2016
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Europe, China line up their best bureaucrats for epic 5G battle

European and Chinese telco bureaucrats are stripped and ripped and ready for four years of obstacle-course-racing to make sure their 5G is the 5G for the whole world. Although Europe and China are officially cooperating on 5G standards, both sides want their patents to be the best patents, their standards to be the best …

Qualcomm tries to figure out if Apple, Samsung made it anti-trusted

Sick of the slings and arrows of antitrust regulators, Qualcomm is demanding to know what its tattling customers have been saying to South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. In subpoenas [PDF, PDF] filed in the US District Court of Northern California last week, Qualy demands internal memos and documents from Samsung, Apple, Intel …

Nvidia's patent war on Samsung is a wreck – what you need to know

Timeline A US judge has just made a ruling that will somewhat simplify the saga of graphics chip patent-infringement allegations between Nvidia and Samsung. Judge Robert Payne of the Eastern Virginia District Court upheld a motion put forth by Nvidia (and unopposed by Samsung) removing Samsung Electronics of America from the case due …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jan 2016

2015 chip market battered by everything bar earthquakes and nuclear war

Worldwide semiconductor sales slid last year, as chipmakers were hit by sliding currencies, slumping PC shipments, and supply gluts in key markets. Gartner’s just published take on the 2015 semiconductor market shows overall revenues slipping 1.9 per cent to $333.7bn. Just to really rub it in, this compares to 2014’s 7.9 per …
Joe Fay, 07 Jan 2016
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Amazon scurries into Seoul bunker day after Nork 'H-bomb' nuke test

Amazon Web Services has opened new bit barns in Seoul, South Korea – a day after nearby psychotic hermit nation North Korea tested an underground atomic bomb. Announced in November, the AWS data centers are presented as two availability zones, each with their own redundant power, networking and connectivity. The move is …

Memory-resident modular malware menaces moneymen

A stealthy strain of malware resident only in memory has been quietly pwning victims around the world for two years. The backdoor, dubbed Latentbot, that has been well hidden on the web since at least mid-2013 if not earlier. The payload never touches the victims' hard disks and stays only in memory, according to security …
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2015

Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

The internet's root servers came under a concerted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last week that effectively knocked three of the 13 critical pillars of the internet offline for several hours. The attack came just days before the Janet academic network received a similar DDoS attack. According to a first analysis …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2015