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US to rethink hacker tool export rules after mass freakout in security land

Proposed changes to the US government's export controls on hacking tools will likely be scaled back following widespread criticism from the infosec community, a government spokesman has said. "A second iteration of this regulation will be promulgated," a spokesman for the US Department of Commerce told Reuters, "and you can …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

Two Uber bosses have been talking to police in France after being accused of engaging in "illicit activity". The men are reported to be Thibaud Simphal, the manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the general manager for Western Europe. An Uber spokesman told The Register: "Two representatives of Uber today went …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015
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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

RBS customers are continuing feel the fall-out from the bank's IT disaster last week which led to 600,000 customer transactions going missing, The Register can reveal. While outstanding payments now appear to have been restored to users' accounts, some customers are reporting on-going issues when attempting to switch from RBS. …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2015
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Shatner faces final frontier as Priceline.com spokesman

Priceline.com has decided to milk the last dregs from an increasingly portly franchise by roasting spokesman William Shatner in a fiery death. Shatner has milked many iconic roles, not least Captain James Tiberius Kirk, singer, sanitized Twitter soap star, and the best-forgotten TJ Hooker, but his regular appearances as …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2012
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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

Trade union members have voted to strike over the deeply troubled Universal Credit IT project, citing an "increasingly oppressive working environment" and "unusable systems". Despite the project having been “re-set” and a new digital system introduced, a spokesman from the PCS trade union said that the systems are still not up …
Kat Hall, 07 Jul 2015

Shout, shout, Elliott loses out. Samsung will merge with itself after all

Shouty US investment firm Elliott Associates has itself been shouted down by Samsung shareholders, who today voted in favour of the company's mega merger with itself. Ever since becoming a Sammy shareholder in June, Elliot has been vociferous in its opposition to the proposed merger with fashion, leisure and construction biz …
Kat Hall, 17 Jul 2015
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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

Blighty's communications watchdog declined this morning to comment on Sky's demands for an in-depth competition probe of BT's broadband biz. Sky has argued in its submission (PDF) to Ofcom today that the regulator should ask the Competition and Markets Authority to intervene with a full inquiry into BT's strong grip on the UK's …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2015
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Scouts' downed Compass database won't be back 'til autumn

The Scout Association will not have its troubled Compass database — which holds the details of 450,000 young people and volunteer adults — restored to operation until early autumn. The Compass database was taken down in January following revelations by El Reg that members had raised serious concerns over the security of the …
Kat Hall, 16 Apr 2015
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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

Virgin Media plans to shunt its email users over to an in-house system after Google told the cable company that it was ditching Gmail support for ISPs. The Register heard from a number of readers who have been told in recent days about the upcoming changes to the mail service. Virgin Media switched over to Gmail in 2009 and …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jul 2015
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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

Japanese scientists have claimed a breakthrough in beaming energy wirelessly, after they used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power though the air to a receiver a short distance away. That amount of power is enough to run an electric kettle, researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) enthused. "This was …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2015
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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

Campaigning group Privacy International is preparing to help “potentially millions” of people request that their GCHQ records be deleted, following a landmark ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal on Friday. The IPT ruled that the intelligence-sharing relationship between the US and UK had been unlawful prior to December …
Kat Hall, 09 Feb 2015
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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

Update British broadcaster Sky UK has won round two in its trademark infringement battle with Skype. The European Union General Court found on Tuesday that the two names are too similar and could cause confusion. In 2012 and 2013 the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) upheld Sky’s complaint, but Skype then appealed …
Jennifer Baker, 05 May 2015

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

All London airspace was closed to incoming and departing traffic for just under an hour on Friday afternoon due to a computer outage at the National Air Traffic Services – Blighty's air traffic control authority. According to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, a machine failure resulted in all airspace …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2014
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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is the first major department to move to Google Apps, part of an apparent loosening of Microsoft's stranglehold on the government's software services. The department will join the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in deploying the fluffy white stuff. HMRC …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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Lizard Squad kid bandit who did 50 THOUSAND HACKS dodges cooler stint

A Lizard Squad teenager won't spend any time in the slammer despite admitting to a Finnish court that he compromised 50,700 systems in a long career of computer crime. He also pleaded guilty to other cyber misdeeds. Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki, 17, received a two-year suspended prison sentence, and will have his internet …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2015
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'Oh great Commission, save us from the French' pleads Uber

Uber has filed three official complaints with the European Commission, a spokesman confirmed. The two latest actions are against France and Spain, where the ride-sharing service is banned. The third complaint was also made against France last year. The Commish refused to go into detail about the content of the complaints, simply …
Jennifer Baker, 02 Apr 2015
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Generous EU Commish gives Google SIX MORE WEEKS to respond to antitrust charges

Google has an extra six weeks to prepare its defence against European Commission charges that it abused its dominant position in the search engine market. Google spokesman Al Verney said: “We have asked the European Commission for additional time to review the documents they've provided us. The Commission has extended our …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jun 2015

BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

Updated The BBC is suffering a major outage, after its websites – including News and the public service broadcaster's iPlayer system – buckled in the past hour. It's unclear, at time of publication, what was behind the Beeb's technical woes. An unknown number of people attempting to visit various online BBC services were greeted with a …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2015
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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

A wildlife animal park in Switzerland has hit upon a novel idea to ensure its restaurants don’t run out of food, by serving up meat from some of the exhibits. The Langenberg, nestled to the west of Lake Zurich, houses brown bears, wolves, elk, wild boar and other beasties, but as well as gawping at their majesty, visitors can …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014
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Facebook privacy policy violates European law, says report

Facebook's privacy policy is in breach of European law, a report commissioned by the Belgian Data Protection Authority concluded on Monday. "Facebook’s opt-out system for advertising does not meet the requirements for legally valid consent," said the report by the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT and Intellectual Property …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2015
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Qualcomm gazes at its navel while stroking the surgeon's saw

Qualcomm is pondering a breakup as it embarks on a major corporate soul-searching exercise prompted by activist investors, according to reports. The firm may announce the strategic review when it reports fiscal third-quarter results on Wednesday, sources told The Wall Street Journal. It follows reports in April that activist …
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2015

Foxconn to hire a million Indian staff in major base shift

Apple manufacturer Foxconn reckons it will create one million jobs in India by 2020 – nearly the entire number of its current Chinese workforce – according to reports. Hon Hai otherwise known in the West as Foxconn, last month revealed it was setting its sights on India due to increasing wage costs in China. The firm has not …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015

BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

Ofcom is attempting to clip BT’s financial wings by proposing to regulate the margins it banks from superfast broadband sales to consumers, essentially to prevent the firm from future profiteering and elbowing rivals out of the market. The Brit telco monopoly is the largest provider of fibre broadband services over its network …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2015
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MIT boffins identify Tor hidden services with 88 per cent accuracy

Boffins from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor which, if exploited, could lead to hidden services being identified with up to 88 per cent accuracy. Infosec bods from MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) pwned the anonymity network for a paper to be …
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SNAFU: Blighty's judges not trustworthy, says their own website

UK.gov's judiciary website has had its security compromised after bungling administrators failed to renew a security certificate. The judiciary.gov.uk site is designed to provide information on Blighty's top legal bods and information on judgments. It represents the Judicial Office, which reports to the Lord Chief Justice and …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2015

Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

Lord Sugar has declared that he is quitting the Labour Party thanks to its "anti-business" policies. In a statement released on Twitter, the Sugar Baron stated that he intended to remain in the House of Lords "representing the interests of business and enterprise in the UK." The hairy walnut was, however, calling an end to his …

Pwned Hacking Team tells cops, govts to shut down software

Flayed surveillance outfit Hacking Team is telling customers to suspend running instances of its software after 400GB of its source code and internal data was stolen and posted online. The Milan company sells spy software to law enforcement agencies, and has been accused by activist groups of happily signing up oppressive …
Darren Pauli, 07 Jul 2015

Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

A Thomson flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh was diverted to Gatwick airport on Wednesday night after a female passenger allegedly threatened cabin crew with a false leg. As cops escorted her from the aircraft, other passengers bade her farewell with a rendition of The Hokey Cokey, STV reports. A Sussex Police spokesman confirmed …
Lester Haines, 01 Aug 2014
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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

Ofcom has whacked EE with a £1m fine for failing to comply with the regulator's rules on handling customer complaints. Between July 2011 to 8 April 2014 EE did not provide certain customers with accurate information about their rights to use an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scheme. The company also failed to inform its …
Kat Hall, 03 Jul 2015
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Help! Virgin Media FORGETS to renew its security certificate on contact page

Virgin Media has failed to renew its security certificate on the company's 'Contact us' page of its website. It is currently displaying an "untrusted connection" warning about the help.virginmedia.com url. Customers who attempt to contact the Liberty Global-owned cable firm are greeted with the confusing alert that suggests …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2015
HTC One M9 Android smartphone

So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

EE has assured a customer that a pre-installed app found on new HTC M9 from the mobile operator is simply anti-fraud software. However, both customer Barney Scott and an independent security expert remain unconvinced by this explanation, arguing that even if the app isn't malicious, it's at best badly designed and unwanted. …
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2015
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US Census Bureau IT systems hacked, data leaked by Anonymous

Anonymous hackers have swiped databases from servers used by the US Census Bureau, and dumped their contents online. The bureau, as you might imagine, collects information on the American population every 10 years – although the leaked data does not include citizens' census records. The purloined bureau databases include the …
Chris Williams, 23 Jul 2015

Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

Facebook has contradicted a statement by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and declared that pornographic content will be forbidden from appearing on the Oculus store. Speaking at Silicon Valley's Virtual Reality Conference in San Jose, in May, 22-year old Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was asked whether his company would be blocking …
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Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

Tesco's broadband service went titsup this afternoon and remained out of action as The Register went to publication. The UK's largest supermarket chain agreed to offload its fixed line broadband customer base of around 75,000 subscribers to TalkTalk in January this year. The network is in the process of being transferred over …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2015

Lenovo waves bye-bye to UK channel director Phelps

Lenovo has told us that long-standing Brit channel director Darren Phelps has quit the organisation, denying claims from sources that he was given the old heave-ho. “Effective immediately, Darren Phelps, UK and Ireland channel director has decided to move on from his role at Lenovo to pursue new opportunities,” a spokesman …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2015

Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

The International Space Station's crew sought refuge in the orbiting science lab's lifeboat on Thursday after NASA warned the habitat could be hit by flying satellite debris. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and American astronaut Scott Kelly crammed themselves into the Soyuz podule that's attached to …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2015
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NHS England backs down over another data extraction scheme

NHS England has backed down from yet another data extraction scheme, after details emerged of backdoor plans to gather patient appointment information. The episode has echoes of the on-going Care.data debacle, a scheme that has been heavily criticised for its lack of public consultation in sharing patient information with …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
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Chinese hackers behind OPM megabreach also pwned United Airlines

United Airlines was hacked by same Chinese group that also breached health insurer Anthem and the US government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Hackers stole flight manifests from United Airlines in May or early June, exposing the names of people on many different flights in the process, after earlier making off with …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2015
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Whoops! AVG data centre KO'd by 'unplanned' outage

Security biz AVG has been hit by an outage at its US data centre, possibly affecting its customers' email security services across all regions. The US data centre hosting the AVG Business CloudCare Email Security Service was the subject of an unplanned maintenance outage this morning, the company confirmed in a statement. "[The …
Kat Hall, 09 Mar 2015

Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

At the annual Yahoo! shareholder's meeting, CEO Marissa Mayer unveiled her new strategy for making the struggling web portal popular again by buying its way into Oracle's Java upgrade software. Begining with the next Java update, Yahoo! will replace the current invitation to make Ask your default search engine. Instead, you'll …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jun 2015
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Facebook slammed for blocking protest event page at Russia's request

Russian political dissidents voiced their displeasure with Facebook on Monday after the social network blocked an event page promoting a demonstration on behalf of jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. The page in question was reportedly blocked at the request of Roskomnadzor, Russia's state internet policing body. "We were …
Neil McAllister, 23 Dec 2014
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Huawei's top UK mobile man walks out in shock resignation

Mark Mitchinson, executive veep of Huawei's UK and Ireland consumer devices division, will leave the Chinese firm at the end of the month. Mitchison headed the consumer devices division for three years, but trade magazine Mobile reports that he is to leave on 30 September. Mobile speculates that he will be returning to his alma …
Simon Rockman, 22 Sep 2014

Blighty wants to ‘strengthen links’ with Huawei via the begging bowl

John Whittingdale, the UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has indicated Blighty would like more cash from Chinese kit maker Huawei after its current £1.3bn investment pot runs dry in 2017. Speaking at Huawei's annual summer bash at Whitehall's Banqueting Hall, he suggested the UK would be keen to have its …
Kat Hall, 16 Jun 2015
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The world's first proper Bitcoin exchange will be live in a month

Bitcoin will officially enter the mainstream financial world next month when New York State's Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) publishes a regulatory framework for the virtual currency, allowing virtual currency exchange itBit to become the first-ever legitimate Bitcoin bank. The NYDFS will publish its final "BitLicense …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2015

NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

A number of key provisions in the US Patriot Act lapsed at midnight on Sunday, after the Senate failed to get its act together, much to the chagrin of the White House. It means that – for the first time in almost 14 years – g-men have temporarily lost the authority to scoop up and store phone call records of State-side citizens …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2015
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Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

Blighty's Trading Standards has reported more than 200 non-EU sellers to eBay for failing to display VAT numbers – a figure thought to "barely scratch the surface" of traders breaching the rules, El Reg can reveal. Under e-commerce regulations, a VAT number must be easily, directly and permanently accessible. As an intermediary …
Kat Hall, 02 Feb 2015
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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

Former state-owned telecoms giant BT has formally whinged to Ofcom that archrival Sky should be subject to regulatory intervention over its dominance in the paid-TV market. BT has asked Ofcom to change the scope of its review into digital communications, citing "high prices and poor outcomes for consumers arising from a lack …
Kat Hall, 10 Jul 2015
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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

US Congress has opened an investigation into a blast at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, that is suspected to be the result of a drug-cooking operation gone wrong. "At about 7:00pm Saturday, July 18, an explosion occurred in a laboratory room on the NIST campus in …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2015
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Commish snaps on rubber gloves, Amazon readies itself for antitrust probe

The European Commish has decided to prod about in Amazon’s contracts with publishers looking for nasty antitrusty behaviour. The Commission is concerned that the contracts, which force publishers to notify Amazon about more favourable terms and conditions with competitors, may make it more difficult for other ebook distributors …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Jun 2015
Moments of perspiration

Polish plane IT attack? Apparently not, just a simple DDoS

The Register has discovered that the unspecified IT attack which left 1,400 passengers of LOT Polish Airlines stranded in Warsaw was a simple DDoS issue, which had so impeded the airline's connection that it could not produce its flight plans in time for take offs. The interruption to flights was attributed to various IT issues …