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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they're looking into deploying drone-busting eagles, a few days after a Scottish MP called for cops north of the border to investigate the possibility of using feathered interceptors to deal with growing flocks of wild UAVs. According to the Times, Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe …
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2016
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Vodafone exceeds own upper broadband speed limit to hit 80Mbps

El Reg reader Jerry Vernon has been in touch to express his amazement that Vodafone can supply broadband to his Birmingham address at a 80Mbps, noticeably faster even than its 76Mbps Ultrafast Fibre package. That's according to the telco's broadband speed checker (see here), which does indeed indicate breathtaking velocity: …
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2015
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Crayon UK CEO spies door marked exit, heads towards it - sources

Crayon has dismissed multiple insiders claims that UK CEO Gareth Johnson is leaving the business. People close to the situation have told us that Johnson, previously head of software & SAM and training services at Kelway, is preparing to depart for new pastures after two and a quarter years at the helm. Crayon branded the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Dec 2015
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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

Updated Exam board OCR has been caught red-faced in a schoolboy email error involving 900* of its maths markers. In a screenshot of the email seen by The Register, the body sent out an invitation to all its A Level maths markers to apply to mark its module next year. It said: "Can you please let me know if you are still interested in …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2015
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State Department finds 22 classified emails in Hillary’s server, denies wrongdoing

The US State Department is to release another 1,000 emails from the 55,000 found on Hillary Clinton’s private (and insecure) email server, saying that 22 contain material that is classified, but wasn’t at the time the messages were sent. "The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2016

Swedbank smacked by DDoS attack

Scandi finance house Swedbank has been hit by a DDoS attack, which has taken down access to online banking via its website. Customers can access their online accounts through a specific URL but are unable to transact with the bank through its website. Mobile applications and payments continue to function, Swedbank spokesman …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2015
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Dutch cops train anti-drone eagle squadron

Dutch cops are mulling the idea of a drone-busting eagle squadron - one of a range of possible methods under consideration to wrest back control of the skies from UAV hordes. Trained eagles are apparently a deadly serious proposal, and police video released over the weekend shows talons can be effective weapons against a …
Lester Haines, 01 Feb 2016
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Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after sacking 68 people

The University of Manchester's director of IT, Gerry Pennell, has resigned after three years in the role – with no explanation as to why. Former employees say that 56-year-old Pennell leaves the British uni with a severely understaffed IT services department: 68 jobs were axed in 2015, with the last of those having finally …
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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

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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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

The catastrophic service outage at Glasgow City Council's data centre, caused after its IT systems servers were taken down by a fire suppressant accidentally going off, is continuing to cause widespread havoc for staff and the public. The embarrassing blunder was caused by a faulty air conditioning unit setting off its fire …
Kat Hall, 17 Dec 2015
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Bezos battery-box bomb beef brouhaha begins as UK watchdog hauls Amazon to court

The court date for a legal showdown between Amazon and the UK's Civil Aviation Authority has been set, with the parties to fight it out over allegations that Amazon broke safety rules in transporting lithium ion batteries. The CAA claims Amazon flouted rules for shipping lithium-ion batteries, which are potentially highly …
Kat Hall, 01 Oct 2015
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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

Britain's new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will be Windows XP-free zones, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed to The Register. Readers made us aware that a technician working aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth itself, which is a year away from completion, had the famous Windows XP rolling hills desktop background used by …
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2015

HMRC 'reluctant' to crack down on VAT fraudsters – tax ace

HMRC could be reluctant to crack down on VAT fraudsters selling goods online without declaring VAT because of the costs involved, a European tax expert has claimed. Rita de la Feria, a professor in tax law at Durham University, claimed that Amazon and eBay may be liable for VAT if they do not take due diligence and ask …
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2015

TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home

A number of TalkTalk customers have had their maintenance visits data breached by fraudsters in an attempt to gain remote access of their computers, it has emerged. One customer, Chris, told The Register that a week after the cyber attack was reported he experienced some issues with his broadband, so TalkTalk sent an engineer …
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2016

Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

A British man is facing a possible five years in a Kyrgyz jail after ill-advisedly comparing local horse meat sausage chuchuck to a stallion's todger. Welding superintendent Michael McFeat was celebrating New Year's Eve at the Kumtor open-pit goldmine in eastern Kyrgyzstan when he posted photos on Facebook of a "fantastic …
Lester Haines, 04 Jan 2016
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Former GDS chief Mike Bracken joins Crystal Methodist's old firm

Outgoing head of the Government Digital Service Mike Bracken is to join the troubled Co-operative Group, in the newly created role of chief digital officer. Bracken will be responsible for the retailer's digital content and strategy. Last year Bracken drew a salary of between £155,000 and £159,999 at the GDS. A spokesman from …
Kat Hall, 06 Aug 2015

Sellers on Amazon and eBay 'defraud taxman of millions of pounds' - claims peer

Amazon and eBay have been accused of "collaborating with hundreds of overseas retailers to defraud the taxman of millions of pounds every day," during a House of Lords debate on the question of VAT evasion by overseas online retailers. Lord Lucas, who brought the debate, said: "It seems that HMRC has been very slow in its …
Kat Hall, 23 Dec 2015

City of London cops in Christmas karaoke crackdown shocker

The City of London Police will spend the festive period wading through 1000s of karaoke classics after it “dismantled a gang” suspected of uploading tens of thousands of voiceless backing tracks from the likes of Beyonce, Gaga, Kanye and Kylie. The arrests have sent shockwaves through the UK’s underground karaoke scene, with …
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 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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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

Nottingham-based web hosting company Heart Internet has gone TITSUP* due to a power outage at what it claims is "one of the most efficient and resilient data centres in Europe". Aggrieved customers have been in touch with The Register to claim Heart had initially blamed the issue on a DDoS attack, before the company …
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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

One-time smartphone giant BlackBerry has laid off 200 of its remaining employees in a pair of cuts. The Canadian biz will eliminate 75 jobs from a manufacturing facility in Sunrise, Florida, US, and approximately 125 from its corporate headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was earlier rumored that the company was …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2016

This gun says you ain’t leaving until my PC is fixed

On-call ABDUCTION 151228046, 2700 block of S. Grove Street. At approximately 11:00 a.m. on December 28, a male subject refused to let a computer technician leave the residence until his computer was fixed. The suspect allegedly had a gun in his possession and threatened to kill the victim. Joseph Nestor Mondello, 50, of Arlington VA was …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2016

Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

The Vulture Central Star Wars Saddometer maxxed out at 10 today at the news that Danish police rushed to a house in Jutland over the weekend to break up a heated argument between two teenage lads regarding the exact strength of the Galactic Republic. According to The Local, cops rolled up at the premises in Fredericia at 5. …
Lester Haines, 02 Feb 2016

EMC shareholders slap biz with class action suit

EMC/Dell deal A class action suit has been launched against EMC by shareholders opposed to the $67bn (£48bn) acquisition of the company by Dell. The filing was made against EMC in a Massachusetts district court on Friday. No further details of the complaint were available on the court's filing site. Last week a suit was brought in a state …
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2015

LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

An explosion in Los Angles last night triggered a power blackout and data centre outage, which led to a knock-on impact for UK customers of LogMeIn today, who were left unable to access remote desktop services, The Register can reveal. The explosion in a Los Angeles high rise hospitalised two people and caused a power blackout …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015

Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

An Austrian engineering firm is counting the cost of poor IT security after admitting €50m ($54m) has gone missing from its accounts following a "cyber fraud." FACC Operations makes airplane parts for giants like Airbus and Boeing, and is majority owned by a Chinese holding company. It insists its intellectual property, …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2016
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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

Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

Manchester cops swooped on a city centre tram stop on Tuesday after a concerned woman reported a man sporting both Lycra cycling shorts and an erection, the Manchester Evening News reports. In a nail-biting blow-by-blow account on Twitter, Greater Manchester Police first confirmed they were moving to investigate... Call from …
Lester Haines, 30 Dec 2015
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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

Virgin Media has admitted its new spam filters are continuing to block the legitimate emails of various people and companies, and says it is working with individual businesses to unblock their comms. The problem appears to be centred upon customers who hold legacy email accounts that moved over to Virgin. The Register first …
Kat Hall, 16 Dec 2015

Wailing kiddies face Xmas Legogeddon

Parents who've been eyeing Lego as a Xmas gift for their wide-eyed kiddies had better get down to their nearest toy shop sharpish, fill a trolley with as many plastic bricks as they can and fight their way to the check-out before the full effects of a predicted pre-Yule Legogeddon begin to bite. According to London's Evening …
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2015
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Dell 'struggling to raise funds for EMC gobble'

Dell's US$67bn mega-merger with EMC could be in trouble, with bankers reportedly having trouble raising the funds to foot the acquisition. The takeover, which was announced in October, looked like plain sailing, but the falling stock market, and in particular the crash in tech stock prices, appears to have had a knock-on …
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2016
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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

Texas cops have hired a four-legged super-sleuth to sniff out hidden hard drives. Montgomery County Crimestoppers paid $17,000 for a chocolate labrador called Brody, who is apparently one of only two dogs in America trained to seek out computer storage devices. The cyber-canine has learned to pick up the smell of a common …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2015
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Slimmed-down Verizon looks to lop off another piece of itself

Verizon is reportedly looking to sell off some of its data center facilities, in what would be a continuation of the telecom giant's move away from its non-wireless business. A report from Reuters cited sources familiar in claiming Verizon has begun an auction process for the data centers that make up its colocation business. …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jan 2016

TalkTalk website hit by outage, broadband customers also KO'd

Updated Internet provider TalkTalk has once again been hit by an outage, which has brought its own website down and is reportedly affecting a number of broadband customers. At 3.30pm, outage website Down Detector recorded a spike reports of issues with the provider. The provider's website says: The TalkTalk website is unavailable …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2015

Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs

Updated Communications regulator Ofcom spent nearly £10m over the last two years fighting off legal threats by providers, according to a Freedom of Information response. During that time the regulator splashed the cash instructing lawyers to fight off legal challenges against its decisions, as well as salaries for in-house legal bods …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2016
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Former HP vet Matthews is back! Slips into channel boss jacket at Fujitsu

Exclusive Fujitsu UK is to merge its B2B direct sales and enterprise channel management teams under the control of former HP veteran Kevin Matthews, El Chan can reveal. In recent weeks Fujitsu has parted with B2B divisional sales director Richard Pianta and channel and enterprise director Simon Worsfold, who oversaw distributor and …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015
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Probe launched after mischiefmaker invades US spyboss's Verizon broadband account

An investigation is underway after someone managed to infiltrate webmail and home broadband accounts belonging to the family of US spymaster James Clapper. It's believed a hacker got hold of the surveillance chief's personal phone number, delved into his wife's Yahoo! mail inbox, and gained control of the couple's Verizon FiOS …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2016

Would you like fraud with that? Burger chain giant Wendy's 'hacked'

Wendy's – the third largest fast-food chain in the world – has become the latest retail giant to lose customers' credit card numbers to crooks, it appears. The possible security breach was flagged up today by investigative journalist Brian Krebs. We're told fraudulent activity on people's payment cards led bank staff to …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2016

German football hero battles Nazi doppelgänger

German football hero Bastian Schweinsteiger is none too happy with a Chinese-made Wehrmacht action figure which bears both his name and an uncanny resemblance to the Manchester United midfielder. London's Evening Standard reports that Schweinsteiger has set a pack of attack lawyers on Hong Kong manufacturer DiD over the " …
Lester Haines, 22 Oct 2015
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Microsoft axes ‘dozens’ more from former Nokia phone biz

Updated Nadella isn’t not done yet. Microsoft has made further redundancies in its the old Nokia phone division, as Finnish paper Helsingen Sanomat reports. The number is “dozens” according to the paper, and these are additional redundancies over the layoffs already announced, hitting the Lumia marketing teams. “The reduction is due …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2016
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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
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Tesla recalls every single Model S car in seatbelt safety probe

If you are fortunate (and rich) enough to own a Tesla Model S, then you'll have to take it in for a checkup, as the automaker has recalled all 90,000 cars because of a problem with the seatbelts. The recall comes after a single complaint from a European Tesla owner, who turned to speak to a back-seat passenger and found their …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2015

Data centre outfit Interxion admits to contact detail security breach

A security breach at European data centre firm Interxion has exposed the contact details of thousands of its customers, although no financial information is thought to be involved. Neither credit card details nor customer services were affected by last month’s security snafu, and only Interxion’s CRM system was affected, as …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2016

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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MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

The rollout of the Ministry of Justice's troubled £250m National Offender Management IT system was restarted again earlier this year - The Register can reveal. The Cabinet Office's body for monitoring costly programmes - the Major Projects Authority - has already flagged the project as red, meaning successful delivery of the …
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015
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Former prez of Misco parent Systemax declared bankrupt

To say 2015 wasn’t exactly a vintage year for former Systemax EMEA president Perminder Singh Dale – AKA Pim Dale – is an understatement. He lost his job in the summer and by Christmas the man was bankrupt. According to the London Gazette, a bankruptcy petition was filed against Dale on 7 October by London Law Funding (LLF) Ltd …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2016

Cobweb 'fesses up to failure to renew SSL certificate

Cloudy service provider Cobweb Solutions has 'fessed up to failing to renew its SSL certificate, leaving a number of its customers potentially exposed. The lack of a protocol for secure communication only came to light after one of Cobweb's customers got in touch to report the issue. Adrian Smith, security consultant, …
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 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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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' …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2015