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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

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

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

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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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

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
The Register breaking news

Shatner faces final frontier as spokesman 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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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
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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

EMC shareholders slap biz with class action suit

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
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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

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

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

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

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
Iain Duncan Smith. Pic: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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
Tesla's big saloon out-performs sports cars

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

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

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

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' …
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

Three mobile data network GOES TITSUP across Blighty

Three UK is battling what appears to be a major outage affecting its mobile network. The company has been quietly fielding hundreds of messages via micro-blurt website Twitter, which seems to suggest that the disruption is widespread. @ThreeUK what's going on with the mobile data? Down yet again 😬 — james edwards (@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Oct 2015

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 …
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

Russian regulator bans PornHub for its ‘illegal pornography’

Russia's telecommunications "supervisor" Roskomnadzor has banished Canadian smut-floggers PornHub from the nation's networks. The decision to block 11 pornographic websites was made following a district court ruling in Krylovskogo, in the Crimea-bordering Krasnodar region, according to a Roskomnadzor press release. Among the …

Sensitive Virgin Media web pages still stuck on weak crypto software

More than six months since The Register reported that Virgin Media had failed to move away from weak encryption software used on sensitive areas of its website – the ISP is yet to hit the upgrade button. In March, we flagged up security concerns to the Liberty Global-owned firm by pointing out that the RC4 stream cipher used …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Oct 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
Hillary Clinton

More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

The FBI has managed to recover "deleted" emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private server, which she used for official business while presiding over the State Department. Bloomberg has reported that a person "familiar with the investigation" has said the Feds have recovered "personal and work-related emails …

MoD-founded firm Niteworks loses login creds of UK defence folk

Exclusive Terrible infosec practices at Niteworks, the MoD-established business networking organisation, have led to unknown attackers gaining email addresses and passwords of British defence community members. An email seen by The Register, sent to Niteworks' network members, confessed that "the database holding the login information …
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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 …
Jennifer Baker, 05 May 2015
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HMRC breaches job applicants' privacy in mass email spaff

Update HMRC is spewing job applicants' email addresses to potential rivals in mass circular responses it has blamed on "a technical glitch". A reader got in touch to report their email address had been circulated to all other applicants in three instances. In an email seen by The Reg, the reader's address was included in a list …
Kat Hall, 03 Sep 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

Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

Windows 7 users were left scratching their heads on Wednesday when a mysterious garbled patch appeared in Windows Update, origins unknown. The update only seems to have popped up on Windows 7 systems, including Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise. The rogue patch, which advertised itself as a Windows Language Pack, was said …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2015

Allow the merger, please, we'll play nice, NXP begs EU competition chief

Dutch chipmaker NXP is attempting to get ahead of any EU antitrust concerns regarding its planned Freescale takeover by offering a bunch of concessions to the European Commission, before it has even had a chance to investigate. Competition spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed on Tuesday that the company had sought approval for …
Jennifer Baker, 04 Aug 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Commish grants Google two more weeks to work on EU antitrust defence

Google has been given another deadline extension as it prepares to mount a defence against antitrust charges in Europe. The search monster will now have until the end of the month to get its affairs in order, EU Competition Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed on Friday. Google had already been given an extra six …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Aug 2015
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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

Vodafonica’s Cornerstone missing its UK coverage target, says report

The “Vodafonica” project Cornerstone, which aimed to combine the O2 and Vodafone network infrastructure, will fail to meet its self-set target of 98 per cent UK population coverage this year. When the deal was announced in 2012, it was seen as the route to both better coverage and cost savings. While O2 and Vodafone use …
Simon Rockman, 19 Aug 2015
Nvidia GeForce

US trade watchdog rules Sammy, Qualcomm DIDN'T infringe Nvidia's IP in patent WAR

Nvidia has suffered a major setback in its patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm, after a US regulator – in a preliminary decision – cleared the companies of any wrongdoing. On Friday, graphics chip maker Nvidia said that it would seek a full review from the International Trade Commission, in light of the ruling. The ITC's …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Oct 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

E.ON fined £7m for smart meter fail

The UK's energy regulator Ofgem has slapped supplier E.ON with a £7m fine for failing "to supply relevant business customers through advanced electricity meters by the April 2014 deadline". In 2009, E.ON was given five years to provide its roughly 20,000 business customers with smart meters. Ofgem reports: "E.ON only …
Lester Haines, 09 Nov 2015
Urinating deer

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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'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, …
Jennifer Baker, 02 Apr 2015

Huge hack attack: UK data cops to probe Carphone Warehouse breach

Britain's data watchdog plans to investigate a massive hack attack on Carphone Warehouse's systems, which has put 2.4 million customers at risk of having their personal info ransacked by wrongdoers. On Saturday afternoon, the company coughed to the mega data breach and added that up to 90,000 subscribers may have had their …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2015
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Acer: We're not laying off staff, just shifting 'em out of the PC biz

Acer is not reacting to the downturn in PC spending by cutting heads – not yet anyway – but it is planning a restructure. The company confirmed it is in the process of transferring people to the Bring Your Own Cloud wing, which develops a suite of apps for consumers. The revamp will be felt only in Taiwan at this stage. In …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 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 …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 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
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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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Shonky securo-nightmare NHS apps library finally binned

The NHS' security-flawed Apps Library has been shelved, following widespread criticism of the site. Last month Imperial College London revealed serious problems with a number of the 79 apps sitting on the NHS-branded store. These included software tools that provided diabetic users with inappropriate insulin doses, handed …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015