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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

A Lexus fitted with Google's self-driving car tech was hit by a non-autonomous van that is said to have run a red light at a junction, according to local reports. The accident happened at 1.30pm on Saturday at the junction of El Camino Real and Calderon Avenue in Mountain View, just round the corner from Google's HQ. A Google …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Sep 2016

Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

The huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which wiped security journalist Brian Krebs' website from the internet came from a million-device-strong Internet of Things botnet. "Attack appears to include numerous IoT devices, including security cameras. Still itemizing them," an Akamai spokesman told El Reg by email. …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Sep 2016
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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

Yet another British family has been forced to flee its habitat after an infestation of Brazilian wandering spiders smuggled itself into their nest on the back of a bunch of supermarket bananas. The Brazilian wandering spider's bite is so venomous it can leave males of many species with a painful four-hour long erection before …
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Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect Sky breached rules to allow consumers to easily switch broadband and landline providers, which could lead to a multi-million pound fine. It follows a year-long investigation by the regulator as to whether Sky contravened the rules on …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016
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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

The American F-35 Joint Project Office says ejection seat and helmet modifications will stop emergency ejections from breaking petite pilots' necks. Pilots who weigh less than 62kg (9¾ stone, 136lb) are currently banned from flying the state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jet because an emergency ejection using the currently fitted …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2016
Keen Security Lab senior researcher Sen Nie (left) with director Samuel Lv

Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

Video Chinese hackers have attacked Tesla electric cars from afar, using exploits that can activate brakes, unlock doors, and fold mirrors from up to 20 kilometres (12 miles) away while the cars are in motion. Keen Security Lab senior researchers Sen Nie, Ling Liu, and Wen Lu, along with director Samuel Lv, demonstrated the hacks …
Darren Pauli, 20 Sep 2016
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Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

Finger trouble with onboard navigation systems led to an Air Asia flight making a two-hour internal hop in Australia before its scheduled journey to Malaysia. An investigation report by the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) into the March flight disclosed the cockup, which it said was down to the A330's captain “ …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Sep 2016

Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

The driver of a Tesla Model S electric car has reportedly died in a crash in the Netherlands this morning – and firefighters on the scene were nervous about being electrocuted as they fought the fire. Firefighters were said to be wary of the car's batteries having short-circuited thanks to damage caused by the crash, in which …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Sep 2016
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Fujitsu's billion-dollar ARM supercomputer delayed by up to 2 years

Fujitsu's monster ARM-powered supercomputer, the Post-K, will miss its 2020 deadline. The $910m project has stalled because its engineers need more time to design, test and perfect the machine's processors, we can confirm. Fujitsu was hired by Japan's boffinry nerve-center RIKEN to produce a roughly 1,000 peta-FLOPS …
Chris Williams, 07 Sep 2016
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Tech-for-insurers biz out of action for 10 days now. Hope they had, er...

Hapless insurance tech biz SSP Worldwide is now on its tenth day of a services outage, which has had a huge impact its broker customers. The company was hit by a power blackout on 26 August that fried its HP Storage Area Network. Halfway through the process of a restoration six days later, the business was struck with further …
Kat Hall, 05 Sep 2016

Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

Water cooler I read an article this week headlined: "The latest Kaby Lake, Zen chips will support only Windows 10." It claimed Intel and AMD's new processors are "officially supported only by Microsoft’s Windows 10." This can't be true? What about Linux? Journalists, right? The short answer is Intel's Kaby Lake aka its seventh-generation …
Chris Williams, 02 Sep 2016

Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

Apple CEO Tim Cook may pull billions of dollars in profit out of Europe and bring them home to the US, less than a month after he vowed he wouldn't. In the aftermath of the massive €13 billion ($14.5 billion) back tax claim that the European Commission landed on the electronics giant and the Irish tax authorities, Cook has …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Sep 2016

Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

Reports of the new Galaxy Note 7 exploding while being charged has caused Samsung to halt shipment of the high-end "phablet." South Korean news agency Yonhap first reported that the company has halted delivery of the device after no fewer than five people complained about "explosions." Some shared pictures of their burnt-out …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2016
Money laundering

'Fake CEO' Chinese chap cuffed in $54m fraud probe

Police in Hong Kong have arrested a Chinese man on charges of laundering the proceeds of an online robbery that netted millions of dollars. In January, Austrian engineering firm FACC – which makes aircraft parts for the likes of Boeing and Airbus – admitted that it had lost up to €50m ($54m) after someone impersonating the CEO …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016

Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

Analysis Police in Baltimore, US, have admitted hiring a third party to fly over the city, constantly recording events with high-resolution cameras. The admission comes after a Businessweek feature on the company, Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS), led to a condemnation of the practice by the ACLU's privacy expert and media …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2016

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

Apple has pushed out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities. The iOS 9.3.5 upgrade plugs three holes that, according to researchers, are being used right now by the Pegasus surveillance kit – a powerful commercial malware …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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Vidahost hikes domain name fees by a third, blames Brexit

Domain name biz Vidahost has hiked up the cost of its pricing by 33 per cent, blaming Brexit-induced exchange rate woes. In an email sent to customers and seen by The Register, the biz said: "Prior to the referendum to leave the EU, we spent time working up rigorous plans for the Brexit scenario. "True to form we focused on …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016

False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

An alert that the Northern Lights would be visible across all of Great Britain last night was wrongly issued because a sit-on lawnmower disturbed scientific instruments. Subscribers to the AuroraWatch UK mailing list were sent a “Red Alert” yesterday; informing them that it would be possible to view the aurora borealis from …

Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

Hot Chips After cruising two million miles of public roads, Google's self-driving cars still find traffic lights, four-way junctions and other aspects of everyday life hard work. To be sure, the hardware and software at the heart of the autonomous vehicles is impressive. But it's just not quite good enough yet to be truly let loose on …
Chris Williams, 24 Aug 2016
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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be sold for scrap in spite of efforts to preserve her for the nation as a museum ship, according to reports. The warship – affectionately known as “Lusty” – is set to be sold to Turkey's LEYAL Ship Recycling for £2.1m, according to The Sun. Launched in 1978, Lusty was still being fitted …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2016
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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

+Comment A homeless IT consultant will learn today whether his challenge to a draconian order, which forces him to tell police in advance if he is going to have sex, will succeed. John O'Neill, 45, must tell the cops 24 hours in advance even if he only plans on “kissing” or engaging in “sexually explicit conversation” – but has never …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Aug 2016

Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

Updated According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House amid an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President's office staying well away from competition issues. Google lobbyist Johanna Shelton and the web giant's antitrust lawyer Matthew Bye met …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2016
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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

The tiny Swedish town of Insjön has been left shaken, traumatised and probably put off its breakfast after two porcine-feature exhibitionists launched a laser-enhanced sex spree on Friday. The porky pair were first encountered by a brace of Pokemon hunters, who were tracking Squirtles and Bulbasaurs in a local park on Friday …
Clodagh Doyle, 16 Aug 2016
Downtime, outage

Blighty's 24-hr Universal Credit outage caused by upgrade glitch

Gremlins that showed up during a planned upgrade to the UK Department of Work and Pensions’ systems brought down online services for more than 24 hours, sources have told The Register. Techies at the services-based reseller SCC, which has a hosting contract with the DWP, began the work yesterday but some unspecified …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2016
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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

Comment Turkey has hinted it may try to leave NATO – which could cause difficulties for the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme because the country has signed up to buy 100 of the advanced jet fighters. Speaking to state news agency Anadolu, Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, hit out at both NATO and the EU over their lack of …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Aug 2016
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Russia tells Google to cough up some loose change in Android monopoly probe

Updated Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has fined Google 468 million rubles ($6.8m) on charges that its Android operating system has been illegally disadvantaging other software vendors. Last February, the FAS announced an investigation into Android after complaints from local search engine Yandex that Android phones came …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2016
Monty Python sketch: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

Decades of authoritarian one party rule have perhaps reduced one man's ability to question authority as a Chinese bloke awaiting the birth of his child was erroneously whisked in for a haemorrhoidectomy. Doctors at Shenyang Hunnan Xinqu Hospital mistook Mr Wang for another chap with a bad case of the pink grapes and whisked …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2016
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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

A marketing campaign by O2 that sent customers USB-embedded pens backfired last week – after it transpired a number of devices contained a "Windows-specific virus." The UK cellphone network sent out the USB pens to its business customers followed by a marketing email encouraging them to download a free eBook. That was then …
Kat Hall, 08 Aug 2016
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'New CERN particle' a fluke

Stand down folks, cancel the party. Show's over. The exciting new particle thought to have been discovered by CERN's ATLAS and CMS detectors in December has turned out to be noise. Eight months ago, the equipment picked up a small blip while scientists were busy throwing matter around the Large Hadron Collider. That got …
Chris Williams, 05 Aug 2016

Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

In an extraordinary judgment, the organization that hopes to take over running the top level of the internet later this year has been slammed by an independent review as at best incompetent and at worst deliberately mendacious. The decision [PDF] by ICANN's Independent Review Panel (IRP) over the organization's decision to …
Chris Williams, 03 Aug 2016

Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

Intel has recalled every single one of its Basis Peak smartwatches – as well as urging people to stop using them – because they can become dangerously hot. Chipzilla has told everyone who bought a Peak to send back the watch along with any and all accessories for a full refund. Keeping it is not an option: by the end of the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Aug 2016

Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!

Updated What's claimed to be the login credentials for 200 million Yahoo! accounts is now on sale through a dark web cybercrime shack. The purported user database dump is being touted by someone called Peace – as in peace_of_mind, the same miscreant who previously sold LinkedIn and Yahoo-owned Tumblr logins – at an asking price of 3 …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2016
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Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee has released a device with a dedicated encryption chip it calls "equivalent to a black box" that offers the "most advanced" mobile data protection to date. Experts we asked were sceptical about the claims, which at minimum show that improved security is becoming a differentiator in the …
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2016

Microsoft grabs employment guns, aims at British sales units

Microsoft is expected to release more than 100 employees across the UK organisation from the shackles of employment, multiple sources have told The Register. Hapless staff were recently flown to Orlando for the FY’17 global sales kick off MGX – Microsoft’s Global Exchange – where they heard about priorities for the year ahead …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2016
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HP awarded £1.95m in reseller grey market fraud case

Hewlett Packard Enterprise was this week awarded £1.95m after a UK High Court judge ruled against reseller minnow International Computer Purchasing over allegations it abused special bid pricing. The US giant told us the successful claim against ICP and director Matthew Archer was for “fraud, conspiracy and inducement of …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2016
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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

Google’s only major consumer mapping rival, HERE, has dropped Maps from its app name in a bold rebranding exercise. After many hours in the Strategy Boutique, the map apps is now named after the ancient British football chant... Here We Go. The rebranding reflects HERE’s greater emphasis on route planning and directions, with …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jul 2016

Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

In the latest of a series of implausibly appalling statements, Republican presidential nightmare Donald Trump encouraged the Russian government to hack into the servers of US government officials in order to provide him political ammunition against his Democratic rival. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jul 2016
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Oh deer.io: Cyber criminals* using one-stop DIY web biz shops

Updated Cybercrime miscreants seem to be flocking to a one-stop online web business shop. The use of sites like Deer.io prove the barriers to entry for cybercrime are continually being lowered, according to threat intel firm Digital Shadows. Darkside.global, a URL associated with cybercriminal Tessa88 who has distributed leaked …
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2016
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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

So-called Advanced Detection Equipment (ADE) used by the Iraqi army to find explosives have been scrapped – more than three years after the devices were proved to be fakes. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered a halt to the use of the dowsing-rod-like gadgets after they failed to detect explosives on a truck that killed …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2016
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Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

Jobs site Glassdoor accidentally outed hundreds of users seeking employment in pastures new when it despatched an email and failed to use the bcc button. The missive was sent to users at the weekend and intended to update them on the company's terms and conditions. One user said: "They later sent a follow up email saying …
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

Last week the BBC launched a mobile app, called BBC+, delivering “customisable content collections” to your phone or tablet. It’s a personalised service which requires an email address. Last year, when the corporation announced its plans for personalised services, it made several data protection promises. Specifically, Phil …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2016
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OneDrive go for Pokemon Go

Continuing its commitment to adding features nobody asked for, Microsoft has added Pokemon detection to OneDrive. The Redmond giant screenshots from Pokemon Go uploaded to OneDrive accounts will now be automatically detected and labeled as coming from the game as well as the Pokemon that appear in the shots. "A lot of players …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

BT customers in the UK are once again banging their heads against their keyboards this morning: a power outage has thrown them offline for the second day running. Today the issue is a power outage at Telehouse North in London. An email message from BT Wholesale, with the subject line 'Major Service Interruption' – seen by The …
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2016
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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

Telecity data center owner Equinix has 'fessed up to a "brief outage" that knocked 10 per cent of BT internet subscribers offline in the UK as well as a number of other providers on the morning of 20 July. A spokesman from the group, which slurped up Telecity for £2.3bn in 2015, confirmed that the outage occurred at Equinix's …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016
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Docker Cloud under fire after DDoS attacks slam DNS, knacker websites

Updated Websites running on the Docker Cloud hosted container management and deployment service were taken down by an apparent DNS outage on Monday. Reg readers and Docker Cloud support forum members complained today that their services were down or suffering intermittent outages with little explanation from Docker. One angry user …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2016
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UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

Ambulance service union the GMB has called for an urgent review of the UK's South East Coast Ambulance’s computerised dispatch system for control centre staff handling emergency calls. The union says staff have reported constant loading errors and regular system crashes that leave dispatchers unable to answer calls, contact …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016
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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

Exclusive ASUS has confirmed the UK list price of computers are expected to rise on average by nine per cent in the Christmas quarter due the weakening of the British pound versus the US dollar. Unlike American rivals Dell and HP Inc, the Asian PC makers have been far slower to react to currency swings, with Lenovo and Acer still unable …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2016

Shelfware wars should be conceded, admits Microsoft compliance boss

The UK head of Software Asset Management (SAM) and Compliance at Microsoft, Mark Bradford, admitted at a recent seminar held by one of its enterprise licensing sellers Bytes that Shelfware issues “should be conceded”. Bradford said his group, responsible for working with channel firms to perform reviews of customers, didn’t …
Martin Thompson, 18 Jul 2016
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IPO spews email addresses to hundreds of recipients. Twice

The department entrusted with the protection of corporate data is seemingly somewhat less bothered when it comes to guarding personal info. The Intellectual Property Office yesterday made the classic schoolboy error of sending out an email containing hundreds of recipients in the 'to' field. Realising its blunder minutes …
Kat Hall, 15 Jul 2016

Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract

A consortium led by European missile company MBDA has reportedly won the contract to build a laser cannon for the Ministry of Defence, according to unconfirmed reports. The project, awarded under the Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) demonstrator project announced last year, is for a prototype to demonstrate whether firing a …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jul 2016