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Want a Brexit? Promise you'll sort out UK universities' £1bn research cash loss

Leaving the EU could mean UK universities lose a whopping £1bn research funding, according to report released by Digital Science today. Academics have already warned the UK that leaving the EU would hinder research. A letter to The Times was signed by more than 150 fellows from the Royal Society - including Stephen Hawking - …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016
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Transfer techies at SWIFT tell Bangladesh Bank: Don't shift blame for $81m cyberheist

SWIFT has firmly rejected Bangladeshi claims that mistakes on its part are to blame after $81m was looted from Bangladesh’s central bank. Bangladeshi officials claimed earlier this week that technicians from SWIFT had introduced vulnerabilities into the bank's network when connecting a Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system …
John Leyden, 10 May 2016

Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

Microsoft last year effectively murdered one part of the mobile PC market that was going gangbusters - Windows with Bing (WwB) - and unsurprisingly this is now reflected in weaker sales across Western Europe. The low-cost WwB portables reached distributors by summer '14, designed to counter what was seen as a growing threat to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2016
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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

The secret UN report into the behaviour of WIPO boss Francis Gurry has found him guilty of “conduct... inconsistent with the standards expected of a staff member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.” The chair of WIPO's General Assembly Colombian ambassador Gabriel Duque is still refusing to release the full report …
John Oates, 25 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 …

Australia should be the 'Switzerland of data', Cisco head hacker says

ACSC2016 Australia should become the 'Switzerland for data' Cisco chief security man John Stewart says. John Stewart. Image: Darren Pauli, The Register. The country is already attractive given its isolation, political stability and could with sufficient technology investment become a global data hub. "[Australia] is a very …
Darren Pauli, 14 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 …

Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

Analysis The Brexit debate continues and, with the Leave and Remain camps neck and neck, it looks likely that the undecided few will carry the result. It seems that we can expect more headline-grabbing soundbites until the vote on June 23. The polarised nature of this debate is throwing up some interesting oddities, so you might be …
Frank Jennings, 31 Mar 2016

Secure email bods ProtonMail open signup floodgates to world+dog

Interview Secure email service ProtonMail has come out of beta and re-opened free registration to all for the first time in almost two years. Applications to join the invite-only service had been backed up almost since the day it launched, as the free encrypted mail service quickly reached its upper capacity of users and struggled to …
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Bloody Danes top world happiness league

If you're feel a bit glum, then get yourself off to Denmark, which has secured top spot in the 2016 World Happiness Report. Based on responses to the Gallup World Poll, in which people were asked to rate their existence on a scale of one to 10, the Danes scored a heart-warming 7.526. Switzerland was only marginally less happy …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2016

Computacenter eyes investment plans for growing cash mountain

Computacenter's centre of gravity shifted eastwards in 2015, as the mega reseller’s German operation fired on all cylinders while its UK box-shifting business sputtered. At the same time, its CEO and chairman both seemed to suggested it could be looking even further afield as it ponders what to do with its enormous cash pile …
Joe Fay, 11 Mar 2016
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Data protection: Don't be an emotional knee jerk. When it comes to the law, RTFM

How many times have you spoken to someone in a call centre who refused to give you information on the basis that the "Data Protection Act" prevents them? Any potential customers in Germany who told you they can’t buy your IT or cloud service because their law prohibits data transfers outside Germany? Has anyone told you that a …
Frank Jennings, 10 Mar 2016
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LCD price fixing settlement helps sweeten Tech Data's bottom line

A $35m settlement from LCD vendors over price fixing coupled with some general belt tightening on operating costs helped Tech Data bank a double digit profit bounce in Q4 of fiscal ’16. The world’s second largest tech distributor reported sales of $7.48bn for the three months ended 31 January, up two per cent year-on-year. In …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2016
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Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

Exclusive Scandal-hit Toshiba is slashing jobs across Europe as it beats a retreat from the region’s consumer PC market. Retailers are honouring existing orders for the first quarter of this year but are not placing any further ones, sources told us. Staff have been notified of the planned redundancies and a number put at risk. “We are …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2016

US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

The US House Foreign Affairs joint sub-committee in Washington heard evidence of continued bizarre and allegedly illegal behaviour by Francis Gurry, the boss of the UN's patent body. The Committee promised yesterday to take action to demand reform of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and push for publication …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2016

Rumor: IBM gobbles Bruce Schneier, Resilient for $100m

IBM is allegedly splashing a reported US$100m on buying incident response outfit Resilient Systems. Rumors of the deal were whispered by "persons with knowledge of the matter" to biz news website Xconomy. Founded in 2010 as Co3 Systems, Massachusetts-based Resilient was set up by serial acquisition target John Bruce (alumnus …
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After all the sound and fury, when will VVOL start to rock?

Comment VMware virtual machines need storage and VVOLs (Virtual Volumes) are a way of automating this process, avoiding delay as VMware admins talk to storage admins to get storage provisioned. Virtually all storage array vendors support VVOLs yet the facility has not been taken up by users’ data centres in any large scale. This poses …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2016

Dragons and butterflies: The chaos of other people's clouds

Cloud computing was meant to solve the reliability problem, but in practice, it still has a long way to go. Is that an endemic problem with the complexity of cloud computing, or a problem with the way people use it? Cloud infrastructures are meant to be resilient, because they tend to use lots of cheap servers and scale out. …
Danny Bradbury, 05 Feb 2016

Swiss rolls into HPE: Micro-Veeam clone Trilead gobbled

HPE has bought Switzerland-based Trilead, according to Trilead's home page. Trilead's VM Explorer is a backup product for VMware's ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V users. It comes in Free, Pro (£520.00 / US$790), and Enterprise (£990.00 / US$1,460) editions. The latest release introduced automatic backup testing, cloud backup, a …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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31 nations sign data-sharing pact to tax multinationals

31 nations this week signed a data-sharing agreement that will see multinational companies' financial reports shared widely, the better to understand their global financial contortions. The Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) is an instrument of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2016

Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

Robot overlords will cause a net loss of over five million human jobs by 2020, according to analysis by the World Economic Forum (WEF) from Switzerland's Davos ski resort. Dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a mixture of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing – when combined …

Zes, zir, zank you, zir: Zerto zucks in 50 zillion zucks in zenture zapital

+Comment Startup Zerto has picked up $50m in a fifth round of funding. Zerto's main product is Zerto Virtual Replication which protects, migrates and recovers applications in cloud and private virtualized data centers; think of it, crudely, as the Veeam of replication. It also has a Cloud Continuity Platform to protect and move …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016
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Cybercops cuff two in hunt for DDoS extortion masterminds

An international police investigation against the DD4BC DDoS extortion gang has led to one suspect being arrested and one detained, Europol said on Tuesday. Suspected key members of the organised network were identified in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the UK Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit before the intelligence was passed …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2016

Switzerland, Spain and France are beating UK at DevOps – survey

UK companies are failing to adopt key requisites for DevOps success, according to a new survey. The study says the Brits' shortcomings were seen in three main areas, namely business-led approaches to development, skilled and collaborative IT resources, and key control risks. According to Assembling the DevOps Jigsaw, a survey …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2016
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Broadband's frequency hunters denied Freeview patch – for now

Freeview is safe. For now. Mobile operators with broadband services were denied the 470-694MHz frequency used by the terrestrial TV service. The decision was taken at a World Radio Conference (WRC) in Geneva, Switzerland with a review of the whole UHF band planned 2023. Essentially, the future of Freeview is now assured, …
Nigel Whitfield, 26 Nov 2015
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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

Exclusive Oracle has admitted it is axing its UK software support centre – in a move sources say will shift all European support work to Romania and cut "more than 1,000" support staff. The ERP giant confirmed to The Register that it was "in the process of consolidating its software support services into co-located entities." It said …
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015
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NetApp adds in-line dedupe to all-flash FAS arrays

NetApp has updated its Clustered Data ONTAP OS to support in-line deduplication and 3.8TB SSDs. Inline deduplication means data is deduplicated as it lands on the array instead of being initially stored in its full form and then having later, post-process deduplication applied to it. In-line deduplication is more space- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015

Google wants to add 'not encrypted' warnings to Gmail

Google is getting ready to alert Gmail users when messages are received in the clear instead of via encrypted transport, in response both to slow adoption of encryption by some hosts, and apparent hostility to encryption in some countries. Seven countries – Tunisia, Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho – …

Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

In 2012, something like US$80 billion worth of multinationals' profits worked on their suntans in Bermuda, according to an international report into profit-shuffling and tax avoidance. Oxfam, the Tax Justice Network, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, and Public Services International have put their heads and wallets …

ProtonMail 'mitigates' DDoS attacks, says security not breached

ProtonMail has announced that it has successfully mitigated the DDoS attacks which had hobbled it since last week, while also confirming security systems had not been breached. The encrypted email service was still being hit as of yesterday, after paying a Bitcoin ransom to one of the two DDoS attackers (the smaller, seemingly …

All cooped up and nowhere to go, US and German spooks spied on each other

Allies US and German spooks cooped up in a windowless structure dubbed the Tin Can have been found secretly spying on each other. The revelations reveal the absurdity of a secret agreement between spy agencies, the NSA and the BND, to operate from a former US base in Bad Aibling, Germany, that was in 2004 handed over to German …
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015

ProtonMail DDoS wipeout: Day 6. Yes, we're still under attack

Encrypted email provider ProtonMail is still being hit by a DDoS attack from what appears to be a nation state, as well as a secondary and separate lower-level assault from an identified assailant. However, the service is now operating normally, it seems. Switzerland-based ProtonMail offers an encrypted webmail system able to …

ProtonMail pays ransom to end web tsunami – still gets washed offline

After a crushing distributed denial-of-service attack against its servers and ISPs, secure email service ProtonMail has paid the ransom demanded by its attackers. The Swiss firm was promptly smashed offline again. "We were placed under a lot of pressure by third parties to just pay the ransom, which we grudgingly agreed to do …
Iain Thomson, 06 Nov 2015

ProtonMail still under attack by DDoS bombardment

Secure webmail outfit ProtonMail is still fighting against a sustained DDoS attack that has left its service largely unavailable since Tuesday. In a statement posted to a hastily erected blog site, ProtonMail said the powerful attack by unknown parties has also inflicted collateral damage on third-party organisations. The …
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2015
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Police in US, Europe raid homes of supersnoop Droidjack RAT suspects

Police across Europe have raided homes of suspected users of Droidjack, a strain of Android malware. Cops in the US, UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland were all involved in the operation against Droidjack users. Details are so far sketchy and no arrests have been reported. DroidJack is a remote access Trojan which …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2015
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Channel Islands firm touts all-in-one secure comms app

A British start-up has launched a fully encrypted communications platform for mobile devices that aims to challenge established apps such as FaceTime and Skype, and even heavily-touted privacy-engineered devices like the BlackPhone. Pryvate from Criptyque offers encrypted email, voice and video calls as well as secure instant …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2015

Youths represent UK at first European Cyber Security Challenge

Ten young hackers have departed to Switzerland this week to represent the UK at the first European Cyber Security Challenge. They have been split into juniors (14-20) and seniors (20-30) teams, and are competing against opponents from Germany, Spain, Romania, Austria and Switzerland. The youngest members of the juniors team …
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Netflix in Australia slower than Mexico, Chile or New Zealand

Optus takes crown from TPG by the barest margin but Australia lags Mexico, Chile and New Zealand Telstra has improved its Netflix download speeds by .46 of a megabit per second, but is still the slowest of the Australian internet service providers the video streamer rates. Netflix today released the September version of its …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015

Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

Analysis Today's victory by Austrian privacy advocate Max Schrems in the European Court has massive repercussions for how the superpowers make law, and how Silicon Valley conducts business. And it may only get worse for America's data processing giants, very soon. Microsoft is challenging the notion that the world's data is by default …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Oct 2015
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Apple CEO: We've hoovered up your cash faster than ever before

Apple has sold more than 13 million new iPhones in just three days, the company crowed announced on Monday. The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus models went on sale on Friday and set a new record as fanbois scrambled to pick up their newest bauble. “Sales have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

Is domain overlord ICANN the FIFA of the internet? We'll know this weekend

Special report When comedian John Oliver dedicated the bulk of his weekly show a year ago to soccer organization FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), he noted that most Americans had never heard of the organization. Over ten minutes, Oliver eviscerated the "comically grotesque organization," highlighting how it creates …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Sep 2015
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Nine of the world’s fastest GPU supercomputers

When it comes to groundbreaking innovations in supercomputing over the last decade, there are few shifts that made bigger waves than the introduction of heterogeneous computing. Coupling high-performance host processors with a graphic-processing boost has helped several top-ranked supercomputers achieve performance and energy …
Team Register, 23 Sep 2015

SONY HACK WAS WAR says FBI, and 'we're still struggling to hire talent'

Cloudsec Yesteryear's hack of Sony Pictures was an act of war, stated FBI Supervisory Special Agent Timothy Wallach, who delivered the FBI's gradation system of cybercriminals to net security conference Cloudsec on Thursday, 17 September. US agencies have fingered the North Korean government for the Sony attack repeatedly, initially to …

Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

Switzerland's top data cop says Microsoft has “gone too far” in abusing people’s privacy. The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, Jean-Philippe Walter, told Le Temps on Sunday that he was prepared to take Microsoft to court if it does not alter its privacy policy for Windows 10. According to Walter, the installation …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Aug 2015

Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

Four tech geeks are seeking the most useless, unpopular, waste-of-space YouTube videos as part of an international competition, dubbed NoTube. The online contest, hosted in Switzerland, seeks to find videos on the mammoth Google video attic that make a mockery of YouTube's user-created content slogan 'broadcast yourself'. …
Darren Pauli, 21 Aug 2015

ICANN CEO will head off to private equity firm

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has announced where he'll be heading after he breaks his contract 10 months early: private equity firm Abry Partners. Chehade surprised the internet community, and threw ICANN in disarray, when he announced in May that he was going to leave early – and, crucially, before ICANN takes over control of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Aug 2015
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Microsoft enterprise reseller SoftwareOne bags private equity investor

Volume licensing transaction engine SoftwareOne has sold a minority stake to private equity investor KKR for an undisclosed sum, the companies confirmed today. Challenges facing the Microsoft enterprise reseller – AKA a Licensing Solution Partner – are multiple, not least the proliferation of the cloud as more businesses …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2015
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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

Special Report Duncan Campbell has spent decades unmasking Britain's super-secretive GCHQ, its spying programmes, and its cosy relationship with America's NSA. Today, he retells his life's work exposing the government's over-reaching surveillance, and reveals documents from the leaked Snowden files confirming the history of the fearsome …
Duncan Campbell, 03 Aug 2015
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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

Strange "hair ice" found sprouting on old wood has finally been explained by scientists: it's caused by fungi. For nearly a century, boffins have been baffled by the odd hairy phenomenon. It grows on dead wood during humid winter nights when air temperatures fall a little below zero degrees centigrade. A crack team of …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2015