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Sweaty students push hot HPC clusters through benchmark tests

HPC Blog The first task that students have to perform at the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition is to run the venerable HPL and newish High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmarks. High performance Linpack (HPL), also known as LINPACK, is a routine that measures floating point performance and is the basis for the Top500 list. …
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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

The record for the youngest security researcher getting paid by Facebook’s bug bounty scheme has been smashed by Jani, a 10-year-old Finnish lad who found a major flaw in Instagram. In February the precocious youth reported the vulnerability, which could be exploited to delete comments from any account on Instagram, which is …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2016

Yay! It's International Patch Your Scary OpenSSL Bugs Day!

Six security patches – two of them high severity – have been released today for OpenSSL 1.0.1 and 1.0.2. Last week, the open-source crypto-library project warned that a bunch of fixes were incoming, and true enough, Tuesday’s updates address serious flaws that should be installed as soon as possible. CVE-2016-2108 is a …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2016
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IBM's FlashSystem looks flashy enough, but peek under the hood...

Storage Architect This week IBM announced three new flash products, two of which are based on existing technology. Mainframe/Power customers got the all-flash DS8888, with the A9000 and A9000R models covering the rest of the market. What’s interesting about these latter two products is that they are based on Spectrum Accelerate, otherwise …
Chris Evans, 03 May 2016

Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking

A wildly popular software tool used by websites to process people's photos can be exploited to execute malicious code on servers and leak server-side files. Security bugs in the software are apparently being exploited in the wild right now to compromise at-risk systems. Patches to address the vulnerabilities are available in …
Chris Williams, 03 May 2016
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EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

EMC World The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more. The Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) is for enterprises and service providers to store data in the cloud, mission-critical data, says EMC. The data can come from …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016
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Some HPC kids just can't help piling on the weight

HPC Blog We've saved the biggest for last in our round-up of the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition competitors. All of the teams below are driving clusters with more than nine nodes, most with several GPU accelerators. They're definitely power hungry beasts, which will require the teams to apply heavy throttling in order to stay under …

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

Analysis Intel’s retreat from mobile chips is one of the biggest disruptions to the Wintel relationship in Microsoft’s 35-year business relationship with the chip giant – if not the biggest of all. There have been tiffs before, but not like this – and it raises serious questions about Microsoft’s mobile investments. Don’t expect rebel …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2016
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UK's Universal Credit IT may go downhill soon, warns think tank report

The IT underpinning Blighty's troubled Universal Credit programme could soon begin to creak as the programme takes on more complex claimant cases, a think tank report from the left-wing Resolution Foundation has found. The report, Making a success of Universal Credit, noted that from today, Universal Credit looks very …
Kat Hall, 03 May 2016
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EMC re-engineers its VNX flashy boxen, puts Unity on the label

EMC's mid-range VNX/VNXe arrays have been re-engineered to make better use of flash, producing the Unity array with a starting price of less than $10,000. It is firmly in the active:active, dual-controller mode and comes in all-flash, hybrid flash/disk, and software-only (VSA) configurations. The array is positioned as an SME …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016

Venezuela tops world lightning conductor league

Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo has wrested the world's "maximum lightning activity" crown from Africa's Congo Basin, according to electrifying data from the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Using 16 years of detection data from the now-deceased TRMM satellite's …
Lester Haines, 03 May 2016

Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

The value of online fraudulent transactions is expected to reach $25.6bn by 2020, up from $10.7bn last year, according to a new study from industry analysts Juniper Research. The researchers predict that by the end of the decade, $4 in every $1,000 of online payments will be fraudulent. Juniper’s study, Online Payment Fraud: …
John Leyden, 03 May 2016

MongoDB on breaches: Software is secure, but some users are idiots

You shouldn't expect to see any end to data breaches caused by misconfigured instances of MongoDB soon, the company's strategy veep has told The Register. MongoDB is a fairly popular document store in the database world, used by eBay, Foursquare, and The New York Times. It's open source, available under the GNU APL v3.0 …

Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

Astroboffins have discovered a trio of roughly Earth-sized planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star, the first time such a system has been identified. Using the Belgian TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) 'scope at The European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory in Chile, a team led by …
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Barclays.net Bank Holiday outage leaves firms unable to process payments

Barclays.net has been shrugging off business customers' login attempts since Friday, leaving many unable to process payments over the bank holiday weekend. Problems with the business banking service peaked on Friday, with customers complaining that they were unable to process payments ahead of the bank holiday weekend. One …
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HPC kids find bite-sized clusters are just as chewy

HPC blog Although the teams in the ASC16 Asian Student Cluster Competition are all using the same Inspur-provided gear, there's a LOT of variety in what they built. Cluster sizes in this competition range from three to twelve nodes, with anywhere from zero to eight accelerators. Let's meet the teams who believe that smaller is better …
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Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study

Another major banking outage similar to the RBS disaster back in 2012 is likely to happen again in the UK, given the amount of legacy code in the sector, according to research. The average mission critical banking application has around 600,000 lines of code, according to a study by software firm CAST which analysed systems …
Kat Hall, 03 May 2016
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What's Zuck planning with his Facebook bots? Maximum $ilo revenue

Analysis Facebook smashed through expectations for its first quarter of the year. A surge in mobile ads saw revenue up 52 per cent to $5.38bn while the user base grew to 1.65 billion – 22 per cent of the world’s population, and extracting every byte of data (and every penny from those bytes) from that existing user base is the company' …

Miniature car maker drops massive malware

Popular die cast car manufacturer Maisto has been slinging the deadly Angler exploit kit which in turn installs the Cryptxxx ransomware on victim machines. The site appears to have been compromised through an outdated Joomla content management system in what is likely the pseudo-darkleech campaign reported by Sucuri. …
Team Register, 03 May 2016

Qualcomm goes for the grey matter with neural net SDK

Qualcomm wants to stick a neural network in your hands, and has announced it will ship a software development kit (SDK) in the second half of this year to get the ball rolling. The deep learning SDK for the Snapdragon 820 processor will be, the company says, designed to take advantage of the SoC's “heterogenous compute …

Samsung tightens smart home kit security after curious bods prod apps

Samsung has said there's nothing for owners of its SmartThings home security gear to worry about – after researchers showed numerous ways to commandeer devices and disable locks. The three researchers from the University of Michigan, who were partially sponsored by Microsoft, have demonstrated that with the help of malicious …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2016
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Perth SmartRider public transport cards popped by student researchers

WAHckon University students in the Australian city of Perth have landed in hot water, with one charged by Police, after finding and exploiting severe holes to rewind travel charges incurred using the city's SmartRider public transport smart card. The Murdoch University students reported the flaws to SmartRider operator TransPerth and …
Darren Pauli, 02 May 2016

Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

In the race for one of California's two Senate seats, one candidate has hit on a novel way to draw attention to himself and his platform: binary. The official voter information guide, delivered to all homes across the state, includes details of all of the 34 candidates standing, most including a paragraph of introductory text …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2016
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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

Google has today issued a bundle of 40 security patches for its Android operating system. A dozen of the fixes correct critical vulnerabilities in versions 4.4.4 of the operating system and above. About 74 per cent of in-use Android devices run Android 4.4.4 or higher. These critical bugs can be potentially exploited by …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2016

Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

Cavium – the brains behind the chips in big-brand networking products – has plumped for the ARM architecture over MIPS in its next-generation network processors. It's a sign that more and more serious networking gear is likely to be ARM powered rather than MIPS in future. The Octeon-TX family of system-on-chips, announced …
Chris Williams, 02 May 2016
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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

Business Intelligence (BI) systems are designed to turn raw data into useful information, so why don’t they do the job properly? Why do most of them fail so completely to make use of the huge range of capabilities that the analytics world has to offer? Even at the most basic level, they fail catastrophically to take simple …
Mark Whitehorn, 02 May 2016

F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

The F-35 warplane still needs reboots to get the aircraft airborne, a US Senate committee has heard, and troubling problems persist in the project's security. US Department of Defence director of operational test and evaluation J Michael Gilmore's latest evaluation of the project is in this written evidence (PDF) to the US …
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Audiophile torrent site What.CD fully pwnable thanks to wrecked RNG

WAHckon Users of popular audiophile torrent site What.CD can make themselves administrators to completely compromise the private music site and bypass its notorious download ratio limits. What.CD is the world's most popular high quality music private torrent site that requires its users to pass an interview testing their knowledge of …
Darren Pauli, 02 May 2016
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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

Cypress Semiconductor has made Broadcom an offer too good to refuse: US$550 million in cash for its wireless Internet of Things business unit. The deal covers the whole kit-and-kaboodle: Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee Internet of Things product lines, its WICED brand and developer community, and the relevant …
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QNB confirms breach

Qatar National Bank has confirmed a customer data leak. News of the leak of customer data first emerged last week, as The Register reported. After first being deleted from its original drop-site, the 500 MB zipfile was posted to Cryptome.org. The following day, the bank said it was investigating the leak. The bank has now …
Team Register, 01 May 2016
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Slack pulls leaked creds

Messaging system Slack has plugged last week's chatbot vulnerability. As disclosed last week by Detectify, Slack developers creating custom corporate chatbots were leaving login access tokens in source code uploaded to Github. Slack has sent a response to Detectify, here, in which it says it is permanently deactivating the …
Team Register, 01 May 2016
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Have a Cptn Cook: VXers learn 'Strayan to plunder Down Under

WAHckon Strewth! Australian organisations are gunna be shirt-fronted by malware that includes colourful local language*. Security researcher Raymond Schippers says VXers are writing attacks that reference Australian issues such as taxation and local news, use Australian slang and employ IP geolocation to avoid targeting users beyond …
Darren Pauli, 01 May 2016

Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

Intel has thrown in the towel on smartphone processors after losing round after round against the ARM architecture – the dominant brains of the mobile world. Intel today scrapped the development of its Atom processor codenamed Broxton, which was aimed at powering high-end smartphones and tablets. Broxton was expected to …
Chris Williams, 30 Apr 2016
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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

Two state senators in Michigan, US, have proposed a set of laws that promise life imprisonment for anyone fiddling with a car's software. Security researchers are crying foul because the rules as they stand effectively outlaw not just hacker hijackers but also legitimate tinkering with engine and dashboard electronics. The …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2016

ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

Some of the world's biggest brands, including Intel, Nike, Target, Netflix, Lego, UPS and the NFL have been told to put their namesake dot-word domains live in the next three months or risk losing them altogether. Domain name overseer ICANN has warned 200-plus companies in a blog post that there is a 12-month deadline from …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

Nobody likes having to deal with cold calls to the office. But when you're manning the IT help desk, you have no choice but to pick up the phone – even when it's a pushy sales pitch. So what to do about those annoying calls from over-enthusiastic sales staff itching to shift their technology wares? One spectacularly …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016
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Oracle gobbles Textura

Oracle has bought payment company Textura for $663m. Textura is a leading payment management system for the construction industry, and Oracle intends to roll it into its Primavera software suite which has recently been re-architected for the cloud. Textura shareholders will receive $26 in cash per share. Textura processes $3. …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016
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Hipster hackers cook up 'artisan' Squiblydoo attack

Hackers have figured out how to bypass application whitelisting software by utilising tools that are built into Windows by default. Squiblydoo allows a user with normal privileges to download and execute a script hosted on a remote server. All of this is done with signed Microsoft binaries that are installed with the operating …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2016

Galileos 11 and 12 live for your (imminent) navigating pleasure

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that for your future metre-level accuracy navigating pleasure, satellites Galileo 11 and 12 are now fully operational and "broadcasting working navigation signals". The pair launched from Kourou, French Guiana, last December. Since then, the onboard navigation kit has been …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2016
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Finance bods SWIFT to update after Bangladesh hack

Security vendors are pushing for a more comprehensive revamp of the SWIFT international inter-bank financial transaction messaging system beyond a update prompted by an $81m hack against Bangladesh's central bank. The loss of $81m (part of an attempted $950m heist) in February’s Bangladesh cyber-heist – reckoned to be the …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2016

India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

India yesterday celebrated the launch of the seventh and final "Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System" (IRNSS) satellite - IRNSS-G - which rose from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). According to the Indian Space Research …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2016
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Food for Deep Thought: 42 is IBM's answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

Analysis Deep Thought calculated the number 42 to be the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Over at IBM it was the frequency the word "transform" was used to explain another dire quarter. The supercomputer in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy took 7.5 million years to determine the importance of …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016
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The Devils of DevOps stick it to YOU

DevOps can solve anything, can’t it? Well, no. In fact, if you don’t implement DevOps correctly, you’ll find that not only do you carry over the problems of the old world but that birth a few brand new ones, too. Application Performance Management (APM) firm Dynatrace has consulted a bunch of industry nerds and experts …
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No objections to object stores: Everyone's going smaller and faster

A couple of weeks ago I published an article about high performance object storage. Reactions have been quite diverse. Some think that object stores can only be huge and slow and then others who think quite the opposite. In fact, they can also be fast and small. In the last year I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with …

Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

A new project to uncover the symbiotic relationship between Google and the US government has uncovered some mind-boggling details. The Campaign for Accountability (CFA) this week launched the first two of its Google Transparency Projects. One of the projects – a visualisation of the revolving door between Google, the White …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2016

UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

Linda Katehi, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis, has been suspended pending an investigation into the decision to spent hundreds of thousand of dollars improving Google search results for her name, amid a range of other questionable activities. The decision to put Katehi on paid administrative leave was …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2016

Slack login leak shame

Developers building chat bots for popular team messaging system Slack are leaking their access tokens all over GitHub. These credentials can be used to quietly log into organizations' private Slack chatrooms and silently snoop on conversations. According to web security biz Detectify, there's a lot of source code committed to …
Chris Williams, 28 Apr 2016
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Quick, download your stuff! SurDoc shutters consumer-grade secure cloudy storage

Cloud-based secure storage outfit SurDoc has announced plans to discontinue its consumer service in order to concentrate exclusively on enterprise sales. In a statement, US-based SurDoc said that consumers have a month to download their data and make alternative arrangement before the service is zapped. Customers' …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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Galileo in spaaace: France's 'equivalence principle' satellite

Earlier this week, France's snappily-named "Micro-Satellite à traînée Compensée pour l'Observation du Principe d'Equivalence", aka Microscope, rode a Soyuz lifter to orbit on a mission to " test the equivalence principle, which postulates the equality between gravitational mass and inertial mass". Legend has it that in around …
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2016

Neo4j CEO: We're at 'a huge inflection point for graph databases'

Interview Emil Eifrem, CEO and co-founder of Neo Technology, says the world is at “a huge inflection point for graph databases” as his company, which supports the open source Neo4j graph database management system, releases v3.0 of the software. Ahead of releasing an architecturally overhauled v3.0 of the data management system, the …