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EU's 2020 CO2 target 'will add a year to economic slump'

The EU's effort to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent is twice as costly as it needs to be, and is likely to impact growth across the continent, according to a new study by a leading environmental economist. Europe failed to produce a cost-benefit analysis when it set its climate target, so Dr Richard Tol has filled the …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2012

Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Yahoo! is urging users of its Mail service to change their passwords to something secure and unique to the web giant – after a security breach exposed account login details to theft. The company said that it has reset the passwords on accounts connected to what it termed a "third-party database compromise" – that database …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2014
Samsung Galaxy S II

Fresh Apple lawsuits target 15 Samsung gadgets

Apple is having another go at Samsung, telling a German court that it thinks ten of the South Korean giant's phones ape its established design language. It's going after five Samsung tablets too, in a separate action. The iPhone maker wants the Dusseldorf Regional Court to ban the allegedly offending gadgets from sale, …
Hard Reg, 17 Jan 2012

Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

The NSA and GCHQ hacked into the systems of three German satellite communication providers, according to the latest leaks from the files of Edward Snowden, fugitive ex-NSA sysadmin. Der Spiegel reports that GCHQ and the NSA tried to infiltrate internal networks run by satellite comms firms Stellar, Cetel and IABG. Stellar …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2014

Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

Those among you who feel their lives lack stability are directed to Reg reader Stuart Smith's "Stubilizer" - a range of stabilising platforms for GoPro cameras which has just launched on Kickstarter. Stuart Smith models a 2-axis, helmet-mounted Stubilizer Stuart Smith sports a Stubilizer Back in January, we chewed the fat …
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2014
Renault Kwid

Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

Visitors to the Delhi Auto Expo motor show are getting the first look at a new concept car from Renault, the Kwid, which features a controllable quadrocopter drone that flies out of the roof. "This is the first time we have chosen to reveal a concept car outside Europe and this is an eloquent sign of our commitment to India," …
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2014
Artist's concept of Curiosity

Martians yet to retaliate after Curiosity's 100,000th laser strike

NASA has revealed that Curiosity, the laser-armed, nuclear-powered space tank that's been rolling around Mars for over a year now, appears to have defeated the Martian race. If indeed it exists. We make that leap of logic after the space agency revealed the rover's laser has now penetrated the red planet's soil more than 102,000 …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2013
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1.1 MILLION customers' credit card data was swiped in Neiman Marcus breach

US luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has confirmed that details from 1.1 million customers' cards were stolen in a recently detected high-profile breach. Card details were lifted after hackers successfully planted malware on payment systems over a period that ran between 18 July and 30 October last year, far earlier than previously …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2014
NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image of the Moon

Astronomers spot hint of first EXOMOON, possibly

Thanks to the work of the Kepler space telescope and Earth-bound observations, we have now caught sight of nearly 2,000 exoplanets: planetary bodies orbiting distant stars. But now astronomers think they've caught the first sighting of an exomoon orbiting one of these distant planets. Planetary moons are relatively common in our …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014

Indonesia plans 10 Gbps FTTP as part of 20-million-premises broadband project

Indonesia is the latest country to announce a mass deployment of fibre-to-the-home, and has tapped Alcatel-Lucent for the rollout. During February, Telkom Akses (the infrastructure arm of incumbent Telkom) declared 2014 the year it will “build greatness”, and on March 7, it stated (Google translation) a target of passing 20 …
Neiman Marcus Massachusetts HQ: pearlescent gold and silver building surrounded by lush plants against a blue sky.

Hackers slurp credit card details from US luxury retailer Neiman Marcus

Upmarket US department store Neiman Marcus has been hit by hackers who broke into systems before lifting an as-yet-unspecified number of credit and debit card details. Neiman Marcus confirmed a security breach in a series of updates to its official Twitter account and apologised, without detailing the extent of the problem or …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2014
Super Micro's 8-node FatTwin server

Super Micro misses target in June quarter

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro pre-announced its financial results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ending in June, and it looks like it's not going to make its numbers. In a statement, Super Micro said that it would book revenues of approximately $275m, which is just under the range of $280m to $310m it …
The Register breaking news

Malware and domain-squatters target Boston Marathon bombing

The scummier end of the online community has been quick to use Monday's bombing of the Boston Marathon as bait for multiple malware dispersals, plus a spot of old-fashioned online fraud along the way. Within 24 hours of the blasts, the ISC reported that 234 potentially fake domains have been registered featuring mention of the …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2013

Apple squeaks over revenue estimates, misses earnings target

Apple reported revenues in its fourth fiscal quarter that topped the Wall Street moneymen's predictions – but only barely. Its earnings per share, however, came in lower than most predictions. Cupertino posted quarterly revenue of $36bn, which resulted in a quarterly earnings-per-share (EPS) of $8.67. According to the 47 …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2012
Steve Jobs in a grade-school classroom

See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

Apple has been named the world's most valuable brand for the third time in a row, with No 2 Samsung narrowing the gap slightly but still trailing behind. According to Brand Finance's Global 500 list, Apple's brand value in 2014 is $104bn, up 20 per cent from $87bn in 2013. Samsung, meanwhile, was judged to be worth $79bn, up …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Pirate Bay back online as PRQ raid target confirmed

The Pirate Bay is back online after nearly two days of downtime, which it blamed on power problems, not the raid against the Swedish hosting company PRQ that was set up by some of its founding members. The Pirate Bay told TorrentFreak that the problems were caused by a faulty power distribution unit at its main hosting site. A …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2012
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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

The NSA placed spies in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft in a bid to tackle info-swapping terrorists, it has emerged. According to the latest leaked document published by The Guardian, spooks were stationed in the virtual world of Azeroth and told to “hide in plain sight". The NSA briefing …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Dec 2013

First Dell, now IBM: 15,000 jobs face the axe at Big Blue, says union

IBM is set to spend another $1bn on job cuts this year to eliminate an estimated 15,000 jobs worldwide, according to trade union Alliance@IBM. The company has already spent the same amount of money last year on 'workforce rebalancing', its euphemism for redundancies. Big Blue's chief financial officer for finance and enterprise …

Floating mutant, hidden profit: Nimble reveals first post-IPO results

Mutant flash-disk arrays are apparently continuing to disrupt the storage market, judging by hybrid array-slinger Nimble Storage's business in the period to the end of January this year. It recently revealed both the quarter which included its IPO and its full year results. Hybrid arrays juice cheap disk capacity with a dash of …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014
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NSA, GCHQ, accused of hacking Belgian smartcard crypto guru

Professor Jean-Jacques Quisquater, a Belgian cryptographer whose work is said to have informed card payment systems worldwide, has reportedly become the victim of a spear-phishing attack by the NSA and/or GCHQ. Belgium's De Standaaard reports that Professor Quisquater clicked on a fake LinkedIn invitation that infected his …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
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Salesforce stuffs CRM dollars into Benioff's package

No wonder Marc Benioff is feeling relaxed. Salesforce is increasing his multi-million-dollar package by more than a fifth. Benioff is getting a 20 per cent bump in base salary to $1.44m – up from $1.2m - for fiscal 2015, starting on 1 February. The CEO has been allocated a top up of 1,849,441 shares of common stock too. …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013
GCHQ road sign

Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online intelligence unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances. According to the …
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2014

Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

The masterminds of the SilkRoad 2.0 underground market have vowed to pay back all of the funds lost in a recent Bitcoin hack. Administrator Defcon said that the team behind the darknet market would be donating all commissions it gathers on transactions towards reimbursing funds which were lifted from its escrow account by …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2014
Example imagery produced by AIT millimetre wave airport scanner. Credit: TSA

A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

Google is providing an explicit explanation of how it automatically and routinely runs software to snoop on messages flooding in and out of a user's Gmail account – so as to better target them with ads. The company made it clear that anyone with a Google account using any number of its services – such as search or YouTube – can …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014

Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

Rupert Murdoch has issued another in his occasional series of tweets about technology companies. This time the target is Microsoft. Here's the tweet: Microsoft moves and options for future fascinate. Need for big clean out of bureaucracy and focus on next big tech wave. Metadata? — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) April 10, …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014
A boat full of Fail

Phisherman's friend: Confused hacktivists deface FAKE BANK SITE

Anon hackers have been caught boasting about defacing a counterfeit Yorkshire Bank website. Hacktivist crew Anon Ghost earned coverage on underground security blogs for defacing “Yorkshire Bank, one of the largest United Kingdom bank (sic)”. However, the hackers actually hit "ybs-bank.com", a Malaysian imitation of the real …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2014

Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

Windows XP has enjoyed a second resurgence in popularity, despite its looming end-of-support date. Net Applications' data for desktop operating systems in January showed Windows XP had increased its market share by a fraction. It marked the Windows Vista predecessor's second bounce in its slowly declining market share, which …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014
Russia

Did Russians frame Ukrainian hacktivists for alleged leak of 7 million credit, debit cards?

Self-styled Ukrainian hackers are bragging they dumped millions of stolen credit card numbers online – but the claims may simply be a political smear job amid tensions between Russia and the West. A group calling itself "Anonymous Ukraine" boasted this week that it is in possession of 800 million credit and debit card details. …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2014

eBay takes a small bite out of execs' bonuses

eBay chief exec John Donahoe's take-home pay has shrunk by half compared to last year, partly because the online tat-bazaar's financial performance didn't live up to expectations. Donahoe was paid $13.8m in wages and bonuses for 2013, down 53 per cent from the whopping $29.7m he trousered for the previous year. "The Committee …
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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

A security researcher has developed a proof-of-concept malware capable of capturing the actions of users on touchscreen devices. Senior security consultant Neal Hindocha and his colleagues at Trustwave were able to brew up similar strains of prototype malicious code for both rooted Android and jailbroken iOS devices. The line of …
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2014
SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott

SAP: Those growth targets we talked about? Give us another 2 years

SAP has delayed its 2015 growth goal by two years because of an uptick in cloud and software maintenance at the expense of its core business. The world’s largest maker of business software Tuesday announced final full year and fourth-quarter results in line with last week's preliminary numbers. But SAP did reveal its target of …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014

Apple investor Icahn backs down on share buyback plan

Activist investor Carl Icahn has laid down his sword and given up the fight to persuade Apple to launch a $50bn share buyback. His surprise capitulation comes after influential proxy firm ISS advised investors to vote against Icahn's proposal for Apple to buy back its own – thus allowing shareholders to get their mitts on some …
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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

The NSA spied on the porn-surfing habits of firebrand Muslims as part of a plan to discredit "radicalisers", it has emerged. A top-secret NSA document, leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six Muslim targets as examples of how personal proclivities determined through electronic surveillance can be used to …
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Intel to target TV viewers with facial recognition ad tech

Intel is pitching a set-top box to media companies that can recognize the viewer in order to pitch more-targeted advertising. Luckily, it's reportedly running into problems. Multiple sources told Reuters that Intel is developing the hardware and software to allow facial recognition of the viewer, including their age and gender. …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jun 2012
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

Hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and new Galaxy tablets we can expect the Galaxy S5 Mini, Active and probably Zoom, according to a recent report. "All Things Samsung" website SamMobile claims to have specs for the Mini, citing a 720p resolution on a 4.5-inch screen, which would correspond to 1280 x 720 and a 326ppi. …
Simon Rockman, 02 Apr 2014
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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

The European Parliament has signed off on its proposal to force mobile phone makers to adopt a common charging standard. The new regulation means that if mobe-makers' want to meet European standards for “radio equipment” they'll have to ensure their products will have to be chargeable using micro-USB. But there are ways out of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

NSA collects up to FIVE BILLION mobile phone locations daily

The NSA is maintaining a mobile device tracking program that logs up to five billion updates per day around the world, according to a new report. The Washington Post, citing government sources and documents leaked by Edward Snowden, reports that the US intelligence agency has built a massive database of locational information …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2013
Magic Carpet

Multi-hypervisor workload ... what? Just think of it as a virtual MAGIC CARPET

Zerto offers multi-hypervisor and cloud workload transformation and protection services – there, I’ve said it. But what does it mean? It means that Zerto is using knowledge gained from replicating virtual machines (VMs) at the hypervisor level to convert them from one hypervisor’s VMs to another. It is doing this because of the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2014

Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

Microsoft is attracting fresh criticism for its handling of the Citadel botnet takedown, with some security researchers pointing to signs that the zombie network is already rising from the grave again. Redmond worked with financial service organisations, other technology firms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to disrupt …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2013
Code snippet WhatsApp vuln

WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

Mark Zuckerberg's $19bn darling, WhatsApp, isn't as secure as we thought: a Dutch researcher has found that chats can be accessed and read by other apps. Bas Bosschert has described a process by which the chat database can be read even if it's encrypted. His proof-of-concept, here, runs through the process. Here's the short …
Speed gun cop

Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

British cops are abusing the right to snoop on communications data by holding information on innocent people for far too long, a report from the Commissioner for Interception has found. Sir Anthony May, the commissioner, wanted to counteract the "general relatively uninformed fear" that shadowy government agencies were snooping …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2014

This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

If the Target hack – along with all its predecessors – taught us anything, it's that the database isn't the vulnerability. It's the data that's the problem. If you're collecting data, you're a target. That means you have to ask yourself, “do I need this?” Yet in spite of frequent demonstrations that a determined attacker will …
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Sony to target Sky, Virgin with net telly channel

Sony is exploring how to expand its existing IPTV efforts into a fully-fledged service to compete with cable and satellite TV. The Japanese firm has approached various media companies about gaining the rights to stream Sony's TV channels, as well as other already-established ones, over the web in the US, According to people " …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2011

Google Cloud Platform builds Ivy Bridge to new Asian region

Google has created a new “Asia” region and two new zones – “asia-east1-a” and “asia-east1-b” - for its cloudy Compute Engine service. The new region uses Ivy Bridge CPUs, which means it is built on more modern Intel kit and should offer superior performance compared to Google's Sandy-Bridge-using US and Europe regions. Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014

Foxconn boss: We're CROSSING Mexican border ... to bring TV-making jobs into US

The head of Foxconn has reportedly said that he is confident that the group, which includes the Hon Hai unit busily making iPhones, will see its revenue grow by 15 per cent this year. Terry Gou also said that the group was expecting to invest 10 times as much in the US in 2014, Reuters reported local media including the …
The Register breaking news

Trojans target pro-Tibet organisations

Security experts are warning of yet another targeted malware campaign using socially engineered emails to infiltrate pro-Tibet organisations in a bid to covertly nab sensitive files. Trend Micro threat research manager Ivan Macalintal explained in a blog post that the attacks are linked to the same command and control server …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Apr 2012

That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

Inaccurate. That's how US spy hive the NSA today branded claims that it "has infected millions of computers around the world with malware," and that it "is impersonating US social media or other websites" to eavesdrop on people. The clandestine espionage operation hit back at the allegations by issuing a statement [PDF] on …
Team Register, 14 Mar 2014
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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

A former SAP vice president has struck a plea deal with prosecutors after he was caught running a side business selling Lego kits purchased using home-made barcodes. Thomas Langenbach, a former VP of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, was caught by store detectives at a local Target after he was observed sticking a new barcode on a Star …
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013

Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

A test of the fledgling US missile defense system, dubbed Star Wars, has had yet another setback after an interception missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California failed to find its target over the Pacific. "Although a primary objective was the intercept of a long-range ballistic missile target launched from …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2013

Zynga lures Microsoft's gaming chief with bulging package

Shiny new Zynga chief Don Mattrick will get a hefty package when he joins the firm next week, with around $50m hitting his bank account in the next few years. The firm said in a regulatory filing that Mattrick, who's leaving his job as head of Microsoft's Xbox business to join the mobile gaming biz, will get a base salary of $1m …