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Google's Dart on target to replace JavaScript? That'll be the day

Last week, Google announced that the international standards body Ecma had formed a new technical committee devoted to Dart, the Chocolate Factory's homegrown web browser scripting language. But don't expect Dart to replace JavaScript as the web's lingua franca anytime soon. "The new standardization process is an important step …
Neil McAllister, 16 Dec 2013
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'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all

The former Silk Road employee whom the website's founder allegedly tried to have killed has testified in a Baltimore, Maryland court, casting fresh light on the murky inner workings of the now-defunct online drugs market. Curtis Clark Green, 47, appeared in the federal court to plead guilty to charges of drug trafficking, …
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2013
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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

The UK is failing to win the war on "e-crime", according to MPs on the Home Affairs committee in its first ever report on online crime. The committee published its "Report on e-crime" on Tuesday following hearings over 10 months, where the MPs heard from senior police officers as well as experts from academia, banks and the IT …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2013
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Iranian hacktivists move into hardcore hacking against West, dissidents

Security firm FireEye has been tracking an Iranian hacking group that has moved from simple defacement of websites to actively targeting Western defense contractors and those within Iran's borders who are trying to circumvent the regime's censorship firewall. The hacking group, calling itself the Ajax Security Team, has been …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2014

Protestors target Google over that video

Google's London office was barricaded on Sunday, after thousands of protestors marched in protest against youTube's continued hosting of the controversial film, The Innocence of Muslims. London's Daily Telegraph says 10,000 protestors participated. The BBC preferred a figure of “up to 3500” and says the peaceful protest aimed to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2012
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Yahoo! Saves! Trolls! From! Session! Jacking! Holes!

Yahoo! has patched a cross site scripting (XSS) flaw in the commenting system it uses across many of its properties. The internet giant squished two attack vectors affecting a laundry list of Yahoo! services covering topics as diverse as shopping and sport two weeks after they were reported on May 2nd. Californian web dev and …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2014
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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

The FBI's long battle to keep details of its controversial Stingray mobile phone-snooping kit under wraps has escalated, with US Marshals raiding Florida police to prevent their records being released, while a Florida judge was busily unsealing court evidence covering the IMSI-catchers. The American Civil Liberties Union had …
Sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target 'Windjana'

Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders

Curiosity, NASA’s nuclear-powered truck on Mars, has drilled into the planet’s surface for the third time, taking a chunk out of a sandstone slab dubbed Windjana. Sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target 'Windjana' Hole in, done ... where Curiosity drilled into the Martian ground (Credit: NASA) The dust-world …
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NASA aims Curiosity's percussive drill at pink, veiny target

NASA has selected the first site for the Curiosity rover to drill into, the first time a man-made object has penetrated the bedrock of the Red Planet. "Drilling into a rock to collect a sample will be this mission's most challenging activity since the landing. It has never been done on Mars," said Mars Science Laboratory project …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2013
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Surprise! NSA's first ever 'transparency' 'report' is anything but

The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has published the NSA's first "transparency report", revealing the number of "targets" spied on by the agency. Its definition of the word transparency, however, makes the data somewhat hard to fathom. "Within the Intelligence Community, the term 'target' has multiple …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2014
Scotland

'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter

Blundering Scottish cops have interrogated a prolific tweeter hours after he tweeted a few innocent comments about the Commonwealth Games. Neil Cooper, who tweets under the handle @DasBomber, wrote a number of tweets during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games week that appeared to attract the attentions of the lawmen …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014
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Silverlight finally becomes popular ... with crims

Silverlight has become a choice target for VXers who are foisting nasty exploit kits (EKs) on users through hacked advertising networks. Attacks targeting Silverlight have spiked since 23 April as attackers look for web platforms to target now that Java and Flash have cleaned up their acts a bit. Cisco lead threat researcher …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2014
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Data retention saves Australia from TERROR says Labor MP

Former chair of Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (JCIS), Labor MP Anthony Byrne, has urged the nation's federal government to implement data retention legislation to prevent what he calls “imminent” terrorist attacks. In a speech to parliament on Monday July 14, Byrne said the government …
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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

Staff at the United States' National Security Agency reportedly “hunted” system administrators because they felt doing so would yield passwords that enabled easier surveillance. So says The Intercept, which claims this document came its way thanks to one E. Snowden, late of Moscow. The document is apparently a lift from an …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
Scrooge McDuck

WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

The cash-strapped OpenBSD Foundation has raised $100,000, potentially saving it from the brink of oblivion. The Foundation has had pledges of "around" $100,000 from individuals and organisations following its appeal to cover a $20,000 server electricity bill. The group claimed 1,704 donations “large and small.” The Reg …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2014
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ICANN’s archery contest misses its target

Confusion continues to surround ICANN’s gTLD program, with the organization canceling the “digital archery” program it had planned to determine the winners of contested generic TLDs. Digital Archery” is now not even lurching towards reality: ICANN hasn’t worked out a replacement process for the land-grab domain releases. In “ …
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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

Xiaomi - the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturer - is now Number Three in China and setting its sights on the top spot. The company has said through its blog that it sold 26.11 million phones in the first six months of the year and has set a target of 60m phones for the full year. The figure shows extraordinary growth of …
Simon Rockman, 02 Jul 2014
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Bankrupt Kodak misses $2bn target, flogs imaging patents for $525m

Iconic camera-maker Eastman Kodak has reached an agreement to sell its portfolio of imaging patents for $525m. Patent shop Intellectual Ventures is among the buyers, and together with RPX Corporation leads a consortium of 12 unnamed licensees to buy a portion of the patents. IV, considered by critics to be a patent troll, is …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2012
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Best Buy, Target, Walmart, others to take on Google Wallet

In a move that opens a new front in the ongoing bricks-and-mortar versus e-commerce struggle, a group of fifteen major retailers have joined forces to develop a new mobile payment system to challenge Google Wallet. The consortium, which includes such American heavy-hitters as 7-Eleven, Best Buy, CVS, Lowe's, Shell, Target, and …
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2012
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LinkedIn slurps B2B marketing bods Bizo for $175m

LinkedIn has slurped its second company in as many weeks, splashing out $175m on advertising firm Bizo. Last week, the professional network bought Newsle, a startup that searches the web for articles about people you know (yes, much like Google Alert), for an undisclosed amount. Bizo is a marketing firm that specialises in tech …

Iraq civil war: You can fight with an AK-47 ... or a HOME-COOKED Trojan

Iraq's bloody civil war has spilled over onto the internet, notes a researcher that has spotted a large increase in cyber-espionage tools and other forms of malware. Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group have made extensive use of social media to spread slickly produced propaganda as an accompaniment to …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2014
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Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

Russia's Interior Ministry has posted a tender seeking parties willing to “study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users (user equipment) TOR anonymous network". The tender appears to be open only to organisations rated to do secret work for the Russian government, but concluding that means the project has …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014

StubHub hit by trans-Atlantic fraudsters, says New York DA

eBay's ticket-selling offshoot StubHub has admitted to a breach of some users' security by a ring of fraudsters. Reuters and AP have both received notification from New York district attorney Cyrus Vance of an event to be staged on Wednesday morning US time, at which the details of the attack will be revealed. Arrests in at …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2014

EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

A probe by Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has uncovered a massive network of mobile malware for all phone types that is sold by an Italian firm to police forces around the world. The malware, dubbed Remote Control System (RCS), was produced by a company called Hacking Team. It …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2014

Fox wants Time to wrap up even more content

Rupert Murdoch, through 21st Century Fox, has launched a $US80 billion unsolicited takeover offer for Time Warner, to a chilly reception from its target. The deal was proposed by Murdoch's vehicle during June, but says that Time Warner “declined to pursue” the proposal. At the moment, Fox says, “We are not currently in any …
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Box shock stock doc clocks 250 million bucks

Box has filed its hotly anticipated initial public offering (IPO) paperwork to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The upstart's S-1 document was published this afternoon, US West Coast time, putting in motion its stock market debut. Box, which provides online file-sharing for businesses, wants to raise $250m from …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2014
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Flaws found in Bitdefender enterprise endpoint manager

Holes have been reported in Bitdefender's Gravity end-point protection platform that allow hackers to target corporate infrastructure. Researcher Stefan Viehbock of SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab said the flaw affecting the latest version provided an entry point for attackers to move laterally through the network. "Attackers are …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jul 2014
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Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

Researchers have taught flying drones to behave like birds, clearing the way for further development of technologies to marshal swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles. In a paper titled Outdoor flocking and formation flight with autonomous aerial robots boffins from Budapet's Eötvös University Department of Biological Physics …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2014
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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
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BAE retracts hedge fund hack allegation

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence has retracted allegations of a nasty attack on a hedge fund it floated on Canadian television a couple of weeks ago. The firm today told Bloomberg was just a scenario that it used for “illustrative” purposes. BAE has promised not to scare us all with hypotheticals any more. That promise is all …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jul 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

Sony can't wait to flash you its enormous disc ... a 1TB Blu-ray spinner

Sony has laid out plans to ramp up the capacity of its Blu-ray disc format in the coming years. The company said that its joint effort with Panasonic, first outlined in July of last year, was on track to boost capacity of the optical storage discs from 30GB to 300GB by 2015, though no specific plans for new appliances were …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2014
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BBM beta comes to Windows Phone

Among BlackBerry's many problems is that it has a very popular messaging app, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), but struggles to turn a quid with it. Among Microsoft's problems is that it has a very decent mobile device operating system, Windows Phone, but would-be-users are often deterred by the fact some popular apps aren't …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2014
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Microsoft promises no snooping in new fine print for web services

Microsoft has updated its Services Agreement, the legalese almost nobody bothers to read before clicking “I Agree” when signing up for online services. The changes are notable because Microsoft has been critical of Google's fine print in the “Scroogled” campaign pointing out that rival ad-slinging-based-on-search-results outfit …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
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Huawei WILL make a comeback to US market, policy wonk predicts

A senior member of a prestigious US think tank has predicted the US government will eventually cave in and roll out the red carpet to Chinese networking giant Huawei. Darrell West, VP and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, made the call in an analysis of IT globalization and innovation at a conference …
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2014
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Rackspace patches Windows Updater vuln

Rackspace has patched an arbitrary code execution bug in its Windows environment, following an advisory from CloudPassage. CloudPassage discovered that the Rackspace Windows Agent and Updater allowed unauthenticated users to upload a modified version of the agent binary to Rackspace Cloud Server instances. The modified code …

Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

Mozilla has released a bug-and-security update for Firefox, with 11 security fixes, three of them critical. Chief among the security patches is a use-after-free bug the organisation says was discovered by one James Kitchener. From the advisory: “Mozilla community member James Kitchener reported a crash in DirectWrite when …

Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

Google's announced a grand plan for email that involves letting World+Dog write apps to access your inbox, just so long as you've given them permission to do so. Hailed by some as “replacing IMAP” (good luck with that, Google, if it's your aim), the new Gmail API is more prosaically outlined by the Chocolate Factory's Eric …
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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

1: 51 Per Cent Of Internet Traffic Is Stealth Paedophile Music Filesharing Jimmy Savile on TOTP How's about that then, guys and gals?!?! 2: Another 43 Per Cent Is TORtastic Brummie Trojan Horse Black Ops! Email from alleged Trojan Horse Islamist Won't someone think of the children?!?!?!?! 3: 91 per cent of Whatsleft® is …
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Cisco slurps security scanner

Cisco has continued the expansion of its security portfolio with the acquisition of malware analysis outfit ThreatGRID. The acquisition target was founded in 2012, one of the then-burgeoning number of companies that pushed malware analysis, threat intelligence, and security analytics into the cloud (supplemented by an on-premise …

Cybercrooks breed SELF-CLONING MUTANT that STEALS your BANK DETAILS

Cybercrooks have put together a botnet client which bundles in worm-like functionality that gives it the potential to spread quickly. Seculert warns that the latest version of the Cridex (AKA Geodo) information stealing Trojan includes a self-spreading infection method. Infected PCs in the botnet download a secondary strain of …
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2014
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Boob Tube BOFFINS finger Red Button, trigger TELLY MAYHEM

The standards body behind a broadband-powered television system has downplayed talk of dramatic attacks on the security of tens of thousands of smart TVs. Top boffins at Columbia University's Network Security Lab say the "Red Button" exploit could involve drones and roof-mounted aerials deployed to silently target tellies, …
Darren Pauli, 10 Jun 2014

First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has sent back the first two aligned images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet it has been chasing for ten years and nearly 800 million kilometres. Rosetta comet picture - wide angle Wide angle, tiny target ... that spec is what the ESA is trying to land on The Rosetta mission …
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2014
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Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway

Airbus is going to expand the modular data centre strategy it initiated with HP in 2011, with a 1,200 TFlop target capacity. The HP PODs will be added in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. Airbus first started parking HP PODs – Performance Optimsed Datacenters – in a contract announced in September 2011. However, HP says …

VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

A Kickstarter campaign to take the art of sports videography to new heights with the stalking "AirDog" quadchopper has thundered past its funding target. Described as "the world's first auto-follow action sports drone", the AirDog will lift a GoPro and then chase its owner wherever he or she runs with a programmable tracker. …
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2014
Tornado sucks data

Your mainframe's pegs not fitting in Amazon's elastic holes? Syncsort has a hammer for that

Syncsort wants to make life easier for Amazon cloud compute users who use data stored in mainframe storage silos and similar kit. Its solution? ETLaaS – or Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) as a Service. ETL products take data from a source, convert it as required, and then transfer it into the target system for processing. …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014
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AWS adds second Sydney direct connect site and puts Melbourne on CloudFront

Amazon Web Services has revealed it has flicked the switch on a new Sydney site for its direct connect service that allows users to build a direct network connection between their kit and The House of Bezos' cloud. The company previously offered only Equinix Sydney 3 as a direct connect node. It has now added Global Switch's SY6 …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2014
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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 …

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
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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

The recording industry has spotted another potential target of tax-by-lawsuit: the auto industry, for in-car media players. In a complaint available at Scribd, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) names General Motors, Ford, and component suppliers Denso and Clarion as supplying recorders that don't comply with …