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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

Twitter has announced another tweak to its text-message system that will give users greater space to send messages alongside pictures. The change, which will be rolled out over the next few months according to a blog post by the company, will retain the company's 140-character text limit but not count links to photos or people …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2016
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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

Google's office in central Paris was raided this morning by police, directed by French financial officials, over alleged underpayment of taxes. More than 100 investigators and five magistrates were involved in the raid, which happened shortly after 5am on Tuesday morning, Reuters reported. This has been confirmed to The …

Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

Gillian Anderson has got a her fans all a-tizz down at Twitter with a hint that she might be prepared to fill Daniel Craig's shoes as 007. Gillian Anderson's Jane Bond tweet To secure the role, Anderson will have to beat off stiff competition from Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and Tom Hiddleston - all of whom are in the frame for …
Lester Haines, 24 May 2016
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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

Analysis of passwords from the LinkedIn leak has revealed, should there be any doubt, that users remain terrible at choosing secure login credentials. Last week a black hat hacker using the nickname Peace was revealed as attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. "Peace" wants 5 BTC …
John Leyden, 24 May 2016

Google security man reveals Allo will encrypt chats - sometimes.

Security industry types and leaker Edward Snowden have rubbished new Google instant messenger app Allo after its lead product engineer revealed it would not run end-to-end encryption by default. The text-based messaging service launched at Google's I/O 2016 gabfest last week is linked to phone numbers and sports Chrome's porn …
Darren Pauli, 24 May 2016
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Germany says yes to DANE

The German government has mandated the use of the DANE protocol for future use in secure email. It's a big boost for the security protocol. In a technical directive aimed at ISPs, the guidelines include DANE (DNS-based authentication of named entities) alongside DNSSEC as part of the "secure email transport" standard. …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2016
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Apple pulls iPad BrickWare

Apple has pulled iOS 9.3.2, for 9.7-inch for the iPad Pro, after it bricked the devices upon installation. Cupertino's told iMore it's working on a working version of the software as fast as is feasible. ® Apple has pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and is working on a fix. Comment: pic.twitter.com/ …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2016
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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, is enduring more customer fury after extended outages stretched across its ADSL, NBN, and mobile networks. The carrier has blamed network hardware for the TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance), issuing a statement saying a Friday outage resulted from “a fault with the …
Team Register, 23 May 2016

The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

Stob Editor's Note: Verity Stob's Chronicles of Delphi [King James ed.] began in 1996. The most recent translations can be found here: The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet, here: The Sons of Kahn and the Pascal spring and here: Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha. Now it came to pass the Sons of Kahn, who did dwell …
Verity Stob, 20 May 2016
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Australian Federal Police raid former comms minister's office

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has searched the offices of Senator Stephen Conroy, the former Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has issued a statement about the “raid” on Conroy's office. Shadow AG Mark Dreyfus has released a statement regarding the AFP …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Tech layoffs in San Francisco - will cuts go 'global'?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's The Reg's weekly tech newscast, hosted by Sarah Vela, Ed Saipetch and Amy Lewis. This week the trio discuss layoffs, buttons and Twitter links. Their special guest this week is Richard Seroter, Sr, Director of Product at Pivotal. Here are the details… (1:00) Yoko …
Team Register, 18 May 2016

123-Reg has another PITSTOP

Embattled UK web hosting company 123-Reg has wobbled again. This time the company has experienced a Partial Inability to Support Optimal Performance (PITSTOP) of its email systems and of some servers. The latter problem occurred on May 16th and saw some servers taken offline. “We have been able to resolve the main part of …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016

Cryptxxx shipwrecked: Laughing white hats shred latest ransomware

Kaspersky white hats have again ruined the Cryptxxx malware by offering victims a free decryption tool that will unwind all variants of the menace. The infuriating researchers have followed their first decryption effort that busted up the earlier Cryptxxx variant causing VXers to re-write and reissue a patched ransomware …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2016

Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

The Iraqi government is repeatedly shutting down the country's entire internet to prevent students from cheating in their exams. That is the extraordinary conclusion reached by infrastructure experts delving into why the country has experienced a series of three-hour blackouts at the same time each day for three days in a row …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2016

Home Office declares: Detained immigrants shall have internet

The Home Office has issued guidance demanding that immigration detainees are provided with internet access so they can maintain “links with friends, families and legal representatives and to prepare for removal.” Publishing Detention Services Order 04/2016 (PDF) the Home Office has responded to an independent review into the …
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Sainsbury’s Bank insurance spam scam causes confusion

Numerous UK surfers were left confused on Monday after receiving email confirmations for insurance products with Sainsbury’s Bank that they never bought. People are receiving emails claiming they have started new policies for travel, home and car insurance from the UK supermarket giant’s banking business. El Reg learnt of the …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016

Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

Apple's latest iOS 9.3.2 update appears to be bricking iPads. Reports of borked iPads emerged on Twitter thanks reportedly to a hardware issue requiring users to possibly restore their devices or contact support. And people have. Users have Tweeted to Apple Support (@AppleSupport) with complaints their iPads cannot be …
Darren Pauli, 17 May 2016
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NASA 'Kilo-Kitty' Super Pressure Balloon goes aloft at last

NASA's latest attempt to launch its Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) in New Zealand has gone off without a hitch. The launch of the kilo-kitty mission had suffered repeated weather delays. After deciding to go ahead today, the balloon was laid out and a tow balloon inflated to lift the tip of the SPB off the ground. That was …

Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

British white hat hacker and Google Project Zero chap Tavis Ormandy is making life miserable for Symantec again: the bug-hunter has turned up an exploitable overflow in “the core Symantec Antivirus Engine used in most Symantec and Norton branded Antivirus products”. Described here, the problem is in how the antivirus products …
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Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

The Raspberry Pi Zero has added a camera connector. Chief Pi guy Eben Upton has explained that the new connector came about as a result of colossal demand for the minuscule computer. The factory baking Pis could not keep up with demand for the Zero and then had to pause production once the Raspberry Pi 3 debuted. Upton says …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2016
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Six weeks later, Verizon customers still bemoaning Frontier flubs

More than a month after promising to smooth over migration issues, ISP Frontier Communications is still being criticized for spotty service to former Verizon customers. Frontier took over Verizon FiOS service in California, Florida, and Texas on April 1, and suffered almost immediate problems with connections in all three …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2016
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China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

The Chinese government could fragment the internet if it pursues new registration rules for online addresses, the US government has warned. The warning by assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling and state department ambassador Daniel Sepulveda comes in response to a decision by the Chinese government in March to require …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2016
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GCHQ's Twitter move: Wants to be 'accessible', people to 'understand'

GCHQ has belatedly joined Twitter. The UK government spy agency’s first message to the global micro-blogging platform on Monday morning was the brief “Hello, world”, something that GCHQ probably hopes will resonate with computer programmers worldwide.1 Simple and in keeping with the banal first entries of many Twitter users …
John Leyden, 16 May 2016
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Lloyds online banking goes TITSUP*

Updated Customers of Lloyds have been unable to access online banking since 10am this morning, Website monitoring site DownDetector received more than 1,500 reports since 10:05 this morning. The Lloyds Banking website currently says: "An error occurred while processing your request." Lloyds told users on Twitter: "We're aware of an …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2016

GCHQ (openly) joins Twitter

British surveillance agency GCHQ has joined Twitter. Four years after His Holiness the Pope gave the blue bird his email address, the spooks have signed up (with an immediately verified account, natch) with the official handle of @GCHQ. Hello, world. https://t.co/SROtSsE8KB — GCHQ (@GCHQ) May 16, 2016 Andrew Pike, …
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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

A Russian company called Open Mobile Platform (Открытая Мобильная Платформа) is developing its own mobile operating system to rival Android. Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov tweeted a link to job ads seeking developers, infrastructure architects, testers and security types. Российский центр разработки новой мобильной …
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2016
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tells Reg data loss 'minimal'

Salesforce.com's nasty outage and subsequent data loss haven't made a major impact on customers. CEO Marc Benioff has told The Register. In a private Twitter message, Benioff told us “The amount of data lost was minimized because this was a North American instance(na14) and the loss occurred in the middle of the night.” From …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2016

36 firms at risk from that unpatched 2010 SAP vuln? Try 500+

Analysis A vulnerability in SAP systems that some enterprises have failed to patch for six years is more difficult to fix than previously reported and estimates of enterprise exposure are way too low, according to the security consultancy that originally found it. US-CERT took the unprecedented move on Wednesday of enumerating in an …
John Leyden, 13 May 2016

Cracker hacker 'edits' biggest subreddits

A seemingly benign Twitter pest has popped what they claim is more than 100 Reddit subreddits including those devoted to the upcoming big ticket Battlefield One game, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones. Hugely popular subreddits including pics, and TIFU (today I f**ked up) were also defaced. In keystrokes of irony …
Darren Pauli, 13 May 2016
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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

British astronaut Tim Peake has sparked an orbital kerfuffle after he tweeted a picture showing a crack in the International Space Station's window. It was caused by space debris. Often asked if @Space_Station is hit by space debris. Yes – this chip is in a Cupola window https://t.co/iH87Dt80yV pic.twitter.com/7ZvVs4myM0 — Tim …
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2016
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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Students who have access to computer devices in the classroom do significantly worse than colleagues without them, a study has found. In a study by MIT's School Effectiveness & Inequality Initiative, titled The Impact of Computer Usage on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial at the United States Military …
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Speaking in Tech: Uber and Lyft tell Austin: Hell no, we won't give you the finger

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Sarah Vela and Ed Saipetch. This week the dynamic duo discuss Uber, Ford, Twitter, Cisco and more. Our special guest this week is Ben Kepes, technology evangelist, investor, commentator and business adviser. Here are the details: (1:00) Uber drama in Austin (8 …
Team Register, 11 May 2016

Dragon capsule bids adios to ISS

Crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are preparing to wave off the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule, which will return to Earth later today bearing over 1,600kg of cargo. The unmanned space truck launched to the orbiting outpost on April 8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, atop a Falcon 9 rocket. It carried …
Lester Haines, 11 May 2016
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Marc Benioff apologizes as Salesforce NA14 instance goes TITSUP

Workers across the US have been tearing their hair out after the Salesforce NA14 instance suffered a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance around 11 hours ago. Salesforce outage map That's a lot of peeved Californians. Source: DownDetector. Outages have been reported across the US, with the epicenter in the company' …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2016

Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

Spanish police have traced and cuffed a driver who live streamed a Madrid ring road burn-up during which he hit 195km/h (121mph) and narrowly avoided taking out several other vehicles. The unnamed speed merchant used Periscope to transmit his night-time high-speed exploits, then ill-advisedly shared the footage on his Twitter …
Lester Haines, 10 May 2016
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TWC celebrates $79bn Charter merger by blacking out in New York

Time Warner Cable (TWC) was hit with an outage Monday throughout New York City. The cable giant acknowledged the issue on its Twitter feed, although the cause of the outage was not explained. NYC customers, we are aware of issues concerning all services. Techs are investigating. Services will be restored as soon as possible …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2016
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Adjust your Facebook, Twitter privacy settings, judge tells jurors in Oracle-Google Java trial

The judge in the long-running Oracle-Google copyright lawsuit has advised jurors to adjust the privacy settings on their social media outlets – noting, "I can't control the press," and warning that story-seeking journalists would look them up. Judge Alsup addressed the juror pool this morning in San Francisco as lawyers from …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016

Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?

Competition Spotify’s strange lurch into creating TV shows grows even stranger. Amongst the highlights of original content is a lurid series on how music stars died. “From the PCP-fueled cannibalism of rapper Big Lurch to the murder-for-hire plot hatched by the singer of metal band As I Lay Dying, we’ll get the full story of how some of …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 May 2016
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IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

An IT glitch at the Post Office has caused a "nationwide problem" leaving thousands of customers unable to pay bills, post packages or collect benefits this morning. The Post Office apologised on Twitter for the inconvenience caused by issues with counter services at some branches this morning, saying they had now been …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2016
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Twitter block Oz Greens talk

Trying to end a case of hashtag spam, Twitter instead briefly censored political discussion in Australia. Political enthusiasts had started using the #Greens16 hashtag to discuss the Australian Greens in the context of Australia's 2016 election campaign. The trouble started when some idiot in charge of herding porn-bots …

Amazon nabs AI boffin from Xerox PARC

Amazon has hired Ashwin Ram, an ex-Xerox PARC employee and a researcher in cognitive science, in an effort to step up its AI R&D department. Although Amazon have not officially released a statement, Ram announced on Twitter that he was “excited to join Amazon.” A spokesperson from Amazon has confirmed his appointment but …
Katyanna Quach, 06 May 2016
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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

The UK government has, on World Password Day, repeated its advice against the common security practice of routinely changing passwords. "In 2015, we explicitly advised against [the practice]," a post by GCHQ's Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) notes. "This article explains why we made this unexpected …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 May 2016

Miscreants tripled output of proof of concept exploits in 2015

Hackers collectively tripled the production of Proof-of-Concept exploits last year, according to a new study out on Thursday. Researchers and black hats develop proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits for research or demonstration purposes. These PoCs are developed for a various reasons – to demonstrate that software is vulnerable, …
John Leyden, 05 May 2016
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Clixta: A copyright-friendly way to share your family photos

“Imagine if a Facebook rival emerged that didn’t require users to surrender their rights, and that rewarded them for their creativity with real dosh. Who’d want to stick around with the old Facebook that doesn’t do either?” we mused last year. Well, although it isn’t pretending to be a Facebook rival, or pay you, something …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 May 2016
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Speaking in Tech: The Gartner and OpenStack smack-talk episode

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole gang is together to talk about Gartner, Greg’s hiatus, Tucci on a hoverboard and vCloud Air. Our special guest this week is Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems. @Knieriemen Great. You' …
Team Register, 04 May 2016
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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

Comment A tasteless attempt to recruit Holocaust victim Anne Frank to the case of weakening European copyright protection has backfired on the EU's only Pirate Party MP, Julia Reda. On WIPO’s World IP Day last week, copyfighter Reda tweeted that she was “trying to read Anne Frank’s Diary” but couldn’t because of copyright terms. …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2016

Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

Code dive Samples of booby-trapped image files that exploit ImageMagick to compromise servers and other computers are well and truly out in the open now. On Tuesday, it emerged that ImageMagick – a popular software tool used by countless websites to process selfies and other submitted photos – has a bunch of critical security bugs. …
Chris Williams, 04 May 2016
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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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Twitter loses FISA fight

A US court won't let Twitter reveal government snoop requests. The US District Court for Northern California shot down (PDF) the microblogging site's argument that it be allowed to publish exact details on the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and National Security Letter (NSL) requests it gets from …
Shaun Nichols, 03 May 2016

Michigan electricity utility downed by ransomware attack

A water and electricity authority in the US State of Michigan has needed a week to recover from a ransomware attack that fortunately only hit its enterprise systems. Lansing's BWL – Board of Water & Light – first noticed the successful phishing attack on its corporate systems on April 25, and has had to keep systems including …