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Yahoo! Mail! down?! Great! timing! as! more! US! senators! dogpile! hacked! web! giant!

Yahoo!'s embattled mail service was dealt another blow Tuesday when an outage hit users worldwide. Data from outage monitors DownDetector and Outage.Report back up multiple reports from users that the service was knocked offline for a period of time earlier this morning US time, or afternoon for those in Europe. Y mientras el …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2016
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Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success

Millionaire supermodel Lily Luahana Cole says we should be pleased that her taxpayer-funded vanity website Impossible.com doesn’t make any money. We’d hate it even more if it her Impossible.com were financially successful, she has told the Daily Telegraph in an interview. “I actually think if we were making loads of money, we …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2016
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152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

The world's largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has been clocked from the same network of 152,463 compromised low-powered cameras and internet-of-things devices which punted a media outlet off the internet. Last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of "bigger that 100Gbps" only. You can see the …
Team Register, 27 Sep 2016
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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

Lou Gerstner, Ray Noorda, Lew Platt. Remember them? Ever even heard of them? Anybody with a memory or knowledge of the tech industry will know them as former, if anonymous, leaders of IBM, Novell and Hewlett-Packard. Newbies and the average person outside tech won’t without a quick Google. I recently visited the London …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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Daesh-bag hacker gets 20 years for harvesting US military kill list

A student who hacked into corporate servers to build a kill list for medieval terror bastards Daesh has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting his guilt. Ardit Ferizi, aka Th3Dir3ctorY, broke into the servers of an unnamed Illinois company and downloaded the personal information of tens of thousands of its …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2016
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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

A giant sculpture of a human arse, £20,000 in one-pence coins, and an off-the-shelf model train are some of the exhibits competing for this year's Turner Prize. The giant polystyrene posterior, by Anthea Hamilton, is based on a 1970s design for an entrance into a New York block of flats. Unveiling 2016 #TurnerPrize! @ …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Sep 2016
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Musk fires up Raptor rocket

Elon Musk has released the first pictures of the Raptor rocket engine, which he hopes will deliver a colony to Mars. SpaceX propulsion just achieved first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine pic.twitter.com/vRleyJvBkx — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2016 The Raptor rocket uses liquid methane as fuel, …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2016
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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

A Lexus fitted with Google's self-driving car tech was hit by a non-autonomous van that is said to have run a red light at a junction, according to local reports. The accident happened at 1.30pm on Saturday at the junction of El Camino Real and Calderon Avenue in Mountain View, just round the corner from Google's HQ. A Google …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Sep 2016
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Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

BSOD WATCH It's no surprise that public transport delivers up a huge number of BSODs, since transport needs to disseminate lots of information. So let's open this week's BSOD Watch with not one, but three BSODs readers spotted at London's aviation paradise, Heathrow Airport. Paul sent us a pair from 2012. Nice composition in the first, …
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Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

Dutch bicycle company VanMoof has found that disguising its products as televisions leads to lower rates of damage in transit. The company's creative director Bex Rad took to Medium to share the company's story, recounting that the company has “struggled to find shipping partners that give our bikes the same obsessive love and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2016
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#Vodafail is BACK, with seven hours of 'try again later'

Vodafone has moved to reassert its once-dominant position in the Australian network outage stakes, suffering a seven-hour TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) on Sunday evening, 25 September. The company worked hard to put Vodafail behind it, after experiencing months of outages and SNAFUs in 2011 that cost it …
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'Everyone' is buying Twitter

Seems everyone is interested in buying Twitter, according to rumors flying around Silicon Valley today. The whisperings have managed to push the social network's share price up 21 per cent to $22.26. Overall, the permanent loss-making San Francisco upstart's stock price is down 30 per cent over the past year. Now Salesforce …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2016

Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

A fresh update for Capcom's Street Fighter V for PCs includes a knock-out move: a secret rootkit that gives any installed application kernel-level privileges. This means any malicious software on the system can poke a dodgy driver installed by SFV to completely take over the Windows machine. Capcom claims it uses the driver to …
Chris Williams, 23 Sep 2016

Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

Ongoing technical problems at gaffe-prone Plusnet are leaving customers unable to stream videos or play games. According to the outfit's forum, the problems first began to appear yesterday. However, Plusnet also encountered packet loss problems earlier this month. One customer wrote to The Register to complain: "There is no …
Kat Hall, 23 Sep 2016
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Brit boffins get $800k for Los Angeles Twitter pre-crime tech

Researchers from the University of Cardiff have been awarded more than $800,000 by the US Department of Justice to develop a pre-crime detection system. Boffins from the University’s Social Data Science Lab, which brings together a range of scientists to study the methodological, theoretical, empirical and technical dimensions …

Indefatigable WikiBots keep Wikipedia battles going long after humans give up and go home

Get some bots into a Wikipedia edit-war and they'll keep you entertained for years, it seems – and Portuguese bots are the most tenacious. A group of researchers from Oxford University and the Alan Turing Institute in London say once Wikipedia bots get into a disagreement, they spend years reverting each others' edits. Humans …

Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

Updated People visiting America may be pressured or told to reveal their social network profiles to border officials, judging by a draft visa form. In June, the US government announced it was considering adding a box to the I-94W form that gives folks the option of declaring their social media handles when entering the country. Uncle …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016
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Rosetta probe's final death dive planned for just after last call next Friday night

The European Space Agency (ESA) has held an hour-long hangout to explain what's likely to happen when its Rosetta spacecraft touches down on Comet 67p. On Sunday, after a final manoeuvre, the spacecraft will start a 14-hour descent. Operations manager Sylvain Lodiot says the agency expects Rosetta to land somewhere inside a …

Epic snafu takes Australian Securities Exchange offline

Australian stock traders will be trying to reconcile trades that got lost after the Australian Securities Exchange's Nasdaq-supplied trading platform melted down yesterday. Monday, September 19, was a day of embarrassment for the ASX. Markets opened 90 minutes late, systems struggled throughout the day, and at 2:00pm the ASX …
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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Here's a photo of what I had for lunch! Amazing!!! No it isn't amazing. It's your lunch. You gotta see the new 4k TV I bought today! Thanks for giving me a fascinating, if cursive, inventory of your consumer durables. Took Jonesy out for his walk and he chased a rabbit. Nice to have your pet's name. Could be useful. 28 …
Alistair Dabbs, 16 Sep 2016
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T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

Updated Don't install Apple's new iOS 10 on your iPhone 6, 6+ or SE, warns T-Mobile US, or you'll suffer knackered connectivity. In the past hour, the American cell network blasted out texts to its subscribers urging them to hold off on upgrading. And it tweeted publicly to raise the alarm, telling people to stay away from the …
Chris Williams, 15 Sep 2016
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British mobile AI 'bot perfecter stalked by Silicon Valley – report

British AI startup, Weave.ai, is the latest company rumoured to be snatched up by a US tech firm in Silicon Valley, according to the Financial Times. Weave.ai was founded last year and has four AI engineers working in North Greenwich. The team are developing WeaveOS, an “AI-first” operating system (OS) for mobile phones. Co- …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Sep 2016
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The Internet of Things isn't just for Bluetooth toothbrushes, y'know

Thingmonk “In education technology one thing I’d love to see is … making sure every coding club in this country offers hardware as a topic,” said Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, giving the opening talk at yesterday’s Thingmonk Internet of Things conference in London’s Old Street district. On the final day of the three-day conference, …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Sep 2016
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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

With Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra beta now out in the wild, one important non-feature of the OS is giving some network admins headaches. The latest version of the iPhone/iPad/Mac operating system, released ahead of the iPhone 7 launch, removes support for point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) connections. This means that …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2016

UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

The Science Museum in London has announced it will reconsider its exhibition on sex and gender – after it faced criticism over a quiz that tested whether a brain was male or female. Located on the first floor, Who Am I? is a permanent gallery that has been in the museum over 15 years. The exhibition explores the underlying …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Sep 2016

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

Comment Google isn’t just interested in tracking you, or even very interested. Google tracks you with the defiant zeal of an obsessive stalker. What’s curious is that the American state seems almost as keen on the unfettered collection and use of location data as Google itself. Phones incorporated GPS silicon long before the iPhone …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2016

Gimps with big Dell balls hijack HPE's partner shindig

Dell Technologies chose a bizarre, seemingly cheap way to hijack Hewlett Packard Enterprises Global Partner Conference this morning that involved gimps with big balls. The troupe, unnervingly dressed head to toe in black tights, held aloft balls - or balloons if you prefer - that either carried the Dell and EMC brand or claims …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2016

It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

The decision whether to end US government oversight of the internet will likely come down to a personal decision by President Obama on Thursday. In an extraordinary series of arguments and counter-arguments this past week, a last-minute push by Republicans looks likely to succeed in placing a funding freeze on the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2016

IP telephony biz VoIPtalk quietly admits to possible data breach

UK-based IP Telephony service VoIPtalk warned customers of a potential data breach over the weekend. The firm has implemented tighter security controls and advised customers to change their passwords in response to the suspected hacker incident, which is still under investigation. In a notice (re-posted on a VoIP user forum …
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2016

Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has revealed designs for its first orbit-and-beyond-capable boosters. The “New Glenn” rocket is named in honour of first United States astronaut to orbit the Earth, John Glenn. The 82m-tall, two-stage craft will pack 3.85 million pounds of thrust. If it lifted today, that would …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google's app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are. Amid complaints that Google Play is …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Sep 2016

Israeli Pentagon DDoSers explain their work, get busted by FBI

Two Israeli men have been arrested for running a distributed-denial-of service-as-a-service site, after one seemingly claimed to attack the Pentagon. Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani, released on US$10,000 bonds, were arrested following a tip off from the FBI, local news site TheMarker reports. A Twitter account using Bidani's …
Darren Pauli, 12 Sep 2016

'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Last week, we asked readers for Linux BSODs, and ever-resourceful, you've gone beyond the call of duty and provided oddities that reach beyond our expectations. Mark yourselves down as “KPI exceeded”. Linux Airbus BSOD For the above image, Paulo kicked things off with a complaint that we're becoming a kind of anti-shill for …

Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet

Comment Following extensive coverage of Google’s capture of government policy making and its agencies, a Google-funded group has responded with a surreal report into “regulatory capture” – allegedly by people Google wishes weren’t there. Unfortunately, the report from the activist groupuscule Public Knowledge (PK) – one of a number of …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2016
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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage. Twitter is stuffed with complaints from around 7am on Friday morning that service has not been resumed following an apparent maintenance period. Plusnet’s service has been struck down across the …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2016
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Save us, Jack Dorsey!

A US Senator is asking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to help block what he sees as an attempt by Russia to influence US elections via Twitter. Delaware's Tom Carper (D) personally reached out to the Twitter boss over concerns about Russian "social cyberattacks" that would use sock puppet accounts to spread misinformation in the run- …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2016

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

Analysis Analyst outfit CCS Insight issued a report about the innovation crisis in smartphones this week – and Apple has done little to address this with an iPhone update quickly labelled as incremental. At its main annual product event, Apple implicitly acknowledged the failure of the smartwatch to take off by repositioning the second …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Sep 2016
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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

British Airways has blamed “computer" problems for its inability to check in passengers worldwide. The airline apologised after people took to Twitter to complain of delays and misery. One tweeter in San Francisco scanned a letter from BA staff blaming “computer system” problems and saying staff were falling back on manual …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2016
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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

HITB Florian Lukavsky hacks criminals profiting from out-of-control multi-billion dollar CEO wire transfer scams ... and they hate him for it. The director of SEC Consult's Singapore office has made a name striking back at so-called "whaling" scammers by sending malicious Word documents that breach their Windows 10 boxes and pass …
Darren Pauli, 06 Sep 2016
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Smut site forum IDs dumped

User IDs from the forums of grumble-flick site Brazzers have been dumped. A bunch of vigilantes released the data to Motherboard, and Troy Hunt has confirmed on Twitter that the dump is real, and that the site was running vBulletin. In some ways, it's probably worse than having your p0rn-watching credentials dumped, because …
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Tech-for-insurers biz out of action for 10 days now. Hope they had, er...

Hapless insurance tech biz SSP Worldwide is now on its tenth day of a services outage, which has had a huge impact its broker customers. The company was hit by a power blackout on 26 August that fried its HP Storage Area Network. Halfway through the process of a restoration six days later, the business was struck with further …
Kat Hall, 05 Sep 2016

'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

EE's 2G and 3G data services are struggling this afternoon after what seems like a power equipment failure caused problems at the telco's switch sites. Customers in the UK have been complaining about "a major outage of 3G data," with one Reg reader saying that at 5am this morning access point name connection requests were …

Kaspersky 'terminates' deal with security reseller Quadsys

Kaspersky Lab is the first big vendor to publicly rip up its contract with disgraced security reseller Quadsys in the wake of the hacking scandal that the company’s bosses recently admitted to. On 22 July, Quadsys owner Paul Streeter, MD Paul Cox, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davis and security consultant …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2016

Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

Updated Elon Musk has confirmed that today's SpaceX rocket explosion – which destroyed a $200m satellite – was caused by a cockup during fueling. Footage of the disastrous static firing test shows an inferno breaking out at the top of the Falcon 9 rocket, close to the fueling point for the liquid oxygen reservoir. After the initial …
Iain Thomson, 01 Sep 2016
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SpaceX blast kills Zuck's sat

A launchpad explosion at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida during a SpaceX rocket test has just destroyed Facebook's $200m Amos-6 satellite. Massive plumes of black smoke were seen streaming across the Air Force base. Elon Musk's aerospace company Space X was putting one of its Falcon 9 rockets through its paces when it blew …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Sep 2016

Fake Twitter accounts, coup plots ... Wacky Hyperloop One lawsuit turns it up to 11

The extraordinary legal fight at Hyperloop One has grown even crazier – with the company claiming former CTO Brogan BamBrogan planned a detailed coup of the business. An amended complaint [PDF] filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court includes several new accusations about cofounder BamBrogan, including the claim that he held …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2016

Microsoft Outlook.com redecoration delay rumors: THE TRUTH

Microsoft says its renovation work on the Outlook.com cloud email service is virtually complete although a few folks are still waiting to see the changes. Its rollout will not be delayed until 2017 as had been feared, however. This comes after word and reports spread of an error message claiming the updated service was not …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016
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BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail

It's an easy drive-by troll, isn't it? Last week, we asked readers to top the five-storey Blue Screen of Death spotted in Thailand, and examples big and small flooded the inbox. Manchester Piccadilly Station is either vying for the crown with last week's entry, or perhaps it's a display from the same maker. Thanks to James for …
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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

The SpaceX team has successfully recovered its Dragon capsule which was sent back to Earth by the International Space Station. Recovery teams en route to Dragon, pic taken from about 10 miles out pic.twitter.com/B4ofhGZptD — SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 26, 2016 The capsule, carrying more than 3,000 pounds of cargo, was detached …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016
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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

On August 25, 1991, an unknown Finnish developer posted the following to the comp.os.minix newsgroup: Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016