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OpenStack's "Dope 'N Stack" campaign

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 …

Getting shafted the Silicon Valley way

Recap If there was one standout moment from the latest episode of tech satire Silicon Valley it would have to be when our eponymous hero finds out he is being shafted by his new CEO while in the background a thoroughbred horse is literally shafted by a white stallion. Subtle? No. Hilarious? Yes. And so our favorite valley TV show …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2016
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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2016 for Windows will go into general availability on June 1 and is positioning it against Oracle on cost, security, and speed. The database management suite will come in three flavors – Enterprise, Standard, and Express – as well as a Developer SKU. Customers with a Microsoft Software …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2016
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Pro-ISIS hacking groups are still hooking up

Remember when pro-Daesh/ISIL/ISIS hacking groups banded together to form a unified force? They're still, er, hooking up, according to a recent study. However, while they still operate unofficially, say the authors, they remain poorly organised and are likely underfunded, according to threat intel outfit Flashpoint. The study, …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

SpaceX, a rocket upstart known for making bold promises, has announced its intention to send one of its Dragon capsules to Mars in two years. Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture, details to come pic.twitter.com/u4nbVUNCpA — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 27, 2016 This …
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2016
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Linux infosec outfit does a Torvalds, rageblocks innocent vuln spotter

An open source security firm has blocked a security researcher who reported flaws in a recently issued patch in an apparent fit of pique. Hector Martin took to Twitter on Tuesday to note a trivial crashing vulnerability in a recently issued patch by Grsecurity. “I literally crashed my box by pasting a bunch of text into a …
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2016
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Honestly though, Twitter can't do anything right

Microblogging platform Twitter has disappointed investors, missing Q1 2016 revenue and user growth forecasts. Its share price has fallen 13.5 per cent in after-hours trading today to $15.35. The San Francisco company's GAAP net loss of US$79.7m was considerably better than the first quarter 2015 loss of $162.4m (and also …

Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

Container software biz Docker hired private investigators to track down trolls after one of its popular engineers was harassed and bullied for being a woman. Jessie Frazelle, who was sent death and rape threats, last month quit the San Francisco-based upstart to work at Mesosphere. As word of her departure spread, Docker …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2016

Qatar bank 'hacked'

Documents purporting to be from the Qatar National Bank have been leaked on a file-sharing site. The document leak was briefly offered at Global-Files.net, but has since been deleted by the user. Whistleblower clearing house Cryptome is promising to re-host the files, but at the time of writing had not yet done so. According …

If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

Pope Francis is pushing young Catholics to put down their phones in order to find peace of mind. Speaking at an event in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, the pontiff told a crowd of around 100,000 people that happiness can not be found with their smartphones. "[Happiness is] not an app that you can download on your phones, …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016
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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

Websites that detect ad-blockers to stop their users from reading webpages could be illegal under European law. Alexander Hanff, a privacy campaigner and programmer, says he has received a letter from the European Commission confirming that browser-side web scripts that pick out advert blockers access people's personal data ( …
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2016
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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

The shock death yesterday of Prince at the age of 57 prompted immediate worldwide reaction which bore witness both to the man's undeniable talent and influence, and the internet age's obsession with celebrity. The newsgasmic blanket coverage... BBC website featuring blanket Prince coverage The Guadian's website showing …
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2016

FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

Vid FBI director James Comey today suggested the Feds paid security experts over a million dollars to crack a San Bernardino killer's iPhone. While speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in the UK, Comey was asked how much his agents paid hackers to break into Syed Farook's iPhone 5C. "More than I will make in the remainder of this …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016

Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

Customers still unable to access their websites following a mega cock-up at hosting site 123-reg over the weekend have been offered six months' free VPS and backup recovery services as a sweetener. The biz 'fessed up to customers this week that a script containing a catastrophic error which was run on Saturday (16 April) took …
Kat Hall, 21 Apr 2016
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Hortonworks CEO tells El Reg: 'Clearly there's a lot of work to do'

Interview Hortonworks CEO, Rob Bearden, told The Register that “clearly there's a lot of work to do” as the business attempts to stop burning cash by the end of 2016. In an interview in The Marker hotel in Dublin, just across the River Liffey from where Hortonworks was hosting its EMEA Hadoop Summit, Bearden reaffirmed that the Santa …
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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

A social media campaign by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Manhattan District Attorney to garner public support for forcing tech companies to install encryption backdoors has backfired spectacularly. "The debate over encryption is often referred to in terms of privacy and security, with little regard for the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2016

Mesosphere flings Data Center OS code at open sourcers to fill in gaps

Software upstart Mesosphere has open-sourced its commercial Datacenter Operating System – DC/OS – with the backing of 60 big names in tech. Mesosphere says it is throwing open the doors on its code to “put its power in as many people’s hands as possible.” DC/OS has been deployed on massive scale at Apple, Airbnb, Yelp, Netflix …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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Windy Wanaka wallops NASA's Super Pressure Balloon launch

Weather has again delayed the fourth launch of NASA's super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka in New Zealand. The giant windbag, meant to stay aloft for around 100 days at 33.5 km altitude, has been waiting for the weather to turn in its favour since the beginning of the month. The problem is that even six knots of wind at …

Hacking Team hole still unpatched, exploit pop doc claims

The hacker who claims responsibility for the flaying of Italian spyware-for-States firm Hacking Team says the vulnerability they used is yet to be patched and has detailed the process by which they claimed to have gained access to the huge trove of data and documents later dumped online. The details are contained in a post …
Team Register, 19 Apr 2016

Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

The fall-out continues from hosting service 123-reg's major weekend cockup, which knocked several customers offline – with several telling us the error has effectively deleted their businesses. As already revealed, on Saturday customers' virtual servers vanished after the hosting firm ran a script containing a catastrophic …
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2016

UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

UK hosting and domains provider 123-Reg has been struck by a weekend TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) that knocked an unspecified number of VPS (virtual private server) customers offline. The company posted a status message saying that the unspecified issues arose on April 16. 123-reg customer, software …
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Boaty McBoatface 'wins'

The #NameOurShip contest has closed, but Boaty McBoatface may yet sink. The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is hedging on the outcome of the poll, saying "We’ve had an extremely high volume of suggestions and will now review all of the suggested names." "The final decision will be announced in due course." Boaty …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

Chalk one up for the grumpy old complainers as AMC Theaters says it will not let people text during movies after all. The theater chain said on Friday morning that it was not going to make good on CEO Adam Aron's suggestion that the theater chain could allow people to text during film showings. Aron made the comments while …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2016
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Lizard Squad back to blast Blizzard’s gaming hub

Lizard Squad has hit gaming firm Blizzard’s servers with a massive DDoS attack. Blizzard's Battle.net services were left intermittently unavailable as a result of the assault, the latest in a long line of hacking attacks against gaming firms by the notorious black hat hacking crew. Blizzard confirmed an attack in the earlier …
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2016
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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

London-based online backup biz Monster Cloud is under fire from customers after hiking its prices and switching up its subscription plans. We've heard from Register readers who say they paid £50 for a year's worth of "unlimited" cloud-based storage for their files, only to be told on Thursday that they need to pay an extra £30 …
Chris Williams, 15 Apr 2016

Web wobbles at Misco: Might be back up today, or tomorrow

Not wanting to be totally outdone by the recent outage at arch rival Insight Enterprises, online reselling rival Systemax Europe - trading as Misco - has battled its own web demons for the best part of this morning. The company’s site first fell over at least two hours ago with its Twitter feed acknowledging the worldwide …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016
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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

Famous grumble-flick site xHamster has stiffed stung North Carolina lawmakers over that state's anti-LGBT laws, shutting off their access to its various and extensive smorgasbord of smut. In a wrinkle on what's most usually demanded – age verification – xHamster will ask users with NC-located IP addresses whether or not they …
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Samsung's dimmer Galaxies can make calls when locked, cabled

A bunch of Samsung Galaxy variants leave their modems open to receiving AT commands over the USB cable, even when they're locked. The vulnerability is discussed by its discoverers at Github. Before you dismiss the vulnerability as a local privilege escalation (which it is), consider how many people would be happy leaving a …

Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

The Badlock flaw in Windows and Samba file servers has been revealed after weeks of hype and anticipation. It is not as critical as feared, but it's still an annoyance. Fixes and mitigations are available today. In late March, we were alerted to what was described as a "crucial security bug" in Windows and Unix-flavored SMB …
Chris Williams, 12 Apr 2016
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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

Sysadmin Blog Dear readers, I apologize in advance for the cursing, horrible metaphors, similes and so forth that will populate this blog. I am writing this after a day of dealing with a network cryptolocker outbreak and finally hitting that wall where I no longer care about anything except venting unto the world that silent rage that has …
Trevor Pott, 12 Apr 2016
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Cash, fear and uncertainty: The Holy Trinity of Bitcoin and blockchain

Feature Writing anything about Bitcoin or blockchains is a challenge. It's not the easiest technology to understand – not because it's particularly complex, but because it's grown into something of a confused mess of different technologies and applications. It also "looks" strange compared to most technologies that we're used to. Plus …
Matt Reynolds, 12 Apr 2016
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Infected with Petya ransomware? This tool will rescue your data

An anonymous security researcher has published code that can unlock the encryption used by the Petya ransomware that surfaced last month. The ransomware – first spotted hitting German computer users – reboots the infected Windows PC, pretends to run a CHKDSK program while encrypting the hard drive's file system tables, …
Iain Thomson, 12 Apr 2016
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SQL injection vuln found at Panama Papers firm Mossack Fonseca

Grey hat security researchers have discovered new flaws in the systems of Panama leak firm Mossack Fonseca. A self-styled “underground researcher” claims to have found a SQL injection flaw on one of the corporate systems of the Panamanian lawyers. “They updated the new payment CMS, but forgot to lock the directory /onion/,” …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2016
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Tor bakes links into apps

The Tor Project's new API will make it easier to embed secure links in apps. "GetTor" is Tor's effort to help people get around censorship in the world's more oppressive regimes. Described here, enhancements to GetTor's API include improved code, new channels and providers, and a new API. The RESTful API allows other …
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Google HQ evacuated

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, were evacuated on Friday afternoon after a threat was made against the ad giant. No injuries have been reported. The offices were cleared out and cops showed up "out of an abundance of caution," said police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. We've heard that four buildings were …
Chris Williams, 09 Apr 2016

Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Video SpaceX has finally succeeded in landing the first stage of its Falcon rocket at sea – after blasting off more supplies to the orbiting International Space Station. Landing from the chase plane pic.twitter.com/2Q5qCaPq9P — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 8, 2016 What you're seeing here is the lower stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket …
Iain Thomson, 08 Apr 2016

Vivaldi Jon: Mobile – yes. Feeds and an ad blocker… probably not

Interview Hats off to any woman or man who is fighting the dumbing down of software. Twenty years ago our pocket computers were as sophisticated as any desktop, only more reliable. Now they’re vastly more powerful, always connected, but the apps are sub-Fisher Price. No, scrub that: today’s apps would insult a toddler. Opera founder …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2016
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Soho baroness at Twitter

The UK's digital darling and Baroness of Soho, Martha Lane Fox, has been appointed to Twitter's Board of Directors according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She tweeted: "I can't wait. Best. Job. Ever. Watch out silicon valley :-))" Register Vulture logo - grey
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Panama Paper trail sniffed

Indonesia is sifting through the Panama Papers to see if there are any US-based tech companies it can sting for back taxes. Reuters is reporting that finance minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has nominated Yahoo!, Twitter, Google and Facebook as being of interest to the country. The companies pay corporate income tax in Indonesia …
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Open-source vuln db closes – plenty of taking and not a lot of giving

The organizers of the Open Sourced Vulnerability Database (OSVDB) have announced they are having to shut up shop. "A decision has been made to shut down the Open Sourced Vulnerability Database and [it] will not return. We are not looking for anyone to offer assistance at this point, and it will not be resurrected in its …
Iain Thomson, 06 Apr 2016
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Security bods disclose lock bypass bug in iOS

Updated In a release that's bound to spark all sorts of speculation, Vulnerability Labs disclosed an iOS touch passcode bypass. Apple has pushed a fix on the server side, as noted at the end of this story. In late March, Johns Hopkins University's professor Matthew Green said a bypass existed, but withheld details pending Apple's …

Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

Twitter has paid a reported $10m for the streaming rights to ten NFL games later this year, surprising many and leaving some scratching their head. The one-million-dollars-a-game deal allows the social media company to rebroadcast the stream from network giants CBS and NBC who have paid $450m for the rights to broadcast the …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016
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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

Welcome to The Register’s News Bytes – our new channel for delivering breaking news, live event coverage, and alerts to you. As the name suggests, expect News Bytes to be short, sharp and to-the-point. You’ll be able to comment on them, link to them, and share them just like normal stories. And you’ll still be able to find our …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016

Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

Google Nest is set to brick $300 Revolv home automation hubs after buying out staff and abandoning the project. The software giant acquired Revolv for its talent in October 2014 and next month will drop support for the smaller company's smart home device. The decision means that as of May 15th the Revolv hub become …
Team Register, 05 Apr 2016