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Hitachi ups its array game with new hardware and software

Hitachi Data Systems has a new enterprise all-flash array and a faster hybrid array, doubled flash drive capacity and updated its Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS). Its Virtual Storage Platorm F (VSP) products are all-flash arrays with the G series being hybrid - both flash and disk. The new, high-end VSP F1500 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2016
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Parliamentarians ask Obama to withdraw Lauri Love extradition request

A cross-party collective of 105 MPs has penned an open letter to US President Barack Obama, requesting that he intervene to withdraw the extradition requests for alleged #OpLastResort hacker Lauri Love. Mostly backbenchers, the letter has also been signed by Culture Minister Matt Hancock MP, who is the Love family's local …

Cabinet Office gears up to ink mega Oracle deal

The Cabinet Office is gearing up to ink another mega pan-government Oracle licensing deal, multiple sources have told The Register. One person close to the matter told us: "Government is supposed to be moving away from big monopolies by big companies, especially expensive ones that operate bully behaviour like Oracle. "Yet it …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016
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HPE to offer hybrid cloud hypermarket to world+dog

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is taking Cloud 28+ - aka Worldwide Indirect Digital Services - to a global audience, leaked internal documents have revealed. The cloud marketplace that lets customers peruse a catalogue of stuff from cloud service providers, integrators, ISVs, resellers and other customers that have published their …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016
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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining: It's the Brexit

Life is to get a lot more expensive for Microsoft customers from the start of next year with currency linked, double-digit price hikes looming for cloud and on-premise software. Software resellers, integrators and cloud service providers were warned about the price rises late on Friday afternoon and told us they expected a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016

Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

A curious story appeared overnight, one that made Samsung look very foolish. According to anti-copyright activist and blogger Mike Masnick, Google's YouTube had received a copyright takedown notice from Samsung requesting that game videos featuring the Samsung Note 7 as a weapon be removed. A few hours later the video was …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2016

Ageing GSM crypto cracked on commodity graphics rig

The crypto scheme applied to second generation (2G) mobile phone data can be hacked within seconds, security researchers have demonstrated. The work by researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore shows that breaking the A5/1 stream cipher used by 2G is possible using commodity hardware …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2016
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Slowmo Violin train crash still sliding down the tracks

Comment Violin Memory’s stock is slowmo crashing, and is now down to $0.35; it was $0.65 on October 11. This values the company at just $8.85 million. The firm’s market capitalization was $20.24m on September 26, $31.3m in early May, and $76.5m in February – there has been a decline of around 88 per cent in value since then. Violin …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2016
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Chap turns busted laptop into phone keyboard, in Himalayan book-rescue mission

We all know that sinking feeling when you realise your laptop screen is broken and you need to use it sooner than you can get it fixed. So has Thomas Buckley-Houston, who's written a MacGyver-esque how-to for getting to his phone from the laptop's keyboard (going the other way via VNC is easier) – when he couldn't see the …
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Hackers pop top 'secure' wireless keyboard and mouse kits, gain RCE

Ruxcon Wireless keyboard and mouse manufacturers including Microsoft, Fujitsu, and Logitech have been forced to fix borked encryption in peripherals that allow physical attackers to hijack computers. Researchers and phDs Gerhard Klostermeier and Matthias Deeg with Germany-based security firm SySS tested five devices badged as secure …
Darren Pauli, 24 Oct 2016
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Microsoft drops tools to help ingest and model big datasets

Microsoft is expanding the analytic and visualisation capabilities of its R analysis package, with the launch late last week of IDEAR and AMAR. IDEAR (Interactive Data Exploration, Analysis and Reporting) and AMAR (the Automated Modelling and Reporting tool) are part of Redmond's newish Team Data Science Process. IDEAR …
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Kroll Ontrack acquired for US$410m by LDiscovery

Data recovery and discovery outfit Kroll Ontrack has been acquired, for US$410m. Kroll Ontrack's buyer is LDiscovery, LLC, an outfit that specialises in data management services for law firms. Kroll plays in that field, too, but also boasts expertise in home and business data recovery services that see the firm prise open …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2016
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Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

Ruxcon Hacker Wanqiao Zhang of Chinese hacking house Qihoo 360 has blown holes in 4G LTE networks by detailing how to intercept and make calls, send text messages and even force phones offline. The still-live attacks were demonstrated at the Ruxcon hacking confab in Melbourne this weekend, with the demo offering a recording of the …
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2016
Space surveillance telescope

DARPA hands space junk spotting scope to US Air Force

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) is on track for its transfer to a site in Australia later this year. Late last week, DARPA handed the SST over to the US Air Force, which will operate the space junk and comet hunter from a site in Western Australia in conjunction with …
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Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Ubuntu overlord Mark Shuttleworth has named the next version of the Linux distro "Zesty Zapus". Each version of Ubuntu has a two-word name, both starting with the same letter of the alphabet. The second word is always an animal and the first is an adjective. This policy has given use names like "Oneiric Ocelot" and "Edgy Eft …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2016
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AT&T buys Time Warner for US$85.4bn or 1.25 Dell-EMCs

AT&T has agreed to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4bn. Time Warner is a content company that owns HBO, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, cable news channel CNN, celebrity gossip outfit, DC Comics, major sporting web sites and plenty of other brands. AT&T is the United States' leading mobile carrier, and also operates …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2016
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Pacemaker maker St Jude faces new security flaw claims from biz short-selling its stock

Security startup MedSec and the financial house backing the biz have published new allegations of security flaws in pacemakers and defibrillators built by St Jude Medical – and again look set to profit from the disclosures in an unorthodox way. In four swish videos, the MedSec team claims it exploited a debugging backdoor in …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2016
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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

A judge in North Carolina, US, has been convicted for attempting to bribe an FBI agent to pull his wife's text messages in exchange for two cases of flavored water – aka American light beer. Judge Arnold Jones II was found guilty of three charges related to his attempt convince an officer working with the FBI gang-busting task …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2016
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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

Updated Today a vast army of hijacked internet-connected devices – from security cameras and video recorders to home routers – turned on their owners and broke a big chunk of the web. Compromised machines, following orders from as-yet unknown masterminds, threw massive amounts of junk traffic at servers operated by US-based Dyn, which …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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Como–D'oh! Infosec duo exploits OCR flaw to nab a website's HTTPS cert

Two European security researchers exploited Comodo's crappy backend systems to obtain a HTTPS certificate for a domain they do not own. That cert could be used to impersonate the website, allowing passwords and other sensitive information to be swiped from victims in man-in-the-middle attacks. The infosec bods, Florian Heinz …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2016

AT&T wants Time Warner

AT&T is reportedly working on a deal to acquire media giant Time Warner. The Wall Street Journal reports that the two sides are in "advanced talks" on a tie-up that would give AT&T control of a media empire that would include the Warner Bros studio, CNN and HBO. Though the report does not list any possible terms, any possible …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2016

DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

An extraordinary, focused attack on DNS provider Dyn continues to disrupt internet services for hundreds of companies, including online giants Twitter, Amazon, AirBnB, Spotify and others. The worldwide assault started at approximately 11am UTC on Friday. It was a massive denial-of-service blast that knocked Dyn's DNS anycast …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Oct 2016
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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016

Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

Acronis's Storage software product for businesses and service providers uses blockchain technology to prove data has not been altered. Acronis, known for its backup software, uses the Storage product in its own cloud infrastructure, which has 12 data centres around the globe, protecting over 50PB of hot and cold data for more …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise gives UK boss control of Ireland

After three decades at or near the top of HPE’s Irish ops - latterly the standalone Enterprise organisation - Martin Murphy is to leave the business by the end of February, El Reg can confirm. In a memo to staff, recently installed UK and Ireland managing director Marc Waters, said Murphy had “decided to leave HPE at the end …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2016

Dyn dinged by DDoS: US DNS firm gives web a bad hair day

A denial of service attack against managed DNS provider Dyn restricted access to many US-based websites on Friday. The ongoing attack is affecting Dyn’s managed DNS customers on the US East Coast, according to the provider, which adds on its status page that its “engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue”. …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2016
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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

Reg Standards Bureau Reporting on NHS expenditure today, the BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle coined The Register's newest unit of measurement: The Pogba (Pg). The NHS is the second biggest area of public spending behind welfare. Last year, the Treasury handed over £118bn to the Department of Health in England - that is enough to buy more …
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Today is the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

Today marks the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, in which Admiral Horatio Nelson gave the combined naval might of France and Spain a bloody good kicking. The battle was fought off Cape Trafalgar, near Cadiz in south-west Spain. Admiral Nelson's fleet of 27 ships comprehensively defeated 33 French and Spanish …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Oct 2016

Hax0rs sow Discord by using VoIP service to sling malware at gamers

Hackers abused a free VoIP service for gamers to distribute remote-access Trojans and other malware. Miscreants took to Discord and distributed malicious programs including NanoCore, njRAT, SpyRAT to gamers using the chat servers, but that was just one aspect of a wider pattern of abuse. Symantec discovered some groups were …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2016
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Computacenter Q3 numbers lifted by weak British Pound

The weak British pound worked in Computacenter’s favour during its calendar Q3, as the conversion of Euros generated by ops in mainland Europe helped to lift group revenues and offset “softness” in the UK. The London-listed firm reported a two per cent year-on-year rise in turnover to £735m, more than £400m of which was …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2016

Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

Hapless Network Rail contractors drove a pile through 30 cable ducts, cutting phone, broadband services and many cell towers in the Uxbridge, Middlesex - potentially knocking services out until next week. Services were cut on Wednesday, with Openreach customers reportedly being told it could take more than a week to fix. Up to …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2016
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Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

Britain is splurging £265m on military cyber security – and that includes offensive capabilities, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute yesterday, Sir Michael said the investment into the Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme would “help us protect against …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Oct 2016
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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

A UK fin-tech firm will seek regulation in Ireland if the government doesn’t preserve financial services passporting rights in its EU exit talks. Regulation in Ireland would allow LMAX Exchange, which describes itself as “one of the UK’s fastest growing technology firms”, to keep doing business with other EU member states. …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2016

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

If you're considering doing a relaunch, a "reboot", or a revamp of any kind, there's a lot to learn from the story of the Mini. The original Mini had been in production for 41 years by October 2000, when the last one rolled off the line at Longbridge – but the design had never really been updated. For the last two decades of …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2016
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Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

Rich fools who like remote control toys can now splurge £20,000 buying a gold-plated DJI Phantom quadcopter, we are breathlessly told. Courtesy of Drones Direct, the remote-controlled drone is covered in 24 carat gold plate. In exchange for your 20 large you get the drone itself – branded theDJI Phantom 4 Gold Edition – the …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Oct 2016

Banks don’t give a 2FA

The online security of a majority of UK banks is failing customers. Tests by consumer group Which? found that only five out of the 11 providers it tested offered two-step authentication for logins. Lloyds and Santander were among the banks faulted for not doing enough to protect consumers from ID theft and banking fraud. In …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2016
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Sky’s CEO drops MVNO bombshell at results conference

At the announcement of its results this week, Sky said that it was planning MVNO services based on the O2 network, which is run in the UK by Telefonica. Faultline has been forecasting a move by Sky into cellular for the past four years and is surprised that it has taken this long for the move to emerge. The core Sky news was …
Faultline, 21 Oct 2016
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Hardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startups

Radbot Our quiz on startup branding revealed that a worrying number of you are not to be trusted with a hot iron - branding, soldering, or even wool setting, it seems. I made a slight oversight in that while in banking I did not "put aside" (as a friend calls it) the megabucks to become a gentleman of leisure and science, so we need …

Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers' memories of jobs gone bad. This week, meet “John” who once worked for a construction company that printed its payroll checks every Thursday afternoon. “If the cheques were not ready early on Friday morning, the superintendents were more than willing to give the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016
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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

On Tuesday, Intel said it expects to bank in the final quarter of the year $15.7bn in sales, plus or minus $500m. That's a billion-dollar swing. Two days later, on Thursday, AMD proudly revealed that its entire revenue for the three months to September 24 was $1.3bn. Just over a billion dollars. AMD is little more than …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

Special report In an episode of Seinfeld from 1996, George is shocked when he discovers his former boss, Mr Wilhelm, has joined a cult, the Sunshine Carpet Cleaners. “Most of the world is carpeted,” Wilhelm intones, vacuum in hand. “And one day, we will do the cleaning.” In sunny San Diego, California, on Thursday, executives from Puppet, …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2016
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Glued-shut IT wallets hindered UK govt's programmes – study

Efforts by the previous UK government to rein in lavish Whitehall technology spending caused more harm than good in some instances. That's according to a new academic paper, titled Identifying the critical success factors for major government projects that incorporate IT or “digital” developments. It builds upon two …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2016

Slack whacks global account hijack holes

Hipster collaboration platform Slack has shuttered an access control bypass that allowed users to hijack any account. The flaws reported by security researcher David Viera-Kurz lay in twin path traversal and access control bypasses. Slack paid Viera-Kurz US$9000 for privately reporting two flaws under its bug bounty program …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2016
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Rogue sysadmins the target of Microsoft's new 'Shielded VM' security

Virtual machine security is suddenly a hot spot: VMware's building a new product for it and has added new bits to vSphere 6.5 to enhance it. And Microsoft thinks it has found a new way to secure VMs. Let's do Redmond first because its new “Shielded VMs” are one of the headline items in Windows Server and Hyper-V 2016. As …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016

Fruity hacking group juiced by Microsoft's October patch parade

Kaspersky Labs researcher Anton Ivanov says an advanced threat group was exploiting a Windows zero day vulnerability before Microsoft patched it last week. Microsoft says the graphics device interface vulnerability (CVE-2016-3393) allowed attackers to gain remote code execution and elevation of privilege powers. Ivanov's …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2016

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail

IBM has blamed a supplier for causing the failure of Australia's online census, which went offline on the very night millions of households were required to describe their disposition. Big Blue's submission (PDF) to Australia's Standing Committees on Economics, which is conducting an Inquiry into the Preparation, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016

Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

Code dive Patch your Linux-powered systems, phones and gadgets as soon as possible, if you can, to kill off a kernel-level flaw affecting nearly every distro of the open-source operating system. Dubbed Dirty COW, the privilege-escalation vulnerability potentially allows any installed application, or malicious code smuggled onto a box, …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2016
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Google pays $100k to anti-malware crusader Giovanni Vigna

Anti-malware machine and head of the Shellphish DARPA Grand Challenge bronze-medallist team has won US$100,000 from Google for security research efforts. University of California Santa Barbara doctor Giovanni Vigna landed Google's Security, Privacy and Anti-Abuse award for his long line of research into malware detection. …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2016
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DIY website builder Weebly was secured feebly

Another day, another three major breaches: this time at do it yourself website builder Weebly, which has been revealed as secured feebly, as were FourSquare and Modern Business Solutions. A letter to users kindly forwarded to The Register by reader “Ham” explains the situation Weebly as follows: Weebly recently became aware …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016
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Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella

Microsoft's first-quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year reveal a four per cent year-on-year fall in profit and 10 per cent dive in operating income. Just before the quarterly results were announced, Microsoft's stock was down about half a per cent to $57.25 a share. Then when the figures landed, and despite the fall in …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2016