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Shop online at Asda? Website vuln created account hijack risk

Updated Retailer Asda dragged its heels for nearly two years before finally this week tackling a set of security vulnerabilities reported to it by a UK consultant. Asda has acknowledged the flaws - which Paul Moore, who discovered them, argues offer up an account hijack risk - but played down their significance. Moore told El Reg …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2016
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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

AMD has revived one of the oldest feuds in the industry, once again accusing Intel of fudging benchmark results and comparing Chipzilla's practices to VW's falsified diesel engine emissions tests. The world's other x86 booster has slung slings, arrows and FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) at Intel for more than a decade over …
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LastPass's password-shuffling rival Dashlane gets a makeover

Dashlane last week unveiled a cross-platform redesign and support for five new languages with a redesign of its password management tool. The revamp follows less than two weeks after LastPass refreshed its rival cloud-based password management software for the first time after its controversial purchase by LogMeIn back in …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2016
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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

Comment Who could possibly be against free internet access? This is the question Mark Zuckerberg asks in a piece for the Times of India in which he claims Facebook’s Free Basics service “protects net neutrality”. Free Basics is the rebranded, a Facebook operation where by partnering with local telecoms firms in the …
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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

Video Scientists at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Dresden, Germany, have successfully tested a tiny motor that can be attached to sperm to give them an extra push to meet a human egg. Youtube Video The research, published in the latest issue of Nano Letters, details how the team built a screw-like metal helix that …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2016
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NASA books space shuttle delivery truck

NASA looks set to get back into the space shuttle business with the announcement of three International Space Station cargo delivery contracts, one of which has been handed to Sierra Nevada Corporation and its "Dream Chaser" vehicle. The Dream Chaser docked with the ISS. Pic: Sierra Nevada Corporation Coming soon to an ISS …
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2016
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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

Obituary David Bowie, the iconic rock star, has died aged 69 following an 18-month battle against cancer. Bowie’s death was announced on his Facebook page and confirmed by son Duncan Jones on Twitter. A chameleon, Bowie meant different things to different people thanks to a creativity that spanned music, film, fashion, technology, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jan 2016
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It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?

Comment In the Blade Runner universe the Nexus 6 replicant calling itself Roy Batty rolled off the production lines of the Tyrell Corporation today. Sadly, or some might say luckily, the tech industry hasn't yet caught up with Hollywood. I do have a Nexus 6 on my desk right now, but it's a sizable phablet of a phone, rather than a …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jan 2016
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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

The "where's my bloody flying car?" protesters among you should take heart that the world may be a 23-minute autonomous flight closer to the reality of personal airborne transport with the unveiling of the EHang 184 "autonomous aerial vehicle". The 200kg EHang 184 promises to "achieve humanity’s long-standing dream of easy, …
Lester Haines, 8 Jan 2016
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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Welcome back. Just think, it’s been a week already since glum users began reluctantly re-occupying seats that had been blissfully empty during most of Christmas and New Year. No doubt your Monday was spent dealing with forgotten-password requests, Tuesday helping the same users who had already forgotten the replacement password …
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Call of Duty terror jabber just mindless banter

Video Eye-watering claims that video games are secure communications hubs for terrorists have been shot down in a demonstration by security wonks who tested claims nation-states could not intercept chatter and that messages can be written in bullet holes. Playstation 4 was last year fingered as a favourite communciations channel for …
Darren Pauli, 8 Jan 2016
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Checkpoint chap's hack whacks air-gaps flat

32c3 Checkpoint malware men Yaniv Balmas and Lior Oppenheim have developed an air gap-hopping malware system that can quietly infect, plunder, and maintain persistence on networked and physically separated computers. Yaniv Balmas. The Israel-based duo pried apart and compromised KVMs (keyboard video mouse) units such that they …
Darren Pauli, 8 Jan 2016
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Black hole shows off glow-in-the-dark ring after sucking in matter

Video The next time astro-boffins announce a burst of activity in V404 Cygni, grab a telescope, head somewhere dark, look at Cygnus, and you could get a treat. V404 Cygni's proximity to us (7,800 light years) makes it one of the cosmos' best-studied black holes, and what's got the Japanese researchers excited is that it sometimes …
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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

LogMeIn is launching its first revamp of the LastPass password management app, three months after its controversial purchase of the popular utility back in October. LastPass 4.0 features a modernised user interface as well as features designed to promote secure, simple password management for individuals, teams and companies …
John Leyden, 5 Jan 2016
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Security bod watches heart data flow from her pacemaker to doctor via ... er, SMS? 3G? Email?

A computer security researcher has probed the communication protocols used by her pacemaker – and hopes her findings will raise awareness of just how much info medical devices are emitting. Marie Moe received her pacemaker four years ago after she experienced a form of arrhythmia, and her heart began to slow. Soon after, she …
Darren Pauli, 5 Jan 2016
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Tor launches invite-only exploit bug bounty

Tor will this year investigate an exploit bug bounty paying researchers cash for flaws, lead developer Mike Perry says. The HackerOne invite-only scheme is expected to be opened to the public after Tor finds its feet handling disclosures. Bug bounties are a booming initiative under which tens of thousands of dollars are being …
Darren Pauli, 5 Jan 2016
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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

Pics + vid The first SpaceX rocket to land after launching a payload into orbit has been checked out and is ready for a test burn, according to boss Elon Musk. Youtube Video Last month, SpaceX successfully landed its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket after depositing 11 Orbcomm satellites into low-Earth orbit, and has spent the Christmas break …
Iain Thomson, 5 Jan 2016
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AMD to nibble the ankles of Nvidia this summer with 14nm FinFET GPUs

AMD says it will ship graphics chips using its next-generation "Polaris" architecture from mid-2016. Crucially, these processors will use 14nm FinFETs, which means they should have better performance-per-watt figures than today's 28nm GPUs. Let's be clear: today's announcement is timed to catch the hype building around the CES …
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BlackEnergy drains files from Ukraine media, energy organisations

Malware writers are wiping hard drives of Ukraine media outlets and energy companies using a cocktail of backdoors. Eset threat bod Anton Cherepanov says VXers are attacking the unnamed organisations with the BlackEnergy trojan's new KillDisk component, capable of destroying some 4000 different file types and rendering …
Darren Pauli, 4 Jan 2016
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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

32c3 Anonymous programmers, from malware writers to copyright infringers and those baiting governments with censorship-foiling software, may all be unveiled using stylistic programming traits which survive into the compiled binaries – regardless of common obfuscation methods. Youtube Video The work, titled De-anonymizing …
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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

32c3 Security concerns around Intel's x86 processors – such as the company's decision to force the secretive Management Engine microcontroller onto its silicon – have raised fundamental questions about trust in personal computers, whatever architectures they may be based upon. Youtube Video The founder of Invisible Things Labs, …
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Five key findings from 15 years of the International Space Station

The International Space Station is the longest-running continuously inhabited human outpost in space, and this year it celebrated its 15th anniversary. As the ISS orbits the Earth it is essentially in a state of free fall, counteracting the Earth’s gravity and providing an ideal platform for science in space. Science aboard …
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John McAfee rattles tin for password replacement tech

Infosec wild man John McAfee has taken time off from his US presidential campaign to launch a fresh funding drive for a password replacement product. The proximity-based authentication and access control product, dubbed EveryKey, is also touted as a replacement for physical keys, as the pitch explains. Everykey replaces your …
John Leyden, 30 Dec 2015
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Watch infosec bods swipe PINs, magstripe data from card readers live on stage

32c3 Vulnerabilities in two widely deployed payment system protocols can be exploited to steal PINs, spoof transactions, and secretly reroute cash into other accounts. The security shortcomings affect two protocols: ZVT, used by 80 per cent of German payment terminals, and Poseidon, a dialect of the global payment standard ISO 8583 …
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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

Vid While record numbers of people around the world are picking up injuries from wheeled "hoverboards" this Christmas season, aerospace company Arca Space thinks it has got the real deal. Youtube Video "I've always wanted to create a commercially available product for the masses, so I've put all my experience, all my skills, from …
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2015
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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

Vids The US military's flirtation with robotic pack animals looks set to end: the Marine Corps has halted further testing of the BigDog contrivance from Google stablemate Boston Dynamics. Youtube Video BigDog, aka the Legged Squad Support System, has been under development at a cost of $32m, with the goal of making a four-legged …
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2015
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Does life as a hostage change your attitude to life as an IT contractor?

Reg Lecture It’s rare that the Register has to give a “trigger warning”, but it was necessary when former Iraq hostage Peter Moore brought our Winter Lecture series to a close this month with a 60-minute account of his two-and-a-half years in captivity. After all, how often do we get a bunch of readers together in a pub to hear a talk …
Joe Fay, 24 Dec 2015
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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully landed a rocket on Earth, after first using it to launch satellites. The Falcon 9 craft left the US on Monday night, local time, packed with 11 satellites. The rocket launched at 20:28 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. At 20:32 the rocket's first stage engines shut off. Two minutes later, the …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2015
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NASA books second Boeing space taxi

NASA reckons it's well on the way to restoring US human spaceflight capabilities with confirmation of the second booking for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner. Boeing - along with SpaceX and its Crew Dragon spacecraft - is moving towards establishing space taxi services to the International Space Station as part of the Commercial …
Lester Haines, 21 Dec 2015
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Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

Reg Lecture Whether or not you’re currently filled with horror at the prospect of driving home for Christmas, again, you have to admit the internal combustion engine has been one of the key shapers of our current culture. So, what happens once the open road is something that is navigated by silicon, not us? Those were the sort of topics …
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2015
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From alchemy to brain-hacking: How to be better, forever

Reg Lecture It’s the time of year where we stop to think about how we could make ourselves better people. Well, if you spare around 50 minutes of your time to watch our first 2015 Reg Winter Lecture vid, you’ll find out how to be better not just next year, but for centuries. At least that’s the possibility if Anders Sandberg, of the …
Joe Fay, 18 Dec 2015
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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

More than 13,000 people have complained about Comcast's imposition of a new 300GB monthly data cap, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. The request was filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the Cut Cable Today blog, and the response includes more than 2,000 letters about the cap that was …
Iain Thomson, 17 Dec 2015
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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

London's Hackney council is targeting male revellers' time-honoured practice of necking a skinful, and then relieving themselves against walls, with a hydrophobic coating designed to send steaming streams straight back to the piss-taker. According to the BBC, the authority spends £100k a year cleaning up after al fresco …
Lester Haines, 17 Dec 2015
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3 continents, 8 countries and one cyber attack on a fake petrol company

Organisers are praising the success of a multi-nation exercise – hosted by the UK – that aimed to test response to serious cyber crime. Exercise Silver Shadow, which was run by the National Crime Agency (NCA)’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and supported by the Home Office, saw …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2015
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How to build a real lightsabre

As even casual Star Wars fans will know, lightsabers are probably the coolest weapon ever to make an appearance on the big screen. Lightsaber fights are so elegant that they are almost hypnotic and, even though not all of us might have a strong enough flow of Force running through our veins, a lightsaber in the right hands is …
Gianluca Sarri, 15 Dec 2015
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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

A pastor has revealed that legendary UK kids' TV show Rainbow may have attempted to "homosexualise all children". In a shock YouTube vid, "Pastor D" of the End Times News Ministry questions the true meaning of the show's title song, which explicitly states the programme makers' plan to "paint the whole world with a rainbow …
Lester Haines, 14 Dec 2015
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Brit 'naut Tim Peake preps for Space Station launch

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake is gearing up to blast off to the International Space Station tomorrow from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The former army helicopter and test pilot will join NASA 'naut Tim Kopra cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko atop the Soyuz-TMA19M for a scheduled departure from terra firma at …
Lester Haines, 14 Dec 2015
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American cyber crims operate popup hack 'n crack sites in plain sight

North American cyber criminals are so blatantly thumbing their noses at law enforcement that their forums have been nicknamed "glass tanks". The selling of malware, stolen credentials, and other crime services are so open they can be found using Google, Trend Micro researchers Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt say. Moreover, the …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2015
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VDI comes to the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is now a threat to thin clients. Citrix has been fooling around with the Pi as a desktop virtualisation (VDI) target for a while, even releasing a prototype Citrix Receiver for the little computers. That effort was in early 2014. Citrix has since decided it was inefficient to put a lot of effort into creating …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2015
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Japan unveils net-wielding police drones for air patrol

Police in Tokyo are preparing a fleet of drones to police hobbyist aircraft in the city. According to a report from Japan Today, the Metropolitan Police Department has assembled a squad of dozens of officers who will use the police quadcopters to catch and take down unruly drones operating in unsafe or illegal conditions. …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2015
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Aussie hacker flips Coin into fraudster fob

Kiwicon Criminals can empty stolen credit cards with new-found stealth using payment gadget Coin, thanks to the device's weak and pwnable authentication checks. Hacker Peter Fillmore (@typhoonfilsy) of Melbourne, Australia, found Coin's weak authentication scheme can be manipulated using man-in-the-middle attacks that allow fraudsters …
Darren Pauli, 9 Dec 2015
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James Clapper has found another reason why he lied about NSA spying

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper now has a fifth reason for why he lied to the US Congress over the NSA's spying program: he just plain forgot it existed. Speaking during a panel discussion last week, Clapper's general counsel Robert Litt said that Clapper had not had time to prepare an answer to the question …