The Week in Summary

Doctor Who, Season 9 – Heaven Sent. Pic credit: BBC

Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2015

Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

Pics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 – the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Raspberry Pis, cameras, routers and Android tablets.
Chris Williams, 28 Nov 2015

Court: Swedish ISPs can't be forced to block Sweden's Pirate Bay

In brief ISPs in Sweden cannot be forced to block access to the Pirate Bay – the Swedish search engine used worldwide for pirating software, movies and music.
Chris Williams, 28 Nov 2015

Final countdown – NSA says it really will end blanket phone spying on US citizens this Sunday

Come Sunday, the NSA will end its ferocious dragnet surveillance of American citizens' phones, the White House insists.
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2015
Audi TT

VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

In brief Volkswagen-owned Audi has suspended two engineers after it emerged the luxury brand's diesel engines had emissions test cheatware installed.
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2015

Millions of families hit in toymaker VTech hack – including 200,000+ kids

Names, home and email addresses, security questions and answers, and more information on millions of families worldwide have been swiped from a top toymaker's database.
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2015
Train wreck

What a bum note: Violin's shares perform financial diminuendo

Violin Memory's stock price has plummeted to $1.30 from its IPO level of $7.51 on October 4, 2013. That's an 82.7 per cent fall in 25 months.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2015
Microsoft Surface 3 Windows 8.1 tablet

Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

Enterprise adoption of Windows-powered computing slabs will make Microsoft the fastest growing tablet computer maker by 2019.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015
A Luger LC9 pistol. Pic: Sturm Ruger & Co

IT manager jailed for 5 years for attempting dark web gun buy

A UK IT manager who bought a gun on the dark web has been jailed for five years for firearm offences.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2015
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German ex-pat jailed for smearing own pat all over Cork apartment

An ex-pat German Apple worker who stored three month’s worth of his own excrement and urine in his luxury apartment has been given a year's worth of porridge by an Irish court.
Joe Fay, 27 Nov 2015

Kids charity hit by server theft

A two-man break in at the London offices of children's charity Plan UK has resulted in theft of five computer servers.

Former Logicalis exec hired by ONI Plc to jump start services biz

Cisco Gold Partner Oni Plc has hired former Logicalis UK boss Tom Kelly to devise a strategy to squeeze more cash out of its bit barn investments by reworking the managed services and cloud practices.
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2015
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Protection at last: Operation Emergency UPS succeeds for Telecity

UK internet hub Telecity has successfully completed emergency maintenance on power equipment at its Sovereign House facility.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015

Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords

Online takeaway service Hungryhouse has reset the passwords of thousands of its customers following an apparent data breach at a third party hosting company.
Kat Hall, 27 Nov 2015

Investigatory Powers Tribunal scraps its first annual report

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the only judicial body in Britain allowed to hold spies to account, has scrapped its inaugural annual report.

Texas HPC cowboys win award for data-nomming flashy Wrangler

Texas Advanced Computing Centre has won an award for a new data-intensive system that incorporates the beta tested DSSD product from EMC.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2015
Continuous Lifecycle London 2016 logo

Continuous Lifecycle call for papers: It’s the final countdown

You’ve got four days left to make your bid for stage space at next May’s Continuous Lifecycle London conference, hosted by The Register and Heise.
Joe Fay, 27 Nov 2015

Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

Making DIY custom ROMs for your Windows Phone has just become ridiculously easy.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2015

BOFH: How long does it take to complete Friday's lager-related tasks?

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Simon Travaglia, 27 Nov 2015

So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Are you thick or what? No, really, how else can you explain why you invest vast sums of money on daft schemes that nobody wants?
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Nov 2015
International Space Station

Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

Comment An event of cosmic proportions occurred on 18 November when the US congress passed the Space Act of 2015 into law. The legislation will give US space firms the rights to own and sell natural resources they mine from bodies in space, including asteroids.
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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly wander through readers' recollections of their ramblings to customer sites after being called out to fix stuff.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015

Mr Grey, the Russian hacker who helped haul in 1.2 billion logins

The FBI has linked a hacker said to be in part behind the plundering of 1.2 billion credentials from some 420,000 websites to the handle "Mr Grey".
Darren Pauli, 27 Nov 2015
Amateur astronomer Waldemar Skorupa recorded this image from Kahler Asten, in Germany, on November 16, 2013. Credit: Waldemar Skorupa (Kahler Asten, Germany), via

NASA pours cold comets on aliens-make-star-flutter theory

KIC 8462852 is a star in the Cygnus constellation about 1500 light years from here. Were it not for the fact that Kepler Space Telescope photos reveal fluctuates in brightness to a degree we've not previously seen in the cosmos, nobody would care.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
Gunther Oettinger, EU digital commissioner. Pic: Jennifer Baker

EU copyright reforms to be 'gradual, balanced and targeted', says Ansip

EU copyright laws will not be overhauled completely but rather reformed in a gradual, balanced and targeted way, EU commissioner for the digital single market Andrus Ansip has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Nov 2015

Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider

Police from the Harbourside local area command in the Australian city of Sydney have 'fessed up to investigating the attempted murder of a spider.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015

Oz Govt calls for more talk on telco network security laws

Australia's Attorney-General's Department has again called for industry consultation on its sweeping security overhaul of the telecommunications sector that would force telcos provide the Federal Government with confidential networks plans.
Darren Pauli, 27 Nov 2015
OnePlus 2 backs

Mobe-maker OnePlus 'fesses up to flouting USB-C spec

In early November Google chap Benson Leung caused a stir when he wrote an analysis suggesting manufacturers of cables and power adapters weren't paying attention to the USB Type-C spec. Manufacturers' inattention, he worried, might result in devices being damaged as they suck down too much power.
Darren Pauli, 27 Nov 2015

Hackers spray Reader's Digest stinky feet with exploit kit

Malwarebytes threat analysis man Jerome Segura says compromised Reader's Digest pages are being used to serve the Angler Exploit kit and trojan backdoors.
Darren Pauli, 27 Nov 2015

Enterprise vendors get into the swing of Black Friday sales

Enterprise IT vendors are getting to the swing of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount consumption orgies.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015

HTTPSohopeless: 26,000 Telstra Cisco boxen open to device hijacking

More than 26,000 Cisco devices sold by Australia's dominant telco Telstra are open to hijacking via hardcoded SSH login keys and SSL certificates.
Darren Pauli, 27 Nov 2015
Kalinin Nuclear power plant

Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre

Russia's sole nuclear power plant operator, Rosenergoatom, has reportedly hit on the idea of building a data centre next to one of its power plants.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
Facepalming statue

NZ Uni EMC broke considered ditching EMC before SNAFU

Oh, the irony: the New Zealand University that suffered a two-day brownout as a result of a problem with its EMC kit last month sought a possible replacement for the company's products.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015

Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

Microsoft has killed Dell's user-pwning root certificate and its self-reinstalling .dll with its antivirus Defender tool.
Darren Pauli, 26 Nov 2015

Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

Review For reasons that continue to confound consumers, the two most popular areas for smart-home technologies right now are lightbulbs and plugs.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Nov 2015

Getting a little flashy! Funds are in place, and Kaminario targets growth

Feature Kaminario CEO Dani Golan was in the UK yesterday, sporting a brand new EMEA veep and going gung-ho for growth from his scale-out, storage-for-all-seasons data centre flash array.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2015

Last call for the NCC Group Cyber 10K challenge

Competition The November 30 deadline for entering NCC Group’s Cyber 10K challenge is coming up fast – so get those entries in now.
David Gordon, 26 Nov 2015

Nuclear exploit kit seen chucking CryptoWall 4.0 at late patchers

The Nuclear exploit kit has been spotted throwing ransomware CryptoWall 4.0 at innocent netizens' machines, according to a security researcher Brad Duncan, who stated it is the first time he's noticed that particular nasty being distributed by an exploit kit.
George Osborne, photo: HM Treasury

GDS £450m investment probably an 'accounting fudge' – gov IT analyst

Plans to pump an extra £450m for the Government Digital Service to fuel the "digital revolution" was the shock take-away announcement in George Osborne's Spending Review yesterday - from the perspective of technology spend at least.
Kat Hall, 26 Nov 2015

RAF web survey asks for bank details via unencrypted email

An online survey of the Royal Air Force’s website aimed at journalists has invited would-be participants to send their banking details using unencrypted email to third-party organisers.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2015
Houses of Parliament at night-time

MPs and peers have just weeks to eyeball UK gov's super-snoop bid

IPB A joint panel of cross-party politicos and peers have been granted a very small window to scrutinise the Home Office's draft Investigatory Powers Bill.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2015
Hunter, image via Shutterstock

Broadband's frequency hunters denied Freeview patch – for now

Freeview is safe. For now. Mobile operators with broadband services were denied the 470-694MHz frequency used by the terrestrial TV service.
Nigel Whitfield, 26 Nov 2015

Startup is creating real-time Big Data analytics storage

One-year-old, an Israeli Big Data startup, has just won a $15m A-round from Magma Venture Partners, JVP and large strategic investors. So what's the magic product that grabbed funding so early in the game?
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2015

Top copper Lynne Owens to lead National Crime Agency

Lynne Owens has been announced as the new director general of the National Crime Agency.

HP storage financials: Meh. Meg Whitman needs to make this right

+Comment HP, no HPE, storage's revenues are down again, continuing a longish slump and, with HP Inc (PCs and printers) now undocked from HPE (the rest), many are asking the question: "What next?"
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2015

US gourmets sizzle in bacon-scented underwear

It may be a couple of rashers too far, but we feel obliged to alert readers to the immediate availability bacon-scented undies, courtesy of purveyors of all things pork J&D's Foods.
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2015

Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

Welcome to the DMZ where the world’s two most ubiquitous operating systems meet and eye each other warily. It’s a place where the future platform battles are being shaped.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2015
Raspberry Pi Zero

What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Our American cousins may be getting stuck in to pumpkin pie today, but Raspberry Pi hopes they'll also appreciate its $5 (£4) Pi Zero computer, which the Blighty outfit launched today.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2015

HPE to open private London drinking club

It has come to our attention that megacorp Hewlett Packard Enterprise is planning to open a private drinking establishment in its new London nerve centre, for the benefit of "employees, officers, guests and persons attending bona fide private functions".
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2015
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Brits learning from the Continent? Authority, digi gov wheezes and the Autumn Statement

Analysis Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne included several uses of technology in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review.
SA Mathieson, 26 Nov 2015

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

“Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2015
hand holdin retro telephone

Nuisance call blocking firms fined £170,000 ... for making nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner's Office has raised a tidy £250,000 this week with two more fines for companies flogging nuisance call-blocking services by, yep, you guessed it, making nuisance calls, after receiving over 1,000 complaints.
Samsung's 128GB DDR4 DIMM

128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Samsung's started volume production of 128GB DDR4 RDIMMS.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015
Samsung Gear VR headset

Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

Having already lived through one virtual reality hype cycle, I’m surprised to find that 2015 has been punctuated of a number of experiences proving that virtual reality may finally be nearing the mainstream. In February, I experienced some of the new head-mounted displays - and found first-generation Oculus Rift unimpressive. Quick on the heels of that, I got a taste of some "immersive video", footage gathered by an expensive, fancy camera that capture a full sphere around the device.
Mark Pesce, 26 Nov 2015

Researcher reveals Chinese e-crime shopping list

Dodgy developers can have their data-stealing iOS applications boosted to the top ranks of Apple's App Store for as little as US$4000 thanks to services on offer by Chinese hackers.
Darren Pauli, 26 Nov 2015

Capita increases share of public sector revenue to measly £1.8bn

Capita slurped up £1.8bn in public sector spending last year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year, according to research from analysts TechMarketView.
Kat Hall, 26 Nov 2015
Firefox logo

Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo! dependency

The Mozilla Foundation has published its 2014 annual report and while revenues are up, the numbers show the outfit is now very dependent on Yahoo! for future income and has declining market share.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015

Lenovo slings privilege patches at in-built tools

IOActive security bod Sofiane Talmat has found two since-patched privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Lenovo System Update utility.
Team Register, 26 Nov 2015
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Green rectangles are the new rounded rectangles

Logowatch South Korean web portal Naver is considering a legal tilt at Hewlett Packard Enterprise over just who first decided a green rectangle makes a good corporate insignia.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015
Stick cricket app screenshot

Indian scientists teach computers to see by watching Cricket

Indian researchers from Xerox and the International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad have used the sport of Cricket to develop a novel approach to interpreting human movement recorded by video.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015

Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

It's what we all assumed, but quietly hoped wasn't quite this bad.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2015

Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

Alphabet-owned Nest says there is no truth to the allegation that its internet-connected home CCTV cameras continue to record video even when switched off.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015

Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50%

UK registry operator Nominet is planning to increase the cost of .uk domains by 50 per cent starting 1 March 2016, raising questions over its historic nonprofit status.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Nov 2015
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Samsung yanks plug out of rumors of networking biz sell-off

Samsung is nipping in the bud talk of selling its mobile network business.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015

Finding security bugs on the road to creating a verifiably secure TLS lib

Microsoft and French research organization Inria have jointly published the source code for a more secure implementation of TLS – a first step in hopefully increasing the security of millions online.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015

Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

UK internet hub Telecity on Thursday plans its third shot at fixing a power systems problem that fried customers' servers.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015
Penguins, image via Shuttertock

VMware lawsuit fallout causes funding issues for GPL lobby group

The Software Freedom Conservancy is turning to open source citizens to fund its operations and reduce its reliance on big tech. The GPL campaign group is making the change, it claims, because its campaigning has put it at odds with corporate sponsors.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015

IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources

An inspection by the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) into the targeting by Police Scotland of journalists' sources under anti-terrorism powers without a warrant has concluded the actions were committed with a disregard for human rights regulations, and were "reckless".
Silhouette of spy discerning password from code uses a command on graphic user interface

Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

Contrary to password storage security standards, BT-owned Plusnet is still delivering plaintext strings back to forgetful users, and seems to have no plans to tidy itself up any time soon – despite years of warnings from security experts and the advice of GCHQ.
The road running through the PRATCHETT landing area

Dell-EMC deal difficulties: VMware and daddy postpone roadtrip

The Dell-EMC acquisition was announced on 12 October this year, with Dell buying EMC along with its 80 per cent holding in VMWare.
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015
George Osborne delivers 2015 Autumn Statement. Image credit: Parliament TV

Thin-lipped chancellor tight-lipped on contractor-nudge-onto-payroll plan

Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne failed to mention IR35 even once during his Autumn Statement to MPs on Wednesday at lunchtime – despite the government recently floating new rules to crackdown on freelancers' tax arrangements.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2015
George Osborne, photo: HM Treasury

Spending Review: GDS gets £450m, Cabinet Office budget slashed

In a shock announcement, Chancellor George Osborne has today pledged £450m in extra funding to the Government Digital Service.
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Is Dell's EMC acquisition doomed, or just too big to fail?

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, with Sarah still on her travels, Amy Lewis joins Eddie and Greg to talk Dell/EMC, storage stocks, the wild world of storage (featuring Pure and Nimble), and bad certificates. Our special guest this week is Chuck Hollis, SVP at Oracle.
Team Register, 25 Nov 2015

UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

A London furniture design outfit has trousered a £25k Innovate UK grant to prototype "the office desk of the future".
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2015

Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

Google has released Android Studio 2.0 Preview, a major update to its IDE for developing Android applications.
Tim Anderson, 25 Nov 2015
HP Logo splitting in two

Sales, share price sink for HP Inc – but it's relative glee for HPE

It was an inauspicious start to life as a standalone entity for HP Inc - the breakaway computer and printing business - as it forecast lower than expected profits, based on depressed market demand.
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015
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Brocade wrings profits from a steady-as-she-goes business

Analysis Brocade has jogged along nice and evenly for four years now, at around $2.25bn annual revenues with steadily rising profits, and its fiscal 2015 added a similar fifth year of pretty decent results.
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015
Hotel scene - suitcase propped up against freshly made bed. Image by Shutterstock

Hilton confirms hotel credit-card-snaffling sales till malware hit

Hilton Worldwide has confirmed that malware found its way onto point-of-sale systems that targeted payment card information.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2015

Eclipse staggers to feet, gets smacked by second DDoS

Internet provider Eclipse has been hit by a DDoS attack, the second wave of an attack which began on Monday.
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2015

Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

NSFW Two Thai women were cuffed yesterday and charged with drugging and robbing two tourists in the beach resort of Pattaya.*
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2015

Telecity fails with car park net rescue plan. In fact, things got worse. Again

Internet hub Telecity has failed to overcome the recent power fault responsible for frying computer hardware and denting UK internet traffic.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015

Google says it tried to preempt EU antitrust probe. That worked well

Google has said it took measures to preempt the lengthy antitrust probes currently being carried out by the European Commission. Oddly, that approach failed.
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2015

Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

Analysis Windows anniversaries are a bit like Halloween. You can bring out a Vista or Windows Me to scare the children into bed on time. Microsoft Windows turned 30 this month, and blogs are full of nostalgia.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2015

Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

A district judge last week denied two activist groups the chance to file a supporting motion in a copyright case. In a stinging and derisive rejoinder, he compared their complaints to those of a spoilt boy.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2015

Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

Microsoft withdrew downloads for its latest official edition of Windows 10, version 1511, after it meddled with people's privacy settings.
Chris Williams, 25 Nov 2015
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EMC mess sends New Zealand University TITSUP for two days

Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, experienced two days of Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) after failures in its EMC equipment.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2015
the amazing world of gumball

Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly

Technology on the telly is often made-up rubbish: every CCTV camera in the world is online, progress bars never pause, passwords can be brute-forced in moments and mobile phones never drop out unless faults enhance the dramatic effect. The language used to describe it is worse: the likes of CSI:Cyber routinely make stuff up. And don't get us started on Stephen Fry.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2015
Microsoft Lumia 640 Windows Phone

Mincing Nokia's factories made Microsoft a sausage factory

Microsoft's revealed that gutting Nokia has made a dent in its diversity data.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2015

Hacker predicts AMEX card numbers, bypasses chip and PIN

Brainiac hacker Samy Kamkar has developed a US$10 gadget that can predict and store hundreds of American Express credit cards and use them for wireless transactions, even at non-wireless payment terminals.
Darren Pauli, 25 Nov 2015

Second Dell backdoor root cert found

A second root certificate has been found in new Dell laptops days after the first backdoor was revealed.
Darren Pauli, 25 Nov 2015
Bookshelf in the British Library basement

Amazon resets account passwords feared compromised – report appears to be asking some of its customers to reset passwords after a breach of some sort.
Team Register, 25 Nov 2015

Tor Project: Anonymity ain't free, folks. Pony up

The programmers behind internet privacy tool Tor are asking supporters to donate money to bankroll future development.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015
Dell XPS 15

Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites

Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015

Fifth arrest in TalkTalk hacking probe: Now Plod cuff chap in Wales

Cops probing the TalkTalk mega-hack arrested a teen in south Wales on Tuesday.
Chris Williams, 25 Nov 2015

Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

Comment The UK Chancellor George Osborne last week announced that the British government plans to double cybersecurity spending and establish a single National Cyber Centre.
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2015
Kim Dotcom at the NZ parliamentary hearing

Kim Dotcom slams 'dirty ugly bully' Uncle Sam as extradition hearing ends

The extradition hearing of rotund web baron Kim Dotcom finally ended Tuesday, having taken three times longer than expected.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Nov 2015

Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

Ex-Disney IT staffers in Florida have accused the Mickey Mouse outfit of discrimination, and now hope to sue their former bosses.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Nov 2015

Tech Data: If only we could discount forex and impact of closing country ops...

Tech Data continued to pile on the pounds dollars in its latest quarterly financials – but only if the crushing currency burden and the impact of exiting operations in Latin America were discounted.
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015

NetApp, now much more object storage than you’d think

Comment NetApp, the company usually known for its FAS appliances, is putting a lot of effort into making its object storage platform, StorageGRID, more competitive. And it’s coming around to what I’ve been saying for a long time now: end users need “Flash & Trash” or, put more professionally, a two-tier storage strategy.

Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

Pics and vid The was much whooping and popping of champagne corks yesterday at Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' space outfit Blue Origin: the company's New Shepard rocket successfully performed a VTOL flight – a vertical takeoff and landing.
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2015
Small screen multitasking

Video malvertising campaign lasted 12 hours? Try two months

A malvertising campaign exploiting online videos to fling poison at netizens actually lasted for two months rather than the 12 hours previously reported, according to new research which suggested the previously unfavoured medium may be ripe for exploitation.
Uber - living the dream

Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

Uber has indicated that it would seek an intervention from the UK government if Transport for London was to force the controversial taxi/app company to introduce a "five minute wait" rule.
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015

Lenovo grabs HP Inc exec to run EMEA product and channel teams

Lenovo has scored a small win in its battle against big rival HP Inc by poaching an exec to run the product and channel teams across EMEA.
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015

What do you need to deliver next-gen Enterprise applications?

Live webcast How relevant is NoSQL in the Enterprise? Join us live on 17 December at 11:00 GMT to find out.
David Gordon, 24 Nov 2015

TV broadcast vans drive ESA from Perth

Urban sprawl and interference from TV broadcast vans have obliged the European Space Agency (ESA) to shutter its Perth station in Western Australia, which until now has been handling initial tracking of spacecraft soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana.
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2015
The Fontdeck web font serivce is to close

A font farewell to Fontdeck as website service closes

Fontdeck, a service which provided fonts to websites, is to close. Fonts can no longer be purchased, and existing fonts will no longer be served after 1 December 2016.
Tim Anderson, 24 Nov 2015

'Hypocritical' Europe is just as bad as the USA for data protection

Europe is being hypocritical by derailing the Safe Harbour data protection agreement - because its own protections for citizens against indiscriminate surveillance are worse than the USA’s.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2015

Systemax: Shuttering our North America Tech Group may cost $55m

Systemax has gone public with the cost of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts in the closure of its remaining North America Technology Group (NATG), and it's going to be pricey. Very pricey.
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015
Wordpress logo ditches PHP for Calypso JavaScript beat

Blog web hosting service provider is embracing JavaScript and open-sourcing its code base, in what the platform’s chief reckons is a big, risky and controversial bet.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Nov 2015

El Reg unchains the Vulture Velo cycling jersey

We're certain that some of you - in common with Vulture South's own Simon Sharwood - do occasionally rise from your PCs and mount mighty two-wheeled steeds for a bit of healthy outdoor exercise.
Cash'n'Carrion, 24 Nov 2015

Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

In just over a decade Randall Munroe has become firmly established and it’s safe to say adored as the author of xkcd.

NCC pays €133m for security shack Fox-IT

Fox-IT, a Dutch cyber security firm, has been acquired for €133.25m (£93.5m) by NCC, which is declaring its intention to become a big dog in the global cyberpack.

Science Museum trumpets Da Vinci expo

London's Science Museum is trumpeting its forthcoming exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, which opens its doors on 10 February next year.
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2015

MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

The rollout of the Ministry of Justice's troubled £250m National Offender Management IT system was restarted again earlier this year - The Register can reveal.
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015

We pick storage brains: Has object storage endgame started?

Interview IBM buying Cleversafe could mark the start of the endgame for independent object storage suppliers. We talked to Philippe Nicolas, who was Scality’s Director of Product Strategy until earlier this year and is now a storage industry advisor. We asked him questions about the state of the object market and its suppliers.
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2015
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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

Exclusive Oracle has admitted it is axing its UK software support centre – in a move sources say will shift all European support work to Romania and cut "more than 1,000" support staff.
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015
Kim Jong-un

North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

Sysadmin Blog Researchers think they have figured out how Sony was hacked. Long story short: the hackers knew what they were doing and covered their tracks with some clever, but really basic, tricks. I'm not particularly surprised by this, but I am surprised that others are surprised by it.
Trevor Pott, 24 Nov 2015
Android 6 Marshmallow Logo

Google launches virtual plastic pal who's fun to be with

Google has launched a preview of version 2.0 of Android Studio, the Alphabet subsidiary's development tool for Android apps.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015

Downloads for Windows 10 November big-bang build axed by Microsoft

A funny thing happened over the weekend: Microsoft made its latest Windows 10 download – billed as its first major update – disappear. And it hasn't come back.
Chris Williams, 24 Nov 2015

Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?

Special report The debate over encryption has become particularly intense following the deadly attacks in Paris.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Nov 2015

ESXi's been borking VM backup and there's no fix yet

Update VMware has reported a nasty bug that means virtual machine backups may not work.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015
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Video still causing mobile data traffic to shoot through the roof

Currently, there are as many mobile subscriptions as people in the world, and every second, 20 new mobile broadband subscriptions are activated. This, and the increased video consumption on mobile devices, is pushing data consumption to new heights - mobile data traffic in Q3 2015 was 65 per cent higher than the previous year, according to Ericsson’s latest version of its bi-annual Mobility Report.
Faultline, 24 Nov 2015

British duo arrested for running malware encryption service

Two British suspects have been arrested accused of running the encryption site VXers use to evade antivirus.
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2015
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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

An article by the UK Prime Minister's chief speechwriter suggests Silicon Valley is happily aiding "tech-savvy jihadists."

World's most complex cash register malware plunders millions in US

The world's most complex sales till malware has been discovered ... after it ripped millions of bank cards from US retailers on the eve of post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzies.
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2015

Pen tester sounds alert over 'gaping' flaws in Brit alarm platform

British penetration tester Andrew Tierney says he has found dangerous vulnerabilities in network-connected alarm systems sold by the UK's self-proclaimed market leader CSL DualCom.
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2015

Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

Adobe's announced it will close Revel, its Flickr-like cloudy photo storage service.
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2015

What America's drone owner database could look like in future

A task force assembled by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed its suggestions for personal drone registration in the US.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Nov 2015

Webinar: How to stay productive in an always-on world

Promo Sign up right now to watch this Citrix sponsored webinar and learn how to connect and collaborate in an always-on world without killing your day.
David Gordon, 24 Nov 2015
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Amazon now renting physical servers you can cuddle and love

This is different from hosting how exactly? Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on “EC2 Dedicated Hosts” - a new cloud service that offers “physical servers fully dedicated for your use.”
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015

Wikipedia's ON DRUGS again, complains Russia

Russia has again pointed out, pointedly, that Wikipedia contains content it doesn't want its citizens to see.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015

Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs.
Chris Williams, 24 Nov 2015

EMC CEO promises 'minimal disruption to existing product lines'

EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden has written to customers promising “minimal disruption to existing product lines” as EMC and Dell become one.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015

Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

Updated The rogue root certificate in new Dell computers – a certificate that allows people to be spied on when banking and shopping online – will magically reinstall itself even when deleted.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Nov 2015
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Telstra cloudwhacks storage vendors' sweet spot

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has waded into one of the storage industry's favourite markets, medical imaging, with a cloud service that may not make it a lot of friends.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
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Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

Dell ships computers with all the tools necessary for crooks to spy on the owners' online banking, shopping, webmail, and more.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Nov 2015
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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Nov 2015

Google takedown requests mushroom as copyright holders play whack-a-mole

Google received more than 65 million removal requests for search results containing alleged copyright violations in the space of the past month.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015

Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

The skeleton of a six-year-old infant unearthed in Austria is challenging the theory that syphilis was imported into Europe from the New World by the ship's crew of Christopher Columbus.
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2015

Shocker: Smut-viewing Android apps actually steal your data

A brace of supposed porn apps for Android actually push ransomware or steal personal data from mobile device, cloud security firm Zscaler warns.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2015
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TalkTalk Business email servers titsup for days after DNS config snafu

An unknown number of TalkTalk Business customers have been unable to access their email messages for days, after the budget telco's servers went down on Friday.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015

We chew over CCS Insight's look into the fu-ture-ture-ture-ture

Analyst outfit CCS Insight's annual crystal ball gazing exercise is always informative and occasionally uncanny, such as when it predicted Three would buy O2, and BT would respond by snapping up EE.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2015
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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

EE may have a pretty pathetic customer service record, but the company is hoping to cheer up its 27-million-strong subscriber base by potentially allowing them to block ads on their mobile phones.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015
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ICO fines PPI claims firm £80,000 over 1.3m spam SMS deluge

The Information Commissioner's Office has served up penalty of £80,000 to a PPI claims company that sent more than 1.3 million spam texts.

Homebrew crypto in Telegram hangout app full of holes, say security pros

Security experts have poured scorn on claims by developers of the Telegram messaging app – said to be popular amongst the cadres of the so-called Islamic State – that it’s more secure than its rivals.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2015

Want to defend your network? Profile the person attacking it

Sysadmin Blog If you want to hack someone's network then learn your target. This starts with recon. What does your target run? What information can you find out about them? Remote scanning will tell you lots about a target system ... unless their sysadmins are good and have changed all the banners to throw you off.
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2015

Austria's highest court mulls class action status for Schrems v Facebook

Austria's highest court is poised to consider whether the Schrems vs Facebook case should be granted class-action status.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2015

Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

Those readers who believe that death will finally deliver them from the attentions of utility companies are advised not to pop their clogs in Ireland, or at least not in County Kerry.
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2015
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Data breach at biz that manages Cisco, F5 certs plus many others

Technology certification management provider Pearson VUE has copped to a computer security breach after malware compromised its Credential Manager System.

Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

A cheeky Brit has agreeably decided that if the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is going to charge filmmakers to submit their work for certification, he's going to make the longest possible film of paint drying ever to hit the silver screen, and oblige the censors sit through every minute of it.
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2015
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Cisco slurps Acano for $700m

Cisco is to hoover up London-based video conferencing and collaboration tech outfit Acano for $700m.
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2015

Malvertising: How the ad model makes crime pay

Feature The exploitation of online advertising networks by malware-flingers is expected to cause up to $1bn in damages by the end of this year, but despite ongoing regulatory efforts, it is not clear to whom the liability for these enormous losses will fall.

This storage startup dedupes what to do what? How?

Sysadmin Blog Two months ago hyper-converged infrastructure appliance startup SimpliVity sued its rival Springpath. I know next to nothing about the lawsuit – nor do I want to – but the whole thing has caused commentators and armchair analysts everywhere to ask what exactly SimpliVity does that is unique.
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2015
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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

The Paris climate talks hope to set out how we can reduce the amount of carbon we’re pumping into the atmosphere. But emissions cuts alone may not be enough. Atmospheric CO2 is the blanket that keeps our planet warm and any further emissions will mean more global warming. Observations in recent years show that warming is accelerating, that polar ice and glaciers are all melting, that sea level is rising … it all looks rather bleak.

How cyber insurance actually works

A couple of weeks ago El Reg carried an article by Mark Pesce about the likely evolution of Cyber Insurance. Reg reader and insurance industry veteran Tom Whipp agreed with most of his sentiments, but wasn’t so keen on his conclusions and demanded his stint on the Reg soapbox. So, take it away Tom.
Tom Whipp, 23 Nov 2015
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Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets

Four researchers have found two thirds of the most popular Android apps indulge in seemingly-useless covert chatter with remote servers.
Team Register, 23 Nov 2015
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All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, 'business transformation'

Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
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Intel hires Qualcomm's compute leader to lead new mobile push

File this one under "if you can't beat 'rm, hire 'em": Intel has hired Doctor Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
BT Openreach at work

BT rebuked for attributing some EE acquisition costs to 'all UK lines of business'

Telecoms giant BT has been rebuked by the UK's industry regulator for attributing some of the "acquisition costs" associated with its takeover of EE to all of its UK business divisions, including Openreach.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Nov 2015

Criminal Ruskie BOFHs help hackers steal $790 million in three years

Kaspersky investigation unit boss Ruslan Stoyanov says a Russian cyber scum group of just 20 professional hackers have have made a tidy US$790 million in three years by emptying the world's bank accounts.
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2015

Mostly harmless: Berlin boffins bleat post epic TrueCrypt audit feat

Ten auditors from the lauded Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology have given TrueCrypt a security tick after completing a comprehensive six-month audit under contract from the German Government.
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2015
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OpenBSD's native hypervisor emerges

The native OpenBSD hypervisor promised in September has emerged.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
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Clueless Anonymous asks the powerless to save dolphins

Persons using the name and iconography of online activist collective “Anonymous” (PUTNAIOOACA) are appealing to recently-dethroned world leaders to help them in a fight against Japan's dolphin slaughter program.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015

New Wireshark, Nmap releases bring pre-Xmas cheer to infosec types

Security types impatient for gifts under the Christmas tree may find that major upgrades to the popular Nmap and Wireshark infosec tools sate their appetite for new toys.
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2015
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Y'know how airlines never explain delays? United's bug bounty works the same way

United Airlines' frequent flier points for bugs plan has come in for criticism from a researcher who says the airline didn't respond to news of a critical bug report for five months, and then only after he threatened to go public.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015

Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

Damballa researchers Willis McDonald and Loucif Kharouni say the attackers who flayed Sony Pictures with disk-cleansing malware may have stayed hidden using newly-uncovered anti-forensics tools.
Team Register, 23 Nov 2015
Zombie rising from the grave

Windows 8.1 exams kept alive six more months, Win 7 tests immortal

Microsoft may be hustling the world onto Windows 10 just as fast as it can, but it seems there's residual demand out there for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015