The Week in Summary


Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I live in a bag-arse.
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Oct 2016
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EU announces common corporate tax plan

The European Commission has announced plans to overhaul corporate tax across the single market, including the introduction of a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB).
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Oct 2016

Marketing... or how I lost my soul to Lagos

Radbot Last time you said that a fair chunk of you have used crowdfunding to buy product.
 Schiaparelli separating from Trace Gas Orbiter. Pic: ESA–D. Ducros

Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent home fresh snaps of debris from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) failed Schiaparelli lander, offering a few more hints about what went wrong.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016
Dr Strangelove bomb

Windows Atom Tables popped by security researchers

Wonderful: a security researcher has found a way to abuse the system-level Atom Tables in Windows – all versions of Windows, through to Win 10.
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

On-Call Welcome to another instalment of On-Call, The Register's last-day-of-the-week look at all the fun of fixing stuff.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016

Researchers tag new brace of bugs in NTP, but they're fixable

Back in January, Cisco dropped a bunch of NTP (network time protocol) patches; now, it's emerged that the research behind that round of fixes also turned up other bugs that haven't yet been fixed.

Dutch webcam perve jailed

A 21 year-old Dutch man has been jailed for one month with another year suspended for infecting more than 2000 computers to spy on minors via webcams.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2016

'Fappening' hacker gets 18 months in US federal clapper

The 36 year-old hacker behind some of a massive public leak of private celebrity photos has been sentenced to 18 months prison.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2016

Irish activists fight EU-US privacy pact as tech giants flock to sign up

An Irish privacy advocacy group has filed a legal challenge against the US-EU Privacy Shield data transfer framework, on grounds of its allegeldy lax privacy protections.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2016

Topless in-car selfie attempt finishes with rear-end bonking

A young woman's attempt to take a topless selfie has ended up with a rear-end cop bonking.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016
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Bitcoin exchange boss going down for washing ransomware cash

A Florida ex-school board member has pled guilty to making a false statement in relation to the running of an illegal bitcoin exchange.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2016
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Groupon buys Living Social

Remember when group buying was the hottest marketing tactic ever and Groupon and LivingSocial were duking it out at the top of the market?
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016
The Shining - blood cascade

Blood donors' privacy anaemic after Red Cross data breach

Australia's Red Cross has admitted to a significant data breach that saw sent a file containing records on 550,000 blood donors. The source of the file, or just who has been able to access it, are not known.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016

Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

Vendors including Google have spent a few years crafting an API they hope to push into browsers that will make this month's Internet of Things conflagrations pale by comparison.
Dan Kaminsky

Dan Kaminsky calls for a few good hackers to secure the web

Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist for the cybersecurity firm White Ops, reknowned for fixing flaws in the DNS system, has a new project push on and he's looking for coders to lend a hand.
Iain Thomson, 28 Oct 2016

Surprise, surprise: AWS is making boatloads of money for Amazon

Amazon Web Services continue to contribute handsomely to the bottom line of its parent company, as the cloud compute outfit saw sales top $3.2bn.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2016

Samsung's free-falling financial flameout

Samsung's global Galaxy Note 7 recall has already wiped out 96 per cent of its mobile division's profit margins, the company announced yesterday.

NASA gets last Pluto data

NASA reports that the last data from the New Horizons flyby of Pluto has finally been received on Earth.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2016
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The new FCC privacy rules are here, and nobody is happy

The FCC has formally approved its new rules for internet service providers on the handling of customer data, and it seems few people on either side are particularly happy.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2016

Datto launches backup and disaster recovery technology to combat ransomware

Datto’s SIRIS 3 data protection platform includes what it claims is the industry’s first ramsomware detection capability.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
Shot of a new Macbook Pro

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

Apple confirmed Thursday that its new Macbook Pro line will feature a touchscreen display to replace function keys.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2016

So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

A day after announcing it was cutting 9 per cent of its staff, Twitter has added more woes to its workers by announcing it will be closing the Vine mobile app.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2016
Slices of madeira cake

CIA will put records online

For sixteen years, the US Central Intelligence Agency has offered researchers the ability to search its database of declassified documents – provided they happened to be in the National Archives and Records Administration at College Park, Maryland.
Thomas Claburn, 27 Oct 2016
Police pull over Google car

Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

Self-driving cars get pitched as a way to reduce traffic fatalities, but safety may limit their appeal.
Thomas Claburn, 27 Oct 2016

Intel's new chip targets industrial IoT

Intel has made a big play for the expanding internet-of-things market with an updated Atom processor that offers double the computing and three times the graphics performance.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Oct 2016

Qualcomm agrees to acquire semiconductor biz NXP for $47bn

Chip designer Qualcomm has agreed to purchase Dutch rival NXP Semiconductors for $47bn.

Quantum heaves sigh of relief as red ink washes away

Made it! Quantum is back in profit after five loss-making quarters.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

Samsung already had plenty to worry about before its flagship phone started exploding.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2016
Luke Skywalker

Use the source! OpenStack welcomes fresh tests for open-cloud unity

Openstack Summit Don't expect future implementations of OpenStack without vendors first having cleared a new battery of emerging conformity tests.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2016

Phishing fraudsters pose as UK bank social media types

Cybercrooks are posing as customer support staff from UK banks in a ruse designed to hoodwink gullible customers out of their credentials.
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2016
Man shouting the news from a rolled up newspaper

TB per carat? Data diamonds!

The idea comes from a Science Advances paper publicised in the New York Times. The abstract says: "Negatively charged nitrogen vacancy (NV-) center in diamond is the focus of widespread attention for applications ranging from quantum information processing to nanoscale metrology. One intriguing possibility is the long-term storage of information, a notion we hereby introduce using NV-rich, type 1b diamond. As a proof of principle, we use multicolor optical microscopy to read, write, and reset arbitrary data sets with two-dimensional binary bit density comparable to present DVD technology. Leveraging on the singular dynamics of NV− ionization, we encode information on different planes of the diamond crystal with no cross-talk, hence extending the storage capacity to three dimensions." Will we be measuring TB/carat? Read the full text here. ®
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

Belgium has fined Skype €30,000 for failing to comply with a court request to intercept users' communications, something Skype claims was technically impossible at the time of the request.
editorial only image of Whitehall. Pic Daniel Gale/Shutterstock

Home Office extends mega 18-year Fujitsu contract

The Home Office has extended its mega Fujitsu contract to 2018, meaning that when the contract ends it will have been running for the best part of two decades.
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2016

October proves to be the cruellest month for Twitter staff as 350 more laid off

Twitter today confirmed recent press reports that it is reducing headcount by 9 per cent – about 350 people – in an attempt to become profitable in 2017.
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2016
Cloudy shopping trolley in the sky (representing cloud sales/procurement). Photo by Shutterstock

Amazon certifies third-party refurbishers: How good and new is good as new?

Amazon has launched a new service called "Certified Refurbished" to encourage customer confidence when purchasing second-hand consumer electronics.

Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

The best way of protecting us from Internet of Things botnets is to compartmentalise the entire internet, Intel’s chief architect for IoT security solutions has said.
Gareth Corfield, 27 Oct 2016

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

Let's praise Surface, not bury it

Comment Yes, I know the new Surface kit unveiled by Microsoft (hands-on and roundup) is both lavishly over-engineered and ludicrously expensive. You know that. We all know that.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2016
Parliament in the clouds

Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

Digital minister Matt Hancock has promised there will be a forthcoming government strategy to ensure Blighty's "full fibre future" is realised in the next decade.
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2016
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Cloudian passes begging bowl round VCs to net $41m for object storage dev pool

Cloudian, the S3-or-bust object storage software startup, has passed a VC begging bowl around and raised $41m in a D-round of funding.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

Judge allows Apple's faceless Irish head to settle for €45k - report

A payment from the head of Apple's besieged Irish company was accepted by an Italian judge to settle a case against him or her as part of a tax probe into the firm, according to a report.

In its current state, Ubiquiti's EdgeSwitch won't have much of an edge on anyone

REVIEW Members of the IT community rave about networking kit vendor Ubiquiti. You'll find praises sung both on Spiceworks and amongst vExperts for their UniFi devices. Unfortunately, my recent purchase of Ubiquiti's latest offering, their EdgeMax EdgeSwitches, has proven that Ubiquiti are also capable of putting out gear that is outright dire.
Trevor Pott, 27 Oct 2016
Suit-and-tie-wearing man tries to meditate, take deep breaths in faux yoga pose. Photo by Shutterstock

When selling to line of business types, start with a self-help book

Channel organisations trying to sell to line-of-business people beyond the IT department need to get their hands on 1995's self-help classic Emotional Intelligence, because traditional technology-led sales tactics won't work on marketers, HR people and the other managers.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2016
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Schneider Electric plugs gaping hole in industrial control kit

A vulnerability in Schneider Electric’s industrial controller management software created a possible mechanism for hackers to plant malicious code on industrial networks.
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2016
Curser icon over a news paper folded

HPE pump wins IoT award

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has won an award for its IoT pump, as demonstrated at IoT Solutions World Congress this week.
Gareth Corfield, 27 Oct 2016
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Misys cans IPO

Misys has scrapped plans to IPO, blaming market conditions. Earlier this month, the UK banking software vendor announced its intention to returned to the London Stock Exchange four years after it was bought by a private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, for £1.3bn.
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2016
man in suit clutches briefcase full of cash. Photo by Shutterstock

HMRC to create new compliance team focused on 'gig economy' workers

A new compliance team which will address the "risks" associated with the changing nature of employment is to be established within HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2016
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Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

Fujitsu is in talks with Lenovo to offload its PC arm to its Chinese rival.
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2016
Lady eating a sandwich checking her mobile phone

Feel the OpenStack Fabrics

Mirantis has added a Cinder driver to support the NVMe over Fabric reference implementation based on Intel SPDK NVMeoF target software (SPDK NVMeoF Target), and modified Nova to support attaching NVMeF volumes to VMs. The implementation was validated with a SuperMicro All-Flash NVMe 2U server running Intel SPDK NVMeF target. This All-Flash Array supports up to 24 NVMe Drives (SYS-2028U-TN24R4T) currently housing Intel P3700 NVMe SSDs and Mellanox NICs for RDMA support. ®
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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Dynatrace promises heavyweight OpenStack guts probing

OpenStack Summit Dynatrace is taking on open-source cloud tools with a performance suite it claims is “enterprise grade.”
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2016

New board members for X-IO

Dave O’Callaghan and Mike Wall have joined the board of beleaguered X-IO Technologies.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

VMware do we go from here?

Storage Architect VMWorld Europe was held last week in Barcelona. We saw the release of vSphere 6.5, plus a suite of other products and enhancements to the core platform. There was also the announcement of a partnership with AWS, which had many (including myself) scratching their heads as to exactly what it meant. So where is VMware headed?
Chris Evans, 27 Oct 2016

HMRC IT boss quit £185k job for more cash

HMRC IT chief Mark Dearnley walked away from his £185,000-a-year job because the private sector paid better, MPs heard yesterday.
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2016
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How Google's Project Zero made Apple refactor its kernel

When Apple shipped its security bug-fixes earlier this week, one patch mostly passed under the radar.

PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

Update Paypal has patched a boneheaded two factor authentication breach that allowed attackers to switch off the critical account control in minutes by changing a zero to a one.
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2016
Burglar sits in kitchen with stolen tablet. Photo by Shutterstock

Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

At the end of April my home was broken into by a professional who silently and systematically looted my residence of all my portable wealth while I slept.
Mark Pesce, 27 Oct 2016
Image composite Maria Dryfhout

Hacker's Icarus machine steals drones midflight

PacSec Security researcher Jonathan Andersson has developed a tidy hardware module capable of fully hijacking a variety of popular drones and remote control gear running over the most popular protocol.
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2016

It's ALIVE: Juno back online after reboot

NASA's Juno space probe has successfully rebooted after a recent Jupiter fly-by was disrupted by an unexpected “safe-mode” event.

AMD will sell server CPUs at Happy Meal prices so you can supersize servers

AMD has deployed a team of folks to charm enterprise server users ahead of the debut of its Zen designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture and the message they're sending is that the new silicon represents a chance to supersize servers.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2016

Internet of S**t things claims another scalp: DNS DDoS smashes StarHub

StarHub in Singapore is the latest large network to get hammered with attacks on its DNS infrastructure – apparently by compromised kit owned by its customers.
Money falling, image via Shutterstock

VMware's weakness? It didn't beat every target for every product in Q3

If VMware is a legacy software company soon to be killed by cloud, you may want to find more more legacy companies in which to invest*, because Virtzilla has just posted another another quarter in which its core virtualisation products helped it to beat guidance for earnings and revenue.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2016

Three LibTIFF bugs found, only two patched

LibTIFF has three bugs that let booby-trapped files pwn a target - and only two of them have been patched.

How many Internet of S**t devices knocked out Dyn? Fewer than you may expect

With more time to analyse its logs, DNS provider Dyn reckons about 100,000 Mirai-infected home web-connected gadgets knocked it out last Friday.
Apple air pods

Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

Apple is going to miss its own deadline for shipping the AirPods wireless headphones.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2016

Joomla! squashes critical privileged account creation holes

Joomla! has revealed it's patched twin critical flaws allowing attackers to bypass rules and create elevated privilege accounts.
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2016

Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

Hands on After sitting through two hours of presentations, Microsoft has let journalists loose on the new kit it has announced, and the results are surprisingly good – at least from a hardware perspective.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2016
Web browsers 2015

IndexedDB pulls away from less-loved web storage options

The Indexed Database API 2.0 has arrived in draft form, promising a variety of improvements in the way developers of web applications can store data in browsers.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016

ACCC issues mobile roaming regulation discussion paper

Listen carefully, and you can hear the sound of Australian mobile carriers briefing lawyers and competition economists: the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has opened its inquiry into mobile roaming prices.
Passenger plane exploding on the gournd

Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

IoT World Congress The future of personal data sharing is that “everything will become as-a-service” and nobody will own any property outright ever again, a gloomy lawyer told a wide-ranging data ethics discussion at IoT Solutions World Congress this afternoon in Barcelona.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2016

Hangouts flameout bringing the Google blame out

Google says it has now resolved the issues that caused its Hangouts meeting service to go down earlier today.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2016
Surprised by smartphone

Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with one of two cellular modems, Qualcomm's MDM9645M modem or Intel's XMM7360 modem, depending upon the associated mobile carrier.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016

BlackBerry design boss tells El Reg: 'We're not getting out of phones'

Analysis The more BlackBerry explains its phone strategy, the more people insist there will never be another BlackBerry. Which must be annoying. Headlines a month ago that the company had “hung up on its handset business” were only half right. Executives reaffirmed to us this week that they expect to see more BlackBerry phones rather than fewer – it’s just that BlackBerry won’t be making them.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2016

Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

Adobe is advising folks to update Flash Player – as malware is right now exploiting a newly discovered hole in the internet's screen door to hijack Windows PCs.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2016
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Cyber-crooks menacing hospitals are put under the microscope

Cybercriminals are spreading into the healthcare sector even though the price per stolen medical record remains lower than for comparable financial account crime.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016

UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson has promised that the UK government will not "dip into the ringfence" of the allocated science budget to underwrite EU funding following Blighty's departure from the European Union.
Katyanna Quach, 26 Oct 2016
Cartoon - Private SNAFU

First World Problems: John Lewis clients forced to re-register after website 'upgrade'

Customers of John Lewis Financial Services in the UK are still being forced to re-register for the service after a "recent website upgrade" accidentally downgraded the service.

Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

Microsoft today revealed the Surface Studio, a 28" drawing-board-like PC you can stick a hockey-puck-looking dial on to control software. The touchscreen super-fondleslab was announced alongside an updated Surface Book.
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2016

Scale-up SSDs buck the scale-out trend

Well, this is unfashionable: UK-based Integral Memory and Korean Flash storage provider Novachips have co-produced a SVR-PRO SATA III SSD suited for scale-up use.
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all -

The UK government has renewed its efforts to persuade consumers to pick stronger passwords.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016
Amiga Emulator in Google Native Client

20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

After 20 years, Workbench, the graphical file manager for AmigaOS, received its first update earlier this month, and it's only taken a fortnight to get its first bugfix too.
HPE demo at Barcelona. Pic by Gareth Corfield

Beer, security by design and actual revenue: HPE shows off IoT offerings

IoT World Congress Beer-as-a-service at American football games is just one of the things Hewlett Packard Enterprise has brought to the Internet of Things playground, its chief IoT technologist, Colin I’Anson, told The Register this morning.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2016

Hammer hopes to nail software-defined future for Commvault

Commvault has software-defined storage and business process automation in its future, as it announces a $600,000 net loss on revenues of $156.3m in its latest quarter. The firm is hoping this sets it up for a sustained turnaround.
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016

Gov.UK goes TITSUP

The website for the British government has suffered a little TITSUP, that is a total inability to support usual politicking.

Rise of the photon clones: New method could lead to 'impenetrable' comms

Physicists have produced "near-perfect" clones of quantum information that can be used to send and retrieve information securely over long distances through quantum cryptography.
Katyanna Quach, 26 Oct 2016
He 'ain't heavy, Miller TV ad

He ain't heavy: OpenStack 16 cloud bros share LAMP interoperability load

Openstack Summit OpenStackers have sought to alleviate concerns that applications on rival clouds are locked in and not portable.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2016
IBM Selectric Golfball

Locky-slingers summon .Thor

Crooks are spamming out a new variant of the infamous Locky ransomware.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016

‘We have many IoT customers’ says Huawei CTO

IoT World Congress “Our customer base is growing very fast,” Huawei CTO Wu Chou told The Register at IoT World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. The firm is long on smart Czech streetlights but short, it seems, on customers.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2016

Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

The Vatican has put itself on a collision course with the rock music industry, after banning the spreading of human ash-ley remains.
Clodagh Doyle, 26 Oct 2016

Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

A bellicose Burgundian has been served a six-month suspended sentence and a pile of damages after being driven to distraction by a glitchy iPhone and taking revenge on his local Apple store with a shiny metal ball.
Clodagh Doyle, 26 Oct 2016
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Seagate bowls out fattened-up spinner

Seagate's sixth generation Enterprise Performance disk drive ups its capacity by 50 per cent to 900GB and increases data transfer speed past 300MB/sec.
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
iPhone 7 Plus

Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

Analysis Santa may have an empty sack this Christmas, crushing the dreams of fanbois (and fanfilles). Apple admitted yesterday it was unable to meet the demand for its iPhone 7.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2016
James Clapper

'Non-state actors*' likely to blame for Dyn mega-attack – US intel chief

A senior US intelligence chief has said that "non-state actors" – bored kids or crooks* – are likely behind the high-profile attack on DNS provider Dyn last week.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016
A dog wearing glasses, on a park bench reading the news paper

Middle East hackers exposed

A hacking group is running a wide ranging cyber-espionage campaign against targets in the Middle East.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016
Burning copyright symbol. Photo by SHUTTERSTOCK

Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting

The US’s top copyright expert since 2011 has been re-assigned to investigating new tills for the gift shop and brainstorming social media strategies on the orders of her new boss, US president Barack Obama appointee Carla Hayden, leaked memos reveal.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2016
Astronaut on mars . Photo by shutterstock

I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

New research brings more bad news to astronauts thinking about long-haul space flights as spinal muscles shrink after months in space, scientists have found.
Katyanna Quach, 26 Oct 2016
Hose race, photo via Shutterstock

Huawei to OpenStackers: Don't try to chase Amazon, Microsoft and Google

OpenStack Summit First came AWS, then Microsoft’s Azure – now Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP). Microsoft’s been playing feature catch-up to AWS since 2008 with the baton passing now to Google under Diane Greene.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2016
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Speaking in Tech: EMC v Pure – Stop bickering with the big dog

Podcast Podcast This week Ed is in Barcelona while Greg and Amy sort out the week's tech news. The last of the Podcast Idols, Phoummala Schmitt (aka @ExchangeGoddess) and Theresa Miller of The Current Status, join us this week to discuss AWS, lawsuits, Facebook and open source switches.
Team Register, 26 Oct 2016

Interest rate hikes to fuel bonfire of the Unicorns

Enterprise startups burning through cash while it's cheap will have to fire their sales teams to survive, according to channel analyst outfit Canalys' founder Steve Brazier.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2016
Hannibal Lector wearing mask

The IoT market will grow through cannibalisation, says Tech Mahindra

IoT World Congress What does the Internet of Things actually mean for business? "If a customer is spending $10m on maintenance, I say, 'Give us $8m and... I will bring you better availability of your equipment'," a confident Karthikeyan Natarajan of Tech Mahindra told The Register yesterday.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2016

EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

Software companies must enable customers that acquire an unlimited licence to use their product to download a copy of that software to replace originals that have been damaged, destroyed or lost, the EU's highest court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Oct 2016

Tenable ate FlawCheck for DevOps enhancement

In order to remain tenable as the security market adjusts to software containers, Tenable Network Security, based in Columbia, Maryland, has acquired FlawCheck, a San Francisco-based company founded last year to make Docker containers more secure.
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016

Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

Vodafone has been fined £4.6m for failing customers for mis-selling to customers, inaccurate billing and poor complaints handling.
Kat Hall, 26 Oct 2016
HP Enterprise Consulting Services managing principal Stephen Kho. Image: Darren Puali / The Register

Got Ancient exploit but nowhere to use it? Try the horrid GRX network

Ruxcon They've been warned for years, but scores of telcos are still making bone-headed configuration mistakes in their GPRS Global Roaming Exchange (GRX) networks, leaving mail and FTP servers vulnerable.
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016
A-10 Warthog - US Air Force image

Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

“Uglier things have been spotted in the sky, but not by reliable witnesses” – and, in the case of the A10 “Warthog”, it'll be the ugliest thing in the sky for a lot longer than the US Air Force wanted.
European laser rat fence pilot

LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

The European Commission (EC) has found €1,777,985 for research on rat-repelling laser fences.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2016
Ash loses his head in a still of the movie Alien. Copyright: 20th Century Fox

Spoiler alert: We'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

As any followers of the “Tabbi's Star” controversy will tell you, put “aliens” in a media release and you're bound to get the clicks.

Hackintoshes hackable

VMware has found two flaws un its products, both of which impact users running Mac OS.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2016
Samsung Artik

Samsung ties Thread into two new IoT Artik chips

Samsung has expanded and updated its IoT hardware with the release of the low-end Artik 0 and high-end Artik 7 modules – both of which support the Thread protocol for the first time.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2016

VXer turns to ancient freemium model to flog keylogger, malware tools

Malware has been spotted using the freemium model more than 30 years after it was introduced.
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016

Atlantis, stateless virtual desktops, and containers

Atlantis is integrating its virtual workspace (desktop) into the Citrix management suite and is also providing a software product to manage and provision compute, networking, storage and data services for containers.
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
Google, photo by lightpoet via Shutterstock

Google fibre: Subs up, Revenue up, expansion over

Google's taken another step in winding back its fibre rollouts, and Craig Barratt, CEO of the operation, is showing himself the door.

This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

The Nexus 6P appears to have been hacked with attackers at the Mobile Pwn2Own contest installing malware without user interaction in less than five minutes.
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016

'Outpaced' ASIO was infiltrated by Soviets

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has publicly admitted for the first time it was infiltrated by Soviet spies during the Cold War.
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC –

Juniper revenue up, but profit slips for Q3

Juniper's turned in a Q3 2016 quarter revenue of US$1.285 billion, up 3 per cent on the same period last year, but with GAAP profits down by 13 per cent to $172.4 million.
Suitcase full of money

Akamai rides on the botnet's back to US$584 million quarter

Cloud computing security has driven a 6 per cent year-on-year revenue growth for Akamai, up from $US551 million last year to $584 million for Q3 2016.
Crashed jeep, photo via Shutterstock

IBM Australia didn't stress-test #censusfail router and blocked password resets

If Vulture South wasn't running short-staffed yesterday, we'd have stayed with the Senate Committee hearings inquiring into Australia's Census outage on August 9, and caught this gem:

Benioff on being hacked: We're looking into some next-gen fax machines

Marc Benioff is many things. But a whiner is not one of them.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2016
Shot of a new Macbook Pro

Disaster in Cupertino: Apple only made US$9bn last quarter

Apple once again saw revenues drop, as 45.5 million iPhone 7 sales were not enough to boost its fourth-quarter earnings.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Sleeper

US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

Volkswagen's proposed US “Dieselgate” remedies can go into effect, a US judge said, approving the disgraced auto-maker's US$14.7 billion settlement.

Asterisk users need to patch DoS bug

Asterisk users need to get busy with a patch.

Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

Since 1965, transistors have followed a path predicted by Gordon Moore, becoming more densely packed year after year. The result has been a steady improvement in CPU performance. Batteries, however, haven't advanced at the same pace.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016

That time Brian Krzanich had dinner with Elon Musk, Marc Benioff, David Blaine and Lars from Metallica

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doesn't read books.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Want to use 3D XPoint DIMMs with Intel Purley Xeons? Wait a couple of years for second-gen

Intel will fab Xeon processors that support 3D XPoint DIMMs in two years, its CEO signaled to analysts on a conference call this month.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016
Shot of a new Macbook Pro

Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

Apple has stashed what looks like a photo of its new MacBook Pro – due to be announced this week – in the very latest macOS Sierra update.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016

What has 500,000 thumbs and is no longer being sued by HP? Panasonic

HP says that Panasonic will no longer be a target in its optical drives lawsuit – after the two sides reached a settlement deal.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016
IBM Selectric Golfball

AT&T's spying millions

The Project Hemisphere spying business run by AT&T, which sells customer phone logs to the police, is raking in millions for the telco.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2016
Google Cardboard I/O 2015

Google gobbles startup that claims its tech is like a mind reader (gulp)

Not content to track people's activities online, Google plans to read their minds.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016
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A bigger splash: The mathematics of spilling beer

A team of researchers has ventured deep into the physics of spilling to uncover why pints of beer splash everywhere but liquid in straws do not when positioned horizontally.
Katyanna Quach, 25 Oct 2016
Activity tracking wristbands for all comers

'Every step your anti-theft tracker takes – I'll be watching you'

Tracking widgets that you stick on your keys and wallet so you don't lose them are riddled with security vulnerabilities, we're told.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016
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HPE buffs OpenStack cloud to woo public-shy types

OpenStack Summit Hewlett Packard Enterprise has polished its open-source cloud bundle ready for those returning from public cloud or perturbed by off-premises services.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2016
budweiser truck

Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

A truck using Uber’s latest automated driving system has made its first commercial delivery after shipping 45,000 cans of beer Bud on public freeways with no one at the wheel.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2016
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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

Pic Google's latest tablet, the Jamboard, weighs 93 pounds (42 kilograms). It could inflict grievous bodily harm if it toppled onto you. But Google made sure to have the four-wheeled stand that supports the unwieldy screen certified by safety testing firm UL.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016
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Avira debuts freebie VPN

Avira began bundling VPN technology with the latest edition of its security scanner suite.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016

ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

ARM TechCon Processor designer ARM will squirt security fixes directly into internet-connected gadgets to hopefully keep them defended from hackers.
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016

SUSE: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

ARM TechCon SUSE is claiming victory over Red Hat by announcing – and these caveats are all crucial – "the first commercial enterprise Linux distribution optimized for ARM AArch64 architecture servers."
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016

Samsung patches Galaxy Note 7 to not explode as two-thirds of phones recalled

Samsung is issuing a software update to all its Galaxy Note 7s across Europe, limiting the maximum battery charge to 60 per cent, in an attempt to quell its explosive safety issues.
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2016
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Paging 1994: Crap encryption still rife in devices

Pager communications in industrial environments often run over unencrypted channels, creating a hacker risk in the process.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016

Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub in all its speech-recognising glory

Microsoft has released a catalogue of AI software under Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub today.
Katyanna Quach, 25 Oct 2016

Cohesity COO Riccardo Di Blasio cut loose by board after HR probe

Exclusive Cohesity has parted ways with its chief operating officer, Riccardo Di Blasio, one year after he joined the startup.

And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

King's College London suffered its seventh consecutive day of IT woes today. According to our sources in Blighty's capital, this was down to a redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) which was running virtualised systems failing during a hardware upgrade.
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Bloody robots! 860k public sector jobs to be automated by 2030, say researchers

Once upon a time a public sector job was a golden ticket: little actual work, less accountability, and a job for life. Not any longer.
Traditional lattice pylons in the UK countryside

Existing security standards are fine for IoT gizmos in electrical grids

IoT World Congress Putting Internet of Things sensors into electricity distribution grids works just fine - and security is catered for by existing broad standards, Luc Hossenlopp, CTO of Schneider Electric’s energy division, told the Internet of Things World Congress today.
Gareth Corfield, 25 Oct 2016
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Surveillance by consent: Commissioner launches CCTV strategy for England and Wales

“There is a gap between what exists and what should exist,” according to the UK's commissioner responsible for ensuring that surveillance cameras are protecting members of the public, rather than spying on them.

BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

Hands-on Review Available for order this week, BlackBerry’s penultimate own-brand phone is a luxurious but light big sibling to its DTEK50. That was the first to marry a reference design, from TCL, to BlackBerry’s own “hardened” Android. The DTEK60 – not a name that rolls off the tongue – also uses BlackBerry’s Android, but aims for the boardroom rather than the shop floor. It’s one of the year’s nicer surprises.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2016

Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

Honesty in job ads is rarity. When employers talk of "exciting admin management opportunities", they really mean: paper-pushing drones wanted.
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2016
The Incredible Shrinking Man

Small fry Scale offers single-node HCI boxen for the ROBO crowd

Scale Computing is set to announce a single-node configuration of its HC3 hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA).
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016
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Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

Reg Standards Bureau Ever wondered what the equivalent weight of a tram was in skateboarding rhinoceri? The answer is apparently 30, as any Aussie will tell you.
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2016
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope

FireMon buys FortyCloud

Security firm FireMon has signed a deal to buy FortyCloud, a cloud infrastructure security broker.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016
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Capita's head of tech solutions resigns

The head of Capita’s technology solutions division Simon Furber is the most recent capo to leave the biz.
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2016
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Will AI spell the end of humanity? The tech industry wants you to think so

Star physicist Stephen Hawking has reiterated his concerns that the rise of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems could spell the end for humanity. Speaking at the launch of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Intelligence on 19 October, he did, however, acknowledge that AI equally has the potential to be one of the best things that could happen to us.
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The cloud is not new. What we are doing with it is

Sysadmin blog In the 10 years since the modern form of public cloud computing went mainstream, it has changed the entire industry's approach to IT. In response, IT's top vendors have had to change as well. Like any technology, however, the public cloud has adapted, evolved, and become something much different than was ever originally envisioned.
Trevor Pott, 25 Oct 2016
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Euro Central Bank backs money laundering rules for virtual currency exchanges

Plans to bring virtual currency exchanges and digital wallet providers within the scope of EU anti-money laundering (AML) legislation have been backed by the European Central Bank (ECB).
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Oct 2016
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RIP Vale Sheri S.Tepper

Beloved science fiction, horror and fantasy author Sheri S Tepper has died, aged 87.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
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Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials

Microsoft is warning of fake copies of its Security Essentials that if executed will throw a fake blue screen of death, pwn machines, and lead users to technical support scams.
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016
Drone shooting

Swedes ban camera spy-drones for anything but crime fighting

The Swedish judiciary has ruled that camera drones are surveillance devices, meaning their pilots will have to get a seldom-issued permit to use them for private flights.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2016
Batman. Credit: DC Comics.

Graduate recruitment site exposed 50,000 CVs sent to Virgin Media UK

Virgin Media has shuttered a kindergarten-grade bug in a third party website that exposed up to 50,000 résumés it's received over the years, complete with names, street and email addresses of applicants.
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016

Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

A lonely beancounter has been jailed after he fell for what appears to be a classic Nigerian email scam, and conned £150,000 out of a friend so he could bankroll his fake damsel in distress.

Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed a new on-prem-VM-to-cloud teleporter that aims to help organisations take virtualised workloads to its cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
WiFi Icon

WiGig spec hints at 5G offering 8 Gbps over 10 metres

The WiFi Alliance reckons it's bestowed on a waiting world the first hint of what 5G will look like, and apparently it's a radio link that can manage 8 Gbps over 10 metres.

Data management services have to get proactive – Acronis

Comment Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov thinks data protection services have to stop being reactive and become active managers of data integrity, security and storage.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016
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Iceland's Pirate Party tops polls ahead of national elections

The Pirate Party looks set for a successful outing in the coming weekend's Icelandic elections.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
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Reports: Twitter chainsaw massacre redux on the cards

Twitter is going from “troubled” to “beleaguered”, with reports that after it failed to flog itself it's going to cut loose as many as 300 staff.

MedSec's St Jude pacemaker hacks confirmed by pen-tester

St Jude Medical has suffered another setback in its lawsuit against Muddy Waters and security company MedSec.

Joomla! readies patch for core vulnerability so critical it isn't talking

The world's second-favourite content management system, Joomla!, is warning of a critical security hole so bad its developers aren't saying what it fixes.
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016
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IBM Australia again blames ISPs for #censusfail, is also 'unreservedly' sorry

IBM has tried to explain why trivially-small denial-of-service attacks took out the systems it provided for Australia's Census, causing a 40-hour outage.

IBM kills off SoftLayer brand, puts it in the Bluemix

IBM has started sublimating the SoftLayer brand and will henceforth put its own Bluemix brand front and centre.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
Internet anonymity

Judge orders FBI to reveal whether White House launched 'Tor pedo' torpedo exploits

A US judge overseeing an FBI “Playpen case” has told agents to reveal whether or not their investigative hacking was approved by the White House.
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'Biggest ever' Linux release

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks Linux 4.9 will be "the biggest in number of commits we've ever had."
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016

2016 has been a garbage fire. But 2017's looking up – there'll be loads of IPOs, beams Intel

Pretty much everyone can agree that 2016 has been awful all round, but hey here's something we can look forward come January 1: 2017 is going to be the year of new tech IPOs, according to the CEO of Intel's venture capital arm.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2016

No NY love for Airbnb

The state of New York and DIY lodging broker Airbnb are on the outs over a new state law banning short-term rentals.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016
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Verizon boss: Yahoo! email hack 'is a big deal to us', we'll decide new price next month

Verizon is going to decide how much it is willing to pay for Yahoo! next month when an investigation into its massive security breach is completed.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2016

CEO of VoIP biz admits in court: It was all a $1.8bn Ponzi scheme

The CEO of VoIP telephone service TelexFree has confessed that his company was a front for a $1.8bn pyramid scam.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016

LinkedIn, Dropbox hack suspect named as Yevgeniy Nikulin by US prosecutors

The US Department of Justice has unsealed its indictment against a Russian bloke accused of hacking high-profile websites.
macOS Sierra

It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

Apple has distributed a fresh round of security updates to address remote-code execution holes in iOS, macOS, Safari, and the firmware for Apple Watch and AppleTV.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016

Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

The latest figures on smartwatch shipments have shown a dramatic decline in interest among consumers.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2016

Intel throws the ball long with sports, VR and IoT cash injections

Intel has launched a new group to cozy up to pro-sports, aimed at working with the major leagues to introduce the next wave of technology from virtual reality to data analytics, tracking and image capture.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2016
Repo Man

Google flying car spotted?

A flying car prototype funded by Google parent company Alphabet's boss Larry Page has reportedly been seen hovering over the California town of Hollister.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2016

Clinton, Trump actually agree on something – blocking AT&T's Time Warner mega-buy

AT&T's proposed $84.5bn acquisition of Time Warner is already facing a gauntlet of opposition from government officials and activists.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016

US docs halve screen time for tots: No more than an hour a day

The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its recommendations for children's use of electronic media, and has cut the overall time it recommends that tots spend on-screen.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2016
The Martian

Musk outlines plans for Mars

The first humans sent by SpaceX to Mars won't be astronauts, but engineers, boss Elon Musk has said.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2016

App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

Security researchers have demonstrated how to gain root privileges from a normal Android app without relying on any software bug.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2016
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NetSuite's pre-Oracle curtain call: Growth and costs increase

NetSuite closed in typical fashion what promised to be the final quarter before it is subsumed by Oracle - growth in turnover continued, as did operating overheads and losses.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2016

Gravitational lensing event could provide ideal conditions for planet hunting

A rare gravitational lensing event will give researchers a precious chance at hunting new planets in Alpha Centauri in 2028, astronomers have predicted.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Oct 2016

Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Asda customers were bereft of their weekend deliveries after a server glitch cancelled 15 per cent of online orders.
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016
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Wi-Fi commuter fears

Wi-Fi on UK trains could leave commuters vulnerable to hackers.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2016
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Barracuda Networks chomps up contract with reseller Quadsys

Barracuda, a security, networking and storage vendor, has terminated its relationship with security reseller Quadsys.

Chinese electronics biz recalls webcams at heart of botnet DDoS woes

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai is set to recall swathes of webcams after they were compromised by the Mirai botnet.

Newly discovered cave-dwelling creepy-crawly is four times the man* you are

Scientists have discovered a new species of millipede with four penises lurking deep within the crystal cave of Sequoia National Park.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Oct 2016
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Murder in the Library of Congress

The US Copyright Office has been given a brutal Silicon Valley-style sacking, the first time the Copyright Register has been dismissed in 119 years.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2016

Government Digital Service under review after rural payments cockup

Whitehall's spending watchdog is to review the achievements of the Government Digital Service in light of the Rural Payments Agency's IT disaster.
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016
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Stung by Azure and AWS cost shock? Penny-pinchers love them some OpenStack

The cost and expense of AWS and Azure is helping drive cloud hopefuls to OpenStack, the organisation has said.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2016
Donald Trump

Bad news, Trump. NASty storage is pretty popular, too

Block-based storage (and particularly that based on Fibre Channel) has always been the favoured child when it comes to vendors talking about their products and solutions. All of the high-end performing devices tend (but not exclusively) to be block-based.
Chris Evans, 24 Oct 2016

Paid Wikipedia-fiddling on wheels

It isn’t just feral estate agents who drape their cars with adverts. Reader James sent us this photo, which you may want to examine more closely if you’re an enthusiastic Wikipedian.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2016

AI lawyer: I know how you ruled next summer

RotM Artificial Intelligence can predict the outcomes of European Court of Human Rights trials to a high accuracy, according to research published today.
Katyanna Quach, 24 Oct 2016
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Hacktivist crew claims it launched last week's DDoS mega-attack

A group called New World Hackers has claimed responsibility for a DDoS attack that rendered significant portions of the web unreachable last Friday.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2016
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Huzzah! Java EE 8 by October ... 2017, says Oracle

Oracle aims to land the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 on or before October 2017.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2016

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).
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2016
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Parliamentarians ask Obama to withdraw Lauri Love extradition request

A cross-party collective of 105 UK 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.

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.
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.
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016
Price rises

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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2016
Hammer, spanner and screw

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.
Gerhard Klostermeier. Image: Darren Pauli, The Register.

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.
Darren Pauli, 24 Oct 2016

Thanks, IoT vendors: your slack attitude will get regulators moving

Last Friday's Mirai botnet attack against Dyn must force everybody's hands – vendors, regulators, and Internet infrastructure operators.
Robot AI Woman

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.

Brute force cred crunchers gifted Username Anarchy

Ruxcon Melbourne security bod Andrew Horton has created a tool to automate the generation of usernames in a bid to round-out brute force account attacks.
Darren Pauli, 24 Oct 2016
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2016
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AWS budget tool update gives suits the control they crave

Amazon Web Services' (AWS') ongoing efforts to help users control costs have resulted in an upgrade to its Budgets tool?
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2016
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Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

Ruxcon Hacker Wanqiao Zhang of Chinese security 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.
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2016

Mozilla plots TLS 1.3 future for Firefox

Mozilla has decided it needs to lift its HTTPS game, and will default to TLS 1.3 in next year's Firefox 52.
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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.
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Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Ubuntu overlord Mark Shuttleworth has named the next version of the Linux distro "Zesty Zapus".
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.
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.
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.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2016

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