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Verizon outage borks phones, TVs, internet for hapless East Coast folk

Update All of US carrier Verizon's services have been struck down by an outage across Delaware, New Jersey, and New York since 5:27am EDT. Down Detector has recorded a spike in complaints since this morning, and its own commentards have tracked the outage by offering their experiences and referencing them with their area codes. …
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First Microsoft, now IBM: Box deals are coming thick and fast

IBM and Box are hopping into bed together, a move intended to satisfy their respective desires for cloud and scale. The companies intend to integrate their technology, including IBM content management, Watson analytics and IBM Verse and Connections social collaboration tools. The deal is the second big announcement for Box in …
Kat Hall, 24 Jun 2015
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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

A threat intelligence report into the availability of login credentials for US government agencies has identified 47 agencies across 89 unique domains may be compromised. The findings resulted from an analysis of open source intelligence (OSint) from 17 paste sites, carried out between 4 November 2013 and 4 November 2014. The …
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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

Virgin Media has started work connecting customers to the fibre broadband infill it announced in February. The £3bn programme significantly larger than anything planned by BT and represents a growing trend among companies to provide higher speed broadband than available with the UK incumbent. Virgin offers a 152Mbps service, …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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Phone-home service Lebara launches prepaid TV offering

Low-cost mobile virtual network operator Lebara is following the non-virtual operators in a step towards quad-play with a TV offering — and for the moment at least skipping broadband and fixed. As with the existing phone service, Lebara Play will be prepaid, with customers topping up their allocation at a local corner shop. …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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Failing to zap bogus reviews about your biz is illegal, snarls regulator

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority is cracking down on companies publishing fake reviews or taking cash for unmarked promotional content. The CMA said it has opened an investigation using its "consumer enforcement powers" into a number of companies over non-disclosure of paid endorsements. The regulator said it is also …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2015
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Post Office launches mobe service for aged greybeards

The Post Office has launched its own mobile phone service. The organisation plays hard on the value for money that its new pre-pay tariffs offer, but in practice the market is so competitive it’s hard to make that stand up. While the headline prices are cheaper, many rivals – notably Tesco Mobile – offer top-up bonuses, which …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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US National Vulnerability Database contained ... yup, an XSS vuln

The US National Vulnerability Database was itself left vulnerable to cross-site scripting last week. The NVD serves as a definitive source of information on CVE security flaws. The XSS vulnerability meant that a skilled hacker could present surfers with content from arbitrary third-party sites as if it came from the NVD itself …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2015
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Facebook Moments app NOT COMING to a mobile device near EU soon

Mark Zuckerberg may have bigged up Facebook's latest app release on Monday, but one thing was missing from the vomit-inducing, fluffy coverage around Moments: it won't be coming to Europe any time soon. The reason? Facial recognition technology is a key element of the app. So – given that Moments would be about as useful as a …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2015

Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

Talks to establish a code of conduct for the commercial use of facial recognition technology in the US have collapsed, following the withdrawal of privacy advocates who claimed industry representatives weren't cooperating. The talks, which began in February 2014, were organised by the National Telecommunication and Information …
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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

A malware infestation at the Bundestag is proving harder to clean up than first predicted, with several unconfirmed local reports going as far as suggesting that techies might have to rebuild the entire network from scratch. As previously reported, a state-sponsored attack is suspected for the widespread infection of systems …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2015
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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

BlackBerry is pondering kitting out its next smartphone with Google's Android operating system, according to reports. In a major strategic turn the firm is considering running the Chocolate Factory's operating system on its next mobe, reports Reuters. Citing multiple source, the newswire said the move is part of BlackBerry's …
Kat Hall, 12 Jun 2015
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Data Dynamics chap lifts curtain on anti-fluster cluster thruster tool

Comment There's no need to get in a fluster over clusters. Data Dynamics reckons it has a better tool to migrate NetApp's non-clustered array users to the joys of clusterdom; having separate NetApp arrays function and be managed as one. The move to clustered Data ONTAP (CDOT) from the original ONTAP operating system — 7mode — has proved …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2015
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How should you manage your network's traffic performance?

Live Reg TV Register now to join a few experts for a special three-part Regcast, live today at 11:00 BST. Here we will give you the information you need to take control of your network traffic. If you can't make the live show, then you can register for the on-demand version here, and we'll let you know once it's available to watch. Handy …
David Gordon, 11 Jun 2015

Kaspersky Lab reveals Duqu 2.0 attack ON ITSELF during Iran nuke talks

Kaspersky Lab has unearthed an attack on its corporate network which hit high profile victims in several Western, Middle East and Asian nations, including covert surveillance attempts during the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. The Duqu 2.0 malware platform associated with the attacks was exploiting up to three zero-day …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
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Unable to log on to online games? Blame cheap-rate DDoSers

Running botnets-for-hire to mount DDoS attacks has become cheaper and easier than ever, according to a new research. Imperva Incapsula reckons botnet-for-hire services might be acquired for for as little $19.99 per month, via underground forums and payable in Bitcoins. Short, single-vector attacks associated with botnet-for-hire …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
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'Draconian' French Charteur des Snoopeurs gets senate approval

Yesterday (June 9), the Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement – the bill described as France's own Patriot Act – was passed by the country's upper chamber. The fast-tracked law will give French intelligence services lots of new snooping superpowers, with little or no judicial oversight. Civil liberties organisations have …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Jun 2015

Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Updated The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) site crashed yesterday under the strain of users flocking to receive an online code to replace their paper driving licence counterparts. One user, Dave Compton, told us he was still experiencing problems this morning. He said: "I retrieved the sharing code required for my hire car, …
Kat Hall, 9 Jun 2015

Engaged to be worried – Verify borks married tax allowance applications

Recipients of UK.gov's flagship marriage tax allowances have been left unable to identify themselves online, the latest stumbling block in the government's new gaffe-prone identity assurance system Verify. According to the Daily Mail, many applicants were left confused and unable to identify themselves. Labour MP Margaret Hodge …
Kat Hall, 8 Jun 2015

HP to buy EMC? We think so, say Wall St money men

An HP and EMC merger still seems like a fanciful sticking plaster to heal two tech giants, but financial analysts in the US are advising that such a transaction not only looks logical but more likely. Wall St money men spent last week analysing HP’s direction in the corporate enterprise following the Discover event in Las Vegas …
Paul Kunert, 7 Jun 2015

Bin bods Brabantia breached, customer passwords trashed

Brabantia, the Dutch company most well known for making steel bins, has been hacked within the last 24 hours, and customer details may have been exposed. An email Brabantia has sent to consumers explains that "as part of our routine monitoring, we have been made aware that our database accounts have been subject to …

ICANN speak clearly now .gay has gone – Council of Europe

An alliance of 47 countries has called on ICANN to respect privacy and freedom of expression when allocating top level domains. The Council of Europe (CoE) has no legal power to force ICANN to change its procedures, but does have official observer status with ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). ICANN (the Internet …

MS scolds businesses for failing to eradicate 7-year-old malware

Zero-day threats and custom malware get all the publicity, but age-old malware strains including ZeuS and Conficker remain active in UK corporates. “The bad guys don’t have to be smart, they can use something that’s 7-8 years old,” Stuart Aston, chief security advisor at Microsoft UK, told delegates at the RSA Unplugged mini- …
John Leyden, 4 Jun 2015
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Oracle, Intel team on server with a dimmer switch

Oracle looks like it's committed to custom Xeons for the long haul. Big Red last year teamed with Chipzilla on the E7-8895 v2, a CPU that improved on the top-of-the-line E7-8890 by adding features that let the silicon switch cores on and off as required by Oracle's operating systems and software. The chips can also vary their …
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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

Firefox shop Mozilla recently became the latest in the long line of companies big and small trying to push the web from HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol. In the post-Snowden world, where everyone from the NSA, GCHQ to your ISP is inspecting and sometimes altering content, HTTPS (which makes such things nearly impossible) …
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Disconnect app maker runs to EU to moan about Android

Privacy app maker Disconnect has filed a formal complaint against Google with the European Commission, adding to the Chocolate Factory’s EU competition woes. “Disconnect charges Google with abusing its dominant market position by banning Disconnect’s app, a revolutionary technology that protects users from invisible tracking …

Chips of the world, Unite: Intel bakes Iris Pro gfx into new Xeon

Computex 2015 Intel has, for the first time, baked its Iris graphics chipper into its server-centric Xeon CPUs. Announced today at Computex 2015, the Xeon E3-1200v4 includes Iris pro graphics P6300. The result is a CPU tuned for video transcription. If a CPU designed for that workload sounds a bit obscure, consider the many video-on-demand …
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Pure Storage pushes all-flash array purification

Pure Storage is announcing a fresh all-flash array family with capacity and performance boosts, updated cloud and analytics-based support, as well as enhancing its upgradability business model. FlashArray//m is the hardware, Pure1 the cloud and analytics support facility, and Evergreen the upgraded upgradability scheme. Given …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jun 2015
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Where’s the best place for your infrastructure bottleneck?

As technology evolves, bottlenecks in the infrastructure move around. The switch speed leapfrogs the server speed, then the servers are upgraded with faster LAN cards and the spinning disks in the SAN become the weak link, so you upgrade and find that the SAN fabric is holding you back. How does everything interact? And as the …
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Gigabyte and Cavium team on super-dense ARM servers

Computex 2015 Motherboard maestro Gigabyte has revealed new servers based on Cavium's ThunderX ARM chippery. The decision to do so is not entirely new: Gigabyte makes server motherboards, bare bones servers and even some ARM-powered servers based on the AppliedMicro X-Gene1 CPU. The move into Cavium-powered boxen takes things up a notch, …
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Intel Altera gobble is back on say money men

Intel's rumoured interest in Altera is making headlines again, with the two reportedly readying an announcement as early as Monday, US time. The idea that Chipzilla might want to add the FPGA specialist to its collection first surfaced in March of this year, but was later hosed down. By April, the financial wires had decided …
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Fedora 22: Don't be glum about the demise of Yum – this is a welcome update

Review The big news with Fedora 22, just delivered, is the Fedora project actually managed to stick pretty close to its proposed schedule. Fedora 22 arrived just one week later than scheduled – but what's a week after the month-long delays of the last few release cycles? It would seem that the recent top-down restructuring of the …
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The time on Microsoft Azure will be: Different by a second, everywhere

Exclusive Servers running Microsoft’s cloud will be briefly out of sync with each other and official time standards on June 30, as they implement the leap second. Microsoft has determined that clocks on tens of thousands of servers globally running Azure should switch to the leap second at midnight in the time zone where they are based. …
Gavin Clarke, 29 May 2015
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Security software's a booming market. Why is Symantec stumbling?

Worldwide security software revenue totalled $21.4bn in 2014, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2013's revenue of $20.3bn, according to the serious bean counters at Gartner. A decline in consumer security software and endpoint protection — areas that together account for 39 per cent of the market — was more than offset the strong …
John Leyden, 27 May 2015
Judiciary.gov.uk's expired certificate snafu, as seen via Firefox

SNAFU: Blighty's judges not trustworthy, says their own website

UK.gov's judiciary website has had its security compromised after bungling administrators failed to renew a security certificate. The judiciary.gov.uk site is designed to provide information on Blighty's top legal bods and information on judgments. It represents the Judicial Office, which reports to the Lord Chief Justice and …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2015
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Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more

A presentation given at a conference on high-performance computing (HPC) in Poland earlier this month appears to have yielded new insight into Intel's Xeon server chip roadmap. A set of slides spotted by our sister site The Platform indicates that Chipzilla is moving toward a new server platform called "Purley" that will debut …
Neil McAllister, 27 May 2015
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Unisys weans itself off homebrew chippery, finally slurps Intel gear

Unisys has unveiled a new range of all-Intel colosso-servers, effectively closing the chapter on Unisys's own proprietary CMOS chips. The new ClearPath Dorado 8380 and 8390 systems the company will put on sale this week pack high-end Xeons into a 42U chassis and run OS 2200, Unisys' bundle of OS and apps. Unisys has been …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2015
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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

Vintage hardware enthusiast Ken Shirriff has shown that a model 1401 mainframe, which IBM announced in 1959, can mine Bitcoin. If, that is, your definition of mining includes “chugging away at the problem until pretty close to the heat-death of the universe.” Ken Shirriff used the Model 1401 housed at California's Computer …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2015
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Windows Server 2003 end of support draws ever closer

Regcast Sign up RIGHT NOW to watch The Register’s how-to Regcast on coping with Windows Server 2003 End of Service (EoS). Watch this live, on June 12 at 11:00 BST - if you can't make it, just sign up and we will email you when the recording is available. Handy synopsis for you Flash forward to a time when we rest contentedly in the …
David Gordon, 22 May 2015
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VMware doubles node count for EVO:RAIL hyperconvergenceware

VMware has released a new version 1.2 of its EVO:RAIL software that turns servers from third parties into hyperconverged screamers. The headline change is a doubling in scale. Version 1.0 of EVO:RAIL could handle four appliances in a cluster and 16 nodes overall. That's now eight appliances in a cluster and 32 nodes overall. …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2015
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Coho Data spawns all-flash MicroArray with fresh funding help

Storage service array startup Coho Data has nearly doubled its funding and got itself a new product to boot. A nice thirty million dollars has been injected into the company in a C-round led by March Capital Partners, along with Intel Capital, HP, Andreessen Horowitz and Ignition Partners. It's interesting that both Intel and HP …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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It pays to fake it: Test your flash SAN with a good simulation

It is pretty obvious that storage systems vary. You could reply, with some justification: “No shit, Sherlock!” What is less obvious and more useful to know, however, is how and why they vary and how the variation – not just between all-disk, hybrid and all-flash arrays but even between different arrays of the same class – can …
Bryan Betts, 21 May 2015