Russian gang uses botnets to automate check counterfeiting
Black HatA researcher has uncovered a sophisticated check counterfeiting ring that uses compromised computers to steal and print millions of dollars worth of bogus invoices and then recruit money mules to cash them.
Sony Walkman NWZ-A845 media player
ReviewIf you can live without support for FLAC or Ogg Vorbis, then Sony's Walkman PMPs have long been the obvious choice for anyone concerned about sound quality but not wanting to chance lesser known players from Cowon or iRiver.
Toshiba intros second-gen Cell tellies
Toshiba has been talking up tellies based on the Sony PlayStation 3's Cell chip for years, and today unwrapped three new models due to go on sale in October.
Software emulation copyright case bumped to ECJ
A small software company did not infringe copyright in analytical software giant SAS's software by writing a program that emulated its functions, the High Court has provisionally ruled.
MoD increased annual IT spending by £240m
The Ministry of Defence has revealed that its annual ICT spending rose from £1.15bn in 2007-08 to £1.39bn in 2008-09.
Government goes after outsourced staff T&Cs
The government is considering ending the right of workers at outsourcing firms to expect broadly similar working conditions to those enjoyed by their co-workers who previously worked in the public sector.
HTC says sorry for Orange Hero Android 2.1 update delay
HTC may have posted the very long awaited Android 2.1 update for its Hero smartphone last month, but it's been taking Orange rather longer to release a version for its own-brand Hero.
Apple posts Magic Trackpad drivers for Windows
Windows users keen to make use of Apple's Magic Trackpad, announced yesterday, can now do so - possibly.
VMware automates volume discounting
I love when IT vendors simplify things and make them more consistent. Because when they do, that is the surest way to know they have made something more complex for reasons they will never explain to customers.
Sage expects to fall into line after improved Q3 growth
UK-based software maker Sage reported this morning “improving organic growth trends” in its third quarter, and said that its full-year results would be in line with market expectations.
SanDisk launches Cruzer Blade USB thumblet drive
SanDisk has launched what it calls a paperclip-size USB thumb drive, designed to fit on a key ring and store from 2GB to 16GB of data.
Mariposa mastermind arrested in Slovenia
Investigators have released more details on the arrest of a Slovenian hacker suspected of creating the code behind the infamous Mariposa botnet.
Watchdog rules on Hull Daily Mail 'porncoder' exposé
The Press Complaints Commission has issued a mild wrist slap to the Hull Daily Mail for its coverage of Paul Smith - the man behind local news site HU17.net who was discovered to have a bit of previous form knocking together smut websites.
Carphone Warehouse overcomes 'dread' in Q3
Smartphone sales and American connections are keeping Carphone Warehouse healthy, with the CEO telling investors that things are only going to get better for Blighty.
Brits trump Ruskies with flying horse
We're delighted to report that the RAF have shown Russian donkey dangler Vasily Gorobets - the man responsible for the Sea of Azov airborne ass - just how it's really done.
Virgin Media survives World Cup, buys back shares
Did the World Cup bring any sunshine to Virgin Media? The company today announced profits of £80m on increased turnover of £964m in its most recent quarter. But long-suffering shareholders take precedence over customers - Virgin will spend £375m buying back shares. Buy-backs usually have the goal of raising the share price.
Chilean tarantulas menace Bolton
The RSPCA has warned the good burghers of Bolton to keep a sharp eye out for Chilean Rose tarantulas after a couple of the eight-legged critters were spotted in local gardens.
Firefox 4 beta 2 preaches tabs-on-top love to fanbois
Mozilla’s second beta for Firefox 4 arrived yesterday and, as expected, it now sets its Chrome-like tabs-on-top feature as default for Mac fanbois.
DreamWorks signs cloud computing deal
DreamWorks SKG has signed a multi-year deal with Cerelink for cloud computing access.
UK.gov's phone and net snooping hits record high
The expansion in official snooping on communications records has continued with a record number of requests last year for details of who is talking to whom.
Reboot key Brit 'ready to save internet'
The Brit charged with holding one of seven digital keys necessary to re-establish a system of trust in the highly unlikely event of a collapse of the DNSSec (DNS Security Extensions) system has spoken of the practicalities of his responsibility.
Vodafone fronts €150,000 for mobile start ups
Vodafone has launched another round of its Mobile Clicks compo, offering €100,000 to the best mobile startup - even if it hasn't actually started up just yet.
UK bans Nintendo DS homebrew code installer
The R4 card, a Nintendo DS add-on that allows users to transfer Rom code to the handheld, has been banned in the UK.
Samsung Galaxy S
ReviewThe Galaxy S is Samsung's hero handset for 2010 and one the company clearly has high hopes for. It's the closest thing to an iPhone the Korean firm has yet produced, and packs in Android 2.1 OS, multi-touch screen, powerful 1GHz processor, 5Mp camera, GPS, an updated TouchWiz UI, social networking and Samsung's own App store in addition to Android's Market.
Adobe to buy Day Software
Adobe Systems has agreed to buy Switzerland-based Day Software Holding AG for around $240m in a clear move to bump up the Flash and Photoshop company's Web2.0 portfolio.
Hypnotic illusions at the Wikileaks Show
AnalysisThere's a theatrical quality to the publication of the Wikileaks Afghan logs that's quite at odds with what they contain. You'll recall that Wikileaks obtained a large number of classified field reports from US forces in Afghanistan and gave three media outlets, the New York Times, Der Spiegel and the Guardian, advanced copies of a small portion of the material, before publishing on Monday.
Smart meters pose hacker kill-switch risk, warn boffins
A leading computer scientist has warned of the security risks of using smart meters in controlling utility supplies.
Apple Safari extensions hit 5.0.1 deck
Apple has updated its Safari web browser today, less than two months after it landed with a bump for some fanbois in early June.
Tight-lipped Apple fixes Safari autosnoop bug
Black HatApple has fixed a flaw in Safari that exposed user names, email addresses, and other sensitive information when the browser visited booby-trapped websites.
Adobe fights exploits with MAPPs
Black HatFollowing a path first taken by Microsoft, Adobe Systems plans to provide security partners with information about upcoming security patches to give providers of antivirus products and intrusion prevention systems a head start in warding off attacks that target the flaws.
Google brews (another) Facebook rival, says report
Google is in talks with various online gaming companies as part of an effort to develop (another) Facebook competitor, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Swiss do lady-friendly iPhone 4 launch
The iPhone 4 gets its Swiss launch on Friday, with an odd choice of attendant gender-related promotional faff.
Convirture goes open core with 2.0 virt tools
Convirture has unveiled a management tool for open source hypervisors.
X Prize offers cash for oil spill cleaners
This Thursday, the X Prize Foundation will announce its next competition: a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs to find ways to clean up after such environmental disasters as BP's Gulf gusher.
Microsoft biz stars won't shine in Wall Street web show
Microsoft watchers and stockholders scratching their heads over the recent cloud re-org, Bing's continued losses, and potential prospects for Office 2010 will have to personally trek to Redmond this year if they want to hear from those directly in charge about what's going on.
Lara Croft, the Way in Derby
Lara Croft Way, part of a new ring road in Derby, officially opened this week, with a Tomb Raider look-a-like posing for photos.
Apple fanbois not as data hungry as Big Phone says
When AT&T's wireless service buckles and chokes, defenders say that Big Phone's infrastructure is being overloaded by iPhone users — but a new study shows that Jobsian handheld owners' data hunger is handily eclipsed by that of users of Verizon data plans.
Facebook beta joins web Q&A craze
Facebook has unveiled a limited beta of its long-rumored question-and-answer service, a tool that lets you toss questions at people who spend lots of time on Facebook.
Scareware victims seldom fight back
Victims of rogue anti-virus scams rarely attempt to claw back fraudulent credit card payments for worthless software packages, according to new research.
Lonely boffins share Inception-style dreams
What with Inception tearing up the cinema box office, this is unlikely to be the last you'll hear of this particular story. A dream diary kept by biologists marooned on the Farrallon Islands, a barren rocky outcrop some 20 miles off the Northern California coast, shows they often shared the same dreams.
Citrix fluffed by XenDesktop virt in Q2
That $500m investment in XenSource from three summers ago is starting to pay off for Citrix Systems. The virtual desktop wave that helped lift Citrix in the first quarter continued to swell in the second quarter as the company booked $458.4m in revenue, up 16.7 per cent, and net income rose to $47.6m, up 11.8 per cent.
Purdue puts HPC cluster in HP PODs
Purdue University, the engineering school known by the nickname "The Boilermakers", has tapped Hewlett-Packard to build a 1,000-node HPC cluster for scientific research. Rather than put the cluster into a traditional data center, Purdue is stuffing the machinery into HP's POD containerized data center.
Armed with exploits, ATM hacker hits the jackpot
Black HatA startling percentage of the world's automated teller machines are vulnerable to physical and remote attacks that can steal administrative passwords and personal identification numbers to say nothing of huge amounts of cash, a security researcher said Wednesday.