25th > February > 2015 Archive
Visa's tokenisation scheme to debut in Australia
Australian and European shoppers will be able to use a throwaway Visa card token to shop online in a bid to reduce fraud.
Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?
NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers has said it is vital Uncle Sam's crimefighters snoop on people – and that this should be possible even if citizens use strong encryption.
Red or alive, you're coming with me: Feds offer $3m reward for 'CryptoLocker baron'
The US State Department and the FBI, have stumped up $3m in reward money for the arrest of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, the 30-year-old Russian man accused of stealing over $100m with his malware.
Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection
On Friday Lenovo is going to tell the world about how it plans to regain the trust of its users in the wake of the Superfish clusterfuck – and may even launch an independent security audit of its products.
Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks
Amazon has filed for a patent on a service that would see the company offer 3D-printed stuff on demand.
Avaya joins SDN club with ONA-nism
Avaya is the latest of the big names to drink the software-defined networks (SDN) Kool-Aid, launching its Open SDN Fx architecture on a waiting world.
Microsoft's patchy patchwork extends to Virtual Machine Manager
Redmond's patchwork mess has extended to Virtual Machine manager, after a recent patch spoiled when exposed to the sun.
Cloud boffins build cheap content delivery network in the cloud
Take a bit of cloud, add a bit of money, and stir in a bit of boffinry, and you could build your very own content distribution network (CDN).
F5 and Citrix alumni build CAFE to relax cloudy apps
Airline-magazine-grade chatter about cloud suggests that running an app in Azure, AWS or Google requires not much more than a few clicks before vaporised magic takes over, infrastructure bills decrease and scalability becomes infinite.
Snowden's favourite Linux - Tails - rushes sec-fix version to market
Tails, the secure live-boot Linux made famous by Edward Snowden, has had a major revision release to Version 1.3.
Who's un-dot-pressure? .com overlord Verisign sues .xyz kingpin
UpdatedDot-com registry operator Verisign is suing the largest new gTLD registry, dot-xyz, alleging false advertising.
Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome
Google is vastly expanding its popular annual Pwnium hack fest, by allowing hackers to vie try for limitless amounts of cash every day of the year.
Juniper okays Elliott Management's board nominees
Juniper Networks and activist investor Elliott Management are fluttering the “peace in our time” paper, with the network ironmonger agreeing to appoint two new Elliot-approved directors to its board.
Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY
Worstall on WednesdayThe idea that the tech giants are simply going to waste the pots of cash with which they have been entrusted is certainly counter-intuitive, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if they did. For that's pretty much the fate of all investment: to be wasted.
C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free
As Lenovo struggles to extricate itself from the controversy surrounding pre-installed Superfish scumware on its machines, a blast of cruft from the past may give the PC slinger's critics extra ammo this week.
Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys
Gemalto, the world's biggest SIM card maker, has investigated the NSA's and GCHQ's infiltration of its computers – and says that while the agencies did get into its network, they didn't get in far enough to siphon off phone-call encryption keys.
Zeus scumbag infects itself, buddies, with rival Trojan
A Zeus hacker cabal has infected itself and its colleagues with a rival malware in an act of poetic justice noticed by RSA researcher Lior Ben-Porat.
Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024
Russia has decided that if Europe ends its involvement in the International Space Station (ISS), it will undock and keep its half alive.
Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya
ReviewElementary Linux has released the second beta of the imminent Freya release of its OS.
$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement
Apple has been ordered to pay nearly half a billion dollars to Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash after a jury found that Cupertino's iTunes music service had violated three patents.
Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report
Very little progress has been made on the Department for Work and Pensions' disastrous Universal Credit programme, with just 0.3 per cent of the eligible population using it, the Public Accounts Committee has said.
Storage modernisation reality check
Keeping up with evolving storage demands is tough. This came through strongly in a recent Reg research study.
Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com
Microsoft is doubling down on Skype by killing integration with Google Talk and Facebook Messenger in Outlook.com.
XenData’s storage Jurassic Park: PC tape backup is BAAAAACK
Back in the old days, those dim and distant ones before the millennium, before the '90s even, you could backup your PC to external tape drives. It was a nightmare mix of weird software and slow transfer speeds ... and then external disks came along to rescue us.
Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto
SIM card manufacturer Gemalto has given more details of what it understands is behind the reports that GCHQ and the NSA got their mitts on the encryption keys for its SIM cards.
Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind
The European Commission has published its league table of digital countries and the Best of Europe’s tech world is, you guessed it, Denmark!
Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz
Small biz suppliers received no more love from government procurement departments last year, with direct spend dipping by 0.1 per cent compared with 2012/13 to £4.5bn.
It's the EU and me against the world – Euro digi-chief
Europe must stick together or the US will suck out our brains data; so warned Europe’s digi chief Gunther H-dot Oettinger on Tuesday.
New Dell boxes reverberate with Blue Thunder
Dell has revealed a range of new hyper-converged XC appliances, running on Nutanix software and containing 13G PowerEdge servers.
Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?
Mobile phone company Kazam has been put on the naughty step by the Advertising Standards Authority after viewers complained its "world's slimmest phone" ad caused offence by overtly sexualising women.
Azlan UK boss made 'redundant' amid restructure
Tech Data (TD) UK has restructured its Azlan enterprise tech business unit, taking out the top dog Gareth Hansford in a cost cutting shimmy.
Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup
A senior level dust-up has erupted at Coms Plc with CEO David Breith trying to stage a boardroom coup, amid widening losses and a spat over Coms shares that he quietly bought.
Europol shuts down darn RAMNIT botnet
Euro cybercrime cops have taken down the RAMNIT botnet, which has infected 3.2 million computers worldwide, including 33,000 in the UK.
Big data = big loss for Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks
If the future of big data is Hadoop, those peddling it still have a long journey ahead of the them.
W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?
CommentThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it.
Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market
All-flash array startup Solidfire has a new array and is selling its software, minus hardware, to hyperscalers.
There's more than one way to back up your data
In the world of data protection you don't get fired for losing money, you get fired for losing data.
Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds
In the arms race for faster data speeds, Nokia Networks has pulled out 600Mbps over Ericsson’s 450Mbps by using 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology.
NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud
NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas.
COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins
Researchers from Australia and China have turned up an unfeasibly large black hole that almost dates back to the beginning of time.
Say cheese! Europe's antitrust chief has Google boss in her sights – reports
If reports are to be believed, Google big boy Eric Schmidt is to meet Europe's new competition chief for the first time soon, in an effort to sort out the long-running court case against the Chocolate Factory and avoid a possibly substantial fine.
What exchange rate blues? Our storage revs have grown – HP
CommentDespite lousy dollar exchange rates, HP storage revenues are climbing – unlike those of NetApp, which fingered those same exchange rates as the cause of its woes.
Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs
Austrian scientists have used a technique dubbed "bionic reconstruction" to connect a robot hand to human nerves, enabling directly brain-controlled prosthetics for the first time.
PernixData RAMs in yet more speed to FVP
PernixData, the clusterable VMware IO cacher, has added compression to its RAM caching, meaning more effective data in RAM and more caching with its FVP software.
WANTED: A plan to DESTROY metadata, not just retain it
Australia's data retention proposal suggests the nation's telcos and ISPs need to store data for two years. But agencies accessing the data can seemingly keep it forever and are not, to date, required to securely store or destroy data they retrieve from the nation's putative data trove of personal information, miscalled "metadata".
Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails
UpdatedLenovo's domain name lenovo.com appears to have fallen victim to cyber-mischief-makers Lizard Squad.
Google tackles enterprise BYOD with Android for Work
Google is making a bid for the enterprise with its new Android for Work program, which aims to give businesses more control over the apps and data that employees store on their smartphones.
Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard
Google may not have bought Softcard – not exactly – but the online ad-slinger's deal with the mobile payments firm has apparently left Softcard with nothing to do but shut down its service.
SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything's fine ... Security industry: No, it's really not
Six days ago Gemalto, the world's largest SIM card manufacturer, was told that back in 2010 it had been ransacked by NSA and GCHQ hackers. Today the company gave itself the all-clear: no encryption keys, used to secure phone calls from eavesdroppers, were stolen, it claims.