25th > February > 2015 Archive

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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.
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2015
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Admiral Mike Rogers of the NSA

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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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Malware image

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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015
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Clouds in blue sky

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).
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2015
Cloud Hype Hoodie

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.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015
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Tails logo

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2015
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David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2015

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2015
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Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

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.
Tim Worstall, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2015
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International Space Station

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Scott Gilbertson, 25 Feb 2015
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Screen capture of iTunes on Mac

$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.
Team Register, 25 Feb 2015
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Angry old man

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.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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Laser heating of magnetic storage

Storage modernisation reality check

Keeping up with evolving storage demands is tough. This came through strongly in a recent Reg research study.
Dale Vile, 25 Feb 2015
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gagged spock

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.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015
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Data storage everywhere - CD, DVD, DAT, DCC, HDD, MiniDisc, SSD, SD card, floppy, magnetic stripe, barcode

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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
Headshot of Trojan horse

Speaking in Tech: 'He's walking around with a rubber horse's head on'

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Team Register, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2015
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denmark

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!
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015
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Dell_XC_Appliance_bezel_detail

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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015

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.
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2015
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Fight sticker

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.
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2015
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botnet

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.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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Hortonworks logo

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.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Tim Anderson, 25 Feb 2015
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Solidfire_front

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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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storage arrays superimposed on cloudy sky

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.
Trevor Pott, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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Superluminous quasar J0100+2802

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2015
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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.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015

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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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bionic hand

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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
PernixData FCP

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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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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".
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2015
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LIZARD WEARING A TOP HAT SITS ON A BRANCH.  Brett Weinstein pic - ALTERED BY JUDE KARABUS - licensed under  CC 3.0

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.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015
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Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

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.
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2015
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Sorry we're closed

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.
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2015
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Panic button

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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015

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