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Deutsche Telekom phish alert

Another day, another customer database leak: this time, it's Germany's Deutsche Telekom.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet

A massive network of hacked CCTV cameras is being used to bring down computers around the world, we're told.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2016
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Airbnb drags SF into court

Airbnb is aiming its First Amendment cannon at San Francisco in California: the biz is suing the city over its rental restrictions.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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Facebook's new stalker tool

Any time Facebook's marketing and dev teams have a bright idea, the result is another privacy invasion.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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Google's Widevine DRM doesn't quite manage

Google's much-trumpeted Widevine digital rights management (DRM) system has the kind of hole that gives content owners nightmares: users can access local, decrypted versions of protected content.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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Riverbed's NetProfiler, NetExpress virty appliances patched

Riverbed has pushed out an update to virtual security appliances, after Security-Assesment warned it they had multiple vulnerabilities.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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SABREnet network detail

Can gigabit fibre services revive Adelaide?

The South Australian SABREnet, the local academic network that connects universities to the national AARNet network, is going to be expanded to provide high-speed connections for Adelaide businesses.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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Ransomware slams corporate Office 365 users with macro storm

It's 2016, and Microsoft Office macros are still a viable infection vector: security outfit Avanan says it's spotted a week-long, large-scale malware attack against Office 365 users.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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Undergrads build 12.6-TFLOPS cluster out of four nodes, 112 cores

HPC BlogThe ISC (International Supercomputing Conference) Student Cluster Competition once again cements its reputation as the place where LINPACK records go to fall. Last week we saw not one, but two teams top the current 12.03 TFLOPS record that was established at the ASC'16 spring competition.
Dan Olds, 28 Jun 2016
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Powerful ARMs, heaving racks ... yes, of course it's this year's student cluster-building contest

HPC BlogIt's time for our traditional video look at each of the teams in the ISC (International Supercomputing Conference) 2016 Student Cluster Competition. Let's take it alphabetically this time...
Dan Olds, 28 Jun 2016
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Eat my reports! Bart ransomware slips into PCs via .zip'd JavaScript

The cybercrooks behind ransomware Dridex and Locky have started distributing a new file-scrambling software nasty dubbed Bart.
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016
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US hospitals hacked with ancient exploits

Attackers have popped three prominent US hospitals, using deliberately ancient malware so old that it slips under the radar of modern security controls to compromise Windows XP boxes and gain network beacheads.
Darren Pauli, 28 Jun 2016
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Sharing your work cubicle with robots may not be such a bad thing

Keep calm and carry on; artificial intelligence will not take all our jobs and achieve world domination, according to a report released by Forrester.
Katyanna Quach, 28 Jun 2016
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Nuclear goes boom

Shake-ups at the top of the exploit kit world continue, with news the world's two top pop boxes have disappeared.
Darren Pauli, 28 Jun 2016
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MPs of Europe unite: Listen up big biz, air your tax deals in public

European MPs have signed an open letter that presses governments across the Continent to publish their complex tax agreements with multinational companies on a country-by-country basis.
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2016
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All right, pet? Getting owlish about Hedvig

CommentTrying to position Hedvig's software-defined storage in a market function way is next to impossible as the software is so flexible. And that could be a brilliant position for Hedvig to be in.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

¡Bong![The following memo was found in a pilates studio in Shoreditch earlier this month, and forwarded to us anonymously. It is sourced to "BV Strategic Relations”, a highly secretive firm apparently registered in Panama, which describes itself as a "bespoke crisis management consultancy to governments”. The authenticity of the memo has been confirmed by to us by a representative of the firm, มาลัย (which means Garland of Flowers in Thai) - ed]
Steve Bong, 28 Jun 2016
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Shi heads Huawei UK

Chinese IT biz Huawei has appointed Shi Weiliang as vice president of its Enterprise Business Group in the UK.
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2016
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Another container-sized nugget: Scality S3 server joins nice and small party

Scality has announced a new S3 server, so small that it can run in a container. By doing so, it has joined a few others, like Minio and OpenIO, in providing a new tool for developers as well as opening new, interesting and unconventional applications for object storage deployments.
Enrico Signoretti, 28 Jun 2016
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Tesco Mobile does what? Hahahahahahaha. Sorry customers

Tesco Mobile’s 4.5 million customers might want to get ready to panic note that call centre customer support is to be outsourced to Capita from 1 August in a five-year contract worth £140m.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2016
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Europe's UK-backed Unified Patent Court 'could be derailed'

Europe's multi-million-pound Unified Patent Court could be derailed entirely following the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2016
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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

CommentMartin Fink’s HPE Labs has been dangling the Memristor in front of us for years. With Fink retiring and HPE Labs losing its independence, becoming part of Antonio Neri’s Enterprise Group, inventing far out blue sky stuff will likely shift to devising technologies that can be realistically productised. The Memristor cannot.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Microsoft's Scott Hanselman demonstrates .NET Core at Red Hat's DevNation event

Microsoft releases cross-platform .NET Core 1.0 at Linux event

Microsoft has announced the release of .NET Core 1.0 and ASP.NET Core 1.0, the open source, cross-platform fork of the .NET Framework, letting people know at the Red Hat DevNation summit in San Francisco.
Tim Anderson, 28 Jun 2016
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The best way to find oxygen on Mars? Friggin LASERS, of course

A chemical camera sitting atop Curiosity, the Mars rover, has spotted signs that the Red Planet may have once had oxygen in its atmosphere, fuelling further speculation that it was once Earth-like.
Katyanna Quach, 28 Jun 2016
Jason Chen, Acer CEO shakes hands with Starbreeze exec

Acer VR punt

Acer is lending StarBreeze, a Swedish games studio, $9m through a bond issue to help develop a virtual reality head-mounted display. The Taiwanese PC maker is also setting up a JV with Starbreeze to bring the StarVR to market ®.
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2016
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Plusnet speeds up, slows down

Plusnet is cranking up download speeds from 38Mb to 52Mb for Unlimited Fibre broadband customers. But there’s a sting in the tail, as upload speed is reduced from "up to 19Mb" to "up to 9.4Mb". The changes take effect on August 1, and a month later the BT-owned ISP is raising prices all round on September 1, 2016.
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2016
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Hyperscale cloud operators are saving the planet

Once upon a decade ago, green computing was a big thing. Nowadays it is an actual thing, thanks to the usual suspects: virtualization and cloud computing.
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2016
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WTF is WRF and Clover? Cluster kids use HPC grunt to solve the mystery

HPC blogOne of the most interesting parts of the ISC Student Cluster competitions is their inclusion of “mystery” applications and tasks. These are something that the students can’t prepare for. They can only rely on their training and wits to bring them through.
Dan Olds, 28 Jun 2016
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MongoDB launches Atlas to manage deployments: Taking the Ops out of DevOps

MongoDB is launching Atlas, the company's first DBaaS, offering easy management of instances - initially on AWS, but soon to come to Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
Alexander J Martin, 28 Jun 2016
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ICO slapped data blabbers with £2m in fines last year

The Information Commissioner's Office doubled the amount of fines it dished out to organisations in breach of data protection rules last year, issuing £2m in penalties, according to its annual report.
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2016
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Data Platform refreshed

Cohesity Data Platform 3.0 delivers improved data centre performance for Cohesity's converged secondary storage offering, says the firm.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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WANdisco: IBM's our OEM

Big Blue's Big Replicate is little WANdisco's big OEM deal.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Post Brexit tech spending to rise like a lead balloon

Yet another analyst has delivering a damning forecast for tech spending following last week’s UK referendum decision to leave the European Union as major suppliers prepare staff for what could months of slowing sales.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2016
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Pure Storage’s FlashBlade is great on paper. But it's still only on paper

I'm not very fond of proprietary hardware. But, as I wrote in March when I saw it for the first time, Pure Storage's FlashBlade seems to demonstrate that Pure has all the attributes to become a primary storage vendor and compete on equal terms against the usual suspects.
Enrico Signoretti, 28 Jun 2016

Cisco to splash $293m on CloudLock

Cisco has beefed up its security services unit with the acquisition of CloudLock for $293m (£220m).
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2016
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Microsoft and Salesforce strike up Lightning-Outlook love

Microsoft’s Outlook email client has had a Lightning makeover for Salesforce’s CRM.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2016
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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

Users are unwittingly selling sensitive and unencrypted data alongside their devices through the likes of eBay and Craigslist.
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016
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WDC's SanDisk flashes its vSphere speed-up creds to world+dog

Western Digital Corporation’s SanDisk unit has VAIO-compliant flash caching software and hardware for vSphere servers.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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SWIFT hackers nick $10m from Ukraine bank

Hackers stole $10m from a Ukrainian bank by – yup, you guessed it – invading its computers and using the inter-bank transfer system SWIFT to shift their loot.
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016
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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

An "automated lawyer" chatbot service has successfully challenged and overturned more than $2.5m in parking tickets in New York and London, according to its inventor.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jun 2016
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Single silo in the cloud, looking to mingle: Axcient takes on Cohesity, Actifio

DR-as-a-Service supplier Axcient has extended its offering to provide a single silo in the cloud for five secondary storage workloads, taking on vendors such as Cohesity and Actifio.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Meet the grin reaper: Password manager now snaps login SELFIES

Forget master passwords, literally. Password manager LogmeOnce has come up with a new-ish way to log into websites – selfies.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jun 2016
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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

Today's generation of fighter pilots could be the last of their breed, thanks to an AI system dubbed ALPHA that's proving unkillable in air combat.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2016
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Uncle Sam's money

Want $50bn from Uncle Sam? Put in a bid on these IT contracts

The US government's General Services Administration (GSA) has opened bidding on what it says will be a $50bn IT services contract package.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2016
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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

Hillary Clinton today outlined her policies when it comes to tech – and they are surprisingly good.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jun 2016
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IBM head-hunts AFP assistant commish for Canberra security biz

The ANU / Australian Defence Force computer security joint venture isn't off the ground yet, but it's already acting as an attractor for similar operations. Yesterday, IBM announced it's going to set up a cyber-security office in Canberra.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Jun 2016
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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill – because it would allow the FBI to snoop on people's browser histories without a court order, and weakens oversight of the intelligence community.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2016

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