23rd > November > 2016 Archive
WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide
Up to a quarter of all websites on the internet could have been attacked through a since-patched vulnerability that allowed WordPress' core update server to be compromised.
FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers
Senior US senators have expressed concern that the FBI is not being clear about how it intends to use its enhanced powers to spy on American citizens.
Twitter bans own CEO Jack Dorsey from Twitter
Twitter today briefly suspended the Twitter account of Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey. For a moment, we all thought the big boss had been unceremoniously booted out of the troubled biz or had fallen foul of his own anti-abuse complaints system. But it was probably a bug or something mundane like that.
Snail mail thieves feed international identity theft rings say Oz cops
You may run security software, encrypt everything, protect your very complex passwords and use two-factor authentication for everything, but the humble mailbox and the snail mail it contains can still see your identity stolen.
Credit cards ripped from Madison Square Garden venues in year-long op
Carders have spent a year stealing an unknown number of credit card numbers from iconic New York City entertainment venue operator Madison Square Garden, after breaching payment card processing systems.
HPE's first standalone year ticks most boxes – except Donald Trump's
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has posted its first full-year results as a discrete entity and says it has ticked most of the boxes it said it would when it spun itself out and then started selling bits of itself off.
Dell EMC's Pure-crushing benchmarks are flawed, says, er, Pure
We've seen selected benchmarks that show Dell EMC Unity arrays giving Pure a hard time – and, unsurprisingly, Pure says the tests are "obviously flawed."
Signal security revealed: A triple-Diffie-Hellman with a double ratchet
Signal developer Open Whisper Systems has quietly posted some important documents for developer consumption: the specifications of its signature verification, key agreement, and secret key protocols.
It's time: Patch Network Time Protocol before it loses track of time
The maintainers of the Network Time Protocol daemon (ntpd) have pushed out a patch for ten security vulnerabilities.
It's a nice day for a Net wedding: Macom buys Applied Micro Circuits
Connectivity collaborators Macom and Applied Micro Circuits have decided to tie the knot, with Macom laying out US$770 million in cash and shares to seal the deal.
Telegram API ransomware wrecked three weeks after launch
Ransomware scum abusing the protocol of the popular Telegram encrypted chat app have been wrecked and their malware ransom system decrypted.
Not fake news: Facebook reinvents SVG
Thanks to Facebook, you too can festoon your mobile applications with high-quality, low-overhead vector animations.
HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull
HP Inc has delivered its first full year of financial results, and they aren't looking good.
Samsung fires $70m at quantum televisions
Samsung's beefing up one of the divisions that hasn't been burned by its Galaxy Note 7 disaster, acquiring a US company that specialises in quantum dots for displays.
Euro Patent office staff call again for King Battistelli regicide
The central staff committee at the European Patent Office (EPO) has asked again for the organization's Administrative Council to take action against its president Benoit Battistelli, citing the dismissal of the secretary of its staff union as the final straw.
2016. AI boffins picked a hell of a year to train a neural net by making it watch the news
LipNet, the lipreading network developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and DeepMind, can now lipread from TV shows better than professional lipreaders.
Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1
RotMDear reader, I am in a state of shock and horror. That’s right - I have attempted to use a Japanese electric toilet in the manner for which it was designed. I fear my rear may never recover.
Gov's industrial strategy: 'Look, we've changed the words above our door'
AnalysisWe know the government is serious about an industrial strategy because it renamed the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack
Phone makers used to "refresh" their annual flagships by flinging out one in a new colour. But in today's hyper-competitive market, where flagships are forgotten almost as soon as they appear, apparently that isn't enough. HTC and OnePlus have each given their ranges mid-year revamps with new specs, cases, and fancy new names. Both revamps arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Stay out of my server room!
Sysadmin blogWe always design our data centres and server rooms with the best of intentions. A nice, enclosed space with excellent ventilation and air conditioning, sufficient power points to ensure circuits are never overloaded, and enough space to get at both the front and back sides of the rack – ideally all cordoned off into its own room so nobody has to listen to the noise or be perpetually chilled to the bone.
Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues
Outlook users are still struggling to get their email clients to synchronise with Microsoft's servers.
Deliver-oops! Takeaway pusher's customers burger-ed by hijackers
Customers of online takeaway firm Deliveroo are getting their accounts hijacked and charged for food they never ordered, according to an investigation by BBC One's Watchdog.
Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster
Microsoft's nerd goggles require only a humble PC. But then who needs more than 640KB?
Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions
President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two women who made enormous contributions to the history of computing – COBOL co-inventor Grace Hopper and Apollo programmer Margaret Hamilton.
Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town
BT is the only player to offer its services for universal coverage of 10Mbps by 2020, but has also placed a number of conditions on doing so, head of comms regulator Ofcom Sharon White has said.
AWS to launch Aurora service for PostgreSQL at re:Invent – report
Amazon Web Services will announce a PostgreSQL compatible managed cloud service during its re:Invent conference next week, according to reports.
Fibre pushers get UK budget tax reprieve
Businesses rolling out pure fibre in the UK are to be exempt from paying land rates over the next five years, Chancellor Philip Hammond's announced in a reprieve to providers in his Autumn Statement today.
Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck
As an ostensible courtesy to internet customers now facing 1TB monthly data caps, Comcast has begun notifying those approaching their quotas through popup browser windows.
HPE core servers and storage under pressure
Analysis HPE's latest results show a company emerging slimmer and fitter through diet (cost-cutting) and exercise (spin-merger deals) but facing tougher markets in servers and storage – the new normal, as CEO Meg Whitman says.
Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw
Barclays is trialling smartphone cash withdrawals.
Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands
The EU banking regulator’s plans to reduce fraud by obliging the use of passwords, codes or a card reader to authenticate electronic payments above 10 euros have drawn fire from the payments industry.
USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown
The US Navy's most advanced ship yet, the $4.4bn stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt, has had to be ignominiously towed through the Panama Canal after its engines failed yet again.