Troubled Avaya takes Extreme option, flogs network biz for $100m
Bankruptcy-beset Avaya is cashing out of its networking business for just $100m, with Extreme Networks the buyer.
Ohi-D'oh! US prison hands inmates' SSNs over to... an identity thief
Prison authorities in Ohio, US, mistakenly provided the social security numbers of thousands of inmates to a man convicted of identity theft.
Centrelink 'big data' system built without consulting taxman
When Australia's Department of Human services decided to create its now-notorious “robo-debt” system, it did so without consulting one of its major data sources, the Australian Tax Office.
US Senator snaps on glove, probes insecure IoT toymaker CloudPets
Spiral Toys, makers of the insecure Bluetooth-connected stuffed animals dubbed CloudPets, is being grilled for information by a US Senator.
Dahua video kit left user credentials in plain sight
Chinese security camera/DVR company Dahua is pushing firmware patches after accusations by a security researcher that a swathe of its products carried a back door.
Top tip: Unplug your WD My Cloud boxen – now
Western Digital is preparing patches for its My Cloud storage devices because they can be easily hijacked from across the internet or network.
Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP
The Mozilla Foundation has has given the world the fifty-second version of the Firefox browser, complete with some significant changes.
Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022
VideoBlue Origin, the orbital delivery service funded by Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos, has taken its first satellite launch booking. We're told the sat will be put into orbit in 2021 or 2022 – basically, once Bezos has finished building the rocket to do the job.
Smut-scamming copyright chaser 'fesses up, will do hard time
One of the architects of the notorious Prenda Law copyright-porn scam, John Steele, has admitted that he and Paul Hansmeier made US$6 million out of the operation.
After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition
First LookMicrosoft has released Visual Studio 2017, marking 20 years of the software development tool's, er, development.
That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly
We're still going through the 8,761 CIA documents published on Tuesday by WikiLeaks for political mischief, although here are some of the highlights.
Cisco working on rack-shaped hyperconverged UCS, says sales chief
Cisco's underwhelming performance in hyperconverged appliances is attributable to the company's heritage as a blade server vendor, the company's executive veep for worldwide sales and operations Chris Dedicoat told The Register at Cisco Live in Melbourne, Australia, today.
Time's up for SHA-1 hash algo, but one in five websites still use it
One in five websites (21 per cent) are still using certificates signed with the vulnerable SHA-1 hash algorithm, according to a new survey.
Fancy that – the sharing economy lobby doesn't speak for the sharers
CommentPerhaps it's time to retire the term "sharing economy" once and for all. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) this week swallowed up the "gig economy" trade group Sharing Economy UK.
Next Generation Security: No, Dorothy, there is no magic wand
Sysadmin blogHardly a day passes without some kind of major security breach. The type of attack that was once considered staggering in scale has now become the norm.
Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android
One of the perils of launching a clever new feature at the zoo called Mobile World Congress is that clever new things get lost in the noise.
Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued
Last week, a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against the companies responsible for developing and installing MiDAS, the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System.
Amazon relinquishes data from Echo that could have dropped eaves on a killing
We'll have to wait a little longer for a test case on the use of data collected by Amazon's eavesdropper Echo in criminal investigations.
AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU
In a raid on Intel's x86 server heartland, AMD has unveiled its next shot at server market glory with Naples, a 32-core, 64-thread CPU based on its Zen microarchitecture.
Rate this as five stars or we'll bombard you with pop-up ads
A malicious app that bombards Androids with ads is using all sorts of trickery to boost its ratings.
Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets
Video doorbell company Doorbird charges its customers $80 for a remote admin password reset, an outraged customer has said.
Messaging app used by Trump aides 'riddled with security bugs'
Security researchers have discovered multiple vulnerabilities in Confide, the encrypted messaging app reportedly used by President Donald Trump's aides to speak to each other in secret.
Softbank tears off chunk of ARM, feeds it to hungry Saudis
Softbank is selling a stake in ARM to a Saudi investment group less than a year after buying the Brit chipmaker, according to reports.
Self-employed bear the brunt of Spring Budget with additional National Insurance contributions
Self-employed folk in the UK are to be slapped with additional National Insurance contributions, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced today.
Windows Server ported to Qualcomm's ARM server chip. Repeat, Windows Server ported to ARM server chip
Microsoft has ported its Windows Server operating system to the Qualcomm Centriq – a 64-bit ARM-compatible server-grade system-on-chip.
Tesla 'API crashes' after update, angry rich bods complain
Over the past few days Tesla punters from different corners of the globe have claimed an update borked their acess to the iOS app, preventing them from connecting to their electric dream wagons.
WD changes tack on its archiving array strategy but fails to tell anyone
WD has extended its disk-based archive array line scaling out to 52PB with a newish X100 ActiveScale product. This arrived in January with no fanfare and holds 47 per cent more data than the largest SA7010 Active Archive product. What gives?
Verifone downplays impact of recent breach
Payment processing giant Verifone is playing down the impact of a recently discovered breach on its internal computer networks, as well as concerns over wider problems against point-of-sale systems.
Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet
With some in the media industries predicting an imminent "Kodipocalypse", a survey of more than 2,000 UK internet users suggests that simply being nice to those users who download illegal content – on Kodi or otherwise – isn't effective.
The good times are over, Peter Thiel tells Silicon Valley's oligarchs
Peter Thiel makes a perfect modern sinister panto villain. From investing in deep state spookware Palantir to supporting Donald S Trump, Thiel ticks all the boxes. Throw in an eccentric medical practice – like, say, a fondness for injecting himself with young people's blood – and all that's missing is an impregnable offshore lair, and a seat on Facebook's board.
President Trump-themed escort services may soon open in China
China may soon be home to Donald Trump-themed escort services.
CIA hacking dossier leak reignites debate over vulnerability disclosure
WikiLeaks' dump of CIA hacking tool documents on Tuesday has kicked off a debate among security vendors about whether intel agencies are stockpiling vulnerabilities, and the effect this is having on overall security hygiene.
Come 'ere, you big SAP: Google buddies up to boost its business cloud
Google Next '17Google Cloud is in a full-on push to build an ecosystem for itself with a fresh line of partnerships.
Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck
A new report into nearly 300 websites run by the US government has reached an unsurprising conclusion: they suck.
Doctor Google stitches eyes, ears onto its cloudy learning monster
Google Next '17Following on the heels of its image dataset dump last year to aid the training of image recognition models, Google has done the same for sound, even as it beefs up the visual machine learning capabilities available through its Cloud Platform.
Excelero stumbles, squinting, into sunlight clutching its remote direct-access NVMe kit
Storage startup Excelero slides out of stealth today with its NVMesh v1.1 Server SAN software, which can drink data directly from a remote node, bypassing that node's CPU.
Euro nations push for vote to axe Europe's patent office president
European governments have finally had enough of the head of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, and are pushing for a vote that could turn him into a lame duck president.
Department of Human Services says citizens, not systems, to blame
Australia's Department of Human Services (DHS) has doubled down, telling a Senate Committee yesterday its troubled robo-debt system will continue, and if there's something wrong, it's all your fault.
FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'
FBI director James Comey has told a cybersecurity conference that any communications – be it with your spouse, your priest, or your lawyer – and any of your memories are up for grabs should a court order it.