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Uber office in San Francisco

Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

Uber is accused of ignoring warning signs about an attempted murderer who signed up as a driver and then allegedly attacked a passenger before raping another.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017

Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

Systemd, the Linux world's favorite init monolith, can be potentially crashed or hijacked by malicious DNS servers. Patches are available to address the security flaw, and should be installed ASAP if you're affected.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017

Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

This week's five-eyes meeting has issued its communique, promising to get the tech sector to solve the problems of online terrorism and encrypted communications.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jun 2017

Australian regulator will decide if Uber drivers are staff or contractors

Scandal-ridden, leaderless not-a-taxi dudebro poster-child Uber is under investigation in Australia about whether its “independent contractor” drivers are actually employees.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jun 2017
A closed sign

O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

O'Reilly Media, the preeminent publisher of tech titles for non-dummies, is exiting print distribution.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jun 2017

Azure blues: Active Directory Connect has password reset vuln

Microsoft is warning sysadmins to check their Azure Active Directory Connect configurations and implement a patch against a credential-handling vulnerability.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jun 2017

Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

Asteroid 2015 BZ509 – also known as Bee-Zed – is the only asteroid in our solar system with a confirmed retrograde orbit lasting 12 years; the same orbital period as Jupiter.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Jun 2017
Dr Strangelove bomb

NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told a press conference ahead of a ministerial meeting tomorrow Brussels time that “cyber” is a “military domain” – and that a cyber-attack on one member can trigger NATO's Article 5.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jun 2017
Tesla model S

Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

My uncle Amadeo turns 79 this week and bought himself a luxe Model S Tesla as a present.
Mark Pesce, 29 Jun 2017
Internet Meme: text says Integrate all the Things

NetApp HCI: More converged than hyperconverged?

AnalysisI have come to the conclusion that NetApp's new HCI system is more converged than hyperconverged: in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2017

The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

One of the brains behind classic Nintendo game Star Fox is launching a blockchain-based online gambling service that could leave regulators stumped – and says he has raised $200,000 from the public to launch it.
Jack Howlett, 29 Jun 2017
Hustler photo via Shutterstock

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

CommentWe’re almost halfway through this year, and how’s progress on those Digital Transformation Initiative slides doing? Maybe you need a quick jump in improvement to buy some time for August vacations, and then ensure you can get enough actual change and a few successful projects in place by the holidays.
Michael Cote, 29 Jun 2017

Nations 'ethically obliged' to ensure public health data is up to scratch

The World Health Organisation has issued what it says is the first international framework for ethical public health data collection and use.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jun 2017

NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month in England, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes.
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2017

Western Digital bares fangs in $1bn Toshiba lawsuit

Western Digital has hit back at Toshiba, its flash memory joint venture partner, which this week sued it in Japan for $1bn damages, alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2017

US army spin-off GPU database bags $50m Series A funding

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, has pulled in $50m in its first major venture capital financing round.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jun 2017
The Shard skyscraper in central London. Pic: Shutterstock

London suffers from 'sub-standard' connectivity - report

The capital has "sub-standard" broadband and 4G speeds, causing it to lag behind smaller UK cities such as York, Coventry and Edinburgh - according to a report (PDF) today by the London Assembly.
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2017
Man with YOLO tattooed on his knuckles prepares to punch the viewer (of the pic). Photo by Shutterstock

Newly Google-emboldened Nutanix aims for data centre dominance

Nutanix is making a play to be a data centre control plane platform with a hybrid cloud game plan, buttressed by buddying up with the Google Cloud Platform.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2017
Rupert Murdoch pictured in 2014. Pic: Shutterstock

Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority regulator today.
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2017
A Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet of the French Air Force. Pic: Shutterstock

French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

A French general stands accused of using military fast jets for weekend commutes to his country pile in Provence on the country’s sunny south coast.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Jun 2017
Hand pulls on a latex rubber glove (disposable). Photo by shutterstock

UK regulator probes PwC over BT's Italian accountancy scandal

The UK's Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to investigate PwC's audits of BT, following an accountancy scandal at the telecom firm's Italian unit.
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2017

'Janus' resurfaces: I was behind the original Petya. I want to help with NotPetya

A Twitter user purporting to speak for the cybercrime group behind the original Petya ransomware has claimed they want to help "repair" the damage caused by this week's attack.
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2017

How HCI simplifies the data center

Sysadmin blogOrganizations look at the cloud as an option because it was impossible to get their data centers to operate at the same efficiency. Now if you flip it over and get the data centers to behave the same way as the cloud, how would that change things?
Trevor Pott, 29 Jun 2017

UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

Users of the UK government’s data dashboard have been asked to change their passwords after their information was made public.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jun 2017

Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

Rackspace was hit by a major worldwide outage this morning, which appeared to last for nearly three hours.
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2017
A Boeing 777 airliner on landing. Pic: Shutterstock

Inmarsat flings latest Wi-Fi-on-airliners satellite into orbit

Inmarsat has successfully launched its latest satellite, which will form part of the grandiosely named European Aviation Network for putting faster Wi-Fi aboard airliners.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Jun 2017

It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

A decade ago to the day, the Jesus Mobe went on sale in the US: bereft of 3G connectivity, the iPhone had a relatively crappy two megapixel camera and 4GB of storage, not to mention a hefty price of $499. It was destined to be a failure.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jun 2017
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Control-C! umount! Ctrl-Alt-Delete! Tintri forcibly ejects from today's IPO

Oops, all-flash storage array startup Tintri intended to go public today – during what has turned out to be the busiest week for IPOs in over a year – but abruptly halted its IPO intention late yesterday.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2017

Security bug bounty programs are a nice little earner for hackers

Some security-conscious organizations award hackers up to $900,000 a year, according to what's touted as the biggest bug bounty industry report to date.
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2017

Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

The latest cache of classified intelligence documents dumped online by WikiLeaks includes files describing malware CIA apparently uses to track PCs via Wi‑Fi.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017

Useful Ajit Pai's lawyer nominated for top US telco watchdog role

President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr, the FCC's general counsel, to fill the last remaining Republican commissioner slot at America's telco watchdog.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2017
Fidget Spinner

In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

Fad-crazed parents have something new to worry about, as reports suggest that fidget spinners can pose a fire risk.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017

Talk about cutting-edge technology! Boffins fire world's sharpest laser

A team of physicists claims to have created the world's sharpest laser, with a line width frequency of only 10 millihertz – opening up the possibility of improving the accuracy of optical clocks and radioastronomy experiments.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Jun 2017

Shadow Brokers hike prices for stolen NSA exploits, threaten to out ex-Uncle Sam hacker

The Shadow Brokers is once again trying to sell yet more stolen NSA cyber-weapons, raising the asking price in the process. And the gang has threatened to out one of the US spy agency's ex-operatives that it claims hacked Chinese targets.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2017

It's the thought that counts: Illinois emits 'no location stalking' law

The US state of Illinois is about to pass a law that makes it illegal to track a phone's location without the owner's consent.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017
Parliament House Canberra

Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

Australia's derailed outsourcing of its National Cancer Registry is the latest project red-flagged by the Australian National Audit Office.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Jun 2017

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