UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G
British signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) can crack end-to-end encrypted messages sent using WhatsApp and Signal, according to Australian attorney-general George Brandis.
Microsoft adds nested virtualization to Azure
Microsoft’s added a new instance type to Azure and the ability to run nested virtualization.
Alan Turing Institute bags a Cray Urika-GX to crunch numbers for next-gen tech boffinry
Cray is supplying an Urika-GX analytics machine to the UK’s Alan Turing Institute for data science research.
Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but perhaps whoever designed the website for storage upstart Weka.io has gone a little too far: when Reg operatives decided to read beyond our story on the company, we found its website appears to have borrowed ours!
Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC
An MIT postdoctoral staffer was arrested and charged with insider trading after he allegedly searched online for tips on committing the crime.
ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe
The European Space Agency is giving the LISA Pathfinder probe what it calls the “Bake, rattle and roll” treatment in the hope it teaches us how to make its successors even better.
'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note
Police were called to a bank in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a customer getting money out of an ATM was passed a note pleading for help from inside the machine.
Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains
Scientists in the US have developed a computer program called JAABA that uses machine learning to map groups of neurons responsible for the different behaviors observed in tiny fruit flies.
Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge
Managing an IT department at the best of times can be a struggle, and managing a security team has its own special challenges.
User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'
On-callLast Friday your correspondent snorkeled on a tropical island, but this Friday it's time for another edition of On-Call, our weekly column in which we recount readers' tales of being forced to take on tricky jobs for tricky people.
HPE gives execs a jiggle and merges subsidiaries in shrivelling Pointnext
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rejigging execs and consolidating subsidiaries in its last remaining tech services division Pointnext – a business that has shrunk year-on-year for almost half a decade.
What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?
Something for the Weekend, Sir?A VR headset is pressing down on the bridge of my nose. The strap is pulling out strands of hair from the back of my head. I have bruised shins after walking into a coffee table.
Let's go to work: How bots took over business
Once cloud was accepted as something with various meanings, none of which our customers understood, the IT industry searched for the next big buzzword. It came up with not one but three terms often used interchangeably by people who don't know any better – bots, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick
It's always The Register's pleasure to remind you that, however bad you think your day is going, someone else has it worse.
Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines
Government tech often gets slagged off for being old and clunky. But spare a thought for the folks issuing stamp duty, who have to handle machines from the 1870s which "close down" at 2pm every day to be cleaned.
Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal
Peter Sage, the "serial entrepreneur" accused by HPE of defrauding it out of $17.5m worth of servers, has been freed from prison by the UK's Court of Appeal.
Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids
Dark web marketplace AlphaBay's closure last week followed an international law enforcement operation and multiple raids, it has emerged. It has also been reported that a key suspect who was arrested in the raids has died in custody.
Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice
Luxembourg's parliament has passed a law that makes it the first European Union country to offer legal certainty that asteroid mining companies get to keep what they find in space.
Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work
+CommentDevon and Cornwall Police is launching its drone-equipped aerial surveillance team today.
Amazon supercharges GPU power, spits out Nvidia-backed G3
Amazon has rolled out its latest GPU computing box instance line, G3.
Rimini Street: Dispute with Oracle is contract law, not copyright
The latest installment of the years-long legal battle between software support company Rimini Street and Oracle was acted out in the US Ninth Circuit court yesterday.
Huawei servers hitch ride with Intel's Xeon SP
Huawei has announced a Xeon Scalable Processor conversion of its FusionServer portfolio, with a blade server leading the charge.
Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks
Internet-tethered juicer maker Juicero is axing 25 per cent of its staff as the startup tries to shake off its status as a Silicon Valley punchline.
US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec
Border searches of US citizens' mobile devices do not extend to data stored solely on remote servers, according to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency.
All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!
When AT&T decided at the last minute it was going to join this week's "day of protest" over net neutrality, the reaction ranged from incredulity to bemusement.
Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies
Humans are newcomers on Earth and it's almost certain that we won't be around, on this planet at least, when the solar system's star finally goes nova. But boffins have identified at least one animal that will be.