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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today revealed hackers broke into the ride-hailing app's databases and stole personal information on 57 million passengers and drivers – information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2017
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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

AnalysisHaving evidently forgotten about that Street View Wi-Fi-harvesting debacle, Google has admitted constantly collecting the whereabouts of Android devices regardless of whether or not they have location tracking enabled.
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2017
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No bugs sign

Microsoft says Win 8/10's weak randomisation is 'working as intended'

Microsoft has rebutted analysis that suggested its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) technology could be exploited.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2017
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Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

Microsoft is to offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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HBO: Game of Thrones

Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

The United States' Department of Justice has identified a suspect in July's attack on Home Box Office, naming an Iranian national, Behzad Mesri, in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, November 21.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2017
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Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

Apple has told the US government it cooperated with China's demands to block VPN services so it could get other concessions from the Middle Kingdom on human rights.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2017
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HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

On a day when Meg Whitman, CEO of its sibling HPE, announced her departure from the biz, HP Inc revealed its slow and steady progress in two tough markets.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2017
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Microsoft reprieves CodePlex users – you're doomed next week

Even a turkey can get a reprieve: Microsoft's CodePlex shut-down date has run late, but is still imminent.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Nov 2017
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Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

Crypto-jackers using Coin Hive code to secretly mine Monero via computing power supplied by the unsuspecting have found Google Tag Manager to be a convenient means of distribution.
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2017
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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

A filesystem-eating bug has been found in Linux 4.14.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

Machine learning is fast becoming one of the high-growth areas for developers – but what language should you employ, given that so many exist?
Maxwell Cooter, 22 Nov 2017
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Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

Hacks played representatives of a hacked company in an incident response exercise run by F-Secure this week.
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2017
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Cyber

Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers.
Andrew Silver, 22 Nov 2017
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London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

London mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against driverless electric cars, telling Parliament that adoption of the vehicles by Londoners could harm government tax revenues, reduce the number of cyclists – and leave questions over who would build the roads.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Nov 2017
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Borat creator offers to cover mankini fines. Is nice!

Borat creator Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said he'll pay the fines handed to a group of mankini-clad Czech tourists by Kazakhstani authorities.
Rebecca Hill, 22 Nov 2017
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'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.
Andrew Silver, 22 Nov 2017
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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2017
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Peers told to push for cut-price access to med tech developed with NHS data

The UK's health service should get cheaper rates on healthcare products developed using NHS data, peers have been told.
Rebecca Hill, 22 Nov 2017
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The UK's sole F-35B in flight. Crown copyright

Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

Rising costs might force the UK to reduce its order of F-35 fighter jets, the House of Commons has been told.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Nov 2017
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Under par: HPE 3PAR US sales are limping

CommentDid HPE shoot itself in the foot with US 3PAR push? Its fourth quarter results showed storage revenues grew slightly but with sales in the US of the tech limping in a quarter with sales organisation changes.
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2017
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Ads watchdog to BT: We say your itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Ts&Cs too small for screeny

BT has had its ears boxed by the Advertising Standards Agency after one of its adverts with masses of small print was ruled "likely to mislead".
Richard Priday, 22 Nov 2017
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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

“The world is on the brink of a technological revolution,” UK chancellor Philip Hammond declared in Blighty's Autumn budget today. “We choose the future; we choose to run towards change, not away from it.”
Kat Hall, 22 Nov 2017
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You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

Brit regulators, security agencies and MPs have slammed Uber for covering up the massive data breach of 57 million customer and driver records.
Rebecca Hill, 22 Nov 2017
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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

CommentAccording to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you were examining a finger, not reading a Quartz story yesterday, which reveals how Android phones send location data to Google without you even knowing it.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2017
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Apple quietly wheels out 'Voxelnet' driverless car tech paper

Apple researchers have released a paper about a "trainable deep architecture", setting out the fruity firm's plans to make autonomous vehicles better at detecting cyclists and pedestrians.
Gareth Corfield, 22 Nov 2017
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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

Microsoft is experimenting with taking Search out of Cortana and making it more Mac-like in the newest Windows 10 build.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2017
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Aussie Catholic School forced into hasty cover-up over suggestive Saint

A Catholic School in Australia has been left red-faced after a newly commissioned statue of a revered saint appeared to be offering to share more than a few loaves and fishes with the little children.
Clodagh Doyle, 22 Nov 2017
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FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

Ajit Pai, head of America's communications watchdog the FCC, has unveiled his "plan to repeal the Obama Administration's heavy-handed regulation of the Internet," referred to by critics as an anti-consumer giveaway to large communications companies.
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2017
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Xen Project's plan after AWS goes KVM: Talk up embedded future

UpdateFresh from the news that Amazon Web Services intends to replace its hypervisor, the Xen Project will tell the world it has a fine future in embedded applications.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017

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