29th > November > 2017 Archive


FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

AnalysisAjit Pai – the head of America's broadband watchdog, the FCC – has responded to widespread criticism of his plan to tear up net neutrality safeguards by… mocking celebrity tweets.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017
Uber self-driving car on a transport truck

Uber hack coverup: Your next US state lawsuit arrives in four minutes

Challenged on Monday by US senators to explain its failure to report that it had allowed hackers to grab records on 57 million customers and drivers and then paid hush money in an attempted year-long coverup, Uber has been presented with its second state-backed lawsuit for not alerting authorities to the pilfering.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017
Poster for the movie Cable Guy. Copyright:  Columbia Pictures Corporation,

High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

A New York investment firm is suing its ISP to retain its access to a high-speed international internet link – after the firm was acquired by a company that has a beef with the broadband provider.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017

Canadian! fella! admits! hacking! Gmail! inboxes! amid! Yahoo! megahack!

A Canadian hacker for hire has admitted ransacking webmail accounts for miscreants accused of orchestrating the Yahoo! megahack that hit all three billion Purple Palace user accounts.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2017

Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service

One of the Australian government's signature policies, the electronic health record, has been all-but-abandoned by the healthcare sector.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Nov 2017

Twitter's fight to kill Uncle Sam's censorship of spying numbers edges closer to victory

Twitter has won another round in its long-running campaign to publish numbers that the US government insists should be secret.
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017

Canadian court gives limited OK to warrantless Stingrays

Canada's domestic spy agency has won permission to continue using IMSI-catchers, in some cases without warrants, following a decision by the country's federal court.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Nov 2017
Bitcoin punch cards

Elon Musk says he's not Satoshi Nakamoto and is pretty rubbish at Bitcoin

In fact he's kinda rubbish at cryptocurrency altogether Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI and Boring Company boss Elon Musk has denied inventing the blockchain and bitcoin, or being Satoshi Nakamoto.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017

Amazon reveals 'Nitro'... Custom ASICs and boxes that do grunt work so EC2 hosts can just run instances

AWS re:InventAmazon Web Services has revealed that it spent four years working on a new architecture that offloads networking, storage and management tasks from EC2 host servers to dedicated hardware.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017

Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love’s appeal against extradition from the UK to the US begins this morning at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017
YouTube India logo - not official

No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

India has decided to implement a formal Internet neutrality regime.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Nov 2017

The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

AnalysisFacebook is using mysterious software that scours material on its social network to identify and offer help to people who sound potentially suicidal.
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2017
Woman says oops after data breach... or spome other mistake, possibly. Illustration by Shutterstock/sergey sobin

IBM figures out it takes longer than a week to re-wire software

IBM has announced it will again try to wean its cloud off the known-to-be-insecure TLS 1.0 and 1.1, but will also keep them available for some services.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017

Two years later, SAP's making ‘progress’ on clearing up S/4HANA ball of confusion

SAP is “getting there” with its efforts to address concerns around deployment of the latest version of its ERP business suite, according to S/4HANA COO Sal Laher.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
A British Army Watchkeeper drone lands at Parc Aberporth. Crown copyright

Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers £1bn

The British Army's notorious Thales Watchkeeper drones have cost the taxpayer a billion pounds over the past 12 years.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017

£160m ploughed into 5G is a fair sum. Shame the tech doesn't really exist

Going by last week's Budget, it looks like the only ones still drinking the 5G Kool-Aid are senior politicians. Perhaps they think it will make them look visionary.
Kane Mumford, 29 Nov 2017
Heartbeat graph

The monitoring capability gap

ResearchAgainst the backdrop of increasingly crucial and complex IT systems, and a relentless pace of change in the business and technology domains, ensuring that systems are running smoothly and with a good level of performance has become a key imperative. This shines a spotlight on systems monitoring, but how well are organisations doing in meeting requirements in this space?
Dale Vile, 29 Nov 2017
Files in manager's desk drawers: manila folder marked Redundancy Plan. Image via shutterstock

Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫

IBM's Technology Support Services (TSS) teamsters in the Global Technology Services (GTS) UK division are braced for further job cuts as they enter yet another redundancy consultation process.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2017

The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

Google's attempt to cure the Android's ever-worsening fragmentation issue and slow updates might actually turn the tide.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2017

Why does no one want to invest in full fibre broadband, wails UK.gov

The UK government has launched a review to figure out what’s holding back investment in "full fibre" and 5G networks and how policies could help the telco market.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017

FlashBlade runner Pure charges NetApp's legacy filer fortress

AnalysisPure Storage had a great growth quarter and sees itself taking on NetApp filers with its unstructured data FlashBlade product.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today

British shipping company Clarkson has 'fessed up to a data breach, saying a miscreant has accessed its systems and the public should expect some of it to be made public.
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017
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Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

While 5G suffers the usual, protracted birth pangs, unfashionable Gigabit LTE is going to be how your mobile bits are delivered for ages.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2017

Uber says 2.7 MEEELLION(ish) UK users affected by hack

Uber has finally come up with a figure for the number of UK-based riders and drivers affected by its massive data breach: 2.7 million.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017

Lauri Love appeal: 'If he's dead, no victim's going to get anything'

Accused hacker Lauri Love is at a strong "likelihood of suicide" if extradited to America – and that a formerly anonymous co-defendant was tried at home in Australia is good reason for Love to be treated the same way, defence barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC told the High Court today.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017

Max Schrems launches privacy NGO, wins €60k within first 24 hours

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is crowdfunding a nonprofit that will bring consumer privacy cases to court in a bid to enforce European data protection laws.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017

Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

During a third reading of the draft bill for space industries at the House of Lords yesterday, peers debated limiting the British government's power and also plumped for Scotland as the venue for a UK spaceport.
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017
Facebook-style hands shake

HPE inks object storage reseller deal in EMEA – with Cloudian

+CommentNot content with having one object storage partner, Scality, HPE has linked arms with a second – Cloudian.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

NHS England told to get a grip on patient records after £6.6m blunder

NHS England has been slammed after more than 700,000 patient records went undelivered.
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
women laughing

Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying

Apple filed a countersuit against Qualcomm in the Southern District Court of California today for allegedly infringing eight power-efficiency patents.
Andrew Silver, 29 Nov 2017
Lauri Love. Pic: Courage Foundation

Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love may be held in indefinite detention in an American prison if US courts find him unfit to enter a plea, the High Court in London was told this afternoon.
Gareth Corfield, 29 Nov 2017

As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong

Code diveApple has emitted an emergency software patch to address the trivial to exploit vulnerability in macOS High Sierra, version 10.13.1, that allowed miscreants to log into Macs as administrators without passwords and let any app gain root privileges.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
Man confused by laptop

Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?

Network admins, code wranglers and other techies have hit an unusual problem this week: their test and development environments have vanished.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017

Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

UpdatedA bug in American Airlines' pilot scheduling software has left the US airline woefully understaffed for the coming month, particularly around Christmas week.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
Dumpster fire against background of wooden fence with sad green recycling badged nailed to it

We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

Uber caught one of its employees trying to steal documents and save them to his personal computer. He resigned.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017
AWS CEO Andy Jassy

We survived today's Amazon news avalanche to bring you this: Yes, a managed Kubernetes service will be a thing

AWS re:InventOn Wednesday in Las Vegas, USA, at Amazon Web Services' sixth annual re:Invent dog-and-pony show, CEO Andy Jassy fulfilled industry expectations and introduced a managed Kubernetes service – Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017

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