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A businessman in handcuffs

SEC's cyber-cops cyber-file cyber-first cyber-fraud cyber-charges

The SEC's new online crime unit says it has frozen what officials believe to be a fraudulent cryptocurrency.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2017
closed sign

International team takes down virus-spewing Andromeda botnet

Police and private companies have taken down a massive botnet used to move malware onto compromised PCs.
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2017
A dentist examining teeth

Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

Justin Shafer, who last year sparked a complaint to the FBI for discovering a dental software vendor's unprotected FTP server, will walk free until his trial begins.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2017
Infosys web page

Infosys names a new CEO: welcome to the hot-seat Salil S. Parekh

Infosys has named its next leader: Salil S. Parekh will become as CEO an managing director as of January 2nd, 2018, and has been appointed for five years.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017
WiFi propaganda for the workers

Australia's new Foreign Influence laws expand phone snoop powers

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced three new laws aimed at reducing foreign influence on domestic politics and they include new snooping powers.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017

Good news: unsecured S3 bucket discovery just got easier

If you thought the business of discovering unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 buckets was for the pros, think again: like all things, the process can be automated, and the code to automate it posted to GitHub.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2017

Google prepares 47 Android bug fixes, ten of them rated Critical

Google has teased 47 Android patches for Nexus and Pixel devices.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2017

Turns out Leakbase can keep a secret: It has shut down with zero info

Stolen-creds-for-sale site Leakbase has gone dark and started redirecting to Troy Hunt's HaveIBeenPwned.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2017
Samsung's new 512GB eUFS V-NAND storage

Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

Samsung has doubled the size of its largest Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) product to 512 gigabytes and started mass production of the chips.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017

Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

Entertainment publication Deadline Hollywood has reported that cinematic enfant terrible Quentin Tarantino has pitched an idea for a new Star Trek film.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017

Hot growth industry: checking social networks for nasties

YouTube's revealed it will increase the size of its video-nasty-spotting workforce to ten thousand people.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

ReviewThe Mate is Huawei's phablet range, but Huawei has traditionally taken a different approach from Samsung with its Note. The Note was an upmarket Jag and the Mate was what Americans call a station wagon, and what we call an estate: a dependable, but never fashionable, workhorse.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2017
Upset man in suit and drinking liquor. Photo by Shutterstock

You're SAP-ing my will to live: Licensing debate lumbers on as ERP giant tries to rebuild trust

After a year marked by major lawsuits on licensing, German ERP giant SAP is making a noise about its new customer-centric approach, perhaps after realising that its litigious image risks driving down customer confidence.
Rebecca Hill, 05 Dec 2017

♫ Storage falling, all around me... Snowflake, Komprise... Paragon ♬

Ho ho ho, blockheads. Winterfest is almost upon us, but you know what is more exciting than four weeks of soulless consumerism? That's right, storage! So here's another roundup of the latest industry titbits. We do spoil you so.
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017
man gathers money in an umbrella

WANdisco: We need cash-o. About $10m would.. wahey... $22m

Sheffield-based replication supplier WANdisco, which was hoping to raise $10m to grow the company yesterday, has raised $22m from its share sale.
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017
woman on camera as she enters her home

Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

CommentFrom the day the UK government unveiled its Investigatory Powers Act two years ago, Liberty warned it that the authoritarian surveillance powers the proposed legislation contained were unlawful.
Marta Spurrier, 05 Dec 2017
penny slots in a cash register

Bring me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to see behavioural advertising

Just because you earn a dollar a day shouldn’t mean you're lost to the behavioural advertising industry.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2017

Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights

Uber’s request to leapfrog the Court of Appeals and go straight to the UK Supreme Court in its bid to appeal a decision on workers’ rights, has been knocked back.
Rebecca Hill, 05 Dec 2017
The first RAF F-35B Lightning II to land in the UK. Crown copyright

Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets

The United Kingdom is edging ever closer to buying F-35As, instead of the B model needed to fly from the Navy’s new aircraft carriers, as a senior officer once again refused to rule out a future F-35A purchase.
Gareth Corfield, 05 Dec 2017
Man sleeping at desk

Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)

The near two decade-old story that refuses to lie down aroused interest again at the weekend: folk from Ringaskiddy in rural Ireland complained once more that a nearby Viagra plant was still giving local men and, um, dogs a chubby.
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2017

AMD scores EPYC gig powering new Azure instances

AMD's return to the server market has won it a place in a top tier cloud: the company today revealed that it has won Microsoft's business for the next generation of Azure's L-series instances.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017
Raspberry, image via Shutterstock

Vivaldi Arms onto Raspberry Pi

The power user’s browser Vivaldi has come to the Raspberry Pi and other Linux Arm boards.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2017
No, just stop. Nope. photo by shutterstock

Call of Duty: Hierachical storage management biz runs its last campaign

Hierarchical Storage Management and HPC archiving firm Campaign Storage has closed down.
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017

Brit bank Barclays' Kaspersky Lab diss: It's cyber balkanisation, hiss infosec bods

AnalysisBarclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky Lab products to new users in a move that shows, like Best Buy, commercial firms can be swayed by governmental stances on dealing with the Russian software firm.
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2017
Little climbers move up a "stack" of coloured blocks. Pic by SHutterstock

Storage and network prodder Virtual Instruments climbs up stack to apps

Virtual Instruments has said it is getting more application-centric with its v5.4 release of VirtualWisdom, its infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform, which builds on its Xangati acquisition.
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017

VMware UK boss quits 'suddenly' – sources

VMware’s UK boss has insisted it was his decision to quit Virtzilla to pursue pastures new and spend more time with his young family.
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2017

EE drops packets but retains UK network champ's title

EE’s dominance as the best-performing UK mobile network has one or two surprising short comings in the No.1’s performance. Real-world data suggests Vodafone has the best network for 4G packet loss and EE the worst.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2017

Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit

A US judge says social networks cannot be held accountable for the murderous actions of their users.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2017

La La La, I can't hear you: FCC responds to net neut concerns

With just a week to go before the head of the FCC will put his plan for a repeal of current net neutrality rules up for a vote, Ajit Pai has come under another barrage of criticism, this time with a focus on consumer protection.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Dec 2017

Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

AnalysisQualcomm conquered the high-end smartphone world with its top-end Arm-compatible Snapdragon chips powering more than 120 smart mobes models globally.
Chris Williams, 05 Dec 2017

Data-slurping keyboard app makes Mongo mistake with user data

Another week, another open database left online, but this latest case has shown not only sloppy security but also how much data you’re giving up with some apps.
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2017

Hyperloop founder goes on immediate leave following sexual assault 'smear campaign'

The co-founder of tube-traveling startup Hyperloop One and a key Uber investor has left the company effective immediately following allegations of sexual assault.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Dec 2017

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Google is trying to stop Amazon Echo Show devices from streaming YouTube videos – and from January, it will block Amazon’s Fire TVs from accessing the vid service, too.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2017

nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual

nbn™ chairman Ziggy Switkowski last night told a Senate Estimates hearing that problems with the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network it bought from Telstra first emerged in July.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2017

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