11th > December > 2017 Archive


Microsoft Dynamics 365 sandbox leaked TLS certificate's private parts

Another day, another credential found wandering without a leash: Microsoft accidentally left a Dynamics 365 TLS certificate and private key where they could leak, and according to the discoverer, took 100 days to fix the bungle.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Dec 2017
Telstra copper in broken pit

Optus to refund NBN customers for slow connections

Optus has become the second Australian carrier to announce refunds for customers unable to get decent National Broadband Network connections.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Dec 2017

Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

For the second time this year, HP Inc has had to patch its laptops after a security researcher found a driver-level keylogger – and this time, other laptop-makers might have to check their own products.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Dec 2017

Google pauses accessibility service crackdown

Google seems to be taking a softer stance on its “accessibility crackdown”, pausing the program for a review.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Dec 2017

Language bugs infest downstream software, fuzzer finds

Developers working in secure development guidelines can still be bitten by upstream bugs in the languages they use.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Dec 2017
Stressed looking business person.

So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

What if I were to tell you that we knew all the best practices for software development? That they've been proven by actual industry use over the past 25 years? But that, oddly, these practices are not widely done? Well, if you read these pages, you'd probably say: "Sound about right."
Michael Cote, 11 Dec 2017

An object failure: All in all, it's just another... file system component?

AnalysisObject storage has failed to to make it big time and is becoming just another way of storing files and a public cloud on-ramp.
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017
RAF Croughton sign. By Duane Park; public domain

Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

An upgrade to a major US signals intelligence centre in Northamptonshire, UK, has been struck by controversy – after architects acting on behalf of the US Air Force and Blighty's Ministry of Defence nicked a photo of it from a website devoted to uncovering secret military bases in Britain.
Gareth Corfield, 11 Dec 2017
Man dressed as Santa claus runs away with loot in a bag.

Barclaycard website goes TITSUP*

UpdatedBarclaycard has admitted it is experiencing technical issues, with users complaining they can’t log in online or on their apps.
Rebecca Hill, 11 Dec 2017

Four hybrid clouds, three server SANs, two snapshotters... and a partridge in a pear tree

Backup, cloud, convergence, GDPR, malware and server SANs are flavours of the storage week as we approach midwinter. These market areas are growing strongly while traditional SANs and hybrid arrays fall back.
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017
man in suit magically impels cloud of money towards an unseen source.

Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

British music ID service Shazam is to be bought by Apple, in a deal reported to be worth £300m ($401m).
Richard Priday, 11 Dec 2017
Mobile banking, image via Shutterstock

Hackers' delight: Mobile bank app security flaw could have smacked millions

Security researchers from the University of Birmingham, UK, last week went public about security shortcomings in mobile banking apps that leave millions of users at a heightened risk of hacking.
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2017
A Eurofighter Typhoon. Pic: BAE Systems

Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

Qatar has agreed its long-awaited order for 24 British-built Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets and a billion pounds' worth of missiles assembled in the UK to go with them.
Gareth Corfield, 11 Dec 2017
Sharp knife slices at a salami as previously sliced pieces lay on the chopping board. Photo by Shutterstock

IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round

UpdatedAlmost 1,900 front line services personnel at IBM UK are at risk of redundancy and more than 500 of those will leave the company as part of the latest cost purge, multiple insiders have told The Register.
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2017

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

Coventry – the city that was flattened by the Luftwaffe and later inspired The Specials' urban decay anthem "Ghost Town" – has been named the UK City of Culture 2021.
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2017

Teen Pennsylvania HPC storage pusher Panasas: Small files, fat nodes, sharp blades

AnalysisHPC storage array maker Panasas has been talking about the new architecture for its scale out, parallel filesystem array, involving separate and scale-out director nodes talking to scale-out storage nodes.
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017
A tortoise catches an orange frisbee. Photo by Shutterstock

European Parliament's ePrivacy rep bemoans members' slow progress

InterviewEuropean Union nations are holding up discussions on the hotly debated new ePrivacy law, risking unnecessary regulatory confusion, the MEP leading the wrangling through the European Parliament has said.
Rebecca Hill, 11 Dec 2017
Pinterest iPad

Lifestyle pin-up site Pinterest: Hack attempts blamed on 'credential stuffing'

There’s a chill going around cyberspace with an upsurge of people concerned that their Pinterest account has been hacked.
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2017
Stack of dollars. photo by shutterstock

Server winners and losers: HPE, Dell EMC still sitting pretty at the top, but uh-oh Lenovo

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell EMC top the league tables for server revenue and sales in Q3, but face rapid growth from its global competition, according to a new Gartner report.
Richard Priday, 11 Dec 2017

UK lacks engineering and tech skills to make government's industrial strategy work – report

A lack of skills in the engineering and technical workforce could hold up the government's industrial strategy, according to a report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2017

'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

A "DJI Mavic type" drone was flown close to an airliner leaving London City Airport in September, a recently published UK Airprox Board report has revealed.
Richard Priday, 11 Dec 2017

Russian hacker clan exposed: They're called MoneyTaker, and they're gonna take your money

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a gang of Russian-speaking cybercrooks, dubbed MoneyTaker.
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2017

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Dec 2017

Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

A state legislator in Kentucky, USA, wants to mandate porn filters on all PCs and mobile phones sold in the state.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2017

Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

Researchers have discovered why most meteorites disintegrate before they reach Earth - and it's all to do with atmospheric pressure.
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2017
Quantum blackboard

Microsoft asks devs for quantum leap of faith

Those without access to a quantum computer can console themselves with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, introduced as a preview release on Monday.
Thomas Claburn, 11 Dec 2017
Canada datacenter

Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach

Canada's privacy commissioner has launched a formal investigation into the massive data breach concealed by the ride-hailing app company Uber.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Dec 2017
Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron chips

Intel beefs up low-end line with Gemini Lake CPUs

Intel has released the successors to its low-power Pentium 'Silver' and Celeron lines.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2017

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