13th > December > 2017 Archive
Flash bang walloped: Toshiba, Western Digital sign peace treaty over memory chip fabs
A peace has broken out between Western Digital and Toshiba over the future of their solid-state-memory factory joint-ventures.
I, Robot? Aiiiee, ROBOT! RSA TLS crypto attack pwns Facebook, PayPal, 27 of 100 top domains
A 19-year-old vulnerability in the TLS network security protocol has been found in the software of at least eight IT vendors and open-source projects – and the bug could allow an attacker to decrypt encrypted communications.
Intel to slap hardware lock on Management Engine code to thwart downgrade attacks
Intel's Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake x86 processors can be fortified by computer manufacturers to prevent in hardware attempts to downgrade, exploit and potentially neuter Chipzilla's built-in creepy Management Engine.
Put down the eggnog, it's Patch Tuesday: Fix Windows boxes ASAP
Microsoft has kicked out its December batch of software security fixes, the final Patch Tuesday of 2017.
SEC sends ICO for restaurant app Munchee back to the kitchen
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has intervened to stop an initial coin offering (ICO) that attempted to raise US$15m for a restaurant review app named "Munchee".
India sets up second new CERT in a year, this time for government
India has decided it needs a third computer emergency response team, to protect government digital services.
Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!
Chipmaker Marvell has claimed it will be the first to offer Wi-Fi chipsets that bring the 802.11ax standard to the world.
NASA says New Horizons' next stop might have a moon
NASA's hypothesised that MU69, the Kuiper Belt object that is the New Horizons probe's next destination, has a moon.
Up to 'ONE BEEELLION' vid-stream gawpers toil in crypto-coin mines
Security experts claim four extremely popular video-streaming websites have been secretly loaded with crypto-currency-crafting code.
One per cent of all websites probably p0wned each year, say boffins
Researchers working on a technology to detect unannounced data breaches have found, to their dismay, that one per cent of the sites they monitored were hacked over the previous 18 months.
'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia
A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing incident saw a bunch of high-profile Internet destinations mis-routed through Russia on Tuesday, US time.
Transaction Processing Performance Council to deliver AI benchmark
The Transaction Processing Performance Council has decided the world needs a benchmark for systems running artificial intelligence workloads.
Nasuni straps APIs and encryption to nippier Edge Appliances
Cloud storage and gateway supplier Nasuni has released software making its Edge Appliances faster, safer, and easily integrated.
At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?
Boozing in the morning, blazing family rows in the afternoon, and passing out in front of the telly – trousers unbuttoned – by 5pm. All of these are annual traditions of Christmas but when it comes to dinner, what makes the perfect festive nosh?
Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?
Dixons Carphone execs handed out their numbers to world+dog today, showing profits plummeting by more than half in the firm’s half-year results. The plunge was chalked up to UK customers skipping mobile upgrades - a move that could signal further closures across its stores.
UK.gov told: Your frantic farming of pupils' data is getting a little creepy
Plans to expand the vast National Pupil Database to include information on why kids leave mainstream education have been slammed by privacy campaigners.
Sweet Liberty: Cable & Wireless CEO John Reid steps down
Head honcho at comms biz Cable & Wireless John Reid is to step down in early 2018.
The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach
The northern city of York has voted against renewing Uber's licence as the backlash against the ride-hailing firm's business practices continues.
How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine
An experiment by staff at UK ISP Andrews & Arnold has redefined the meaning of a fibre connection by showing that a piece of wet string can handle ADSL.
Brit banks told to publish details of major incidents that stop punters' payments
Banks will have to publish details of incidents that stop people using their payment services under new rules proposed by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority.
Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs
Ailing ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd appears to have lost one of its key people, amid a battle of words between the MD and a former contractor.
No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but
Andy Rubin's ambitions to create a new consumer electronics ecosystem are floundering at base camp. Sales of Essential's phone, which forms a key part of the strategy, are tepid.
Barclays bank bod in the cooler for aiding Dridex money launderers
An employee of Barclays Bank who laundered thousands of pounds on behalf of Moldovan cybercriminals was yesterday sentenced to six years and four months behind bars in Blighty.
FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it
AT&T's DirecTV wireless kit has an embarrassing vulnerability in its firmware that can be trivially exploited by miscreants and malware to install hidden backdoors on the home network equipment, according to a security researcher.
Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future
A Highways Agency report suggests that cars of the future could report road potholes automatically, with fleets of auto autos being instructed to swerve around them without human intervention.
Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin
The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has opined that cryptocurrencies are most useful “to those who want to make transactions in the black or illegal economy, rather than everyday transactions” and concluded that current enthusiasm for the instruments therefore “feels more like a speculative mania than it has to do with their use as an efficient and convenient form of electronic payment.”
IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush
Bosses at IBM's Australian outpost have been forced to remind staff to do their best work during the pre-Christmas rush – that time of year when outsourced clients want a lot of stuff done in a hurry before much of the world shuts down to overeat.
Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense
AnalysisIn two weeks, a US law authorizing one of Uncle Sam's crucial mass snooping programs will expire.
Google lies about click-fraud refunds and tried to destroy us – ad biz
AdTrader, an online ad agency, has accused Google of reneging on promised ad payments, stealing clients, and fraud.