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Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

Australia's federal government yesterday tabled its response to recommendations put by the parliamentary committee on the National Broadband Network, and has mostly rejected its recommendations.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jan 2018

What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality

Twenty-two US State Attorneys General filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to undo the Federal Communications Commission's rejection of net neutrality in America.
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jan 2018
Frayed string

BIND comes apart thanks to ancient denial-of-service vuln

Back in 2000, a bug crept into the Internet Systems Corporation's BIND server, and it lay unnoticed until now.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jan 2018
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Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)

AnalysisResearchers from Microsoft and Chinese cyber-souk Alibaba separately claimed this week that their artificially intelligent software is as good as, if not better than, humans at understanding the written word.
Katyanna Quach, 17 Jan 2018
Submarine cable join

Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

Google has made more investments in submarine cables, sinking money into three due to come online in 2019.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jan 2018

Storage Spaces Direct cheapens itself, hardware-wise, adds NVDIMM support

Microsoft’s released a new Windows Server Insider Preview Build – number 17074, to be precise – and the most notable new bits are in the Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) software-defined storage code.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2018

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

Now that the open source email client Thunderbird is sleeping in a separate bed from Mozilla, the project has called on outside help for a UI redesign.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jan 2018

Google's 'QUIC' TCP alternative slow to excite anyone outside Google

Google's contribution to Internet standards, the fast-than-TCP thanks to multiplexing QUIC protocol, has yet to extend much beyond the Chocolate Factory, according to a German report into its adoption.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jan 2018
Scary Skeleton Samba

Another round of click-fraud extensions pulled from Chrome Store

A security researcher has claimed that a cumulative half a million Chrome users have been hit by four malicious browser extensions pushing click and SEO fraud.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jan 2018
Network scientists

VMware’s NSX world domination plan advances with not-just-point release

VMware’s made no secret of its ambitions for its NSX network virtualization product, which it thinks has the potential to be bigger than server virtualization as organisations start to spread resources out across multiple clouds and on-premises bit barn.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2018
enigma sedova

Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

Usenix EnigmaIt's frustrating getting users to keep information and systems secure on a daily basis. However, don't try any smart gimmicks – particularly offering wedges of cash or other prizes for good behavior.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018

'No evidence' UK.gov has done much to break up IT outsourcing

The scandal around the compulsory liquidation of British multinational construction firm Carillion has put the UK government's addiction to outsourcing in the spotlight. Yet it is a practice that has been going on for many decades - not least in public sector IT.
Kat Hall, 17 Jan 2018
BSOD at Heathrow

Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

Heathrow Airport is to get new air traffic control radio systems with a surprising amount of internet connectivity baked into them.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Jan 2018
smart city concept drawing - self-driving cars, wifi hotspots etc - but no people

Destroying the city to save the robocar

Special reportBehind the mostly fake "battle" about driverless cars (conventional versus autonomous is the one that captures all the headlines), there are several much more important scraps. One is over the future of the city: will a city be built around machines or people? How much will pedestrians have to sacrifice for the driverless car to succeed?
Brian Sherwood-Jones, 17 Jan 2018
enigma albert

Shafted by bosses, disdained by punters, loved by hackers – yes, it's freelance workers

Usenix EnigmaGig economy workers – the fancy new way to describe short-term freelance serfs like Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders – are well in the sights of hackers.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018
Staffers worry over the misplaced confidence of boss/fellow staffer

Biggest vuln bombshell in forever and storage industry still umms and errs over patches

AnalysisA growing consensus among storage hardware appliance vendors is that, since they don't run external software on their hardware, they don't need to stick performance-hindering patches into their operating systems.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018
sledgehammer reduces cement block to powder

SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark smashed by storage newbie

NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 has whupped other suppliers' behinds with a SPEC SFS2014 filer benchmark.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018
WHite lab coated scientist looks sceptical in front of microscope. Photo by Shutterstock

National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

The UK government's "muddled" attempt to boost skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) risks wasting taxpayers' money, according to a report by the National Audit Office today.
Richard Priday, 17 Jan 2018

Going soft: Kaminario exits the hardware business

Kaminario has announced it will leave the hardware business, and said Tech Data will build the certified appliance hardware needed to run its software.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018

Ofcom cracks on with spectrum auction rules, despite Three's legal challenge

UK comms regulator Ofcom is cracking ahead with plans for the forthcoming spectrum auction – despite further delays posed by Three's Court of Appeal challenge.
Kat Hall, 17 Jan 2018

PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

A company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been handed a £350,000 fine from the UK's data protection watchdog.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jan 2018

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

The widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by Intel CPU microcode fixes for the Spectre processor design flaws, one set of numbers suggests.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018
Doctors run to save patient. Photo by Shutterstock

UK.gov slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office

The UK health service's NHS Digital has been accused of operating to a "lower standard of confidentiality" than rest of NHS, in a heated hearing about a deal that requires patient info to be handed over for immigration enforcement.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jan 2018
The City of London Magistrates' Court. Pic: Chris Dorney/Shutterstock

Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

UpdatedA former Santander bank manager has pleaded guilty to £15,000 worth of computer misuse crimes after her boyfriend talked her into giving him illicitly obtained customer information.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Jan 2018

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

The French government will agree to lend the UK its most famous memento of the Norman conquest of England after Blighty leaves the EU.
Kat Hall, 17 Jan 2018
AMD CEO Lisa Su speaking at the firm's 2015 financial analyst day

Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

AMD stands accused of "artificially inflating" its stock price by not making public a CPU design flaw the tech world now knows as Spectre, according to a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors.
Richard Priday, 17 Jan 2018

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

CommentThere's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018

SAP boss promises to cull marketing dross on community network

CEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previously slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jan 2018
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HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens

Usenix EnigmaHTML5 is a boon for unscrupulous web advertising networks, which can use the markup language's features to build up detailed fingerprints of individual netizens without their knowledge or consent.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018
Grzegorz Milka

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Usenix EnigmaIt has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018

Hey. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Get in here... so we can shake your hands – US Senate cyber-terror panel

The US Senate's commerce committee basically gave executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a back-rub at a hearing on Wednesday morning.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jan 2018

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering.
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jan 2018

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