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Biz overlords need to give a stuff about what they're told by IT crowd

Companies that suffer a data breach can expect to see their share price fall by five per cent and watch two to three per cent of customers take their business elsewhere. Researchers at Ponemon looked at the share prices of 113 companies that had lost customer data, tracking their value from 30 days before their respective …
John Oates, 19 May 2017

UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

The Conservatives have pledged to introduce a digital charter in the party's manifesto today, which also rehashes a number of familiar-sounding ideas about “digital by default” government and backs the failing identity authentication platform Verify. Under the section entitled “Prosperity and security in a digital age”, the …
John Oates, 18 May 2017
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ICO probes use of data analytics by politicos following Brexit vote

The UK's Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has opened a formal investigation into the use of big data analysis during the Brexit referendum. Denham has also written to all political parties warning them to follow data protection and processing rules as they apply to campaigning in the run-up to the General Election …
John Oates, 18 May 2017

No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

The European Commission (EC) and the US have pushed back against moves for a wider ban on laptops on aircraft but talks on the subject will continue in Washington next week. Homeland security deputy Elaine Duke met two European Commissioners yesterday to discuss the need for extending the ban to flights from Europe to US …
John Oates, 18 May 2017
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EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

The European Commission has fined Facebook €110m (£94.4m) for giving misleading or incorrect information about its takeover of messaging giant WhatsApp. There were two separate offences – one when Facebook first notified the European Commission that it wanted to buy WhatsApp and a second when it responded to an EC request for …
John Oates, 18 May 2017

Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Dell's latest BIOS update is bricking some machines – apart from a power light, they refuse to boot up at all, say users. The Texan tech titan's own support forums are filling up with frustrated users who took the support assistant’s advice to download the latest program. Many of those who installed the update now cannot boot …
John Oates, 18 May 2017
Outsourcing

Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

Beleaguered Canadian train and plane giant Bombardier has signed a six-year $700m contract with IBM to outsource tech management and, er, cut costs – something Big Blue has expended considerable effort doing itself. The aerospace and transportation business last year confirmed it was axing more than 14,000 staff worldwide, …
John Oates, 17 May 2017
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Leeds cops issue appeal for man-sized todger

West Yorkshire police are seeking a giant penis who may have witnessed a serious assault in Leeds city centre in April. via yorkshire police. yes really. inflatable penis costume An image helpfully supplied by West Yorkshire police - almost certainly of a person modelling the costume rather than the alleged witness In the …
John Oates, 17 May 2017

ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Fareham telco Onecom Limited £100,000 for sending spam texts. The unwanted messages for mobile phone upgrades were sent between late 2015 and June 2016. The ICO received 1,050 complaints about the spam campaign. Although 944 of the messages did not identify the company, the ICO …
John Oates, 17 May 2017
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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

Obit "So what are going to say about him now that he’s gone? Are you going to say he was a good man? Will you be saying he was a happy man?...  Fuck no." Legendary Vulture Lester Haines Lester Haines: 1960-2016 Lester Haines was born in London in September 1960, and was the eldest of five: he had three brothers and a sister. …
John Oates, 27 Dec 2016
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Was IoT DDoS attack just a dry run for election day hijinks?

Comment The distributed denial of service attack that took down DNS provider Dyn, and with it access to a chunk of the internet, was one of the largest such assaults seen. The attack exploited Internet of Things devices – notably webcams built by XiongMai Technologies. The gadgets had default login passwords that allowed them to be …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2016
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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

NSFW UK comms regulator Ofcom has released in-depth research into the British public’s attitudes to fucking swearing. Researchers found that context is bloody everything and there is still strong support for the 9pm watershed, with less tolerance for anything but mildly offensive language and gestures before that time. Tone and …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2016
bomb

Portsmouth bomb about to be detonated

Dredgers clearing Portsmouth harbour in the UK have found yet another unexploded Second World War bomb. The 500kg device meant Pompey’s retail and chain boozer park Gunwharf Quays was evacuated at 11pm last night as a precaution. The bomb is being towed out into the Solent where it will be destroyed by controlled explosion. …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2016

What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?

The BBC Director-General was forced to intervene in a row over providing children’s puppet Sooty with a lady friend. A documentary on the creator of the Sooty Show Harry Corbett - nephew of fish and chip entrepreneur Harry Ramsden - revealed his suggestion of a female friend for his creation led to a massive row within the …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2016
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Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing

Update The European Space Agency was set to crash its Rosetta space probe into comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the final stage of its 12-year research mission at 12.18pm BST today (7:18am EDT). The 19km descent from orbit was to end with a walking pace impact but Rosetta is not designed for landing and is not expected to survive. …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2016
iPhone 7 Plus

Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

Apple may have dampened down expectations when it released the last set of quarterly financial figures, and predicted revenues down again year-on-year for the current quarter, but at least one analyst disagrees. Ton Sacconaghi, Wall Street analyst at Bernstein, predicts Apple shares moving up to $125 based on his calculations …
John Oates, 28 Sep 2016
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DARPA does a podcast

US military lunacy department DARPA has begun offering a podcast. This is cautious move from an agency more famous for being well ahead of the technology curve and creating killer laser beams, cyborg soldiers and telepathic control systems. Of course the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) also created much of …
John Oates, 28 Sep 2016
Oracle OpenWorld cloud

Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

Our attention has been drawn to the work of a plucky reporter Julie Bort from Business Insider, who spent a day shadowing Oracle CEO at its OpenWorld jamboree in San Francisco. Finally – a chance to see the real glamour behind the scenes with a top flight chief exec. The day started with coffee at 8am although we were …
John Oates, 28 Sep 2016
Credit card fraud

Urgent! Log in for spear-phisher survey or your account will be deleted

Europol’s annual cyber-crime survey warns that the quality of spearphishing and other "CEO fraud" is continuing to improve and "cybercrime-as-a-service" means an ever larger group of fraudsters can easily commit online attacks. Many threats remain from last year – banking trojan attacks are still an issue for businesses and …
John Oates, 28 Sep 2016
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Ofcom punts network-sniffing Android app

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has written a network tracking Android app so the great British public can help it sniff out not-spots. The app runs in the background gathering anonymous data on network performance, voice call success, mobile data performance and app usage. It downloads a small amount of data every 15 minutes, less …
John Oates, 28 Sep 2016

EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has written to HP Inc demanding it reverse its attempt to prevent any third-party ink cartridges or refilled cartridges from working in its Officejet Pro printers. HP Inc, and many other printer makers, have traditionally sent users a Doomsday warning message when anything but their own …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016

6-in-10 punters return their self-destructing Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Just over three weeks after announcing a global Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung says six out of ten owners in the US and South Korea have returned their potentially exploding phablets. The numbers are even higher in Singapore, where 80 per cent of owners of the recalled devices have got around to swapping them. Samsung is still …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016
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Germany calls halt to Facebook’s WhatsApp info slurp

A German privacy regulator has told Facebook to stop collecting user information from WhatsApp. Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued an administrative order to immediately stop the collection and storage of data from German WhatsApp users. It also told Zuckerberg’s social media giant to …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016
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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

A study from Michigan State University has found that a ride on a rollercoaster is just the ticket for those needing help in passing a kidney stone. More specifically, you need to get yourself to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World Florida. And you need to sit at the back. To verify their findings, the doctors …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016

Senator! calls! for! SEC! probe! to! be! inserted! into! Yahoo!

A US Senator is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to join the queue to administer a kicking to Yahoo!. Yahoo! has admitted hackers accessed about 500 million of its email accounts. The announcement came last week, but the actual hack happened back in 2014. Democrat Senator Mark Warner, who sits on the Senate’ …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2016

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