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DEF CON plans to show US election hacking is so easy kids can do it

DEF CON Last year, the hackers at DEF CON showed how shockingly easy it was to crack into voting machine software and hardware. Next week, the 2018 conference's Vote Hacking Village will let kids have a shot at subverting democracy. Beginning on Friday, August 10, teams in three age ranges, 8-11, 12-14 and 15-16, will be let loose on …
Iain Thomson, 2 Aug 2018
Reddit

SMS 2FA gave us sweet FA security, says Reddit: Hackers stole database backup of user account info, posts, messages

In a Wednesday mea culpa, Reddit – the online chat board that got a little out of hand and became the sixth most-visited website on the internet – has admitted it was raided by hackers unknown. For four days, specifically June 14 to June 18, miscreants managed to break into the website's cloud hosting and source-code …
Iain Thomson, 1 Aug 2018
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Apple laughing all the way to the bank – with profits of $5.3m per hour

Apple continues to display all the characteristics of a money-making machine, with record results for the third quarter of the year. This was the iGiant's strongest fiscal third-quarter results in its history, according to Apple, and its fourth straight quarter of double-digit revenue growth. In a conference call with analysts …
Iain Thomson, 1 Aug 2018
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Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

The US military is drawing up a list of overseas organizations – primarily in Russia and China, funnily enough – that the Pentagon and its contractors shouldn't buy software from, citing security concerns. In a briefing with journalists on Friday, Ellen Lord, US defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2018
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FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

Roundup There has been a bumper crop of security news this week, including another shipping giant getting taken down by ransomware, Russian hackers apparently completely pwning US power grids and a sane request from Senator Wyden (D-OR) for the US government to dump Flash. But there has been other news bubbling under. Useless action …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2018
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Swan dive: Intel shares dip under interim CEO Bob as 10nm processor woes worry Wall Street

Despite record-breaking earnings, Intel's shares took a modest dip on Thursday when the semiconductor behemoth reveal its financial results for the second quarter of this year. Revenues for the three months to June 30 rose strongly, year on year, and profits were up 78 per cent. However, it's clear that the markets are …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2018
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Your 60-second guide to security stuff Google touted today at Next '18

It's day two of Google's Cloud Next 2018 conference in San Francisco – and the Chocolate Factory has been unveiling its defenses to thwart hackers and malware. Top of the list is the Titan two-factor authentication widgets Google is going to start shipping later in the year, consisting of a pair of USB and Bluetooth key fobs. …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2018
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

Amazon's 36-hour "Prime Day" marketing jamboree has kicked off with more than a few hiccups. Almost as soon as it started, Amazon customers eager to indulge in an orgy of consumption found their purchasing plans paralyzed – because Amazon's servers refused to accept payment details. Wannabe buyers grew increasingly frustrated …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2018

Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

Updated Register readers, and quite a few other people, have been left with dead credit cards after Mastercard's payment system took a dive on Thursday. "Mastercard went down this evening," one Reg reader, based in Britain, told us privately. "Couldn’t pay for petrol. It’s a disgrace you can’t trust cards to pay when you need them to …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jul 2018
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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

Two former investment bankers, one of whom is also a priest, have been found guilty of an elaborate scam – hacking newswires to read press releases prior to publication, and trade millions using this insider information. Vitaly Korchevsky, formerly a veep at Morgan Stanley and a pastor at the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2018
Drowning in a smartphone

Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

Roundup The week surrounding America's "Huzzah, we kicked out the Brits, and will now spell color any way we like" Day, on July 4, is traditionally one of the slowest periods in the annual business tech news cycle. IT security, on the other hand, never rests. We've covered Google cracking down on non-HTTPS sites, Fortnite cheats …
Iain Thomson, 7 Jul 2018
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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

Folks relying on mains-powered alarm clocks had an excellent excuse for turning up late for work on Friday in Seattle – after a raccoon knocked out power to a chunk of the northwest US city. On Thursday evening, the marauding mammal made its way onto the property of municipal power generating company Seattle City Light and, as …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2018
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NSO Group bloke charged with $50m theft of government malware

A former worker at NSO Group – the Israeli biz infamous for selling zero-day exploits to governments nice and nasty – has been charged with stealing his employer's spyware, and trying to sell it for $50m on the black market. The 38-year-old former bod was reportedly told he was going to be fired by his bosses at NSO, and …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2018
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Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

The ongoing war between US-based memory maker Micron and Asian DRAM manufacturers went nuclear today. The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court, based in southeast China, has, we're told, blocked the sale of a huge volume of Micron kit in the Middle Kingdom amid an ongoing patent row. That ruling, we understand, would stop …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jul 2018
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What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

A Polish charity is on the hook for 10,000 złoty (£2,010, $2,648) after a tracking device it put on a white stork was stolen in Africa – and its SIM card used to make a ton of expensive phone calls. The nature group Grupa EkoLogiczna attached the GPS device to the back of the bird, named Kajtka, in April 2017 while it spent …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jul 2018
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Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware

Free third-person slaughter-fest Fortnite has attracted more than 100 million players – but many of them are falling foul to malware infections as they try to beat other players. Since last week, game streaming shop Rainway noticed an increasing number of alarms popping up on its security logs, and was at first rather puzzled …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jul 2018
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The strange tale of an energy biz that suddenly became a blockchain upstart – and $1.4m now forfeited in sold shares

America's financial watchdog, the SEC, has accused two men of illegally banking $1.4m by selling shares in the bafflingly renamed "blockchain" startup UBI Blockchain. The pair today agreed to hand back the alleged ill-gotten gains, plus cough up nearly $200,000 in fines. Essentially, it is claimed, they profited by selling …
Iain Thomson, 2 Jul 2018
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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

Obit Harlan Ellison, the legendary science fiction author who kickstarted the 1970s "New Wave" of science fiction has died in his sleep at the age of 84 at his home in Los Angeles. Ellison was one of the giants of the genre, the winner of eight Hugo awards (including an unbeaten record of three short story prizes), four Nebula …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2018

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit

Comment The sudden and shocking resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich this week over a long-ago affair with a subordinate – banned under company rules – has led to much mirth among Register readers. "Sounds like he took 'Intel Inside' a bit too literally," quipped SVV. "Talk about taking the wrong branch," a computer architecture …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2018
NASA's Opportunity Rover

Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

Video Time may be up for America's plucky Opportunity rover that has trundled across the surface of Mars for more than 14 years. During a press conference on Wednesday, NASA officials said that the robot had been caught in a massive dust storm encircling a quarter of the planet, and this had blocked the probe's solar cells from …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2018
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Scammers ahoy! International police operation harpoons 74 email whaling suspects

Police have carried out a worldwide wave of arrests that have seen 74 people detained and over $16m in purloined funds seized by suspected whalers, or business email compromise (BEC) fraudsters. Over the past few years the FBI has been targeting BEC fraud, a social-engineering scam to convince companies and individuals to …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jun 2018
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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

The US government will let ZTE use American-made electronics again, as the result of a settlement following the Chinese smartphone-maker exporting technology to Iran and North Korea. The deal, announced on Thursday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, will require ZTE to cough up a $1bn fine, and place another $400m in escrow …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jun 2018
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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

Video Scientists at NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office have made a rare sighting – an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The rock, dubbed 2018 LA, was picked up by the Catalina Sky Survey on Saturday morning, just hours before it piled into our home world at a speed of 10 miles per second, or 0.5368 per cent of the …
Iain Thomson, 4 Jun 2018
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Dawn spacecraft to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres

The Dawn spacecraft orbiting dwarf planet Ceres will soon make its final course change as NASA boffins set it up for a closest-ever flyby yet to get a warts-and-all look. Ceres is the largest body in the Asteroid Belt and orbits between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn's been there since 2015, mapping the surface from hundreds of miles …
Iain Thomson, 1 Jun 2018
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IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs

IBM has laid off approximately 50 and 70 per cent of staff this week in its Watson Health division, according to inside sources. The axe, we're told, is largely falling on IBMers within companies the IT goliath has taken over in the past few years to augment Watson's credentials in the health industry. These include medical …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2018

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