No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim
On September 6, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico, USA, was evacuated and sealed off without explanation, sparking wild conspiracy theories as to why.
Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate
Apple is accused of deliberately shafting people who didn't upgrade their iPhones and iOS, in a class action lawsuit over its FaceTime video-conferencing software.
Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you
A year-long round trip to Mars could give you more than half the maximum radiation dose recommended for an astronaut's entire career, according to data collected by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.
Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker
Cops have named the programmer who went on a gun rampage at WTS Paradigm – a US maker of enterprise resource planning software – this week. He shot four colleagues, leaving one in a critical condition.
Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes
Updated The Zero Day Initiative has gone public with an unpatched remote-code execution bug in Microsoft's Jet database engine, after giving Redmond 120 days to fix it. The Windows giant did not address the security blunder in time, so now everyone knows about the flaw, and no official patch is available.
Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale
Servers that once belonged to defunct Canadian gadget retailer NCIX turned up on the second-hand market without being wiped – and their customer data sold overseas – it is claimed.
What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers
Netizens buying stuff from Newegg had their bank card details skimmed by hackers who, for a whole month, stashed the Magecart toolkit on the dot-com's payment pages.
Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has landed a pair of tiny drum-like hopping robots on the surface of asteroid Ryugu.
Congrats on keeping out the hackers. Now, you've taken care of rogue insiders, right? Hello?
Comment It's exasperating how each high-profile computer security breach reveals similar patterns of failure, no matter the organization involved.
NSS Labs sues antivirus toolmakers, claims they quietly conspire to evade performance tests
NSS Labs has thrown a hand grenade into the always fractious but slightly obscure world of security product testing – by suing multiple vendors as well as an industry standards organisation.
30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days
Stob It's 30 years since .EXE Magazine carried the first Stob column; this is its pearl Perl anniversary. Rereading article #1, a spoof self-tester in the Cosmo style, I was struck by how distant the world it invoked seemed. For example:
You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?
Imagine you’ve just returned to work from a lengthy sabbatical and found, among the thousands of increasingly shrill and unanswered emails in your mailbox, one telling you that you are now the proud product owner of a bunch of Windows OS apps. What would you do?
Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm
On-Call Friday has rolled around, regular as clockwork, and we celebrate the end of the week in the time-honoured way: On-Call, our regular column for techies to vent about frustrations from days gone by.
Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams
A Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital.
In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg
Comment President Donald Trump's trade war with China may come with a serious cost to America's next-generation cellular networks, a federal regulator has warned.
Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins
Since last weekend, an as-yet-undiagnosed glitch in the Mars Curiosity Rover has baffled boffins at NASA.
Sealed with an XSS: IT pros urge Lloyds Group to avoid web cross talk
A pair of IT workers have criticised banks within the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) for substandard security. The group denies anything is amiss, maintaining it follows industry best practice on cyber-security.
Fujitsu says sayonara to UK exec heavyweights
Exclusive The exit of three senior executives at the top of Fujitsu's Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) management stack has unsettled the workforce who are braced for yet more restructuring.
Dell in-houses production, dumps Celestica in Ireland
Exclusive Dell EMC is terminating the contract it had with electronics manufacturer Celestica to take production in-house at its Cork-based facility in Ireland, with hundreds of jobs said to be at risk.