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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

Who, me? Another working week beckons so once again let’s kick it off with a fresh instalment of Who, me? For those of you new to the column, it's The Register confessional for IT pros who broke things.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2018

US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

+Comment Uncle Sam has raised the possibility of sanctions against Turkey for buying Russian anti-aircraft missile systems – putting the UK's supply of overhauled F-35 fighter jet engines at risk.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Apr 2018
Paisley skull

Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

Chinese company Quihoo 360 says it's found a Windows zero-day in the wild, but because it's notified Microsoft, it's not telling anyone else how it works.
Fusée Gelée demo, image by Kate Temkin

I got 99 secure devices but a Nintendo Switch ain't one: If you're using Nvidia's Tegra boot ROM I feel bad for you, son

Security researcher Kate Temkin has released proof-of-concept code dubbed Fusée Gelée that exploits a bug in Nvidia's Tegra chipsets to run custom code on locked-down devices.
Thomas Claburn, 23 Apr 2018

Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

Updated UK bank TSB's efforts to upgrade its systems have left numerous customers without online banking services – and some report having unintentionally accessed different accounts' details.
Rebecca Hill, 23 Apr 2018
Illustration of a computer chip with trendy stuff around it

Brains behind seL4 secure microkernel begin RISC-V chip port

Last week, the first RISC-V port of its seL4 microkernel was released by the Data61 division of the Australian government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
TV set with pirate flag isolated on white background

Amazon and Netflix join Hollywood to lob sueball at 'Kodi' service SetTV

Silicon Valley has historically been at war with Hollywood, so Amazon and Netflix's membership of a studio-dominated anti-piracy alliance may raise eyebrows. But it shouldn't: Amazon and Netflix are big studios now in their own right, and Apple is expected to join them.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2018

Yay, you've won your Fitbit lawsuit, folks. But, lawyers, about those filet mignon expenses...

Analysis A US federal judge has approved a $33m class-action lawsuit against fitness tracker maker Fitbit – but put the brakes on a massive $8.25m lawyer award claim.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2018
Ronald McDonald character sitting on the couch at Mccafe Star Avenue  in Bangkok ,Thailand

McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

Burger-flipping grease-monger McDonald's is ditching Atos and will instead buy IT support services from rival French integrator Capgemini, The Register can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2018
Angry man on laptop. Illustration via Shutterstock

Single single-sign-on SNAFU threatens three Cisco products

Cisco has announced a suite of patches against a bug in its Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) implementation.

Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

A US appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision that a monkey can't own copyright.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2018
purple rotary phone

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

Microsoft has released stats showing that tech support scams are on the increase, with 153,000 complaints received and 15 per cent of complainants losing cold, hard cash.
Richard Speed, 23 Apr 2018
Europe as seen from space

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

A letter to UK science minister Sam Gyimah has outlined the impact of Brexit on Britain's space sector, and it doesn't make for happy reading.
Richard Speed, 23 Apr 2018

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

Consumer champion Martin Lewis, Britain’s Money Saving Expert, has declared he is suing Facebook for defamation over fake adverts featuring his face that repeatedly appear on the under-fire social network.
Gareth Corfield, 23 Apr 2018

It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

Updated Google has confirmed spammers can not only send out spoofed emails that appear to have been sent by Gmail users, but said messages also appear in those users' sent mail folders.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2018
power outage demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

The government is demanding urgent answers over a botched systems upgrade at TSB that has locked out up to 1.9 million customers.
Kat Hall, 24 Apr 2018
Skeleton Using Cell Phone

Bungling cops try to use dead chap's fingers to unlock his smartmobe

Detectives from Largo, Florida, visited a funeral home in nearby Clearwater and tried, unsuccessfully, to unlock a phone with the hand of its deceased owner to aid an investigation.
Richard Speed, 23 Apr 2018
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Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

Yahoo!’s photo-sharing service Flickr has been acquired by SmugMug.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2018
Axe Cutting Wood

IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles

Sysadmins: while you're busy getting ready for the GDPR-regulated world, don't forget what your servers are storing in their logfiles.
Four years of NEOWISE collection

Scratch Earth-killer asteroid off your list of existential threats

Video NASA's fourth release of data from its NEOWISE asteroid-hunter may well come as a relief, as it's again failed to spot a rock worthy of Bruce Willis' attention.

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