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EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
Airsoft rifle closeup with pellets

Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

A man was prosecuted for posting a picture of himself on Facebook posing with airsoft equipment.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Oct 2017
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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

Updated Users are urged to continue using WPA2 pending the availability of a fix, experts have said, after security researchers went public with more information about a serious flaw in the wireless encryption protocol.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2017
RAF F-35B ZM137, visiting the UK in 2016. Crown copyright

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

Britain’s F-35B fighter jets currently cost around $123m each – and British officials are quite content that the only engine overhaul facility for the stealth aircraft’s engines is located in Turkey.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2017
Elmedia

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

It's going to be an unpleasant weekend for some Mac users who are facing a complete system wipe and reinstall – after hackers stashed malware in legitimate applications.
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2017
A man in panic

Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

WPA2 Wi-Fi users – ie, almost all of us – have had a troubling Monday with the arrival of research demonstrating a critical design flaw in the technology used to secure our wireless networks. A flaw so bad, it can be exploited by nearby miscreants to potentially snoop on people's internet connections over the air.
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2017
Mixed Reality - a headline feature in Fall Creators Update, but fluff for many users

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

Hands On Just over two years after the introduction of both Windows 10 and the "Windows as a service" concept, Microsoft has released the Fall Creators Update aka version 1709, build 16299.
Tim Anderson, 18 Oct 2017

Never mind the WPA2 drama... Details emerge of TPM key cockup that hits tonnes of devices

RSA keys produced by smartcards, security tokens, laptops, and other devices using cryptography chips made by Infineon Technologies are weak and crackable – and should be regenerated with stronger algorithms.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2017
NYPD

NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

Updated New York City cops claim they can't tell anyone how much cash they have seized from people under civil asset forfeiture laws – because its database is not up to snuff.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2017
Purism laptop

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Purism – a San Francisco, California, social purpose company that flies the flags of privacy, security and software freedom – has begun offering its GNU/Linux-based laptops with Intel's Management Engine disabled.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2017
IBM PC

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

Back in September, IBM was left red-faced when its global load balancer and reverse DNS services fell over for 21 hours.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
Data entry sign

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

On-Call Another week is coming to an end and that means it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' stories of being asked to do the unthinkable to satisfy the incorrigible.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

In its ongoing effort to improve browser security, school Microsoft on security, and retain its search audience, Google is today rolling out several Chrome for Windows fortifications.
Thomas Claburn, 16 Oct 2017

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

Review At first, it wasn't entirely clear whether it would be worthwhile doing a review of the new Google Home Mini.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2017

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Flee! Flee! It’s the return of the frozen heads!
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Oct 2017
Uranus

Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

Attention, inhabitants of the northern hemisphere of our fragile home world. You're about to get one of the best peeks at Uranus in years – because the strange alien planet will reach opposition with the Sun and be at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017
Banned

uBlock Origin ad-blocker knocked for blocking hack attack squawking

Top ad-blocking plugin uBlock Origin has come under fire for being a little too eager in its quest to murder nasty stuff on the internet: it prevents browsers from sounding the alarm on hacking attacks.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2017

Linus Torvalds lauds fuzzing for improving Linux security

Linus Torvalds release notification for Linux 4.14's fifth release candidate contains an interesting aside: the Linux Lord says fuzzing is making a big difference to the open source operating system.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017

Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

Misco Group Ltd is holding eleventh-hour talks to secure additional funding to turn around the business and stave off the threat of administrative receivership, multiple sources have told The Reg.
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2017
Satya Nadella

You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

A few weeks ago, Google paid Microsoft $7,500 after Redmond's security gurus found, exploited and reported a vulnerability in the Chrome browser – a flaw that would allow malicious webpages to run malware on PCs.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017

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