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NZ High Court rules US can extradite Kim Dotcom after all

The businessman otherwise known as Kim Schmitz, aka "Kimble", aka "Kim Dotcom", has lost his High Court appeal in New Zealand to be extradited to the USA. In January 2012, Schmitz's mansion and property were confiscated in raids relating to an investigation of his Megaupload.com website, a file-sharing site that is accused of …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Feb 2017
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Pwnd Android conference phone exposes risk of spies in the boardroom

Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in conference phone systems from Mitel that create a means for hackers to listen in on board meetings. Boffins at Context Information Security managed to gain root access and take full control of a Mitel MiVoice Conference and Video Phone, potentially enabling them to listen to …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2017
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With nearly 1m users on its books, DigitalOcean touts load balancers

DigitalOcean on Tuesday plans to begin offering load balancers to help its customers distribute online traffic across their infrastructure, at a cost of $20 per month. Load balancers ensure that DigitalOcean servers can handle surges of online traffic and represent an essential safety mechanism for online businesses. They …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Feb 2017
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Deafening silence as Smart Hosting support tickets keep piling up

Updated Customers of British cloud biz Smart Hosting are furious at the company's radio silence throughout its ongoing support tickets crises. The business has been left with "an incredibly high volume of support tickets" after merging with Krystal. Smart Hosting has been asking customers to keep non-urgent issues to themselves since …
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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

None of the Royal Navy's seven attack submarines are deployed on operations at the moment, according to reports, which potentially threatens the security of Britain's nuclear deterrent. The Sun reported this morning that six of the seven boats are in maintenance – except for the seventh, HMS Astute, which is still undergoing …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Feb 2017
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ISIS videos, adtech, and the 'smartest guys in the room' (Google)

Special Report Google's ad blacklists, intended to stop big brand advertisements running over YouTube terror videos, aren’t working. In 2014, Newsnight reported that the taxpayer was paying for ads to run alongside beheadings. Three years on, The Times notes that after promising advertisers their ads wouldn't run against certain content, …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2017
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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, others all telling us to move server loads to the cloud. Most of us with on-premise servers haven't designed things in a cloud friendly way and - call us old sentimentalists - have heaped time, love and workloads on our tin. Thus, today, we talk of such servers as “pets” while cloud providers talk of …
Adam Fowler, 09 Feb 2017

Polish banks hit by malware sent through hacked financial regulator

Polish banks are investigating a massive systems hack after malware was discovered on several companies' workstations. The source of the executables? The sector's own financial regulator, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF). A spokesman for the KNF confirmed that their internal systems had been compromised by …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Feb 2017
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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Another month, another problem with comedy outfit 123-Reg whose long-suffering customers are this time suffering from an email outage. The biz informed customers this morning that they may not be able to access mail. A spokesman said: "Due to problems with network connectivity this morning we are currently experiencing issues …
Kat Hall, 03 Feb 2017
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GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'

Usenix Enigma 2017 The chief technical director of GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre has rebuked infosec companies for spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about hackers to sell products. At the Enigma 2017 conference this week, Dr Ian Levy said world-plus-dog were trying to flog security defenses to tackle "advanced persistent threats," …
Iain Thomson, 03 Feb 2017

Particle accelerator hacked: Boffins' hashed passwords beamed up

UPDATE The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is investigating a computer security breach at the Australian Synchrotron that saw hackers steal scientists' usernames and passwords Friday. Hackers of as yet unknown origin hit systems hosting the web portal where researchers from ANSTO and third parties can …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2017

2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

Millennial vanity magnifier Snap Inc, the post-profit maker of Snapchat, hopes to raise $3bn in an initial public offering. The builder of sometimes cute and occasionally terrifying photo filters says in a filing to the SEC that it will debut on the stock market later this year, specifically the New York Stock Exchange using …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Feb 2017

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

Source-code hub GitLab.com is in meltdown after experiencing data loss as a result of what it has suddenly discovered are ineffectual backups. On Tuesday evening, Pacific Time, the startup issued a sobering series of tweets we've listed below. Behind the scenes, a tired sysadmin, working late at night in the Netherlands, had …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2017
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We don't want to alarm you, but PostScript makes your printer an attack vector

Take your printers off the Internet: a bunch of researchers from a German university have found a cross-site printing bug in the ancient PostScript language. If PostScript is the printer driver, the printer is vulnerable to what they call Cross-Site Printing attacks, documented in detail at Hacking Printers here. The bugs …
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Cisco: We know what you all want – a $10,000 70in whiteboard with a $190/mo cloud sub

Cisco is kicking out a new set of screens and conferencing software aimed at overhauling its video conferencing and collaboration lines. Switchzilla says its Spark Board screens will lower the financial and technical requirements for companies that want to conduct meetings with remote workers and make it easier for people in …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2017
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Computacenter: No mention of Brexit but UK sales went nowhere in 2016

The gods of channel sales growth did not smile on Computacenter in 2016 as the UK filed standstill top line numbers and progress in European ops was unpicked by unfavourable forex rates. Unaudited results for the financial year were released today, showing group revenues that were flat on the prior year, indicating they were …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2017

UK.gov still drowning in legacy tech because no one's boarding Blighty's £700m data centre Ark

Analysis Only in IT is “legacy” a pejorative term, where it is used to condemn ageing systems and forgotten workarounds. In the UK government, as with banks, increasingly difficult-to-maintain mission-critical systems are a huge problem. Not least because of the dwindling number of folk who remember how the damn things work. One …
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2017

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

Stob Peter Wayner, a tech columnist, claims to have identified the seven most vexing problems in programming. According to his subheadings, these are: multithreading, closures, "too big data", np-completeness, security, encryption and identity management. Such lists are constructed to be disputed. Game on. To start with, Mr Wayner' …
Verity Stob, 20 Jan 2017
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SporeStack: Disposable, anonymous servers, via Bitcoin and Python

Hardware infrastructure, once the foundation of computing giants like IBM, has become an abstract commodity thanks to cloud computing, virtualization, and containerization. Through large service providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, or smaller ones like DigitalOcean, Linode, and Vultr …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jan 2017
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Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

A software engineer is calling on netizens opposed to Donald Trump to visit the Whitehouse.gov site and overload it with traffic tomorrow. The call to mark inauguration day by "occupying" whitehouse.gov as a form of protest against Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to succeed only in getting participants into trouble, …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2017

Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party

Oracle will open a cloud region in the UK that's based in London and plans to have three data centres serving the region by mid-2017. The region will accompany others in Virginia and Turkey in a plan Oracle stated will double "the regional presence of its cloud platform in the last 24 months, with 29 regions available globally …
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Windows 10 memory management changes to give Hyper-V more headroom

The Register's virtualization desk is back from holidays, just in time to report changes to desktop Hyper-V before they go completely stale. Desktop Hyper-V is a Windows 10 feature that offers users the chance to create and run virtual machines on the Windows desktop, a task for which plenty instead turn to Oracle's free …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2017
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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

US president-elect Donald Trump's freshly minted cyber-tsar Rudy Giuliani runs a website with a content management system years out of date and potentially utterly hackable. Former New York City mayor and Donald loyalist Giuliani was today unveiled by Trump's transition team as the future president's cybersecurity adviser – …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jan 2017

Google sends Titan broadband drones to the unicorns' graveyard

Being bought by Google X increasingly looks like a kiss of death: Alphabet has shuttered the Titan project which proposed hosting solar-powered broadband on high-altitude solar-powered drones. The move was first spotted by 9to5Google, which says staff at the division will be farmed out to its Project Loon (broadband …
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Snapchat chooses London for international headquarters

The company behind teen sexting phenomenon Snapchat has chosen London for its international HQ. The Snap Group already has 75 staff here. The company cited proximity to the UK’s world-class creative sector, which in this context means digital adland. The ephemeral nature of Snapchat, which deletes photos after a short time …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jan 2017
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Researchers work to save trusted computing apps from keyloggers

Intel's Software Guard Extensions started rolling in Skylake processors in October 2015, but it's got an Achilles heel: insecure I/O like keyboards or USB provide a vector by which sensitive user data could be compromised. A couple of boffins from Austria's Graz University of Technology reckon they've cracked that problem, …
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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

Move to the cloud, they said, everything will be better, they said. Security, reliability, scale. We take the work and the worry off your hands. Except nothing is that simple or straight forward – and that includes cloud. When your IT ran the tin and it crashed, they weren’t running your entire business. If a server flamed out …
Danny Bradbury, 21 Dec 2016
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Check your privilege: CoreOS's container tech rkt gets priv-escalation defense on Intel chips

CoreOS's Linux container manager rkt – pronounced "rock-it" for those willing to pay for a few vowels – can now defend against privilege escalation attacks on virtual machines hosting Intel Clear Containers. Clear Containers, launched last year, represents Intel's effort to combine the isolation provided by virtual machines …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Dec 2016

'So sorry' Evernote rips up privacy changes

Evernote has scrapped changes to its data protection practices after a furious customer backlash. Evernote now says it will not now implement the changes it announced earlier in the week come January 23, as it had planned. “We announced a change to our privacy policy that made it seem like we didn’t care about the privacy of …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2016
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Ransomware scum face unified white hat army

More security players have joined the No More Ransom initiative, which should make life hard for the cretins who create ransomware. More than 30 security research firms and law enforcement agencies have joined the initiative to unify their efforts to free victims from ransomware extortion. More than 6,000 users have used the …
Darren Pauli, 16 Dec 2016

What’s next after hyperconvergence?

So, you’ve had a crack at hyperconverged architecture. You’ve bought your cloud-in-a-box solution from Nutanix, VMware or whomever and tried it out on a pilot project - something manageable and discrete that didn’t interfere with the rest of your architecture too much. And now that you’ve dipped your toe in the water, you’d like …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Dec 2016
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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

With Christmas Day within sight, it’s time to dust off your Monopoly set and concentrate on your Settler’s strategy. Or, maybe, consider some new board-game purchases. It’s not just me caught up in this wave of nostalgia – venerated institution the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting a major board game retrospective. Of late, …
Lucy Orr, 15 Dec 2016
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Major outage at broadband biz 186k

Broadband-pusher 186k – as well as ISPs it supplies including Fast.co.uk and Firenet – is advising customers to seek other providers as it is unable to "continue to supply" its current service, in a notice sent to customers today seen by The Register. One reader got in touch to report the outage happened at 9:30am this morning …
Kat Hall, 13 Dec 2016

Meet Hyper.is – the terminal written in HTML, JS and CSS

Zeit, a San Francisco-based software startup, has released the 1.0 version of Hyper, a terminal emulator written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Why? Well, why not? Hyper is based on Electron, an open source framework for creating cross-platform desktop applications using HTML and JS. Developed by GitHub for its Atom text …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Dec 2016
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Monitor Nutanix from System Center? What strange magic is this?

Comtrade Software has introduced management packs for Nutanix that allow owners of the hyperconverged kit to manage it with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). We last covered Comtrade when Citrix liked its SCOM management packs so much that it decided to acquire them. Comtrade clearly felt it was onto something …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016
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Cisco to kill its Intercloud public cloud on March 31, 2017

Cisco will turn off its Intercloud Services (CIS) public cloud next year, The Register understands. We have sighted a message from veep for Cloud Platform and Services Kip Compton, which CCs a number of Cisco marketing and communications people, announcing the service's termination. Compton says: “Today we are taking an …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016

Verizon flogs off 29 data centers, pockets $3.6bn

Verizon has finalized a deal to hand over control of 29 data centers in the US and Latin America to Equinix, in a deal that will net the telco $3.6bn. The sell-off includes 24 customer-facing locations and is expected to close in 2017. After the hand-off, Verizon customers will be able to continue their managed hosting and …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2016
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Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Russia has accused unnamed foreign spies of launching a concerted effort to undermine its domestic banking system. Cyber attacks are being combined with fake social media reports about banks going bust, according to Russia's state security agency, the FSB. Servers physically located in the Netherlands and leased to BlazingFast …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2016

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

The Council of Ministers has agreed on draft regulation to ban unjustified geoblocking in an attempt to remove barriers to e-commerce across the European Union. Geoblocking is the practice of preventing consumers in one country from accessing products and services via a website based in another country. The draft regulation …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Dec 2016
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Custom silicon, 9PB storage boxes, and 25Gb Ethernet – just another day in AWS hardware

AWS re:Invent AWS says it has moved into building its own silicon to help deliver the throughput for its massive cloud service. The profitable side of the Amazon empire says it has started using a custom-designed Annapurna ASIC chip to help control the networking activity – both physical and SDN – in its AWS servers. This is freeing up the …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2016

Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

AWS re:Invent Now that it dominates the public cloud market, Amazon is setting its sights lower – on developers deploying small projects – in the hope that these customers will remain within the AWS ecosystem. In conjunction with AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Amazon introduced Lightsail, a service that allows customers to launch …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016
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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

Virgin Media has overhauled its botched spam filtering system, which has resulted in UK businesses and customers missing thousands of legit emails. The issues have blighted customers for over a year, since Virgin Media was forced take its email hosting back in-house after Google closed the service used by ISPs last year. Many …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016

Ommm... devs, align your Chakra, whispers Microsoft, you don't need Google's V8...

Microsoft has released an early version of Node-ChakraCore for macOS, following a similar release for Linux at Node Summit in July. Why is this important? Well, Node-ChakraCore is Microsoft's open-source glue that plugs Node.js into ChakraCore, the MIT-licensed JavaScript engine within its Edge web browser. It's all part of …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2016
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Pound's plunge opens UK's tech SMBs to foreign buyouts - analyst

The £24bn purchase of Brit tech success ARM Holdings by Japan giant Softbank this summer was a contentious affair. The new government claimed it demonstrated that post-EU referendum Britain is “open for business”, although it has also voiced concern about British assets falling to overseas buyers with talk of a more focused " …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2016
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There's gold in them thar hills! Rackspace latest firm to join Frankfurt data centre rush

Rackspace has chosen Germany as home for its first data centre in mainland Europe. The managed cloud provider, which is to become an AWS and Microsoft Azure support partner, will jointly build and open a centre in Frankfurt next year. Rackspace is the latest to set up shop in Frankfurt, Germany's centre for finance and fifth …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Nov 2016
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Four IBM data centres planned for Big Blue UK cloud

IBM is expanding its UK data centre footprint, tripling the number of facilities in the region. Big Blue plans four new centres to drive adoption of its various cloud-based services for development and enterprise deployments. It currently operates just two UK data centres. Notably, neither of the first two DCs we know about …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Dropbox upgrade adds nice bits for sysadmins

Sysadmins need a "nice" user experience, and Daniel Iversen, head of solution architects for Dropbox Asia Pacific, told The Register that was in mind when the company pushed out a bunch of new admin capabilities. In other words: this is “not about a feature race”, he said, rather a more deliberate – and staged – upgrade …
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Virgin Media users report ongoing problems delivering legit emails. Again

Update Virgin Media's spam filter has once again blocked companies' and users' legit emails, in what appears to be an ongoing issue with its filters. One customer got in touch to report that commercial senders have been unable to deliver large quantities of legitimate emails to Virgin Media email accounts. Another user wrote in the …
Kat Hall, 15 Nov 2016
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GitLab to dump cloud for its own bare metal Ceph boxen

Git repository manager and developer playground GitLab has decided it is time to quit the cloud, joining Dropbox in concluding that at a certain scale the cloud just can't do the job. GitLab came to the decision after moving to the Ceph Filesystem, the new-ish filesystem that uses a cluster running the Ceph objects-and-blocks- …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2016
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Met Police issues £350m tender for future IT procurement framework

London's Metropolitan Police is set to copy the UK government's cockup-ridden digital services framework by developing its own, according to a contract published, for some reason, on the Welsh government website. The framework "is designed to enhance the MPS' current Solution Delivery supply chain," says the contract notice, …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Nov 2016