Articles about Middle East

Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

Hackers are continuing to target Israeli Defence Force (IDF) personnel with Android spyware but doubts have emerged that Hamas is behind the cyber-spying operation. ViperRAT has been specifically designed to exfiltrate information of high value from compromised devices. "Many of these samples are still active and are …
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2017
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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

Getting into America can be tricky at the moment if you have the wrong skin color or the wrong surname. Even though President Donald Trump's crackdown on refugees and Muslim immigrants has been put on hold by the courts, US border officials have got the message: now's the time to make life difficult for some people entering …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2017
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Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order

A "serial entrepreneur" Brit who compared himself to Nelson Mandela and whose solar power company is alleged to have defrauded Hewlett Packard Enterprise out of $17.5m in discounts has been jailed for 18 months by London's High Court following an application by HPE. During a court-ordered dawn raid on his home in Leicester, …
Gareth Corfield, 02 Feb 2017
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If USA wants a say in 5G, Cisco HAS to buy Ericsson

Opinion Results from Ericsson this week will have all of us pundits reaching for just how the Swedish telecoms giant is going to survive the continual onslaught from China’s Huawei. How long will it be before it needs to be acquired and why Cisco needs to be the acquirer. Since Ericsson’s revenues began sliding, we have done this …
Faultline, 30 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 …

Brexit contributes to backup appliance sales fall

EMEA geography purpose-built backup appliance sales shrank 9 per cent annually in the third 2016 quarter, through there were pockets of growth. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker reveals that capacty shipped grew 23 per cent to 237PB over the same period. The report says vendor revenue in Western …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2017
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Kaminario gets cash for K2 biz flash dash

All-flash array supplier Kaminario has gained an additional $75 million funding in an F-round, taking total funding to $218 million. Private equity firm Waterwood led the round; its strategy is to invest in growth-stage technology companies. Cash also came from new and existing investors, including Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2017

Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'

Feature "Go to this McDonald's," Chris Gatford told me. "There's a 'Create Your Taste' burger-builder PC there and you should be able to access the OS. Find that machine, open the command prompt and pretend to do something important. "I'll be watching you." Gatford instructed your reporter to visit the burger barn because he …
Darren Pauli, 08 Dec 2016
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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

The UK Ministry of Defence has tried to rebrand its latest batch of airborne death machines as “Protector” drones rather than their actual trade name of Reaper. The so-called Protector drones are actually based on the latest model of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drone – known in its latest variant as the Predator – which …
Gareth Corfield, 06 Dec 2016
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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

Comment Admiral Sir Philip Jones, head of the Royal Navy, has written how "you'd be forgiven for thinking that the RN had packed up and gone home" in response to the kicking the naval service has received in the press recently. In an open letter published on the RN website, the admiral wrote: "Sadly the world is less certain and less …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Nov 2016
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IT outsourcing is soooo passé, says outsourcing giant Fujitsu

Traditional IT outsourcing has "had its heyday", chief technology officer Joseph Reger of traditional-IT-outsourcer-turned-wannabe-digital-upstart Fujitsu has said. Speaking to The Register at the Fujitsu Forum trade event in Munich, he said: "I don't think it's had its day completely yet, because that means it would not be a …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2016

Fujitsu: Rumours of our PC demise have been greatly exaggerated

Japanese tech godzilla Fujitsu has insisted it is not exiting the PC market despite being in talks with Chinese rival Lenovo to offload its devices unit. Speaking at the Fujitsu Forum trade fair event in Munich, head honcho for Fujitsu in Europe, Middle East and India Duncan Tait said: "We are very clearly in the PC business" …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2016
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Vodafone blames €5bn H1 loss on cutthroat Indian competition

Vodafone struggled with declining revenues and profits in its first half of this fiscal year, despite blaming its €5bn net loss on a writedown of its Indian arm's value thanks to increased competition. The British telco, which from April this year has been counting its coins in euros instead of pounds, recorded a net loss of € …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Nov 2016
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Unstoppable Huawei draws level with Apple

Almost two years ago The Register predicted that Huawei would become Samsung and Apple's "worst nightmare" and the claim earned plenty of derision*. But it's happening – and faster than anyone expected. Huawei is now vying with Apple to be the world's No.2 phone maker and is better placed to profit from Samsung's Note 7 woes …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2016
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Could Heather from EastEnders turn on Kettering if Lohan is no-show?

The good burghers of Kettering have been left in a pre-Christmas tizzy as Lindsay Lohan appears to be on the brink of reneging on her promise to turn on the Northants powerhouse for Christmas. La Lohan had promised to flick the switch on the town’s Christmas lights back in June, after being accused of insulting the midlands …
Joe Fay, 28 Oct 2016
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Middle East hackers exposed

A hacking group is running a wide ranging cyber-espionage campaign against targets in the Middle East. Security firm Vectra Networks says it has identified over 200 samples of malware generated by the group over the last two years. The assaults are not technically sophisticated but nonetheless tricksy in their use of social …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016
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Juniper revenue up, but profit slips for Q3

Juniper's turned in a Q3 2016 quarter revenue of US$1.285 billion, up 3 per cent on the same period last year, but with GAAP profits down by 13 per cent to $172.4 million. CEO Rami Rahim picked out some bright spots in the numbers, saying that the cloud business has become the company's primary driver. Routing rose 3 per cent …

LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

For beleaguered Android phone makers, you might think a juicy prize has just appeared. For some of them, it could be a life-saver. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was expected to ship around 20 million units over its lifetime. A flammable battery emphatically put paid to that - with the potential loss of tens of millions of more sales …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Oct 2016

Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Cisco is the latest member of the technology old guard to take a pop at Amazon Web Services, claiming that the public cloud giant’s financials mean “one hiccup” and it could go bust. AWS-bashing is almost becoming an annual feature at Canalys Channels Forum; in 2014 the analyst estimated AWS was losing billions of dollars; and …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016
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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Comment “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means." So British Prime Minister Theresa May told her party’s conference last week. Home secretary Amber Rudd laid out plans at the conference to make it harder for British employers to hire …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2016
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Cisco president: We've lost to AWS et al on the public cloud

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Cisco may have conceded defeat to Amazon in the mass market for public cloud consumption, but there are a raft of niche areas that are ripe for the plucking, starting with, er, footwear. The vendor's European, Middle East, Africa and Russia president Edwin Paalvast told an audience of resellers and distributors at the Canalys …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2016
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Wanted crypto? What a pity

A watering-hole attack trap over the summer affected thousands of users in search of encryption. Users in Italy and Belgium were hardest hit by the infected installer ploy, but people in Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East were also affected. Kaspersky Lab security researchers report that an APT hacking crew it calls …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2016
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Fujitsu to staff: Toe the party line over this PC sale talks story

Fujitsu might well be talking to interested parties, including Lenovo, about offloading its withering PC business but has asked staff to maintain the party line on its “absolute commitment” to customers. The Japanese HQ’d organisation yesterday issued a statement following reports in the Nikkei Asian Review that it was locked …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016
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Cisco exec: Is our networking gear exciting? Yeah, like 'sewage'

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Cisco’s head of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia has joked that selling enterprise networking is about as exciting as raw effluence, or at least it was until Apple sprinkled, er, magic dust on its tech plumbing. The firms linked arms last autumn to work on tighter tech integration, largely around wireless, security and …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016
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Bloke gets six years in slammer after fessing up to £4.75m tax scam

A businessman from Essex, UK, has been jailed for six years for claiming back sales tax on computer memory sold overseas in a deception also known at carousel fraud. Robert Waterman funded a lavish lifestyle of expensive houses, luxury cars and a Marbella holiday home through a scam in which he pretended to trade memory sticks …
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Regulatory compliance problems? Promontory, my dear Watson

Never mind cancer research or climate change: IBM is finally bringing its Watson AI technology to bear on one of the real challenges still facing human civilisation – regulatory compliance. Big Blue has announced plans to snarf up Promontory Financial Group, a risk management and regulatory compliance consultancy, and combine …
Dan Robinson, 03 Oct 2016
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IDC: Those servers numbers just keep on tumbling

The latest server sales figures for Europe, Middle East and Africa show the continued march of no name server makers as enterprises and big data centres increasingly buy hardware directly from ODMs fron the Far East. IDC numbers showed revenues down 3.7 per cent to $3bn despite a modest 0.8 per cent increase in the number of …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2016
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Ad ransomware nixed

White hats have thwarted a global malvertising campaign that redirected surfers to the Neutrino Exploit Kit. The sophisticated malicious advertisement campaign exposed millions of users in regions including North America, EU, Asia Pac and the Middle East to attack. The operation was geared towards spreading CrypMIC, a …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2016
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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

A snafu with the translation engine in Microsoft's Bing search engine has landed Redmond in hot water with the Saudi authorities. Over the weekend, Saudi Arabian users found that when they typed the Arabic word Daesh – the name of the medieval terror bastards currently losing their battle for a caliphate in the Middle East – …
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2016

NewSat network breach 'most corrupted' Oz spooks had seen: report

Defunct Australian satellite company Newsat distinguished itself in a way never known to the public before the company went under: it was so badly hacked it had 'the most corrupted' network the nation's spy agency had encountered. The company's assets were sold off last year after it went into administration. Unnamed sources …
Darren Pauli, 29 Aug 2016
Nuclear War

Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

For the first time, retired US Air Force officers have published [PDF] an account of an incident on May 23, 1967 when a solar storm nearly fooled American high command into thinking that a Soviet nuclear attack was on the way. On that day, the US military nuclear command went into panic mode when signals from all three of the …
Iain Thomson, 10 Aug 2016
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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

A previously unknown group called Strider has been conducting cyberespionage-style attacks against selective targets in Russia, China, Sweden, and Belgium. Strider uses an advanced piece of malware known as Remsec to conduct its attacks. Remsec creates a back door on an infected computer - establishing a means to log …
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2016
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US Politicians tell DEF CON it'll take Congress ages to sort out how to regulate crypto

DEF CON It’s going to be at least a year or so, and probably a lot longer, before the United States Congress gets around to ruling on the second war on encryption, two members of the US House of Representatives told the DEF CON event. Alex Stamos, chief security officer (CSO) of Facebook, hosted a panel with Representatives Eric …
Iain Thomson, 07 Aug 2016
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Services income helps Juniper keep Q2 from collapse

The tough networking market continues to make growth difficult for the big names: Juniper Networks has reported flat year-on-year Q2 2016 revenue and has warned of a flat outlook. Second quarter 2016 revenue was US$1.221 billion, and its operating margin fell year-on-year from 19.9 per cent in Q2 2015 to 16.7 per cent for the …

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

Analysis If ever there was any doubt that billionaire Peter Thiel was a contrarian, he put it to bed last night in a short speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, US. The Paypal cofounder and early investor in Facebook already stood out as a supporter of Donald Trump in Silicon Valley – an industry that despises the …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

Oracle has shaken up its sales force to drive cloud business, multiple sources have told The Register. The task of pushing Oracle cloud services, flagship database and middleware was handed exclusively to Oracle’s field sales operation. On-premise apps - eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel - have gone to the phone-based direct …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2016
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Logicalis: Top line shrinks as UK restructuring continues

Restructuring at Logicalis that weighed heavy on the integrator’s financials in recent times will be over and done with at some point before the, er, end of next February. Datatec, the London-listed parent of Logicalis and networking and comms distie Weston, today issued a heads up for first quarter trading ended June - sales …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016
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Commvault stomps out with protection for Hadoop, Big Data analytics systems

Backgrounder Commvault’s Chief Communications Officer Bill Wohl was in London yesterday, and wanting to emphasise how well Commvault has recovered from the dip in its fortunes caused by customers moving to the cloud faster than anticipated. He said Commvault was, in our words, a bridge between product systems and their data and a protected …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2016
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Seagate defrags 14% of workforce: 6,500 axed

Seagate is cutting 6,500 staff, or 14 per cent of its 46,000-strong workforce, across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Those losing their jobs will shown the door over the next 12 months; the redundancies will cost the hard drive maker US$164m. These layoffs are on top of the 1,600 heads put at risk at the end …
Chris Williams, 11 Jul 2016
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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

SpaceX's winning streak came to an explosive end with one of its rockets blowing up during its attempted landing. The Falcon 9 rocket has - as its name suggests - nine rockets to take off, but uses just three to land. One of those failed to deliver full thrust on landing, causing it land very hard on the company's drone ship …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2016

FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

Howto With the news that Twitter is looking for yet another head of product – the fifth in under three years – it's clear the social media company is still at a loss over what to do next with its service. So here is a simple guide to turn things around and go from the company that everyone shakes their heads at to a bastion of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jun 2016
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Not-so Secret Rulers of the World gather to talk cybersecurity, AI and, er, TalkTalk?

It's the conspiracy theorists' favorite time of the year, as the annual Bilderberg Meeting kicks off on June 9 at the luxurious Taschenbergpalais Hotel in Dresden. The meetings, held since 1954, bring together around 130 business and political leaders from Europe and North America. This year ten main topics are up for …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jun 2016

Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

The BBC has simultaneously proved Betteridge's law of headlines and got the Daily Mail into a right tizz with an interactive piece entitled "Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?" The question arises ahead of the forthcoming Euro 2016 tournament as the result of some England footie fans' penchant for donning …
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2016

Falling flat: Silicon Valley satire is a no show

Recap Trouble lies ahead for the plucky nerds of HBO's Silicon Valley and not only within the show itself. Last season, it took until the eighth episode of the 10-slot run for the show to fall flat on its face (a trip from which it swiftly recovered). This time around it has happened - literally - in episode three. Last time, we …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016

How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

Privacy guides meant for journalists are being re-purposed by terrorist groups, Trend Micro researchers say. The guides are designed to help hacks avoid surveillance by nation-states and well-resourced adversaries focusing on encryption, operational security, recommended and untrusted platforms. It is one finding of dozens …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2016
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Pro-ISIS hacking groups are still hooking up

Remember when pro-Daesh/ISIL/ISIS hacking groups banded together to form a unified force? They're still, er, hooking up, according to a recent study. However, while they still operate unofficially, say the authors, they remain poorly organised and are likely underfunded, according to threat intel outfit Flashpoint. The study, …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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Gibraltar kids win UK CyberCenturion blue team hacker comp

A team of Gibraltar school kids have taken out the British CyberCenturion hacking competition at Bletchley Park. The student team, dubbed G-Sec, beat nine others to claim flags for identifying and patching flaws in a simulated online internet-of-things business saving it from equally imaginary attackers. G-Sec is a diverse …
Team Register, 27 Apr 2016
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The suits in finance are cutting down on tech spend – Computacenter

Some financial services institutions are taking a break from spending cash on tech, London-based supplier giant Computacenter said today as it reported a Q1 trading update. The services-based reseller revealed a four per cent year-on-year dip in UK turnover to £348.6m for the three months ended 31 March. Product sales dropped …
Paul Kunert, 21 Apr 2016

Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

Apple's fight with law enforcement has stepped up again, with the iPhone giant forced to deny that it hands over user information to Beijing while refusing the authorities at home. Speaking at a hearing of US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell said that the Chinese …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2016
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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

In all the excitement about 5G, it is easy to forget that the most intensive innovations of 2016-2020 will go on in "4.5G" – in Release 13 and 14, of course, but more importantly in the way the carriers and their vendors reinvent their cellular networks with new approaches like virtualization and HetNet, in the desperate bid to …
Wireless Watch, 18 Apr 2016