The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians
Analysis Nothing super-fuels a security sales pitch like the sort of threat it’s hard to ignore.
Virus screener goes down, Intel patches more chips, Pegasus government spying code spreads across globe
Roundup When we weren't dealing with malware bricked-breweries, poorly-wiped servers or litigious vendors, we had a number of other security headaches to keep busy with.
US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials
A plan to impose a federal price cap and one-size-fits-all model for the rollout of next-generation mobile networks has been met with fury by US cities.
Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old
Video A fossil of the earliest known animal on Earth has been discovered in cliffs along the White Sea on the northwest coast of Russia.
Twitter: Don't panic, but we may have leaked your DMs to rando devs
Twitter is in full damage control mode after disclosing that it may have inappropriately exposed some unlucky twits' private tweets and direct messages to strangers.
Couldn't give a fsck about patching? Well, that's your WordPress website pwned, then
Website admins are urged to update their WordPress installations as soon as possible to the latest version following a rash of attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities in the web publishing software.
Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market
Analysis Amid the enormous bundle of digital-assistant devices and technology Amazon super-hyped this week, one particular component has the potential to change the future of the smart home market.
Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019
Microsoft has released Windows Admin Center 1809 and its SDK, with a variety of tweaks and enhancements to Redmond’s latest take on managing a Windows environment.
HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit
HP Inc customers in the US have asked a California court to sign off on a $1.5m settlement over a firmware update that bricked printers using third-party ink cartridges.
iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS
The screwdriver fiddlers at iFixit have inflicted their usual brand of affection upon Apple’s pricey new phones and found a battery of a most unusual shape.
HPE UK shunts cloud biz into London hipster shack amid rebrand
Hewlett Packard Enterprise UK is grouping its disparate cloud businesses, scrapping the brands of services outfits it has bought and moving the whole thing to a hipster village in East London.
Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers
The Bombe team at The National Museum Of Computing (TNMOC) has succeeded in breaking an Enigma-encrypted message in a live Poland-to-England demo.
Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack
Staff at Arran Brewery were locked out of its computer systems this week following a ransomware attack.
Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active
Microsoft has tweaked the presence model of its chat platform, Skype, in an effort to calm users still shrieking about lost features in the version 8 "upgrade".
UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit
The UK Independence Party is flogging multi-packs of rubber johnnies bearing the mug of former leader Nigel Farage. It is also unloading single packs for those more realistic about their chances of bedding someone this weekend or beyond.
Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move
Adobe has forked out $4.75bn for cloudy software-as-a-service biz Marketo, in one of the largest marketing tech buys to date.
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?
UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report
The use of machine learning algorithms by UK police forces is unregulated, with little research or evidence that new systems work, a report has said.
I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?
Something for the Weekend, Sir? I can't get it up. Give me a few moments and I'll try again. Yes, I have tried rubbing it but thanks for the suggestion. What's that? I'm grasping it too firmly? Or I'm flashing in the wrong direction? Tell you what, I'll keep fiddling with it while you satisfy one of your other customers.
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.
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.
Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*
Updated Online and mobile banking services from RBS Group subsidiaries NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Ulster Bank crashed at around 5am this morning and remain down.
Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs
The Ministry of Defence has too many bigshots and not enough grunts – or cash – to reliably keep Britain’s nuclear deterrent hiding beneath the ocean waves, according to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.
Head for sunny Nice to catch up with the fast-moving world of software development
Promo A survey by analyst firm Forrester found last year that half of its developer respondents had already rolled out DevOps practices, and a further 27 percent plan to do so.
Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh
Humans and octopuses may have drastically different brains, but both react in a surprisingly similar way when under the effects of the drug MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Securing industrial IoT passwords: For Pete's sake, engineers, don't all jump in at once
Comment Cybersecurity has become an increasing priority in operations technology thanks to the growing appetite for the industrial internet of things.
ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain
Platform-as-a-service pusher ServiceNow is backing MySQL upstart MariaDB, injecting cash into its coffers and staffers onto its board, partly to protect its own investment as a customer of the database biz.
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.
Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say
The UK’s post-Brexit customs arrangements have today come under even greater pressure, as peers warned the tech doesn’t exist to back up the plans.
Bad weather, baulky booster keep ISS 'naut snacks on the ground
International Space Station astronauts looking forward to feasting on some fresh food have a little longer to wait as Japan’s cargo ship has suffered yet another launch delay.
Intel co-founder's Silicon Valley pad goes on the market for $22m
A California home once owned by Intel founder Robert Noyce where the dining room served as Chipzilla’s boardroom in its early days is up for sale.
Your deep dive into AWS Lambda, FaaS and more – at our Serverless conference in November
Event If you’re not already using AWS Lambda, Azure Functions or FaaS it’s highly likely they’ll be appearing on your project schedule soon.
Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones
The most shameless press release of the week award goes to Deliveroo for trying to share the limelight with Apple by offering to bike food to fanbois queuing for the latest iPhones released tomorrow.
Alibaba wants to ship its own neural network silicon by H2 2019
Alibaba has created a subsidiary to design and build silicon for artificial intelligence.
Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V
Ubuntu-slinger Canonical has assured us that 14.04 LTS users need not fear the impending end of life of the OS next year, and confirmed it will keep security fixes flowing a little while longer.
EU watchdog sniffing around Amazon's merchant data collection
The European Commission is asking whether Amazon's role as a platform that merchants can use to sell products and its role as the merchants' competitor raises antitrust concerns.
GitLab gets it, grabs $100m to become $1bn firm
Code repository and DevOps outfit, GitLab, has tipped into the $1bn club thanks to a $100m injection of funding from ICONIQ Capital.
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:
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.
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.
No, the Mirai botnet masters aren't going to jail. Why? 'Cos they help Feds nab cyber-crims
The three brains behind the Mirai malware, which infects and pressgangs Internet-of-Things devices into a botnet army, have avoided jail.
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.
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.
Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations
Cody Wilson, notorious for publishing 3D-printed gun designs online, is believed to be holed up in Taiwan after US cops suspected him of sexually assaulting an underage teenager.
Upgrade without tears: Download the Windows 10 crash course eBook
Promo Although Windows 10 has been on the scene since 2015, users were at first reluctant to abandon their familiar and usable Windows 7 for the attractions of the bigger and better operating system.
Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers
Updated The UK's privacy watchdog wants to fine Equifax £500,000 ($660,000) after hackers siphoned off 15 million Brits' info from the credit-score agency's databases.
Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money
Big cable companies have told the federal government that "now's not the time" to talk about US internet speeds; despite a new program that will pay them billions of dollars to expand broadband access across the country, and a new proposal that put even more money in their pockets.
Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter
Video Scientists have managed to capture a small floating human-made satellite using a net deployed from a spacecraft orbiting the Earth for the first time.
Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta
Good luck sinking your teeth into nuclear pasta. For one it’ll be tricky to get a hold of since it’s the stuff lodged inside neutron stars. Additionally, it may also be the universe’s strongest material.
FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert
The latest effort by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand 5G networks across the United States is little more than a cash giveaway to large telcos and will grow, rather than close, the digital divide.
Patch for EE's 4G Wi-Fi mini modem nails local privilege escalation flaw
Telco EE's Mini Wi-Fi modem needs to be updated with a recently issued patch.
Heads up: Get ready to tune in live and watch us probe insider threats menacing today's IT
Promo On September 26 at 10:00 PT / 11:00 MT / 13:00 ET / 18:00 BST we're broadcasting live with an exploration of insider threats to enterprises and other organizations.
Effortful, tiresome, laborious: Couchbase says latest data platform release can sack off ETL
NoSQL database biz Couchbase has promised administrators its latest release will allow them to ditch the laborious extract, transform and load (ETL) process, and analyse info directly from the database.
A spot of Python in your Azure automation? Step right this way, sir
Microsoft this week announced something that may have surprised a few devs who'd seen it lurking in Azure for a while – Python 2 support has finally moved out of preview for Azure runbooks.
National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe
The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is going to fire up its replica Enigma code-breaker to decrypt encoded messages sent from Poland – with an original wartime Bombe operator supervising the process.
IT bods, beware! AWS claims Storage Gateway appliance doesn't need you to manage it
AWS has wheeled out a hardware appliance for feeding hybrid clouds to non-techies – a pre-loaded Dell EMC box for its Storage Gateway.
Microsoft's collaboration software Teams works on its collaboration hardware Surface Hub
Microsoft has finally made its Teams collaborative software available for the big-bastard-screen Surface Hub.
Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase
Anyone that’s ever had a penchant for using their buttocks to test the ripeness of a peach, plum or squash in a supermarket pre-purchase might have some sympathy for a US chap that was arrested for allegedly doing just that.
Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?
The UK government is expanding a programme that aims to get more Brits to consider careers in information security.
Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice
Brits forked out £490m extra on their last mobile phone contract because of bundled handset charges that continued long after the device was paid for, Citizens Advice has said.
Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs
Microsoft has announced two more Azure availability zones and hit the red button on Immutable Storage in what must have been a breathless few days for its Azure team.
Mobile, on wheels, or in the cloud... how do you want to do AI?
Events Machine learning and artificial intelligence have moved out of the realms of academia into the world of real business – and the myriad applications and platforms that implies.
Mickey D serves up stump speech to settle sceptical investors
Michael Dell has touted his behemoth's performance in a pitch supporting the company's return to the stock exchange.
Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland
Apple has paid the Irish government €14.3bn in back taxes after the European Commission ruled that arrangements between the pair had broken the state aid rules.
When should I run backup, robot overlord? Autonomous Hadoop and NoSQL backup is now a thing
Machine learning data management company Imanis Data has introduced an autonomous backup product powered by machine learning.
Who ate all the PII? Not the blockchain, thankfully
Dutch security firm Gemalto has said its blockchain product, slated to pilot later this year, will keep personal data off the blockchain.
Dive into the ecosystem of the future at Arm TechCon 2018 – and save cash with El Reg
Promo Back for its 14th consecutive year, Arm TechCon is the essential event showcasing all the latest advances in the Arm architecture that underpins everything from silicon design to software development and internet of things (IoT) solutions.
London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!
London will remain the most important European market for data, according to a report from data centre giant Equinix – even with Brexit looming and Frankfurt catching up.
Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room
Video Wireless network gear can be used to estimate the number of people hidden behind walls, according to fresh research out of America.
SAP claims to be first Euro biz to get seriously ethical about AI code
SAP has created an AI ethics panel to guide its use of machine-learning technology. If only it had a similar committee for fraud allegations: it might have avoided the corruption scandal engulfing it in South Africa.
Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro
Windows 10 users have yet another way to run Linux, thanks to tighter integration between Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor.
Vodafone sues Ofcom to reclaim 'overpaid' mobe spectrum fees
Vodafone has taken UK comms watchdog Ofcom to the High Court in England to reclaim overpaid spectrum access charges imposed by the telecoms regulator in 2015.
'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU
Facebook is under fire for allowing companies to allegedly unfairly post on the social network job ads specifically for men – and not women.
Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament
The Australian government has rushed forward its proposed anti-encryption legislation, a mere week after a public consultation into the rules closed.
Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit
US President Donald Trump has slapped 10 per cent import tariffs on US$200bn of gear arriving in America from China.
Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them
A US judge has OK'd the use of paperless electronic voting machines in Georgia – despite being "gravely concerned" about the state's ability to defend them from hackers.
DNSSEC in a click: Cloudflare tries to crack uptake inertia
Cloudflare is offering DNSSEC in a single click.
US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked
The US State Department has confirmed one of its email systems was attacked, potentially exposing the personal information of some of its employees.
Microsoft tries a thinking cap on its cloud – voila, Dynamics 365 gets AI!
Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 got a tickling by AI on Tuesday as the software giant announced new applications aimed at sales and those at the pointy end of customer service, as well as mixed reality demoware creeping closer to reality.
'I am admin' bug turns WD's My Cloud boxes into Everyone's Cloud
Miscreants can potentially gain admin-level control over Western Digital's My Cloud gear via an HTTP request over the network or internet.
GG n00b lol! Amazon frags support for its own games controllers
In a bold move, Amazon has ended support for its own games controllers on its own streaming box.
Nutanix shares briefly wobble over Google server appliance fears
Despite Google's claims that it isn't building a private cloud product, its partner Nutanix's shares took a 10 per cent dive when word got out.
Kick-Kaas: NetApp gobbles cloudy Kubernetes upstart StackPointCloud
NetApp has snapped up Kubernetes botherer StackPointCloud for an undisclosed sum in a deal that heralds the creation of the inspiringly named NetApp Kubernetes.
Biz! Formerly! Known! As! Yahoo! Settles! Data! Breach! Cases! To! The! Tune! Of! $47m!
The company formerly known as Yahoo! is close to settling cases related to the mammoth data security breach it covered up almost four years ago at a cost of around $47m.
Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us
Not to be outdone by its upstart open-source sibling, .NET Core, the team behind the venerable .NET Framework has put out an Early Access version of version 4.8 with toys aplenty for developers.
Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers
The number of overseas IT workers turned away from jobs they were offered in the UK fell 68 per cent in the month after the UK government removed nurses and doctors from an immigration cap.
Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown
The Brit limb of unfortunately named and reassuringly expensive domestic appliance maker Smeg is up on its feet again after being hacked.
Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere
Carlyle Group-backed Ampere Computing, run by ex-Intel president Renée James, says it is, at last, shipping its 64-bit Arm-compatible server processor.
First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum
The first passenger Boeing 777 built is being flown to a museum today, having spent the last quarter of a century ferrying bods from A to B.
C'mon, biz: Give white hats a chance to tell you how screwed you are
There have never been more white-hat researchers hunting for vulnerabilities on internet-facing systems and yet barely any organisations provide a way for them to report the issues they find.
Cloudflare invites folk to dabble in the 'distributed web' with InterPlanetary File System gateway
Cloudflare has decided the four-year-old InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) project looks strong enough to warrant a little love, and has launched a gateway to allow the IPFS-curious to try out the "distributed web" protocol.
TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear
The UK's TV Licensing agency has admitted that 25,000 viewers were induced into sending their bank details over an insecure connection.
The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt
Interview It has been 41 years since the Voyager spacecraft left Earth to explore the outer solar system and, eventually, interstellar space. For the sole Brit on the Voyager imaging team, that journey began even earlier, in the 1960s, at Oxford University.
Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash
Investor advice biz Citi Research has recommended that Amazon breaks itself in half to avoid antitrust accusations, according to reports.
Planning on geeking out at CA World this year? Think again
If you're one of the roughly 4,000 people planning to get a Miami-worth of frequent flyer points in November, think again: CA has binned CA World.
Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers
Microsoft hopes to assimilate traditional IT admin roles into its cloud with the launch of its Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) service.
Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back
Video SpaceX today named its first paying passenger it will fly around the Moon and back to Earth – and it's Japanese biz baron Yusaku Maezawa. Yeah, him. You know. Him.
No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain
Oracle's stock price took a hit on Monday after the enterprise giant saw revenue growth come to a virtual crawl, crucial cloud segments stagnated, and overall performance fell short of forecasts.