The Week in Summary

Lloyd's Horse logo on building

Sealed with an XSS: Lloyds Group should avoid cross talk, say IT pros

A pair of IT workers have criticised banks within the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) for sub-standard security. The group denies anything is amiss, maintaining it follows industry best practice on cyber-security.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2018

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.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Sep 2018
The White STork 5 space truck at Tanegashima Space Center. Pic: JAXA

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.
Richard Speed, 20 Sep 2018
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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.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2018
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Dive deep into AWS Lambda, FaaS and more

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.
Team Register, 20 Sep 2018
OK, I've got a smoothie for Alistair, one organic orange for Dave and a whole pineapple for Dante. Dante?

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.
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2018
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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.
Penguins line up to dive into the icy water from the ice floe.

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.
Richard Speed, 20 Sep 2018

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.
Stack of cash

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.
Richard Speed, 20 Sep 2018
Verity Stob gloved with pearls

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:
Verity Stob, 20 Sep 2018
Fujitsu building  in the Czech Republic

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.
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2018
Michael Dell

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.
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2018
Wall Street Charlie Sheen

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.
John E Dunn, 20 Sep 2018

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.
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2018
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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.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Sep 2018

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.
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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.
David Gordon, 20 Sep 2018

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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.
Chris Williams, 20 Sep 2018

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2018
Network scientists

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.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2018
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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.
David Gordon, 19 Sep 2018
Woman kicks off shoes, gets bottle of wine, collapses onto couch

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.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Richard Speed, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018
Scared looking office consultant hides under desk

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.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018
Microsoft's Surface Hub

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.
Richard Speed, 19 Sep 2018
Huawei P8

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.
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2018

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.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2018
Young "creatives" whip out their mobile phones. Photo by Shutterstock

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.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018
Two plasticine blobs against a garden landscape

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.
Richard Speed, 19 Sep 2018
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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.
Team Register, 19 Sep 2018
Michael Dell

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.
disgusted man in suit refuses money

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.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018
a black robot

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.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2018
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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.
David Gordon, 19 Sep 2018

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.
David Gordon, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Sep 2018

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.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018
Ubunutu Enhanced Session Mode under Hyper-V

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.
Richard Speed, 19 Sep 2018
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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.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018

'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.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Sep 2018
Backdoor key

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.
Donald Trump thumbs up photo via Shutterstock

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.
People voting with good old paper

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.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018
DNS toolkit

DNSSEC in a click: Cloudflare tries to crack uptake inertia

Cloudflare is offering DNSSEC in a single click.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2018

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.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018

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.
Richard Speed, 18 Sep 2018

'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.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018
Amazon Fire

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2018

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.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Sep 2018
Money cloud

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.
Richard Speed, 18 Sep 2018
Man throws briefcase in the air happily on the beach. Photo by Shutterstock

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.
Rebecca Hill, 18 Sep 2018
A woman in a fur coat looking surprised

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.
Richard Speed, 18 Sep 2018
A door in the middle of a landscape

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.
Rebecca Hill, 18 Sep 2018

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.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2018
Ampere's 64-bit Arm server chip

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.
Chris Williams, 18 Sep 2018
Boeing 777-267 B-HNL, ex-N7771, the first production 777 airliner

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.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Sep 2018
Hole in fence broken through security

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.
John E Dunn, 18 Sep 2018
This is the blockchain. Yes, THE blockchain

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.
couple watches tv.

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.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2018
Voyager probe illustration

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.
Richard Speed, 18 Sep 2018
sledgehammer reduces cement block to powder

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.
Gareth Corfield, 18 Sep 2018
Road closed sign

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.
Yusaku Maezawa

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.
Iain Thomson, 18 Sep 2018
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

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.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018

Just 13 – no, er, make that 3,200 punters hit in Oz's Perth Mint hack

A computer security breach at Perth Mint first thought to have affected just 13 customers turned out to be more widespread – with more than 3,000 punters now screwed over by hackers.
Old people

What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

IBM once again finds itself the target of age discrimination complaints from workers who claim they were unfairly laid off just because of their age.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2018
shut down

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

Microsoft has scrapped plans to go IPv6-only on one of its internal networks over fears its campus visitors would be unable to use their virtual private networks (VPNs).
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Sep 2018
Image by Daniel Wiedemann

NUUO, do not want! CCTV webcams can be hacked to spy on you

Researchers have uncovered two flaws that leave more than 100,000 NUUO-powered internet-connected surveillance cameras open to remote takeover.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2018
Two businessmen facing each other shouting into loudhailers

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, has slammed a net neutrality bill approved by California earlier this month, calling it "radical, anti-consumer" and "illegal."
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Sep 2018
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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

Microsoft has published the preliminary findings for what it calls “the South Central US incident”, but what many will call “the day the Azure cloud fell from the sky” and it doesn’t make for happy reading.
Richard Speed, 17 Sep 2018
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Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)

Apple iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers that stray onto websites with malicious CSS code, while using Safari, can crash or fall over – due to a flaw in the web browser.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2018
Flatpak on WSL

App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows Subsystem for Linux fans, rejoice! Flatpak can now ease your dependency blues. Sort of.
Richard Speed, 17 Sep 2018
staff in office frantic with paperwork
166 isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

The UK government has left its preparation for a no-deal Brexit too late, while secrecy around negotiations has left businesses unable to prepare, a report has said.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018
Quantum Scalar i40 tape library

Quantum: We've got that accounting probe taped. Now about refinancing...

Timing is everything: Quantum Corp is renegotiating a refinancing package that could, if not agreed, take the business down. At the same time, it is nearing the end of an accounting probe that has highlighted serious revenue recognition errors in multi-year results that will need to be rectified.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2018
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Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

Microsoft will find out on 19 October if EU regulators wave through its $7.5bn acquisition of GitHub, according to a filing published today.
Richard Speed, 17 Sep 2018

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff and his wife are buying the US magazine Time for $190m, according to reports.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Sep 2018
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC –

Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

Amazon is investigating reports that its retail employees are selling internal data and reviewers' email addresses to merchants that want to game the system.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018

Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

Leeds hospital is bragging about a major IT project that would set it apart from the wider NHS – it plans to "axe the fax" by the new year.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018

Brit airport pulls flight info system offline after attack by 'online crims'

Bristol Airport deliberately yanked its flight screens offline for two days over the weekend in response to a cyberattack.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2018
laughing colleagues in front of laptops

First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

While a certain fruit-based company hogged much of the limelight last week by seeing just how much cash could be wrung from fanbois, Microsoft found itself in the spotlight of shame. But Edge-pleading and build-encrypting weren't the only things that happened in the world of Windows.
Richard Speed, 17 Sep 2018
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NHS smacks down hundreds of staffers for dodgy use of social media, messaging apps

More than a thousand NHS staffers have been slapped down for their use of social media and apps since 2013, with some even posting about patients.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018
university students hanging out

Who's hacking into UK unis? Spies, research-nickers... or rival gamers living in res hall?

Who's hacking into university systems? Here's a clue from the UK higher education tech crew at Jisc: the attacks drop dramatically during summer break.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2018
Fingers measuring a tiny distance

Boffins ask for £338m to fund quantum research. Here's £80m

The UK Treasury has decided that £80m is perfectly sufficient to support quantum research – a quarter of a billion less than what was asked for.
Richard Speed, 17 Sep 2018
man in tie eats slice of pizza, looks sad while doing so

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

Who, Me? Welcome once more to the world of Who, Me? – El Reg's weekly trip down memory lane with our dear readers.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018

Tick-tock, tick-tock. Oh, that's just the sound of compromised logins waiting to ruin your day

Comment It has never been easier to conduct a cyber attack. There now exists a range of off-the-shelf tools and services that do all the heavy lifting – you just need to pick an approach and tool you like best.
Dave Cartwright, 17 Sep 2018
Female programmer working in office

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

The Makers Academy has emitted a free programming guide and launched an apprenticeship scheme that it hopes will convince women to consider a career change as the tech sector's gender gap widens.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018

Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

Equifax was so unsure how much data had been stolen during its 2017 mega-hack that its IT staff spent weeks rerunning the hackers' database queries on a test system to find out.
John E Dunn, 17 Sep 2018

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

Linux kernel firebrand Linus Torvalds has apologized for his explosive rants, and vowed to take a break from the open-source project and seek help.
Chris Williams, 17 Sep 2018

Hack Google's AI for cash, DeepMind gets cancerous, new Lobe for Redmond – and more

Roundup Hello, here's a roundup tying up all the bits of AI news together for this week.
Katyanna Quach, 15 Sep 2018
Swiss cheese

Kronos crims go retro, Apple builds cop portal, Swiss cheesed over Russian hack bid, etc

Roundup This was the week of ice cold exploits, re-appearing JavaScript nasties, and of course Patch Tuesday. A few other things happened too…
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2018
red tape

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

European Union bureaucrats are turning their namesake .eu top-level domain into a red-tape nightmare.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2018
JavaScript code

NPM not tied in knots over Yarn rival project

NPM, keeper of the npm Registry and the software package management tool called npm that pulls JavaScript packages from said registry, is testing another sort of package manager called tink.
Thomas Claburn, 15 Sep 2018

Docker fave Alpine Linux suffers bug miscreants can exploit to poison containers

An infosec bod has documented a remote-code execution flaw in Alpine Linux, a distro that pops up a lot in Docker containers.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2018

Florence and the Machines: Data centers brace as hurricane smashes into US coast

Hurricane Florence has now landed on US soil, bringing 100 MPH winds, torrential rain, and claiming at least four lives. Many residents have fled, though some can’t – because they are keeping the area’s data centers up and running during the carnage.
Iain Thomson, 14 Sep 2018
Chrome icon on sandy beach

Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box

Google Chrome 70 arrived as a beta release on Thursday, bringing with it a handful of meaningful improvements and some more esoteric features of interest to developers.
Thomas Claburn, 14 Sep 2018

US Treasury goes after IT shops for funneling cash to North Korea

The US Treasury department is placing new sanctions on two IT companies it believes to be sending money to North Korea.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2018

The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

Society is slowing souring on the internet, according to the latest research by Pew.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2018

Automated Weather Source didn't see this cloud coming: Amazon snatches up

Amazon has got round to buying itself the domain, 12 years after the cloudy behemoth as we know it today went live.
Gareth Corfield, 14 Sep 2018
Businessman relaxes sitting in the office and looking in window

Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job

Motorists tend to believe speed limits are a good idea and that everyone should stick to them. They know that when they break the limit the risk of an accident rises. But they also "know" that it is everyone else breaking the speed limit that pose the real danger.
David Gordon, 14 Sep 2018
Money cloud

On the edge of its seats: Cloud rains down even more cash on Adobe

Adobe, the maker of reassuringly expensive software for creative types that have limited tech alternatives, has again wrapped up another quarter of double-digit jumps in both the top and bottom lines.
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2018
Command line icon

Microsoft adds Windows module support to PowerShell Core while Amazon unleashes it on Lambda

Microsoft has toasted Amazon announcing Lambda support for Powershell Core 6 by, er, flinging out version 6.1 in order to tempt Windows Powershell users into the open-source world.
Richard Speed, 14 Sep 2018

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, owner of the US Washington Post newspaper, has opined that it is "dangerous" for America's mop-haired 45th president Donald Trump to criticise the media.
Gareth Corfield, 14 Sep 2018
Sceptic wears an incredulous expression, scrunches eyes

Veeam holds its hands up, admits database leak was plain 'complacency'

Veeam has blamed "human error" for the exposure of a marketing database containing millions of names and email addresses.
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2018
Crazy guy with power tools

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

The whodunnit over the hole in one of the International Space Station's Soyuz lifeboats took a lurch for the surreal this week as reports in Russian media suggested a US astronaut may have deliberately drilled it so the crew could return home.
Richard Speed, 14 Sep 2018
TypeScript is an open source project that lets you code in a superset of JavaScript

Microsoft tickles devs with a Release Candidate for TypeScript 3.1

As Ignite gets ever closer, Microsoft has unleashed a Release Candidate of the latest version of its jumped-up JavaScript, TypeScript.
Richard Speed, 14 Sep 2018
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How have the BBC, Rovio and more put serverless to work?

Events If you want to know how the likes of the BBC, Rovio, and the financial sector have benefited from the next wave in cloud technology, you should join us in November at our Serverless Computing London conference.
Team Register, 14 Sep 2018
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Kernel sanders: Webroot vuln creates route to root Macs

Details of a locally exploitable but kernel-level flaw in Webroot's SecureAnywhere macOS security software were revealed yesterday, months after the bug was patched.
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2018
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266 finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

Nestled among the mass publication of no-deal guidance yesterday was the UK government's vision for the future of the Brit satellite and space programmes if the country falls out of the EU with no pact in March.
Richard Speed, 14 Sep 2018

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

On Call Friday is here again, bringing with it the ferreting for loose change to pay the beer bill – and, of course, On Call, our weekly column in which readers tell us how they dealt with a tech support drama.
Rebecca Hill, 14 Sep 2018

Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

Analysis The great techno-utopian fantasy for years has been that eSIMs will destroy mobile networks' lock on customers – allowing real-time switching. The phone would tune into the best signal.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2018
Faux pop art illustration: sweating man thinking "Oh no, no"

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Tech-enhanced tourism can be tough on your testicles.
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Sep 2018
Internet of Things

Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces

Comment The enterprise is filling up with devices. Gone are the days when the only IT kit our staff used was phones, printers, scanners, desktop PCs, and servers that were bought, configured, installed, and maintained by our IT team.
Dave Cartwright, 14 Sep 2018

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

Video If you can steal someone's laptop, leave it switched on in sleep mode, crack it open, hook up some electronics to alter settings in the BIOS firmware, restart it, and boot into a custom program... you can swipe crypto keys and other secrets from the system.
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2018

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

The mysterious shutdown and evacuation of a solar research laboratory, tucked away in a forest in New Mexico, USA, has sent the internet abuzz with a flurry of conspiracy theories.
Katyanna Quach, 14 Sep 2018

Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

Scientists have discovered that a type of stomach bug contracted from unpasteurized dairy or raw meat can produce electricity.
Katyanna Quach, 14 Sep 2018

The quickening: Qumulo speed with software boost for new kit

Qumulo says improvements in its QF2 software means its products will run faster – 20 per cent faster than Dell EMC Isilon boxes by one measure.
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2018
under pressure

Datrium takes $60m D-round as it tries to distance self from cutthroat HCI scene

Near-hyperconverged system startup Datrium has gained $60m in D-round funding.
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2018
Must go faster must go faster

Quantum gets MESHy, speeds up StorNext with Excelero NVMeOF tech

Quantum has near-doubled StorNext speed by using Excelero’s NVMESH to provide faster data access than it’s capable of providing on its own.
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2018

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