Intel and Micron downgrade 3D Xpoint relationship from friends with benefits to partners
Intel and Micron Technology will dissolve the partnership that gave the world 3D XPoint storage-class memory.
Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed
The final report into the two major failures of HPE 3Par storage area networks at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) would likely lead to “further negative publicity” for the vendor – which is one reason the ATO has decided not to release the document.
Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes
Amazon's 36-hour "Prime Day" marketing jamboree has kicked off with more than a few hiccups.
Revealed in detail: World powers stuff spyware kit, how-to guides in dodgy nations' pockets
The world's most powerful governments are today accused of bankrolling surveillance kit and training for smaller and dubious nations – and the tech industry stands to benefit.
IoT search engine ZoomEye 'dumbs down' Dahua DVR hijackings by spewing passwords
Login passwords for tens of thousands of Dahua digital video recorder devices have been cached by ZoomEye, an IoT search engine, and published on the web so that even the dumbest hacker could crack unpatched kit.
Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US
US prosecutors have extradited an Irish man to America, where he will face charges of allegedly overseeing the infamous Silk Road drugs e-souk.
Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing
Analysis While staying at a Marriott hotel in San Antonio, Texas, US government staffers left nuclear material, recovered from a non-profit research lab, in a rented SUV overnight.
Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost
Researchers have developed kit that masquerades as GPS satellites to deceive nearby GPS receivers and thus potentially trick drivers into heading off in the wrong direction.
Excited Exagrid embarks express earnings expansion, experiences enterprise enlargement
Data protecting deduper to disk Exagrid notched up yet another quarter of over 20 per cent revenue growth for its 2018 second quarter.
Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers
Researchers have claimed the infamous APT28 Kremlin-linked hacking group was behind a new cyber-espionage campaign they believe was targeted at the Italian military.
Salesforce slurps up cloudy Israeli AI marketing biz for 'around $800m'
Salesforce has slurped up Israeli cloudy artificial intelligence biz Datorama for a reported $800m.
Web regulation could push Silicon Valley startups away from UK, Parliament warned
Three major internet service providers have said they would back a regulator to oversee rules for web giants – but warned lawmakers not to forget smaller firms or the bigger picture.
Exec-transcribing AI so you can click Like on their brainfarts. Oh Microsoft, you spoil us
It’s Monday and Microsoft’s Partners are already winging their way to Las Vegas for Inspire. That means it must be time for a news round-up.
Who is the weakest link in software security?
Study In the early years of software development, you would often design it, build it, and only then think about how to secure it.
It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming: Storage's coming home
Quite a few things happened in the land of storage this past week. When it came to hardware, there were a raft of substitutions in the second half, and we also saw the appearance of a new benchmark that hopes to punt real-world workloads past the goalie. There was also, of course, an attempt to win back precious possession of, er, Tintri. Clear away the beer cans and get ready to rack up some wins with a week in the world of mad flash and spinning rust.
Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants
Apple has applied a prophylactic to its butterfly MacBook Pro keyboard, teardown specialist iFixit discovered after taking apart a model from the refreshed line.
Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge
How do you train AI agents in language and understanding? Easy – drop them into a Zork-alike dungeon and let then find their own way out.
Privacy Shield under pressure as lawyers back MEPs' call for suspension
The US is under increasing pressure over Privacy Shield as an EU lawyers' association backed MEPs’ calls for a suspension of the deal.
'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey
Most Brits think ads for “fibre” broadband ought to mean “fibre to the premises” and not “fibre to the cabinet”, according to a survey sponsored by a FTTP company.
It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old
Sunday is a big day in Vulture Central. No, not the football. Sunday is three years to the day when Microsoft’s apology for the Windows 8 generation was released to computer makers.
Machine learning in business? How does that work again?
If you want to put machine learning to work in your organisation, you should really consider securing a place at one of the four all-day workshops we’re running as part of MCubed before our early bird ticket offer expires in two weeks time.
Apache Cassandra at 10: Making a community believe in NoSQL
Ten years ago this month, when Lehman Brothers was still just about in business and the term NoSQL wasn't even widely known, let alone an irritant, Facebook engineers open-sourced a distributed database system named Cassandra.
GitHub to Pythonistas: Let us save you from vulnerable code
GitHub's added Python to the list of programming languages it can auto-scan for known vulnerabilities.
Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again
Who, me? Welcome once more to “Who, me?”, in which we help Reg readers to unburden themselves by telling anonymised stories of big, bad, mistakes.
Intel buys eASIC because FPGAs aren't always the answer
Intel has acquired fabless designer eASIC, a specialist in the structured ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) business.
Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent
IBM’s effort to make its Notes/Domino platform relevant for the future kicks up a gear this week, as the company prepares a second beta of a new version 10.
AWS will make switches to go after Cisco – report
Rumours emerged late last week that AWS plans to make and sell white box switches for you to use on-premises.
QEMU Qicks out release Qandidate, new Qadence for version 3.0.0
The QEMU machine emulator and virtualizer has decided the time is right to give the world version 3.0 and seems also to have acted on a vow to qlean up its qode.
ZTE sends 400 million hostages, gets back in business stateside
Chinese telco kit-maker ZTE is back in business in the USA after doing everything asked of it by the nation’s authorities.
Juniper makes a meal of Spectre/Meltdown
Roundup Juniper Networks has issued its semi-regular bug-dump, with sixteen advisories arriving late last week. There's a Spectre/Meltdown patch in there, but you need to go looking: it's in the Junos Space management platform, along with various other items.
Hope for Hutchins, Navy sinks contractor, there's another Russian hacking scandal, and more
Roundup This week, when we weren't watching the football and sobbing uncontrollably, we saw security headaches at NPM and Ticketmaster, and a priest in hot water with cybercrime charges.
Montezuma's Revenge still too tough for AI, new Google Brain office, and other bits and bytes
Roundup Hello, here are some quick AI announcements from this week. A researcher reminds us to be wary of the hype around Montezuma's Revenge, there are some new framework updates from Google and Microsoft, and a new Google Brain office in Amsterdam.
Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...
Hackers can potentially obtain access to Microsoft Office 365 emails and calendars even if multi-factor-authentication is in place, we were warned this week.
US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start
Analysis Back in 2013, Canadian John Darrel Krokos got 11.5 years in a US jail for leading a massive cocaine smuggling ring. Two years later, his colleague Zaid Wakil was given a 20-year sentence.
Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s
Scumbags are trying to extort money from netizens by threatening to leak to friends and family videos of their marks watching X-rated videos.
Clean up this hot sticky facial-recog mess for us, Microsoft begs politicos
Microsoft has urged US Congress to regulate the American government's use of facial-recognition technology provided by, er, Microsoft and others.
It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers
In what may be the perfect combination of everything wrong with 2018, the operator of the .news dot-word has sold a batch of premium .news domains to a purveyor of what can be best described as conspiratorial content for cretins.
Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help
American prosecutors have accused 12 suspected Russian spies of hacking Democrat and Hillary Clinton campaign officials to publicly leak their sensitive emails and potentially influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.
Es are good, Es are good. Xeon Es are good, says Intel: Entry-level workstation CPUs touted
Intel has done a bit of Xeon processor range in-filling, and brought its single-socket Kaby-Lake-based entry-level E3 workstation family up to date.
Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech
The NHS has been told to stop clinging onto the past, after it was revealed trusts have more than 8,000 fax machines still in use.
It pays to know your enemies: Sophos webinar gives you the lowdown on cybercrime
Promo No sooner have organisations fought off one type of security nightmare than another one looms even larger.
Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived
Comment Slack chief exec Stewart Butterfield is one of the more thoughtful Web 2.0 CEOs, but his software is like those movie sets in Westerns: all facade, no house.
Bogus Mobile Device Management system used to hack iPhones in India
Business iPhone users in India have been targeted in a sophisticated and attack run through bogus Mobile Device Management (MDM) servers.
Ukraine claims it blocked VPNFilter attack at chemical plant
A Ukrainian intel agency has claimed it stopped a cyber attack against a chlorine plant that was launched using the notorious VPNFilter malware.
Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'
Struggling to have a conversation with your partner about getting down and dirty? Well here’s an idea – use embedded native advertising to con them into initiating sex instead.
Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!
Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email.
Chirp unveils free tier of shouting-at-IoT devices audio net tech
IoT audio networking tech firm Chirp has punted out a free version of its software development kit.
Vid services and big AI appear in Microsoft's government cloud
Azure Government users rejoice! Azure Media Services and Azure Batch AI have made the leap from the public sector to the not-at-all-ominous halls of the US government.
Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics
Never let it be said that techies aren't agile or innovative – and perhaps a little slapdash – when solving problems on a tight budget.
No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?
Something for the Weekend, Sir? I don't like to do it sideways. I won't do it at any fancy angle. Call me conventional but what can I say? I'm a straight-talking kind of guy.
Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe: Dell drops in ROBO backup appliance
Dell has added a low-end data protection appliance to infiltrate remote and branch offices and smaller enterprises.
Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested
On-Call Welcome once more to On-Call, the column The Register squeezes in before the weekend so you can revel in a fellow reader’s tales of tech support terror.
AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs
Augmented reality unicorn Magic Leap has finally revealed the specifications of its upcoming AR headset, and promises it will be available this summer.
NFSaaS becomes ‘Azure NetApp Files’ as ONTAP-on-Azure debuts
Microsoft’s Azure cloud has turned on a preview of “Azure NetApp Files”, which readers may recall was NetApp teased in October 2017.
AI augments humans to lead them through the (protein) crystal maze
AI can help scientists spot tiny folding protein crystals, and thus one day potentially assist eggheads in designing new drugs, according to a paper published in PLOS One.
That went well – not! Broadcom’s value dives after CA biz gobble
Broadcom’s share price has dipped by nearly 14 per cent after it announced its plan to acquire CA Technologies.
PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10
Sales of personal computers rose in 2018’s second quarter, making it the best time to be in the PC business since 2012.
Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord
Guido van Rossum – who created the Python programming language in 1989, was jokingly styled as its “benevolent dictator for life”, and ushered it to global ubiquity – has stepped down, and won’t appoint a successor.
Are you ready for some sueball?! NFL opens wallet, makes vid stream patent spat go away
The NFL, the home of America's favorite form of recreational brain trauma, will find itself a bit less wealthy, after it settled a lawsuit brought by a streaming video software developer.
Party like it's 1999: Packets of death, code exec menace Cisco gear
Cisco has advised net admins using switches that run its Fabric Services on FXOS, or NX-OS software, to update their boxes following the discovery of a critical security flaw.
AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning
Machine learning algorithms can help scientists predict chemical toxicity to a similar degree of accuracy as animal testing, according to a paper published this week in Toxicological Sciences.
Google's ghost busters: We can scare off Spectre haunting Chrome tabs
Google is touting the benefits of a recently rolled out browser security feature called Site Isolation.
FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan
America's comms watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – stooped to a new low on Thursday when it made last-second changes to a new complaints procedure just minutes after it denied the changes were necessary.
Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime
Updated Register readers, and quite a few other people, have been left with dead credit cards after Mastercard's payment system took a dive on Thursday.
Now Pushing Malware: NPM package dev logins slurped by hacked tool popular with coders
AWS Best Practices Webinar: How to get the most bang for your buck
Promo The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Framework is designed to assist organizations in building secure, resilient, performant and efficient infrastructure able to optimally support their applications.
Data Box Disks, Azure Firewalls and WANs... Microsoft REALLY wants you in its cloud
Microsoft is continuing to extend the tentacles of Azure into the enterprise with a new Data Box Disk, WAN and Firewall functionality and a speed bump for its SQL data warehouse. Oh, and asks would people please stop using the 2008 editions of Windows Server and SQL Server?
Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app
Microsoft has made its Whiteboard Windows 10 app generally available in a move that Redmond hopes will see an end to dried-out marker pens and inky fingers.
Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point
On the eve of its 2018 partner conference, Inspire, Microsoft has launched a freebie version of its Slack-alike collaboration platform, Teams.
Datera adds container support and objects to its virtual block array
Storage startup Datera has spread its primary storage wings and added containerisation and object support.
UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all
The UK government has insisted it's in the European Union's best interests to grant it a souped-up agreement on the protection and sharing of personal data post-Brexit and wants to start talks now.
Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard
Apple gave part of its MacBook Pro line of laptops a speed bump today. But all you'll want to know really is whether the machine can still be paralysed by a crumb, or a speck of dust.
One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface
Microsoft has avoided cannibalising its boutique, premium Surface line by making one that's a lot less boutique and premium – at around half the price.
Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies
The number of organisations affected by cryptomining malware in the first half of 2018 ramped up to 42 per cent, compared to 20.5 per cent in the second half of 2017, according to a new report from Check Point.
Palo Alto Networks rattles tin, wants $1.5bn for, er, stuff and things
Palo Alto Networks is trying to raise $1.5bn in cash for "potential acquisitions" and "strategic transactions", the company said today – though it claims not to have any buyout targets in mind just yet.
Who're you callin' Snowflake? Data warehouse startup drops into Azure
The Snowflake cloud data warehouse now has dual cloud passports, and will run in both AWS and Azure public clouds.
Softcat scores big in Scotland: Many a mickle makes a muckle
UK-based box shifting titan Softcat, is cock-a-hoop after bagging a lucrative contract worth up to £160m to fling software at the Scottish public sector.
What can $10 stretch to these days? Lunch... or access to international airport security systems
Dark web shops are selling access to computers on corporate networks for less than the cost of a short cab ride.
New Pentagon CIO's JEDI mind-change trick: Controversial cloud deal paused
Controversial plans to award a massive Pentagon cloud project to a single supplier are said to be on hold as the department's newly minted CIO reviews the programme.
Do you really want your kids' future in the hands of Capita? Well, too bad
Won't somebody think of the children? Capita – perhaps the UK's least favourite outsourcing badass – is to oversee the admin, processing and support for all primary school national curriculum assessment (NCA) tests in England.
UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems
HMRC execs have set out a series of risks to the development of its new customs IT system, including ensuring that supplier IBM delivers on time and a possible £70m shortfall in funding this year alone.
Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn
Microsoft's army of Windows Insiders got a treat last night in the form of a fresh build of Redmond's other OS. You know, the one that isn't based on Linux.
Get ready for a golden autumn of AI, machine learning... learning
If you’re heading to the beach this summer, make sure you grab an early bird ticket for MCubed now - they might not be around when you get back.
Happy 10th birthday, Evernote: You have survived Google and Microsoft. For your next challenge...
Evernote can quietly celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer, and remarkably, the software company behind it remains independent.
Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars
Mars was once covered in hundreds of giant dunes as big as the US Capitol Building billions of years ago, according to new research.
Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers
Microsoft’s revealed a new way to buy Windows Server and SQL Server – a subscription offer tied to Azure.
Desktop hypervisor fiends. Both of you. VMware's testing a new cut of Workstation
VMware’s quietly slipped out a Tech Preview of an update to Workstation, its desktop hypervisor for Windows and Linux.
Ticketmaster breach 'part of massive bank card slurping campaign'
The Ticketmaster breach was not a one-off, but part of a massive digital credit card-siphoning campaign.
Salesforce ‘Einstein’ now smart enough for customer service
Salesforce has unleashed an upgrade to its Einstein AI that equips it to handle customer service chores.
Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy
Oracle’s busy backgrounding about Android privacy last year appears to have helped draw US lawmakers' attention to Google and Apple.
Timehop admits to more data leakage, details GDPR danger
Nostalgia aggregator Timehop has revised its advice about the data breach it reported earlier this week.
Weirdest. Acquisition. Ever. Broadcom buys CA Technologies
CA Technologies, long a byword for making acquisitions, has been acquired by Broadcom.
FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech
An ex-Apple engineer has been hit with trade secret theft charges after allegedly pinching copies and samples of Cupertino's autonomous car technology.
Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr
It's an issue every sysadmin faces: how do you maintain a decent level of network security when everyone and their dog wants to use the latest messaging app or collaboration tool?
Like my new wheels? All I did was squash a bug, and they gave me $72k
Vuln hunters brought home the bacon last year, according to figures released today by bug bounty platform HackerOne.
$100m sueball smacks Huawei over Facebook HQ infiltration claims
A whistleblowing employee of a Huawei subsidiary is suing the biz for $100m over claims the Chinese networking kit maker infiltrated meetings at Facebook HQ in the US – and stole rivals' trade secrets before sending them to China.
Intune makes an appearance at the Android Enterprise Zero Touch party
Microsoft’s Intune device and PC management suite has scored support for Android enterprise purpose-built device management, meaning admins can lock down biz devices before users get their sticky fingers near them.
Micro Focus belches as it struggles to digest HPE Software
The integration of HPE Software into Micro Focus is running a year behind schedule due to a clash of sales cultures and setting up new IT systems. But at least the rate of falling revenues has slowed.
UK.gov agrees to narrow 'serious crime' definition for slurping comms data
The UK government has rowed back on proposals that would allow it to suck up communications data for investigations of crimes that could see someone put away for just six months – but not by much.
Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to
Analysis Cambridge Analytica had data ferreted away on disconnected servers, Twitter actually kicked the firm's ads off its platform, and Facebook still has a lot of questions to answer.
US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server
Sensitive US Air Force documents have leaked onto the dark web as part of an attempted sale of drone manuals.
BT's Patterson keeps his £1.3m wheelbarrow of bonus cash after all
BT chief exec Gavin Patterson has sailed through the annual shareholders’ meeting with his pay untouched, in spite of a late move to curb his £1.3m bonus.
NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip
Samsung has added another regiment to its fast disk destruction army, announcing 90+ layer 3D-NAND chip manufacturing, with 1Tbit and QLC (4-level cell) chips coming.
Azure Dev Spaces has hit public preview, so El Reg took it for a spin
Azure Dev Spaces is one of those technologies that looks great in demonstrations, but can end up being infuriating when introduced to real life.
East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line
An irritated techie from Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of England, has hit out at Openreach after what he claimed was a year-long series of daily micro-outages that make it "often impossible" to work from home.
Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something
Strategy Boutique So it wasn't a joke. HTC today vowed to launch its "Blockchain Phone", which it calls an "agent of decentralization".
'It's legacy stuff brute-forced in': Not everyone is happy with Citrix's cloud
Though Citrix may see its future in the cloud, some users of the service have complained that its promises may be a little too vapoury for comfort.
AAAAAAAAAA! You'll scream when you see how easy it is to pwn unpatched HPE servers
HPE servers running unpatched enterprise software are trivially easy to exploit with just one line of code, it has emerged.
For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull
Fujitsu has launched a fast-track blockchain consultancy service for companies to see whether their distributed ledger plans are pie in the sky or might actually be of some commercial benefit.
Infosec bootcamp, tools, exploit code, forensics and more: Get trained at SANS London Sept 2018
Promo Keeping pace with a fast-changing security landscape is becoming an often baffling challenge for many organisations.
You just activated my battlecard: How IBM sales droids plan to whack flash array rivals
IBM's Evaluator Group has knocked up sales briefing battlecards that aim to kill off competition from Dell EMC, HPE, NetApp and Pure for its new FlashSystem 9100 flash arrays.
Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has told UK.gov it should allow for copper-based phone networks to be switched off by 2025, as well as recommending a host of other expensive broadband-based ideas.
Infosec defenders' supply chain is inferior to black hats, says Carbon Black CEO
The security industry’s supply chain is currently inferior to that of its attackers, says Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley, but he thinks the industry is finding ways to fight back.
A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades
Two former investment bankers, one of whom is also a priest, have been found guilty of an elaborate scam – hacking newswires to read press releases prior to publication, and trade millions using this insider information.
Oracle wants to improve Linux load balancing and failover
Oracle reckons Linux remote direct memory access (RDMA) implementations need features like high availability and load balancing, and hopes to sling code into the kernel to do exactly that.
We shall call him Mini-U – Ubuntu reveals tiny cloudy server
Canonical has released a new cut of Ubuntu it recommends for use in the cloud and containers.
Arch Linux PDF reader package poisoned
Arch Linux has pulled a user-provided AUR (Arch User Repository) package, because it contained malware.
BGP hijacker booted off the Internet's backbone
A year-long effort to stop an accused “bad actor” who hijacked border gateway protocol (BGP) routes has borne fruit, with giant Hurricane Electric and Portugal's IPTelecom joining in cutting off an organisation called Bitcanal.
China-based hackers take an interest in Cambodia's elections
A US-based security researcher has accused China of interfering in Cambodia's forthcoming national election.
Xen 4.11 debuts new ‘PVH’ guest type, for the sake of security
The Xen Project has released version 4.11 of its hypervisor.
I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens
The US Department of Defense is exploring whether or not it's worth using artificially intelligent software to suggest levels of classification for information – and control who gets access to it.
Intel, Microsoft, Adobe release a swarm of bug fixes to ruin your week
IT admins face a busy week ahead as Microsoft, Intel, and Adobe have issued bundles of scheduled security fixes addressing more than 150 CVE-listed vulnerabilities.