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Updated 2018-05-24 19:18
FBI moves against VPNFilter botnet, claiming Russian involvement and 'national security threat'
Warns admins that the malware could be very tough to remove The FBI says it is taking steps to stop the spread of the VPNFilter malware and botnet, warning that it's a national security issue.…
You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and putting it online? It just happened
Portland couple pulling the plug It's time to break out your "I Told You So" banners, Reg readers, because a Portland, Oregon couple received a phone call from one of the husband's employees earlier this month who told them she'd just received a recording of them talking in their home.…
Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds
Clauses to the left, clauses to right and here we are, stuck in the middle with EU The Galileo "Yo Momma"-style war of words got angrier today with the UK threatening to recover its investment in the EU's space satellite project if the nation is booted out post-Brexit.…
Brit doctors surgery fined £35k over medical data fumble
Left patient records, prescriptions in former surgery premises for 18 months Bayswater Medical Centre (BMC) in London is licking its wounds after taking a not insignificant punch to the wallet for discarding highly sensitive medical information in an empty building for a year and a half.…
Mobile app devs have, oh, about 9 hours left to decide whether to stay on Google's ad platform
GDPR is their problem apparently Android app developers have hours left to decide whether to change their business models or leave Google's ad ecosystem because of its stubborn stance on the EU's new Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations, due to come into effect tomorrow.…
AI and robotics legend Joanna Bryson to kick off MCubed
Sceptical trailblazer to deliver keynote at our ML and AI fest Events We’re are very excited to announce that Dr Joanna Bryson will be one of our keynote speakers at MCubed.…
Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes
Finally, some good Windows 10 news A chink of light has appeared in the wall of Windows 10 update woes in the form of a patch that should address the SSD problems plaguing the OS.…
UK's spy auditor: What should we ask when reviewing super-slurp warrants?
Assessing applications for comms-snooping apparatus The body formed to audit Britain's spies has asked non-government bods what its team of judicial commissioners should consider when handing out warrants for bulk data-slurping.…
Dell EMC 'years behind' in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO
Storage firm's annual sales up for the first time in 3 years NetApp has reported full-year revenues for 2018 of $5.91bn, an increase of 7 per cent over fiscal 2017 and the first annual growth it has seen since 2015.…
UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather
Sea Ceptor good – more warships abroad, less so... A Royal Navy frigate is to sail to the Far East while carrying the newly accepted Sea Ceptor anti-missile missile system.…
Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo
'Alexa, pray for me' Technology worship has ascended to a higher spiritual plane with the Church of England now offering the faithful daily voice-activated prayers from Amazon's smart home kit, Echo.…
TalkTalk plans to sell family B2B jewel to Daisy Group for £175m
Swings into £79m loss-loss in prelim fy18 results Beleaguered telco TalkTalk has swung to a net loss of £79m in preliminary results for fiscal '18 ended 31 March, and is preparing to saw off its B2B division in a planned £175m sale to Daisy Group.…
Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?
And sprinkle those angry YouTube vids with a pinch of salt, please Comment Ubuntu 18.04, launched last month, included a new Welcome application that runs the first time you boot into your new install. The Welcome app does several things, including offering to opt you out of Canonical's new data collection tool.…
London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival
But cops' trial of controversial tech will continue London cops will not use controversial and inaccurate facial recognition technology at this year's Notting Hill Carnival – in a departure from the trend over the previous two years.…
Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full
Would you like to send all or some telemetry back to the Windows goliath? Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping. Or rather the software business has made it very clear to users it is doing so and they cannot opt out.…
Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0
Release adds Big Red compatibility, migration service Open-source database biz MariaDB has upped the ante in its war against Oracle, promising enterprise customers better compatibility with – and easier migration from – Big Red.…
Microsoft and boffins cook up hardware-secured database
EnclaveDB promises protection against malicious admins At the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Francisco, Calif., this week, researchers from Imperial College London and Microsoft presented an experimental database engine called EnclaveDB that aims to keep data and database queries secure even when the host system has been compromised.…
Doc Searls' Cluetrain arrives at IEEE HQ, delivers privacy machine
And that's just the second surprise. The standards bods also want to call out fake news David “Doc” Searls, co-author of 1999's cyber-utopian document The Cluetrain Manifesto, has persuaded the IEEE to launch one of two new IEEE projects seeking to inject a dose of ethics into the world of tech.…
OpenStack had a summit, so everyone's talking about it
A soft serve this week for hungry net admins Juniper Networks announced a tie-up with Red Hat integrating Red Hats OpenShift Container Platform and OpenStack Platform into Juniper's Contrail Enterprise Multicloud.…
Open Source MANO Release FOUR lands
Smaller feet, more monitoring, better interoperability The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has dropped the latest iteration of its open source management and orchestration (OS MANO, or OSM) environment.…
US Senator Ron Wyden to Pentagon: Encrypt your websites
CIO Dana Deasy, your certificate's from Akamai. Why? As if trying to buy a flying fleet of F-35s wasn't enough, now the Department of Defense is being asked to secure its Websites.…
Servers crashed and burned. So, Qualcomm's back to Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V'ing Arm cores into phones
Pocket fondleslabs using Snapdragon 710s arriving now Following its Centriq server processor implosion, Qualcomm has dusted itself off, and today presented to the world another smartphone processor: the Snapdragon 710.…
Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit
Fill the jar and hand over your iPhone, sir Australia is ramping up its use of phone-cracking technology to crack serious criminals: its peak sports anti-doping body has taken a Cellbrite licence.…
Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali
Bill gets second reading but faces wrath of robot-loving EFF A law bill that would require AI bots pretending to be humans to identify themselves as such is progressing through California's Congress – but has hit opposition from the Electronic Freedom Foundation.…
Uber jams Arizona robo-car project into reverse gear after deadly smash
Layoffs coming as taxi-app shuts up shop Uber has confirmed that it's shutting down its self-driving car operation in Arizona – without waiting for the conclusion of the official investigation into the death of a pedestrian in the US state in March.…
Kids and the web latest: 'Won't somebody please think of the children!' US Congresscritters plead
COPPA load of these new data protection rights for tykes US Congress is pondering a bipartisan measure to expand the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) – the law that, well, protects children's privacy online.…
Lawyer warned FCC of Securus phone-tracking risks 10 months ago
Legal concerns over platform were floated back in July Some ten months before Sen. Ron Wyden would request the FCC examine legal concerns over the service, a US lawyer had alerted the agency to potential problems with the Securus THREADS database.…
EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out
Test rig itself may be causing detected minute bursts of thrust, warn eggheads The "impossible" EmDrive may be just that, though don't count it out just yet.…
Intel's latest promise: Our first AI ASIC chips will arrive in 2019
For now you'll just have to make do with its Xeons AI Dev Con Intel announced a range of machine learning software tools and hinted at new chips on Wednesday, including its first commercial AI ASIC, the NNP-L1000, launching in 2019.…
Advanced VPNFilter malware menacing routers worldwide
Cisco's Talos team says 500k already pwned and leaking data A newly-disclosed malware infection has compromised more than 500,000 home and small office routers and NAS boxes.…
President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge
No, not the Russian probing. No, not money from foreign governments. No, not firing of officials. Twitter Donald Trump has broken the United States Constitution, a New York district court ruled Wednesday, putting the US president in legal hot water.…
Brit Attorney General: Nation state cyber attack is an act of war
And we'll, erm, name and shame bad actors MORE LOUDLY Hostile states targeting essential infrastructure and services in Britain should be dealt with in the same way as any other attack against the nation, the UK Attorney General said today.…
Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour
Crunchy charcoal fingers with raw meaty innards to be a thing of the past With a bank holiday looming (in the UK and US at least) thoughts are turning to barbecues and the traditional burning-of-the-meat.…
Forward-slash flash: OG upstart Pure Storage shows off fresh models
//X and pals on show in San Fran Nine-year-old flash firm Pure Storage flung out a slew of products to ward off legacy and newbie rivals at its Accelerate event in San Francisco, including – as you'd expect – faster, denser and cheaper arrays.…
UK High Court to rule whether 4.5m Brit iPhone fanbois can sue Google over cookies
A tale of lawyer-funding venture capitalists and Mountain View A former director of consumer rights group Which is trying to extract “somewhere between £1bn and £3bn” from Google on behalf of 4.38 million Brits over the naughty placement of advertising cookies.…
UK.gov's use of black box algorithms to decide stuff needs watching
PS: Don't forget to try to cash in on public data – MPs Increased use of algorithms in decision-making risks disproportionately affecting certain groups, MPs have said, urging the government to boost transparency and tackle bias - but not forget the value of public data.…
Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source
'Member that innocent, pre-Zuckerberg time? The source code to the Eudora email client is being released by the Computer History Museum, after five years of discussion with the IP owner, Qualcomm.…
AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron
The one whose name doesn't rhyme with schmintel Analysis Micron has started to separate from Intel in NAND production, just days after whipping the veil off its 7.68TB QLC SSD, and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra and pals are keen to chat up analysts about their vision of the coming "New Micron".…
UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 MEELLION full fibre connections by 2025
Goal to be achieved not with government cash, but 'market conditions' The UK's chief purse-strings-puller Philip Hammond has pledged 15 million premises will receive full-fibre broadband by 2025, in an apparent bid to boost Britain's fortunes post-Brexit.…
Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick
30 years on, King of Pop's dance moves no longer flummox academic world New research from India into Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" tilt has concluded that, yes, it is physically impossible and dancers should really stop trying to recreate it because Achilles tendon and spinal injuries are not fun.…
'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers
Will legendary Brit inventor step in to save the day? Customers of Retro Computers ltd, the ZX Spectrum themed reboot firm, have now set up a website asking Sir Clive Sinclair to intervene in the non-delivery debacle.…
Machine learning for dummies: You needn't go back to uni to use it
AI is no longer just an academic exercise – and courses need to wise up to that Artificial intelligence and its sub-domains look set to be the next major growth area for software developers, programmers, hackers and just about anyone who has anything to do with software.…
DXC chopping MORE customer-facing service staff
Automation and offshoring to replace weak humans in the West Frankenfirm DXC Technologies is again looking for hard-pressed front-end customer support teamsters that are willing to leave with a redundancy cheque, according to an internal document.…
HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag
Google may have gobbled its talent but, yes, it's clinging on Hands On It may be news to you that HTC is still with us, but the fact it's here is good news for phone buyers. HTC's only flagship smartphone of 2018 looks like a sensibly priced alternative to the Pixel and Galaxy, without the eccentricities and flaws of the Huawei P20 Pro.…
Astroboffins, get in here and explain Saturn's odd-shaped balls
Well, technically speaking, the gas giant's ring system takes regular hard poundings A trio of physicists reckoned they’ve figured out why some of Saturn’s moons are so oddly shaped, with some looking like giant floating ravioli and others imitating stubby baguettes.…
Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat
For European Union politicos, question time is all about the Qs, no As Analysis The European stop on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook apology tour on Tuesday amounted to little more than a live read-out of Facebook’s well-rehearsed platitudes and tired PR lines.…
FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...
We meant 1,000. Maybe 2,000 The FBI apparently gilded the lily in its long campaign against consumer cryptography, telling the world it held more locked phones than it did.…
Big bimmer bummer: Bavaria's BMW buggies battered by bad bugs
How much to hack a flash motor? Ask Tencent A security audit conducted by Tencent's Keen Security Lab on BMW cars has given the luxury automaker a handy crop of bugs to fix – including a backdoor in infotainment units fitted since 2012.…
Google listens to New Zealand just long enough to ignore it
'We can't delete court cases, and you can't make us' New Zealand courts are asking Google to take down content associated with current criminal proceedings, to the usual and resounding “No” from the Chocolate Factory.…
Grilled over failed DoE project, Turnbull's Transformers turn turtle
Senator's 'what are you doing?' a tough question to answer Australia's Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) appears unable to explain its involvement in a failed AU$20m Department of Education IT project that was cancelled last week.…
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