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Updated 2018-07-18 22:18
Who's leaving Amazon S3 buckets open online now? Cybercroooks, election autodialers
Eggheads highlight more data depot blunders Security biz Kromtech has unearthed two more embarrassing – and potentially dangerous – cases of groups leaving mass data caches unguarded on the public internet.…
Google Cloud Platform reins in its trigger-happy account-axing AI cops
Chocolate Factory apologizes for overzealous bots as service wobbles offline With no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace.…
Google Cloud Platform reins in bot-driven account suspensions
Chocolate Factory apologizes for trigger-happy AI With no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace.…
Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen Canadian patient, staff records
Thieves turns to media for help blackmail, er, compensation for their, uh, research Hackers say they will leak patient and employee records stolen from a Canadian healthcare provider unless they are paid off.…
Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview
Gizmos gain control over Windows 10 updates - at a price Be still your beating hearts, Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core Services has hit public preview and the software giant has indicated just how much it is all going to cost.…
Brits whinging less? About ISPs, networks and TV? It's gotta be a glitch in the Matrix
Happy now? For realsies? The great British tradition of huffing, tutting and whinging is in grave peril. Regulator Ofcom has reported a decline in complaints across telecoms, mobile and TV services.…
So long and thanks for all the fixes: ERPScan left out of credits on Oracle bug-bash list
App security firm sanctioned in US over ties with Russia Oracle fixed 17 flaws in its products found by ERPScan researchers without acknowledging the application security firm, which was recently and controversially sanctioned in the US.…
Mellanox plumps up thanks to the storage world's hankering for high-speed Ethernet
Dell EMC and HPE help fuel record quarterly revenue High-speed Ethernet biz Mellanox has posted record revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, driven in part by Dell EMC and HPE's seeming insatiable appetite for Ethernet switches.…
Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder
Breach identified potential victims taking part in probe The UK's data watchdog today issued the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) a £200,000 penalty after it sent a bulk email to participants that identified possible victims of historical crimes.…
Reduxio turns inward and, er, sales off for the channel
New CEO prepares company for new direction Israeli storage startup Reduxio, with its shiny new CEO, is going to sell only via channel middlemen and has waved bye to another exec.…
Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave
Vows to appeal as Euro competition commissioner says: Stop it now Analysis What convinced the European Commission that it had a Microsoft-scale competition problem on its hands with Google isn't a mystery. Google engaged in a carbon copy of '90s Microsoft-style tactics.…
Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room
Inspire attendees paw at not-quite-a-Surface-Hub kit Lovers of big screens in boardrooms, rejoice! The first of Microsoft's Ginormonitors (aka Windows Collaboration Displays) has arrived at Redmond's partner shindig in Las Vegas.…
Call records breach let users feel like Movistars (with everyone watching who they're talking to)
Enumeration bug potentially allowed users to peek at each others' details Telefonica Spain has inadvertently exposed the personal details of customers of its Movistar division.…
Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever
Taller, narrower, and (some) notchier The shape of the smartphone is changing as a fad turns into a long-term trend, a business analyst has noted.…
Continuous Lifecycle 2019 call for papers is open NOW
Who do we want on stage? You of course Events Continuous Lifecycle London returns in May 2019, and we want to hear your proposals for conference sessions and all-day workshops, spanning the full range of agile, DevOps, application lifecycle management, CD, and container technologies and methodologies.…
Micron-Intel 3D XPoint split: It's not you, it's m... nah, it is totally you
Breakup lays bare Chipzilla's failures Comment Micron's commercial discussions with Intel over 3D XPoint have concluded that the tech partnership will be dissolved once second-gen development is completed next year.…
Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes
When dumb is usually smart enough Analysis Imagine if Intel had decided in the 1980s that all of its CPUs henceforth would have a vast parallel processing unit worthy of a Cray supercomputer, integrated into every chip. This would quadruple the price of an Intel microprocessor, but "future-proof" its PCs.…
Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere
DeX Pad doesn’t have an obvious role, but finding one will be fun Hands-On I’m typing this story on a phone – a Galaxy S9+ to be precise, lodged in Samsung’s new “DeX Pad” not-a-dock that turns its high-end handsets into passable desktops when connected to a monitor or tellie over HDMI.…
PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours
200 million transactions visible to all, inc. the inside dope on a cannabis seller's annual sales PayPal-owned digital wallet Venmo shares way too much data via its public API, according to Berlin-based researcher Hang Do Thi Duc.…
Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes
If ye can board Microsoft accounts, Azure AD or even OpenID without the skipper knowing, loot be your reward Microsoft’s launched a new bug bounty program, this time for identity services.…
Samsung touts bonkers-fast 8 Gbit DRAM for phones, AIs
Chip ships 6,400 Mbps, cuts power consumption Samsung has shown off the first prototype of a somewhat-bonkers DRAM chip: at 8 Gbits, it's not news in terms of scale, but the LPDDR5 silicon pushes bits out the door at 6,400 megabits per second.…
People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking
Especially sysadmins who want to get off the fix-this-PC-now treadmill Google thinks the time has come for widespread adoption of PCs-as-a-service, so has offered up its own experience as an exemplar how to get it done.…
AI can untangle the jumble of neurons packed in brain scans
Which should help neurologists to map the brain Video AI can help neurologists automatically map the connections between different neurons in brain scans, a tedious task that can take hundreds and thousands of hours.…
The crowd roars and Ruckus joins in with 802.11ax kit
Access points gets WPA3, OFDMA, Bluetooth LE, Zigbee and more Ruckus Wireless has focussed on high-density outdoor environments with its entry into the 802.11ax Wi-Fi market.…
Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks
Chairman Rich Templeton will return to CEO role Former Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton will return to the role after a six-week break, because his replacement has been dumped for breaching the company's code of conduct.…
Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France
Bandwidth is better, down where it's wetter, take it from me! Google has announced its first private trans-Atlantic cable, with landings at Virginia Beach in the US and on the French Atlantic coast.…
AWS launches on-premises EC2 instances for reverse hybrid cloud
They’ll run on the Snowball Edge data transfer device, which packs a Xeon D In a major departure from its usual cloud-only stance, Amazon Web Services has announced it’s now possible to run EC2 instances with on-premises hardware – but only its own Snowball Edge devices.…
Blood test biz LabCorp pulls plug on systems over hacker fears
US medical testing giant says no evidence of data theft after alarms triggered Medical biz LabCorp shut down some of its systems last week after it detected "suspicious activity" on its network.…
IBM attempts to graft VM security onto container flexibility
Nabla Containers promises reduced attack surface through fewer system calls IBM researchers have developed a new flavor of software container in an effort to create code that's more secure than Docker and similar shared kernel container systems.…
Webinar: Get a good look at Microsoft’s Windows Analytics suite
Health regime for your Windows 10 devices Promo Windows Analytics is a cloud-based suite of solutions that provides proactive insights into the current state of a Windows environment.…
Scumbag confesses in court: LuminosityLink creepware was my baby
Man admits to selling remote access malware used by morons for spying A US software developer has admitted to selling and supporting spyware after originally claiming his remote access tool was legitimate admin software.…
By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter
Now it has 79 satellites, and one is a tiny 'oddball' Jupiter already had the most moons in the Solar System, but now scientists have discovered twelve new ones bringing the total up to 79.…
Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court
Expect this one to be argued all the way to the Supremes In a victory for those supporting open access to technical specifications, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated injunctions [PDF] that prohibited Public.Resource.Org (PRO) from publishing copyrighted technical standards online.…
Appeals court rules publishing tech specs may be fair use
Expect this one to be argued all the way to the Supremes In a victory for those supporting open access to technical specifications, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated injunctions [PDF] that prohibited Public.Resource.Org (PRO) from publishing copyrighted technical standards online.…
US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)
ES&S admits a handful of systems were shipped with PCAnywhere tool Updated A US voting machine manufacturer has admitted some of its systems sold in the early 2000s had a remote access tool installed.…
Commvault simplifies product count, condenses 20 into 4
Positive outcome from activist investor involvement Just three months after activist investor Elliott Management invaded Commvault’s board-level considerations, the company has announced a radical simplification of its product strategy, shoehorning 20 individual products into four master ones and pumping improvements into its channel program.…
Look, what's that over there? Sophos nips Windows DNS DLL false positive in the bud
Temporary file during update shuffled off to quarantine A Windows operating system library was wrongly identified as malware by Sophos's antivirus scanner for some users on Tuesday.…
Devs: This is another fine Mesh you've got us into, Microsoft
Or: How I learned to stop worrying about infrastructure and love the cloud From the department of "things punted to public preview before they're totally ready" comes Azure Service Fabric Mesh.…
What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently
Seized servers, 'disappointing' offers, stolen laptops – it ain't easy being CA's administrator Administrators dealing with the group of firms affiliated with Cambridge Analytica were offered a pound for the now infamous brand – but didn't accept.…
Russia's national vulnerability database is a bit like the Soviet Union – sparse and slow
By design, though, not... er, general rubbishness Russia's vulnerability database is much thinner than its US or Chinese counterparts – but it does contain a surprisingly high percentage of security bugs exploited by its cyber-spies.…
TalkTalk shrugs off moaning customers to claim 80,000 more
Back in black UK comms provider TalkTalk grew its customer base by a net 80,000 in the first quarter of FY19, the company said in a trading update today. 2.1 million subscribers are now on fixed-price plans.…
Carlsberg: AI beer taster can now tell the difference between lager and pilsner
First they came for your cars. Now they're coming for your beers Denmark-based brewing giant Carlsberg has reported good progress in its attempts to turn Microsoft's Azure AI into a robot beer sniffer.…
Yar, thar she blows: Corp-cash-stealing email whaling attacks now a $12.5bn industry
Business accounts worth their weight in gold to scammers Business email accounts remain a lucrative way for scammers to get into companies and turn a quick buck.…
Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach
Techies told to patch: ICO probes error that let pupils link to the wrong parents Updated Capita has admitted a bug in an information management system used by 21,000 UK schools could have incorrectly linked contact details to the wrong pupils – an incident with huge implications for pupils' data protection.…
Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no
Thanks for Putin that out there Security experts have poured scorn on plans by US president Donald Trump to work more closely with Russia on cybersecurity.…
Oracle cuts ribbon on distributed ledger service
Big Red brags bank backing for blockchain biz Oracle confirmed a bunch of firms in financial services - traditionally a conservative sector - were among the first to test its blockchain platform that today was made generally available to all and sundry.…
Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1
You will learn to love version 8, whether you like it or not Windows users still clinging onto to the halcyon days of Skype 7 (aka "Classic") were warned last night to move to version 8 or face the service dying from September 1.…
You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way
We're switching up how the site looks – and we need your feedback Here at El Reg towers, our backroom boffins have been toiling away improving our proudly Perl-based homegrown online publishing system.…
LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears
Plus: Guess how much it costs.... oh, go on - have a guess! Review Samsung's giant rival for 50 years, LG, has gone toe-to-toe with the bigger chaebol throughout the smartphone era. Three years ago, LG was firing all cylinders. Its 2014 flagship had introduced the first QHD+ panel; and its successor offered great design (custom leatherbacks) while retaining the removable battery Samsung discarded as it tried to emulate the clean glass lines of the iPhone.…
EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business
Consortium possibly looking to flex Arm muscle, too Analysis The European Union's consortium to develop European microprocessors for future supercomputers has taken a few more steps towards its goal of delivering a locally made exascale chip by 2025.…
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