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WannaCry is still the smallpox of infosec. But the latest strain (sort of) immunises its victims

Whatever you do, don't pay the ransom

Analysis  WannaCry – the file-scrambling ransomware that infamously locked up Britain's NHS and a bunch of other organisations worldwide in May 2017 – is still a live-ish threat to this day, infosec researchers reckon.…

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:03 am

Byte Night 2019 just weeks away: Ready to sleep on the streets for charity?

Bed down for the night with tech's great and good at Action for Children fundraiser

That sound you can hear is the clock ticking down on your chance to register for this year’s Byte Night sleep out.…

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:30 am

Hurrah, we trained machine learning algos to predict how bad a forest fire will be

Doh! It only gives us the right answer half of the time

Forest fires have apparently ravaged over four million acres of land across the United States so far this year, and the problem is only getting worse with global warming. Enter technology's hottest solution: Machine learning.…

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:00 am

The Central Telegraph Office was serving spam 67 years before vikings sang about it on telly

Farewell to St Paul's telco treasury

Geek's Guide to Britain  The BT Centre is an unremarkable-looking building just north of St Paul's Cathedral, nine storeys of Portland stone with straight unadorned 1980s lines softened by curved corners. The headquarters of the UK's largest telco could be mistaken for an apartment block if it wasn't for the company's logo.…

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:16 am

IT now stands for Intermediate Targets: Tech providers pwned by snoops eyeing up customers – report

Symantec says Tortoiseshell crew ransacked suppliers

Miscreants are hacking into Saudi Arabian IT providers in an attempt to compromise their real targets: said providers' customers, according to Symantec.…

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:55 am

Gasp! Google Chrome kills uBlock, Adblock ad filters – grab the pitchfo- no wait, it's OK: They were evil fraud clones

Extensions used by nearly 2m people a week pretend to be legit add-ons, stuff cookies to make bank

On Wednesday, Google nuked two ad-blocking Chrome extensions that appear to have been designed to conduct affiliate-marketing fraud.…

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:02 am

Remember that security probe that ended with a sheriff cuffing the pen testers? The contract is now public so you can decide who screwed up

Both sides have different interpretations of the rules

The infosec duo cuffed during an IT penetration test that went south last week are out of jail, though not necessarily out of the woods.…

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 1:45 am

Class-action sueball over refurbed iThings will ask Apple what 'as good as new' means

Remanufactured kit never as reliable, complainants claim

A judge in California has OK'd a class-action lawsuit against Apple for alleged breaches of its AppleCare warranty schemes.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:56 pm

How long is a lifetime? If you’re Comcast, it’s until a rival quits a city: ISP 'broke' price promise

Angry cable subscriber sues, claims 'never-ending' deal actually lasted just three years

Maintaining its hard-won reputation for being one of the most-hated companies in America, Comcast has seemingly redefined the meaning of the word “lifetime” – and received a lawsuit in response.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:27 pm

What is Google up to with Anthos? More toys dropped for Kubernetes-style hybrid cloud

Service Mesh and Cloud Run put existing features in a pretty wrapper

Google talked up new features for Anthos, its take on hybrid cloud, at an event in New York earlier this week.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:00 pm

Woman sues Lyft, says driver gang-raped her at gunpoint – and calls for app safety measures we can't believe aren't already in place

Sex assault survivor reveals her two-year fight for justice

Analysis  A woman who says she was subjected to a horrific rape at the hands of her Lyft driver has sued the tech biz.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 9:47 pm

Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet

Blueprints for mobile apps, databases exposed in public GitHub repos

Exclusive  Scotiabank leaked online a trove of its internal source code, as well as some of its private login keys to backend systems, The Register can reveal.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 8:17 pm

GitHub gobbles biz used by NASA, Google, etc to search code for bugs and security holes in Mars rovers, apps...

Semmle's flaw-finding queries can be shared and used on multiple projects

On Wednesday, Microsoft's GitHub said it has acquired Semmle, a San Francisco-based software analysis platform for finding vulnerabilities in code. No price was disclosed.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 7:34 pm

Uni sysadmins, don't relax. Cybercrooks are still after your crown jewels, warns NCSC

GCHQ offshoot says be on your guard

Cybercrims are still likely to affect universities and other educational institutions online with ransomware, reckons GCHQ offshoot the National Cyber Security Centre.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 7:00 pm

Backup biz Acronis ascends to unicorndom after $147m splurge led by Goldman Sachs

Cash for acquisitions, new hires and data centre expansion

Goldman Sachs has led a $147m funding round in Acronis which values the data recovery and protection vendor at more than a billion dollars – unicorn status.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 6:00 pm

Adobe results show it is still creaming those subscriptions but its share price fell – why?

Q3 figures = good, Q4 targets = vague

A day after Adobe posted hugely profitable Q3 results, its share price dropped by as much as 5 per cent (~$270) and has been bouncing around the sub 3 per cent mark (~$275) for the remainder of trading.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:00 pm

Analytics exec nicked as Ecuador tries to rush through privacy laws after massive data leak

Government gave them the deets, so not a hacking charge

The head of Novaestrat, the data analytics company at the centre of the huge leak revealed on Monday involving personal information about more than 20 million Ecuadorian citizens, has been taken into custody.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 4:00 pm

Ebuygumm doesn't break t' Nominet rules, eBay and Gumtree told

By 'eck! Geoffrey Boycott-inspired domain sees off tat bazaar challenge

eBay and Gumtree have lost a legal fight to kill off a British wannabe rival thanks to Geoffrey Boycott's usage of a well-known Yorkshireism.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 3:20 pm

UK.gov confirms: Yes, our former DWP perm sec will join Salesforce

No lobbying for at least another five months

The government has confirmed former permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Robert Devereux, has rocked up at ethical SaaS oufit Salesforce as veep of global public sector.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 2:45 pm

Congratulations! You finally have the 10Mbps you're legally entitled to. Too bad that's obsolete

UK.gov policy slammed for not keeping pace with technology

Plans to introduce a legal right for everyone in the UK to have minimum broadband speeds of 10Mbps next year will be "obsolete soon after introduction", a Parliamentary report has found.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 2:00 pm

Flying priests crop-dust Russian citizens with holy water to make them stop boozing and bonking

Social afflictions solved by waving an 'inexhaustible chalice' in your face

Orthodox priests in the central Russian city of Tver have been practising an original method of ridding locals of alcohol abuse and fornication: grab some religious relics, jump in a bi-plane, circle overhead and pour holy water onto citizens from the skies while reciting prayers.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 1:20 pm

MPs call for 'immediate' stop to facial recog in UK as report underlines bias risks in 'pre-crime' algos used by coppers

New report after 12 forces across England and Wales trialled technology

MPs across parties have called for an immediate "stop" to live facial recognition surveillance by the police and in public places.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 12:47 pm

Robot Rin Tin Tin can rescue you from that collapsed mine shaft

It might even hand you the fire extinguisher

An autonomous dog-like robot designed to scamper down tunnels on search-and-rescue missions was put to the test in the most recent bout of US military boffins' DARPA Subterranean Challenge.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 12:10 pm

You know SAP's doing a great job when a third of German users say they 'have no confidence in it'

Savage

SAP's German customers are using a meeting in Nuremberg to complain the company should be doing more to make its products usable.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:34 am

Microsoft to improve Azure networking with private links to multi-tenant services

Preview of private endpoints accessible both in the cloud and on premises

Microsoft has pulled the sheets off Azure Private Link as a way to create a private endpoint for a shared service.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:01 am

How to break out of a hypervisor: Abuse Qemu-KVM on-Linux pre-5.3 – or VMware with an AMD driver

Pair of bug reports show how VM escapes put servers at risk

A pair of newly disclosed security flaws could allow malicious virtual machine guests to break out of their hypervisor's walled gardens and execute malicious code on the host box.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 10:27 am

Your ugly mug may be scanned yet again – but at least you'll be able to board faster at Gatwick

Brit airport to extend facial recog after easyJet trial

Gatwick Airport will extend its use of facial recognition to match passengers to their passports at departure gates before they board planes.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 9:45 am

Created to mimic Heroku: Cloud Foundry explained by its chief technology officer

The past present and future of a confusing platform

Interview  The development experience may be easy, but the open-source Cloud Foundry (CF) platform is confusing as hell for newcomers. Chip Childers, CTO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation since it was formed in January 2015, spoke to The Reg about its past, present and future, at the recent Cloud Foundry Summit in The Hague.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 9:09 am

If Syria pioneered grain processing by watermill in 350BC, the UK in 2019 can do better... right?

Wrong: Biz committee bemoans lack of automation strategy

The UK government needs to come up with an actual strategy to help businesses and workers take advantage of automation and robotics.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 8:08 am

Revealed: The 25 most dangerous software bug types – mem corruption, so hot right now

Tired: SQLi. Expired: Format string exploits. Hired: Anyone who can port code from C/C++

On Tuesday, the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) team from MITRE, a non-profit focused on information security for government, industry and academia, published its list of the CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 6:56 am

This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur

If we could stop teaching AI insults, that would be great

Netizens are merrily slinging selfies and other photos at an online neural network to classify them... and the results aren’t pretty.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 6:07 am

You can trust us to run a digital currency – we're Facebook: Exec begs Europe not to ban Libra

His persuasive argument? You’re wrong – we know better about this money stuff

The Facebook exec in charge of its Libra cryptocurrency effort has sought to assure European governments that their fears are unfounded… by telling them they’re wrong and Facebook knows better.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 4:53 am

Not to over-hype this storage chip tech, but if I could get away with calling my first-born '3D NAND', I totally would

Let's take a quick tour under the hood – and spell out why your biz needs this

Comment  Anyone who’s ever watched the original Star Trek series will probably remember Spock and Kirk playing three-dimensional chess – a great chance for the Enterprise’s science officer to show off his prowess with logic as he contemplated a range of complex moves.…

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 2:51 am

Scott McNealy gets touchy feely with Trump: Sun cofounder hosts hush-hush reelection fundraiser for President

Commander-in-Chief jets into Silicon Valley under cloud of secrecy

The mystery host of a Silicon Valley fundraiser for President Trump today has been revealed as Scott McNealy, co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 9:25 pm

US government sues ex-IT guy for breaking his NDA (Yes, we mean Edward Snowden)

Uncle Sam tries to plug leaker's pay, ends up plugging leaker's book

The US government today sued former CIA employee and NSA sysadmin contractor Edward Snowden to deny him payment from his newly published book, Permanent Record.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 7:58 pm

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos

'This is the last Fitbit I will buy'

Yesterday El Reg wrote about the frustrating syncing failures plaguing FitBit gadgets over the past four or so weeks.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 7:44 pm

Seriously, this sh!t again? 24m medical records, 700m+ scan pics casually left online

Whole pile of US data just sitting there with no security

Around 24 million medical patients' data is floating around on the internet, freely available for all to pore over – thanks to that good old common factor, terribly insecure servers.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 7:15 pm

DevOps darling GitLab pockets another $268m to be valued at $2.75bn

Drops Enterprise (Core) into VMware Cloud Marketplace, misspells own name

DevOps botherer GitLab has scored another $268m of funding, bringing the value of the outfit to $2.75bn ahead of a 2020 IPO.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 6:30 pm

Vulns out of the box: 12 in 13 small biz network devices terribly insecure by default – research

You want root shell access? No problem

A new report has suggested that 12 out of 13 network devices, such as routers and network-attached storage appliances, are vulnerable to hacks that enable "root-privileged access without any authentication".…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 5:45 pm

Apple tells European Commission it's nutty for slapping €13bn tax bill on Irish subsidiary

Sweetheart deal crackdown 'defies reality and common sense' apparently

Apple has appealed against the European Union's 2016 decision to impose a €13bn tax bill on the iPhone maker's Irish subsidiary.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 5:04 pm

VMware on AWS: Low-risk option or security blanket for those who don't like change?

John Enoch gives us the hard sell – just ignore the price

AWS Transformation Day  It's London's turn with AWS Transformation Day, where attendees endure a cacophony of buzzwords intended to hammer home the message that Amazon's cloud is where you wanna be.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 4:00 pm

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

Security engineer actually reads privacy policy to his horror

Hewlett-Packard Inc's printers don't just slurp the contents of your wallet at a frightening rate. They also guzzle a surprising amount of data on you and whatever you're printing.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 3:25 pm

.NET Core 3.0 thought it was all ready for release. And it would have been too, if it weren't for those pesky Visual Studio kids

Hi, remember us? We share a toolset. And have another preview to do?

Having promised there wouldn't be any more previews, Microsoft has dropped a release candidate for the upcoming .NET Core 3.0 framework.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 2:50 pm

Brit government WLTM one Chief Digi Info Officer

Required: GSoH, plus ability to make ends meet on up to £180k a year

UK.gov is on the lookout for a Government Chief Digital Information Officer (GCDIO) – a permanent secretary role that sets the strategic direction of travel for public sector IT in return for up to £180,000 a year.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 2:16 pm

UK Home Office web form snafu allows you to both agree and disagree – strongly – all at once

Government cares what you think. Honest

A UK Home Office consultation on new, intrusive police powers was so incompetently written that you could both "strongly agree" and "strongly disagree" at the same time when answering its questions.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 1:30 pm

Neural networks. Sparse data. TensorFlow. PyTorch. Text mining. Ethics – and lots more. We've got every angle of AI covered at MCubed

Join us and our awesome speakers for a hearty no-hype pure-tech deep dive

Event  Whether you’re worried about the machines taking over, or think it can’t happen soon enough, you should get yourselves down to MCubed at the end of the month.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 1:00 pm

NASA's lunar spy looks for hide-and-seek champ Vikram, Starliner test success, and more

Happy 43rd birthday to Space Shuttle Enterprise

Roundup  Unlike SpaceX's Crew Dragon, which plops down in the ocean at the end of a mission (ideally in one piece), Boeing's CST-100 Starliner is designed to land on, er, land. As NASA and Boeing inch ever closer to its first crewed launch, rehearsals were conducted last week to practice locating a capsule, safing it and preparing for hatch opening.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 12:33 pm

Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me 'grandpa', engineer claims

Suit filed alleging HR failed to protect staffer from harassment

Google has been hit by another age discrimination lawsuit, just two months after the search giant settled a previous case brought by over 200 people.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 11:45 am

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

Did someone mention a delay? Rollout given another 4 years as price tag soars to £13.4bn

The UK government has confirmed that electricity suppliers have an extra four years to hit targets for installing smart meters.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 11:00 am

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?

IRL Star Trek: Discovery, sort of

The Unconventional Computing Laboratory in Bristol is looking for a research associate to help it create buildings with embedded fungus-created computers.…

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 10:04 am