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JavaScript-based address bar spoofing vulns patched in Safari, Yandex, Opera

Are you where you think you are, or are you where I want you to think you are?

Rapid7 found Apple’s Safari browser, as well as the Opera Mini and Yandex browsers, were vulnerable to JavaScript-based address bar spoofing.…

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 7:14 am

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music

Did 2020 just loop round to 1999?

GitHub has hidden from view the source code and downloads of YouTube-DL, a popular open-source tool used for saving YouTube videos to disk, at the request of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 11:23 pm

If you suddenly can't print to your HP Printer from your Mac, you're not alone: Code security cert snafu blamed

Driver software snubbed by macOS 10.15, 10.14, Amazon Music, too

Updated  Many Mac users today found, to their surprise, they are unable to print to their HP Inc printers.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 8:42 pm

Huawei's financials take a beating as President Trump's sanctions come home to roost

America's punch bag still standing, black and blue but not in the red

US sanctions are starting to have a pronounced impact on Huawei’s financials, with the embattled Chinese telco reporting just single digit year-on-year growth for the first three quarters of 2020.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 8:04 pm

Dotcom era data wrangler Tibco to buy Information Builders, reportedly for a whopping $1bn

Like a dotcom dude vs '70s veteran buddy movie

Six years after it considered putting itself up for sale, dotcom era data wrangler Tibco is set to buy Information Builders, a privately held data management biz with a 45-year history.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 7:03 pm

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA

'I'm not going to be bullied by someone with deeper pockets' vows Orca boss

Palo Alto Networks has threatened a startup with legal action after the smaller biz published a comparison review of one of its products.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:58 pm

What a time to be alive: DB Admin raps about Microsoft SQL Server and he ain't even paid to do so

It's 2020. Things are weird. So maybe it's time to dance alone to 'Back Dat NAS up'

If you thought things couldn’t get any more weird right about now, then this may be the nadir of an already odd 2020: COVID-19; Trump being Trump; a likely hard Brexit; and now someone working in tech rapping about SQL Server has just released some sounds.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:10 pm

EU slaps extra sanctions on Russian spy chief and APT28 malware dev over 2015 Bundestag hack

Better late than never, eh

The European Union has imposed sanctions on a Russian military malware developer and the commander of Russia’s MI6 equivalent, a mere five years after the two targeted Germany's parliament with a cyberattack.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 4:20 pm

Ubuntu 20.10 goes full Raspberry Pi, from desktop to micro clouds: Full fat desktop on a Pi is usable

But company also has its eye on Kubernetes at the edge

Ubuntu 20.10 is out, with Canonical highlighting its Raspberry Pi support, including not only desktop support but also micro clouds based on MicroK8s, the company's lightweight Kubernetes distribution.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 3:15 pm

Finding remote working a bit of a grind? Microsoft staffers feel your pain

Gloomy workers unlikely to moan about open plan again as office reopening slides to July 2021

Remote working is the gift that keeps on giving, as Microsoft's workforce reacted glumly to the Windows giant's plan to push back the reopening of its US offices.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 2:20 pm

NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app is leaving some unable to access government self-isolation grants

'That button is there on the app' says minister. How many times have you heard a client make wild claims about functionality?

The NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales* has a major flaw. Yes, another one. People told to self-isolate by the app are unable to access a code required to claim a £500 financial support grant.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 1:25 pm

Got a problem with trust in AI? Just add blockchain, Forrester urges. Then bust out the holographic meetings. Welcome to the future

It takes 'grit' to send in a holograph to meetings instead of struggling with mute buttons yourself...

Forrester has offered its contribution to the pantheon of failed predictions gathering smart-dust in the broom cupboard of IT history with its assertion that blockchain is coming to polish up AI's tarnished image.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 12:30 pm

'This was bigger than GNOME and bigger than just this case.' GNOME Foundation exec director talks patent trolls and much, much more

Snaps vs Flatpaks, losing in mobile, Microsoft and Linux, and avoiding another GNOME 2 to 3 disaster

Interview  Patent assertion entities: do not pick a fight with open source. It won't end well for you. This is the message from GNOME Foundation executive director Neil McGovern, who will speak on the subject at the Open Source Summit Europe next week.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 11:23 am

OnePlus 8T review: Solid performance and a great screen make this 5G sub-flagship a delight

Do you really need so much RAM, though?

Six months after OnePlus released a flagship, it followed with a slightly upgraded refresh of the same device. You can distinguish these souped-up variants from their predecessors by the "T" in the name. One such device is the OnePlus 8T — an affordable 5G powerhouse.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 10:28 am

Ho hum: If you're so artificially intelligent, name this song while my videos go viral

My careful plan to save the economy

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  People say I don’t care but I do. I care a lot.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 9:28 am

Fancy a steaming portion of Kentucky Fried Bork? A fingerlickin' flub that's pure poultry in motion

Greasy goodness plays havoc with a PC's disk

Bork!Bork!Bork!  The best borks are the simplest, and today's is no exception. A black screen, a plaintive message, and a nugget of the Colonel's menu for the hungry masses has been lost.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 8:30 am

IBM: Our AI correctly predicts onset of Alzheimer’s 71% of the time, better than standard clinical tests

IBM: Our AI correctly predicts onset of Alzheimer’s 71% of the time, better than standard clinical tests

Machine-learning algorithms analyzing human communication can predict whether someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than standard biomedical screening, say IBM and Pfizer.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 7:54 am

The engineer lurking behind the curtain: Musical monitors on a meagre IT budget

The 'S' in SX, stands for 'Sporty', ok?

On Call  One of the hardest tasks in IT is giving a user what they need, while also persuading them it's what they want. Join us for another tale from our weekly On Call column where a Register reader achieved the seemingly impossible.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 7:15 am

Ed Snowden doesn’t need to worry about being turfed out of Russia any more

Immigration reforms allowing more skilled workers to stay seem to have resulted in permanent residency

Russia has apparently given super-leaker and former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden de facto permanent residence.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 6:34 am

What makes data scientists look so cool? The data engineers doing the real work

With DSTI’s data engineering MSc, you can study in Paris, Nice, Lagos… or home

Promo  Data scientists like to think of themselves as doing the sexiest job of the 21st century, but it’s only because data engineers let them think that way.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 6:00 am

After Dutch bloke claims he hacked Trump's Twitter by guessing password, web biz says there's 'no evidence'

It's saying something when it's easy to believe the US President's passphrase was maga2020!

Donald Trump's Twitter password was easily guessed, and he still isn't using multi-factor authentication, claims a Dutch hacker who on Thursday bragged he broke into the President's account last week. Twitter says it has "no evidence" this claim is true.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:36 am

Facebook is leaky, creepy, and trashy. Now it wants to host some of your customer data

Reveals hosting service for WhatsApp Business API and gives its partners reasons to be fearful

Facebook wants to host some of your customer data, an offer that hurts its own partner community.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:15 am

China reveals audit of 320,000 local apps, with 34 booted from app stores and hundreds of devs warned they could suffer same fate

Privacy crackdown in the land of ubiquitous surveillance, where 5G now blankets all cities

Through most of 2020 bans on Chinese apps have meant geopolitical strife, but China yesterday revealed it has started banning some of its own apps.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 4:27 am

After first floating $20bn penalty, DoJ suggests $60m fine for UMC's theft of Micron’s DRAM secrets

Taiwanese chipmaker promises ‘substantial assistance’ in ongoing China IP theft action

Taiwanese chip-maker United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will plead guilty to theft of trade secrets from Micron Technologies and pay a $60m fine to the USA.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 2:58 am

Down the Swanny: '2020 has been the most challenging year in my career' says Intel CEO as profit plunges 30%

Enterprise and govt data-center sales halve, Xeon processors delayed

Intel shares dived today after it revealed a steep slump in enterprise and government sales of its server chips – and delays to its latest Xeons.…

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 1:35 am

Is it Iran or Russia's hackers we need to worry about? The Russians, definitely the Russians, says US intelligence

Energetic Bear team caught breaking into govt systems, no harm done to Nov 3 elections

The FBI and the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Thursday issued a joint warning that a Kremlin hacking crew is probing or breaking into systems belonging to the US government and aviation industry.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 11:39 pm

Love Minecraft: Java? You'll have to learn to love your Microsoft account as well – it will be required next year

Mojang bows to the inevita... oh, look – a free cape!

With the inevitability of death and taxes, Microsoft-owned Mojang is to require players have a Microsoft account for all its games, including the Java Edition of Minecraft.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 7:28 pm

Boeing puts Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet through its paces... on the ground

I feel the need, the need for 16mph taxiing in safety

Rise of the Machines  Boeing has successfully taxied its Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet around an airfield, a key milestone for the aircraft to operate fully autonomously.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 6:09 pm

Slow and steady progress in Microsoft's latest diversity report, though most execs still pale and male

US lawmakers can look away now. Actually, don't

Amid grumbling from lawmakers, Microsoft has pushed out a fresh diversity report, sprinkling the odd "must try harder" among the corporate back slappery.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 5:01 pm

Out to launch: Huawei rolls out speedy charging Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro flagships

Mate 40 family could be the company’s ‘last hurrah’ in smartphones outside China - analyst

Beleaguered mobile biz Huawei’s Consumer Business Group has rolled out its newest flagship devices: the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 4:23 pm

Like a good defragging? The latest Dev Channel Windows 10 might be for you

For everyone else there are splash screens, fixes and iffy anti-malware

Fresh from nudging the October 2020 Update out of the door, Microsoft has emitted an update to next year's Windows 10 in the form of a fresh Insider Dev Channel build.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 3:19 pm

French IT outsourcer Sopra Steria hit by 'cyberattack', Ryuk ransomware suspected

You know, the firm that runs half of NHS Business Services

French-headquartered IT outsourcer Sopra Steria has been struck by a “cyberattack,” reportedly linked to the Ryuk ransomware gang.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 2:37 pm

Ever wondered what exactly is going on in those containers? OpenTelemetry edges toward GA, emits tracing specification release candidate

Open source observability for debugging and tracing

The OpenTelemetry community has taken another step toward General Availability with the first release candidate of the tracing specification.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 1:55 pm

COVID-struck holiday rentals firm Airbnb shacks up with ex Apple design honcho Jony Ive in multi-year deal

No, he's not dragging his cool vintage steamer-style suitcase onto an IKEA armchair in a host villa ... it's a 'special' design relationship

Jony Ive’s design firm LoveFrom has inked a deal with the app-that-takes-a-cut-of-users'-holiday-rentals Airbnb in a multi-year “special relationship,” the short-term gig economy rental platform said today.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 1:13 pm

Today's tech giants won't be as naive as I was in DoJ dealings, says former Microsoft chief Bill Gates

'I didn’t realise that our success would lead to government attention'

Microsoft co-founder and long-serving ex-CEO Bill Gates has admitted naivety in his dealings with Washington around the software giant’s fabled antitrust case with the US Department of Justice (DoJ).…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 12:53 pm

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships

Yeah I've heard you were in a car accident that wasn't your fault. Is that right? *Click*

Samsung phones will soon come with automatic spam call blocking. The feature, which is part of Samsung Smart Call, will debut on the Galaxy Note20 and will roll out to all new devices released after 2020.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 11:44 am

ISS air leakage fixed in time for crew handover, thanks to floating teabag

Also: Starlinks soar but GPS stays grounded, NASA names first Virgin Galactic flier

In Brief  There was good news for International Space Station (ISS) residents this week as the crew managed to plug a leak in the orbiting laboratory. While never an immediate threat to the crew's safety, nobody likes knowing that air is escaping overboard.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 10:55 am

NHS awards £500m everything-and-the-kitchen-sink framework to a long list of resellers

Backup, servers, storage, LAN, WAN and SAN, and software galore

NHS Shared Business Services, the joint venture between the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care and French outsourcing firm Sopra Steria, has awarded a £500m framework to an army of resellers and technology firms.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 10:10 am

Dulux feel lucky, punk? Samsung wades into paint world with interior emulsions designed to 'complement' your, er, TV

Yes your TV has a 'lifestyle'. Yes we have all been indoors for much, much too long

You’ve got the TV. You splashed out on the sound system. But do you have the paint? That’s the question posed by Samsung, which just introduced LivingColour — a range of paint designed to cover the wall behind your pricey flat-screen idiot box.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 9:25 am

Bitcoin value jumps as PayPal says it will accept cryptocurrencies... once it has the kinks worked out

Online payment goliath wants to encourage global use of virtual dosh

The value of Bitcoin spiked on Wednesday after PayPal said it would soon start accepting cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin, through its online payment system.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 8:39 am

We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser

Incredible scoop, read all about it , read all about it

Video  NASA on Wednesday released images and video footage of the moment this week when its OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft scooped some dirt from the asteroid Bennu, some 200 million miles away. The plan is to send the sample back to Earth for boffins to study.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 7:48 am

HPE bags $160m to build 550-PFLOPS super for Europe out of tomorrow's AMD Epyc processors, graphics chips

Finns are going Cray cray

HPE will build a Cray EX supercomputer for scientific and AI research in Europe, using AMD Epyc processors and GPUs, it announced on Wednesday.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 7:04 am

OpenStack at 10 years old: A failure on its own terms, a success in its own niche

And with China’s web giants showing it is capable of enormous scale, there’s still plenty of potential

Analysis  When OpenStack announced itself on July 19, 2010, it gave itself a mission “to produce the ubiquitous OpenSource Cloud Computing platform that will meet the needs of public and private clouds regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively scalable.”…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 6:27 am

The hills are alive with the sound of Azure as Microsoft pledges Austrian bit barns

You are six nines, I am seven nines, will these reliability stats sink?

Microsoft has announced yet another cloud region, this time in Austria.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 4:16 am

Iran sent threatening pro-Trump emails to American Democrats, Russia close behind, says US intelligence

No, say it ain't so,

Updated  Menacing emails to Democratic voters, telling them to vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming US elections or else, were sent by Iran, US intelligence claimed on Wednesday night.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 2:03 am

Congrats, Meg Whitman, another multi-billion-dollar write-off for the CV: Her web vid upstart Quibi implodes

$2bn Alt-Netflix for those with short attention spans closes after short lifespan

Video-streaming upstart Quibi, which tried to differentiate itself from the likes of Netflix by offering episodes that only ran for 10 minutes max, will close its doors.…

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 12:22 am

Thought the FBI were the only ones able to unlock encrypted phones? Pretty much every US cop can get the job done

Massive public records request reveals scale of warrantless surveillance

Never mind the Feds. American police forces routinely "circumvent most security features" in smartphones to extract mountains of personal information, according to a report that details the massive, ubiquitous cracking of devices by cops.…

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 11:34 pm

Big Telco freaks out as unknown operator with great political connections vies for valuable 5G space in America

The swamp is full to the brim as usual in Washington DC, it seems

Analysis  The powerful US telco lobby has come out fighting against an outsider and its efforts to snaffle tens of billions of dollars worth of much-needed 5G spectrum.…

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 9:53 pm

Coronavirus outbreak triggered a rush of online attacks against retail loyalty schemes, Akamai reckons

Digital souks are sitting ducks for identity fraudsters

Hackers are breaking into online loyalty card accounts using stolen credentials or easily obtainable information, and then not only ransacking the profiles' balances but also harvesting victims' personal data for subsequent identity theft, Akamai has warned.…

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 8:25 pm

How much does Oracle love you? Thiiiis much: Latest patch bundle has 402 fixes

How many times do you want to read the CVSS rating 9.8 today?

Oracle has released its final quarterly batch of patches for the year for security flaws in its products. The total this time? 402 fixes, the bulk of which are rated critical in terms of severity.…

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 6:32 pm