Six critical systems, four months to Brexit and no completed testing

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:34
Defra concedes end-to-end testing can throw up challenges as MPs shout into the void

The UK's food and farming department has yet to test six critical IT systems ahead of Brexit and may have to rely on manual workarounds or "unsophisticated" tech, MPs have warned.…

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers aren't going to nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:30
Black Hat survey probes infosec's deepest, darkest fears

The number one thing worrying infosec bods right now is… yup, you guessed it, a giant targeted attack that KOs their employers' systems.…

Samsung unveils next-gen 8nm Exynos silicon

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:41
It's pop-AI but tailored, fans

Samsung has unveiled the next-gen chips that will power its smartphones and tablets (and crypto-miners). And it hopes others will use them too.…

Want to hack an ATM for free cash? It's as easy as Windows XP

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:00
Bank machines pen testing reveals alarming results

ATM machines are vulnerable to an array of basic attack techniques that would allow hackers to lift thousands in cash.…

'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:25
Great hulk of a system not working after 'emergency works'...

Biz broadband comms provider - in name at least today - Gamma is suffering from web wobbles this morning, reportedly across the UK, as customers can’t access its Horizon service.…

Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 07:16
All your Health Data are belong to us

Google has placed itself at the heart of Britain’s National Health Service by absorbing its wholly owned DeepMind Health unit into the Chocolate Factory - data and all. It has also scrapped the unit’s “independent review panel”.…

Empire state of mind: NYC scatters palm leaves for Bezos' cloudy web shop juggernaut

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 06:59
Landmark lit up in orange, New Yorkers underwhelmed

New York's finest building* has turned orange to welcome Amazon to town.…

Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell does Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 06:02
Tells There's your scope creep. Now can we talk about busting cryptography?

When Australia implemented its telecommunications data retention regime, privacy wonks worried about the potential for scope creep. The same warnings have been made about the government's proposed encryption-busting legislation.…

Verity hauls out That Old Time 2018 IT songbook

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:18
It's sing-along-a-Stob time

Stob It's that time of year, in the northern hemisphere, when IT specialists reluctantly abandon their rugged, outdoor lifestyle, and gather around Mama's upright piano to sing some favourite old songs... with updated, satirical lyrics. Like these.…

Oi! Not encrypting RPC traffic? IETF bods would like to change that

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:13
RPC over TLS: you know it makes sense

An Internet Engineering Task Force group has turned its attention to how Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) travel over the internet, and decided a bit of (easy) encryption is in order.…

Panasas tells world+dog: We've broken free from chains of proprietary kit

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 03:08
HPC pusher bats eyelids at OEM flingers after biggest product refresh in a while

HPC supplier Panasas has introduced a faster file system and non-proprietary hardware design in its biggest product refresh for a decade or more.…

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 02:04
Carmaker's unpredictable 'super cruise control' tech blamed for ton of close calls

Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked the Tesla owners among his millions of Twitter followers last week what aspect of their electric cars they'd most like to see improved or fixed.…

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

The Register - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 01:07
Well, if anyone knows if he fudged it, it would be him

The inventor of two patents that covers Ethernet switching products has been given permission to question the validity of his own invention.…

Call of Duty swatting killer pleads guilty to 47 criminal charges

The Register - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 21:42
Another two awaiting trial over sad death of Andrew Finch

One of three people charged over the December 2017 “swatting” death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch has entered a guilty plea.…

OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

The Register - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 20:26
Sub cable biz raises hand, 'fesses up to causing BGP reroute drama

Monday's prolonged Google cloud and websites outage was triggered by a botched network update by a West Africa telco, it is claimed.…

It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

The Register - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 19:02
Look, we're tired of doing these headlines too, but for there's patching to do

Microsoft and Adobe have delivered the November edition of Patch Tuesday with another sizable bundle of security fixes.…

FPGAs? Sure, them too. Liqid pours chips over composable computing systems

The Register - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 17:57
Xilinx Alveo cards added to platform list

Liqid has added FPGAs to the list of compute resources its customers can use to compose workload-specific computing systems.…

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

The Register - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 17:16
Bio-boffins bet beastly bad bits bash bronchi

Analysis Scientists are calling for more research into the effect, negative or otherwise, of 3D printers on indoor air quality.…

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But <i>IF</i> we did, we're immune from prosecution (lmao)

The Register - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:07
Hackers are lethal weapons, as in diplomatic... oh forget it

The Russian government has denied having anything to do with hacking the US Democratic party in 2016, although in a court filing this week stressed that even if it did break into the DNC's servers, it is immune from prosecution.…

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server October 2018 update at world, minus its file-nuking 'feature', after actually doing some testing

The Register - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:11
Wow, what a novel concept: 'Extensive internal validation'

Is the Windows October 2018 update here again? Or did it never exist previously? Are we all in a feverish dream where the latest version, build 1809, is stable and fit for purpose, and Patch Tuesday was totally uneventful? Our finger hovers over the "no" button, but we live in hope of someone one day fitted a "yes" key.…