Democrats go on the offensive over fake FCC cyberattack

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 18:31
But efforts to target chair Ajit Pai are misguided partisanship

The debacle surrounding a false cyberattack on federal regulator the FCC is heading to Congress, with politicians accusing its chair of a "dereliction of duty."…

Warning developers about their crypto ignorance makes for better security

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:06
Security is a process that requires hitting people over the head with their errors

Building warnings into crypto libraries that alert developers to unsafe coding practices turns out to be an effective way to improve the security of applications.…

Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echo into listening device

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:34
But it requires custom hardware, firmware and access to your Wi-Fi

DEF CON Hackers have managed to hack Amazon's Echo digital assistant and effectively turn it into a listening device, albeit through a complex and hard-to-reproduce approach.…

Oracle: Run, don't walk, to patch this critical Database takeover bug

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:44
Flaw in House Larry's flagship product allows 'complete compromise' of servers

Oracle is advising customers to update their database software following the discovery and disclosure of a critical remote code execution vulnerability.…

CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:04
Lenovo beefs up beefy desktop replacements - and one is almost Apple-like

Lenovo unloads most of its annual ThinkPad line onto the world at CES in January, for a spring launch. (Here is this year’s.) But the Beijing firm saves one or two surprises for later in the year. And here’s one.…

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:00
Apps, kernels, virtual machines, SGX, SMM at risk from attack

Intel will today disclose three more vulnerabilities in its processors that can be exploited by malware and malicious virtual machines to potentially steal secret information from computer memory.…

Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:02
Wanting some Linux love, but just can't let that Windows 10 desktop go? Come this way...

Linux lovers have received a double load of delight this week with the emission of the 4.18 kernel and a refresh of Windows-wannabe Zorin OS.…

Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:35
280 brassed-off Brits begged ASA to bite Bezos' behemoth

Amazon Prime’s next-day-delivery advertising strapline has been branded misleading by a British advertising watchdog.…

CVE? Nope. NVD? Nope. Serious must-patch type flaws skipping mainstream vuln lists – report

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:10
Infosec firm fingers 'decentralised' reporting

The first half of 2018 saw a record haul of reported software vulnerabilities yet a high proportion of these won’t appear in any mainstream flaw-tracking lists, researcher Risk Based Security (RBS) has claimed.…

Reel talk: You know what's safely offline? Tape. Data protection outfit Veeam inks deal with Quantum

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:15
Magnetic strips are ransomware-proof

Data protection firm Veeam has forged an alliance with one of the oldest data protection technologies of all – tape.…

Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 after less than 24 hrs

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:40
Devs reported performance issues then...

Apple has pulled the latest beta of its iOS platform software after less than 24 hours in the wild, and without explanation.…

Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:10
Total Inability To Support User Perusals

Swedish flat-pack furniture folk Ikea’s UK tentacle appears to be suffering a rather lengthy website backend outage stopping some customers from placing online orders.…

Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 08:39
EE by gum, BT Group brand wins

EE is being strongly challenged by rival networks that have improved their reliability, and in some cases their data performance too.…

Now DXC yourself to the door: Another exec exits outsourcing giant

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 08:05
Frankenfirm waves bye to App Services boss: Time to canter Klaus

Mike Klaus, the boss of DXC Technology’s $4bn Applications Services business has left the building, sources have informed The Register.…

Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:33
For Skype Classic, not the sound of silence

In a week when NASA flung a spacecraft into space to touch the Sun, Microsoft has brought darkness to Windows 10, given Skype Classic a mission extension, and continued its efforts to send SMB1 screaming into the heart of our nearest star.…

Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:49
Fourth time lucky?

Hands On Platform rivals to the Apple’s WatchOS have been stagnating for years, with no new silicon from Qualcomm with which to take on the (now) all-conquering Apple smartwatch since 2016. Samsung isn’t dependent on San Diego for silicon though, and it has put the latest it can into its new wearables – and seriously revived the race.…

Boffins: Confusing distributed ledger tech definitions create 'unrealistic expectations' about what it can do

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 05:58
Report proposes tight conceptual DLT framework

Poorly defined and inconsistent terminology for distributed ledger technology systems has led to misconceptions and unrealistic expectations, academics have said.…

May the May update be with you: OpenSSL key sniffed from radio signal

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 05:29
'One and Done' attack patched in library's May 2018 release

If you missed the OpenSSL update released in May, go back and get it: a Georgia Tech team recovered a 2048-bit RSA key from OpenSSL using smartphone processor radio emissions, in a single pass.…

Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:48
Layer cake magic as flash capacity set to soar

Flash Memory Summit The Flash Memory Summit saw two landmark capacity announcements centred on 96-layer QLC (4bits/cell) flash that seemingly herald a coming virtual abolition of workstation and server read-intensive flash capacity constraints.…

How smart is your machine learning strategy? We can make it smarter

The Register - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:24
Just days left to save on MCubed conference and workshops

Events Our early bird ticket offer for MCubed finishes on Friday, so if you want to save hundreds on conference and workshop tickets, time really is running out.…