People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 03:06
Only 45 parsecs away if you fancy a look up close

Astronomers have found the first example of a protoplanetary disk forming at a right angle to its parent stars, according to a paper published in Nature Astronomy this week.…

Forget Finding Nemo: This AI can identify a single zebrafish out of a 100-strong shoal

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 02:01
Sounds fishy, yet it works for fruit flies, too. So take that, fish/fly-spotting humans

AI systems excel in pattern recognition, so much so that they can stalk individual zebrafish and fruit flies even when the animals are in groups of up to a hundred.…

Want to get rich from bug bounties? You're better off exterminating roaches for a living

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:54
Before you outsource security to strangers, try boosting internal cybersecurity skills

Security researchers looking to earn a living as bug bounty hunters would to do better to pursue actual insects.…

Epyc move: Supermicro plunges into Cascade Lake’s Optanical waters

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 23:03
Silicon Valley box slinger clams it's first on the block with Intel processor... which isn't out yet

In brief Supermicro is touting what's said to be the "first to market" Intel Cascade Lake AP Xeon server – and it's fitted with Optane DIMM modules to make in-memory apps, particularly the AI ones, run faster.…

Oh, SSH, IT please see this: Malicious servers can fsck with your PC's files during scp slurps

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 20:44
Data transfer tools caught not checking what exactly they're downloading

A decades-old oversight in the design of Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) tools can be exploited by malicious servers to unexpectedly alter victims' files on their client machines, it has emerged.…

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 18:45
Executives held to account? And three underlings thanked for their work? What is this madness?

The Singaporean government-owned biz responsible for that country's patient database has fined senior executives, including the CEO, and dismissed two managers, after blunders allowed hackers to siphon off private records.…

A billion-dollar question: What was really behind Qualcomm's surprise ten-digit gift to Apple?

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 18:00
Is the chip company an abusive monopolist – or tough negotiator?

The chip industry's strong-arm tactics have been laid bare this month in the anti-trust legal battle brought by America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Qualcomm.…

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 17:46
Judge rules compelled use of biometrics runs into Fifth Amendment protections

A US judge last week denied police a warrant to unlock a number of devices using biometrics identifiers like fingerprints and faces, extending more privacy to device owners than previous recent cases.…

Intel's Software Guard caught asleep at its post: Patch out now for SGX give-me-admin hole

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:41
Chipzilla adds to IT admins security update load

While admins were busy wrangling with the mass of security patches from Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP last week, Intel slipped out a fix for a potentially serious flaw in its Software Guard Extensions (SGX) feature.…

Sorry for the cheep shot: Bird legal eagles fire DMCA takedown at scooter unlock blog

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:40
EFF slams bad eggs for trying to censor instructions on to unlock gizmos from app

Bird has apologized for sending a legal threat to a blogger who outlined how its scooters-for-hire – those electric gizmos littering city streets – can have their motherboards replaced to unlock them from their app, and driven away.…

Facebook's pay-for-more-eyeballs shtick looks too good to be true: Page views, Likes from 'fake' profiles

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:18
Small biz raises doubts over value of social network's ad tech

Analysis Imagine a store where you go in, pay money, and sometimes leave empty-handed. That's digital advertising in a nutshell because it's full of fraud.…

RBS reissues punters with new bank cards after Ticketmaster breach

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:46
Fresh plastic comes six months after ticket flogger fessed up to Magecart malware infection

The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have issued customers with replacement cards as a result of last year’s Ticketmaster breach that hit around 40,000 Brits.…

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:42
Lord, he'll leave your mind to scream - if you don't renew on time

Nominet has thrown out an attempt at reverse domain name hijacking after some, er, pushy Brits tried seizing their old web address from a fast-fingered fellow in Romania.…

It's raining, then? Hallelujah. Big Blue super 'puter sharpens forecasts

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:14
As legal storm over weather app location data brews, its new year's resolution is: 3km

IBM's embattled Weather Company subsidiary has said it is building a GPU-tastic supercomputer to model global weather conditions faster and more accurately.…

Poland may consider Huawei ban amid 'spy' arrests – reports

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 09:30
Chinese hardware biz faces more push-back in Western nations

A Polish official has said he couldn’t rule out “legislative changes” to allow the nation to ban the use of a company’s products, following the local arrest of a Huawei staffer.…

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:54
Final decision expected in long-running antitrust case within weeks – reports

Germany's competition authority is reportedly poised to ban a chunk of Facebook's user data collection activities.…

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:13
Looks like a functionality fail rather than a data breach, though

Nervous Nissan UK drivers were today assured by the car maker that Connect EV app log-in failures are related to a migration of data onto a new platform rather than anything more nefarious.…

US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 06:40
Enough to build a Wall.... of Windows consultants around Washington

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced a contract worth an estimated $1.76bn for Microsoft Enterprise Services.…

A few short packets: Cisco still Switchzilla, a neat Wi-Fi hack and more

The Register - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:36
Also: AT&T inks open source pact with Nokia, ZTE 5G pass, Equinix expands

Networks roundup Is it any surprise that Cisco remains the dominant in enterprise infrastructure?…