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Encryption doesn't stop him or her or you... from working out what Thing 1 is up to

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:36
Why we hardly have to sniff the packet... to know you play tennis with an IoT racket

You don't need to sniff clear-text Internet of Things traffic to comprehensively compromise a gadget-fan's home privacy: mere traffic profiles will do the job nicely, a group of researchers has found.…

Julia 0.7 arrives but let's call it 1.0: Data science code language hits milestone on birthday

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:04
You-hoo, Pythonistas and Rsters

Julia, the open-source programming language with a taste for science, turned 1.0 on Thursday, six years after its public debut in 2012. The occasion was presented on YouTube, live from JuliaCon 2018 in London.…

Spec-exec CPU bugs sweep hacking Oscars – and John McAfee’s in there like a bullet

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:28
Fun and frolics at the 2018 Pwnie Awards

Black Hat The whizz kids who uncovered the Spectre and Meltdown data-leaking flaws in modern processors have scooped two Pwnie Awards – often referred to as the information security industry’s Oscars.…

Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:06
Use this to match profiles to names of people at an organization. Nothing could possibly go wrong here

Finding people's social media profiles can be a slow and manual business – so why not get facial recognition to help?…

Can we talk about the little backdoors in data center servers, please?

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:33
Remote management a double-edged sword, IT admins warned at hacking conference

Black Hat Data centers are vital in this cloudy world – yet little-understood management chips potentially give hackers easy access to their servers in ways sysadmins may not have imagined.…

Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking OK

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:01
Miller, Valasek reveal results of robo-ride probing attempts

Black Hat Car hacking wizards Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have turned their attention to autonomous vehicles – and reckon the security is surprisingly good.…

Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:03
Why are we eternal pessimists? And why's that such a bad thing, eh? Eh? Eh?

Is your morning coffee half empty? Do you feel it's always darkest before it goes pitch black?…

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:16
Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy. Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans. Not better support for armed forces veterans. Not improved public education.…

America beams up $8bn Space Force – and we're not talking about the gap between Donald's ears

The Register - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:16
Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy. Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans. Not better support for armed forces veterans. Not improved public education.…

You can't always trust those mobile payment gadgets as far as you can throw them – bugs found by infosec duo

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 21:35
Tech needs to mature a little more, perhaps

Black Hat Those gadgets and apps used by small shops and traders to turn their smartphones and tablets into handheld sales terminals? Quite possibly insecure, you'll no doubt be shocked to discover.…

Kaspersky VPN blabbed domain names of visited websites – and gave me a $0 reward, says chap

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:00
DNS leak flaws are outside of bug-bounty scope

Kaspersky's Android VPN app whispered the names of websites its 1,000,000-plus users visited along with their public IP addresses to the world's DNS servers, it is claimed.…

America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:45
You listening, Cressida Dick?

Analysis America's largest manufacturer of body cameras – and the biggest supplier to police forces across the United States – says today's facial recognition technology is not safe for making serious decisions.…

Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:38
Decision to join Google-y Internet-of-Things-ish Thread Group intrigues

Analysis Apple may have finally concluded that its attempt to force people to use only its technology to control their smart-home automation equipment is doomed to failure.…

Crims hacked accounts, got phones, resold them – and the Feds reckon they've nabbed 'em

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:11
Thousands of mobes allegedly slurped, fenced via phishing, etc

A dozen people have been indicted in America for allegedly fencing more than $1m in smartphones and other kit obtained via hacking and fraud.…

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:14
Even worse: contains Bixby – you've been warned

Pics Samsung is allegedly mulling ending its Galaxy Note line, now that almost every smartphone on the planet is larger than the original Note – which was so absurdly large at launch it was dubbed the first “phablet."…

Oh, fore putt's sake: Golf org PGA bunkered up by ransomware attack just days before tournament

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:21
That's rough, bet they were well teed off – crooks want Bitcoin

The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) was hit by ransomware just before one of the sport's biggest pro events, which teed off on Thursday.…

Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:17
Plenty of work for the Z14 plumbers Down Under

IBM has scored itself a AU$481m ($357m, £277m) mainframe contract with the Australian Department of Human Services. The revelation that half of a larger mega-deal rests solely on mainframes sheds more light on what's holding up Big Blue's financial position.…

NVMe? Well, quite. Now Intel, too, is pumping out consumer QLC SSDs

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:05
Chipzilla has a few flash drives for the data centre as well

Intel has launched two QLC (4bits/cell) SSDs – one for consumers and one for data centre use.…

Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:20
Mind you, they're doing all right on basic B2B phone lines

Virgin Media's operating income slid 17 per cent over the past year despite the Brit telco growing its Q2 2018 revenues to £1.275bn, creating interesting conditions for its newly acquired chief operating officer.…

Discover the lurking dangers ahead at Sophos 'See the Future' event

The Register - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:45
Invitation to lunch, workshops and talks

Promo Cybersecurity software firm Sophos is inviting IT professionals to "See the Future" at The Brewery, near the Barbican in London, on Tuesday 9 October.…

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