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Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

Former network engineer gets 18 months in the clink

A former Microsoft network engineer will be spending a sojourn behind bars after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 12:03 pm

Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

Summertiiiiiime, and the hacking is easy

Microsoft and Adobe have teamed up to deliver more than 70 patches with this month's Patch Tuesday batch released today.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 11:03 am

Democrats go on the offensive over fake FCC net neut'y cyberattack

But efforts to target boss Ajit Pai are misguided partisanship

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

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 10:31 am

Here's a fab idea: Get crypto libs to warn devs when they screw up

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 8:06 am

Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 7:34 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 6:44 am

CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 5:04 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 5:00 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 4:02 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 3:35 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 3:10 am

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

Magnetic strips are ransomware-proof

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

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 2:15 am

Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 after less than 24 hrs

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:40 am

Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:10 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 12:39 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 12:05 am

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

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.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 11:33 pm

Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 10:49 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 9:58 pm

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

'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.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 9:29 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 8:48 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 8:24 pm

Medical device vuln allows hackers to falsify patients' vitals

McAfee: Patient monitoring systems open to hack attacks

Hackers may be able to falsify patient vitals by messing with the traffic on hospital networks.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 8:05 pm

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

Penguinistas mobilise against decision to support only EXT4

Linux users are calling on Dropbox to reverse a decision to trim its filesystem support to unencrypted EXT4 only.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:30 pm

Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

20th Century tech causing problems in the 21st

Video  Corporations are open to hacking via a booby-trapped image data sent by fax, a hacker demo at DEF CON suggests.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:02 pm

Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks

Smash, bang, wallop what a planetary crust,

The oldest rock formations on Earth were born when meteorites pummelled into the ground over four billion years ago, according to a Nature Geoscience paper published on Monday.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 6:30 pm

Cisco patches IOS in response to boffins' IKE-busting breakthrough

Switchzilla issues update for authentication bypass flaw

Cisco has pushed out an update for its internetwork operating system (IOS) and IOS XE firmware in advance of a Usenix presentation on circumventing cryptographic key protocol.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 6:02 pm

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

Draconian new proposals on data privacy from Australia

Australia's promised “not-a-backdoor” crypto-busting bill is out and the government has kept its word - it doesn't want a backdoor, just the keys to your front one.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 4:00 pm

Intel finally emits Puma 1Gbps modem fixes – just as new ping-of-death bug emerges

Broadband-throttling bug finally gets a write-up and CVE

More than 18 months after the design blunder was first brought to light, Intel is still working to iron out the creases in its Puma high-speed broadband modem chipsets.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 12:26 pm

Eye eye! DeepMind teams up with doctors to ogle eyeballs for illness

AI can help speed up diagnosis and seldom gets it wrong

AI can help ophthalmologists diagnose more than 50 common eye diseases from retinal scans, according to a paper published in Nature Medicine on Monday.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 11:42 am

It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

Now all you lot have to actually implement it

An overhaul of a critical internet security protocol has been completed, with TLS 1.3 becoming an official standard late last week.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 10:19 am

Microsoft gets edge on AWS with Azure Stack for government

Feds can now stick Redmond clouds into on-prem hardware

Microsoft has kicked out a build of its Azure Stack on-premise cloud for US government use.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 9:25 am

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

Location, location, location!

Google has admitted that its option to "pause" the gathering of your location data doesn’t apply to its Maps and Search apps – which will continue to track you even when you specifically choose to halt such monitoring.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:35 am

Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

Courage Foundation boss walks as pro-Jules trustees order Barrett Brown cut loose

The director of whistleblower support outfit the Courage Foundation has quit after being told to pull support from Barrett Brown following some barbed comments he made about Julian Assange.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:09 am

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

The host with the most

Google plans to allow Windows 10 to run on its budget Chromebooks, with the Chocolate Factory’s blessing.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 3:48 am

Disk will eat itself: Flash price crash just around the over-supplied block

Cheaper SSDs could accelerate disk cannibalisation leading to Seagate downturn

Analysis  A flash price crash is coming and should increase disk cannibalization rates as SSDs become more affordable.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 3:15 am

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

Pen and paper is still king in America election security

DEF CON  Hackers of all ages have been investigating America’s voting machine tech, and the results weren't great.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 2:30 am

IBM's Watson 'n' cloud head honcho targeted by WPP – reports

Big Blue mouthpiece insists he's not going anywhere, though

IBM’s top cloud and Watson AI man has reportedly been tapped up about moving to scandal-hit ad company WPP Group as chief executive.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 1:56 am

Database ballsup: NHS under pressure over fresh patient record error

Thousands of discrepancies reported between two databases

The government is facing another NHS IT scandal, as it scrambles to confirm whether discrepancies between two databases have affected patient care.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 1:28 am

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

Quality, enterprise-friendly kit, but ... how much wonga?

Hands On  The new Samsung Galaxy Note still has a lot to prove after the last-but-one Note - 2016's Note 7 - kept bursting into flames.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 12:57 am

UK's data watchdog picks privacy man from IBM arm as new tech policy exec

Simon McDougall bags top innovation role at Information Commish

The UK’s data protection watchdog has chosen the managing director of an IBM-owned risk management biz, Promontory, to lead its technology policy and innovation team.…

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 12:25 am

Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

It's no (crypto)miner offence

Cheap Android smartphones aren’t just bad for the environment because they’re destined for landfill - they might also cause problems because they come laced with ineffective but battery-life destroying crypto-mining crud.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 11:58 pm

Smells like machine spirit: L' Optane, Unity, NVMe and QLC. Take a sniff of a week in storage

Time to dab your wrists with a little eau de flash

It took a globally and organically sourced supplier base to create the perfume de storage we set before you, distilled from everything worth knowing over the past seven days on this tech news beat.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 11:28 pm

Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

Trade secrets are trumping personal liberty

DEF CON  American police and the judiciary are increasingly relying on software to catch, prosecute and sentence criminal suspects, but the code is untested, unavailable to suspects' defense teams, and in some cases provably biased.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 10:50 pm

Want to raise cash for Action for Children’s Byte Night? The clock is ticking

Sign up and start raising wonga now

If you want to help some of the most vulnerable people in the country and bed down with some of the smartest, you’ve got seven weeks to sign up for the 2018 Byte Night sleepout.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 10:15 pm

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

Staffer learns hard way: boss jokes don't mix well with infosec demos

Who, Me?  Welcome again to Who, Me?, where we invite Reg readers to begin the week crossing their fingers it will be better than those of our featured techies.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 9:45 pm

Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

Carefully omits to mention the Land of the Free

DEF CON  Rob Joyce, the former head of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations hacking team, has spilled the beans on which nations are getting up to mischief online.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 9:11 pm

Grubby, tortuous, full of malware and deceit: Just call it Lionel because the internet is MESSY

So what are we going to do about it? Anything?

Reg Lectures  Trolls, fake news, Russian bots, radicals – there's plenty to put you off going online.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 8:40 pm

UK cyber cops: Infosec pros could help us divert teens from 'dark side'

Police seek mentor-like techies to help talented kids

UK police are looking to cybersecurity firms to help implement a strategy of steering youngsters away from a life in online crime.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 8:11 pm

Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

How does that work for reinforcement learning? +1 for shrinking tumor, -1 for death?

Machine-learning software has been trained to suggest the frequency and dosage of chemotherapy for patients suffering from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.…

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 7:05 pm