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Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified

I'm fsck-ed off it took this long, rages affected Reg reader

Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event.…

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 4:39 am

Beware! Medical AI systems are easy targets for fraud and error

You can fake diagnoses with adversarial examples

Medical AI systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks and have been overlooked in security research, a new study suggests.…

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 4:00 am

BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Auntie's Capita deals

Capita's fortunes of late may be in general decline but the UK's much loved outsourcing biz can always rely on the British Broadcasting Corporation - propped up by license fee payers - to dish out cheques.…

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 3:31 am

48 million personal profiles left exposed by data firm LocalBlox

Poorly configured S3 buckets strike again

US social network data aggregator LocalBlox has been caught leaving its AWS bucket of 48 million records – harvested in part from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter – available to be viewed by anyone who stopped by.…

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 3:00 am

Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

NASA: Been there, done that

While waiting for TESS to get off the launchpad on Monday, chief exec Elon Musk joked on Twitter about how SpaceX might set about recovering the second stage of the booster.…

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 2:06 am

Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

Court hears Catherine Lesjak recall vicious infighting over doomed $11bn buyout

Hewlett Packard's chief beancounter, Catherine Lesjak, was at "war" with former CEO Leo Apotheker, who tried to fire her immediately before he himself was defenestrated, a US court has heard.…

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 1:06 am

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Consultation next month following plan to shift all punters to VoIP

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.…

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 12:14 am

Evolving elephants: Hortonworks trumpets its '3.0 vision' of global data management

CTO Scott Gnau on open source, partnerships and simplifying Hadoop

Hortonworks – once known simply as a Hadoop-flinger – is these days pushing itself as a modern data architecture company.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 11:23 pm

SpaceX finally Falcon flings NASA's TESS into orbit

Booster hurls probe, has nice sit-down on boat in the Atlantic

NASA’s TESS spacecraft is in orbit following a successful launch from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 10:48 pm

Pyro-brainiacs set new record with waste-heat-into-electricity study

Spark off questions from burny laptop, melty server and hot data centre havers

Californian scientists have come up with a way of converting waste heat from electronics back into electricity with improved efficiency, according to a study in Nature Materials.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 9:37 pm

How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

High Court judge put boot into ad tech firm

Comment  Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 9:11 pm

Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

'Shatterproof', Mod-tastic, speedier stock Android – there's lots to like

Released last autumn, and with this year’s range hoving into view, Motorola’s Z2 Force isn’t the newest kid on the block. But it still remains the only “shatterproof” phone on the market, and it has proved to be a great base from which to evaluate the latest Motorola Mods, which you’ll see in our forthcoming Mods roundup.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 8:39 pm

Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

Home Office admits national and local databases don't talk to each other, so everything is manual

The UK government has admitted it can only delete custody images from its massive database through a complex manual process, and that it would cost too much to weed out all the images of innocent people by hand.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 8:02 pm

Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'

And Huawei's given carriers a 14G network (it does 2G to 5G and we did the sums)

Roundup  Cisco leads the networking roundup this week, with news that there's one fewer way to avoid its WebEx brand: as part of a product reorganisation, what was Cisco Spark is to become WebEx Teams.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 7:33 pm

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

Oi! Robots! Take this human job. PLEEEAASE take this job

Singaporean scientists have asked the question “Can robots assemble an IKEA chair?” and come back with enough of a “Yes” that The Register feels it time to call for robots to take this job away from humans. Pleeeease, robots. Take this job away from us!…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 7:02 pm

Facebook job ad hints at homebrew silicon plans

Can you build an AI/ML FPGA? And could you tell your Mum you work for Zuck?

Poll  Facebook’s hinted it will join the ranks of hyperscalers that roll their own silicon, with a job ad for an “ASIC & FPGA Design Engineer”.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 6:32 pm

PCI Council releases vastly expanded cards-in-clouds guidance

First word on how card security for containers, VDI, SDN and web apps

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has issued a big update to its guidance on using payment cards with cloud computing services.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 5:58 pm

Soyuz later! Russia might exit satellite launch business

Is it worth competing with SpaceX prices?

Russia has dropped a broad hint that it might leave the space launch business to private operators.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 5:02 pm

Jeff Bezos purple prose reveals Amazon Prime's passed 100m customers

And AWS is closing in on $20bn a year, says nine-page letter to investor we read to spare you the new age derp

Amazon has announced the yield from its money mine for the full year 2017: on full-year sales of US$178 billion, it generated an operating income of $4 billion and net income of $3 billion.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 3:03 pm

Facebook's login-to-other-sites service lets scum slurp your stuff

Your security's only as good as your partners'. And some Facebook partners are rotten

A security researcher has claimed it's possible to extract user information from Facebook's Login service, the tool that lets you sign into third-party sites with a Facebook ID.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 1:58 pm

Australia’s .au admins told to reform or get rooted

auDA bins plans for direct .au sales to focus on governance and not pissing off members

The administrator of Australia’s top level .au domain, auDA, has been told to reform or be forcibly stripped of its role.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 12:56 pm

Flash! Ah-ahhh! WebEx pwned for all of us!

Cisco issues critical patch to stop in-meeting attacks

Cisco has patched a serious vulnerability in its WebEx software that lets an attacker remotely execute code on target machines via poisoned Adobe Flash files.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 12:12 pm

Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

Probe to see if Musk was up to something quite atrocious

Updated  California's workplace safety monitor is investigating Tesla over the conditions at its main assembly plant.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 10:47 am

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

Now for the last time, will you all please shift to IPv6?!

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of public IPv4 address blocks.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 10:10 am

Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

Ordinary folk may be confused by title, takedown demand suggests

Oracle, claims developer Zhongmin Steven Guo, has demanded that Apple remove an app he created because it contains the trademarked term "JavaScript."…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 9:40 am

Non-shingled and ready to mingle: WDC catches up with 14TB disk rivals

HC530 takes on Seagate's Exos X14, Tosh's MG07ACA

Western Digital has caught up with rival Toshiba to introduce its own non-shingled 14TB disk drive.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 9:27 am

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

ACCEPT AND CONTINUE. ACCEPT AND CONTINUE

Comment  Facebook has previewed its new privacy settings, developed to meet new European privacy legislation that comes into force next month.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 8:59 am

How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync

Don't panic… until you finish reading

RSA 2018  The iTunes Wi-Fi sync feature in Apple's iOS can be potentially abused by cops, snoops, and hackers to remotely extract information from, and control, iPhones and iPads.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 8:26 am

Running on-premises Dynamics 365? Think you're immune to cloud outages? Think again

Skype's tendrils spread to unexpected places

Hidden dependencies in Microsoft's on-premises Dynamics 365 can leave users open to cloudy outages.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 8:01 am

OMG! OIG to audit SLS: NASA probed over big rocket project's big budgets, big delays

Look, it's not rocket science, er, wait

The management of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is to be audited by the agency's watchdog.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 7:49 am

Not a shaggy dog story: Software-defined storage inside $300m Softbank pet project

'Uber for dogwalkers' app apparently a thing...

The era of software-defined storage market is truly upon us. Forget city-sized enterprises looking to squeeze costs out of their data centre estate, Nexenta has scored big with Wag!, a US-based dog walking 'sharing economy' app for those that can't be arsed to exercise their pooch.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 7:06 am

Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

Science-fiction horror trope now a reality in 2018

Scientists in Belgium have tested the security of a wireless brain implant called a neurostimulator – and found that its unprotected signals can be hacked with off-the-shelf equipment.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 6:57 am

Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

When we miss a target we make it even harder to reach next time! Wait, what?

Electric car maker Tesla is to boost production to 6,000 cars per week in June, company chief Elon Musk has announced – four months after his last production boost deadline sailed past unfulfilled.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 6:06 am

Now IBM turns redundo gun on its Digital Business Group

Staff refused stat minimum terms to exit voluntarily, you can guess what happened next

IBM is preparing a redundancy chute for the good folk working in its Digital Business Group (DBG), The Register can reveal.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 5:25 am

Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera

A vision softly creeping... of an exoplanet or two

Astronomers are building the world’s largest and most advanced superconducting camera – with the goal of snapping clearer shots of exoplanets for scientists hunting alien life.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 4:06 am

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

Intelligence agency a pipeline for women in infosec

RSA 2018  Former members of an Israeli intelligence unit say their operation could serve as a model for the tech companies looking to bring more women into their ranks.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 3:04 am

Cray snuggles up with AMD: Clustered super CS500 lets in Epyc chip

Oh dear, Intel... look who's getting cosy with Cray

Cray is adding an AMD processor option to its CS500 line of clustered supercomputers.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 2:44 am

Facebook faces foe formation in facial fingering fight

Judge allows face recognition lawsuit class action status

A US federal judge on Monday ruled that a lawsuit filed over Facebook's use of facial recognition technology can proceed as a class action, raising the possibility the social network could face billions in damages.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 2:01 am

ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets

Less checked online services bear brunt

Identity fraud in Blighty hit a record high of 174,523 incidents last year – and the vast majority of it happened online.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 1:02 am

BT rearranges deck chairs, launches good ship Enterprise

Onwards and upwards...until the next reorg

Brit mega-comms firm BT has given its flagging b2b divisions a corporate facelift, merging the wholesale, public sector and business units into BT Enterprise.…

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 12:05 am

Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

Boffins find supersized bits do not stand the test of time

A study published by Nature this month suggests less is more when it comes to male genitals and species survival.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 11:34 pm

Scality swallows $60m to tame the multi-cloud data management beast

And they're not the only software-defined object storage biz ready to cash in

Analysis  Software-defined object storage biz Scality has scored an extra $60m in funding to help along development of its cloudy storage tools.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 10:58 pm

Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

No, BT and Plusnet, you're not off the hook either

Despite efforts to return to its roots as a broadband-only biz, TalkTalk remains the most moaned about ISP in the UK, according to data from regulator Ofcom.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 10:18 pm

Kubernetes? Just automate it….

CLL18 workshops cover easy clustering, Agile trailblazing and more

Whether you’re limbering up for Agile, going serverless or getting into containers, we’ve got a cracking lineup of workshops at Continuous Lifecycle London this year.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 9:50 pm

Hortonworks unfurls tool to cut grunt work, let firms spend more time rolling in juicy data

And *checks watch* of course it'll be really useful for GDPR

Data management biz Hortonworks has lifted the covers off a service that aims to make it easier for enterprises to identify, secure and connect data stored both on-premises and in the cloud.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 9:40 pm

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

Brit boffins save planet

A new enzyme developed at the University of Portsmouth will enable the recycling of plastic used for disposable drinks containers.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 9:19 pm

Build a serverless framework at home: Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won't hurt

Rifling through riff: Another option that's not Amazon's Lambda

Seduced by serverless functions? Lured by Amazon's Lambda? If so, why not build a serverless framework at home? Project riff, an open source serverless platform from EMC/VMware spinoff Pivotal Software, aims to let you do just that.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 8:34 pm

NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

Cyber resiliency of the UK's health service still in disarray

Nearly a year has passed since the unprecedented WannaCry cyber attack and the UK's NHS has yet to agree an action plan, according to a report by MPs.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 8:03 pm

Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

Lucky 66 lands, complete with Spectre mitigations

Chrome the 66th is upon us and has added some features that Google previewed in months past.…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 7:28 pm

Cisco, Microsoft and 32 big vendor pals join ‘Accord’ to improve security by doing … security stuff

No roadmap. No timeframe. No success metrics. Not much grip on reality, either

ANALYSIS  Thirty-four technology companies inked a "Cybersecurity Tech Accord" on Tuesday which they said represents "a public commitment … to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace".…

Posted on 18 April 2018 | 6:57 pm