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Dark web doesn't exist, says Tor's Dingledine. And folks use network for privacy, not crime

2 hours 19 min ago
Cofounder brings us up to date on network status

DEF CON  A Tor Project grandee sought to correct some misconceptions about the anonymizing network during a presentation at the DEF CON hacking convention in Las Vegas on Friday.…

BBC’s Micro:bit turns out to be an excellent drone hijacking tool

4 hours 6 min ago
Much love for tiny microcomputer

DEF CON  The BBC’s Micro:bit computer board may be winning over school kids, but hackers have found its wireless capabilities and programmable nature make it an excellent tool for mischief.…

It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 3:33am
We've got three years to shore up election security

DEF CON  After the debacle of the 2000 presidential election count, the US invested heavily in electronic voting systems – but not, it seems, the security to protect them.…

Australia's .au internet registry chair quits amid no-confidence vote

Sat, 29/07/2017 - 12:02am
Peculiar goings-on at auDA – we look under the covers and follow the money

Analysis  The chair of Australia's .au internet registry has resigned just days before a vote of no confidence in his leadership.…

Chess champ Kasparov, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 10:35pm
I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding...

DEF CON  The world chess champion who was beaten by a computer today told the DEF CON hacking conference that we shouldn’t fear AI systems, but instead need to embrace them.…

What's the price for flinging your workers' private info at crooks? For Seagate, it's $6m

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 9:29pm
That was one expensive email for the storage specialist

Seagate will cough up $5.75m to settle a lawsuit brought after its bungling staff accidentally handed over employees' sensitive information to fraudsters.…

Systemd wins top gong for 'lamest vendor' in Pwnie security awards

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 8:47pm
Epic fails and l33t pops celebrated by hackers

Black Hat  The annual Pwnie Awards for serious security screw-ups saw hardly anyone collecting their prize at this year's ceremony in Las Vegas.…

Malware? In my Docker container? It's more common than you think

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 8:28pm
Researchers say software prisons can hide nasty attack payloads

Black Hat  Docker containers are the perfect disguise for malware infections, warn researchers.…

Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 7:59pm
Investigators can look forward to better thumbscrews for making digital assistants squeal

Last year, police in Bentonville, Arkansas, investigating the death of Victor Collins, demanded that Amazon turn over audio recordings that may have been made by an Amazon Echo device in his home.…

Amazon 'mulls' deeper health tech invasion with stealth skunkworks

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 7:46pm
E-marketplace giant looks to levy Alexa success for consumer healthcare

Analysis  Amazon is gearing up to take advantage of the burgeoning market for personal healthcare technology, but has been warned not to underestimate the power of the incumbent enterprise market in hospitals.…

Virgin America workers reset passwords after hacker's crash landing

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 6:39pm
I picked a hell of a day to quit sniffing packets

Virgin America's staff and contractors have been told to change their passwords after a hacker raided the airline's systems.…

UK waves £45m cheque, charges scientists with battery tech boffinry

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 4:05pm
Attempt to make Blighty an innovator in the field

The UK has launched a £45m competition to support research in electric vehicle battery materials, technologies and manufacturing processes.…

Yeehaw! And welcome to another rootin'-tootin' storage pony wrangling

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 3:31pm
Bring some Vaseline because you're gonna have a rawhide

We've added a fair few thoroughbreds to this week's storage corral. Let's send in a wrangler and see what we've got.…

Wallet-snatch hack: ApplePay 'vulnerable to attack', claim researchers

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 3:06pm
Are you using payment system over public Wi‑Fi?

Black Hat USA  Security researchers say they have come up with two separate "attacks" against ApplePay, highlighting what they claim are weaknesses in the mobile payment method.…

Disaster-proofers merge: Axcient enclosed by eFolder

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 2:26pm
DRaaS-tic times call for DRaaS-tic measures

DRaaS supplier Axcient is merging with eFolder, and eFolder will be the combined business’s name.…

Flaws in web-connected, radiation-monitoring kit? What could go wrong?

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 2:00pm
Ripe target for ne'er-do-wells...

Black Hat  Vulnerabilities in widely deployed Radiation Monitoring Devices (RDMs) present a potential mechanism for triggering false alarms and worse, according to research unveiled at Black Hat on Wednesday.…

London cops bust fake Cisco hardware chain

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 1:47pm
More than 1,000 pieces of networking hardware seized

City of London cops today confirmed they have confiscated hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit Cisco networking gear.…

Flash, aaaaaah! Western Digital waggles sales in nemesis Seagate's face

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 1:29pm
How's business on the other side of that $2.4bn void?

Western Digital earned the revenues it said it would in its final fiscal 2017 quarter and gave an object lesson to Seagate in how to run a storage drive business.…

Facebook's freebie for poor people under fire again

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 1:01pm
No internet better than Facebook's internet, say NGOs

Two-thirds of the planet doesn't have internet access - but some aren't keen to see Facebook make a bridge across that digital divide.…

How's that transformation coming, Teradata? Numbers down as org morphs

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 12:38pm
'We're not naive about work to be done,' as revs drop 14%

Data warehouse biz Teradata has reported (PDF) a second consecutive drop in revenues for this year, as its licensing shift beds in.…