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WannaLaugh? Funsters port WannaCrypt to Commodore, Cisco, Nintendo and Tesla

1 hour 47 min ago
Some folk have Photoshop and too much time on their hands

The WannaCrypt ransomware is yet another reminder, if any were needed, that the networks and machines on which society is now so reliant are laughably insecure.…

New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

2 hours 46 min ago
And none of those in China show anything while they wait for government paperwork

Netcraft's monthly survey of web-facing computers has turned up an oddity: a new web server called “Beaver” that's used by exactly one web site outside China.…

Network Time Protocol updated to spook-harden user comms

3 hours 46 min ago
Network time lords decide we don't need IP address swaps

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken another small step in protecting everybody's privacy – this time, in making the Network Time Protocol a bit less spaffy.…

ARM talks up fresh CPUs and a GPU, all tuned for AI

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 5:01am
Cortex-A75, A55, and Mali-G72 coming next year

Chip designer ARM on Monday plans to announce its first set of processors based on its DynamIQ microprocessor architecture, in conjunction with a revised GPU chip.…

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 4:00am
The 1990s called: they want their filepath hack back

Until Microsoft patches this problem, use Chrome: a slip in file-path handling allows attacker to crash Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with a file call.…

Australian Taxation Office won't penalise Plutus contractors

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 2:57am
If payroll operator accused of AU$165m scam didn't pay, neither will contractors

The Australian Taxation Office has issued guidance to clients of Plutus Payroll, the company accused of AU$165m scam, and says they “will not be penalised” if the company hasn't paid the right amount of tax on their behalf.…

Aruba bugs squashed in seven-vuln splatfest

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 1:58am
ClearPass Policy Manager needs upgrade

In case you missed it: there's a bunch of bad bugs in HPE's Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager.…

Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 1:07am
Two coding-for-kids orgs already overlapped, now plan joint acceleration

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and the CoderDojo Foundation have merged in order to combine forces and accelerate both organisation's mission to teach kids how to code.…

Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 12:36am
Upside: it could be all over by September

Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit.…

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Sun, 28/05/2017 - 11:25pm
'Real, sophisticated, threat' may mean ban on flights to and from USA says Homeland Security head John Kelly

United States Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly says he's considering a ban on laptops in airline cabins from flights that leave all nations, not just Europe and the Middle East as is currently the case.…

BA's 'global IT system failure' is due to 'power supply issue'

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 6:41pm
All flights from Gatwick and Heathrow cancelled

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz has said the root cause of today's London flight-grounding IT systems ambi-cockup is "a power supply issue" and that the airline has "no evidence of any cyberattack".…

Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 9:20am
You may have to wait a decade or more to join him aloft

In a few years, Alphabet president and Google cofounder Sergey Brin is expected to have an airship at his disposal for humanitarian missions and ferrying friends, not necessarily in that order.…

British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 7:08am
Nothing new in speech but then that wasn't the point

British prime minister Theresa May used Facebook, Google and social media companies as a vote-winning punch bag on Friday, slamming them for not doing enough to limit extremist content online.…

Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 11:15pm
Is it a Tango? Is it a 360-camera? Or is it a let-down?

Android creator Andy Rubin has been running in stealth mode with his forthcoming smartphone startup Essential, but has now released a teaser picture of his new handset.…

Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 11:12pm
Fast food chain cops to POS malware breach

Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC.…

Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 10:49pm
Even AI researcher jobs at risk by the year 2105

Hundreds of AI researchers have taken a glimpse into their crystal balls to try to determine when machines will finally exceed human capabilities.…

TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 8:45pm
Hackers target The Donald's businesses

The FBI and CIA are investigating an attempted hack on the Trump Organization.…

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 8:10pm
Japanese investors rush in after cryptocurrency was made legal

Over the past couple of weeks, the price of Bitcoin has gone up 50 per cent, spiking at over $2,700 per unit on Thursday. Demand has been so great that popular exchange Coinbase has been unable to keep up.…

Done and done: BlackBerry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 7:27pm
Patent case wraps up as sides agree on final tally

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments.…

Tech firms sends Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 6:25pm
Google, Facebook et al take on Section 702, Apple quiet

More than 30 big internet companies including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for specific reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance.…