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North Korea's finest spent 2017 distributing RATs, wipers, and phish

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 6:30am
And sent them mostly to South Korea, naturally

North Korea's black hats launched at least six extensive malware campaigns mostly against South Korean targets during 2017.…

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 6:04am
Beer money channels that made under $100 a year are also out of the Partner Program

YouTube’s changed its rules to exclude low-traffic channels from its Partner Program, the scheme that sees it share ad revenue with video-makers.…

Industrial systems scrambling to catch up with Meltdown, Spectre

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 5:01am
Some confessions, but 'watch this space' is the more common reaction - when there is one

Vendors of industrial systems have joined the long list of vendors responding responses to the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities.…

Broadcom confirms anti-trust probe, professes zero worries

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 3:02am
Says probe doesn't impact wireless lines, leaving about a gazillion other products in play

Broadcom has confirmed it's under investigation by the United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over antitrust issues, but doesn't believe that's going to affect its business.…

Poison ping pong prompts patch from Cisco

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 2:59am
Switchzilla has fixes for appliances, voice portal, Nexus switch OS

Cisco admins, it's your weekly patch notice.…

Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 1:58am
BTC plunge, er, sorry, market correction leaves faithful shaken but not deterred

Amid a cryptocurrency price correction that has seen the price of Bitcoin drop by half from its mid-December peak, UK-based cyber-cash lending and exchange biz BitConnect said it is shutting down.…

Free gift for all readers: Google's AutoML launch translated into plain English (where possible)

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 1:18am
It's an image-recognition thing

Google today tore the covers off something called Cloud AutoML, a new service that's part of its "mission to democratize AI."…

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:37am
Triumphant Trump touts terrific tax tactic

Apple announced today it will start to repatriate back to America some of the massive profits it accumulated outside the USA – and will use the cash to Make America Great Again.…

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 11:38pm
Oh, yeah, and learning new tricks and protecting stuff, sure

Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering.…

Hey. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Get in here... so we can shake your hands – US Senate cyber-terror panel

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 10:36pm
So much for that grilling

The US Senate's commerce committee basically gave executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a back-rub at a hearing on Wednesday morning.…

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 9:33pm
Your daily dose of digital depression

Usenix Enigma  It has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it.…

HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 8:21pm
This language is wired for sound

Usenix Enigma  HTML5 is a boon for unscrupulous web advertising networks, which can use the markup language's features to build up detailed fingerprints of individual netizens without their knowledge or consent.…

SAP boss promises to cull marketing dross on community network

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 5:59pm
Bill McDermott admits hub was seen as a 'channel to promote corporate messages'

CEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previously slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages.…

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 5:10pm
CEO Patrick Dennis has his work cut out

Comment  There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.…

Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 4:26pm
CEO, CFO in crosshairs after shareholder 'losses'

AMD stands accused of "artificially inflating" its stock price by not making public a CPU design flaw the tech world now knows as Spectre, according to a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors.…

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 3:51pm
Prez Macron expected to agree loan when he meets PM

The French government will agree to lend the UK its most famous memento of the Norman conquest of England after Blighty leaves the EU.…

Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 3:24pm
Customer details spilled to boyfriend

A former Santander bank manager has pleaded guilty to £15,000 worth of computer misuse crimes after her boyfriend talked her into giving him illicitly obtained customer information.…

UK.gov slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 3:15pm
Flouts doctors' guidelines, doesn't properly balance public interests, MPs told

The UK health service's NHS Digital has been accused of operating to a "lower standard of confidentiality" than rest of NHS, in a heated hearing about a deal that requires patient info to be handed over for immigration enforcement.…

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 2:35pm
Blogger records 7-8% toll on read IOPS

The widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by Intel CPU microcode fixes for the Spectre processor design flaws, one set of numbers suggests.…

PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 1:55pm
Firm slapped for 'blatantly ignoring telemarketing laws'

A company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been handed a £350,000 fine from the UK's data protection watchdog.…