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Biting the hand that feeds IT — sci/tech news and views for the world
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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

1 hour 55 min ago
He's now facing 10 years in prison for act of spite

An IT contractor is facing a possible decade behind bars in America for planting a ticking "destructive" time bomb in US military systems.…

Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

2 hours 58 min ago
US watchdog raps breach-of-contract brats for retracted transacts

Defunct mobile app company Pact broke its pact with customers to pay them promised cash incentives, US trade watchdog the FTC said on Thursday.…

Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

3 hours 15 min ago
DDoS blocker well on its way to nuking Blackbird Tech in patent showdown

Cloudflare says its efforts to wipe out a patent troll using prior art have already yielded more than a dozen examples.…

Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

5 hours 30 min ago
With all their hockey hullabaloo, and that crazy payout too

A CA$5.7m IBM contract to update payroll systems for the Canadian government has turned into a CA$185m boondoggle for the Great White North. That's $4.62m and $150m in US currency, respectively.…

Facebook, Twitter sucked into US Senate's Russian meddling probe

5 hours 45 min ago
Politicians want to know what happened with those fake accounts and advertising dollars

They may still view themselves as open purveyors of free speech, but increasingly social media giants are being pulled into the US Senate's investigation of Russian interference in the American presidential elections.…

Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

6 hours 4 min ago
Image-recognition system posited as reporting tool

Mining social networks for every scrap of information about our online lives is now common practice for marketers, academics, government agencies, and so on.…

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

6 hours 58 min ago
Kiss your Microsoft email goodbye, for now, if you update

Apple's latest version of iOS, namely version 11, struggles or flat-out fails to connect to Microsoft Office and Exchange mailboxes. That's a rather annoying pain for anyone working in a typical Windows-based work environment.…

Hi Facebook, Google, we think we might tax your ads instead – lots of love, Europe x

7 hours 15 min ago
Or maybe hold money from online transactions. Either way, we're getting our damn cash

More details have emerged on the various plans being considered by European governments to force internet giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon to pay more in taxes, including a levy on internet ads and even withholding money for online transactions.…

Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

7 hours 44 min ago
Builds yanked offline for a week in bug riddle

Citrix has temporarily suspended its NetScaler downloads due to an unspecified, and possibly security-related, issue.…

Slain: Unions' US OPM mega-hack lawsuit against Uncle Sam

8 hours 20 min ago
You have to get shafted before you can sue, says court

A lawsuit brought against the hacker-ransacked Office of Personnel Management on behalf of US federal employees has been killed.…

SEC 'fesses to security breach, says swiped info likely used for dodgy stock-market trading

8 hours 55 min ago
EDGAR database a veritable goldmine of financial tips

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has admitted that hackers broke into its corporate filling system last year.…

Chatbots: A load of hype or fancy lifehack for the lazy IT person?

9 hours 22 min ago
Some of these buggers are adept at handling the mundane

It's the age of the chatbot. The chatbot revolution is coming. Unless it isn't.…

Data-wranglers Trifacta go public with Google Cloud collaboration

9 hours 57 min ago
Pair takes aim at $20bn analytics market

California-based self-service data biz Trifacta has today launched its Google-friendly data preparation service into public beta.…

Android slingers tout mobes with customized baked-in big-biz configs

10 hours 28 min ago
Chocolate Factory pushing enterprises' corporate settings right out of the box

Google has said it will begin allowing its enterprise customers to purchase pre-configured Android smartphones and other devices that will ship with corporate policies and settings already in place.…

Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

10 hours 58 min ago
Dictators' favourite spyware is working at the top, says report

A surveillance campaign utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the infamous spyware also known as FinSpy, has been tracked by security researchers.…

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

11 hours 13 min ago
Intel and Microsoft have been working together to ease the pain

Sponsored  Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates.…

Outgoing Cisco exec chair John Chambers joins Sprinklr board

11 hours 30 min ago
There is life after the Borg... in social media management platforms apparently

Outgoing Cisco executive chairman John Chambers is to join the board of directors on social media management outfit Sprinklr, no doubt the first of many non-exec roles the former Switchzilla boss will hold.…

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

11 hours 48 min ago
It's for the grater good

After Caerphilly considering its position, Quebec's French-language watchdog has decided it doesn't give edam about its linguistic ban on using "anglicisms" such as "grilled cheese", a move that has been welcomed as gouda news.…

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

12 hours 14 min ago
Tim on the social media team will need a new job

You'd have thought that Equifax staff would be on their toes ever since the megahack that exposed the private data of over 143 million Americans but the corporation's social media certainly haven't got the message.…

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

12 hours 36 min ago
You're an algorithms company, Larry!

Analysis  Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it.…