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Fruity hacking group juiced by Microsoft's October patch parade

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 5:29am
Get your patching done, people, this Font-borne bug is being actively exploited

Kaspersky Labs researcher Anton Ivanov says an advanced threat group was exploiting a Windows zero day vulnerability before Microsoft patched it last week.…

Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via <i>Antarctica</i>

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 4:56am
Skeleton suggests beast as long as a London bus

Australian paleo-boffins have revealed two new dinosaurs, Savannasaurus elliottorum and Diamantinasaurus matildae.…

Spam scum ping global blacklists to wreck rep

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 4:02am
Email pests seek clean machines for better hit rates.

Malware authors are consulting IP blacklists designed to help fight spam in a bid to avoid detection and increase inbox hit rates.…

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 2:38am
Big Blue claims ISP allowed DDoS. ISP says IBM rejected DDoS advice and services

IBM has blamed a supplier for causing the failure of Australia's online census, which went offline on the very night millions of households were required to describe their disposition.…

Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 2:21am
Widespread flaw can be easily exploited to hijack PCs, servers, gizmos, phones

Code dive  Patch your Linux-powered systems, phones and gadgets as soon as possible, if you can, to kill off a kernel-level flaw affecting nearly every distro of the open-source operating system.…

Google pays $100k to anti-malware crusader Giovanni Vigna

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 1:58am
Prolific malware murderer bags Mountain View's Security, Privacy and Anti-Abuse award

Anti-malware machine and head of the Shellphish DARPA Grand Challenge bronze-medallist team has won US$100,000 from Google for security research efforts.…

DIY website builder Weebly was secured feebly

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 12:55am
43m credentials lifted, plus 58m more at Modern Business Solutions and 22m from FourSquare

Another day, another three major breaches: this time at do it yourself website builder “Weebly”, which has been revealed as secured feebly, as were FourSquare and Modern Business Solutions.…

Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 12:05am
It's the cloud economy, stupid

Microsoft's first-quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year reveal a four per cent year-on-year fall in profit and 10 per cent dive in operating income.…

Verizon: Data center sale going nicely. Yahoo<i>!</i> bid? Not so much

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 9:54pm
Lawyers now working to decide how much to knock off the Purple Palace offer

US telecom giant Verizon says it has formally begun talks with Yahoo! on adjusting the terms of their merger.…

Three million debit cards at risk after hackers raid Indian payment systems

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 8:37pm
It wasn't us, gov! Hitachi Payment Services denies its ATMs were pwned

A suspected security breach has led banks in India to warn 3.25 million customers to replace their debit cards or change the PINs.…

Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 8:25pm
It's not the boardroom that needs a change, it's the classroom

Women are still losing ground in the computer science and IT fields, despite corporate pledges to improve gender diversity in their ranks.…

File this: XtremIO to fling forth filer functionality

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 7:20pm
NASty: Gen-two gear will add transactional file operations on block base

Analysis  XtremIO's rush to revenue glory is going to get accelerated with coming file data services added to its block base.…

US DNC hackers blew through SIX zero-days vulns last year alone

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 7:07pm
Most targets were individuals with Gmail addresses

Security researchers have shone fresh light on the allegedly Russian state-sponsored hacking crew blamed for ransacking the US Democratic National Committee's computers.…

Uni students float into Hyperloop finals with levitating prototype

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 6:57pm
Magnetic tech gives 14-foot-long tube a tiny lift

A team of students from the University of Cincinnati has passed through to the final round of Elon Musk's Hyperloop challenge by demonstrating the magnetic levitation of hover engines.…

Cheapest Apple iPhone 7's flash memory is waaaaay slower than pricier model

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 5:03pm
Your donation is insufficient. Please buy again

Apple is silently stiffing customers who don't spend enough on the latest iPhones.…

Boffins exploit Intel CPU weakness to run rings around code defenses

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:48pm
Branch buffer shortcoming allows hackers to reliably install malware on systems

US researchers have pinpointed a vulnerability in Intel chips – and possibly other processor families – that clears the way for circumventing a popular operating-system-level security control.…

EU legal eagle: Euro court should review Intel's €1.6bn fine

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:03pm
Chipzilla market share WAS overstated, claims Advocate General

An EU High Court Advocate General has recommended a review of the case that saw Intel slapped with a record fine after it was found to have coerced OEMs to avoid using rival companies' x86 CPUs.…

BYE, EVERYBODY! Virtual personal health assistants are coming, says Gartner

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:01pm
Half the population to be diagnosed by chatbots by 2025

As chatbot technology advances it will no longer be necessary to book an appointment to see a doctor as the whole meeting can all be done with the help of virtual personal health assistants, according to Gartner.…

EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 3:41pm
Fast follower meets fast reacter

Comment  Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect?…

Britain's fight to get its F-35 aircraft carriers operational turns legal

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 3:15pm
OK, a bunch of uniformed lawyers had a thinly-disguised knees-up

An earth-shaking blow has been struck in the never-ending battle to get Britain’s F-35 fighter jets and the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers to sea: Whitehall has asked the Americans for legal help.…