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Finance sector is littered with vulns, and guess what – most can be resolved by patching

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:55pm
But pen-testers have questioned the figures

Security vulnerabilities across the finance sector have increased more than fivefold (418 per cent) in the last four years, according to a study by NCC Group.…

Silicon brains ready to plug into London

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:22pm
It's getting mighty crowded at MCubed

Events  In just over a fortnight we'll be gathering some of the brightest minds in AI, ML and data science together – so of course we'd really like to see you there.…

Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 12:48pm
Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours

Microsoft has revealed the location of its flagship UK store – just up the road from Apple's flamboyant, tree-lined Regent Street shop.…

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 12:19pm
What a carve-up!

A kebab shop owner who had sliced off a chunk of his takings and hid it from the taxman has been sent down for 30 months.…

Ethereum-backed hackathon excavates more security holes

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 11:51am
Smart contracts language easy to use and create exploits with

An Ethereum-backed contest has revealed a few new tricks for disguising malware as the harmless code the network uses to transfer and manipulate funds: digital smart contracts.…

How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 11:17am
Inside ITP, Safari's third-party cookie zapper

Can the world's biggest tech company tame the Wild West of the digital ad industry as its data slurping becomes ever more intrusive? Since Facebook and Google are essentially colluding with behavioural data collection, and Microsoft has given up the fight for user privacy, few companies have Apple's means or incentive. But for Apple, privacy doesn't hit its bottom line, and might even increase it.…

Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 10:41am
That could mean 40,000 drivers out of work

Uber's application for a new taxi licence in the UK capital has been rejected. In a shock move, Transport for London today said the app biz is not "fit and proper" to hold a licence.…

HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 10:14am
All part of CEO Whitman's 'long-term ops and financial blueprint'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is about to release the trap door again with 5,000 employees, or almost 10 per cent of its workforce, expected to fall through it.…

The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 10:02am
Two other big brands, Sky and BT, also in the naughty corner

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk has once again been named worst UK internet provider in a biannual survey of providers by consumer charity Which?…

Database biz MongoDB files to go public, hopes to raise a cool $100m

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 9:32am
Revenues are up, but NoSQL firm still burning through cash

Oracle-chaser MongoDB has filed to go public, with its accounts revealing it made a net loss of almost $90m in the year ended January 31, 2017.…

Mini-Heartbleed info leak bug strikes Apache, airborne malware, NSA algo U-turn, and more

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 9:01am
The security week in review

Roundup  As ever, it's been a doozy of a week for cybersecurity, or lack thereof. The Equifax saga just keeps giving, the SEC admitted it was thoroughly pwned, and Slack doesn't bother to sign its Linux versions. We do spoil you so, Reg readers. And that was only yesterday. Here's the rest of the week's shenanigans we didn't get round to.…

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's MY fault?

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 8:03am
Just install the trial software on 1,000 PCs and I'll be on my way

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "I'm sorry, who are you again?"…

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 7:28am
In 2018 'MAREA' will move ads and Azure from USA to Spain at 160 terabits per second

Construction of Microsoft and Facebook's jointly-funded submarine cable has ended.…

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 7:01am
Sysadmin hated making it look so easy, but didn't mind being a hero for saving a payroll run

On-Call  Can you feel it? The weekend's just over the horizon, so it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' tales of literally incredible jobs that produced improbable feats of sysadminnery.…

Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 6:29am
Company has trove of 2,000 patents and won't enforce any of them if you licence right

Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open-source software.…

First big Privacy Shield review has ended – and yep, it's great! Just don't ask about mass spying

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 6:03am
Surprise – a thumbs up to private info flying over the Pond

The much-heralded first review of the EU‑US Privacy Shield Framework that governs the flow of personal information across the Atlantic has concluded – and would you believe it? Representatives of the EU and US think it's doing fine.…

Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 5:26am
Backup appliance sales go off a cliff, traditional array vendors just aren't growing

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter.…

NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 5:02am
Bio-boffins urge Red Planet life search to hunt for weird metal

Scientists hoping to discover evidence of life on Mars should search for vanadium, a metallic element, according to a paper published in Astrobiology this month.…

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 arrive, 364 days later than first planned

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 3:57am
Now that all the unpleasantness is behind us, let us code

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 have arrived.…

Cisco puts UCS director on death row, to be replaced by cloudy 'Intersight'

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:34am
The Borg assimilates the infrastructure-as-code message

Cisco has announced that UCS Director will ascend into the cloud as part of a new infrastructure management service named “Intersight”.…