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Next-gen Tor to use distributed RNG, 55-character addresses

15 hours 4 min ago
Numbers so random no one can predict how random they'll be

The Tor project has cooked up a new way to generate random numbers to help secure its next-generation onion router.…

MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

15 hours 33 min ago
Hopes Rocket Overloaded Flags Liability spurs adoption of DWF bug IDs

AusCERT  Security man David Jorm has started giving important bugs names, logos and even websites, because MITRE won't assign them Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) numbers.…

Citrix dodges death, returns with bigger XenServer and NetScaler

16 hours 6 min ago
Drinking the software-defined big data kool aid through one pane of glass

Citrix has unified its networking products and made big additions to its virtualisation stack.…

Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

16 hours 34 min ago
Humanity needs to know more about how matter behaves in extreme conditions

Video  Boffins at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford's PULSE institute have had fun blowing up water jets and droplets with an X-ray laser. For science, of course.…

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 5:02am
He wants it for 1/7th, plus a proper thin client to access it with and for Silicon Valley to come up with some new ideas

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on one in 14 humans, wants to get that down to one in seven, but at heart what he really wants is the thin client that Oracle killed when it acquired Sun.…

VXer group ramps up malware to attack Indian embassies

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 4:04am
"Operation Ke3chang" updates 'Tidepool' malware to target MS Word mess

Attackers have revamped their malware to better target embassy staff, says a Palo Alto Networks security team.…

IETF spikes government metadata collection with DNS request crypto plan

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 2:44am
RFC calling for DNS encryption would make it much harder for spooks to know where you surf

DNS requests and responses – part of what many countries regard as “metadata” that they want collected for law enforcement – should be encrypted to protect users from surveillance.…

Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:58am
CTRL-V vector turns "not evil" into "evil" without the target noticing

Once, you could use HTML/CSS to manipulate the clipboard, but it was not a good way to do so. Now a security bod has worked out how to do it in JavaScript and reckons it's a lot more dangerous.…

Facebook adds new names to Telecom Infra Project

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:31am
TIP is the iceberg

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has signed up a bunch of carriers and vendors.…

HPE spins out enterprise services business into CSC

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 1:25am
Breaking up is not hard to do

HP Enterprise (HPE) has spun out its enterprise services business into CSC, creating an entity with US26bn of revenue.…

Microsoft bans common passwords that appear in breach lists

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:33am
Azure Active Directory no longer allows the likes of 'M!cr0$0ft' to gain entry

With LinkedIn providing yet more fodder for attackers' rainbow tables and login bots, Microsoft has decided to start blocking too-common passwords.…

iPhone 'Error 53' plaintiffs say Apple not giving reimbursements

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:11am
Filing challenges the attempt to throw out class action suit

A class of iPhone owners say that Apple has not lived up to its promise to reimburse customers for bricked handsets.…

Apple hires crypto-wizard Jon Callas to beef up security

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:21pm
Preparing for President Trump or Clinton

Apple has added a security star to its firmament with the hire of Jon Callas to its security team.…

Pepper robot acts like real teenager, gets job at Pizza Hut

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:18pm
No word if paychecks being saved to buy a used Corolla

SoftBank Robotic's "Pepper" humanoid robot will soon be put to work selling pizzas in Asia.…

NBN raid fallout continues, with Conroy formalising privilege claim

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:03pm
Feds' warrant names the guilty printer

The Australian Labor Party's (ALP's) senator Stephen Conroy has formalised his claim of parliamentary privilege over documents seized in last week's Australian Federal Police raid of his office and the homes of two of his staffers.…

SWIFT CEO promises security improvements

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 9:39pm
Humble piece comes in five slices

The head of the SWIFT financial network has put forward a five-part plan to improve security after its systems were the focus of several cyberattacks.…

Twilio woos developers with add-on marketplace and SIM as a service

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 7:37pm
Cloudy comms unit joins T-Mobile uncarrier push

On day one of its SIGNAL Developer Conference in San Francisco, cloudy comms firm Twilio has announced a new marketplace for add-ons to its API and a new SIM-card-as-a-service offering to let IoT devices communicate via T‑Mobile.…

Citrix bakes up Raspberry Pi client boxes

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:48pm
Tiny 'puters find a niche in virtual desktops

Citrix has unveiled a desktop thin client based on the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.…

Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:34pm
Photos and @username references won't be part of sending limit

Twitter has announced another tweak to its text-message system that will give users greater space to send messages alongside pictures.…

Trad software sales type looking for a break? Atlassian shrugs

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 4:34pm
Old world sales types unlikely to get a taste of young firms

Most new companies are likely to opt for cloud-based software, the president of Atlassian said today.…