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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 9:56am
Something weird happened last week

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Thank you for submitting a support request. You can put your clothes back on now.

Microsoft names Cindy Rose as first first lady of UK ops

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 9:26am
Former Disney exec leaves the cartoon characters behind... oh hang on

The fires were lit and a chicken sacrificed at Microsoft’s Reading HQ campus today as new UK CEO Cindy Rose was sworn in* - the first female to run the business locally.…

Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 9:02am
A 'UPS courier', extradition warrants and legal jiggery-pokery from the cops

Feature  Lauri Love was arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 early in the evening of 25 October 2013, when a National Crime Agency officer wearing dungarees and posing as a UPS courier told Love's mother that Lauri himself had to come to the porch to collect his delivery.…

Can Ireland's grid green satisfy Facebook and Apple?

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 8:29am
Giants drive what consumers can't

When Facebook in January became the latest big-tech name to join Ireland’s roll call of data centre operators, its chief broke out the green flag – renewables.…

Extension to blue light services' Airwave network is on the cards

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 7:57am
Folk in know confirm there's a Plan B if new net gets delayed

The Home Office has already worked out the cost of extending Blighty's radio-based emergency services network, in the increasingly-likely scenario that a move to ubiquitous 4G coverage cannot be delivered by 2020.…

Chinese gambling site served near record-breaking complex DDoS

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 7:30am
Nine vectors used as bad guys try to beat defenders.

A chinese gambling company has been pulverised with multiple nine-vector, 470 Gbps, 110 million packet-per-second distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, some of the biggest and most complex ever recorded.…

Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 7:14am
Just need a couple of common bugs, some GPUs and time

Android's full-disk encryption on millions of devices can be cracked by brute-force much more easily than expected – and there's working code to prove it.…

We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 6:31am
What a long, crazy ride it has been for ESA's Rosetta

The European Space Agency (ESA) has set the date for the Rosetta probe's deathday and says that on September 30 the spacecraft will crash into the comet it has been orbiting for nearly two years.…

Boffins boggle, baffled by blobs deep inside the Earth

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 6:02am
Ancient structures could help unlock secrets of volcanoes, earthquakes

Scientists have revealed new data about two giant blobs at the edge of the Earth's core, larger than continents and possibly older than any rock on the planet.…

Man sues YET AGAIN for chance to marry his computer

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 5:02am
You may now kiss the C:\ drive

A Tennessee man is suing Utah because, like the rest of America, it won't let him marry his computer.…

Cisco takes deep breath, plunges into Puppet's DevOps pool

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 4:03am
Service provider IOS version gets YANG module

Cisco's embrace of open networking tools continues, with the company opening up code to connect its IOS-XR operating system to Puppet via YANG.…

Hydra hacker bot spawns internet of things DDoS clones

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 3:03am
LizardStresser makes a messer of Brazil banks, gamer outfits

Lizard Squad may be mostly behind bars, but their LizardStresser botnet has spawned more than 100 clones.…

Jury awards US$3 BEEELION to HPE in Oracle/Itanium lawsuit

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 2:05am
Is Oracle going to appeal? You bet

Oracle is set to appeal a decision which, if it stands, will require Big Red to make a US$3 billion contribution to HPE's top line.…

Apache, Debian crews patch library with DoS vuln

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 1:10am
Upgrade your libcommons-fileupload-java package

A file upload library used in Apache Tomcat and various Linux distributions needs patching to plug a denial-of-service vulnerability.…

400 million Foxit users need to catch up with patched-up reader

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 12:14am
Toxic Foxit plugs bugs

Makers of popular PDF reader Foxit have patched 12 dangerous vulnerabilities that could have resulted in remote code execution.…

Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 11:42pm
Probe launched after ex-Navy SEAL, 40, dies in semi smash

An investigation was launched today after the driver of a Tesla was killed in what is understood to be a malfunction of the car's autopilot.…

WA government still hopeless at infosec

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 10:56pm
Colin Murphy, can we talk about SHA-1?

Western Australia's Auditor General has panned the state's consistently-awful IT security, delivering its report from a site that Chrome warns isn't doing HTTPS right.…

Telstra's business network in six-hour collapse

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 9:56pm
The Big TITSUP strikes again

Telstra is red-faced yet again, after suffering a long outage centred in Victoria.…

Russia, China fight UN effort to extend human rights onto the internet

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 9:34pm
Vote at Human Rights Council to take place Friday

Russia and China are fighting an effort at the United Nations (UN) to extend human rights to the internet.…

FCC starts running from cable box rip-off kill-off

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 9:14pm
Has the regulator finally bitten off more than it can chew?

Twenty billion dollars is a lot of incentive, as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found out.…