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Virty upstart PernixData spills beans after going cap in hand to investors

9 hours 3 min ago
Latest quarter above target with customer count north of 800, we're told

We're being told PernixData is encountering funding issues and people have been laid off.…

NIST readies 'post-quantum' crypto competition

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 5:56am
Are you Shor you want to try this?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defend cryptography against the onslaught of quantum computers.…

Commercial software chokkas with ancient brutal open source vulns

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 5:30am
Closed source, open holes

Commercial software is riddled with old critical open source flaws that are largely hidden from the eyes of enterprises, according to Black Duck Software.…

Microsoft sets Feb 2017 date to kill last SHA-1 zombies

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 4:56am
But you've already removed it from your servers, haven't you?

Microsoft has posted the next step in its deprecation of SHA-1 certificates, but they'll survive for nearly another year.…

FAA rules out fast-tracking drone regulations

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 3:56am
No Jeff, Amazon won't get its own drone airspace just yet

America's Federal Aviation Authority has ruled out changing low-altitude airspace rules for drones at least until 2019.…

Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 3:09am
Lays everyone off again after presidential running mate Cruz ends bid for White House

Carly Fiorina's astonishing career trajectory into oblivion remains on target tonight after her bid to be US Vice President was cut mercifully short.…

Defence bankrolls Oz Govt's infosec threat sharing strategy

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 2:56am
$10 MELLLION thrown in bid to stop XP users clicking phishing links

Budget 2016  The Department of Defence will haemorrhage A$122.2 million and the National Innovation and Science Agenda A$38 million to implement the Federal Government's A$230 Cyber Security Strategy, budget papers reveal.…

Dev using Libarchive? Patch and push

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 2:00am
Input validation bug opens code execution vuln

The popular Libarchive open source compression library needs an update to cover a code execution vulnerability.…

White House to bring us up to speed on artificial intelligence hype latest

Wed, 04/05/2016 - 12:56am
Will AI kill or cure?

The Obama administration says it wants everyone to take a closer look at artificial intelligence with a series of public discussions.…

Government tips last dollars into NBN

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:57pm
Shortfall: at least $16.5 billion. Cancellation price: $9.4 billion. Place your bets

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) won't get anywhere near completion before direct government funding for the project dries up, the 2016 Budget reveals.…

Sweaty students push hot HPC clusters through benchmark tests

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:47pm
Video check on LINPACK, HPCG hijinks

HPC Blog  The first task that students have to perform at the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition is to run the venerable HPL and newish High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmarks. High performance Linpack (HPL), also known as LINPACK, is a routine that measures floating point performance and is the basis for the Top500 list.…

Verizon worker strike now in its third week

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:41pm
Disgruntled staff still holding out as stoppage drags on

Last month, Verizon staff along with the Communication Workers of America (CWA) decided to go on strike as union and the US telco failed to agree on a new contract.…

Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 8:50pm
Finnish lad earns serious pocket money from Instagram flaw discovery

The record for the youngest security researcher getting paid by Facebook’s bug bounty scheme has been smashed by Jani, a 10-year-old Finnish lad who found a major flaw in Instagram.…

Yay! It's International Patch Your Scary OpenSSL Bugs Day!

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 7:53pm
Two innocent programming blunders breed high-risk flaw

Six security patches – two of them high severity – have been released today for OpenSSL 1.0.1 and 1.0.2.…

Sat TV biz Dish: I'm not an authorized iPhone repairer ... but $20 is $20

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 7:04pm
Budget telly outlet finds a second job to feed the kids

Satellite TV service Dish has announced plans to moonlight as an unauthorized iPhone repair service.…

IBM's FlashSystem looks flashy enough, but peek under the hood...

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 6:00pm
Old tech, new tricks. Hey, if it works, why not?

Storage Architect  This week IBM announced three new flash products, two of which are based on existing technology.…

Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 5:35pm
Apply mitigations now – poisoned selfies are in the wild

A wildly popular software tool used by websites to process people's photos can be exploited to execute malicious code on servers and leak server-side files.…

Iranian cyberspy phishing rod pulled from the waters and exposed

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 4:56pm
Infy becomes infamous

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a decade long cyber-espionage campaign.…

EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 4:26pm
Announcement overload? Oh, you'll love it just as much as Big Mickey Dell

EMC World  The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more.…

Revealed: <i>HMS Endeavour's</i> ignominious fate

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 3:54pm
Captain Cook's famous ship scuttled off Rhode Island

Researchers in the US believe they have identified the remains of Captain James Cook's HMS Endeavour – the ship aboard which he famously sailed the Pacific Ocean between 1768–71.…