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Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 7:56am
Pull the other one

Analysis  Kurt Chase, director of engineering services at Splunk, is effusive about Atlassian's Git-based Bitbucket but doesn't have a lot of nice things to say about jilted source control system Perforce.…

D-Link sucks so much at Internet of Suckage security – US watchdog

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 7:03am
Router biz sued by Uncle Sam for hardcoded passwords, exploitable bugs and more

America's trade watchdog is suing D-Link, alleging the router and camera vendor failed to implement basic security protections in its gear.…

Insane blackhats behind world's most expensive ransomware 'forget' to backup crypto keys

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 5:33am
Only Linux victims can decrypt warped $247,000 BlackEnergy module - and then only maybe

Variants of the KillDisk data wiping malware, famous for nuking computers in Ukrainian energy utilities, is now being used in possibly the world's most expensive ransom attacks.…

Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 4:03am
Surprise: Uber will probably appeal

Switzerland is the latest country to decide that in spite of its protestations otherwise, Uber is an employer – at least in public liability terms.…

Netgear unveils world's easiest bug bounty

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 2:56am
Router baron makes break from SOHOpeless device cesspit sporting chained multikill bonus

Netgear has broken ranks from the consumer router security shame factory to offer a bug bounty sporting extra rewards for chained exploits.…

Australia telcos warn: Opening metadata access will create a 'honeypot' for lawyers

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 1:31am
Government rushing data retention review

Australia's telecoms industry advocacy body the Communications Alliance is renewing its push for the federal government to revise its data retention regime, amid fears that a review will see stored data sucked into civil lawsuits.…

Australia: Stop blaming Centrelink debts on its IT systems

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 12:56am
Executives and politicians, not developers, made the rules

Australia's welfare agency Centrelink is embroiling the government in a hugely damaging controversy, raising incorrect debts and auto-issuing threatening letters to citizens.…

Forget aircraft – now cretins are laser-blinding ferry boat crewmen

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 11:56pm
Gadget-grasping goon gets $9,500 fine and jail time

The Washington State Ferry service, on the US west coast, appears to have some high-tech enemies: a series of laser attacks have been fired at pilots on the craft that serve Seattle's Elliott Bay and the surrounding locales.…

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Thu, 05/01/2017 - 11:13pm
$4.8bn deal still very much up in the air

A Verizon executive is once again casting doubt on the telco giant's $4.8bn bid to acquire Yahoo!

Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 10:34pm
Web advertising giant declares plugin is malware

Google has removed ad blocking and privacy extension AdNauseam from its Chrome Web Store, and has taken the unusual step of flagging the extension as malware, thereby preventing AdNauseam from being used by those who have installed the software via Chrome's developer mode.…

Google gives up YOUR private data to US govt – but won't hand over its OWN staff personal info

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 8:59pm
Uncle Sam sues web ad giant over its megabucks geeks

The US Department of Labor is suing Google for details of its staff's wages – though the Chocolate Factory claims it's bending over backwards to comply with the bureaucrats' demands.…

Meet the Tesla of the backup world – Datos IO (no, it doesn't make boxes that catch fire)

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 8:23pm
Data protection for distributed software

Analysis  Startup Datos IO is the Tesla of the backup industry, redesigning data protection for distributed apps and focussing on high-end customers with code to solve specific problems no one else can solve anywhere near as well.…

Snapchap snaps back: Snapchat Snapbrats' Snapstats are Snapcrap

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 7:55pm
Ex-head of growth claims upstart's execs are fudging numbers ahead of IPO

A former Snapchat employee has accused the selfie-slinging giant of illegally inflating its user numbers and misleading investors.…

CloudByte chews on Elastistor, sinks teeth into OpenEBS

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 5:37pm
Startup's internal strategy tensions lead to exec, CEO and board changes

Analysis  Startup CloudByte is having a substantial exec and strategy makeover as it embraces an open source approach to containerised storage.…

These boots are made for kicking imaginary things, and that's just what they'll do

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 5:04pm
World's first VR shoes to go on sale in Autumn

CES 2017  Concerned that a virtual reality headset just isn't enough real-life escapism for you? Then perhaps you need to pair it with VR gloves and boots for that double dose of sensory deprivation.…

Windows PC spy nasty dormant for three years, mutates and resurfaces

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 4:26pm
BigBoss and SillyGoose based on MM Core backdoor

Two new variants of some Windows spyware first discovered in 2013 have surfaced in targeted attacks, security firm Forcepoint warns.…

Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 4:02pm
Sinn Féin man says Cook's 'legal excuse doesn't add up'

Tim Cook has turned down an invitation to appear before the Irish parliamentary finance committee to offer his thoughts on the EU's ruling over Apple's tax affairs with the nation.…

Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 3:15pm
Welshman insisted he was travelling to fight Islamic State and help war victims

A former soldier from Wales has pleaded guilty to a terrorism offence after failing to reveal his mobile phone PIN to police.…

Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 2:35pm
Puppies and pussies ousted from lamp-posts by free-ranging tech toys

Pic  If your heart sinks every time you see a badly photocopied picture of a missing cat, we’ve got some good news. They’re about to be replaced by far better quality pics of missing drones.…

Vendors flash smartphone storage in Vegas

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 2:03pm
Android mobile backup and monster USB stickery

Toshiba and SanDisk are showing off Android phone backup and monster microSD/USB stick products at CES in Las Vegas, but they don’t want what happens in Vegas to stay in Vegas.…