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When it absolutely, positively needs to be leaked overnight: 120k FedEx customer files spill from AWS S3 silo

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 9:29pm
Passport scans, drivers licenses, etc, exposed online

Another day, another unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket spilling secrets onto the public internet.…

Apple Macs, iThings, smart watches choke on tiny Indian delicacy

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 8:43pm
Watch out for text bomb that crashes apps and devices over and over and...

Apple last month fixed a flaw in macOS and iOS that allowed a text message to crash its chat software (CVE-2018-4100) – and now it has the opportunity to do so again.…

That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 7:58pm
Oh yeah, we patched that in October, Windows giant yawns

Microsoft has poured a bucket of cold water on people freaking out over a supposedly unfixable security flaw in Skype.…

Oracle slurps bot-wrangling security minnow Zenedge

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 5:18pm
Buy price not revealed

Oracle is to gobble security outfit Zenedge for likely less than CTO Larry Ellison spends on tanning lotion each year an unspecified sum.…

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 4:29pm
Now can you remove it from every Start Menu?

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended.…

Dell EMC squashes pair of VMAX virtual appliance bugs

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:58pm
vApp Manager contained undocumented default account

Dell EMC has patched two serious flaws in the management interface for its VMAX enterprise storage systems, one of which could potentially allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorised access to systems.…

Charity accused of leaving sensitive notes behind after office move

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:34pm
Yep, it's another case of the unchecked filing cabinet

Updated  A counselling charity has been accused of breaching Blighty's data protection law after confidential files were discovered in an old office building.…

Essex black hat behind Cryptex and reFUD gets two years behind bars

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:03pm
Goncalo Esteves sobbed as he was sentenced

A 24-year-old Essex man behind the antivirus evasion site, who made an estimated half a million pounds from Bitcoin, has been jailed for two years.…

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 2:26pm
Just kidding – vague definitions, confounding factors mean you probably shouldn't panic... yet

A study has suggested a link between diets high in ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of cancer – but academics have warned against over-interpreting the results.…

BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:55pm
IT contractors warned to get house in order

A BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a UK tax tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation – a judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.…

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:34pm
London Assembly report shines light on's auto auto plans

The London Assembly has lashed out at driverless cars, declaring that autonomous vehicles could cause "significant job losses" – while figures from the UK's driverless car industry told it that they don't expect Level 4 or 5 (fully autonomous) tech to hit the streets for another decade or more.…

So... Nokia's taking a long, hard look at its health unit

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:09pm
Not so strategic now

Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for “strategic review”.…

Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:36pm
Did somebody say VAT fraud? Yes, the Insolvency Service did

The boss of an Oxford-based mobile phone dealer who used a carousel scam to defraud the British tax collector from hundreds of thousands of pounds was today banned from holding directorships for 12 years.…

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 11:55am
It's not David Icke, it's Ayatollah Khamenei's former top general

Iran has gone full David Icke and accused lizards that "attract atomic waves" of spying for the West.…

Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 11:26am
Want high speeds? Go to Latvia

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre internet penetration that it isn't even included in a European study.…

DevOps, Containers and CD: What happens when theory is put to the test?

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:58am
CLL18 delivers reports from the front line

Talk about DevOps, Containers or Agile all you want, but sometimes you’ve just got to zip up your hoodie and do it.…

Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:28am
But they're trying, bless 'em, says IHS Markit report

Data centre operators are going green because renewable energy costs less, receives tax subsidies and customers like the idea, according to a report by analysts at IHS Markit.…

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 9:29am
English translation of probe into Finnish phone giant's twilight makes for interesting reading

The first English translation of Operation Elop, an examination by Finnish journalists into the final years of Nokia phones, has reignited debate about the fate of what was Europe's largest and most admired technology company.…

Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 9:05am
Inside Porthcurno's world-spanning telegraphy web

Geek's Guide to Britain  I'm sitting on a perfect sandy beach in dazzling winter sunshine which makes it feel two months warmer than it really is. The beach is nearly empty, although a couple of dogs are enjoying the surf. The nearest road peters out a few hundred yards up a steep valley – the only way here is to walk. Porthcurno beach, just a few miles from Land's End in Cornwall, feels pleasantly like it is a long way from anywhere.…

UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 8:33am
'Almost certain' assessment enough for official blast from Foreign Office

Updated  The United Kingdon's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has formally "attributed the NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian Government", specifically the nation's military.…