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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 1:32am
Iris-scanner defeated with a camera in night mode, a contact lens, and a printer

Chaos Computer Club's "Starbug" has taken a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8's iris-scanning authentication feature and found you can beat it with a photograph.…

Java Daddy James Gosling goes to work for Amazon Web Services

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:58am
He left Oracle years ago so this is no biggie, but clearly cloud is where big brains want to roost

Java creator James Gosling has announced he now works for Amazon Web Services.…

Last week: 'OpenVPN client is secure!' <br> This week: 'Unpatched bug in OpenVPN server'

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:44am
And it's a nasty one if the user you crack has admin rights

French security outfit Sysdream has gone public with a vulnerability in the admin interface for OpenVPN's server.…

Armstrong's moon-purse set for $4m bid-off

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:53pm
One small bag for a man, one giant check for Sotheby's

The bag Neil Armstrong used to carry home lunar samples from the Apollo 11 mission could fetch up to $4m at auction next month.…

Target inks $18.5m deal with US states to settle 2013 data breach

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:25pm
Fines equal around 8 hours of profit, that'll teach them

Target, the shopping behemoth for people who are too classy to go to Walmart, has today reached a settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia over the 2013 hacking incident that saw 70 million customers lose their personal information.…

Particle boffins calculate new constraints for probability of finding dark matter

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:13pm
Axions still a no-show over at CERN Axion Telescope

The hunt for axions – a potential dark matter candidate – at the CERN Axion Solar Telescope has been fruitless. But scientists refuse to give up as they set a new limit that calculates the probability of finding these elusive particles.…

Bloodbath at LeEco US as Chinese tech upstart implodes with layoffs

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 10:17pm
Kiss goodbye to that Android bike and Transformers car

It has all gone pear-shaped for Chinese conglomerate LeEco after the firm told nearly 70 per cent of its US staff that their services will no longer be required.…

Uber found to be doing something awful? Yep, it's Tuesday

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 9:49pm
Dial-a-ride house admits underpaying New York drivers

Uber said today that it will hand drivers back pay that could add up to tens of millions of dollars.…

Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 9:13pm
Metadata confirms what we all suspected

A "toolkit" provided to House Republicans to defend US comms watchdog the FCC's recent decision to tear up net neutrality rules was written by the cable lobby.…

NSA takes one-two punch to the face

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 8:24pm
Two sets of judges rule for citizens and against government

The US National Security Agency has been hit by two legal losses that may put the last part of its controversial spying program on US citizens under threat.…

Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 7:28pm
Activists say they got cease and desist threat for pointing out astroturfing

An activist group says it was threatened by Comcast lawyers after it pointed out the cable giant's efforts to astroturf the FCC with fake comments on net neutrality.…

Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 6:57pm
Middle Kingdom mandarins get their own OS

While much attention has been focused on the new Surface Pro laptop Microsoft has launched in Shanghai on Tuesday, the company also announced a special build of its operating system for China.…

It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 4:02pm
Boutique fondleslab gains SIM slot... but not until later this year

Microsoft has revamped its Surface tablet, which at last includes a SIM card slot.…

IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 3:35pm
Cities sick of being used as techies' sandboxes

Cities are tired of being the "guinea pigs" caught in the middle of the Internet of Things' ongoing standards bunfight, London's LPWA conference was told this morning.…

Capita and Birmingham City Council 'dissolve' joint venture

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 3:03pm
Won't somebody think of the savings? Oh, they have, and now the dream has died

The long-running and highly criticised joint venture between Capita and Birmingham, England, City Council is being rubbed out, reportedly saving taxpayers around £44m.…

Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 2:35pm
VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time and Stremio were all vulnerable

Hackers have gone back to the future by attempting to infect targets with booby-trapped subtitle files.…

Travel IT giant Amadeus making eyes at Micron's SolidScale architecture

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 2:02pm
Global biz is flying to fast-access frames of flash

Analysis  Amadeus, the global travel booking business, is testing Micron's SolidScale NVMe flash arrays, thinking they can provide vastly better realtime access to the terabytes of flight information it holds on behalf of airlines and travel operators.…

Widow appeals to Avaya to protect death benefits after bankruptcy filing

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 1:04pm
Telco argues payment isn't covered by reorg scheme

The widow of an Avaya employee has said the troubled UK telco should not terminate her death benefits following its bankruptcy filing in January.…

Health data 'vault' app floats into's G-Cloud. *cough* GDPR *cough*

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:12pm
Anyone interested? NHS? Bueller? Bueller?

National Health Service trusts can consolidate their data in readiness for GDPR by buying an Analytics Private Health Data Vault service, based on Commvault's Clinical Archive product, says its maker.…

DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:43am
Firm will kill live in-flight streaming unless you hand over your details

Chinese drone maker DJI is forcing all new users of its drones to register their devices through its app - and is throttling flight performance if they don't comply.…