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Dow Jones index – of customers, not prices – leaks from AWS repo

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 3:58am
S3 bucket was set to authenticate all AWS users, not just Dow Jones users

Dow Jones has emulated Verizon by saving various internal databases (including Wall Street Journal subscribers) in the cloud without properly securing it.…

Buzzword buzzkill: Cloud, AI, IoT and edge work in a real product

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 3:02am
SAP teaches factory equipment to pre-analyse for costly faults, call cloud for help

Artificial intelligence, the internet of things and edge computing are 2017's inescapable buzzwords, and cloud probably has that role for the entire decade. So imagine The Register's surprise when we learned all three are working together in a product you can put to work today.…

Dell and Intel see off IBM and POWER to win new Australian super

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 2:01am
114 servers, 3,192 Xeon cores and another million-plus from GPUs, for petaflop performance

Dell has won the gig to build Australia's newest supercomputer.…

The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 1:58am
Meanwhile, Musk's comments crash carmaker's stock

On Saturday evening, a Tesla Model S skidded off the road in central Minnesota, in America's Midwest, and ended up on its roof in a marsh.…

FreeRADIUS fragged by fuzzer – by invitation – and fifteen fails found

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 1:29am
Bug fixes shipped for all supported versions

The folks over at FreeRADIUS took a look at Guido Vranken's work with OpenSSL, liked what they saw, asked him to fuzz the famous login/security server ... and then didn't like what they saw.…

US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 12:29am
Meanwhile the TSA found 78 guns at US airports last week, 32 with a round chambered

The United States' ban on laptops being carried into airliner cabins is all-but-over, after the nation's Transport Security Administration reduced its list of dodgy airports to just one and signalled that destination awaits inspection before also disappearing from its list.…

2017: The FBI alerts parents to dangers of Internet of Sh*t toys

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:49pm
Families urged to brush up on opsec, check for privacy leaks, patch security flaws, if possible

The FBI issued a warning Monday advising parents to carefully check internet-connected toys for possible privacy and security concerns.…

Russia launches non-TERRIFYING satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:03pm
Mayak bird so bright it may outshine Venus, Jupiter

Skywatchers are going to see a new light in the heavens this week after the successful launch of the Russian satellite Mayak this past weekend.…

Dev to <i>El Reg</i>: Making web pages pretty is harder than building crypto

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:01pm
'' secures messages with APIs and 445 lines of JavaScript, so good luck with crypto-cracking laws!

+Comment  An Australian computer scientist working in Thailand has offered his contribution to Australia's cryptography debate by creating a public-key crypto demonstrator in less than a day, using public APIs and JavaScript.…

Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 9:58pm
Anti-patent-lawsuit restrictions land tools on banned list

The Apache Foundation has declared that none of its new software projects can include Facebook's booby-trapped BSD-licensed code.…

Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 9:21pm
Lengthy filing by Internet Association highlights value of today's rules

The world's largest internet companies lambasted the FCC in a formal filing today, telling America's telecom regulator to kill its plans to ditch net neutrality rules.…

AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 8:51pm
Elon Musk again demands govt intervention to halt crazed computers

Analysis  Elon Musk – the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Neuralink, not to mention co-chairman of OpenAI and founder of The Boring Company – is once again warning that artificial intelligence threatens humanity.…

Ew! HTC jams pop-up adverts into people's smartphone keyboards

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 8:25pm
Is there nowhere corps won't try and sell you stuff?

HTC, which needs all the love it can get these days, has enraged its customers by bunging adverts into the onscreen keyboard on its phones.…

The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 6:59pm
Here are some pictures. And, er, that's all we've got for you

Atari has continued its teaser-trailer approach to what is purported to be a retro version of its classic games console.…

Cisco plugs command-injection hole in WebEx Chrome, Firefox plugins

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 6:44pm
Make sure you've updated if you're using Windows

Cisco has patched its Chrome and Firefox WebEx plugins to kill a bug that allows evil webpages to execute commands on computers.…

Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 6:06pm
Blast from the past blasted

Myspace's account recovery process is hopelessly flawed, according to a security researcher.…

Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 3:09pm
Brit biz told to pay £80k for messages advertising Satsuma Loans

Bradford-based loans company Provident Personal Credit has been fined £80,000 for squeezing out almost a million nuisance texts.…

Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 2:01pm
But judge narrows scope of US Labor Dept request

Google has been ordered to hand over personal details of 8,000 employees as part of an ongoing US Labor Department investigation into equal pay.…

Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 1:30pm
Don't be waving those flash joint venture interests at anyone without telling us first

A California court has told Toshiba not to transfer its flash memory joint venture interests to anyone else without advance notice to WDC subsidiary SanDisk, so that the issue is preserved for arbitration.…

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 1:01pm
Thirteen? Thirteen? The Doctor Who fans will see you now

The timelord of Doctor Who, a man since 1963, will be portrayed by a woman – actress Jodie Whittaker – for the first time.…