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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 11:29pm
Algorithms will label innocent people terrorists, DHS warned

A group of 54 computer scientists and academic researchers on Thursday asked the US Department of Homeland Security to rethink its plan for employing software algorithms to determine whether immigrants to the country should be admitted or deported.…

Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 11:06pm
Just didn't get round to fixing it – our bad

Alt-coin wallet software maker Parity has published a postmortem of the bug that put millions of dollars of people's Ethereum on ice – and has admitted it knew about the flaw for months. It just hadn't got round to fixing it.…

Australian Broadcasting Corporation leaks passwords, video from AWS S3 bucket

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:20pm
'Advance video content' and years of backups dangled in the cloud

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has joined the long list of organisations to leak sensitive data from a poorly secured public-facing Amazon Web Services S3 bucket.…

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 9:45pm
Patch incoming, hardware recall required to fully address underlying problem

Analysis  Amazon has pushed out an emergency security update to its door-unlocking system called Key – which is used by couriers to let themselves into people's homes to drop off packages inside when folks are out.…

Oracle scrambles to sew up horrid security holes in PeopleSoft's Tuxedo

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 8:34pm
Nothing like unauth'd hijacking, Heartbleed-style bugs to patch ASAP

Oracle has published an out-of-band software update to address a handful of security flaws in parts of the PeopleSoft HR software.…

Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 7:42pm
Plus AWS creds, S3 silos filled with sensitive customer info

Chinese drone maker DJI left the private key for its dot-com's HTTPS certificate exposed on GitHub for up to four years, according to a researcher who gave up with the biz's bug bounty process.…

Sparks fly as Databricks buddies up with Microsoft in the cloud

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 5:05pm
Analytics biz now a first-party service on Azure

Databricks and Microsoft are getting cosy in the cloud, in a move that will give the Spark-wrangling company access to a new set of customers.…

Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 4:31pm
Is the Oracle of Omaha cutting his losses?

Legendary investor Warren Buffett appears to be cutting his losses on his IBM investment, slashing his shares by one-third in the last quarter.…

Backup Exec juices dedupe offering, flaunts sign-up cloud model

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 4:15pm
GDPR compliance and deduped cloud backend

Backup Exec, Veritas' SME backup product, now sports a subscription-based payment scheme, deduping cloud backends and offering GDPR compliance help.…

Fear not, driverless car devs, won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 4:03pm
MPs kick the ethics question back into touch

AEV Bill  A new law won't force driverless cars' software developers to explicitly consider the infamous Trolley Problem – but the UK government may later decide to implement something similar.…

Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 3:31pm
Details from decommissioned UK webshop scoured

Pawnbroking and secondhand goods outlet Cash Converters has suffered a data breach.…

New, revamped Terdot Trojan: It's so 2017, it even fake-posts to Twitter

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 2:56pm
You've grown so much, you piece of @£$

Terdot, a banking Trojan that has been around since mid-2016, has been re-engineered with updated information and credential thievery as well as social media account monitoring functionality.…

$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 2:17pm
Smacked in Florida, California

Tezos, the blockchain startup that raised $232m in July, has been served with at least two US class-action lawsuits for allegedly defrauding fundraisers as well as breaking rules for offering securities.…

NetApp: You went all-flash, you never should've, um.. Well done

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 1:08pm
Yes, and Azure NFS and HCI also looking good

While still well short of its fiscal 2015 revenue glory days, NetApp has said its all-flash array sales are on fire, and expects more of the same.…

DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 12:24pm
Non-disclosure agreement prompts uproar

Chinese drone maker DJI faces questions from infosec researchers about its bug bounty programme. Sources have told The Register that a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) they were invited to sign would result in the company "owning their actions".…

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 12:04pm
Also, we’ve not delayed the spectrum auction. Anyway, Three started it!

Chief exec of BT, Gavin Patterson, has admitted the British telco is struggling to make a business case for 5G investment, given the huge costs of getting the network off the ground.…

Oracle stockholders don't like exec mega-awards or gender pay gap transparency

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 11:36am
You win some, you lose some – proposals snuffed out at vote

Oracle's stockholders have voted against the company's amended executive pay plan, along with a proposal for greater transparency on its gender pay gap.…

Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 11:11am
They also want to geofence motorways

AEV Bill  A cyclists' association wants software developers for any "errors" in driverless car software to be "criminally prosecuted" in Blighty.…

Internet of So Much Stuff: Don't wanna be a security id-IoT

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:31am
IoT is not the same as IT... normal infosec does not pply

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, last month announced a $1bn investment in IoT R&D over the next three years.…

Slack apologises to Europe for TITSUP* services

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:02am
Productivity melts, economy dives... actually, neither is true

Slackers of Europe, it might be a good time to enjoy a little me-time as techies at the messaging and collaboration app biz attempt to wake the supposed productivity improvement tool from its slumber.…