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Self-Encrypting Western Digital Hard Drives Easy To Crack

Slashdot - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 9:20am
New submitter lesincompetent writes: Security researchers have found severe flaws in the encryption methods used in certain hard drives from Western Digital. Quoting the abstract should be enough to show how dire the situation is: "We will describe the security model of these devices and show several security weaknesses like RAM leakage, weak key attacks and even backdoors on some of these devices, resulting in decrypted user data, without the knowledge of any user credentials." The paper by Alendal, Kison and modg is available here in PDF format.

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OASIS: Refreshment for dehydrated secondary storage users?

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 9:02am
Cohesity to converge secondary storage into its platform

Comment  Cohesity has launched its all-embracing secondary storage offering on what looks like an embedded hyper-converged infrastructure appliance platform.…

Oracle's October security patch frenzy delivers a whopping 154 fixes

L'Inq - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 8:53am

Clear your diaries

O2 joins Virgin Media as member of weak crypto software club

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 8:28am
Operator promises El Reg it'll all be fixed before browsers deep-six support

It turns out that Virgin Media isn't the only telco still using the weak RC4 stream cipher on the more sensitive areas of its website. Step forward O2, which is also stuck on the broken SSL system.…

Michael Dell says HP CEO Meg Whitman 'has her facts wrong' about EMC buyout

L'Inq - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 8:28am

Dell CEO throws shade at rival

Oh, OK then: Ireland will probe Max Schrems' Facebook complaints

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 8:01am
Euro court verdict meant it couldn't say no any longer

Facebook crusader Max Schrems returned to the Irish courts today to hear the nation’s Data Protection Commissioner (the DPC) solemnly promise that yes, it would investigate data flows out of Europe.…

EMC animates franken-cloud with bits of itself, VMware, VCE and Virtustream

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 7:42am
VMware beats the street, flings vCloud Air into new joint venture

VMware has revealed its full Q3 2015 results, and they're pretty: US$1.7bn revenue and net income of $1.02 per share were both a tick over the guidance the company has offered to markets.…

German Govt mulls security standards for SOHOpeless routers

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 7:19am
WPA2 with 20-character passwords? Ja! No firmware updates and CSRF? Nein.

The German Government is mulling an assessment of the security chops of consumer routers in a bid to lift current abysmal standards and help inform buyers.…

HTC One A9 hands-on review

L'Inq - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 7:15am

Cut-price iPhone lookalike could turn HTC's fortunes around

Microsoft's top lawyer: I have a cunning plan ... to rescue sunk safe harbor agreement

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 7:02am
Internet faces 'digital dark ages' if nothing is done, we're told

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith has presented a new safe harbor pact to replace the agreement struck down earlier this month by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).…

Sony finds some loose change, flings most of it at lawyers ... the rest at staff hit by 'North Korea'

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 6:29am
A few million dollars to be paid out in Interview fallout

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has agreed to pay up to $8m (£5.18m) to settle a lawsuit stemming from its 2014 IT security meltdown.…

Nearly One-third of Consumers Would Give Up Their Car Before Their Smartphone

Slashdot - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 6:16am
Lucas123 writes: A survey of 1,200 general consumers in four major countries by global tech design firm Frog found that 30% of respondents would give up their car before their smartphone. The online survey, which included the U.S., China, Denmark, and Germany, found that 37% of car owners would like to give up their car outright or felt they could get by without it by using an alternative form of transportation. "I think the people of my generation saw driving a vehicle as a rite of passage to adulthood. That was your freedom. I think the generation now views going from point A to point B as just occupying time that they could be doing something else," said Andrew Poliak of QNX Software Systems. At the same time, another survey revealed that even engineers continue to be wary of fully autonomous vehicles, including their vulnerability to hacks and exploits. The survey of IEEE members found they are not comfortable having autonomous vehicles pick up/drop off their children.

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How to be productive in the Digital Workplace

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 6:01am
Join us at 11am to discuss turning vision into reality

You’re familiar with the general idea of the Digital Workplace: extreme personal productivity, seamless and frictionless collaboration, and "anywhere, any network, any device" access to everything.…

'10-second' hack jogs Fitbits into malware-spreading mode

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 5:26am
To avoid viral stains, go jogging alone or with Bluetooth binned

A vulnerability in FitBit fitness trackers first reported to the vendor in March could still be exploited by the person you sit next to on a park bench while catching your breath.…

Made you jump! Space to give Earth an asteroid Halloween scare

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 5:03am
NASA warns cosmic rock travelling at ludicrous velocity

Halloween is traditionally a time for scares and the universe hasn't disappointed, sending a fast-moving asteroid down our way for a close encounter on October 31 at 1712 UTC (1012 PDT).…

German infosec bureaucrats want mail providers to encrypt

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 4:27am
Spook-busting IETF work gets nod from Federal Office of Information Security

It's not so often that the dense and often dull documents that are our Internet standards attract the endorsement of governments, but that's what has happened with RFC 7672.…

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