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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.…

The NYPD's X-Ray Vans

Slashdot - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 4:14am
An anonymous reader writes: A few years ago, we heard tales of vans outfitted by the U.S. government to hold giant X-ray scanners, which they'd use to drive around and inspect vehicles. Now, it turns out similar vans have made their way to police departments, including the NYPD. The police are unwilling to explain (PDF) how they're used, or how often. "A state court has already ruled that the NYPD has to turn over policies, procedures, and training manuals that shape uses of X-rays; reports on past deployments; information on the costs of the X-ray devices and the number of vans purchased; and information on the health and safety effects of the technology. But New York City is fighting on appeal to suppress that information and more, as if it is some kind of spy agency rather than a municipal police department operating on domestic soil, ostensibly at the pleasure of city residents."

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Microsoft cuddles cloudy content with CDN deal

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 3:57am
Akamai, Redmond link arms in bit-farms

Microsoft has inked a deal with Akamai to integrate its content delivery network (CDN) into the Azure cloud platform.…

NEC chasing global deal for app-specific Oracle DB appliance bundles

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 3:31am
Talks at OpenWorld will explore global expansion for Australian collaboration

The Australian limb of NEC has cooked up an application-specific bundle based on Oracle database appliances and hopes to expand the concept and take it global.…

Let's Encrypt announces browser integration

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 2:57am
Cross-signatures in hand, free cert authority is ready to roll

Let's Encrypt has announced that it's received cross-signatures from IdenTrust.…

Oracle plugs flaw used in attacks on NATO and the White House

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 2:55am
Pawn Storm's 'ingenious' click-to-own Java 0day neutered

Oracle has crushed a critical click-to-play vulnerability attackers used in the NATO-busting hacking operation known as Pawn Storm, Trend Micro threat analyst Jack Tang says.…

First Cancer Case Confirmed From Fukushima Cleanup

Slashdot - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 2:09am
AmiMoJo writes: Japan's labor ministry has confirmed the first cancer case related to work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Following on from reports of elevated levels of child cancer and 1,600 civilians deaths from the evacuation, this is the first time that one of the 44,000 people involved in the clean up operation has been diagnosed with cancer resulting directly from the accident. The worker was involved in recovery and cleanup efforts at the plant after it suffered a meltdown in March, 2011. He was in his late 30s at the time, and has been diagnosed with leukemia. The ministry has approved workers' compensation. Radiation exposure has been linked to the onset of leukemia.

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VMware considered de-composing NSX into discrete products

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 2:02am
One ring to bind all hypervisors is Virtzilla's next network virty goal

VMware considered, but rejected, the idea of creating a range of network virtualisation products by breaking out subsets of functionality from its flagship NSX product.…

Oracle points patching firehose at 154 vulnerabilities

El Reg - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 12:56am
Of course there's a Java fix, there always is

Sysadmins forced by circumstance or folly to support Java can get busy again, with 25 fixes for the product among the Scarlet Letter's regular patch notice.…

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