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EMC moves into Dell house: Where'd I put the spoons?

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 3:05pm
Check the Org chart, will you

Comment  We've learnt how the EMC organisation has been fitted into its new Dell house, at least at a top exec and product level, and here is an org chart set to show what we believe we know.…

NVIDIA 375.10 Linux Driver Released, Supports GTX 1050 Series

Phoronix - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 2:53pm
NVIDIA has released the 375.10 Linux driver as their first release in this new 375.xx series...

'Adding a Phone Number To Your Google Account Can Make it Less Secure'

Slashdot - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 2:50pm
You may think that adding a backup phone number to your account will make it prone to hack, but that is not always the case. Vijay Pandurangan, EIR at Benchmark (and formerly with Eng Site Lead at Twitter) argues that your phone number is likely the weakest link for many attackers (at least when they are trying to hack your Google account). He has shared the story of his friend who had his Google account compromised. The friend in this case, let's call him Bob, had a very strong password, a completely independent recovery email, hard-to-guess security questions, and he never logged in from unknown devices. Though Bob didn't have multi-factor authentication enabled, he did add a backup phone number. On October 1, when Bob attempted to check his email, he discovered that he was logged out of his Gmail account. When he tried to login, he was told that his password was changed less than an hour ago. He tried calling Verizon, and discovered that his phone service was no longer active, and that the attacker had switched his service to an iPhone 4. "Verizon later conceded that they had transferred his account despite having neither requested nor being given the 4-digit PIN they had on record." The attacker reset Bob's password and changed the recover email, password, name on the account, and enabled two-factor authentication. He got his account back, thanks to support staff and colleagues at Google, but the story illustrates how telco are the weakest link. From the article: Using a few old Google accounts, I experimented with Google's account recovery options and discovered that if a Google account does not have a backup phone number associated with it, Google requires you to have access to the recovery email account OR know the security questions in order to take over an account. However, if a backup phone number is on the account, Google allows you to type in a code from an SMS to the device in lieu of any other information. There you have it: adding a phone number reduces the security of your account to the lowest of: your recovery email account, your security questions, your phone service, and (presumably) Google's last-ditch customer service in case all other options fail. There are myriad examples of telcos improperly turning over their users' accounts: everything from phone hacking incidents in the UK to more recent examples. Simply put, telcos can be quite bad at securing your privacy and they should not be trusted. Interestingly, it appears that if two-factor-auth via SMS is enabled, Google will not allow your password to be reset unless you can also answer a security question in addition to having access to a phone number.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise gives UK boss control of Ireland

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 2:47pm
No, not the whole country, just the whole country operation

After three decades at or near the top of HPE’s Irish ops - latterly the standalone Enterprise organisation - Martin Murphy is to leave the business by the end of February, El Reg can confirm.…

Dyn dinged by DDoS: US DNS firm gives web a bad hair day

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 2:23pm
Reddit, Github, Airbnb and pals affected

A denial of service attack against managed DNS provider Dyn restricted access to many US-based websites on Friday.…

New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 2:01pm
You gotta have standards

Reg Standards Bureau  Reporting on NHS expenditure today, the BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle coined The Register's newest unit of measurement: The Pogba (Pg).…

Today is the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 1:43pm
Toast the Immortal Memory of Admiral Lord Nelson, shipmates

Today marks the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, in which Admiral Horatio Nelson gave the combined naval might of France and Spain a bloody good kicking.…

AT&T Considers Buying Time Warner

Slashdot - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 1:40pm
In what would likely be one of the largest telecommunications takeovers in American history, Bloomberg is reporting that ATT has discussed the idea of a possible merger or other partnership with Time Warner Inc (may be paywalled; alternate source). Bloomberg reports: The talks, which at this stage are informal, have focused on building relations between the companies rather than establishing the terms of a specific transaction, the people said, asking not to be identified as the deliberations are private. Neither side has yet hired a financial adviser, the people said. Acquiring Time Warner would give ATT, one of the biggest providers of pay-TV and of wireless and home internet service in the U.S., a collection of popular programming to offer to subscribers, from HBO to NBA basketball to the Cartoon Network. ATT CEO Randall Stephenson has been looking to add more content and original programming as part of his plan to transform the Dallas-based telecommunications company into a media and entertainment giant. Time Warner Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes is a willing seller if he gets an offer he thinks is fair, said one of the people. Bewkes and his board rejected an $85-a-share approach in 2014 from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc., which valued Time Warner at more than $75 billion. Last year, ATT paid $48.5 billion to acquire satellite-TV provider DirecTV, its biggest deal in at least 10 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. ATT has been developing an internet-based version of the pay-TV service, called DirecTV now.

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Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

Phoronix - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 1:39pm
With Mesa Git and Linux 4.9 I have done AMDGPU vs. Radeon, AMD OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks, and other tests while in this article is our first side-by-side comparison of AMD Radeon GPUs on their open-source driver against NVIDIA GPUs on Nouveau when using Linux 4.9 Git and Mesa Git as of this week.

Hax0rs sow Discord by using VoIP service to sling malware at gamers

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 1:31pm
Not even playtime's safe these days

Hackers abused a free VoIP service for gamers to distribute remote-access Trojans and other malware.…

Several Sites Including Twitter, Spotify, PayPal, SoundCloud Suffering Outage -- Dyn DNS Under DDoS Attack

Slashdot - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 1:06pm
Several popular websites and services are down right now for many users. The affected sites include Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and PayPal among others. The cause appears to be a sweeping outage of DNS provider Dyn -- which in turn is under DDoS attack, according to an official blog post.

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Facebook Bans Animated Breast Cancer Awareness Video Showing Circle-Shaped Breasts

Slashdot - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 1:00pm
Last month, Facebook deleted a historic Vietnam war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, claiming it violated Facebook's restrictions on nudity. Now it appears that the company has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden after deeming the images offensive, the Swedish Cancer Society said on Thursday. The Guardian reports: The video, displaying animated figures of women with circle-shaped breasts, was aimed at explaining to women how to check for suspicious lumps. Sweden's Cancerfonden said it had tried in vain to contact Facebook, and had decided to appeal against the decision to remove the video. "We find it incomprehensible and strange how one can perceive medical information as offensive," Cancerfoden communications director Lena Biornstad told Agence France-Presse. "This is information that saves lives, which is important for us," she said. "This prevents us from doing so." The Guardian went on to report in a separate article that the the Swedish Cancer Society decided to make the round breasts square to evade Facebook's censorship of female anatomy. The group issued an open letter to Facebook featuring the pair of pair of breasts constructed of pink squares as opposed to pink circles. Facebook did apologize for banning the video, saying in a statement to the Guardian: "We're very sorry, our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads. This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologize for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ads."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Computacenter Q3 numbers lifted by weak British Pound

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 12:58pm
'Hurrah for the Euro and our services biz in Germany' cheers reseller titan

The weak British pound worked in Computacenter’s favour during its calendar Q3, as the conversion of Euros generated by ops in mainland Europe helped to lift group revenues and offset “softness” in the UK.…

Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 12:29pm
30 cables cut and countless masts out of action

Hapless Network Rail contractors drove a pile through 30 cable ducts, cutting phone, broadband services and many cell towers in the Uxbridge, Middlesex - potentially knocking services out until next week.…

Linux Perf Gets New "C2C" Tool For False Sharing Detection

Phoronix - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 12:08pm
The perf code for Linux 4.10 is set to receive a new "c2c" tool...

No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:56am
Both parties promising massive tax break on overseas earnings

Last night's US presidential debate may have been fierce, but no matter who wins the election next month, technology firms are going to make out like bandits.…

Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:43am
And we'll attack you back, promises Defence Secretary

Britain is splurging £265m on military cyber security – and that includes offensive capabilities, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.…

Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:17am
Amazingly slow Shropshire attack causes sluggish services

Snails attacked a Virgin Media broadband cabinet in Shropshire, UK, resulting in sluggish broadband services.…

UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 10:58am
Seeks passporting clarity

A UK fin-tech firm will seek regulation in Ireland if the government doesn’t preserve financial services passporting rights in its EU exit talks.…

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

El Reg - Fri, 21/10/2016 - 10:24am
How not to throw the baby out with the bathwater

If you're considering doing a relaunch, a "reboot", or a revamp of any kind, there's a lot to learn from the story of the Mini.…

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