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Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 3:31pm
Dictators' favourite spyware is working at the top, says report

A surveillance campaign utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the infamous spyware also known as FinSpy, has been tracked by security researchers.…

NVIDIA Drops the Basic Shield TV's Price To $180

Slashdot - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 3:20pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: NVIDIA's Shield TV promised to be an Android set-top box for gamers, and in that sense, it delivered. The company first released it in 2015, but its updated version cut down on price by bundling the $50 remote in to make the base-tier $200 version more cost-efficient. Now they're dropping that price down to $180, which is an even better deal. NVIDIA is keeping the $200 tier by bundling in its normally $60 controller alongside the included remote.

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CryENGINE 5.4 Now Available With Vulkan Beta Support

Phoronix - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 3:17pm
Crytek today has shipped the exciting CryENGINE 5.4 game engine update...

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 3:16pm
Intel and Microsoft have been working together to ease the pain

Sponsored  Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates.…

Outgoing Cisco exec chair John Chambers joins Sprinklr board

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 2:59pm
There is life after the Borg... in social media management platforms apparently

Outgoing Cisco executive chairman John Chambers is to join the board of directors on social media management outfit Sprinklr, no doubt the first of many non-exec roles the former Switchzilla boss will hold.…

Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3: Keeping Threadripper Running Happy With Air Cooling

Phoronix - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 2:48pm
We recently looked at several Noctua cooler options for Intel's Core X-Series while today the tables have turned and we tried out Noctua's TR4-SP3 heatsink that is capable of cooling the high-Wattage Threadripper and EPYC processors with air cooling.

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 2:41pm
It's for the grater good

After Caerphilly considering its position, Quebec's French-language watchdog has decided it doesn't give edam about its linguistic ban on using "anglicisms" such as "grilled cheese", a move that has been welcomed as gouda news.…

SEC Discloses Hackers Penetrated EDGAR, Profited in Trading

Slashdot - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 2:40pm
Chris Woodyard, writing for USA Today: Hackers made their way into the Security and Exchange Commission's EDGAR electronic filing system last year, retrieving private data that appear to have resulted in "an illicit gain through trading," the agency said. It was only in August that the commission learned that hackers may have been able to use their illegal activities to make ill-gotten gains through market trading, said Chairman Jay Clayton in a lengthy statement posted on the SEC's website. EDGAR, which stands for Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval, is considered critical to the SEC's operation and the ability of investors to see the electronic filings of companies and markets. The SEC says about 50 million documents are viewed through EDGAR on a typical day. It receives about 1.7 million filings a year.

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Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 2:15pm
Tim on the social media team will need a new job

You'd have thought that Equifax staff would be on their toes ever since the megahack that exposed the private data of over 143 million Americans but the corporation's social media certainly haven't got the message.…

The CCleaner Malware Fiasco Targeted at Least 20 Specific Tech Firms

Slashdot - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hundreds of thousands of computers getting penetrated by a corrupted version of an ultra-common piece of security software was never going to end well. But now it's becoming clear exactly how bad the results of the recent CCleaner malware outbreak may be. Researchers now believe that the hackers behind it were bent not only on mass infections, but on targeted espionage that tried to gain access to the networks of at least 20 tech firms. Earlier this week, security firms Morphisec and Cisco revealed that CCleaner, a piece of security software distributed by Czech company Avast, had been hijacked by hackers and loaded with a backdoor that evaded the company's security checks. It wound up installed on more than 700,000 computers. On Wednesday, researchers at Cisco's Talos security division revealed that they've now analyzed the hackers' "command-and-control" server to which those malicious versions of CCleaner connected. On that server, they found evidence that the hackers had attempted to filter their collection of backdoored victim machines to find computers inside the networks of 20 tech firms, including Intel, Google, Microsoft, Akamai, Samsung, Sony, VMware, HTC, Linksys, D-Link and Cisco itself. In about half of those cases, says Talos research manager Craig Williams, the hackers successfully found a machine they'd compromised within the company's network, and used their backdoor to infect it with another piece of malware intended to serve as a deeper foothold, one that Cisco now believes was likely intended for industrial espionage.

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Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 1:53pm
You're an algorithms company, Larry!

Analysis  Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it.…

PostgreSQL 10 Release Candidate 1 Arrives

Phoronix - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 1:24pm
The first release candidate of PostgreSQL 10.0 is now available for testing...

Something good about Brexit? Errr, more teeth for Ofcom! – report

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 1:14pm
But elsewhere fear and uncertainty reigns. Ahhh!

Brexit could hand UK watchdog Ofcom more powers to intervene in the retail telecoms markets while simultaneously creating uncertainty over mobile roaming charges, according to a wide-ranging discussion paper.…

Tesla Is Working With AMD To Develop Its Own AI Chip For Self-Driving Cars

Slashdot - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla is getting closer to having its own chip for handling autonomous driving tasks in its cars. The carmaker has received back samples of the first implementation of its processor and is now running tests on it, said a source familiar with the matter. The effort to build its own chip is in line with Tesla's push to be vertically integrated and decrease reliance on other companies. But Tesla isn't completely going it alone in chip development, according to the source, and will build on top of AMD intellectual property. On Wednesday Sanjay Jha, CEO of AMD spin-off GlobalFoundries, said at the company's technology conference in Santa Clara, California, that the company is working directly with Tesla. GlobalFoundries, which fabricates chips, has a wafer supply agreement in place with AMD through 2020. Tesla's silicon project is bounding ahead under the leadership of longtime chip architect Jim Keller, the head of Autopilot hardware and software since the departure of Apple veteran Chris Lattner in June. Keller, 57, joined Tesla in early 2016 following two stints at AMD and one at Apple. Keller arrived at Apple in 2008 through its acquisition of Palo Alto Semiconductor and was the designer of Apple's A4 and A5 iPhone chips, among other things. More than 50 people are working on the initiative under Keller, the source said. Tesla has brought on several AMD veterans after hiring Keller, including director Ganesh Venkataramanan, principal hardware engineer Bill McGee and system circuit design lead Dan Bailey.

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Baidu-backed fund has a BEEELLION quid for 100 self-driving projects

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 12:41pm
China's Google also updated its open-source autonomous vehicle software

A joint investment venture backed by China's Baidu is offering 10 billion yuan (£1.1bn) for 100 autonomous driving projects anywhere in the world.…

How's that 'turnaround' year going, Capita? ...Sheesh, sorry I asked

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 12:03pm
Things still gloomy after profit warning and restructure

At the halfway point of a turnaround year for listing tech outsourcing ship Capita, the vital statistics are still moving in the wrong direction with top and bottom line slipping and major contract challenges noted.…

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 11:32am
Kludge takes shine off ever-improving Watch

Analysis  Just as the Apple Watch was set to go mainstream, bugs and poor design choices have taken the shine off the latest version of the hardware.…

NVIDIA Continues Prepping The Linux Desktop Stack For HDR Display Support

Phoronix - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 10:59am
Besides working on the new Unix device memory allocator project, they have also been engaged with upstream open-source Linux developers over preparing the Linux desktop for HDR display support...

<i>Register</i> Lectures tackle war and power... in the digital world at least

El Reg - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 10:57am
Mists? Mellowness? Not at these talks...

Lectures  If mists and mellow fruitfulness aren't your thing, celebrate Autumn by joining us for a pair of hard-hitting Register lectures which examine some of the pricklier issues dogging the digital world.…

Beignet OpenCL Now Supports LLVM 5.0

Phoronix - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 10:37am
For those making use of Beignet for Intel graphics OpenCL acceleration on Linux, it finally has added support for LLVM 5.0...
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