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Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soaps team up for 'cyber' episode

Fri, 15/02/2019 - 16:16
WannaCry? You will do

BBC "sister" medical drama shows Holby City and the venerable Casualty from which it sprang have announced that they are teaming up for a two-part "cyberattack special". NHS techies, stop sniggering at the back!…

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Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you

Fri, 15/02/2019 - 10:05
Windows 10 Insiders sent screaming into a future where, er, nothing much has changed right now

Microsoft fired up the speculation machine last night by issuing a fresh build of Windows 10 to lucky skip-ahead testers: and it contains code from 2020s Windows.…

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'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

Fri, 15/02/2019 - 07:12
Execs, experts hope this cooperation continues to hold for the next big bug

A panel of eggheads from Intel, the US government, and academia held court this week to figure how they can keep the likes of El Reg from spoiling their next major bug reveal.…

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Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 22:56
CorrectHorseBatteryStaple once again more secure and memorable than ff3sd21n

HashCat, an open source password recovery tool, can now crack an eight-character Windows NTLM password hash in less time than it will take to watch Avengers: Endgame.…

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Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 20:22
When in America, STFU and get a lawyer. Even if you're innocent

Marcus Hutchins, the Brit white-hat hacker who halted 2017's WannaCry ransomware outbreak, has failed to stop the American legal system using statements he made while recovering from the effects of holidaying in Las Vegas.…

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US man and Brit teen convict indicted over school bomb threat spree

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 13:50
Roses are reddish, don't cry into your beer... but is better than Top Gear

A 20-year-old American man who allegedly used the Twitter handle @WantedByFeds has been charged with DDoSing, sending bomb threats and more along with a British teenager who is already in prison.…

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Cover your NASes: QNAP acknowledges mystery malware but there's no patch yet

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 09:30
Anti-antivirus root-rooting weirdness just gets deeper

Taiwanese NAS maker QNAP has admitted its devices are affected by mysterious malware that alters hosts files on infected boxen following The Register's report.…

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Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 07:33
Get an update, or risk giving a dodgy user or malware an upgrade

Canonical has issued an update for Ubuntu to address a security vulnerability that can be exploited by malware and rogue users to gain root access.…

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US counterintelligence agent helped Iran lob cyber-bombs at America, say Uncle Sam's lawyers

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 01:25
Prosecutors accuse Monica Witt of helping Tehran target her former colleagues

US prosecutors on Wednesday announced the indictment of a former US counterintelligence agent on charges of helping Iran conduct cyberattacks on her former colleagues.…

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ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh, no you don't

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 22:55
Federal court shoots down attempt to reveal Feds' decryption demands

A US federal judge has refused to unseal court paperwork that would show how the FBI tried to force Facebook to snoop on calls made through its instant-messaging app.…

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Hackers KO Malta's Bank of Valletta in attempt to nick €13m

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 17:38
Hapless bank goes into lockdown mode, vanishes from the internet

Malta's Bank of Valetta (BOV) has pulled the plug on its entire internet access, including shutting down cashpoints and branch offices, after detecting a "cyber intrusion" by crims that tried to steal nearly €13m.…

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British and US militaries' drone swarm hackathon definitely isn't about army tech

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 13:50
It's about fighting fires, not starting them, right defence bods?

The British military has commissioned a hackathon to develop drone swarms – while claiming that it's definitely not about developing dual-use military tech.…

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 12:00
Oh snap. UK netizens better hope they don't have twitchy mouse-click finger

It will be an offence to view terrorist material online just once – and could incur a prison sentence of up to 15 years – under new UK laws.…

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Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 18:49
The 'VF' now stands for 'virtually f*cked'

A hacker wiped every server and backup of VFEmail this week in a "catastrophic" attack, according to the webmail service.…

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Q. What's a good thing to put outside a building of spies? A: A banner saying 'here we are!'

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 12:46
UK's Huawei handlers are proud of themselves

The Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) has a giant banner hanging outside declaring its purpose to the world.…

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First they came for Equifax and we did nothing because America. Now they are coming for back-end systems and we're...

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 12:03
Imag-I-Nation Technologies (no, not that one) fesses up to breach affecting thousands

A company that develops and supports software for consumer reports and background checks has admitted to exposing thousands of people's information to an unknown hacker.…

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Intel SGX 'safe' room easily trashed by white-hat hacking marauders: Enclave malware demo'd

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 02:17
Handy for smuggling expensive zero-days onto targets and executing them

Updated  Security researchers have found that Intel's Software Guard Extensions (SGX) don't live up to their name. In fact, we're told, they can be used to hide pieces of nasty malware that can silently masquerade as normal applications.…

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Blue Monday in infosec: 620 million accounts across 16 'hacked' websites now for sale on dark web, seller claims

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 23:55
Dubsmash, Armor Games, 500px, Whitepages, ShareThis, and more allegedly up for grabs for $$$s in BTC

Exclusive  Some 617 million online account details stolen from 16 hacked websites are on sale from today in bulk on the dark web, according the data trove's seller.…

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Network kit biz Phoenix takes heat as flaws could leave industrial control system security in ashes

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 23:33
Oil, gas, maritime systems affected by latest bug findings

Companies running a popular brand of industrial Ethernet switch are being advised to update their firmware ASAP following a series of bug disclosures.…

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Patch this run(DM)c Docker flaw or you be illin'... Tricky containers can root host boxes. It's like that – and that's the way it is

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 20:36
'Doomsday scenario' unless devops crowd walks this way

Aleksa Sarai, a senior software engineer at SUSE Linux GmbH, has disclosed a serious vulnerability affecting runc, the default container runtime for Docker, containerd, Podman, and CRI-O.…

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