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US DoD, Brit ISP BT reverse proxies can be abused to frisk internal systems – researcher

And how to avoid making the same mistakes BSides Minor blunders in reverse web proxies can result in critical security vulnerabilities on internal networks, the infosec world was warned this week.…

Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box bruiser

Machine learning and code to detect and alert attempts to extract passwords from staff Security researchers from UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US have come up with a way to mitigate the risk of spear-phishing in corporate environments.…

No, the cops can't get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

Judges frown upon fishing for incriminating data on phones It's a ruling sending shockwaves through the worlds of privacy, device security, and law enforcement in America.…

Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

And only $230,000 a head out of the public purse! Wisconsin has moved forward a $3bn incentives package to lure manufacturing giant Foxconn to the US state.…

FTC wants AT&T to kick in $4bn to help balance US budget. Why? Some dodgy ads or something

Telco's TV biz accused of false advertising by trade watchdog America's trade watchdog is seeking $3.95bn in damages from AT&T over allegations of dodgy marketing by its DirecTV wing.…

Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

Plus: Steve Bannon fired from White House Updated Tech leaders today resigned from the US government's digital economy advisory board over President Trump's inability to unequivocally condemn racists.…

Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

And what finer company than Uber to make that clear You may never read those lengthy terms and conditions attached to every digital download or app but, in America at least, they are legally binding. Sorry.…

Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box brusier

Machine learning and code to detect and alert attempts to extract passwords from staff Security researchers from UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US have come up with a way to mitigate the risk of spear-phishing in corporate environments.…

FTC wants AT&T to kick in $4bn to help balance US budget. Why? Some dodgy ads or something

Telco's TV biz accused of false advertising by trade watchdog America's trade watchdog is seeking $3.95bn in damages from AT&T over allegations of dodgy ads by its DirecTV wing.…

Mozilla, IEEE, Rapid7 bosses blast Trump, quit US govt's digital economy advisory board

Plus: Steve Bannon reportedly out of the White House, too Tech leaders today resigned from the US government's digital economy advisory board over comments made by President Trump earlier this week.…

Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

But the MoD will happily tell you how many manned jets we're using to do that exact thing The UK's Information Tribunal has rejected an appeal by campaigners trying to find out how many British Reaper drones are being used for warlike missions in the Middle East.…

Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

But the MoD will happily tell you how many manned jets we're using to do that exact thing The Information Tribunal has rejected an appeal by campaigners trying to find out how many British Reaper drones are being used for warlike missions in the Middle East.…

Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

Gaming star strikes Atari has sued Nestle, accusing it of "blatantly" impinging on its intellectual property by featuring the 1970s video game Breakout in a Kit Kat ad without its permission.…

Last FalconStor CEO survived just six weeks before being replaced

New CFO too as data protection firm refuses to give in +Comment It's all change at FalconStor, which has a new CEO and CFO just six weeks after the last chief exec was appointed.…

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

Security researchers pick up angle grinder, drop £2k-plus in B-sides chat BSides Weighing in at 800kg secondhand, freestanding ATMs - a safe with a computer on top' - are a logistical nightmare to own and research, security boffin Leigh-Anne Galloway warned delegates at the BSides Manchester ...

So, Nokia. What makes you think the world wants your phones?

HMD chiefs explain their cunning comeback plan Interview For over 20 years The Register has covered the rise and fall of Nokia phones. The story took a new turn this week with the arrival of a flagship, the first for three years, from the brand's custodians HMD. We spoke to the top executives behind ...

Mozilla, IEEE bosses blast Trump, quit US govt's digital economy advisory board

Plus: Steve Bannon reportedly out of the White House, too Tech leaders today resigned from the US government's digital economy advisory board over comments made by President Trump earlier this week.…

Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

Big Red seeks open-source foundation to host platform Oracle has revealed plans to shift Java Enterprise Edition to an open-source foundation as it promises delivery of version 8 is "approaching".…

NetApp swallows Icelandic cloud management software biz

Greenqloud's QStack becomes gets NetApp-ed NetApp has made one of its relatively rare acquisitions – this time an Icelandic cloud management software house called Greenqloud with its Qstack product.…

So long and thanks for all the phish: Red teams need to be smarter now

Pen-testers face new challenges as defences evolve BSides The opening talk at BSides Manchester on Thursday examined how red team tactics are evolving beyond phishing to include a wider variety of methods.…

Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

Man pulls out replica rifle after frosty treat disappointment An irate McDonald's drive-thru punter was so pissed that he couldn't get his Sunday morning ice cream fix due to a broken dispenser that he pulled out a replica AR-15 rifle from his car boot in protest.…

Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?

In the land of decline, sustainable growth is king Analysis Like many enterprise tech dinosaurs, Cisco has clutched at new lines of revenue for some time, positioning its security arm as the centrepiece of a long-talked-about reinvention as a software biz.…

British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

Wang wag's Croatian beach art highlighted... again British Airways' website is displaying a penis carved into a beautiful sandy beach – the same inappropriate erection that was standing over bing.com yesterday.…

UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

And Server 2003. Yep, this is the year 2017 and we're not making this up Freelance IT type? Know about the gubbins of Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003? Don't care about all that IR35 guff? We've got great news – UK.gov wants to hire you.…

Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

What's that, TidalScale? The Big Friendly what? Analysis TidalScale is building a software-defined server product. But how would that work, as it needs to run in a server and you can't really redefine the server you are running in, can you?…

Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

Former SAP man Vishal Sikka bails but will be interim CEO's boss Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has resigned, effective immediately, but neither he nor the company's board are happy he's going.…

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

And had suits savage an utterly innocent sysadmin for his own ignorance Friday m ON-CALL Friday means a few things at El Reg: a new BOFH. A couple of beers. And another instalment of On-Call, our weekly column in which we take reader-contributed tales of being asked to do horrible things for ...

Who wants multiple virtual workstations on a GPU in a blade server?

NVIDIA reckons engineering types do, so it's cut a new GPU and software to carve it up NVIDIA's cranked up the virtual workstation caper by giving the world a new GPU that slots into blade servers, plus software to let it run multiple workstation-grade VMs.…

Lenovo expects data centre profits in two years, if it can fix China

For now the company is just happy with growth for the first time since buying IBM's servers Lenovo has reported flat quarter-on-quarter revenue, but is content to have achieved that as it reflects stabilisation in its data centre and mobile businesses.…

Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

Phablets sent to AT&T customers with batteries from FedEx are at risk Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4.…

New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

Federal agency addresses the new world of Alexa, smart cameras and IoT A draft of new IT security measures by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology has for the first time pulled privacy into its core text as well as expanded its scope to include the internet of things and smart home ...

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Money laundering and terror finance laws will stretch to cover digi-dollars Australia has decided digital currencies need the same level of regulation enjoyed by other currencies.…

US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

Verizon says basestation dumps increasingly popular US telecoms giant Verizon says police are increasingly asking it to cough up massive dumps of cellphone data rather than individual records.…

What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave security chip? Now we have a decryption key...

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ARM disassemblers Apple's Secure Enclave, an ARM-based coprocessor used to enhance iOS security, became a bit less secure on Thursday with the publication of a firmware decryption key.…

Tomorrow, DreamHost will square up to US DoJ to avoid handing over 1.3m IP addresses of anti-Trump site visitors

Data demand 'breaks First and Fourth Amendments' Efforts by US prosecutors to identify up to 1.3 million people who accessed an anti-Trump protest website is unconstitutional, a court will hear on Friday.…

Don't panic, Chicago, but an AWS S3 config blunder exposed 1.8 million voter records

Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage.…

Don't panic, Chicago, but 1.8 million of your voters' records leaked from a weak AWS silo

Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans unsecured, in public view for anyone to download, in a misconfigured AWS storage system.…

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

Except at quality titles like El Reg, of course, cough John Wanamaker, an American department store merchant who died almost a century ago, is noted for saying: "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."…

Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

Judge throws out lawsuit seeking to prevent rollout of broadband cables AT&T's legal battle to stop Google rolling out broadband internet in Louisville, Kentucky, has been halted in its tracks.…

I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

Johnson, get a load of this SFW Some of the dozens of users of Bing today spotted a lewd sand carving semi-hidden in the Microsoft search engine's front page splash photo.…

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

Year-on-year deployment isn't really a trial, say privacy groups London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.…

Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

Say what now, Gartner? Gartner has predicted a backlash against virtual assistants like Siri – but recommends that businesses deploy them anyway.…

Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

Gyroscopic trams, bunkerbeds! Enter the 'dope' world of Dahir Semenov Earlier this week, Mashable, a clickbait site for millennials, showcased a novel urban transport system. It got very excited, calling it "dope" and the "future of transportation".…

Making money is so DRAM easy for some memory-flingers

Another record revenue quarter ... even as drought eases While we are recovering from the global DRAM shortage, there's still enough of a drought for chip-slingers to rake in record revenues.…

London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app, exposed personal info

Authority fined £70k after missing URL manipulation A London council has been fined £70,000 after design faults in its TicketViewer app allowed unauthorised access to 119 documents containing sensitive personal information.…

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

Anti-shrinkage policy could add millions to firm's wage bill Apple may have to pay its employees extra for time it spends rifling through their personal belongings at work, if it loses a long-running lawsuit that is now in front of the Californian Supreme Court.…

Celeb-backed music gambit rebrands as 'Roxi', prays for IPO

Electric Jukebox has a dildo and wants £100m The company behind what was dubbed the "most ridiculous digital music launch in history" is rebranding its product and hoping to raise $100m by selling shares to the public.…

HPE sales chief Peter Ryan abandons ship amid downsizing ploy

CSO said to have quit to spend more time with family in UK HPE global sales chieftan Peter Ryan has quit the company after just over a year of relentless travel away from his family in the UK.…

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

Prising IT systems from decades of EU lawmaking Exclusive Defra – the UK government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – is hiring 1,400 "business policy" folk so it can untangle itself from Europe after Brexit, according to multiple insiders.…

Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

Damages calculated on potential earnings Singapore's High Court has awarded S$4m* dollars to a former insurance agent after a letter of reference lost him a potential new job.…