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Forget nation-states, BAB0 is the stuff of savvy crims

Some of the world's best threat detection platforms have been bypassed by custom malware in a demonstration of the fallibility of single defence security.…


More TV white space magic

Ever wondered who tried to steal your meerkat? Well, worry no longer thanks to the London Zoo, Google and CCTV biz KineSense.…


Life came here by meteorite theory gets a boost

Sounding rockets are sub-orbital spacecraft used to test rocket technologies and to run other experiments. Launches of such craft are quite common and most escape attention: the TEXUS-49 mission launched from Sweden on March 29th, 2011, and now doesn't even produce a clean hit on Google.…


VMware, meanwhile, reveals patent-pending desk-o-matic decision maker

Desktop virtualisation's year has been marked by a growing number of insistences that the technology is now mature, doesn't require more storage than you first planned for and can handle even graphics-intensive, workstation-grade workloads.…


Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte heads for the exit as former HP man drafted as interim CEO

Australian research house Research house National ICT Australia (NICTA) has announced the unexpected resignation of CEO Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte.…


Study finds those aware of leaker-at-large harden start to surf smart

A good deal of folk aware of NSA leaker Edward Snowden have improved the security of their online activity after learning of his exploits, a large survey has found.…


Riecoin distributed miner claims world record for prime sextuplet generation

Bitcoin mining, our own Simon Rockman wrote last January, "is essentially a brute-force attack on the generating algorithm".…


At least it's not another smartwatch

China's Baidu is often compared to Google: it runs a dominant search engine and is tacking on related services at a brisk pace.…


Users self-censor to avoid arrest

Syria's Bashar al Assad-led regime blocked scores of legitimate services and entire network regions in its bid to scrub out access to sites such as Reddit, Google and Skype, the first analysis of the nation's web filtering reveals.…


What is 'VMware SWITCH'? And is it linked to Virtzilla's looming investor call?

VMware has been awarded a mighty interesting-sounding trademark.…


Government develops own taxi app

Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has found a way to out-Uber Uber, by launching a taxi-finding app of its own.…


New gizmo lets Disney character tell you the time

Apple has reached an agreement with Disney that will see Mickey Mouse telling the time on its new Watch device.…


'Independent reviewer' demands her industry is showered in gold

Analysis  The government’s controversial "Independent Review" of so-called "sharing economy" companies – such as Uber – has concluded that they should be encouraged to self-regulate while receive government nurturing and love – and your money.…


Annual compare shows fall

HP's newer, converged storage offerings are selling less well than they did a year ago. In the storage golf tournament, HP has hit bogeys instead of a birdy for the latest hole.…


Refresh activity to be XP-like, biz still pondering next move

Windows Server 2003 refresh activity has yet to show up in a major way across the UK tech channel amid estimates that eight million physical systems are still out there in the wild - not all of which will be replaced like-for-like.…


Gathers cash from Telefonica, MasterCard, Santander

Mobile payments company Monitise has raised £49m via partners Telefonica, Santander and MasterCard to invest in global payments tech.…


It’s only code, you greedy chunters

Inflated valuations for software companies are discouraging possible acquirers, says Chinese giant Huawei.…


Don’t stumble into the responsibility void

Most organisations are seeing users and business groups starting to make their own technology decisions to some degree or another. On the one hand this provides those in the business with the freedom and flexibility they often crave, but unilateral adoption of equipment, software and services can create ambiguity over who is responsible for what. Action therefore needs to be taken to ensure that costs and risks do not escalate out of control.…


Chairman of the board takes leave of absence

The chairman of Candy Crush-maker King has quit as the head of the firm and stepped down from the board for "personal reasons", the company said.…


We're keeping a lid on costs and exiting unprofitable sales, so there

If companies operate as intended then sales growth should be a given, and with its accountancy scandal pretty much behind it Tech Data reported business as usual for the fiscal third quarter that ended last month.…


The NOC nobody wanted is actually quite useful

Analysis  Last year we invited you, as a thought experiment, to value BlackBerry as an oddball cluster of startups – and now it seems the company has taken our advice to heart. It forms the heart of its strategy: the once tightly coupled divisions are free to compete – even if it means taking business off each other.…


Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy

The Syrian Electronic Army has compromised a number of news websites – apparently through DNS redirects via Gigya, a customer identity management platform used by all the sites.…


Card firms might make claims against hardware giant, it warns

Hacked hardware mart Home Depot has forked out $43m to quash spot fires emanating from the data breach inferno this year, SEC filing documents show.…


Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film

Harrison Ford will star in the much-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott has confirmed.…


Former employer files suit against Mike Kail

Yahoo! and its CIO Mike Kail may have a problem on their hands, after his former employer Netflix launched a civil suit against him for allegedly accepting kickbacks when he was working as their veep of IT operations.…


It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!

The European Parliament is gunning for Google. In a completely unenforceable symbolic gesture today, it voted to "unbundle search engines from commercial services" (which would, in effect mean the breakup of Google).…


If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works

The Home Office is seeking suppliers for a £20m contract for a "bespoke tracking and surveillance system" for all law enforcement agencies.…


Beware ex-colleagues, think beyond pay packet

Employers beware – after years of relative inactivity, job seekers are gearing up for change. Economic improvements and an increase in business confidence have led to a burgeoning jobs market and an epidemic of itchy feet.…


Uber-SRM or data resource management

Comment  The more hybrid and heterogeneous data storage silos we have, the more we need single management focus.…


No more cloud-latency tea breaks for you, users! Get a load of THIS

Comment  Behold GRAEF-USA's mostly empty rack; latency sucks, and getting files from the cloud generally means multiple round trip delays if large files are needed in remote offices and shared by project teams. But Panzura says it has cloud storage gateway tech that solves this problem and cites GRAEF-USA and a 2-site, $250K saving as evidence.…


A Microsoft posting reveals deep-seated issues

Analysis  When Microsoft came up with Windows 8 a couple of years ago, the message was clear: the future is tablet-shaped. The Windows desktop is still there, but not much changed from Windows 7 - some things went backwards, such as translucent "Aero" windows, available in 7 but gone in 8. Now the company is scrambling to fix its desktop development tools.…


... we've enough trouble with Regin as it is

The EU’s laws on snooping technology exports must be updated in light of the Regin breach, according to some MEPs.…


Fully functional free-for-all

Product round-up  No matter if you're reinstalling Windows for the 47th time this fortnight or attempting to rid a new machine of bloatware in favour of something that's actually useful, the question remains: what alternative apps exist that don’t involve coughing up for obscene licensing fees?…


Welcomes Azure as First Server in the Cloud section

Comment DataCore has updated its SANsymphony and Virtual SAN software products to reach 100 million IOPS and 64PB capacity. It's also getting into bed with Azure.…


Well get ON with it then, we're waiting

Analysis  It has been more than 100 years since the first wireless power systems were demonstrated and the principles are about as well-known as any in the technology field.…


Code jockeys: count up and grab your fabulous tablets

Some years back, when Microsoft was mired in Windows Vista and open source issues, and web developers were on an accelerating trajectory, a quiet revolution took place.…


'Very hard' problem, devs claim

Google disappointed fans of its priced-like-a-pizza Chromecast TV dongle this week, when it said it won't be fixing an annoying video quirk that has some European customers' eyes twitching.…


New idea is worth the e-paper it's printed on

Sony is to bring out a smartwatch with an e-paper screen that solves one of the biggest wearable shortfalls: battery life.…


And disclose the biggest surprise of Comet 67P

Scientists on the Rosetta comet mission team report they are confident that the Philae lander is not down for the count and should be revived in the spring or summer of next year once it has had a chance to warm up a bit.…


Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER

Naughty domain owners are still playing nasty tricks on the whois domain lookup service to tease the likes of Google and Microsoft.…


Up to 60 per cent of transactions can be linked to IPs

The cyber-libertarian poster-child Bitcoin, meant to usher in a new age of anonymous transactions, is rubbish at protecting users' IP addresses according to research from the University of Luxembourg.…


The Z80 and 6502 generation wore the sexist stereotype, now it's up to them to fix it

Over the past few years it has been my delight to serve as a judge with Young ICT Explorers, an annual competition of primary and secondary age kids who put their heart and soul into some often very impressive IT projects. After every event I come away seriously impressed with the skills of the next generation.…


Facilities to come online in 2016

The fatter-than-fat connections provided by America's ESNet to its research community are about to enable a more cloudy supercomputing approach for researchers, with the National Science Foundation has setting aside US$16 million to build new facilities in Indiana and Texas.…


Bland statement and weak paper puts question mark over value of elite group

The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has waded into the debate over the critical IANA contract with a formal statement and position paper. Rather than making a splash, however, the result is somewhat of a soggy mess.…


Camera firm will cut the middleman for flying filmmakers

Action camera company GoPro is reportedly planning to develop and sell its own line of camera-equipped drones.…


Yet another reason to make sure you've patched promptly and properly

The Acrobat Reader Windows sandbox contains a vulnerability that could allow attackers to break out and gain higher privileges, Google security bod James Forshaw claims.…


Junk filled forms and auto-bot Acunetix scams showcases absurd computer crime laws

A US hacker has dodged 440 years in prison for computer crime offences that amount to scanning sites with automatic tools and filling in web forms with junk data.…


Remote exploits plugged in WinCC

Got Siemens SCADA? Get patching: the company has issued updates for software using its WinCC application to plug a bunch of remotely-exploitable vulnerabilities.…


Business and individual security to be tested by panel including Cisco security supremo

Australia will conduct a national "cyber-security review".…


Two-hour outage had global impact

Don't start your Black Friday online shopping spree just yet: Amazon Web Services' CloudFront content delivery network has wobbled over the last few hours and the perennially-loss-making retailer, and customers of its cloud computing services, have reportedly been hard to access.…