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Suspected phishing email crime boss arrested in Nigeria

Jessica Lyons Hardcastle Thu 26 May 2022 // 07:25 UTC. Copy. Interpol and cops in Africa have arrested a Nigerian man suspected of running a multi-continent cybercrime ring that specialized in phishing emails targeting businesses. His alleged operation was responsible for so-called business email compromise (BEC), a mix of fraud and social

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ServiceNow buys hardware in bulk to avoid supply chain woes

CTO shares datacenter secrets with The Reg: NVMe, MariaDB, mid-range x86 CPUs, S3-alike, and more. The tech world's pandemic supply chain meltdown drove ServiceNow to place orders for a year worth of datacenter kit in January 2022, believing that doing so was necessary to get the hardware it needed to cope with growing customer workloads.

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Broadcom, VMware agree to $61 billion merger • The Register

Dan Robinson Thu 26 May 2022 // 16:20 UTC. 12. Broadcom has confirmed it intends to acquire VMware in a deal that looks set to be worth $61 billion, if it goes ahead: the agreement provides for a “go-shop” provision under which the virtualization giant may solicit alternative offers. Rumors of the proposed merger emerged earlier this week

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Campaigners warn over Privacy Shield enhancements • The Register

2 days ago · What is Schrems I? In the first case, arising from a complaint filed with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in 2011, privacy activist Max Schrems ultimately toppled the biggest EU-US data-sharing deal, Safe Harbor. Schrems had alleged that Facebook violated the so-called Safe Harbor agreement which protects EU citizens' privacy, by transferring its users' data to …

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WSL2 arrives on Windows Server 2022 • The Register

The change is also somewhat of an about-face from Microsoft. In 2021, in response to pleas from users to backport the tech to Windows Server 2019, Woolsey, described WSL in early 2021 as "fantastic for dev" and "perfect for Windows client" but warned: "If we put it in Windows Server, people will use it in production scenarios for which it isn't intended."

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AWS puts Graviton3 Arm CPUs into production • The Register

11. 11. Copy. Amazon Web Services has made its latest homebrew processor, the Graviton3, available to rent in its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure-as-a-service offering. The cloud colossus unveiled Graviton3 at its late-2021 re:Invent conference, revealing that the 55-billion-transistor device includes 64 Arm-compatible CPU cores

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EU's Digital Services Act a step closer to becoming law

The EU's Digital Services Act is one step closer to becoming law with a provisional political agreement reached between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.. The Digital Services Act (DSA), which is all about the principle of "what is illegal offline must also be illegal online," has the potential to slap some hefty fines on the tech giants …

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Before the web there was a hypertext service. Gopher's back

An announcement about a new handheld games console this week caused confusion, because it was online but not on the web. It was published on Gopher. The Gophie gopher browser running on a recent Linux distro, displaying the Playdate announcement. Gopher is a point-and-click internet protocol that predates Tim Berners-Lee's WorldWideWeb.

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China's Weibo tweaks policy to reveal user location data

To the surprise of many users, China's largest Twitter-esque microblogging website, Sina Weibo, announced on Thursday that it will publish users' IP addresses and location data in an effort to keep their content honest and nice. In a post whose title translates as "IP Territorial Function Upgrade Announcement," the company stated it was taking

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BT sees $30m+ savings in five years with ServiceNow project

IT and network services to replace 56 legacy workflow systems with ServiceNow. UK telecoms and IT services company BT is forecasting £25 million ($30.8 million) in savings over five years by ditching some legacy applications and switching to ServiceNow workflow and automation technologies. BT Digital, the company's IT unit, said it plans to

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When management went nuclear on an innocent engineer

Welcome to On Call. Our story comes from a reader Regomized as "Ellen" who spent the early part of the 1980s toiling away in the IT department of a company producing software responsible (in part) for running nuclear power stations. A brand new system was in the process of being rolled out, which would keep track of which stations were online

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Windows update breaks authentication for some server admins

10. 10. Copy. Microsoft is warning a security update may cause authentication failures for Windows domain controllers. "After installing updates released May 10, 2022 on your domain controllers, you might see authentication failures on the server or client for services such as Network Policy Server (NPS), Routing and Remote access Service (RRAS

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Insteon's vanishing act explained: Smart home biz insolvent

Copy. Smartlabs, Inc, parent of vanished internet of things vendor Insteon, is unable to meet its financial obligations and has assigned its assets to a financial services firm to be sold. After recently shutting down the servers supporting its smart home hub app and saying nothing to its customers or partners, the California-based firm on

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$10b US defense cloud contract re-awarded to AWS • The Register

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has re-awarded a once-secret $10 billion cloud computing services contract to AWS following protests from Microsoft. The contract, codenamed "Wild and Stormy," is the successor of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) IT contract, awarded to Microsoft in 2019, and later killed off by the

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Microsoft rolls out Security Experts service • The Register

Microsoft is rolling out its "Security Experts" managed service with an eye on stomping down threats and malware. Although the company itself isn't immune to the odd 100 bugs, with the ever-changing threat landscape of the current world, everything helps.The Redmond giant is combining human-led services and technology in the hopes of keeping one …

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Patch: Zoom chat messages can infect devices with malware

Zoom has fixed a security flaw in its video-conferencing software that a miscreant could exploit with chat messages to potentially execute malicious code on a victim's device. The bug, tracked as CVE-2022-22787, received a CVSS severity score of 5.9 out of 10, making it a medium-severity vulnerability. It affects Zoom Client for Meetings

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Atos introduces Nimbix Supercomputing Suite • The Register

IT services biz Atos has introduced a suite of cloud-based high-performance computing (HPC) services, based around technology gained from its purchase of cloud provider Nimbix last year. The Nimbix Supercomputing Suite is described by Atos as a set of flexible and secure HPC solutions available as a service. It includes access to HPC, AI, and

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DuckDuckGo: Why our browsers won't block Microsoft trackers

5. 5. Copy. DuckDuckGo promises privacy to users of its Android, iOS browsers, and macOS browsers – yet it allows certain data to flow from third-party websites to Microsoft-owned services. Security researcher Zach Edwards recently conducted an audit of DuckDuckGo's mobile browsers and found that, contrary to expectations, they do not block

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World’s smallest remote-control robots smaller than a flea

Tiny robotic crab is smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot. Watch on. The machines also lack batteries, servos and other electronics, keeping its weight tiny. That feature also make them terrifyingly undetectable to human senses. Boston Dynamics' latest robot is a warehouse workhorse.

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Snowflake stock dips as customer usage shifts, revenue soars

Copy. IPO darling Snowflake's share price took a beating in an already bearish market for tech stocks after filing weaker than expected financial guidance amid a slowdown in orders from some of its largest customers. For its first quarter of fiscal 2023, ended April 30, Snowflake's revenue grew 85 percent year-on-year to $422.4 million.

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Motorola 'benefits' from UK emergency services network delay

8. 8. Copy. The UK's Home Office has admitted Motorola has "very significantly benefited" from the delay to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) because it also profits from the extension of the current Airwave communication network used by police, fire brigades and the like. In a submission to the country's deals watchdog, the Competition and

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Daisy Group to take on some of Sungard's UK customers

Dan Robinson Fri 20 May 2022 // 12:30 UTC. Copy. UK customers of datacenter and colo service provider Sungard Availability Services are to be transferred to Daisy Corporate Services, part of the Daisy Group, months after Sungard went into administration. According to some reports, Daisy Group has signed a deal to acquire the UK arm of Sungard

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Fujitsu unveils cloudy HPC-as-a-Service portfolio • The Register

IT services biz Atos has introduced a suite of cloud-based high-performance computing (HPC) services, based around technology gained from its purchase of cloud provider Nimbix last year. The Nimbix Supercomputing Suite is described by Atos as a set of flexible and secure HPC solutions available as a service. It includes access to HPC, AI, and

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Mitsubishi Electric details more 'improper quality control'

Mitsubishi Electric has admitted to widespread cheating on its internal quality control efforts. The Japanese giant makes datacenter-scale power supply products, uninterruptible power supplies, high-end optical networking kit, plus plenty of electronics and semiconductor products – so this scandal is of concern to Reg readers. Buyers of other …

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Ransomware demands three good demands to restore files • The …

8. In what is either a creepy, weird spin on Robin Hood or something from a Black Mirror episode, we're told a ransomware gang is encrypting data and then forcing each victim to perform three good deeds before they can download a decryption tool. The so-called GoodWill ransomware group, first identified by CloudSEK's threat intel team, doesn't

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Samsung gets 2-year contract extension for UK's ESN handsets

Copy. Updated The UK government has extended its contract with Samsung to provide LTE handsets for the much-troubled rollout of vital emergency services communications infrastructure. A tender notice published this week reveals the South Korean conglomerate will see the value of its contract, signed in 2017, rise from £210m to a maximum of £226m.

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£3.6bn UK.gov management consultancy framework winners

16. Copy. UK government has dished out spots on a £3.6bn framework to secure management consultancy services for IT strategy, software spending and hardware investments, among a flood of other advisory categories. Mammoth accounting and consultancy firm Accenture is one of the big winners in the tendering round, which dates back to 2019, and

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AWS to fuel Arm to '22% server penetration rate' by 2025

2. Copy. The increasing adoption of Arm-compatible processors by cloud service providers is expected to grow the CPU architecture's penetration rate in datacenter servers to 22 percent by 2025, according to a report by Taiwan-based research firm TrendForce. The report, released Tuesday, pointed to Amazon Web Services' growing footprint of Arm

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UK arm of Sungard Availability Services goes into administration

The company, Sungard AS UK Ltd – the legal entity in administration – was already suffering due to the pandemic, with profit and loss accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020 showing a 10 percent decline in revenue to £139.4m and a net loss of £17.8m versus a net profit of £1.2m the year before. The accounts were filed last month.

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Sungard files for Chapter 11 in US and aims to restructure

Cloud and datacenter service provider Sungard Availability Services has filed for bankruptcy both in the US and for its Canadian subsidiary, just weeks after its UK division was forced into administration.. The firm cited difficult economic conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other trends, but intends to continue operations while it seeks to speed the …

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In detail: Bugs patched in Microsoft Azure Defender for IoT

Two of the critical bugs in Defender for IoT, CVE-2021-42311 and CVE-2021-42313, were SQL injection vulnerabilities and both received a perfect 10 out of 10 score in terms of severity. An attacker could exploit CVE-2021-42311 without any authentication because the "secret" API token needed to do this is shared across all Defender for IoT

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Microsoft, Apple, Google step up push to eliminate passwords

Analysis Microsoft, Apple and Google – all longtime proponents of doing away with passwords for authentication purposes – are throwing their support behind standards developed by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that could eliminate passphrases completely.. Sometime this year or early in 2023, the three US giants are set to …

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Users unable to print over Epson payments snafu • The Register

Epson's ReadyPrint subscription-based printing service is designed to take the hassle out of printing but its not working as intended, at least not for everyone. The service was created to let users print as much as they like without worrying about running out of ink. For a small monthly fee, the firm will send customers refills for their Epson

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Infosys quits Russia, perhaps ending UK scandal too • The Register

55. 55. Copy. Indian IT services giant Infosys has announced it will quit Russia, after finding itself at the center of a political storm in the UK. Infosys is one of few major global tech companies that had not revealed its intentions regarding Russia, but on yesterday's Q4 2022 earnings call CEO Salil Parekh stated the company will pull out.

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China APT group uses COVID-19, Russia in phishing scams

Jeff Burt Mon 28 Mar 2022 // 16:30 UTC. Copy. A China-based threat group is likely running a month-long campaign using a variant of the Korplug malware and targeting European diplomats, internet service providers (ISPs) and research institutions via phishing lures that refer to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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