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There's no 'My' in Office, Microsoft insists with new productivity hub

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 12:58
If you like that then you'll just LOVE our 365 range

Microsoft has updated the My Office app and would like to remind users that there's a free, online version of the suite.…

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Data breach rumours abound as UK Labour Party locks down access to member databases

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 12:29
Breakaway MPs accused of making off with info

The UK's Labour Party has been forced to lock down access to membership databases and campaign tools over concerns the info was being sucked up by breakaway MPs, in a possible breach of data protection laws.…

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Welcome to the sunlit uplands of HTTP/2, where a naughty request can send Microsoft's IIS into a spin

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 11:59
It's patching time again for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10

Oops! Microsoft has published an advisory on a bug in its Internet Information Services (IIS) product that allows a malicious HTTP/2 request to send CPU usage to 100 per cent.…

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Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 11:25
Innovation? In my smartphone market? It's more likely than you think

Some day in the future you'll have a piece of material you can fold neatly away in your pocket, a canvas that just happens to be a communication and information device. Until that day, "foldable" phones will be transitional things, reminding us how far short we fall of the ideal.…

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Software development and deployment? Yeah, we can help you with that...

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 11:04
Just one week to save a bundle with our early bird tickets

Events If you're gearing up supercharge your software development and deployment operations, whether by adopting DevOps, getting serious about containers, or adding serverless into the mix, you should be joining us at Continuous Lifecycle London in May.…

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UK.gov pens Carillion-proofing playbook: Let's run pilots of work before we outsource it, check firms' finances

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 10:40
Also makes vendor-luring pledge to take its fair share of risk

The UK government has outlined a series of safety nets designed to prevent another Carillion disaster in what it is calling an "Outsourcing Playbook".…

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Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 10:06
Great recruiting tool there, folks

A crafty joker seized control of the British Army's "influence and outreach" Twitter account – and labelled the military unit "fun sponges" when they tried to get it back.…

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Severe Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Popular Password Managers

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-02-21 10:00
chiefcrash shares a report from ZDNet: Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) published an assessment on Tuesday with the results of testing with several popular password managers, including LastPass and KeePass. The team said that each password management solution "failed to provide the security to safeguard a user's passwords as advertised" and "fundamental flaws" were found that "exposed the data they are designed to protect." The vulnerabilities were found in software operating on Windows 10 systems. In one example, the master password which users need to use to access their cache of credentials was stored in PC RAM in a plaintext, readable format. ISE was able to extract these passwords and other login credentials from memory while the password manager in question was locked. It may be possible that malicious programs downloaded to the same machine by threat actors could do the same. The report has summarized the main findings based on each password management solution. Here's what ISE had to say about LastPass and KeePass -- two of the most popular password managers available: "LastPass obfuscates the master password while users are typing in the entry, and when the password manager enters an unlocked state, database entries are only decrypted into memory when there is user interaction. However, ISE reported that these entries persist in memory after the software enters a locked state. It was also possible for the researchers to extract the master password and interacted-with password entries due to a memory leak." "KeePass scrubs the master password from memory and is not recoverable. However, errors in workflows permitted the researchers from extracting credential entries which have been interacted with. In the case of Windows APIs, sometimes, various memory buffers which contain decrypted entries may not be scrubbed correctly."

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The bigger they are, the harder they fall: Peak smartphone hits Apple, Samsung the worst

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 09:33
Chinese upstarts fill in the gaps

The two biggest brands in the West are the two biggest losers as the smartphone slump continues, analyst Gartner has found.…

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Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 09:02
Hilarity ensues

Big companies love to have social media "influencers" touting their wares – time-rich millennials who have turned product placement into a moderately lucrative lifestyle, often thanks to an agency.…

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Google emits a beta of Cloud Service Platform to entice hold-outs with hybrid goodness

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 07:58
Where would madam like madam's Kubernetes? Cloud? On-premises? Both?

Google's hybrid Cloud Services Platform (CSP) emerged blinking into the light today, in beta form at least.…

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NASA boffins show Moon water supply could – er, this can't be right? – come from the Sun

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 07:02
All rocks can produce water if irradiated in the right way

Thirsty astronauts living on the Moon may be able to extract water from the barren body, thanks to the power of the solar wind, according to NASA.…

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NASA Eyes Colossal Cracks In Ice Shelf Near Antarctic Station

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-02-21 07:00
NASA is keeping an eye on the Brunt Ice Shelf, home to the British Antarctic Survey's Halley VI Research Station, which has growing cracks that are threatening to unload an iceberg soon. "NASA/USGS Landsat satellites are monitoring the action as the cracks grow," reports CNET. "When the iceberg calves, it could be twice the size of New York City. That would make it the largest berg to break off the Brunt ice shelf since observations of the area began in 1915." From the report: An annotated view of the ice shelf shows the cracks as they relate to the Halley VI station. The crack leading up the middle is especially concerning. It's been stable for 35 years, but NASA says it's now extending northward as fast as 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per year. As of December, Halley station was home to around 30 science and technical staff on missions to study the ice shelf and climate change in the polar region. The BAS completed a relocation of the futuristic-looking Halley station in 2017, placing it farther away from the unpredictable cracking. "It is not yet clear how the remaining ice shelf will respond following the break, posing an uncertain future for scientific infrastructure and a human presence on the shelf that was first established in 1955," NASA says. NASA says iceberg calving is "a normal part of the life cycle of ice shelves, but the recent changes are unfamiliar in this area."

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Profs prep promising privacy-protecting proxy program... Yes, it is possible to build client-server code that safeguards personal info

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 06:26
Software framework teases shortcut to GDPR compliance

Computer science boffins from Harvard and MIT have developed a software framework for building web services that respect privacy, provided app developers don't mind a minor performance hit.…

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Fool ML once, shame on you. Fool ML twice, shame on... the AI dev? If you can hoodwink one model, you may be able to trick many more

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 06:03
Some tips on how to avoid miscreants deceiving your code

Adversarial attacks that trick one machine-learning model can potentially be used to fool other so-called artificially intelligent systems, according to a new study.…

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Check yo self before you HyperWreck yo self: Cisco fixes gimme-root holes in HyperFlex, plus more security bugs

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 05:04
Patches available now spread across more than a dozen advisories

Cisco emitted on Wednesday a bunch of security updates that, your support contract willing, you should test and roll out to installations as soon as possible.…

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Israel To Launch First Privately Funded Moon Mission

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-02-21 03:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A team of Israeli scientists is to launch what will be the first privately funded mission to land on the moon this week, sending a spacecraft to collect data from the lunar surface. Named Beresheet, the Hebrew word for Genesis, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander will blast off from Florida at 01.45 GMT on Friday, propelled by one of Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Once it touches down, in several weeks, it will measure the magnetic field of the moon to help understand how it formed. Beresheet will also deposit a "time capsule" of digital files the size of coins containing the Bible, children's drawings, Israel's national anthem and blue and white flag, as well as memories of a Holocaust survivor. While it is not a government-led initiative, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) corporation joined as a partner. If the mission is successful, Israel will become the fourth country, after Russia, the U.S. and China, to reach the moon. "This is the lowest-budget spacecraft to ever undertake such a mission," an IAI statement said of the $100 million project. "The superpowers who managed to land a spacecraft on the moon have spent hundreds of millions." It added that although it was a private venture, Beresheet was a "national and historic achievement."

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Where's Zero Cool when you need him? Loose chips sink ships: How hackers <i>could</i> wreck container vessels

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-02-21 02:58
Or Acid Burn? Or Lord Nikon? Weak IT security may end in disaster at sea... one day

Poorly maintained IT systems on container ships are leaving the vessels open to cyber-attack and catastrophe, it is claimed.…

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Cybersecurity Expert Questions Existence of Embedded Camera On SIA's Inflight Entertainment Systems

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-02-21 02:10
Vitaly Kamluk, an information security expert and a high-ranking executive of cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, went on Twitter with concerns about an embedded camera in Singapore Airlines' (SIA) inflight entertainment systems. He tagged SIA in his post on Sunday, asking the airline to clarify how the camera is being used. Yahoo News reports: SIA quickly allayed his fears of unwanted surveillance by assuring Kamluk that the cameras have been disabled, with no plans to use them in the future. Not all of their devices sport the camera, though -- SIA explained that only some of its newer inflight entertainment systems come with cameras embedded in the hardware. In another tweet, SIA affirmed that the cameras were already built in by the original equipment manufacturers in newer inflight entertainment systems. Kamluk recommended that it's best to disable the cameras physically -- with stickers, for example -- to provide better peace of mind. In 2017, entertainment device developer Panasonic Avionics said it was studying how eye tracking can be used for a better passenger experience. As the report mentions, "Cameras can be used for identity recognition on planes, which in turn, would allow for in-flight biometric payment (much like Face ID on Apple devices) and personalized services."

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Britain and Germany Will Not Ban Huawei, Citing Lack of Spying Evidence

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-02-21 01:30
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes from a report via Reuters: Despite persistent U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying, Britain said it is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecom equipments and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday. Asked later whether Washington had presented Britain with any evidence to support its allegations, he told reporters: "I would be obliged to report if there was evidence of malevolence [...] by Huawei. And we're yet to have to do that. So I hope that covers it." At the same time, German officials have told The Wall Street Journal that the country has made a "preliminary decision" to allow Huawei to bid on contracts for 5G networking. Catering to the surging populism, the U.S. has accused Huawei and other Chinese telecom equipments, along with European cars, as national security risks, even though the National Security Agency, American's cyber spying agency, was found to have wiretapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel, conducted economic espionage against France, and hacked into Chinese networks. Earlier this week, beleaguered Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei described the continued investigations by the U.S. into the Chinese firm -- including the arrest of his daughter and company CFO, Meng Wanzhou -- as politically motivated.

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