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China Makes a Comeback in Bitcoin Mining Despite Government Ban

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-05-18 15:20
While the US extended its leading position as the dominant location for Bitcoin mining, China has reemerged as the second-largest locale despite a government ban on the activity last year. From a report: The US accounted for 37.84% of global hashrate, a measure of computing power used to extract the digital currency, between September 2021 to January, according to the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, in a report released on Tuesday. The hashrate, also responsible for securing the Bitcoin network, has made a strong comeback to new highs after falling last year. Following the mining ban in China last year, the country has seen a sudden surge in activity through "covert mining operations" and has "re-emerged as a major mining hub" grabbing 21.11% of global hashrate, according to the CCAF. "This strongly suggests that significant underground mining activity has formed in the country, which empirically confirms what industry insiders have long been assuming," CCAF wrote in the report. In May (2021), Beijing intensified its efforts to curb the cryptocurrency market. It seems covert mining is still happening in China through routed through virtual private networks that make it appear the computers are operating in another country.

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Judge details Lynch's $700k signoff via iPhone text in full Autonomy judgement

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 15:12
Still no damages number, likely to be way less than $5 billion

When an accounts assistant asked Autonomy founder Mike Lynch to approve a $700,000 purchase order in December 2010, the British exec "wrote 'ok' from his iPhone."…

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Microsoft revises software licensing, cloud policies amid EU regulator scrutiny

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 14:48
OVHcloud and Nextcloud lawsuits hit the spot as Windows giant admits to potential competition issues

Microsoft is offering a series of concessions over its software licensing policies to European cloud providers in a bid to address their accusations of anti-competitive tactics and cool any interest from local regulators.…

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Google Subsidiary in Russia To File for Bankruptcy

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-05-18 14:40
The Russian subsidiary of Alphabet's Google plans to file for bankruptcy, saying it had become impossible for the company to pay employees and suppliers. From a report: Google submitted a notice of intent to declare itself bankrupt, according to a message published Wednesday on Russia's Fedresurs registry. A Google spokesperson separately said an earlier move by authorities to seize its bank account made continuing operations in the country impossible. "The Russian authorities' seizure of Google Russia's bank account has made it untenable for our Russia office to function, including employing and paying Russia-based employees, paying suppliers and vendors, and meeting other financial obligations," the Google spokesperson said. The company had already paused most of its commercial operations in Russia, including all advertising, after the country's communications censor accused the company's YouTube video service of spreading misinformation and stoking protests.

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Banks talk big cloud game but few have migrated over 30% of apps

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 14:03
Less than half said business leaders in their bank understood 'opportunities of cloud'

A report into cloud adoption in the international banking industry shows that despite a broad appetite for cloud services, only around a third of banks have migrated more than 30 percent of their applications.…

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India Says VPN Firms Unwilling To Comply With New Rules 'Will Have To Pull Out' of the Country

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-05-18 14:00
India is pushing ahead with its new cybersecurity rules that will require cloud service providers and VPN operators to maintain names of their customers and their IP addresses and suggested firms unwilling to comply to pull out of the world's second largest internet market. From a report: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team clarified (PDF) on Wednesday that "virtual private server (VPS) providers, cloud service providers, VPN service providers, virtual asset service providers, virtual asset exchange providers, custodian wallet providers and government organisations" shall follow the directive, called Cyber Security Directions, that requires them to store customers' names, email addresses, IP addresses, know your customer records, financial transactions for a period of five years. The new rules, which were unveiled late last month and go into effect late June, won't be applicable to corporate and enterprise VPNs, the government agency clarified. Several VPN providers have expressed worries about India's new cybersecurity rules. NordVPN, one of the most popular VPN operators, said earlier that it may remove its services from India if "no other options are left." Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the junior IT minister of India, said that VPN providers who wish to conceal who uses their services "will have to pull out."

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Your data's auctioned off up to 987 times a day, NGO reports

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 13:35
Irish Council on Civil Liberties said this is first time the scope of real-time bidding is being measured

The average American has their personal information shared in an online ad bidding war 747 times a day. For the average EU citizen, that number is 376 times a day. In one year, 178 trillion instances of the same bidding war happen online in the US and EU.…

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Apple scraps 3-day return to office amid COVID-19 cases

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 13:00
2 days a week still compulsory but U-turn gives credence to worker concerns

Apple has postponed employees' scheduled return to the office for three days a week amid a jump in COVID-19 infections.…

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GrubHub Was Getting 6,000 Orders A Minute During Its Promo Day, Overwhelming Restaurants

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-05-18 13:00
A delivery app marketing campaign offering a "free lunch" -- aka a $15 promo code valid for three hours -- sent customers and restaurant workers alike into a spiral on Tuesday as thousands of orders jammed the system and disgruntled New Yorkers tweeted through their hunger pains. BuzzFeed News reports: GrubHub's New York City campaign on May 17 touted the physical and mental benefits of eating lunch, but yielded dozens of complaints, cancelled orders and service workers telling BuzzFeed News they were "exhausted" trying to keep up. GrubHub told BuzzFeed News that at times during the promotion that ran from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the app was averaging 6,000 orders per minute. "It got overwhelming," said Brandon Ching, who was working the counter at Greenberg's Bagels, a popular sandwich spot in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. "We were short-staffed today so it really added extra stress to my day." And customers were frustrated at the delays. Ebenezer Ackon told BuzzFeed News he was in 3,630th place in line to talk to GrubHub's customer service when he gave up, after waiting more than an hour for food, and went to get something from across the street from his apartment. Blake, who didn't want to use his last name, said the small Brooklyn cafe he ordered from received 200 orders in five minutes as soon as the promo began, so they reluctantly had to cancel orders -- including his. [...] Customers may be frustrated about not getting a product they wanted, but for service industry workers it was a day of non-stop stress. A spokesperson from GrubHub sent BuzzFeed News a statement following the fiasco: "It's clear, New Yorkers were hungry for lunch! While we knew 72% of New York workers call lunch the most important meal of the day, our free lunch promotion exceeded all expectations." Tuesday's campaign received six times more orders than a similar promo last year, they said. The company's statement mentioned that "initial demand temporarily overwhelmed" the app and served customers an error message that was "rectified so New Yorkers could enjoy their much-deserved lunch."

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HPE building its 4th global 'supercomputer factory'

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 12:00
Facility supports a flurry of HPC development, centered in the the Czech Republic

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) expanded its European footprint this week as it revealed plans for a new manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic, dedicated to building high-performance compute (HPC) systems.…

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China's vice premier Liu He advocates technology and government cooperation

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 11:36
After years of crackdowns, Beijing changing its tune on the industry

The vice premier of China and Xi Jinping's economic right hand man, Liu He, has offered a rare show of support to China's tech industry – both domestic and abroad.…

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Marvell CXL roadmap goes all-in on composable infrastructure

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 10:28
Chip biz bets interconnect tech will cement its cloud claim, one day

Fresh off the heels of Marvell Technology's Tanzanite acquisition, executives speaking at a JP Morgan event this week offered a glimpse at its compute express link (CXL) roadmap.…

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Contact Lens That Can Release Drug Could Be Used To Treat Glaucoma

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-05-18 10:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Researchers in China revealed they have developed a contact lens that can sense an increase in pressure within the eye and release an anti-glaucoma drug should the pressure exceed a certain level. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the team describe how they created the device using an upper and lower lens, with a snowflake-shaped pressure sensor and wireless power transfer device sandwiched between them around the rim of the lenses. The arrangement appears to give the effect of the wearer having golden irises. However, the team say the design allows the necessary components to be included in the device without blocking the wearer's view or irritating the eye. When the pressure inside the eye increases, the gap between the upper and lower lenses decreases. This is detected by the pressure sensor by means of a cantilever. The sensor then sends a signal to the wireless system which subsequently triggers the release of an anti-glaucoma drug, from a hydrogel attached to an electrode, and enables it to cross the cornea of the eye. The drug, brimonidine, acts to reduce the pressure within the eye. The study reveals that the contact lenses have so far been tested on pigs' eyes and on the eyes of living rabbits -- albeit with smaller-sized lenses -- although trials have yet to be carried out in humans. The researchers note the lenses are not only soft and minimally invasive but are also battery-free, adding that the approach could be expanded to help tackle other eye diseases. "We can now imagine that a glaucoma sufferer wearing these contact lenses will not only receive real-time information about the pressures within the eye, since the contact lens has built-in wireless capacity and can easily communicate with an app on your smartphone, but also receive, for example, pressure-relieving drugs when needed," said Prof Zubair Ahmed from the Institute of Inflammation and Aging at the University of Birmingham. "The materials required to create such contact lenses are inexpensive and soon could be mass-produced," he added.

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Microsoft warns partners to revoke unused authorizations that drive <em>your</em> software

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 09:45
June debut of zero trust GDAP tool should make it harder for crims to attack through MSPs and resellers

Microsoft has advised its reseller community it needs to pay attention to the debut of improve security tooling aimed at making it harder for attackers to worm their way into your systems through partners.…

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State of internet crime in Q1 2022: Bot traffic on the rise, and more

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 09:00
According to this cybersecurity outfit that wants your business, anyway

The fraud industry, in some respects, grew in the first quarter of the year, with crooks putting more human resources into some attacks while increasingly relying on bots to carry out things like credential stuffing and fake account creation.…

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Surf the web from your parked Renault: Vivaldi comes to OpenR

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 08:17
French frolics for Chromium browser on Android Automotive

Browser-maker Vivaldi has added Renault to the list of users for the Android Automotive OS version of its eponymous web renderer.…

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Monero-mining botnet targets Windows, Linux web servers

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 07:27
Sysrv-K malware infects unpatched tin, Microsoft warns

The latest variant of the Sysrv botnet malware is menacing Windows and Linux systems with an expanded list of vulnerabilities to exploit, according to Microsoft.…

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South Korea Turns To Surveillance As 'Ghost Surgeries' Shake Faith In Hospitals

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-05-18 07:00
After scandals in which doctors let unsupervised assistants operate on patients, South Korea is becoming one of the first to require cameras in operating rooms. The New York Times reports: Ethicists and medical officials, including those at the American College of Surgeons, have cautioned that surveilling surgeons to deter malpractice may undermine trust in doctors, hurt morale, violate patient privacy and discourage physicians from taking risks to save lives. The Korea Medical Association, which is opposed to the new mandate, has lobbied to limit its impact. But supporters of the law said the move would help protect patients, build the public's trust in doctors and provide victims of medical malpractice with evidence to use in court. "People are dying in operating rooms," said An Gi-jong, an advocate for patients. "We can't rely on doctors to solve problems on their own anymore." About five patients have died from ghost surgeries in the past eight years, he said. They include Kwon Dae-hee, a college student in Seoul who died of a hemorrhage in 2016 after jawline surgery. His mother, Lee Na-geum, who obtained footage of his operation and reviewed it hundreds of times, found evidence that the operation had been botched because parts of it had been conducted by an unsupervised nursing assistant. Ms. Lee, 62, who has held a public vigil denouncing ghost surgeries since her son's death, said in an interview: "Once the cameras are installed, your lies will be exposed if you're a ghost doctor. Cameras reveal truth." [...] Under the new law, hospitals performing surgeries on unconscious patients must install video cameras in their operating rooms. If a patient or a relative requests that a surgery be filmed, the hospital must comply. Doctors can refuse for certain reasons, such as if a delay in the operation would put the patient's life at risk, or if the filming would significantly impede residents' training. The recorded footage can be viewed for criminal investigations, prosecutions, trials, medical disputes or mediation.

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Red Hat Kubernetes security report finds people are the problem

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 06:57
Puny human brains baffled by K8s complexity, leading to blunder fears

Kubernetes, despite being widely regarded as an important technology by IT leaders, continues to pose problems for those deploying it. And the problem, apparently, is us.…

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Infosys skips government meeting - and collecting government taxes

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-05-18 06:27
Tax portal wobbles, again

Services giant Infosys has had a difficult week, with one of its flagship projects wobbling and India's government continuing to pressure it over labor practices.…

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