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Ransomware drops the Lillehammer on Norsk Hydro: Aluminium giant forced into manual mode after systems scrambled

2 hours 41 sec ago
Norway the power and metals wrangler could have seen this one coming

Norwegian power and metals giant Norsk Hydro is battling an extensive ransomware outbreak on its computers.…

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Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now

5 hours 34 min ago
Oh, and Flash! Arrrrrggghhh

Eight out of the ten most exploited vulnerabilities tracked by threat intelligence biz Recorded Future in 2018 targeted Microsoft products – though number two on its list was, surprise surprise, a Flash flaw.…

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PuTTY in your hands: SSH client gets patched after RSA key exchange memory vuln spotted

11 hours 36 min ago
Bunch of bugs stomped with version 0.71

Venerable SSH client PuTTY has received a pile of security patches, with its lead maintainer admitting to the The Register that one fixed a "'game over' level vulnerability".…

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Bandersnatch to gander snatched: Black Mirror choices can be snooped on, thanks to privacy-leaking Netflix streams

13 hours 59 min ago
Interactive entertainment tells on itself despite encryption

Boffins have found a side channel to observe the choices netizens make when viewing interactive streaming videos.…

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Bad cup of Java leaves nasty taste in IBM Watson's 'AI' mouth: Five security bugs to splat in analytics gear

Mon, 18/03/2019 - 20:08
Worst brew than that time El Reg went on a road trip and stopped at a Denny's

IBM has issued a security alert over five vulnerabilities in its golden boy Watson analytics system.…

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This headline is proudly brought to you by wired keyboards: Wireless Fujitsu model hacked

Mon, 18/03/2019 - 16:39
If you have an LX901, you are at risk of mild embuggerance

A German security researcher has revealed that one model of Fujitsu wireless keyboard will accept unauthenticated input, despite the presence of AES-128 encryption.…

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Lone staffer killed our shields, claims etailer Gearbest after infosec bods peep at user deets

Mon, 18/03/2019 - 13:40
Whether it's 1.5m or 280k exposed, it's not a great look

Researchers working for VPNMentor have accused Chinese e-commerce site Gearbest of storing user information in "completely unsecured" Elasticsearch databases after discovering "1.5 million records" which they were able to access through a browser.…

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Karpeles walks, Google and Microsoft board up Windows hole, and Android AV still sucks

Mon, 18/03/2019 - 07:12
Plus, BlackBerry wants to be Uncle Sam's go-to security firm, thousands of legal docs pill online, and more

Roundup  Last week we saw a conservative app exposed, the revelation of Beto's hacker past, and the rise of Slub.…

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UK code breakers drop Bombe, Enigma and Typex simulators onto the web for all to try

Mon, 18/03/2019 - 06:19
You have to run GCHQ code? Nice try, spy guys

UK signals intelligence agency GCHQ, celebrating its centenary, has released emulators for famed World War II-era cipher machines that can be run within its web-based educational encryption app CodeChef.…

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Q&A: Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier on teaching tech to lawmakers, plus privacy failures – and a call to techies to act

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 23:59
'Politicians are reluctant to disrupt the enormous wealth creation machine technology has turned out to be'

RSA  Politicians are, by and large, clueless about technology, and it's going to be up to engineers and other techies to rectify that, even if it means turning down big pay packets for a while.…

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What was that P word? Ah. Privacy. Yes, we'll think about privacy, says FCC mulling cellphone location data overhaul

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 20:57
Commissioners still doing their best to ignore bounty hunter stalking scandal

Analysis  America's comms regulator has finally pinky-promised to at least consider people's privacy when it looks into how cellphone location data can be made more accurate.…

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Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 20:04
From O'Dork to O'Rourke: Dem golden boy's past as BBS-dwelling l33t teen revealed

Newly minted US presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke says he was a member of Cult of the Dead Cow, one of the most legendary hacking groups in cyber-history.…

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Public spending watchdog snipes at UK.gov's £1.3bn infosec plan – but broadly nods it through

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 13:13
Less hiding behind 'national security' to hush up failures, please

Britain's Cabinet Office (CO) hasn’t quite bungled the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) but it could certainly be doing things a lot better, the National Audit Office said today.…

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So you need an IT security center. Fret not: Let an automated solution take the strain

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 11:07
Comarch offers all-in-one infrastructure monitoring

Promo  Today's businesses are so heavily dependent on their IT infrastructure that the slightest disruption in service can incur damaging losses.…

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Don't be a WordPress RCE-hole and patch up this XSS vuln, pronto

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 18:02
Not on 5.1.1? You should be

A newly revealed vuln in the open-source CMS WordPress allows an unauthenticated website attacker to remotely execute code – potentially letting naughty folk delete or edit blog posts.…

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Protip: If you'd rather cyber-scoundrels didn't know the contents of your comp, don't apply for a Pakistani passport

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 14:36
Compromised government website slurps buttload of data about applicants

A Pakistani government website was compromised with a keylogger and other malware that hoovered up a whole host of information about people checking on their passport application status.…

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Hackers cop a FILA thousands of UK card deets after slinking onto clothing brand's servers

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 14:00
Pesky JavaScript malware harvester strikes again

Sportswear brand FILA is the latest company to fall victim to the card-stealing JavaScript infection that menaced British Airways and Ticketmaster last year.…

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What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 06:58
You do know just dragging stuff to the delete folder doesn't wipe stuff, right? Apparently not

About two-thirds of USB memory sticks bought secondhand in the US and UK have recoverable and sometimes sensitive data, and in one-fifth of the devices studied, the past owner could be identified.…

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Thought you were done patching this week? Not if you're using an Intel-powered PC or server

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 00:51
Here comes Chipzilla with a big bunch of security fixes for graphics drivers, server and workstation firmware, and more

Hot on the heels of this month's security updates from Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP, Intel has kicked out a batch of its own bug patches.…

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Just Android things: 150m phones, gadgets installed adware-ridden mobe simulator games

Wed, 13/03/2019 - 19:33
Devs may have been duped into using dodgy SDK

Android adware has managed to find its way into as many as 150 million devices – after it was stashed inside a large number of those bizarre viral “mundane job simulator” games, we're told.…

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