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University of the Highlands and Islands shuts down campuses as it deals with 'ongoing cyber incident'

8 min 40 sec ago
Ten letters, starts with R, ends with E, three syllables

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland is fending off "an ongoing cyber incident" that has shut down its campuses.…

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Capgemini awarded towering £600m deal to run London cops' IT infrastructure

58 min 37 sec ago
Metropolitan police hand keys to French outsourcer

Capgemini has won a £600m IT infrastructure deal from the UK's Metropolitan Police to run a service desk, data centres, and services management including the integration of other suppliers.…

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Name True, iCloud access false: Exceptional problem locks online storage account, stumps Apple customer service

1 hour 48 min ago
You're naming yourself wrong?

An iCloud customer says she spent more than six hours on the phone to Apple after being locked out of the service because her name is apparently incompatible with the application code.…

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SolarWinds just keeps getting worse: New strain of malware found infecting victims

2 hours 33 min ago
Plus: McAfee's in serious trouble over claimed cryptocurrency scam

In brief  Another form of malware installed in servers made vulnerable by flaws in SolarWinds' Orion management software has been spotted in the wild.…

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Remember <i>that</i> day in March 2020 when you were asked to get the business working from home – tomorrow, if possible? Here's how that worked out

3 hours 17 min ago
IT pros from orgs large and small tell The Reg the tech delivered, mostly, but couriers and home Wi-Fi suddenly became your problem

Covid Logfile  Brianna Haley was given one day to be ready to roll out Zoom for 13,000 users at over 1,000 sites.…

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Delayed, overbudget and broken. Of course Microsoft's finest would be found in NASA's Orion

4 hours 1 min ago
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (as Windows crashes again)

BORK!BORK!BORK!  Getting astronauts to the Moon or Mars is the least of NASA's problems. Persuading Microsoft Windows not to fall over along the way is apparently a far greater challenge.…

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The torture garden of Microsoft Exchange: Grant us the serenity to accept what they cannot EOL

4 hours 48 min ago
Time to fix those legacy evils, though.... right?

Column  It is the monster which corrupts all it touches. It is an energy-sucking vampire that thrives on the pain it promotes. It cannot be killed, but grows afresh as each manifestation outdoes the last in awfulness and horror. It is Microsoft Exchange and its drooling minion, Outlook.…

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Keeping up the PECR: ICO fines two marketing text pests £330k for sending 2.6 million messages

5 hours 33 min ago
Leads Works Ltd and Valca Vehicle and Life Cover Agency tried to exploit household finance fears in lockdown, says data watchdog

Two businesses that dispatched more than 2.6 million nuisance text messages seeking to exploit lower household incomes during Britain’s first lockdown are nursing a combined financial penalty of £330,000 from the UK’s data watchdog.…

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Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a beer: Beware the downloaded patch applied in haste

6 hours 48 min ago
Let us tell you a tale of the Mailman's Apprentice

Who, Me?  The weekend is over and Monday is here. Celebrate your IT prowess with another there-but-for-the-grace confession from the Who, Me? archives.…

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NASA shows Mars that humans can drive a remote control space tank at .01 km/h

7 hours 43 min ago
Perseverance takes first drive around landing spot named in honor of seminal sci-fi author Octavia E. Butler

NASA’s Perseverance rover trekked across Mars for the first time last Thursday, March 4, 2021.…

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Oppo takes China’s smartphone sales crown as former leader’s sales dive Huawei down

9 hours 5 min ago
Without Honor, or 5G silicon, there can be no victory

Oppo has become China’s top smartphone brand for the first time, according to analyst house Counterpoint.…

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US National Security Council urges review of Exchange Servers in wake of Hafnium attack

10 hours 5 min ago
Don't just patch, check for p0wnage, says top natsec team

The Biden administration has urged users of Microsoft's Exchange mail and messaging server to ensure they have not fallen victim to the recently-detected "Hafnium" attack on Exchange Server that Microsoft says originated in China.…

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Microsoft goes large with fifth Azure region in China

12 hours 1 min ago
Will go live in 2022 and ‘effectively double’ capacity in the Middle Kingdom

Microsoft has revealed it plans to open a fifth Azure region in China.…

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Intel CPU interconnects can be exploited by malware to leak encryption keys and other info, academic study finds

14 hours 3 min ago
Side-channel ring race 'hard to mitigate with existing defenses'

Chip-busting boffins in America have devised yet another way to filch sensitive data by exploiting Intel's processor design choices.…

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Linus Torvalds issues early Linux Kernel update to fix swapfile SNAFU

Sun, 2021-03-07 23:37
‘Subtle and very nasty bug’ meant 5.12 rc1 could trash entire filesystems

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has rushed out a new release candidate of Linux 5.12 after the first in the new series was found to include a ‘subtle and very nasty bug’ that was so serious he marked rc1 as unsuitable for use.…

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Facebook uses one billion Instagram photos to build massive object-recognition AI that partly trained itself

Sat, 2021-03-06 08:39
Proof-of-concept SEER taught over eight days using 512 GPUs

Facebook has trained its most advanced semi-supervised computer vision system yet on a dataset of a billion public images taken from Instagram, its other social network.…

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You only need pen and paper to fool this OpenAI computer vision code. Just write down what you want it to see

Fri, 2021-03-05 23:28
Trick future robot overlords by scribbling 'superuser' on your forehead

OpenAI researchers believe they have discovered a shockingly easy way to hoodwink their object-recognition software, and it requires just pen and paper to carry out.…

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EFF urges Google to ground its FLoC: 'Pro-privacy' third-party cookie replacement not actually great for privacy

Fri, 2021-03-05 21:18
'That is not the world we want, nor the one users deserve'

With the arrival of Google Chrome v89 on Tuesday, Google is preparing to test a technology called Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoC, that it hopes will replace increasingly shunned, privacy-denying third-party cookies.…

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First Verizon, now T-Mobile: US carrier suggests users use 2G to save battery

Fri, 2021-03-05 20:14
Why are carriers so worried about people's battery life during lockdown?

US telco Verizon recently splashed $45bn on 5G spectrum and then advised its customers to use LTE to save device battery life. Not to be outdone, rival carrier T-Mobile is recommending battery-anxious punters use 2G instead of the latest-and-greatest in cellular connectivity.…

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Hacked LinkedIn post puts further pressure on Salesforce over attitudes to race in the workplace

Fri, 2021-03-05 19:03
SaaS pusher says it has locked up social media account after 'unauthorised access'

Near ubiquitous SaaS CRM pusher Salesforce got a rude awakening this week when its carefully curated image of a business addressing racial equality was shattered by its clearly hacked LinkedIn page.…

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