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CrowdStrike's Falcon Sensor also linked to Linux kernel panics and crashes - (pubDate>Sun, 21 Jul 2024 23:51:18 GMT)

Rapid restore tool being tested as Microsoft estimates 8.5 million machines went down

CrowdStrike's now-infamous Falcon Sensor software, which last week led to widespread outages of Windows-powered computers, has also caused crashes of Linux machines.…


FTC grabs controller as Microsoft jacks up Game Pass price by 81% - (pubDate>Sat, 20 Jul 2024 16:37:07 GMT)

This is exactly what we said would happen post-Blizzard merger, laments watchdog, as its appeal continues

Microsoft plans to raise the price of its Game Pass subscriptions significantly – and one US watchdog isn't amused.…


UK cops arrest teen suspect in MGM Resorts cyberattack probe - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 21:51:06 GMT)

17-year-old cuffed as FBI says it will 'relentlessly pursue' miscreants around the globe

Cops in the UK have arrested a suspected member of the notorious Scattered Spider crime gang, which is accused of crippling MGM Resorts in Las Vegas with ransomware last summer.…


CrowdStrike Windows patchpocalypse could take weeks to fix, IT admins fear - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 17:54:07 GMT)

Our vultures gather to review this very freaky Friday

Kettle If you're an IT administrator with Windows boxes on your network, Friday can't have been a lot of fun. What's likely millions of systems were or still are stuck in blue-screen boot loop hell, mostly requiring manual intervention to fix.…


Cybercriminals quickly exploit CrowdStrike chaos - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 15:22:07 GMT)

Who loves a global outage? Phishers, fraudsters and all manner of creeps

Well that was fast. Criminals didn't waste any time taking advantage of the CrowdStrike-Microsoft chaos and quickly got to work phishing organizations and spinning up malicious domains purporting to be fixes.…


Life, interrupted: How CrowdStrike's patch failure is messing up the world - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 14:58:09 GMT)

Oh, was it supposed to be Y2K24?

Today is one of those days that will go down in history as an unmitigated IT disaster, with CrowdStrike responsible for taking systems down all over the globe. We know airports, hospitals and the usual critical infrastructure suspects have been affected, but CrowdStrike is disrupting daily life in some unexpected ways, too. …


Angry admins share the CrowdStrike outage experience - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 14:01:29 GMT)

CrowdStrike? More like ClownStrike! Amirite?

IT administrators are struggling to deal with the ongoing fallout from the faulty CrowdStrike file update. One spoke to The Register to share what it is like at the coalface.…


Google to kill off URL shortener once and for all - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 13:29:14 GMT)

Links shortened with goo.gl will stop working in 2025

Google will soon make its own contribution to the problem of link rot by shutting down the Google URL Shortener service in 2025.…


Azure VMs ruined by CrowdStrike patchpocalypse? Microsoft has recovery tips - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 12:47:06 GMT)

Have you tried turning it off and on again, like, a bunch?

Updated Did the CrowdStrike patchpocalypse knock your Azure VMs into a BSOD boot loop? If so, Microsoft has some tips to get them back online.…


Second NHS IT system confirmed to be affected by CrowdStrike issues - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 12:43:16 GMT)

Cancer treatments are in jeopardy across multiple healthcare facilities

A UK hospital is battling what it is calling a critical incident as the ongoing global IT outage caused by a CrowdStrike update is impacting its Varian system.…


UK comms watchdog banning inflation-linked mid-contract price rises - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 11:22:40 GMT)

But only for new mobile and broadband contracts, and only from January 2025

UK communications regulator Ofcom has banned mid-contract price rises linked to inflation.…


CrowdStrike shares sink as global IT outage savages systems worldwide - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 09:53:37 GMT)

Emergency services, medical practices, airlines, banks, and more all crippled

Updated CrowdStrike's share price is currently tanking amid a major global IT outage its leadership has attributed to a dodgy channel file.…


Capgemini wins deal with UK tax collector worth up to £574M - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 08:43:38 GMT)

Love affair between HMRC and French outsourcer set to last 25 years

The UK tax collector is awarding Capgemini a contract worth up to £574 million ($741 million) to run legacy tax management systems until 2029, one of which was first built under a controversial arrangement that was supposed to end in 2020.…


Dangerous sandwiches delayed hardware installation - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 07:29:11 GMT)

AV tech was left alone, locked down, and under severe pressure

On Call Welcome again to On Call, The Register's weekly reader-contributed tale of being asked to hold in your rage while dealing with the effluent of tech support.…


CrowdStrike file update bricks Windows machines around the world - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 06:46:32 GMT)

Falcon Sensor putting hosts into deathloop - but there's a workaround

Updated An update to a product from infosec vendor CrowdStrike is bricking computers running Windows globally.…


EU's renewable hydrogen plan needs a 'reality check' - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 06:32:13 GMT)

Member nations aren't on the same page, investors are confused, and nobody understands the real costs

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has found the European Union's program to develop a renewable hydrogen program needs a reality check due to use of "overly ambitious" benchmarks and numerous other issues.…


North Korea likely behind takedown of Indian crypto exchange WazirX - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 05:59:07 GMT)

Firm halts trades after seeing $230 million disappear

Indian crypto exchange WazirX has revealed it lost virtual assets valued at over $230 million after a cyber attack that has since been linked to North Korea.…


Beijing's attack gang Volt Typhoon was a false flag inside job conspiracy: China - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 05:09:48 GMT)

Run by the NSA, the FBI, and Five Eyes nations, who fooled infosec researchers, apparently

China has wildly claimed the Volt Typhoon gang, which Five Eyes nations accuse of being a Beijing-backed attacker that targets critical infrastructure, was in fact made up by the US intelligence community.…


Google slashes maps API prices in India – weeks after a competitor emerged - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 03:31:13 GMT)

Startup Ola slashes prices to zero for a year in apparent response

Google has slashed the prices for access to its Maps API in India, the week after a competitor entered the market.…


Microsoft 365 remains 'degraded' as Azure outage resolved - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 02:02:53 GMT)

Central US region is back in business but Office apps still in trouble

Updated Microsoft's 365 subscription services are down for some users, as the software titan also reports the Central US region of its Azure cloud is experiencing problems.…


OpenAI’s GPT-4o Mini is indeed small – like its lead over rivals in certain tests - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2024 00:59:14 GMT)

Plus: Meta Euro model drama; Mistral and Nvidia find NeMo; and more

AI Roundup OpenAI has made available GPT-4o Mini – a smaller and cheaper version of its GPT-4o generative large language model (LLM) – via its cloud.…


DARPA slaps down credit card for 3D military chiplets – $840M ought to be enough? - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 23:26:07 GMT)

UT-Austin lab gets the job, and five years to do it

The Pentagon's boffinry nerve center DARPA has doled out $840 million to develop next-generation semiconductor microsystems for America's military.…


Judge mostly drags SEC's lawsuit against SolarWinds into the recycling bin - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 21:06:49 GMT)

Russia-invaded software biz 'grateful for the support we have received'

A judge has mostly thrown out a lawsuit brought by America's financial watchdog that accused SolarWinds and its chief infosec officer of misleading investors about its computer security practices and the backdooring of its Orion product.…


Sam Altman sues builder over $27M flooded, sewage-hit 'lemon' of a mega-mansion - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 19:56:15 GMT)

Leaking skylights, collapsed roof, garbage-clogged pipes - did ChatGPT make this?

Serial entrepreneur and OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman has made a bunch of lucrative moves in his time – but his $27 million mega-mansion certainly hasn't been one of them. His lawyers even called it a "lemon" in a recently filed lawsuit accusing the builder of negligence, fraud, and other failures.…


Pi goes to spaaaaace... for a bit longer than planned - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 17:15:12 GMT)

Ariane 6 might have had some APU problems, but the well-Armed hardware on YPSat worked well

A Raspberry Pi camera is orbiting the Earth, attached to ESA's YPSat, a week after both were supposed to have burned up upon re-entering the atmosphere with the upper stage of the Ariane 6.…


Kaspersky challenges US government to put up or shut up about Kremlin ties - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 16:29:05 GMT)

Stick an independent probe in our software, you won't find any Putin.DLL backdoor

Kaspersky has hit back after the US government banned its products – by proposing an independent verification that its software is above board and not backdoored by the Kremlin.…


Tesla sales, market share dip in EU while other EV makers grow - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 15:28:36 GMT)

Tesla doesn't just have an US problem: It has one with EU, too

Tesla isn't just floundering in the US - new registrations of Elon Musk's electric vehicles have dipped in the EU and UK this year, too. …


Nvidia's next Linux driver to be… just as open - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 14:55:02 GMT)

Big Green's software remains tricky, but Fedora and AMD are finding ways to cope

Nvidia says its forthcoming release 560 driver will be as open as releases 515 and 555 were – and will support more devices.…


Russia’s FIN7 is peddling its EDR-nerfing malware to ransomware gangs - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 13:40:24 GMT)

Major vendors' products scuppered by novel techniques

Prolific Russian cybercrime syndicate FIN7 is using various pseudonyms to sell its custom security solution-disabling malware to different ransomware gangs.…


TSMC boss predicts AI chip shortage through 2025, says Trump comments don't change his strategy - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 13:12:00 GMT)

Overseas expansion to continue, insists C.C. Wei

The CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is predicting that supply won't balance out demand for advanced chips until 2025 or 2026.…


Europe's largest council could face £12M manual audit bill after Oracle project disaster - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 12:43:05 GMT)

Thank goodness for pen and paper. Re-implemented system might not arrive until March 2026, four years after initial roll-out

Europe’s largest local authority faces a $15.58 million (£12 million) bill for manually auditing accounts which should have been supported by an Oracle ERP systems installed in April 2022.…


NASA swings budget axe, kills $400M+ VIPER lunar trundlebot - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 11:28:14 GMT)

Creeping costs, launch delays mean almost completed rover 1) will never see Moon, 2) will be stripped for parts

The budget axe has swung, and NASA's VIPER rover will not be trundling around the lunar surface any time soon.…


Maximum-severity Cisco vulnerability allows attackers to change admin passwords - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 10:37:09 GMT)

You’re going to want to patch this one

Cisco just dropped a patch for a maximum-severity vulnerability that allows attackers to change the password of any user, including admins.…


Don’t blame AI for rise in carbon emissions, says Google exec - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 09:28:11 GMT)

Datacenter pollution is rising... but LLM workload not as big as you think

Google's chief scientist claims that AI is being unfairly blamed for the rise in his company's carbon dioxide emissions, and says the tech giant's efforts to switch to entirely clean energy by 2030 remains on track.…


Thunderbird is go: 128 now out with revamped 'Nebula' UI - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 08:31:09 GMT)

Give it a try, if only in case you lose your webmail account

Following the new ESR version of Firefox, upon which it is based, the latest Thunderbird is out too – with a fresh new look.  …


Firms skip security reviews of major app updates about half the time - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 07:28:07 GMT)

Complicated, costly, time-consuming – pick three

Updated Cybersecurity workers review major updates to software applications only 54 percent of the time, according to a poll of tech managers.…


Semiconductor shares slump – possibly thanks to Biden and Trump - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 06:25:15 GMT)

More sanctions and weaker support for Taiwan are bad news … except for Intel?

The share price of several major semiconductor producers has taken a sharp dive, seemingly in response to a pair of political developments in the United States.…


Samsung buys UK AI startup to give its products the personal touch - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 05:30:08 GMT)

Oxford Semantic could help your fridge and smartphone pick up on your proclivities

Samsung announced the acquisition of UK knowledge graph startup Oxford Semantic Technologies on Thursday, to boost its AI smarts and offer more personalized experiences and content on its devices.…


Tech upgrade broke the casino – took slots offline for days - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 03:03:40 GMT)

A fresh mess for the Australian outfit that previously managed to pay winnings more than once

Australia's Star Entertainment Group, operator of three casinos down under, has seen its slot machines and other electronic games go offline for at least three days after an upgrade went awry.…


Release the hounds! Securing datacenters may soon need sniffer dogs - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Jul 2024 00:54:10 GMT)

Nothing else can detect attackers with implants designed to foil physical security

Sniffer dogs may soon become a useful means of improving physical security in datacenters, as increasing numbers of people are adopting implants like NFC chips that have the potential to enable novel attacks on access control tools.…


Merged Exabeam and LogRhythm cut jobs, face lawsuit - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 23:27:13 GMT)

Unconfirmed reports suggest 30 percent reduction in headcount

Exabeam and LogRhythm – a pair of cyber security firms – finalized their merger on Wednesday, an occasion The Register understands was marked by swift job cuts and shareholder action to investigate the transaction.…


Here we go again. And again. Musk threatens to pull Twitter, SpaceX out of California - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 19:29:09 GMT)

Over here, look at me, Donald, I'm over here, don't you want to tweet again? Woke! Trans! Antifa! Immigration!

Comment Elon Musk is threatening yet again to take his ball and go home, this time claiming he's going to move X and SpaceX from California to Texas because he's upset over a new state law designed to prevent teachers from being required to out LGBTQ students.…


Anthropic teams up with venture capital firm to kickstart $100M AI startup fund - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 18:45:09 GMT)

Recipients of six-digit investments aren’t required to use Claude

Anthropic is setting up a $100 million fund for AI startups with the help of venture capital firm Menlo Ventures.…


Kaspersky gives US customers six months of free updates as a parting gift - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 18:20:07 GMT)

So long, farewell, do svidaniya, goodbye

Updated Embattled Russian infosec shop Kaspersky is giving US customers six months of security updates for free as a parting gift as Uncle Sam kicks the antivirus maker out of the American market.…


SpaceX asks the FAA: 'Can we launch our rockets again, please?' - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:45:10 GMT)

Company keen to get back on the horse before the investigation is complete

SpaceX wants to get back to launching Falcon 9 after one of the rockets experienced an upper stage malfunction last week, which forced it to ditch its satellites in a lower than planned orbit. It has requested a public safety determination from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow it to return to flight.…


Light-weight solar-powered flying robots are coming - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 16:39:11 GMT)

Don’t worry, they look like they wouldn’t hurt a fly

Researchers have developed very lightweight solar-powered flying robots in a bid to overcome the limitations of small-scale drone flyers.…


GlobalWafers scores $400M to help build US's first 300mm wafer plants in Texas and Missouri - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 15:46:06 GMT)

CHIPS ACT grant will help cover the Taiwanese semiconductor firm’s $4B budget

US government is granting GlobalWafers up to $400 million in CHIPS Act cash to help fund its 300mm wafer manufacturing facilities in Texas and Missouri.…


Ransomware continues to pile on costs for critical infrastructure victims - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 15:01:13 GMT)

Millions more spent without any improvement in recovery times

Costs associated with ransomware attacks on critical national infrastructure (CNI) organizations skyrocketed in the past year.…


FOSS funding vanishes from EU's 2025 Horizon program plans - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 14:24:08 GMT)

Elimination of most Next Generation Internet funding 'incomprehensible,' says OW2 CEO Pierre-Yves Gibello

Funding for free and open source software (FOSS) initiatives under the EU's Horizon program has mostly vanished from next year's proposal, claim advocates who are worried for the future of many ongoing projects. …


What exactly did Microsoft promise CISPE in its settlement? - (pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2024 13:42:32 GMT)

Analysts: 'At the end of the day, the settlement is nothing'

Analysis Microsoft's deal to settle an antitrust complaint taken to the European Commission by a group of cloud providers is good for Microsoft, but no so meaningful for enterprise customers, says a well respected analyst.…

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