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Outraged Virgin slaps IP trolls over dirty movie download data demands

Virgin Media’s lawyers have seen off a group of IP trolls who were trying to force the British ISP to hand over the personal details of people downloading allegedly copyrighted smut flicks. Mircom International Content Management & Consulting and Golden Eye International both tried to force Virgin to hand over the details of customers who, the two claimed, were “unlawfully” downloading what Mr Recorder Douglas Campbell QC described as…

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Dutch cheesed off at Microsoft, call for Rexit from Office Online, Mobile apps over Redmond data slurping

A report backed by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security is warning government institutions not to use Microsoft’s Office Online or mobile applications due to potential security and privacy risks. A report from Privacy Company, which was commissioned by the ministry, found that Office Online and the Office mobile apps should be banned from government work. The report found the apps were not in compliance with a set…

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Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China’s new plans? Trump’s Space Force? Nope, the French

France is threatening to stick submachine guns on its next generation of satellites as part of an “active space defense” strategy that would enable it to shoot down other space hardware. That demented idea is part of a broader review of the country’s approach to space that has absolutely nothing to do with President Donald Trump’s pet “space force” project. It’s not just machine guns either, France wants to…

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Rambus gobbles tasty chip slinger Northwest Logic in a move away from patent litigation

DRAM pioneer and serial litigant Rambus is set to acquire Northwest Logic, primarily known for dreaming up IP cores used in ASICs and FPGAs. The purchase will boost Rambus’ chip design credentials, as it attempts to move away from suing companies over vintage patents as its core business model. The exact financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “This deal creates a one-stop-shop for SoC designers working on…

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NHK Spring cops to hard drive price fixing, coughs up $28.5m fine – and promises to sing like a canary

A Japanese manufacturer that makes parts for hard disk drives has admitted to racking up millions in profits from a price-fixing scheme. US prosecutors say that from May 2008 until April 2016 NHK Spring conspired with other unnamed factories to artificially inflate the prices they charged drive makers for suspension assemblies – the part of the arm that holds hard disk read/write heads in place. “NHK Spring and its…

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Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants

A hacker raided Capital One’s cloud storage buckets and stole personal information on 106 million credit card applicants in America and Canada. The swiped data includes 140,000 US social security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, we’re told, as well as one million Canadian social insurance numbers, plus names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and reported incomes. The pilfered data was submitted to Capital One by credit card…

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Toodle-oo Raijin and g’day Gadi, you beauty! Australia’s fastest super ‘puter will bench 38 PFLOPS later this year

Australia’s most powerful supercomputer is – we are told – about to get 10 times faster in November, thanks to an AU$70m (£39.4m) cash injection from the government. The new machine, called Gadi – meaning “to search for” in the language of the Ngunnawal people of Canberra – will replace Raijin, which entered operation in 2013. Gadi will comprise 3,200 nodes based on second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and…

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It’s official: Deploying Facebook’s ‘Like’ button on your website makes you a joint data slurper

Organisations that deploy Facebook’s ubiquitous “Like” button on their websites risk falling foul of the General Data Protection Regulation following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice. The EU’s highest court has decided that website owners can be held liable for data collection when using the so-called “social sharing” widgets. The ruling (PDF) states that employing such widgets would make the organisation a joint data controller, along…

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Microsoft preps to purge its cloud access security broker of shonky crypto protocols TLS 1.0, 1.1

Transport Level Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 is to be axed for users of Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) from 8 September as the company shores up security with a requirement for TLS 1.2+. It has been a while coming. The company announced that it wanted to kill off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 last year, joining with Apple, Google and Mozilla in agreeing that 2020 would be when the…

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Dot-org price-cap scrap latest: Now ICANN accused of snubbing registrars with ‘sham’ public comment process

Internet oversight body ICANN has been accused by one of its biggest backers of undermining its public benefit remit in a recent decision to lift price caps on all .org domains. The world’s second largest registrar Namecheap has filed a formal “request for reconsideration” over the controversial decision and argues that ICANN actively ignored overwhelming opposition to lifting longstanding price caps, relying instead on a staff statement that was…

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