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Cloudy biz Datrix locks down phishing attack in 15 mins after fat thumb triggers email badness

Cloud-‘n’-comms biz Datrix has suffered a phishing attack that resulted in some customers’ contact details being compromised – though the company reckons it contained the attack within 15 minutes. The London-based firm sent an email to its customers earlier this week, seen by El Reg, confirming it had been “the target of a sophisticated cyber security attack, designed to defraud the company and appropriate company funds”. Company chairman Rob…

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Go champion retires after losing to AI, Richard Nixon deepfake gives a different kind of Moon-landing speech…

Roundup Welcome to an early edition of this week’s AI news summary, brought forward as some of us are away for Thanksgiving… How ML algorithms power a surveillance state in Xinjiang: We don’t need the long-promised artificial general intelligence in order for the technology to pose a threat to human lives. Just look at what’s happening in Xinjiang, China. Official documents from 2017 obtained by the International Consortium of…

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Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX’s Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid

Skywatchers in Spain recording meteors being transformed into brilliant streaks of light by atmospheric compression are a bit miffed – as their view was rudely interrupted by a slew of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites. Below is a short clip of what it looked like above La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands last week. The meteor shower known as Alpha Monocerotids crisscrossed the sky, though it becomes hard to…

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This week, we give thanks to Fortinet for reminding us what awful crypto with hardcoded keys looks like

Roundup Here’s a summary of recent infosec news beyond what we’ve already covered – earlier than usual because some of us have Thanksgiving to get through in the US. By the way, watch out for hackers taking advantage of IT teams suffering turkey comas. Fortinet fsck up: Some Fortinet networking equipment was caught sending customers’ sensitive information over the internet to its servers using weak encryption – XOR and…

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Intel! China! Sliding enterprise spending! Dell cuts forecasts by $1.2bn to $2bn for fiscal ’20

Dell has lopped more than $1bn off its revenue estimates for the current fiscal year on the back of Intel’s protracted CPU shortages, continued weakness in the Chinese economy and enterprises tightening their belts. The Texan hardware-maker said it expects full year sales to come in between $91.5bn and $92.2bn – way down on previous forecasts of $92.7bn to $94.2bn, CFO Thomas Sweet confirmed last night. “We continue to…

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Open-source Windows Terminal does the splits: There ain’t no party like a multi-pane party

A fresh preview of Microsoft’s open-sourced Windows Terminal landed overnight with a couple of standout features to make the app a handy addition to the toolkit of Windows 10 shell-botherers. The release, 0.7, adds the ability to split the terminal window into multiple panes, which means multiple command prompts within the same tab rather than having to switch tabs or do something funky with windowing. It works well in…

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‘Ethical’ hackers say: It’s just hacker. To be one is no longer a bad thing

Great and good of pentesting chew the fat with El Reg An ethical penetration tester explains his upfront quote to a nervous business Ethical hacking is a “redundant term” but to be a “hacker” is no longer a bad thing, according to proponents of the cybersecurity art form known as “penetration testing”. One-time Lulzsec hacker Jake Davis and his deportation-proof hacker mate Lauri Love appeared at a talk organised…

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Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don’t mistake it for Server 2003

Microsoft crossed the streams last night as both the Fast and Slow Rings of the Windows Insider Program synchronised ahead of the final fit and finish of next year’s Windows 10. While build 19033 was light on features, as is depressingly the norm with 20H1 these days, that watermark remained absent and, more importantly, the release hit the cautious Slow Ringers as well as the brave folk on the…

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Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment

Geek’s Guide to Britain Of all the monuments to Great Britain’s efforts to maintain its pre-war status as a global superpower in the post-war world, the remnants of the Blue Streak intermediate-range ballistic missile project are among the most bathetic. Traces of Blue Streak and related rocket projects can be found in the Australian desert, on an industrial park outside Aylesbury, jutting out of a cliff face on the…

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In Rust We Trust: Stob gets behind the latest language craze

Stob Oh hey, Verity, how’s it going? What have you been up to? Busy, busy, busy? This is not a tech podcast. We can lose the opening toe-curl of friendly chat. Look who’s a Grumpy Gerty today. I see from your headline that you are extolling Rust? Indeed yes, but please do stop poking your finger through the fourth wall, I’ve only just papered it. As you wish. But…

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