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Epic Games floats $1m bounty to ID source of ‘commercial smear’ claiming Houseparty chat app has been hacked

Group video chat app Houseparty has offered a $1m bounty to identify what it claims is an organised campaign to falsely depict it as a hackers’ backdoor. Announced at 4am UTC on the firm’s Twitter account, the million-dollar bounty is being offered to “the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign,” with Epic Games, the firm behind Houseparty, alleging this effort is “a paid commercial smear… to…

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Relax, breaking a website’s fine-print doesn’t make you a criminal hacker, says judge in US cyber-law legal row

Netizens probing websites’ algorithms for bias and discrimination, against the sites’ terms and conditions, can breathe a small sigh of relief. A US federal court has ruled it’s not a criminal offense to flout a consumer-grade website’s fine-print. The question arose after boffins and journalists, with the help of the ACLU, sued the US Attorney General in 2016, arguing the nation’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is…

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Sunday: Australia is shocked UK would consider tracking mobile data to beat pandemic. Monday: Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison may have to eat his words on how to limit the spread of coronavirus after the country’s westernmost state announced “extreme and draconian” measures all of its own. On Sunday, as Australia went into lockdown and banned gatherings of more than two people, Morrison scoffed at a journalist’s suggestions that Australia could follow the UK in potentially tracking anonymised mobile phone data to check…

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Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off guests’ personal info

Marriott Hotels has suffered its second data spillage in as many years after an “unexpected amount” of guests’ data was accessed through two compromised employee logins, the under-fire chain has confirmed. The size of the latest data exposure has not been disclosed, though Marriott admitted it seemed to have started in January 2020 and was detected “at the end of February.” “We identified that an unexpected amount of guest…

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Huawei rotating CEO: Chinese government will not ‘just stand by and watch Huawei be slaughtered’

Huawei’s rotating CEO reckons the Chinese government will retaliate against the US tech industry rather than allow the giant of the Middle Kingdom to be “slaughtered on the chopping board”* of US sanctions. This was among the many claims and stark admissions made by Eric Xu this morning at a press conference in Huawei’s Shenzhen heartland, as the business released its 2019 Annual Report – audited figures describing how…

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If you’ve ever wished Visual Studio Code could be more open source, the Eclipse Foundation would like a word

The Eclipse Foundation has pulled back the curtains on version 1.0 of Theia, an alternative to Microsoft’s developer darling of the hour, Visual Studio Code. Except it isn’t just yet. Those hoping to ditch a Microsoft-branded IDE for something more vendor-neutral might have a while to wait for something to drop from Eclipse itself, although a hop to somewhere like Gitpod will give those interested a look at the…

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Cloudflare is over the moon because its pro-privacy 1.1.1.1 DNS service got a clean bill of health from everyone’s favorite auditor – KPMG

Two years ago, network infrastructure biz Cloudflare launched the 1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver, with the promise that internet users could use the service to surf the internet without being tracked – by Cloudflare at least. The biz positioned itself as a speedier, privacy-focused alternative to Google Public DNS, which operates using the IPv4 address address 8.8.8.8 and also promises privacy despite Google’s extensive online ad business. Other DNS providers…

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Watch your MANRS: Akamai, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Google, and pals join internet routing security effort

An internet community effort to improve routing security has got a boost from some of the internet’s biggest names. Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Akamai, and Netflix, among others, have signed up to the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) group, in their roles as content delivery networks (CDNs) and cloud providers (CPs). MANRS’s goal is to shore up the internet’s lax security when it comes to routing people’s…

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Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it’s business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking

Two-thirds of polled Register readers, on average worldwide, said it was business as usual in their IT departments amid the ongoing global coronavirus crisis. And fewer than one in ten said they were paralyzed by the pandemic. For 24 hours on Thursday, we ran a small and simple poll for some site visitors: it would have appeared in a little box on article pages. While not a full-blown reader…

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Hunting for IT staff? Lost your job during the pandemic? Sysadmin vacancies – and a free job ads offer – inside

Job alert We’ve received a couple of solid responses to our offer last week, in which we invited organizations seeking tech staff to tackle the coronovirus pandemic to send in their recruitment ads and we would run them for free online. No catch, no snark, nor strings attached. We’re a bit worried we made that offer too specific, or perhaps just nobody’s hiring right now? Either way, this week…

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