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Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

Three individuals were charged on Friday for allegedly hijacking a string of high-profile Twitter accounts after hoodwinking the social network’s staff. It is claimed a social-engineering-driven phishing campaign against Twitter employees led to hacking spreethe brief takeover on July 15 of 45 out of 130 targeted prominent accounts to promote a Bitcoin scam. Accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Mike…

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We give up, Progressive Web Apps can track you, says W3C: After 5 years, it decides privacy is too much bother

In 2015, as part of a privacy review conducted under the auspices of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Nick Doty flagged a potential problem with web applications. This week, after five years of debate about whether or how to mitigate this privacy concern, the technical types discussing the matter have simply given up and kicked the can down the road to browser makers in the hope that maybe…

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The Last of Us Part II: Never mind the Metacritic nonsense, Naughty Dog’s ultra-violent odyssey is a must-play*

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column back for the first time with an exclusive PlayStation 4 title. This was a big release surrounded by needless controversy and immense expectations that needed some time sunk into it. Does it stand up now the dust has settled? Absolutely. Until The Walking Dead TV series drove it into the ground, zombies were cool….

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How to democratise IT: Tech big four hoover 63% of global cloudy infrastructure spending

Continuing to democratise IT, the big four scooped up 63 per cent of the whopping $34.6bn that customers spent globally on cloudy infrastructure services in Q2. The dollar figure was itself up 31 per cent or $8bn compared to what businesses splurged on cloudy pipes and plumbing a year ago, according to market watcher Canalys. “Cloud-based services were pivotal in enabling emergency continuity plans designed to maintain virtual operations…

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All the way to Reno: Oppo’s latest mid-ranger going global but lacks 5G compared to similarly specced models

Another day, another middle-of-the-road phone. This time it’s the turn of Oppo, which just announced the international release of the Reno 4 Pro after an early debut in China. The latest handset from the BKK-owned firm comes with a price tag of (roughly) £355/ $470. We say “roughly” because Oppo hasn’t actually revealed UK (or US) pricing yet. The phone will be released next Wednesday in India, where it…

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An irritating itch down the back of your neck? Searing midsummer heat? Of course, it can only be SysAdmin Day

It is the balmy midsummer day when they grow wings, fly about in the hot sun, and get stuck to every kind of food and beverage. Yes, today is SysAdmin Day. Having spent the year cooped up in subterranean nests mindlessly following orders, sysadmins finally get their day in the sun. It all starts when the male and female sysadmins sprout wings and venture out on a “nuptial flight”,…

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For Apple’s latest trick, the iCockroach – allowing it to survive while the smartphone sector faces a nuclear winter

Apple was the sole top five smartphone brand to report any growth in calendar Q2 – for everyone else, sales were in free fall as shipments plummeted across the sector by an astonishing 14 per cent. In total, 284.7 million devices were sent into retailers or distributors’ warehouses during the three months – down from 331.8 million in the same quarter last year, according to numbers crunched by Canalys….

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First rule of Ransomware Club is do not pay the ransom, but it looks like Carlson Wagonlit Travel didn’t get the memo

Exclusive US corporate travel management firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel has suffered an intrusion and it is believed the company paid a $4.5m ransom to get its data back. The attack hit the company a week ago, causing a shutdown of all systems while the infection was contained and dealt with. It appears that Carlson Wagonlit may have paid a ransom demand in excess of 400 Bitcoins, or $4.5m at…

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Seeking that perfect role? Come inside and peruse vacancies for developers, testers and DataOps Leaders

Job Alert As the month draws to a close and with the pandemic still biting, we’re back again with our free list of job opportunities in the big and beautiful world of tech. You may recall, we’re trying to help keep techies in gainful employment during these testing times. If you’re looking to hire IT folk anywhere on the planet, send your vacancies this way and we’ll list them…

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Elite name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computing History

Spotify is to music what Steam is to video games – sometimes you just want to spin some classic vinyl while picking through the liner notes, feel the gatefold between your fingers. Fortunately, Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History harbours the largest documented collection of video games in the UK – real, physical copies along with the computers, consoles, and peripherals needed to experience them – so people can get…

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