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Teenagers today. Can’t take them anywhere, eh? 18-year-old kid accused of $50m SIM-swap cryptocurrency heist

Roundup Here comes a summary of this week’s computer security news beyond what we’ve already covered. Montreal youth blamed for massive phone-swapping scheme An 18-year-old man from Canada has been accused of stealing more than $50m in cryptocurrency using SIM-swapping attacks. SIM swapping typically involves crooks tricking cellular network support staff to transfer victims’ smartphone numbers to the criminals’ own SIMs, and then using those numbers to reset passwords,…

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Protestors in Los Angeles force ICANN board out of hiding over .org sale – for a brief moment, at least

It was only going to be one rogue member, then it wasn’t happening at all, and then the entire board of DNS overseer ICANN emerged from the organization’s headquarters into Los Angeles, blinking in the bright sun, to accept a 35,000-signature petition from those opposed the sale of the .org registry. “We take this very seriously,” chairman of the board Maarten Botterman told those assembled, who numbered just over…

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Why so glum, VMware? It’s Friday. Oh, is it this $235m patent infringement invoice from Densify? Too bad, so sad

VMware is set to find itself a little lighter in the wallet after losing a nearly quarter-billion dollar patent-infringement case. A jury in a US federal district court in eastern Delaware on Friday found in favor of Densify, and against the Dell-owned IT giant, in legal battle over basic concepts of virtualization. In doing so, the panel of peers awarded damages of $235,724,765 (£180,300,000, ish). Cirba Inc, now operating…

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Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

AT&T’s satellite telly service DirecTV will push one of its birds beyond its geostationary orbit – before it has a chance to explode into a million pieces. The broadcaster fears the batteries on board its Boeing-built Spaceway-1 satellite, which has been aloft since 2005, may detonate, spewing debris into the Clarke Orbit – named after the sci-fi super-author Arthur – and destroying other craft. Specifically, Spaceway-1 has suffered “irreversible…

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Everyone loves our new desktop web search design so much – the one with ads that look like links – that we’re tweaking it, says Google

Updated Google is under fire this week for rolling out a new design for its desktop web search results in which advertisements and normal links look almost the same. It’s another example of the internet kingpin seemingly putting its profitability over its usefulness to the rest of us. About an hour or two ago, a spokesperson for Google told The Register the revised layout – which was pushed to…

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Microsoft puts away the Catnip: Windows Insiders community app axed due to ‘technical limitations’

Microsoft ended the week with a fresh build of Windows 10 and, slightly worryingly, the killing of a Progressive Web App (PWA) project “due to some technical limitations.” Pushed to the Fast Ring of the Windows Insider Program, Build 19551 would frankly be a big ol’ bag of “meh” if it weren’t for the cancelling of Project Catnip. Making a PWA is hard The cancellation of Catnip (or CatNip,…

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Atlassian anticipates $1.6bn total revenue for fiscal 2020 as subscriptions make it rain

Atlassian, continued its march into megabucks territory with a 37 per cent year-on-year rise in revenues for the quarter as subscriptions led the way. The company trousered $408.7m in revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 (ended 31 December 2019), compared to $299m for the same period in the previous year. $228.7m of that was from subscriptions, approximately 50 per cent up on $152.5m. It is all about…

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Microsoft previews Visual Studio update with added Linux love, many new features

Develop on Windows, deploy to Linux: an increasingly common pattern Visual Studio 2019 16.5 now has a second preview with new features Microsoft’s second preview of Visual Studio 2019 16.5, freshly flung out this week, has better Linux support for C++ developers and also includes a new designer for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Visual Studio is updated every two or three months. Version 16.4 was released in early December…

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2015-member database floats off through breach in Royal Yachting Association’s hull

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has told members that “an unauthorised party” may have pilfered a database containing personal information from 2015. A statement issued by the boating organisation, which awards sailing qualifications and safety training to the Great British Public, said it had spotted the breach just over a week ago. “On 17 January 2020 we became aware that an unauthorised party accessed and may have acquired a…

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Well, well, well. Internet-of-Things speaker biz Sonos to continue some software support for legacy kit after all

Sonos has said it will continue to support legacy products in an apparent reversal of a statement made earlier this week. The smart-speaker biz said on Tuesday it planned to drop support for some legacy gear, starting in May. The decision would not have immediately bricked old kit, but it did mean that customers with a mix of legacy and new equipment would not be able to run them…

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