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Seek 'passion' and tech skills will follow, say recruiting security chiefs

Fri, 2017-11-24 07:29
Infosec staffing needs a shot in the arm

Plugging the infosec skills gap with expensive consultants or by trying to hire already skilled people won't fix recruitment headaches, Thom Langford, CISO at Publicis Groupe, insisted at the #IRISSCERT conference in Dublin this week.…

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UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from <i>Reg</i>'s butt

Fri, 2017-11-24 06:33
Samsung inks deal to give crews up to 250k handsets

The British emergency services are to be equipped with 4G phones thanks to a new handheld device contract with Samsung worth up to £210m.…

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EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

Fri, 2017-11-24 06:03
UK.gov told to sever ties with 'grubby, unethical' company

The massive Uber data breach will be discussed by the European Union's data protection authorities next week.…

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'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

Fri, 2017-11-24 05:04
We never learn from incidents, says Europol security adviser

The world has never been so dependent on computers, networks and software so ensuring the security and availability of those systems is critical.…

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Linus Torvalds on security: 'Do no harm, don't break users'

Fri, 2017-11-24 02:02
Fixing for the sake of security alone means 'all your work was just masturbation'

Linus Torvalds has offered a lengthy explanation of his thoughts on security, in which he explained a calmer and more detailed version of his expletive-laden thoughts on the topic earlier this week.…

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Firefox to warn users who visit p0wned sites

Thu, 2017-11-23 18:55
Do you really want to go there? And does Mozilla, which hasn't figured out how to do this and preserve security, privacy

Mozilla developer Nihanth Subramanya has revealed the organisation's Firefox browser will soon warn users if they visit sites that have experienced data breaches that led to user credential leaks.…

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

Thu, 2017-11-23 10:22
For once it's not an engine breakdown

A Type 45 destroyer has been recalled to Britain with propeller problems, leaving the Royal Navy's traditional "east of Suez" deployment without proper warship cover.…

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'Data is the new oil': F-Secure man on cartels, disinformation and IoT

Thu, 2017-11-23 09:53
An unlikely trio? Not according to Mikko Hypponen

Questions about cyber influence continue to cloud last year's US presidential elections and recently similar allegations have been levelled against the Brexit vote.…

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To fix Intel's firmware fiasco, wait for Christmas Eve or 2018

Thu, 2017-11-23 01:02
And cross your fingers: 'TBD' is the scheduled date for hundreds of PC fixes

The world's top PC-makers have started to ship fixes for the multiple flaws in Intel's CPUs, but plenty won't land until 2018.…

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Samba needs two patches, unless you're happy for SMB servers to dance for evildoers

Thu, 2017-11-23 00:01
Big Linux distros have pushed their fixes, but let's not assume everything auto-patches, OK?

It’s time to patch Samba again - or turn off SAMBA 1, which is never as easy as it sounds.…

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Devs working to stop Go math error bugging crypto software

Wed, 2017-11-22 21:42
Programming language makes some fuzzy big numbers

Consider this an item for the watch-list, rather than a reason to hit the panic button: a math error in the Go language could potentially affect cryptographic libraries.…

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:09
Are you in control?

Comment  According to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you were examining a finger, not reading a Quartz story yesterday, which reveals how Android phones send location data to Google without you even knowing it.…

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You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

Wed, 2017-11-22 09:15
MP: Funny, you managed to contact customers when TfL put your licence on hold…

Brit regulators, security agencies and MPs have slammed Uber for covering up the massive data breach of 57 million customer and driver records.…

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

Wed, 2017-11-22 07:05
MoD claims it's still committed but warns of 'uncertainty'

Rising costs might force the UK to reduce its order of F-35 fighter jets, the House of Commons has been told.…

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Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Wed, 2017-11-22 04:18
Hold on to your laces, email server was compromised

Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers.…

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Once more unto the breach: <i>El Reg</i> has a go at crisis management

Wed, 2017-11-22 03:43
And you can probably guess how that turned out

Hacks played representatives of a hacked company in an incident response exercise run by F-Secure this week.…

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Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

Wed, 2017-11-22 02:01
Ad giant has malware detection in its script-hosting service... but Coin Hive isn't flagged

Crypto-jackers using Coin Hive code to secretly mine Monero via computing power supplied by the unsuspecting have found Google Tag Manager to be a convenient means of distribution.…

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Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

Wed, 2017-11-22 00:02
iGiant didn't want to aid censorship, but $10bn in revenue is $10bn in revenue

Apple has told the US government it cooperated with China's demands to block VPN services so it could get other concessions from the Middle Kingdom on human rights.…

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Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

Tue, 2017-11-21 21:58
Dept. of Justice lamely says 'winter is coming' for Behzad Mesri, aka 'Skote Vahshat'

The United States' Department of Justice has identified a suspect in July's attack on Home Box Office, naming an Iranian national, Behzad Mesri, in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, November 21.…

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Microsoft says Win 8/10's weak randomisation is 'working as intended'

Tue, 2017-11-21 19:57
This bug is a feature in 11 out of 12 scenarios

Microsoft has rebutted analysis that suggested its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) technology could be exploited.…

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