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Braking bad: Mitsubishi recalls 68k SUVs over buggy software

6 hours 23 min ago
US Outlanders need upgrade, no word on other countries yet

Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi has recalled more than 68,000 vehicles in the US affected by two separate software bugs.…

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

7 hours 1 min ago
92-year-old Wren tells us about life cracking German codes

Interview El Reg had the honour of speaking with a war hero last Friday when the UK's National Museum of Computing fired up its replica Enigma code-breaker to decrypt messages sent from Poland.…

Ooof! Cisco Webex has been down for 7 hours – and counting

7 hours 44 min ago
No need to hide that you're working from bed this morning

Updated Cisco Webex is currently suffering a seven-hour outage and counting, with biz bods alternately raging at the failure but secretly being glad they don’t have to suffer the indignities of teleconferencing.…

Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

8 hours 19 min ago
HMRC urged to adjust plans after losing case against one of its own former freelancers

HMRC should rethink its "aggressive" approach to IR35 tax reforms as it looks to extend them to the private sector, tax insurance provider Qdos Contractor has warned.…

Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues

8 hours 53 min ago
Microsoft claims issue confined to older kit

Three months on, users continue to report that Microsoft's BitLocker disk encryption technology turns itself off during security updates.…

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

9 hours 52 min ago
Migrating dusty mission-critical systems 101

Analysis Legacy systems have been sitting in server rooms for decades, gradually growing more complex in design, more expensive to operate, less understandable to administrators, and more indispensable to their owners.…

How do the some of the best AI algorithms perform on real robots? Not well, it turns out

10 hours 55 min ago
Machine learning finds reality a whole different ball game

All the biggest labs leading AI research will have you believe that their fancy game-playing software bots will one day be applicable to the real world. The skills from playing Go, Poker or Dota 2 will be transferable to algorithms designing new drugs, controlling robots, teaching computers how to negotiate – you name it.…

Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit

11 hours 58 min ago
Who watches the watchers? Anybody who has the login

If you run Cisco's video surveillance kit, hop over to Switchzilla's support site and download the latest version of its management software.…

Good news: Sub-surface life on Mars possible, moons from big impacts. There is no bad news

13 hours 5 min ago
Yippee, it's a double whammy of Red Planet research

In a double dose of Martian research, scientists believe that the planet once had the right environmental conditions to support life underground and its moons may have been born from an ancient collision.…

Microsoft has a digital coworker it wants in your business: Cortana

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:51
Windows maker talks up AI and cloud stuff for Ignite show, while knifing passwords

Ignite At its Ignite conference in the US on Monday, Microsoft pitched Cortana as a corporate worker, as the software and cloud biz pushes companies to interact with technology via voice.…

Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:03
The price rises Chuck Robbins warned us about are coming

In September, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins warned that America's trade war with China would drive up price tags on technology. Now, The Register has learned those fears have seemingly manifested: Switchzilla has unexpectedly increased its prices.…

Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 17:15
Wardle claims to topple privacy protections in new OS – which comes with security fixes

Apple has posted the annual full overhaul of the Mac operating system, this time focusing on a redesign of the look and feel of the interface.…

Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 15:41
Cloud lineup gets security overhaul with 2FA and new monitoring tools

Ignite Microsoft is beefing up the security in its cloud services lineup with a handful of unveilings today at this year's Ignite conference.…

Whoa – oh no, Zoho: Domain name no-show deals CRM biz, 40m punters a crushing blow

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:40
Customers locked out after registrar switches off dot-com

CRM biz Zoho left millions of customers fuming on Monday when it briefly lost control of its critical domain name, bringing its services to a grinding halt.…

UK emits first GDPR notice… against Canuck Brexit campaigner

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:44
AggregateIQ faces massive fine for allegedly exploiting people's private info from Facebook

The first ever violation notice of Europe's new data privacy laws has been issued – and has landed on a Canadian data analytics firm that campaigned for Brexit.…

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:26
Endless series of beheadings and horrible images take mental toll, US lawsuit claims

Updated A Facebook contractor hired to keep the social network free of beheadings, rape, torture and the like has sued the tech giant and its contracting firm, Pro Unlimited – for allegedly failing to protect workers from the psychological trauma arising from exposure to disturbing content.…

Still holding out on Windows 10? Microsoft tempts upgrade with virtual desktop to Azure

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:37
Still great pals with Citrix, but users will find the Windows 7 offer enticing

Ignite With Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft is offering corporate Window 7 users yet another migration path to Windows 10; this time via Azure.…

Open-source alt-droid wants to know if it's still leaking data to Google

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:40
Challenge accepted? You can download /e/ now

/e/, a Google-free fork of Android, reached a milestone this month with its initial ROM release. It's available for download, so you can kick the tires, with nightly builds delivered via OTA (over the air) updates.…

Microsoft adds delayed gratification to the Surface Hub 2 line

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:06
S version set for Q2 '19 debut, but full tiling pleasure on the X delayed

Ignite Microsoft has lifted a page from its gaming playbook and split its Surface Hub 2 product into two lines: the 2S and 2X.…

Baddies just need one email account with clout to unleash phishing hell

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:31
Outsiders realised uni was hacked before uni did

A single account compromise at an unnamed "major university" in the UK led to a large-scale phishing attack against third parties, according to data protection outfit Barracuda Networks.…