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Switching broadband providers could be about to become a lot easier if proposals unveiled by Ofcom today are put into place.
But even as the plans were announced it's clear there are some providers in the industry that are unhappy with them – citing issues such as data protection and concerns it could lead to people being switched without their consent.
Ofcom hopes the scheme – dubbed "One Touch Switch" – will streamline the way people chop and change providers as new services are launched.
Kaspersky has presented the findings of an eight-month probe into the FinFisher spyware toolset – including the discovery of a UEFI "bootkit" infection method and "advanced anti-analysis methods" such as "four-layer obfuscation."
FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is a product from Anglo-German spy firm Gamma International and supplied exclusively to law enforcement and intelligence agencies for use as a surveillance tool. The software was allegedly used by the former Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak to spy on dissidents and by the Bahraini government to spy on Bahraini activists in Britain – the latter resulting in the software having been found in breach of human rights.
The toolkit receives frequent updates to evade detection and add new functionality, with Kaspersky having previously investigated a 2019 update which boosted its spying capabilities to include chat, physical movement, microphone, and camera access, alongside locally stored data capture and exfiltration.
Five Texas residents have filed a lawsuit against Tesla and a local restaurant after an alleged drink-driver ploughed a Model X into the back of two parked police cruisers.
The complaint [PDF] accuses the company of "defects in Tesla's safety features," the functionality of which has been "vastly and irresponsibly overstated" to "pump Tesla's share price and sell more cars."
According to the suit, filed by the five police officers involved in the incident, the unnamed driver crashed his Tesla Model X into the back of two parked police cruisers at 70mph (112kph) after they had stopped to investigate a fourth vehicle for suspected narcotics offences in February.
A cryptocurrency-trading hamster is sending shockwaves through the financial world by generating returns that outperform the S&P 500 index, the Nasdaq 100, and Bitcoin.
Goxx Capital, fronted by Mr Goxx, a small brown hamster said by his colleague to be "nearly one year old", has been trading since June this year using a specially constructed "office" enclosure. It is claimed that he has been involved in hundreds of trades worth literally tens of Euros.
His trading office, known as the Goxx Box, includes a number of special tools used to action his keen financial decisions. The largest of these is known as the "Intention Wheel", a hamster exercise wheel demarcated to determine which of around 30 different assets he will pick to trade. Then there are two "Decision Tunnels", one marked "Buy" and one marked "Sell", which determine which trade he will make with the chosen currency.
Strong winds and choppy seas have delayed the deployment of a new subsea fibre cable running under the English Channel connecting data centres in France and the UK.
The cable – called CrossChannel Fibre – is due to link Equinix data centres in London and Paris via Brighton on the South Coast of England and Veules-les-Roses near Dieppe.
Work was due to start this week, but the arrival of autumn storms has meant that cable laying has been put on hold until calmer weather is forecast.
Blue Prism, poster child of the UK's modest tech boom, has been bought by Vista Equity Partners (VEP) to be merged with Tibco, the integration and buiness intelligence vendor.
Known for its robotic process automation (RPA) wares, Blue Prism is to be acquired for £1.1bn as interest in the RPA software segment hots up.
According to Forrester, the market for RPA software will be worth $2.9bn in 2021, up from $125m in 2016. The two biggest independent players – those that don't also sell big chunks of the enterprise stack – are US-based Automation Anywhere and UiPath (founded in Romania, but now based in New York), which have a combined valuation of around $39.2bn
Giant Group, the umbrella company that has thousands of contractors on its books, has been targeted by a "sophisticated" cyber-attack that floored systems and left workers out in the cold, the biz has now confirmed.
The attack happened last Wednesday (September 22) and forced the outfit – known to many as Giant Pay – to shut down its whole network, including its phone and email systems, as well as its IT infrastructure.
It said last night it was still working on a "technical issue that is preventing us from getting the giant umbrella and giant accounts portals back up and running."
"Sorry", much like a tooth-loosening toffee, can be one of the hardest words. That didn't stop the Information Commissioner’s Office from sentencing itself to saying it in the wake of the findings of an internal probe that confirm a rogue employee went a bit trigger happy with the corporate credit card in a luxury chocolate chain last Xmas.
The regulator said it was very disappointed in itself after the unnamed staffer racked up a bill of £6,248.40 at Hotel Chocolat in spending £24.60 on 254 gifts for fellow colleagues - and taxpayers footed the bill, because who wouldn’t want to say thanks to the ICO for holding Big Tech’s feet to the fire.
The UK’s data watchdog was tipped off about itself in February by Insider, which spotted the figure in the ICO’s list of corporate charge payments in excess of £500. The choc-shopping binge reportedly took place on 21 December.
Microsoft has warned of a new tool designed to exfiltrate credentials and introduce a backdoor into Active Directory servers that is under active use by the Nobelium threat actor group.
The FoggyWeb malware, Microsoft has declared, is designed to target Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) servers, exfiltrating credentials, configuration databases, decrypted token-signing and token-decryption certificates, and to download additional components to set up a permanent backdoor and attack the network more widely.
"Because FoggyWeb is loaded into the same application domain as the AD FS managed code, it gains programmatical access to the legitimate AD FS classes, methods, properties, fields, objects, and components that are subsequently leveraged by FoggyWeb to facilitate its malicious operations," Ramin Nafisi, Microsoft Threat Intelligence Centre researcher, wrote in an analysis of the malware.
Bork!Bork!Bork! Some habits are hard to shake, and more than one tourist hotspot is having a heck of time leaving Windows XP behind, as today's confection of bork shows.
Following last week's shame at 300 ft from an Emirates cable car travelling over the Thames, the latest installment comes from Reg reader Ben who was "enjoying" a trip to Cadbury World (a chocolate-themed attraction) over the weekend with a car-load of poppets in tow.
His description of his visit carries the distinct whiff of a one star TripAdvisor review, but readers will be delighted to learn that an old friend was lurking within the walls of the "Bournville Experience".
The UK government currently lacks a central, dynamic list of its legacy computing estate and the risks associated with ageing IT infrastructure and applications, Joanna Davinson, exec director at the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), has told MPs.
But she said the Cabinet Office, which encompasses CDDO, was working on such a system, aimed at helping prioritise spending, which her team hopes to pilot this year and launch in January.
"I acknowledge that it's not as systematic as it should be at the moment, but we've got an initiative in place," Davinson told Parliament's public spending watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee.
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