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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

The HDMI forum has released the HDMI 2.1 spec, and promised it can deliver 48Gbps if you buy new cables that support the jump from HDMI 2.0s 18Gbps. But while the organisation has probably delighted gamers and 8K video watchers with that headline number, they'll have to wait until deep into 2018 to get their hands on kit that …
Satan in Hell from South Park

What do Tensor Flow, Caffe and Torch have in common? Open CVEs

Dabblers with prominent artificial intelligence tools have been warned and/or reminded to check their dependencies because some have open vulnerabilities. That warning came from Qixue Xiao and Deyue Zhang (from Quihoo's 360 Security Research Lab), Kang Li (University of Georgia) and Weilin Xu (University of Virginia), who …
His master's voice

Mozilla releases voice dataset and transcription engine

Mozilla has revealed an open speech dataset and a TensorFlow-based transcription engine. Mozilla floated "Project Common Voice" back in July 2017, when it called for volunteers to either submit samples of their speech or check machine translations of others' utterances. The project has since collected 500 hours of samples (in …

Nokia 'not currently' talking about nor arranging Juniper buy

Nokia Networks has denied a rumour that it's planning to make an offer for Juniper Networks. The possibility that the European vendor might slurp the Gin Palace was floated by unnamed sources who spoke to CNBC. Those sources said Nokia would offer US$16 billion. Since that's well over Juniper's current market capitalisation …
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No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

India has decided to implement a formal Internet neutrality regime. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) responded to a lively year-long debate with a statement opposing any “discriminatory treatment” of Internet data. TRAI said its recommendations were designed to prevent ISPs in the country from either …
Canada

Canadian court gives limited OK to warrantless Stingrays

Canada's domestic spy agency has won permission to continue using IMSI-catchers, in some cases without warrants, following a decision by the country's federal court. The legality of these so-called Stingray devices was challenged in a case questioning the conduct of a still-secret terrorist investigation, details of which have …
Tumbleweed

Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service

One of the Australian government's signature policies, the electronic health record, has been all-but-abandoned by the healthcare sector. While the AU$1.7 billion spent on the My Health Record system so far has attracted registrations from more than five million Australians, the government's dashboard [PDF] for the system …
AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin

Federal police didn't delete all copies of journalist's metadata

In April, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) apologetically promised it would destroy illegally-collected metadata about a journalist. It's now emerged that it botched the job, and didn't until shown the error of its ways. The Commonwealth Ombudsman has published a fresh report [PDF] into the incident, which saw an AFP …
CSIRO/ANU image Small Magellanic Cloud

You live in the right galaxy: Milky Way to eat Small Magellanic Cloud even sooner

Astronomers have long known the nearby galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud, was being monstered by the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud. But new imaging captured by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has made it clear that the little star-factory has only a handful of billion years left. As the …

Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have defeated facial recognition on big social media platforms – by removing faces from photos and replacing them with automatically-painted replicas. As the team of six researchers explained in their arXiv paper this month, people who want to stay private often blur …
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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

In case you're wondering, yes, there's a good chance at least some of your Android apps have tracked you rather more than you expect. That's the conclusion of a joint project between Yale University's Privacy Lab and French non-profit Exodus Privacy, which has this month documented snoopware features in apps from Uber, Tinder …
DNS toolkit

Open source nameserver used by millions needs patching

Open source DNS software vendor PowerDNS has advised users to patch its "Authoritative" and "Recursor" products, to squish five bugs disclosed today. None of the bugs pose a risk that PowerDNS might itself be compromised, but this is the DNS: what an attacker can do is fool around with DNS records in various ways. That can be …
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China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

China has claimed it invented IPv6, according to state-controlled newswire Xinhua. The outlet on Sunday reported the Middle Kingdom's plan to ramp up IPv6 adoption. That plan has probably been implemented because, with more than 700 million Internet users at the end of 2016, China has likely struggled to find sufficient IPv4 …
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Boffins pack more info onto photon for faster quantum key distro

Researchers have packed extra information onto single photons to speed up quantum key distribution (QKD) systems. QKD uses a characteristic of quantum mechanics to protect keys used to encrypt data using classical crypto schemes: if Eve tries to snoop on the key Alice is sending Bob, the quantum state/s a photon carries are …
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.GIF garage Imgur plugs 1.7 million-subscriber creds breach

The world's self-described “most awesome” collection of images, Imgur, has confessed to leaking 1.7 million user records in 2014. The company was advised of the breach by HaveIBeenPwned administrator Troy Hunt on November 23, 2017. Imgur's chief operating officer Roy Sehgal posted confirmation of the breach. Hunt took to …
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Exim-ergency! Unix mailer has RCE, DoS vulnerabilities

Sysadmins who tend Exim servers have been advised to kick off their working weeks with the joy of patching. The popular (if relatively low-profile) Internet mail message transfer agent (MTA) advised of flaws in a Black Friday post to its public bugtracker, which as contributor Phil Pennock said in this message came without any …

Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

Video Thanks to work at the IceCube instrument in Antarctica, we have learned that Earth has an appetite for high-energy neutrinos: they're more likely to be “swallowed” by the planet in collisions with matter than those at lower energies. The bad news: sorry about “new physics” expectations. The result is in line with the boring …
Scary Skeleton Samba

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

It’s time to patch Samba again - or turn off SAMBA 1, which is never as easy as it sounds. The lid came off the issue a couple of days ago, when the big Linux distributions (Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and so on) rolled out fixes for a use-after-free error affecting all versions of SAMBA since 4.0 (published in 2012). The bug …

Devs working to stop Go math error bugging crypto software

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. Security researcher Guido Vranken (who earlier this year fuzzed up some bugs in OpenVPN) found an exponentiation error in the Go math/big package. Big …
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Microsoft reprieves CodePlex users – you're doomed next week

Even a turkey can get a reprieve: Microsoft's CodePlex shut-down date has run late, but is still imminent. In March, Redmond announced it would put its collaborative software repository out of its misery. Its intent was to put the site into read-only mode during October, ahead of a December 15 shut-down. That timetable seems …
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Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

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. Announcing the charges, acting Manhattan US attorney Joon Kim said Mesri is “had previously hacked computer systems for the Iranian …
No bugs sign

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

Microsoft has rebutted analysis that suggested its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) technology could be exploited. Redmond's response, posted here, was that ASLR is working as intended, and that the lack of randomisation discovered by Will Dormann - with assistance from Matt Miller of Microsoft - was a feature, not a …

Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today revealed hackers broke into the ride-hailing app's databases and stole personal information on 57 million passengers and drivers – information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. And the cyber-thieves made off with 600,000 US driver records that included their license numbers …
‘Oumuamua artist's concept

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.* The 400 metre long asteroid is moving fast – 38.3 km/second is its current sun-relative velocity – and has already passed Mars' orbit after sling-shotting …
Cthulu emerges from a printer. Image created by illustrator Andy Davies. Copyright: The Register

Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

Updated Sysadmins have been advised to watch for a coming HP printer firmware update that will plug a remote code execution vulnerability (among others) in its MFP-586 and the M553 printers. News of the threat emerged from a Foxglove Security deep-dive into printer security that saw the researchers warn HP of problems in August. The …

Biting the hand that feeds IT ? 1998–2017

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