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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability


Plus systemic underspending in IT. Imagine that

A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes.?



Nations 'ethically obliged' to ensure public health data is up to scratch


High-income countries told to help those that can?t afford to collect data

The World Health Organisation has issued what it says is the first international framework for ethical public health data collection and use.?



How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler


If they?re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren?t

Comment We?re almost halfway through this year, and how?s progress on those Digital Transformation Initiative slides doing? Maybe you need a quick jump in improvement to buy some time for August vacations, and then ensure you can get enough actual change and a few successful projects in place by the holidays.?



The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really


Jez 'Argonaut' San puts on his poker face for El Reg grilling

One of the brains behind classic Nintendo game Star Fox is launching a blockchain-based online gambling service that could leave regulators stumped ? and says he has raised $200,000 from the public to launch it.?



NetApp HCI: More converged than hyperconverged?


Separate compute and storage environments inside

Analysis I have come to the conclusion that NetApp's new HCI system is more converged than hyperconverged: in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes.?



Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy


Oldies will retain mobility and independence when Teslas can self-drive them to work or be sent out to do the shopping

My uncle Amadeo turns 79 this week and bought himself a luxe Model S Tesla as a present.?



NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain


Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told a press conference ahead of a ministerial meeting tomorrow Brussels time that ?cyber? is a ?military domain? ? and that a cyber-attack on one member can trigger NATO's Article 5.?



Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid


Tiny body moves similar to Jupiter ? but travels in the opposite direction

Asteroid 2015 BZ509 ? also known as Bee-Zed ? is the only asteroid in our solar system with a confirmed retrograde orbit lasting 12 years; the same orbital period as Jupiter.?



Azure blues: Active Directory Connect has password reset vuln


Attackers can dive out of the cloud to pwn admin passwords

Microsoft is warning sysadmins to check their Azure Active Directory Connect configurations and implement a patch against a credential-handling vulnerability.?



O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales


End of an epoch, but dead trees live on

O'Reilly Media, the preeminent publisher of tech titles for non-dummies, is exiting print distribution.?



Australian regulator will decide if Uber drivers are staff or contractors


Drivers' 'not-a-union' takes on 'not-a-taxi' company

Scandal-ridden, leaderless not-a-taxi dudebro poster-child Uber is under investigation in Australia about whether its ?independent contractor? drivers are actually employees.?



Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them


Outsourcing the unicorn hunt

This week's five-eyes meeting has issued its communique, promising to get the tech sector to solve the problems of online terrorism and encrypted communications.?



Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query


PS, Alpine users, you need to get patching, too ? for other reasons

Systemd, the Linux world's favorite init monolith, can be potentially crashed or hijacked by malicious DNS servers. Patches are available to address the security flaw, and should be installed ASAP if you're affected.?



Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'


Toxic upstart accused of inaction amid assault claims

Uber is accused of ignoring warning signs about an attempted murderer who signed up as a driver and then allegedly attacked a passenger before raping another.?



America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights


Peeps flying into US face 'enhanced screening'

Folks flying into America must endure extra security checks if they want to bring their laptops into airplane cabins. In a press conference on Wednesday, US Homeland Security boss John Kelly announced the introduction of:?



US trade watchdog boss goes all Kendrick Lamar on self-driving cars


Sit down Kitt, be humble

The head of US trade watchdog the FTC has pushed for companies to loosen their ties over self-driving cars.?



Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, maintains megahit masterplan


Senior execs hired and flagging retail business canned

Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron?s new CEO, is setting a whirlwind pace to make changes at the relatively staid old chipper.?



Kaspersky Lab US staff grilled by Feds in nighttime swoop


Also, update your Kaspersky Anti-Virus File Server ? before you get hacked

Several employees of Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab got an unpleasant surprise on Tuesday night when FBI agents popped round to their residences for a chat.?



Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted


TNT Express systems blown up by, er, yeah, you get the idea

FedEx has suspended trading of its shares on the New York stock exchange after admitting that its subsidiary TNT Express has been hit by "an information system virus."?



Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!


It seems that everything's gone wrong since Canada came along

Canada's Supreme Court says America's Hat has authority over Google results worldwide ? at least in cases when someone's copyright has been stomped on.?