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Eurojust helps Italy and Slovenia unravel massive VAT fraud

Posted: 24 June

Eurojust helps Italy and Slovenia unravel massive VAT fraud

The Hague, 24 June 2019

With the assistance of Eurojust, the Italian authorities seized almost EUR 84 million after unravelling a VAT fraud scheme involving the marketing of technological and computer products in the region of Campania. A total of 49 suspects are under investigation for tax crimes committed through so-called ‘carousel fraud’ by collecting the VAT for themselves...

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Billionaire Bezos unveils plans to land humans on Moon, with a little help from some old friends

23 October - 11:17

Blue Origin and industry vets eye a slice of NASA's lunar lander largesse

Richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos, yesterday pitched NASA a team mostly made up of the usual suspects to build a lunar lander for the agency's ambitious 2024 boots-on-Moon goal.…

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Everything must go as school IT supplier Gaia Technologies' £5.7m debt burden revealed

23 October - 10:20

Firm £1m in arrears with single creditor and owes HMRC £886k

Documents filed at Companies House reveal the scale of Gaia Technologies' debt burden, which led a major creditor to push the Bangor-based school tech supplier into administration.…

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US customers kick up class-action stink over Epson's kyboshing of third-party ink

23 October - 09:46

It's a tale as old as time

Epson is facing a class-action suit from disgruntled US punters sick of being told what sort of ink cartridges to put in their machines.…

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It's Orphan Data in Backup Hell: No, it's not a Netflix series about storage admins...

23 October - 09:08

... it's a consequence of production use of containerised apps

Interview  Thanks to your local DevOps team, containerised applications are heading for production environments. However, this can be the beginning of a world of hurt for storage admins.…

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Voice-activated AI in the enterprise? Let’s have a nice chat about that over breakfast next month

23 October - 08:00

We’d love to hear from you at our Nuance-powered morning briefing

Promo  When it comes to voice-powered systems in the enterprise, there’s one surefire way to work out if it’s for you: talking through the benefits and challenges with a room full of your peers.…

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Inside the 1TB ImageNet data set used to train the world's AI: Nude kids, drunken frat parties, porno stars, and more

23 October - 07:00

Creators tried to stop us looking through it. We saw a copy anyway. Now it's being scrubbed clean

Special report  ImageNet – a data set used to train AI systems around the world – contains photos of naked children, families on the beach, college parties, porn actresses, and more, scraped from the web to train computers without those individuals' explicit consent.…

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Deepfakes, quantum computing cracking codes, ransomware... Find out what's really freaking out Uncle Sam

23 October - 05:08

We sat through this 90-minute committee hearing so you didn't have to

Vid  The US House Committee on Homeland Security grilled a panel of experts to understand how foreign adversaries could weaponise emerging technologies like AI and quantum computing in cybersecurity.…

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Messed Western: Vuln hunters say hotel giant's Autoclerk code exposed US soldiers' info, travel plans, passwords...

23 October - 00:58

Details of military personnel and trips leak online from poorly secured AWS service

A security team for review site vpnMentor, led by Israeli researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, recently found a publicly accessible AWS-hosted database owned by Autoclerk, a reservation system recently acquired by Best Western Hotels and Resorts Group.…

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Luke, I am your father... which is why I must eject from JEDI decision, says US Defense Sec

22 October - 23:53

Top brass beams aboard from $10bn IT brouhaha as it emerges son works for IBM

The US military’s controversial JEDI cloud contract has seen another strange twist: the US Secretary of Defense has stepped back from the project as it emerged his son works for one of the bidders for the $10bn winner-takes-all deal.…

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Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long cyber-attack

22 October - 23:00

Distributed assault hampering connectivity for websites, apps, customers are warned

Updated  Parts of Amazon Web Services were effectively shoved off the internet today – at times breaking some customers' websites – after the cloud giant came under attack.…

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Hell hath GNOME fury: Linux desktop org swings ax at patent troll's infringement claim

22 October - 21:15

Rather than settle and make pain just go away, project wants to send a message instead

After being hit with a patent-infringement lawsuit last month, the GNOME Foundation has fired back with a counterclaim – and urged the courts to dismiss the case.…

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Minigame: Celebrate Firefox 70's release by finding a website with 70+ trackers blocked

22 October - 20:00

Yeah, it's not us

Firefox turned 70 today, at least in terms of version, with an update focused on – surprise, surprise – security and privacy.…

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Apple chief Tim Cook ascends to top of tech pantheon on Chinese biz school's advisory board

22 October - 19:00

Look what happens when you bend for Beijing

Apple chief exec Tim Cook has been promoted to chairman of the board of advisors at a management and leadership university in Beijing.…

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Japanese hotel chain sorry that hackers may have watched guests through bedside robots

22 October - 18:00

Can we at least turn the thing around before we... y'know?

Japanese hotel chain HIS Group has apologised for ignoring warnings that its in-room robots were hackable to allow pervs to remotely view video footage from the devices.…

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Google: We've achieved quantum supremacy! IBM: Nope. And stop using that word, please

22 October - 17:08

Here's how to sim that with RAM and hard drive space

The esoteric world of quantum computing is all aquiver following a robust blog post from IBM essentially rubbishing claims from Google that it has achieved "quantum supremacy".…

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I see your blue passport and raise you a green number plate: UK mulls rewards scheme for zero-emission vehicles

22 October - 16:38

Well, it's more of a dash really

The UK government has a cunning plan to help meet its carbon emissions targets: green number plates.…

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Hey Cortana... I mean Google: Microsoft's ex-digital assistant boss to take the reins at G Suite

22 October - 16:02

Javier Soltero looks forward to making a 'profound impact' on people's lives

Former Cortana boss and Acompli co-founder Javier Soltero has popped up at Google to helm the G-Suite team, nearly a year after his departure from Microsoft.…

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Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second

22 October - 15:30

Another step towards affordable space access for Brit boffins

Brit rocket outfit Reaction Engines has demonstrated its precooler chilling air in Mach 5 conditions in less than 1/20th of a second.…

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Big Red tells crypto-coin publication: One does not simply call one's website 'OracleTimes'

22 October - 14:56

Outlet says it's been ordered to cease trading under name

Oracle is threatening serious legal consequences for a blockchain and cryptocurrency news service called "OracleTimes".…

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Cloud file migration geek Mover packs boxes for Microsoft

22 October - 14:23

Any cloud you like, so long as it rhymes with bee fix hive

On the eve of its FY20 Q1 earnings and with the Ignite shindig around the corner, Microsoft has announced the purchase of cloud migration outfit Mover.…

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Mandatory electronic prescriptions was the easy bit in NHS paperless plans

22 October - 13:53

Digitisation across primary and secondary providers is the bigger challenge

Analysis  Plans for a "fully paperless" National Health Service have been announced and re-announced countless times – most recently they promised we'd be paper-free "within the decade".

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Steve Bannon-backed flick attempts to expose evil lurking at heart of Huawei *cough* Huaxing

22 October - 13:20

Ex-Trump advisor goes through the looking glass, round the corner and down the drainpipe

Steve Bannon – former Trump adviser and long-term rattler of sabres against China – has produced a piece of propaganda thinly disguised look at recent events at America's favourite bogeyman, Huawei.…

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Infosys shares dive 15% as regulators investigate false accounting claims

22 October - 12:45

Whistleblowers claim to have email and audio evidence

Infosys shares dropped almost 15 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange yesterday on news that regulators are investigating serious allegations of false accounting at the organisation.…

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UK tech freelancer numbers down for first time in 5 years since IR35 tax reforms hit public sector

22 October - 12:16

Could drop further, depending on how zealously it's enforced

After a boom in IT contractors over the last decade, the number of freelance techies working in the UK dropped last year in the wake of public sector off-payroll working reforms.…

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Power to the users? Admins be warned: Microsoft set to introduce 'self-service purchase' in Office 365

22 October - 11:31

Users will be able to buy own licences and administrators cannot prevent it

Microsoft will allow "self-service purchase and license management capabilities" for Office 365 users, initially for its Power Platform low-code services, PowerApps, PowerBI and Flow.…

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Two astronauts conduct a successful spacewalk, world+dog lose minds

22 October - 10:46

Also: ESA hopes for parachute joy, NASA veteran is put out to orbital pasture

Roundup  Last week the International Space Station celebrated its first all-woman spacewalk, ESA politely asked NASA for some help with parachutes and boffins said "goodnight, sweet prince" to the last Van Allen Probe.…

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HP CEO: Help us save the world one tree at a time... by printing stuff (with our kit, of course)

22 October - 10:00

Bossman helps the poor saps who can't see the wood for the trees

Canalys Channels Forum  The reputation printing has built over the decades is all wrong. It is actually good for the natural world – just ask the boss of HP, the planet's largest maker of print products.…

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Just say the 'magic password': Boffins turn up potential backdoor in SQL Server 2012, 2014

22 October - 09:15

Admin rights needed to fire up the malware and – hey presto!

Security researchers at ESET have published details of a backdoor into Microsoft's SQL Server via hooks and the splendidly named "magic passwords".…

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Microsoft and dance partners coordinate firmware defenses with Secure-core PCs

22 October - 07:54

Windows code armors its arse

Pointing to a five-fold increase in firmware vulnerabilities over the last three years and not saying much about the growing number of Windows vulnerabilities, Microsoft on Monday said it has been working with PC-selling and silicon-making partners to ship kit that implements protection from malicious low-level device code.…

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Tune in online today: Find out how to smooth your path to a hybrid or multi-cloud environment

22 October - 07:00

Join us this lunchtime with experts from Google Cloud and Trax to discuss costs, tools, and more

Webcast  Whether you run your business on-premises or in the cloud, you probably wish your developers and admins could deploy and manage applications without having to learn different environments and APIs every time.…

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Yay! The ozone layer hole the smallest it's ever been seen. That's not necessarily good...

22 October - 06:04

It's all thanks to this year's 'unsually wonky' polar vortex

The hole in Earth’s ozone layer is the smallest it has ever been since scientists discovered the puncture nearly 35 years ago, according to NASA.…

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Just a friendly reminder there were no at-the-time classified secrets on Clinton's email server. Yes, the one everyone lost their minds over

22 October - 03:15

But, but her emails!

The US State Department has delivered its report [PDF] into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email system and, amazingly enough, there wasn't anything scandalous nor classified on it at the time.…

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Er, hi. Small Q. Where's our billion-ish dollars gone? We summarize Bitcoin exchange's subpoena requests

22 October - 00:55

Show me the money. No, really, show me the actual money

iFinex, the parent company of crypto-currency exchange Bitfinex, is seeking subpoenas in its quest to recover more than $880m in missing funds.…

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ATTK of the Pwns: Trend Micro's antivirus tools 'will run malware – if its filename is cmd.exe'

21 October - 23:52

Try not to save files to your Windows PC called cmd.exe or regedit.exe

Video  A flaw in the Trend Micro Anti-Threat Toolkit can be exploited by hackers to run malware on victims' Windows computers.…

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Row erupts over who to blame after NordVPN says: One of our servers was hacked via remote management tool

21 October - 22:44

Netizens' traffic flowing out of box could have been sniffed by miscreants

Analysis  NordVPN spent today attempting to downplay a security breach in which someone sneaked into one of its servers for purposes unknown.…

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New Teams goodies: Shared calendars? No. Private channels? No. Hold please ♩ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

21 October - 21:32

Quickfire Windows 10 Fast Ring release ends a busy week at Microsoft

Roundup  It was a busy week in Redmond as Microsoft geared up for its November Ignite shindig – new Windows 10 builds were flung, Azure capacities increased and Teams got a fresh feature... hold music.…

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Euro data watchdog has 'serious concerns' as to whether EU deals with Microsoft obey GDPR

21 October - 20:42

Dutch agreement should be extended to entire bloc, says statement

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has expressed "serious concerns" over whether the contractual terms of agreements between EU institutions and Microsoft, for use of products such as Windows and Office 365, is compliant with data protection rules.…

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The sound of silence is actually the sound of a malicious smart speaker app listening in on you

21 October - 20:19

Researchers find nefarious uses for Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices

Google Home and Amazon Alexa can easily be hacked to eavesdrop on users or extract information by asking questions that appear to come from each smart speaker provider, according to researchers.…

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Avast lobs intruders into the 'Abiss': Miscreants tried to tamper with CCleaner after sneaking into network via VPN

21 October - 19:54

Software used by millions not compromised this time, says biz

On Monday, security biz Avast said it believes some of its credentials were stolen and abused in an unsuccessful attempt to subvert CCleaner, a file cleanup utility that it acquired in 2017.…

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Assange fails to delay extradition hearing as date set for February

21 October - 18:45

Wikileaks founder said to be frail, labours to confirm name and date of birth

An emotional and clean-shaven Julian Assange has appeared in court to request more time and resources to prepare his defence against extradition to from the UK to the US on espionage charges.…

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SAP and Microsoft pucker up, prepare for public cloud love under Project Embrace

21 October - 18:00

New three-year agreement to pull S/4HANA customers into Azure

SAP and Microsoft have linked arms as part of SAP's "Project Embrace", a collaboration with Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform aimed at migrating the German firm's customers to the public cloud.…

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No one would be so scummy as to scam a charity, right? UK orgs find out the hard way

21 October - 17:01

Research blames 'culture of trust' for weak fraud protections

UK charities are misjudging the risks of fraud, according to research from the Charity Commission and the Fraud Advisory Panel.…

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Rocket Lab plans to send small satellites to the Moon with Photon

21 October - 16:00

Only really, really little astronauts need apply

With launchpads in New Zealand and (soon) the US, small-sat flinger Rocket Lab toasted a ninth successful launch of its Electron rocket by taking aim at destinations beyond Low Earth Orbit.…

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Ow-wei, says Huawei as Chinese giant admits US sanctions smacked it right in the phone biz

21 October - 15:15

Missing Google already?

Huawei has admitted that US sanctions are hurting its mobile phone business as it struggles to find alternatives to Google's software suite.…

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We read the Brexit copyright notices so you don't have to… No more IP freely, ta very much

21 October - 14:30

Buried on Friday PM, just before pub o'clock

Among the daily two-dozen or so government updates on Brexit progress slipped in as everyone went to the pub on Friday were a bunch considering the impact on copyright and intellectual property.…

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Trend Micro would like you to fall in line and become a victim of Cloud Conformity

21 October - 13:45

Security biz to slurp Aussie compliance outfit

Infosec giant Trend Micro is buying Australian compliance biz Cloud Conformity for $70m to help customers check the configuration of their fluffy white services – one of the major causes of cloud security breaches.…

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If there were almost a million computer misuse crimes last year, Action Fraud is only passing 2% of cases to cops

21 October - 13:04

You know my stats don't lie and I'm starting to feel it's wrong

Action Fraud (AF) is referring fewer computer misuse cases to police investigators despite official statistics showing nearly a million offences were reported last year.…

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Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

21 October - 12:03

Mats Järlström's fight shows you never cross an engineer

A Swedish engineer's umbrage at a traffic ticket has led to a six-year legal fight and now a global change in the speed with which traffic light signals are timed.…

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Iran? More like Ivan: Brit and US spies say they can see through Turla hacking group's facade

21 October - 11:06

Russian-backed cell's Middle East campaign pretended to be of a Persian persuasion

British and US spies have blamed Russian hacker group Turla for masquerading as Iranian hackers to launch recent attacks mostly on government systems in the Middle East.…

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Samsung on fridge cert error: Someone tried to view 'unsavoury content' in middle of John Lewis

21 October - 10:06

At least it'll wipe clean

Readers anxious for an update on the health of the wobbly Samsung smart fridge currently squatting in UK retailer John Lewis's Oxford Street store will be interested to learn that a culprit has been fingered.…

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