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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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Cybercrook hands cops £923k in Bitcoin made from selling phished deets on the dark web

23 August - 16:30

27-year-old also shipped weed, flogged 'how-to' fraud guides

A hacker from Kent has handed over almost a million quid in Bitcoin following a lengthy police investigation.…

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Switching to edge computing needn't be a gamble. We've got some aces up our sleeves to help you make the move

23 August - 16:00

Make that the winning move, are we right?

Webcast  It feels as though everyone's talking about edge computing, and yet, once you've torn through all the hype and bluster, what are you left with? What actually is it?…

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Contractor association blasts UK.gov guidance on hated IR35 tax law's arrival in private sector

23 August - 15:00

Advice 'falls woefully short'

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed has said UK government guidance on private sector changes to off-payroll working falls "woefully short".…

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Leaked EU doc plots €100bn fund to protect European firms against international tech giants

23 August - 14:00

Bawwww we don't have anything like Amazon bawwww

The European Commission wants to set up a €100bn wealth fund to invest directly in local technology companies to help businesses fight international giants like Apple, Google and Alibaba.…

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Wait a minute, we're supposed to haggle! ISPs secretly want folk to barter for broadband

23 August - 13:02

11?!! This cost me 12! Do you want to ruin me?!

Just like the market stall owner in the The Life of Brian, it turns out internet service providers want customers to haggle with them to cut better deals.…

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US regulators push back against White House plan to police social media censorship

23 August - 12:01

New powers? No thanks

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have pushed back against US President Trump's proposal to put them in charge of policing social media firms he claims are biased against right-wingers.…

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Got a burning desire for a Hololens 2.0? Microsoft insists its math coprocessor won't be too hot for headgear

23 August - 11:04

Ow, ow, my forehead is on fire

Hot Chips  Now your humble Reg vulture is back from the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley, it seems right to briefly run this Microsoft development by you all.…

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The story so far: How's that Autonomy High Court battle with HPE looking at half-time?

23 August - 10:05

It hasn't gone away, you know

Autonomy trial  Just how far has HPE come in proving its $5bn fraud allegations against former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch and co-defendant CFO Sushovan Hussain? While the world basks in the summer sun, we had a close look at the last three months of court hearings to decide.…

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GitHub upgrades two-factor authentication with WebAuthn support

23 August - 09:08

Standard enables more security key options with passwordless a future possibility

GitHub has announced support for the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) security standard.…

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I couldn't possibly tell you the computer's ID over the phone, I've been on A Course™

23 August - 08:07

That time a PA put the 'ass' into 'asset tag'

On Call  How's your Friday shaping up? Come join us for another dive into the piranha-infested waters of what we at The Register like to call On Call.…

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Join us at MCubed to find out how machine learning can fight fraudsters, cut pager noise, and much more

23 August - 07:00

Our practical no-hype conference on AI development

Event  Whether it’s fraudsters or system crashes that keep you awake at night, join us at the MCubed conference to find out how machine learning and AI can tackle both problems.…

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My god, it's full of tsars: A gun-toting Russian humanoid robot is on its way to the International Space Station

23 August - 06:03

What could possibly go wrong?

Video  The Russian national space agency has strapped a hefty humanoid robot weighing 160kg (353lb) to a rocket and launched it to the International Space Station.…

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A Pivotal moment for VMware: Software biz gobbled up along with Carbon Black for $5bn

23 August - 01:53

Meanwhile, Salesforce sees profits fall

Imaginary computer specialist VMware boosted its security and cloud software lineup today when it confirmed Thursday the purchases of Carbon Black and Pivotal Software in deals totaling around $4.8bn.…

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Dion? He off: HP Inc CEO Weisler quits over 'family health matter', Lores will be High-res

23 August - 00:37

Wall Street miffed at flat Q3 earnings as printer boss set to take over in November

HP Inc on Thursday reported sales of $14.6bn for its fiscal Q3 2019 financial results, up 0.1 per cent from the year-ago quarter and just shy of the $14.61bn average anticipated by Wall Street analysts.…

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Steam cleaned of zero-day security holes after Valve turned off by bug bounty snub outrage

23 August - 00:14

Security bod may be invited back into vuln reward program, Half-Life 3 still ain't happening

Games giant Valve is attempting to make nice with the infosec bod who disclosed zero-day exploits for vulnerabilities in Steam after the corporation refused to pay out bug bounties for the flaws.…

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As browser rivals block third-party tracking, Google pitches 'Privacy Sandbox' peace plan

22 August - 22:14

Disclaimer: No advertisers were harmed in making this project

On Thursday, Google reminded everyone who might have forgotten that "privacy is paramount to us" and announced an initiative called "Privacy Sandbox" that proposes paving over a few privacy pitfalls without suffocating its ad business.…

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Overstock dot-gone: Surplus biz CEO now surplus to requirements, ejects after Russian spy fling, deep state rant

22 August - 21:20

Resigns – or punished for telling the truth? Wake up, sheeple!

Ten days after releasing a corporate press release that raved about the deep state, men in black, and confirmed his love affair with a now-jailed Russian spy, the CEO of Overstock has quit – in similarly colorful fashion.…

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Contacts-slurping Android malware sneaked onto Google Play store – twice

22 August - 18:30

Could a simple automated scan have picked up open-source nasty? Hmm

Android spyware – open-source spyware, no less – has found its way onto the Google Play store, according to researchers from ESET.…

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End of an era for ULA as the last Delta IV Medium rocket leaves launch pad

22 August - 17:30

US sends up another GPS III spacecraft while Blighty ponders the Brexit Satellite

United Launch Alliance's last Delta IV Medium+ rocket has left the launch pad to put another GPS satellite in orbit.…

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Pure Storage the latest pipes 'n' plumbing playa to slash sales forecast

22 August - 16:45

Look at the troubles facing legacy vendors. We're not immune either

Pure Storage has clipped forecasts for its current fiscal year due to fears over the slowdown in corporate spending that is gripping other infrastructure outfits and a sharp decline in NAND prices.…

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Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something

22 August - 16:00

Repairability score tumbles – good luck swapping that battery

Samsung's latest and greatest Note10+ smartphone has been prodded and probed by the teardown twiddlers at iFixit. The verdict isn't great: repairing it could be worse but it could also be a whole lot better too.…

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What is it with hosting firms being stonewalled by Microsoft? Now it's Ionos on naughty step

22 August - 15:15

Email issues dog the company formerly known as 1&1

Ionos, the hosting company formerly known as 1&1, has found itself on Microsoft's naughty list as emails from its servers won't reach Outlook.com accounts.…

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Tune into Nutanix's Cloud Shack of vids for a rewarding experience – top info, free gear and a chance to win .NEXT tix

22 August - 15:00

Learn about all hyperconvergence, multi cloud, and more

Promo  Nutanix invites you to its summertime Cloud Shack – an eight-part series of videos on hot topics such as hyperconvergence, business application management, storage, virtualization, networking, and multi-cloud deployments.…

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Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs

22 August - 14:15

Blighty not even on track for legally binding 2023-2032 levels

Electronic cars will not help the UK government meet its carbon emissions target, with MPs warning people will have to ditch their cars entirely.…

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Shhh! Microsoft, Intel, Google and more sign up to the Confidential Computing Consortium

22 August - 13:15

You can make your own joke about foxes and hen houses...

The Linux Foundation has signed up the likes of Microsoft and Google for its Confidential Computing Consortium, a group with the laudable goal of securing sensitive data.…

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Devs invited to bake 'Run on Google Cloud' button into git repos... By Google, of course

22 August - 12:30

An offer you can refuse?

Google has come up with a neat idea to promote its serverless container service, Cloud Run, by asking developers to incorporate a "Run on Google Cloud" button into their git repositories.…

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TalkTalk's voice-over is writing speeds that its text can't match: Ad pulled from broadcast

22 August - 11:47

Mere threat of time on naughty step has ISP redrafting

An advert for TalkTalk broadband has been taken down for promoting incorrect speeds, The Register can confirm.…

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Brit rocketeer Skyrora reckons it'll be orbital in 3 years – that is, if UK government plays ball

22 August - 11:02

El Reg speaks to small-sat upstart in Edinburgh

Interview  With two launches of the SkyLark Nano under its belt, Skyrora aim to go orbital in the coming years - assuming UK Parliament keeps up. The Register had a chat with the Brit rocketeer at its Edinburgh HQ to learn more.…

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Gartner awakens from trance, tells huddled villagers: 5G revenue will almost double to $4.2bn next year!

22 August - 10:06

It has been foretold!

IT prophesier Gartner has performed its ritual reading of market omens to foretell next year's global 5G network infrastructure revenue. The hype wizards reckon that in 2020 the market will hit $4.2bn, an 89 per cent increase from 2019 revenue of $2.2bn.…

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Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date

22 August - 09:08

Google's little-known Auto Update Expiration D-Day leaves users bereft of auto software refreshes and more – here's how to check yours

It is unlikely to be printed on the box, but every Chromebook has an "Auto Update Expiration (AUE) Date" after which the operating system is unsupported by Google.…

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Don't trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, boffins warn: Zuck & Co know that hash is king

22 August - 08:05

It's not about the money, it's about the identifiers

Analysis  Facebook's proposed digital currency Libra, and its accompanying digital wallet Calibra, should be scrutinized not only by financial regulators – as lawmakers in the US and Europe have already started to do – but by national entities concerned with law, public safety and defense.…

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How Lego, Bayer and iRobot use serverless tech to get ahead – find out with us this autumn

22 August - 07:00

Book now: Serverless Computing London early-bird ticket offer ends soon

Event  When you're getting to grips with new technology, there’s nothing like learning from experts who’ve done it before. And when those folks hail from some of the most well-known companies in the world, all the better.…

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Disgruntled bug-hunter drops Steam zero-day to get back at Valve for refusing him a bounty

22 August - 06:16

EoP bug now free for the world to see after bounty was rejected

A security bod angry at Valve's handling of bug reports has disclosed a zero-day vulnerability affecting the games giant's flagship Steam app.…

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The Joy of Six... critical security patches: Cisco small biz switches open to hijacking via web UI

22 August - 01:18

Plus UCS and other gear need updates

Cisco has emitted a fresh round of software updates to address security holes in its network switches and controllers.…

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Cali court backs ex-Apple engineer who says he invented Find My iPhone and Passbook

21 August - 23:54

Computing giant labeled 'ungenerous' for fighting lawsuit

Apple has lost its bid to dismiss a former employee's lawsuit over claims he invented services like Find My iPhone and Passbook but was not included on patents subsequently filed by the tech giant.…

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Finally. Thanks so much, nerds. Google, Apple, Mozilla end government* internet spying for good

21 August - 23:28

* Terms and conditions apply. Offer not valid outside Kazakhstan. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up payments

On Wednesday, Google, Apple, and Mozilla said their web browsers will block the Kazakhstan root Certificate Authority (CA) certificate – following reports that ISPs in the country have required customers to install a government-issued certificate that enables online spying.…

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Eighty-year-old US 'web scam man' on the run after pocketing $250,000 in Dem 'donations'

21 August - 21:56

Feds claim John Pierre Dupont created fundraising websites supposedly for Beto O'Rourke, others, then nicked the dosh

A man facing criminal charges for bilking US voters out of $250,000 by accepting donations for politicians, including Beto O'Rourke, is on the run.…

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Here's a top tip: Don't trust the new guy – block web domains less than a month old. They are bound to be dodgy

21 August - 20:53

Better to be aggressive and safe than sorry

IT admins could go a long way towards protecting their users from malware and other dodgy stuff on the internet if they ban access to any web domain less than a month old.…

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Sueball claims Tesla solar panels are so effective, they started fires at Walmart stores

21 August - 20:00

Supermarket biz wants them torn out at Musk firm's expense

American supermarket chain Walmart is suing Tesla over claims that solar panels supplied by Elon Musk's company keep setting its shops on fire.…

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US soldier cleared of taking armoured vehicle out for joyride – because he's insane, court says

21 August - 19:00

60-mile Virginia roadtrip thankfully ended peacefully

A US Army officer who "borrowed" an armoured vehicle to go on a joyride has been cleared of wrongdoing by a military court – by "reason of insanity".…

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Brit-built trundlebot eyeing up a July 2020 launch as cams fitted to ExoMars mission rover

21 August - 18:00

Now, about those parachutes...

While ESA continues to grapple with balky parachutes ahead of the ExoMars 2020 mission, the cameras for the Rosalind Franklin rover have been fitted to the British-built trundlebot.…

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A challenger appears: Taiwanese devs' answer to Gemini PDA wraps a Raspberry Pi in a tablet

21 August - 17:02

Portable Linux with fully open-source hardware in the CutiePi

A team of Taiwanese engineers is planning to release an eight-inch tablet based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+.…

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Microsoft: Reckon our code is crap? Prove it and $30k could be yours

21 August - 16:00

Doors on the Edge Insider Bounty Program flung open

Having finally pushed out the first Beta preview of its Chromium-based browser, Microsoft has launched a bounty programme aimed at getting researchers to kick the tyres on its latest and greatest.…

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Sorry script kiddies, hacktivism isn't cool anymore: No one cares about stuff that's easy-peasy to defend against

21 August - 15:00

So much for Beto O'Rourke's cow-related capers

The youthful doings of US presidential wannabe Beto O'Rourke are in sharp decline, according to threat intel biz Recorded Future, which reckons folk have fallen out of love with hacktivism.…

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Latest sneak peek at PowerShell 7 ups the telemetry but... hey... is that an off switch?

21 August - 14:16

Where is Microsoft and what have you done with them?

Updated  Microsoft emitted a fresh preview of command-line darling PowerShell 7 last night, highlighting some additional slurping – and how to shut it off.…

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Shiny new toys take backseat in Android Studio 3.5 for now as '600 bugs' squished

21 August - 13:30

'Project Marble' focuses on quality ahead of big features

Google has released Android Studio 3.5, codenamed Project Marble, saying that the team has worked for eight months on product quality ahead of big new features.…

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Overseas investors eat the UK tech sector for Brexit: More cash flung about in 7 months than the whole of last year

21 August - 12:53

Weak pound and China trade war make Blighty attractive proposition – research

Foreign investors poured $6.7bn (£5.5bn) into the UK tech sector in the first seven months of the year, more than the whole of 2018.…

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Welcome to Hollywood, Claranet-style: You've (not) got mail, or hosted sites for that matter

21 August - 12:14

Hoddesdon bit barn outage blamed as customer emails falter, corporate sites go dark

Updated  Hosting-cum-cloud-slinger Claranet had a very, very bad start to Wednesday as customer sites toppled over and email services stuttered to a halt due to an issue at one of the company's server estates.…

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Brits are sitting on a time bomb of 40m old electronic devices that ought to be recycled

21 August - 11:27

Mountain of digital detritus 'not sustainable' – survey

Brits are stockpiling an estimated 40 million old phones and laptops instead of recycling their digital detritus, which contain elements that could run out in the near future.…

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Moore's Law isn't dead, chip boffin declares – we need it to keep chugging along for the sake of AI

21 August - 10:42

If you want to train neural networks quickly, keep packing in the transistors

Hot Chips  The machine-learning world is obsessed with training AI models as quickly as possible and if the hardware community is to keep up, future chips will need to have more memory.…

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