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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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News feed - The Register

Microsoft to find virtual ways of 'absorbing interns' energy' as students told to stay home – and events off until next year

7 April - 17:09

Meanwhile, the Xbox gang spreads cloudy joystick joy to more countries

Roundup  Amid mutterings from the peanut gallery that at least a year's worth of events were ripe for "reimagining", it also looks like any musical numbers from 2020's batch of Microsoft interns will be strictly virtual.…

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Samsung's Q1 forecast defies coronavirus downward trends but it's unlikely to continue

7 April - 16:05

Don't get comfortable, Sammy

Samsung has published its earnings guidance for Q1 2020, and it's looking fairly sunny for the South Korean tech conglomerate, with revenue and profit both expected to show year-on-year growth.…

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Security-focused microkernel goes in for some seL4-care, becomes a foundation to keep that ecosystem growing

7 April - 15:01

Being under the Linux Foundation umbrella is a good way to get that done

The team behind the seL4 secure microkernel has created a foundation to help build a wider ecosystem.…

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Revenues up, taxes down: Google UK reports its slice of the Chocolate Factory pie

7 April - 14:01

Blighty's wage bill tops £1bn as more staffers are added

Google's UK tentacle booked a jump in revenues for the year ended 30 June 2019 while still managing to cut its tax bill by more than £21m.…

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Want to stay under the radar for a decade or more? This Chinese hacking crew did it... by aiming for Linux servers

7 April - 13:00

BlackBerry says Winnti-derived group is playing it quiet with rootkit attacks

A group of hackers operating as an offshoot of China's Winnti group managed to stay undetected for more than a decade by going open source.…

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If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again: Boeing to repeat CST-100 test, Russia preps another ISS taxi

7 April - 12:15

A reflight beckons for Starliner as rival SpaceX admits: 'Rockets are hard'

Roundup  Boeing is to repeat December's CST-100 test while Russia prepares for what might be the last launch of its space station taxi monopoly in this week's wrangling of rocket news.…

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Capita inks deal with NHS to 'bring back staff': Workers get an hour of training to recruit and vet retired doctors, nurses

7 April - 11:30

Asked to verify the identity of medics using video chat apps Zoom and Facetime

Exclusive  The Register can reveal Capita gave 60 minutes of training to staff it tasked with screening recently retired doctors and nurses that were urged by the NHS to return to active duty during the crisis.…

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Honor 9X Pro: Better specs can't save this smartphone from a barren app store

7 April - 10:45

But hey, maybe a Google-free experience is a selling point for you

Hands On  Smartphone manufacturers love to use the word "pro" in their branding. Perhaps at one point it meant something, conveying a level of power you wouldn't get with cheaper kit. That isn't the case in 2020, with the term awkwardly slapped on sub-£250 devices, like the subject of this review: the Honor 9X Pro.…

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QAD goals: ERP minnow waggles upgrades in bid to keep pace with bigger players

7 April - 10:00

$310.8m revenue? That's adorable

Enterprise software is known for its grand global players with multibillion-dollar revenues – namely SAP and Oracle. But not all vendors are like that.…

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'Anything' related to remote working is a winner for Euro disties, but classic enterprise tech? That's another story

7 April - 09:16

Official stats reach Vulture Towers

Tech distributors' sales jumped 9.5 per cent to €5.9bn in Western Europe for the four weeks ended 22 March with a raft of lines including virtualization and database software helping to swell their coffers, as well as kit needed to help employers switch their workforce to homeworking.…

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Reg fashion special: Top designer says 'video chat accessories' are in for spring!

7 April - 08:37

For women, anyway. Guys can get away with boxer shorts and socks under the desk

The fashion industry has carved itself a new niche – outfits and accessories for video chats – but kept all its old double standards about what different people need to look their best.…

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Atlassian issues advice on how to keep your IT service desk secure... after hundreds of portals found facing the internet amid virus lockdown

7 April - 08:07

Alarm sounded after orgs open up internal platforms for work-from-home staff

As companies move their staff to remote working amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, some IT teams have made internal platforms, such as tech support desks, face the public internet.…

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Time to brush up on current affairs. Because we're predicting Li-ion batt lifetimes using impedance and AI

7 April - 07:40

Well, when we say we, we mean... we read a paper some others wrote

Machine-learning software can predict the remaining useful lifetime of a lithium-ion battery by seeing how it reacts when a rapidly oscillating voltage is briefly applied across it, according to a study published in Nature Communications.…

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New IBM CEO Arvind Krishna says hybrid cloud will be bigger than mainframes, services, middleware

7 April - 07:05

First day letter to staff calls for ‘maniacal focus’, OpenShift dominance and client love

IBM’s new CEO Arvind Krishna has revealed the letter he sent to staff on his first day in the job, and it’s big on hybrid cloud as a new platform for IBM’s future.…

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Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec

7 April - 05:58

Farewell, 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium. Arise, Ethernet Technology Consortium

The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium has decided to ditch its name as it heads off in search of serious speed.…

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Antarctic science put on ice by coronavirus – next summer's expeditions restricted to essentials and robots

7 April - 05:01

Australia just wants to get supplies in and keep people moving safely

The novel coronavirus is yet to reach Antarctica’s small human population, but will impact science on the frozen continent next southern summer.…

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Infosys, Accenture take leadership positions at India’s tech lobby NASSCOM... as on-premises call centers wither

7 April - 03:59

Over 90 percent of nation’s IT services sector now works from home

Senior execs from Infosys and Accenture India have taken the reins of India’s influential National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), just as the industry is reconfiguring itself in light of the country's coronavirus stay-at-home shutdown.…

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Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

7 April - 02:09

Tightening privacy and security may cause pain for add-on makers

Google is testing a user-interface change that will hide Chrome extensions by default, which is not going down well with developers.…

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Come to GoDaddy: 12 million domains – from .biz to .nyc – acquired from Neustar amid promises of lower prices

6 April - 23:39

Could takeover actually not shaft internet web address holders?

The world’s largest seller of domain names, GoDaddy, is making a bid for market domination with the purchase of hundreds of registries, including .biz, .co, .nyc, and .us, from Neustar.…

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Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks

6 April - 22:39

And you can still open its improved version with a strong magnet

The manufacturer that claimed its Bluetooth-connected fingerprint-reading smart lock was “unbreakable,” only to find it being opened in seconds by someone armed with nothing more than a mount and a screwdriver, has been slapped down by a US watchdog.…

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Mozilla plugs two Firefox browser holes exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack victims' computers

6 April - 21:23

Update now before it's too late

Mozilla has released security updates for its Firefox browser in conjunction with a US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advisory warning that critical vulnerabilities in the browser are being actively exploited.…

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Four new bugs? You shouldn't have: Microsoft celebrates 45 years with dollop of borkage on Windows Insider Fast Ring

6 April - 20:01

Also: Skype goes attention-seeking and Edge shares its scrolling smarts with Chromium

Roundup  Got time on your hands and an enterprise running on Microsoft 365? The Windows giant wants to hear from you in this week's quick 'n' dirty rundown of Redmond news.…

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Roaring trade in zero-days means more vulns are falling into the hands of state spies, warn security researchers

6 April - 19:15

Flaw variety hipper with snoops than cash-hungry crooks right now

Zero-day vulns are increasingly likely to be bought and sold by malware vendors targeting the Middle East with their dodgy wares, according to FireEye.…

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Just cough into here, please: Cambridge-developed app slurps the sounds of COVID-19

6 April - 18:26

No stethoscope needed – but you don't get to know the results

A team at the UK's Cambridge University has created an application to collect the speaking, breathing and coughing sounds of participants in the hope of building predictive models to "contribute to the early diagnosis of COVID-19".…

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From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

6 April - 17:30

Gov.UK to ask social networks to do their part...

Comment  Amanda Holden is not an epidemiologist. She holds no degree in electrical engineering or physics. Her time is spent judging the (often self-contradictory) Britain's Got Talent, or sitting next to Phil Schofield on the couch of This Morning, where she earned notoriety by asking Brit astronaut Tim Peake if he stole any moon rocks on his mission to the International Space Station.…

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Learn how to maintain remote scale, resiliency and intelligence with the Akamai Edge Live Virtual Summit

6 April - 17:00

From managing during unprecedented times to dealing with wider digital change, these are the sessions you need

Promo  Business continuity, cyber security, and maintaining customer experience are the order of the day as we all bed in to work from home for the near (or mid) future. The Edge Live | Virtual Summit 2020 has these topics covered.…

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Already in final beta? That's Madagascar: Ubuntu 20.04 'Focal Fossa' gets updated desktop, ZFS support

6 April - 16:28

Long-term release with upgraded QEMU virtualization

Canonical has dropped a final beta of Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal Fossa", set for full release on 23 April.…

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RHEL pusher Paul Cormier appointed CEO to lead Red Hat into the IBM era

6 April - 15:42

20-year veteran takes over as Jim Whitehurst becomes Big Blue prez

Long-serving Red Hatter Paul Cormier has been named president and chief exec as his predecessor, Jim Whitehurst, sets off for fields Big and Blue.…

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Microsoft 365 Business to gain more Azure Active Directory toys... oh, and it's called Microsoft 365 Business Premium (from 21 April)

6 April - 14:46

Because this Office branding shake-up isn't confusing at all

Microsoft is adding a full Azure Active Directory Premium P1 licence to its Microsoft 365 business subscription even as it aims the rebrandogun at its product line.…

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Americas' SAP Users' Group chief reckons upgrades to S4/HANA will gather pace despite COVID-19 disruption

6 April - 13:30

If you're almost finished with the ordeal, there's no looking back now

Although most organisations would probably put ERP upgrade plans on ice amid a global pandemic, SAP users are likely to press ahead with existing projects to upgrade to S/4HANA, Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG) says.…

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Kaspersky cleans up poisoned watering hole, Google presses pause on cookie crackdown

6 April - 12:59

Plus: SystemD has a privilege escalation flaw that needs patching, and more bits and bytes

Roundup  Kaspersky has detailed its takedown of a massive so-called watering-hole attack appearing to target certain folks in China, in the top story in The Reg's infosec roundup that looks at issues of the past week beyond our own detailed coverage.…

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Washington state governor green-lights facial-recog law championed by... guess who: Yep, hometown hero Microsoft

6 April - 12:24

Plus more news from the world of machine learning

Roundup  Here's your quick-fire summary of recent artificial intelligence news.…

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We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

6 April - 11:42

Though Statcounter puts Moz's finest second. Chrome still top dog

It's official that Edge is number two. At least according to NetMarketShare.…

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Virtually – no – actually borked: We'd slap ailing ATM's 'OK' button but it's probably against government guidance

6 April - 10:25

Remember when we went outside and used cash machines? Haha, good times

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Microsoft Windows is everywhere. Everywhere. And sometimes it can catch out the unwary, as the administrator behind this ATM has hopefully discovered.…

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British Airways and Marriott UK data protection fines deferred again as coronavirus shutdown hits business

6 April - 09:15

May and June are new due dates and neither firm is going down quietly

The UK Information Commissioner's Office has yet again postponed its £280m in fines against British Airways and Marriott Hotels for data leaks.…

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Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

6 April - 08:15

Commanding & Conquering when nobody is looking

Who, Me?  Another week is upon us, and while April continues to be an uncertain beast, we will always have Who, Me?, and another story from the more sinful niche of The Register's readership.…

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Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

6 April - 07:18

Looks like Michael Gove has decided to listen to the experts for a change

UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has used a daily briefing to slam those advancing baseless theories that 5G radios are in some way responsible for the coronavirus.…

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Bose shouts down claims that it borked noise cancellation firmware to sell more headphones

6 April - 06:07

But reverses its policy on downgrades anyway to quieten critics

Bose has hit back at critics who say that the firm's latest headphone firmware intentionally broke its active noise cancellation feature.…

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NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet

6 April - 05:42

The Perseverance rover gets its grousers ahead of planned July/August launch

NASA has revealed the wheels it’s just bolted onto the Perseverance Rover, the new Mars assault robot it plans to send to the red planet in July as part of the Mars 2020 mission.…

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Pan-European group plans cross-border contact-tracing app – and promises GDPR compliance

6 April - 01:24

As India joins the list of nations offering Bluetooth-enabled virus-visit-visualisers

A European consortium based in Switzerland plans to this week launch an opt-in location-detecting app to expedite contact-tracing those who have encountered coronavirus carriers.…

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COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

5 April - 08:52

Huge surge in applications for financial assistance show Governor Phil Murphy the ugly side of technical debt

The governor of New Jersey has asked COBOL-capable coders to volunteer their skills as the State’s mainframe computers have struggled to cope with a surge of requests for benefits to help citizens through the coronavirus crisis.…

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Watch: Rare Second World War footage of Bletchley Park-linked MI6 intelligence heroes emerges, shared online

4 April - 08:04

A glimpse of life at Whaddon Hall

Vid  An astonishingly rare film documenting British intelligence personnel, linked to the code-breakers at Bletchley Park, has been released by the park's trust, offering a glimpse of unsung heroes who helped win the Second World War.…

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Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

4 April - 00:11

Video calls also routed through China, probe discovers

Updated  Zoom has faced increased scrutiny and criticism as its usage soared from 10 million users a day to 200 million in a matter of months, all thanks to coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.…

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NSO Group: Facebook tried to license our spyware to snoop on its own addicts – the same spyware it's suing us over

3 April - 22:37

Antisocial network sought surveillance tech to boost its creepy Onavo Protect app, it is claimed

NSO Group – sued by Facebook for developing Pegasus spyware that targeted WhatsApp users – this week claimed Facebook tried to license the very same surveillance software to snoop on its own social-media addicts.…

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Oracle teases prospect of playing nicely with open-source Java in update to WebLogic application server

3 April - 22:20

'Low cost of ownership'? This must be an April Fools

Oracle has chosen this week of all weeks to foist on the world an update of its application server WebLogic, festooned with new features addressing Java EE 8, Kubernetes and JSON.…

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Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom

3 April - 21:04

Testing times for SpaceX as another Starship prototype implodes

Video  Yet another of SpaceX's Starship prototypes, SN3, was left in pieces last night following tank testing.…

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Microsoft brings Mixed Reality toys and other improvements to 'citizen developers' using low-code Power Apps platform

3 April - 20:14

Mobile compatibility issue fixed and working with data in grids made easier

Microsoft has updated its "citizen developer" platform, Power Apps, adding Mixed Reality support, fixing a compatibility issue with the mobile app, and improving options for working with data in grids.…

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Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?

3 April - 19:02

Teachers trek high and low to uncover cola geyser secrets

Did you know that the popular Diet Coke and Mentos soda geyser experiment works better at higher altitudes? Or that the average size of the bubbles formed on the scotch mints is about 6μm? Now you do, thanks to the wonders of science and those with a bubbling passion for it.…

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ESA missions back doing science after precautionary pandemic plug pull: We talk to space boffins about Mars Express emergency command line

3 April - 17:59

Meanwhile, three-quarters of NASA staff now staying at home

ESA's mission operations centre in Germany has got back to doing interplanetary science after a short stand-down due to COVID-19.…

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Motorola casually trots out third UK release in as many months: This time it's a 'Lite' take on the Moto G8 Power

3 April - 16:05

No MWC, no problem

Hello again, Moto. In the past month, the Lenovo-owned mobile maker has announced three new smartphones for the UK market. The latest is the Moto G8 Power Lite, which retails at £149.99, and offers a surprising amount of battery life for your buck.…

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