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How the UK crime agency repurposed Amazon cloud platform to analyse EncroChat cryptophone data

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) repurposed its cloud-based data analytics platform to help identify threats to life in messages sent by suspected criminals over the encrypted EncroChat phone network. After placing a “software implant” on an EncroChat server in Roubaix, investigators from France’s digital crime unit infiltrated the encrypted phone network in April 2020,…

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Oracle shifts database support goalpost

Earlier in June, Oracle downgraded all its older relational database releases prior to version 19c to Sustaining Support status. According to third-party support provider Rimini Street, Sustaining Support offers a limited scope of support, which may not be sufficient for a production environment. Rimini Street claimed the price to customers of Sustaining Support is the…

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How to pay with a credit or debit card from your Mac (and when you can’t)

It was decades ago when you could first pay for items online using a credit card; debit card payments followed. The security of such payments was often iffy in the commercial internet’s early years. Database breaches of unsecured information made for easy pickings. These days, a combination of factors has improved the safety of paying…

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Passkeys just show how much Apple needs a real iCloud Keychain app

Apple is making a big play with passkeys, the first real alternative to the humble password that we’ve seen in a long time. But it hasn’t even gotten its password situation right yet.Apple’s been syncing people’s saved usernames and passwords for a long time as part of the iCloud Keychain feature. There are plenty of…

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UK biometrics watchdog questions police cloud deployments

UK policing and justice bodies must be able to prove that their increasing use of public cloud infrastructure is compliant with law enforcement-specific data protection rules, says the biometrics commissioner.   As commissioner for the retention and use of biometrics, Fraser Sampson is responsible for overseeing police use of DNA and fingerprints in England, Wales and…

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Controversial Fujitsu contract with Post Office extended after technical challenges moving to cloud

The Post Office will pay £16.5m to extend a contract with Fujitsu after fundamental technical challenges meant its planned migration to the cloud could not be completed in time. In 2021, the Post Office extended its IT services contract with Fujitsu while it prepared to migrate IT from the supplier to another, as yet unspecified,…

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Vast Data’s ‘Act 2’ builds data management layer on QLC flash

“The fastest-growing storage company in history.” That’s the claim made by Vast Data, which has announced it has gone from a run rate of $1m to $100m in three years. Meanwhile, the company has embarked on what regional director for EMEA, Alex Raistrick, calls “Act 2” of its story, in which Vast plans to continue…

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