Do you expect me to talk? Yes, Mr Bond, I expect you to reply: 10k Brits targeted on LinkedIn by Chi

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Campaign launched to alert public sector staff that not everyone on the internet is nice

Updated Ten thousand Britons have been targeted on LinkedIn by recruiters for the Chinese and Russian intelligence services, according to an awareness campaign launched by domestic spy agency MI5 this morning.…

Anyone for Palantir? UK.gov names gaggle of vendors to fight for contracts in £1.2bn back office app

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It's time to crack open the public sector pork barrel.... like it was ever closes

It's pork barrel cracking time again, like it was ever really closed - the UK government has waved in a 30-strong gang of vendors to compete for slices of a potential £1.2bn framework for back office software.…

Microsoft renews cloud contracts with UK.gov amid ongoing legal spat with on-prem licence reseller

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Lawyers, say hello to the Digital Transformation Agreement 2021

Microsoft has signed a fresh Memorandum of Understanding with the UK government to sell cloud services and biz apps at pre-agreed discounts amid accusations it is stifling the resale of excess on-premises software licences in the public sector.…

China has a satellite with an arm – and America worries it could be used to snatch other spacecraft

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Send more money to help us protect our space toys, military tells Congress

US military leaders have claimed China has a satellite with a grappling arm, and said its existence highlights the needs for increased funding to match the Middle Kingdom and Russia's expanding orbital arsenals.…

REvil ransomware gang claims it stole top-secret tech designs – including Apple lappies – from Quant

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Threatens to release designs and data if not paid. But dangles 2005-vintage ThinkPad as proof it's serious

An entity claiming to represent ransomware gang REvil says it has accessed "large quantities of confidential drawings and gigabytes of personal data" from Quanta Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese manufacturer that builds laptops and other gadgets for the likes of Apple, Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Cisco, and plenty of other top-tier tech companies.…

Lego's Space Shuttle Discovery: No trouble with Hubble, but the stickers will drive a grown man to i

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The Reg once again shoves its talons into bags of spiky bricks for latest website-breaking set

Despite scratched silver blocks and a woeful VIP programme, The Register has built Lego's new Space Shuttle Discovery - and we never want to see another silver sticker again.…

Microsoft revokes MVP status of developer who tweeted complaint about request to promote SQL-on-Azur

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Programme members were asked to make noise ahead of Amazon Web Services conference

Microsoft has revoked the Most Valuable Professional status of an Australian developer who publicly complained that the programme was effectively asking members to spread marketing material.…

Your cloud security is static – and you’re open to more risk than you realize

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Make your move before the cyber-crims make theirs, says Sysdig

Promo The cloud has transformed how you manage your infrastructure and software development, enabling continuous integration and deployment, while allowing you to keep your operations running, well, continuously.…