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University of the Highlands and Islands shuts down campuses as it deals with 'ongoing cyber incident'

The Register - 32 min 26 sec ago
Ten letters, starts with R, ends with E, three syllables

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland is fending off "an ongoing cyber incident" that has shut down its campuses.…

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The iMac Pro Is Being Discontinued

Slashdot - 47 min 37 sec ago
The iMac Pro is soon to be no more. First noted by 9to5Mac, TechCrunch has since confirmed with Apple that the company will stop selling the all-in-one once the current stock is depleted. From a report: One configuration of the desktop is still available through Apple's site, listed as "While Supplies Last" and priced at $5,000. Some other versions can also still be found from third-party retailers, as well, if you're so inclined.

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Trial of bouncer who punched man outside Brentwood bar collapses

This Is Total Essex - 59 min 47 sec ago
The jury could not return a verdict
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Capgemini awarded towering £600m deal to run London cops' IT infrastructure

The Register - 1 hour 22 min ago
Metropolitan police hand keys to French outsourcer

Capgemini has won a £600m IT infrastructure deal from the UK's Metropolitan Police to run a service desk, data centres, and services management including the integration of other suppliers.…

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Preparing for Retaliation Against Russia, US Confronts Hacking by China

Slashdot - 1 hour 27 min ago
The proliferation of cyberattacks by rivals is presenting a challenge to the Biden administration as it seeks to deter intrusions on government and corporate systems. From a report: Just as it plans to begin retaliating against Russia for the large-scale hacking of American government agencies and corporations discovered late last year, the Biden administration faces a new cyberattack that raises the question of whether it will have to strike back at another major adversary: China. Taken together, the responses will start to define how President Biden fashions his new administration's response to escalating cyberconflict and whether he can find a way to impose a steeper penalty on rivals who regularly exploit vulnerabilities in government and corporate defenses to spy, steal information and potentially damage critical components of the nation's infrastructure. The first major move is expected over the next three weeks, officials said, with a series of clandestine actions across Russian networks that are intended to be evident to President Vladimir V. Putin and his intelligence services and military but not to the wider world. The officials said the actions would be combined with some kind of economic sanctions -- though there are few truly effective sanctions left to impose -- and an executive order from Mr. Biden to accelerate the hardening of federal government networks after the Russian hacking, which went undetected for months until it was discovered by a private cybersecurity firm. The issue has taken on added urgency at the White House, the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies in recent days after the public exposure of a major breach in Microsoft email systems used by small businesses, local governments and, by some accounts, key military contractors. Microsoft identified the intruders as a state-sponsored Chinese group and moved quickly to issue a patch to allow users of its software to close off the vulnerability. But that touched off a race between those responsible for patching the systems and a raft of new attackers -- including multiple other Chinese hacking groups, according to Microsoft -- who started using the same exploit this week.

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Vicky Ford: Face masks aren't mandatory in secondary schools

Braintree and Witham Times - 1 hour 28 min ago
Secondary school students will not be forced to wear face coverings in classrooms, as some will be “anxious and nervous” about wearing them, an education minister has said.
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Essex women who are making the world a better place

This Is Total Essex - 1 hour 30 min ago
Tackling period poverty, domestic abuse, FGM, climate change, racism, and helping to support the vulnerable, these women really area an inspiration.
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Name True, iCloud access false: Exceptional problem locks online storage account, stumps Apple customer service

The Register - 2 hours 12 min ago
You're naming yourself wrong?

An iCloud customer says she spent more than six hours on the phone to Apple after being locked out of the service because her name is apparently incompatible with the application code.…

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Boris Johnson to lead Covid briefing at Downing Street

Braintree and Witham Times - 2 hours 37 min ago
The Prime Minister Johnson is set to lead a coronavirus press conference this afternoon.
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SolarWinds just keeps getting worse: New strain of malware found infecting victims

The Register - 2 hours 57 min ago
Plus: McAfee's in serious trouble over claimed cryptocurrency scam

In brief  Another form of malware installed in servers made vulnerable by flaws in SolarWinds' Orion management software has been spotted in the wild.…

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Can you be fined for not sending your child to school?

Braintree and Witham Times - 3 hours 2 min ago
Schools are welcoming students back from today - but can you be fined for not sending your child back to school?
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Boris Johnson to hold Downing Street press conference today

This Is Total Essex - 3 hours 5 min ago
It comes as the first stage of the roadmap begun today
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Facebook post sees NHS worker at Broomfield Hospital suspended

Braintree and Witham Times - 3 hours 34 min ago
An NHS front line worker has spoken of his dismay after he was suspended from a hospital for telling Covid deniers on Facebook to follow government rules.
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Remember <i>that</i> day in March 2020 when you were asked to get the business working from home – tomorrow, if possible? Here's how that worked out

The Register - 3 hours 40 min ago
IT pros from orgs large and small tell The Reg the tech delivered, mostly, but couriers and home Wi-Fi suddenly became your problem

Covid Logfile  Brianna Haley was given one day to be ready to roll out Zoom for 13,000 users at over 1,000 sites.…

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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Use for Backups at Home?

Slashdot - 3 hours 53 min ago
"I am curious as to what other Slashdotters use for backing up of home machines," asks long-time Slashdot reader serviscope_minor: I moved away from the "bunch of disks with some off site" method. I found most of the methods generally had one or more of the following problems: poor Linux support, weak security (e.g. leaking file names), outrageously expensive, hard to set up, tied to a single storage supplier I don't fully trust, entirely proprietary (which makes me doubt long term stability), lack of file history, reputation for slowness, and so on. My current solution is Unixy: separate tools for separate jobs. Borg for backups to a local machine. Rclone for uploading to business cloud storage, versioned cloud storage to provide resistance against bitrot and other corruption. They're interested in "what other Slashdotters use," as well as "why and what your experience has been given more than superficial testing." So share you own thoughts in the comments. What do you use for backups at home?

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We want to see your 'back to school at last' photos

This Is Total Essex - 4 hours 24 min ago
To celebrate the momentous occasion of children returning to school we want to create a souvenir photo supplement.
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Delayed, overbudget and broken. Of course Microsoft's finest would be found in NASA's Orion

The Register - 4 hours 25 min ago
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (as Windows crashes again)

BORK!BORK!BORK!  Getting astronauts to the Moon or Mars is the least of NASA's problems. Persuading Microsoft Windows not to fall over along the way is apparently a far greater challenge.…

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When is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah interview on ITV?

Braintree and Witham Times - 4 hours 32 min ago
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's explosive Oprah interview will air this evening on UK television - here's how to watch.
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Weather warning for high winds across Essex for two days

Braintree and Witham Times - 4 hours 48 min ago
AN URGENT weather warning has been issued across Essex for Wednesday and Thursday this week.
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The torture garden of Microsoft Exchange: Grant us the serenity to accept what they cannot EOL

The Register - 5 hours 12 min ago
Time to fix those legacy evils, though.... right?

Column  It is the monster which corrupts all it touches. It is an energy-sucking vampire that thrives on the pain it promotes. It cannot be killed, but grows afresh as each manifestation outdoes the last in awfulness and horror. It is Microsoft Exchange and its drooling minion, Outlook.…

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