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Wireless hospital syringe pumps can be hacked

THE ICS-CERT, one of those organisations that lights a fire under security threats, has put one out about a certain kind of hospital syringe which could be hacked and made to turn off or something. The warning concerns the Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pump, but as CERT says, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not guaranteeing ... Read More »

Trump blocks Chinese takeover of US chip company

ELECTED PRESIDENT Donald Trump has acted to prevent the sale of a US semiconductor company to a Chinese money firm and got his way, as he has for what must have been most of his life. Lattice Semiconductor and Canyon Bridge Capital Partners were due to tie the business knot until Trump remembered that he wanted to make America great and ... Read More »

Russian-linked hackers ‘penetrate power grid networks in the US and Europe’

SECURITY OUTFIT Symantec has claimed that Russian-linked hackers have targeted and successfully penetrated a power grid networks in the US and Europe. The attacks bear the hallmarks of a hacking group that Symantec calls Dragonfly, which the company believes is a front for a state-led hacking operation. The company implied – but didn’t explicitly state – that Dragonfly is connected ... Read More »

Intel is discontinuing its 6th-gen Skylake CPU lineup

CHIPMAKER Intel has announced plans to retire its 6th-generation Skylake processors, revealing end of life dates for the Core i7-6700K, i5-6600K, i5-620P, and i3-6098P CPUs.  In a Product Change Notification (PDF warning) published this week, Intel has warned that its Skylake CPU lineup has entered what it calls its ‘product discontinuance programme support’. The chips aren’t going to disappear from shelves just yet, ... Read More »

AMD Threadripper was developed by engineers in their spare time

AMD’S HIGH-END THREADRIPPER CPUs weren’t originally part of the company’s chip strategy, but a ‘skunkworks’ project implemented by AMD engineers in their spare time. That’s according to Forbes, based on interviews with AMD staff working on the Ryzen project. “It’s not really a story of roadmaps and long-term planning or huge RD budgets – it’s a lot more personal than ... Read More »

Huawei’s Kirin 970 SoC paves way for on-device AI capabilities

CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei has unveiled the Kirin 970 SoC, its first homegrown mobile processor to pack a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).  The flagship processor, which has been designed by Huawei’s HiSilicon chip design business and manufactured by TSMC, will pave the way for the “future of smartphones”, according to the firm.  The Kirin 970 allows for native AI ... Read More »

FBI wants private sector firms to ditch Kaspersky software

THE FBI IS REPORTEDLY URGING companies in the private sector to stop using Kaspersky software as it is “an unacceptable threat to national security”. However, in a statement to the INQUIRER, Kaspersky roundly rejected the claims carried in media over the weekend, and asserted that it “doesn’t have inappropriate ties with any government”. The FBI briefings have been running since the ... Read More »

Intel at IFA: desktop-class eighth-gen processors coming this year

IT WASN’T long after we arrived at IFA that Intel shepherded us to its first press event, where the company waxed lyrical on its long-touted eighth-generation architecture. While a new architecture was not present (these new processors are a ‘Kaby Lake refresh’ with an architecture called 14nm+, rather than Coffee Lake’s 10nm), Intel was keen to push the 40 per ... Read More »

Google to out its Titan kill-switch protecting its cloud infrastructure

GOOGLE IS ABOUT TO SHOW the world its Titan chip, which adds hardware security to its cloud computing network. A dedicated hardware firewall (but oh so much more) will, the company hopes, give it the jump on its biggest rivals in the $50bn projected space, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Full details are coming on Thursday (probably afternoon in ... Read More »

Intel confirms upcoming 9th-gen ‘Ice Lake’ CPUs built on 10nm+

CHIPMAKER Intel has confirmed that the successor to its 8th-generation Core processors will be named ‘Ice Lake’ and will be built on the 10nm+ manufacturing process. The vague teaser, which Intel has posted just days before the unveiling of its 8th-gen processors, will offer “amazing performance and responsiveness,” according to the firm. It continues: “The Ice Lake processor family is a ... Read More »

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