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Articles by Stilgherrian

Heartbleed reveals a big hole in Australia’s cybersecurity strategy

Now this is a fair dinkum threat to internet security: the Heartbleed bug threatens to impact thousands of websites and the everyday security of internet users. Smaller web users are most vulnerable.

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NSA’s malware and spying ops far more powerful than you think

The NSA has the post powerful online spying apparatus in the world — and it’s just getting started. Crikey’s resident tech-head explains the power of malware.

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Kim Coindashian? How bitcoin is going the way of the tulip

Defenders of digital currencies seem to believe bitcoin and its ilk will continue to gain value forever. You know who also thought along those lines? Dutch people in 1637.

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It’s strange, but we never really had to learn to love the bomb

Fifty years on from Dr Strangelove, it’s amazing we never had to learn to love nuclear weapons like he did. Crikey conducts a timely audit of global military stockpiles.

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Net neutrality and why the internet might have just changed forever

A United States court decision has enshrined the principal of internet neutrality  — and moves the goal posts on what service providers must offer. Crikey’s tech expert examines the implications.

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Bitcoin: your handy guide to digital pickpocketing

Bitcoin, like any other currency, can be stolen or laundered. But if the digital currency is not linked to any government with law enforcement powers, is theft really a crime?

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Internet use: we’re more mobile, but we still need a cable

Crikey pops the hype over the widely reported percentage growth in wireless internet use, showing we use fixed-line internet connections more than ever.

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Tech boom? Innovation drives Newcastle’s (slow) renewal

What’s next for Newcastle when the coal runs out? A conference last week urged an innovation drive to kickstart a new business boom for the region.

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Will it float? Twitter’s prospectus shows signs of growth

Twitter has confirmed its stockmarket float, and the the numbers look better than most analysts expected. Our technology expert examines the pitch to investors for clues.

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NBN Co board refuses to drink the poisoned chalice

It’s no surprise the entire NBN Co board has resigned. The Coalition doesn’t want NBN Co to succeed, and the technological and political challenge ahead is mighty.

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Is Twitter worth $16b? Perhaps in a multi-screen game

Ahead of Twitter’s share float analysts are valuating the social media powerhouse at more than $16 billion. Will it flop like Facebook or justify its price in a multi-screen environment?

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Say no to e-voting: defending the pencils of democracy

Electronic voting is clumsy, frustrating and open to manipulation and fraud. We’ll take our trusty old pencils, thanks.

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Spam canned? Not if you’re in a political party like Clive

Your email address is not a closely guarded secret, and Clive Palmer (or anyone not selling something) is perfectly entitled to email you as often as he wants.

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Assad’s army: the future of hacking is here, with a new target

Syrian interests have brought down the New York Times via a Melbourne IT company. Hacking is changing, new targets are in sight — and it could lead to a surveillance society or total chaos.

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Crikey Clarifier: how the FBI hacked users of Tor, the ‘secret internet’

If Tor keeps users of the “secret internet” hidden, how could the FBI have tracked them down? Yes, it is difficult, but anyone who is going up against world governments should be prepared to lose. Our resident techhead explains.

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Remember the NSA? Snooping is the real story

Everyone now has an easy-to-follow narrative chasing Edward Snowden around the world. But we’ve lost sight of the fundamental issues: the NSA’s vast surveillance program

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How to keep the NSA out of your email

What can you do to avoid the all-seeing eyes of the National Security Agency? Here are some tips, but the real answer is: not a whole lot.

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Australia’s quiet role in the NSA spying scandal

Australian and United States spy agencies could theoretically spy on their own citizens — but they promise they won’t.

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You’ll love the How Fast is the NBN site … until you read this

A clever website purporting to show the difference between the speed of Labor’s NBN and the Coalition’s broadband plan has gone viral — but is it a fair and accurate representation? We fact-check How Fast is the NBN.

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Broadband battle: hard numbers, ideology and gut feel

Yes, Malcolm Turnbull knows Labor’s NBN policy of fibre to the premises is technically superior than the Coalition’s plan. But he argues this is not the only factor.

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Broadband battlelines drawn: Turnbull’s plan for fast internet

There weren’t many surprises in the Coalition’s plan for the national broadband rollout, released today. But now the battle lines are drawn: Labor’s NBN verses Malcolm Turnbull’s cut-price, not-quite-as-fast model. And Turnbull nailed the policy announcement today.

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Ninety billion maybes: 13 questions about Turnbull’s NBN

Some time this week we will see “the 12-page costing” for the Coalition’s broadband policy. Stilgherrian lists 13 questions to ask as you flip through the pages.

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Reserve Bank hacking raises questions — and false alarm

Some malicious hackers — potentially from China — hacked the RBA in 2011. But is it really the international online security threat everyone is claiming?

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ABC hack attack: online security is getting worse

Hacking is getting easier, and any criminal with a cause — or even without one — can now bring down companies’ websites and access users’ personal information. The latest victim is the ABC.

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The Twitter alternative you might be willing to pay for

App.net went and changed the Silicon Valley orthodoxy with a paid, then “freemium”, model to threaten Twitter. But are we willing to pay for a better, more secure service?

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