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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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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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Is cybersecurity a shadow war?

Crikey readers vent their spleens about the issues of the day.

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Media briefs: Sunday Mail ed sacked … dodgy cyber stats … bumper watch …

Sunday Mail ed’s brutal sacking. The editor of Adelaide’s The Sunday Mail, Megan Lloyd, has been removed from the job by News Limited’s Sydney bosses after 25 years with the company. Crikey understands Lloyd was given the heave-ho on Wednesday night and was not offered another position in the company – a development that has […]

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Crikey Calling #6: Nova Peris and cyber security

In the first episode of Crikey Calling for the year Bernard Keane and Jason Whittaker discuss Julia Gillard’s parachuting of Nova Peris into a NT senate spot, as well as the “threat” of cyber warfare.

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Eleven reasons to be sceptical of warnings of cyber warfare

A new “Cyber Security Centre”? Do we really need it? Crikey’s Canberra correspondent details why you shouldn’t believe the hype on the risks of cyber warfare and cybercrime.

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Revealed: US program to spy on Arab social media and mobile users

Stolen emails have shed light on a major US operation spying on Arab social media and mobile phone users, explains Barrett Brown.

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War on the Internet IV: you are the network’s resilience

The effectiveness of government attacks on the internet can be blunted by some easily-accessible tools.

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All aboard the Lulzboat for another raid on Sony

Sony has been cracked yet again, confirming its shocking state of cyber-security. How many other firms are in the same (lulz)boat?

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War on the internet 2: those who Get It, and those who don’t

A closer look at government attacks on the internet shows some are far more effective and targeted than others. Many are driven by the interests of powerful stakeholders able to influence policy makers in preserving pre-digital sources of revenue or authority.

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Welcome to war on the internet

The information wars are underway, yet most of us toil away on the web, blissfully unaware of the artillery fire lighting up the distant horizon.

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War on the internet: the key fronts

A widespread and in many ways concerted series of attack by governments on the internet is underway, one that has increased in scope and complexity since WikiLeaks humiliated the US government and social media helped fuel the Arab Spring.

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News Corp’s bizarre idea of a whistleblower site

News Corp’s effort to copy Wikileaks is an IT debacle - but worse is to come when you read the fine print.

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Anonymous versus the arms dealers of the cyber war

Corporate America has an array of weapons to deploy against those who want to subject it to greater accountability.

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WikiLeaks isn’t cyber war, but maybe it’s piracy

The consensus is in. Stuxnet, the malicious software that inflicted physical damage on Iran’s nuclear program, is cyber war. But China’s attacks on Google a year ago and the whole WikiLeaks thing are not. WikiLeaks, in fact, is more like piracy.

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The HB Gary emails: a rare insight into the twilight world of cyber security

The fallout from the Anonymous attack on a US computer security firms continues, giving a rare insight into corporate America’s black ops practices.

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The multimillion dollar corporate plan to destroy WikiLeaks

Anonymous’s attack on an American cyber-security company was for the lulz, until it revealed a multimillion dollar plan to attack WikiLeaks.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | LINKS|

Extreme ‘Cyber Storm’ set to shake up the internet

A top secret security exercise involving spy agencies and international corporations will test the capability of Australia and other nations to respond to online attacks. “Cyber Storm III” may sound like the title of a Hollywood movie but it is nevertheless very real, reports Tom Hyland.

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China isn’t our biggest hacker threat

When Google announced last week that it was targeted by a cyber attack originating from China it certainly got media attention. But transnational cyber attacks are widespread, and China isn’t necessarily Australia’s biggest problem.

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Computer World | ONLINE|

Hotmail h4x0r3d: 10,000 passwords leaked

How safe is your email account? Microsoft has confirmed reports that thousands of Hotmail account passwords have been stolen by a hacker and leaked online.

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Proposed intercept laws could create thousands of “Little Brothers”

Proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Act could dramatically increase the monitoring of your electronic communications. What will the loss of privacy mean?

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Forbes | COMPANIES|

Shhhh: employees keep quiet on cyber security

Bosses are clueless of the security glitches and risks occurring in their companies because their employees aren’t telling them, a new study has found.

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