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Don’t listen to Bernard Keane: in defence of data retention

Should you be worried about the government’s data retention scheme? Alastair MacGibbon, director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra and security general manager for Dimension Data Australia, explains why not.

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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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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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Essential: little concern over a Liberal bluewash

Voters aren’t particularly concerned about the prospect of more Liberal-led governments at COAG. Meanwhile, Essential Research finds support for Tony Abbott’s government improving.

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Naked Security | LINKS|

Passwords of journos, pollies and bloggers made public

Do you use the same password across multiple websites? Up to 200,000 people in Sweden have recently been affected by a mass hacking incident and its got reprecussions for all internet users.

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Internet shock: huge cost of cybercrime revealed by … cyber security firm

Cybercrime costs the world hundreds of billions of dollars a year, according to a leading cyber security firm. But it depends on what you call cybercrime.

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LulzSec 1, Murdoch 0: News Int, the hacker, becomes the hacked

Today News International’s websites went down, including The Sun, The Times and the News International corporate site. Hacking group LulzSec has struck again.

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Iranian hackers prove internet security is rubbish

Hackers presumed to be from Iran compromised internet security earlier this month, but it’s not a meltdown, as one analysis put it.

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WikiLeaks in the clouds: why attempts to shut down Assange will fail

Despite attacks by hackers, despite takedowns by its service providers, WikiLeaks’ ability to keep on publishing is proving remarkably resilient. That’s less to do with their technical skills, and more to do with information ecology.

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CNET | LINKS|

The price of searching for freebies

Whacking the word “free” into your search engine when searching for stuff like MP3s, ringtones, TV shows or games greatly increases your chances of encountering malicious websites that will attack your computer.

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Openbook | LINKS|

Openbook: airing Facebook’s dirty laundry

Openbook is a new project that allows you to search Facebook’s publicly available user data to see all the skeletons in its 500 million online closets — including yours.

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TechCrunch | LINKS|

TechCrunch crowdsources hacker revenge

Tech news site TechCrunch was hacked earlier this year, and police have finally found the culprit. So should it press charges? The site is letting readers decide.

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PC World | LINKS|

How to restore your privacy on Facebook. Again.

Remember when Facebook tweaked its privacy protocols and revealed your drunken photos and messages to the world? It’s done it again. PC World has a step-by-step guide to re-securing your account (and dignity).

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Maximum PC | ONLINE|

The anti-virus app cage match

Maximum PC tests and compares the top 10 anti-virus applications for keeping your PC (relatively) bug-free. Whose security screen reigns supreme?

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PC World | ONLINE|

The tech industry’s dirty little secrets

PC World lists 21 things “they” don’t want you to know — and how to get around them: spying ISPs, the printer ink price scam, hacked pacemakers, what Google knows about you, and more.

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PC World | ONLINE|

MySpace now selling off your data

Like a washed-up musician pawning his guitars for cash, MySpace is now flogging details of its users’ blog posts, photos, status updates and locations to analysts to marketers.

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The Times (UK) | EUROPE|

The secret global cyber-war between China and the West

Insiders reveal that NATO, the EU and the US are stepping up their online security, in the face of an ever-increasing number of cyber attacks from China — 1.6 billion a month on US government agencies alone.

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Business Insider | ONLINE|

Facebook: The true Harvard story

Business Insider has conducted a detailed investigation into the early days of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, including accusations that he used personal info from the site to break into the email accounts of journalists from Harvard’s student newspaper.

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Wired | ONLINE|

The internet’s biggest threat? Fear mongering bureaucrats

The biggest threat to internet freedom isn’t China, hackers or spammers, says Ryan Singel: it’s the security and government propagandists spreading the myth that we’re engaged in a “cyberwar” in the first place.

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Gawker | ONLINE|

Sexy Facebook messages you weren’t supposed to see

Facebook accidentally sent hundreds of private messages to the wrong users the other day, and Valleywag has its hands on a bunch of the saucier ones. Go on: you know you want to.

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Facebook jerks should be ignored, not legislated against

The offensive defacement last week of two Facebook pages became a minor flap in the media. Talk of an “online ombudsman” to deal with the issue is reactionary and unnecessary, says Colin Jacobs.

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Business Insider | ONLINE|

Inside Google’s Buzz “Code Red”

A look behind-the-scenes of how Google swung into action when the privacy problems with its new social networking tool, Buzz, were exposed.

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NetworkWorld | ONLINE|

The very expensive risks of free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi networks at cafes may save you a few bucks, but they open your computer up to attackers and hijackers. When they say your java is “poisoned”, they’re not just talking about Starbucks’ coffee.

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Clinton declares cyber war on China

Among buckets of saccharine rhetoric linking freedom and democracy, Hillary Clinton’s speech on internet freedom is a declaration of cyber war against China.

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Media wrap: Is it time to ditch Internet Explorer?

The French and German governments are both publicly calling on their citizens to stop using Microsoft’s default Internet Explorer web browser, prompting just news outlets world-wide to weigh-in on whether or not readers should give IE the flick.

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