The hacking of the 2016 US election by Russian agents was a masterclass in how to weaponise the media. How can this be avoided going forward?
As US lawmakers and tech companies shout about an Honest Ads Act to prevent election meddling, they ignore how much Russia relies on traditional US press to spread disinformation all on their own.
While endlessly talking about the importance of cybersecurity, the government has an all-care-no-responsibility attitude toward its defence data.
Erstwhile prime minister and globetrotting guest lecturer Tony Abbott has extolled the benefits of climate change at a gathering of "climate sceptics". Plus, the government has admitted a national security contractor was hacked last year. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
And unfortunately, we're not learning from our mistakes.
Our intelligence agencies are supposed to keep us safe -- so why do they deliberately keep IT security flaws secret from users?
About half the stories mentioning the Ashley Madison data dump used the term "leak", bringing to mind whistleblowers revealing information in the public interest. So why was an Islamic State data dump called a "hack"?
The media have so far been restrained in reporting on the Ashley Madison hack.
Did Islamic State hackers access Australian government email addresses and passwords? Maybe. But it's probably not as bad as the headlines suggest.