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‘Island Australia’ the refuge of the incompetent

‘Island Australia’ the refuge of the incompetent

The ABS' dumb decision to use geoblocking as its only defence against denial of service attacks treated Australians engaging in the basics of IT security as second-class citizens.

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

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.

Heartbleed reveals a big hole in Australia’s cybersecurity strategy

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.

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

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.

Essential: little concern over a Liberal bluewash

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.

Passwords of journos, pollies and bloggers made public

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Iranian hackers prove internet security is rubbish

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.

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

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.