Author: paul

NBN from Cheaper, Faster and More affordable to a complete failure and a waste of money

Over 10 years ago, the then Labor government undertook a major project for Australians to be part of the digital economy and help connect every household and business to the Internet via fibre optic cable. They set up a massive public company (NBN) to run the project. The Coalition then won government and said it was too costly and dumped the fibre going back in time to use the existing copper network. They spent almost 12 months doing a cost benefit analysis and gave it a new name called MTM. Sold as being a Cheaper, Faster and More affordable...

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Government spyware vendor Hacking Team hacked

Hacking Team, a notorious Italian based company that develops and sells surveillance technology to governments worldwide, has been breached. The attackers have leaked over 400 gigabytes of emails, files and source code allegedly taken from Hacking Team. It contains sensitive information allegedly obtained from the company’s systems. Hacking Team offers lawful interception services tools, which the company calls “offensive technology,” to law enforcement and intelligence agencies from all over the world including Australia. Given the amount of data leaked it appears the attackers has access to their systems for quite some time. Some of the emails show that the United...

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Do we have to worry about our privacy?

Several weeks ago whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked secret documents about the NSA surveillance program PRISM. This program enables and allows the US government to access anyones personal data from companies such as Google and Facebook. It basically allows the National Security Agency to tap directly into the servers of the nine mentioned companies to extract audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs of foreign users. While the US Government provides many valid reasons to justify surveillance of this type, do they respect the wishes of other countries to have their own such programs. For instance, should...

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Trust Nobody – Especially Adobe and McAfee

Last week, many users would have noticed a warning message to upgrade Firefox to the latest version. They would have also been informed that Flash Player was out of date and were directed to a link to apply an update. According to Firefox stats, more than 10 million people have clicked the link, which is probably doing more than Adobe’s own efforts to keep people up to date. Flash is a major security threat on most computers. Adobe only decide to check for updates every month by default, as they consider this is enough for threats such as zero-day...

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