A US district court judge has frozen the assets of organisations and individuals associated with the long-running "Event Viewer" tech support scam, which included Australians among its victims. The FTC credited overseas organisations, including the Australian Communications and Media Authority, for aiding in the action against the alleged scammers.
Results from a study by the Australian Computer Society released today reveal that almost a third of ICT job seekers believe they have been discriminated against, based on gender, age, ethnicity or other factors, when applying for positions in the sector. An ACS salary survey also found that men working in the sector were on average earned 9.8 per cent more than women.
In the 30 years since the founding of the NSW Society for Computers and the Law, the technology landscape has undergone dramatic changes: Near ubiquitous use of computers, the central role of the Internet in many people's professional and personal lives and the growth of mobile computing.
NBN Co has announced locations for three satellite ground stations in Western Australia, to deliver access to the National Broadband Network for Australian's outside the NBN's fibre footprint and the reach of its fixed wireless service.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission would like reforms to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make it possible for the corporate regulator to obtain telecommunications intercepts and gain access to information that other law enforcement agencies have obtained through such means.
Vodafone has warned the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security's inquiry on data retention that retaining detailed information on mobile data usage by customers could involve a significant cost for operators. Matthew Lobb, the telco's general manager industry strategy and public policy, also called for clarity on the retention of so-called metadata about customer usage of mobile networks.
Handshake, a New York-based startup founded by two Aussie ex-pats that offers an iOS and Web based sales and order management tool for B2B commerce, has notched up a significant milestone. Its eponymous app has been used to write over $100 million worth of orders since its open beta period ended in mid-2011.
Intellectual property watchdog IP Australia is seeking public comment on reform to Australia's patent system. The federal government is proposing changes to the Patents Act 1990 to raise the threshold for so-called 'innovation patents'.
A report issued by the UN's Broadband Commission for Digital Development, established by the International Telecommunications Union and UNESCO, has pegged Australia at 21st in the world when it comes to internet access, with 21 per cent of Australians not using the Internet in 2011.
Researchers at the University of NSW are spearheading an effort to build new digital tools for archaeologist to help update a field where on-site data capture is often handwritten, or, sometimes, conducted using a dated PDA-based systems, and records storage is not infrequently paper-based.
Over the last two decades cybercrime has matured from the early days of curiosity-driven hackers and pranksters to a fully fledged industry. In the process, much of the distinction between ‘traditional’ crime and online crime has been eliminated: On the one hand organised crime now uses the internet as another tool for communication and transferring criminal proceeds; on the other hand spam, phishing and malware are mature criminal industries.
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