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In brief: Westpac adds fingerprint sign-in for mobile app

A new version of Westpac's 'Westpac Live' mobile app will allow customers to log in using their fingerprint on a range of Android and iOS devices, the bank announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 December, 2014 12:09

Tags: security, Westpac, biometrics, mobile banking, smartphones, mobile

NBN Co to deliver early Christmas present for Coalition

NBN Co's chief financial officer, Stephen Rue, has told the Senate's NBN committee that the company hopes to complete negotiations with Telstra over the telco's copper network within "the next couple of weeks".

By Rohan Pearce | 05 December, 2014 11:17

Tags: Stephen Conroy, Networking, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, broadband

ACC investigates criminals' use of Bitcoin

The Australian Crime Commission has revealed the existence of an operation to monitor the use of digital currencies including BitCoin by criminals.

By Rohan Pearce | 04 December, 2014 11:03

Tags: digital currency, Australian Crime Commission, Bitcoin

Law Council opposes data retention scheme

The Law Council of Australia has come out swinging against the government's proposed mandatory data retention regime, describing it as not "reasonable, necessary and proportionate".

By Rohan Pearce | 03 December, 2014 15:36

Tags: data retention, privacy, data retention plan

Government cracks down on social networks

The government has introduced a bill to establish a 'Children's e-Safety Commissioner' to spearhead initiatives targeting online bullying.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 December, 2014 12:55

Tags: censorship, social networking, social networks

ASIC fronts website-blocking inquiry

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has appeared before a parliamentary inquiry into the use by government agencies of Subsection 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to block Australian Internet users' access to websites engaged in illegal activities.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 December, 2014 11:40

Tags: section 313

MasterCard rails against Bitcoin's anonymity

MasterCard has used a submission to a Senate inquiry to argue for Australian regulators to move against the pseudonymity of digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 December, 2014 10:45

Tags: digital currency, Bitcoin

'Relatively low' fiscal risk with Bitcoin in Australia: ATO

Although Bitcoin is the only crypto-currency with market strength in Australia, it still represents a "relatively low" fiscal risk according to the Australian Taxation Office.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 December, 2014 10:09

Tags: Australian Tax Office, Bitcoin

ASIC unhappy with exclusion from data retention regime

The head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission is not happy that the financial watchdog has been excluded from the list of agencies that will automatically be authorised to access metadata under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 November, 2014 13:37

Tags: civil liberties, ASIC, data retention, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

RMIT University builds virtual networking labs for students

Melbourne's RMIT University has worked with HP to build virtual networking labs to help students learn about software-defined networking.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 November, 2014 11:42

Tags: SDN, Networking, RMIT University, software-defined-networking

Data retention inquiry to report in early 2015

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has begun its scrutiny of the government's data retention bill.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 November, 2014 16:11

Tags: civil liberties, data retention

ASIC chief calls for focus on 'cyber resilience'

Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairperson Greg Medcraft has called for a focus on "cyber resilience through risk management" to prevent destabilisation of financial markets.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 November, 2014 15:39

Tags: cyber resilience, security

Treat Bitcoin like currency, advocates tell Senate inquiry

Representatives of Bitcoin-based businesses and advocates of the crypto-currency have told the first hearing of the Senate's inquiry into digital currencies that Bitcoin should be treated like money, not a commodity, for tax purposes.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 November, 2014 14:20

Tags: digital currency, taxation, Australian Taxation Office, Bitcoin

Seeking dev talent, Atlassian kicks off national hiring tour

Atlassian last night kicked off the software developer's first 'pop-up' hiring tour, seeking to give potential employees a chance to learn more about the company.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 November, 2014 14:16

Tags: atlassian, careers

Senate backs Ludlam on data retention costs

The Senate has passed a motion put by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam that calls on Attorney-General George Brandis to table a PricewaterhouseCoopers study into the cost to industry of implementing a data retention scheme.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 November, 2014 17:22

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, privacy

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