Stories by Hamish Barwick


Australia needs effective government cyber policy leadership: report

Australia’s cyber readiness has received high scores but more work is needed to improve cyber policy leadership by the Abbott government, according to a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

By Hamish Barwick | 16 April, 2014 15:10

Tags: Australian Cyber Security Centre, cyber readiness, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), cyber security

Heartbleed: GE Capital says no customer data compromised

GE Capital has responded to media reports that financial websites run by GE Money could be vulnerable to the Heartbleed security bug by saying that it has “no reason” to believe any customer data has been compromised.

By Hamish Barwick | 15 April, 2014 16:58

Tags: myer, GE Capital, Heartbleed, mastercard

UPDATED: CBA says it is restoring NetBank services

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) says it has resolved a technical issue with NetBank online banking and that full services are "progressively being restored."

By Hamish Barwick | 15 April, 2014 12:39

Tags: netbank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, online banking, Heartbleed OpenSSL Bug

Sydney Sixers, iiNet extend partnership for three more years

In a bid to get its name out to the average punter, iiNet has extended its partnership with T20 cricket team the Sydney Sixers for another three years.

By Hamish Barwick | 15 April, 2014 11:37

Tags: Big Bash League, AFL, cricket, T20, iiNet, Hawthorn Hawks, Sydney Sixers

Data centres: Department of Industry wants mandatory NABERS targets

Because the efficiency of small and medium data centres is less driven by market competition, mandatory energy efficiency standards are needed.

By Hamish Barwick | 15 April, 2014 10:00

Tags: NABERS, green datacentres, data centres, energy efficiency

Finger scanning could be used as mobile banking login: Westpac NZ

Westpac New Zealand has completed a trial which could allow customers to use finger print scanning to log into its mobile banking app on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and eventually other smartphones.

By Hamish Barwick | 14 April, 2014 14:15

Tags: Westpac NZ, Westpac, Samsung Galaxy S5, fingerprint scanner, mobile banking

NAB says goodbye to Bitcoin traders

National Australia Bank (NAB) has confirmed that it will be ending ties with Bitcoin traders after a letter was sent to business customers who trade in crypto currencies.

By Hamish Barwick | 11 April, 2014 16:34

Tags: ANZ Banking Group Ltd, Bitcoin, National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB)

ACCC apologises after exposing email addresses

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has apologised after the addresses of subscribers to some of the ACC's information alert services were published online.

By Hamish Barwick | 11 April, 2014 15:40

Tags: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), SCAMwatch, data breach

In pictures: Facebook's Sydney office

Facebook opened the doors of its Sydney office to media for a privacy briefing this week. Computerworld Australia senior journalist Hamish Barwick was given a tour and snapped the following images of the social media company's Australian operations.

By Hamish Barwick | 10 April, 2014 15:47

Tags: Sydney, social media, Facebook

Facebook responds to privacy concerns

User feedback has led Facebook to start testing a popup privacy checkup message for users when they post content. The company is also planning to enable users to set restrictions on past cover photos in the coming months.

By Hamish Barwick | 10 April, 2014 14:03

Tags: facebook privacy settings, privacy, Facebook

Equinix completes $32 million expansion of SY3 data centre

Data centre vendor Equinix has completed a $32 million (US$30 million) expansion of its SY3 data centre in Mascot, Sydney, allowing space for an additional 1,000 cabinets

By Hamish Barwick | 08 April, 2014 11:54

Tags: Net Logistics, data centres, equinix, Tony Simonsen, cloud computing, SY3

Telstra lodges appeal over exchange and underground duct access pricing dispute

Telstra has lodged a formal appeal in the New South Wales Federal Court over its exchange and underground duct access pricing increase dispute against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and iiNet (ASX: IIN) subsidiaries.

By Hamish Barwick | 07 April, 2014 11:32

Tags: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), ducts, pricing, exchange, Vocus Communications, iiNet, Telstra

Security encryption vendor Vormetric opens Sydney office

California-headquartered security vendor Vormetric has opened an office in Sydney to service customers in Australia and New Zealand.

By Hamish Barwick | 04 April, 2014 16:08

Tags: vormetric, Australian Privacy Principles, encryption

ACMA launches Indigenous cyber safety campaign

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched cyber safety videos and resources to discourage sexting and cyber bullying amongst Indigenous communities around Australia.

By Hamish Barwick | 04 April, 2014 11:51

Tags: Indigenous Australians, Be Deadly Online, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), sexting, cyber bullying

In pictures: Arbor Networks opens Sydney development centre

Arbor Networks opened the doors to its Sydney research and development centre recently. The centre was opened following the vendor’s acquisition of security analytics firm Packetloop in September 2013 and has being used to develop new security products.

By Hamish Barwick | 04 April, 2014 10:20

Tags: PacketLoop, arbor networks, Development, startups, security

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