Stories by Hamish Barwick


3 Australian firms targeted in APT campaign: report

Three Australian firms in the IT, academic and logistics sectors have been targeted by an advanced persistent threat (APT) campaign that Kaspersky Lab researchers dubbed Crouching Yeti.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 August, 2014 16:28

Tags: kaspersky labs, SCADA, advanced persistent threats (APTs), crouching yeti

Free movie link delivers malware payload: report

Consumers in Australia and around the world have fallen for a social engineering link promising a free download of Transformers 4, 22 Jump Street or Maleficent.

By Hamish Barwick | 30 July, 2014 16:20

Tags: trend micro, Transformers 4, 22 Jump Street, social engineering, malware

Countdown begins for switch from debit/credit card signature to PIN

Banks are reminding consumers that they will no longer be able to sign when they make purchases on their debit and credit cards in Australia from 1 August 2014. Instead, people will need to use a PIN – part of a move to decrease card fraud in Australia.

By Hamish Barwick | 30 July, 2014 11:56

Tags: PIN codes, debit cards, RMIT University, credit cards, Credit card fraud, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, PINWise, signature, ME Bank

ACMA signs online child abuse notification scheme with police

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has signed formal agreements with state, territory and federal police for the reporting of online child abuse material in Australia.

By Hamish Barwick | 29 July, 2014 11:53

Tags: Australian Federal Police (AFP), child abuse, cybersafety, Crime Stoppers, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

More than 6k Australians duped by Koler Android ransomware: report

Android ransomware, which displays a message that claims to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and other local law enforcement authorities, has affected 6,223 Australians since May 2014, according to research by Kaspersky Lab.

By Hamish Barwick | 29 July, 2014 10:35

Tags: Australian Federal Police (AFP), Angler Exploit, Koler 'police' ransomware, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), kaspersky lab

Queensland ambos seek iPad-based forms

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) has issued an invitation to offer (IOT) for the delivery of an electronic ambulance form that allows paramedics to record patient care information on iPads at the scene of the accident.

By Hamish Barwick | 28 July, 2014 16:04

Tags: ios, queensland ambulance service, procurement, tenders

Rogue employees using photocopiers and email services to steal data

Rogue staff members can use a mix of techniques to walk out the door with sensitive data, warns forensic investigator Nick Klein.

By Hamish Barwick | 28 July, 2014 14:24

Tags: Gmail, RSA Conference, IP theft, rogue users, Nick Klein

Barbarians are at the gates of Information Age: Juniper

If we are not careful in the decisions or actions that we take online today, the Information Age may go the way of the Roman Empire, according to Juniper Networks senior director of product management Kevin Kennedy.

By Hamish Barwick | 23 July, 2014 15:57

Tags: RSA Conference, Information Age, cyber warfare, Roman Empire, juniper networks

Rules of engagement needed for the Internet: RSA

Cyber weapons will never be completely eliminated but bi-lateral agreements between countries about the use of these weapons could establish boundaries, according to RSA executive chairman Arthur W. Coveillo.

By Hamish Barwick | 23 July, 2014 10:56

Tags: RSA Conference, cyber warfare, RSA tokens, cyber weapons, Art Coviello, rsa

We must end cyber warfare: RSA's Arthur Coviello

RSA executive chairman Arthur W.Coviello has called for an end to cyber warfare before an international incident happens.

By Hamish Barwick | 22 July, 2014 16:43

Tags: Arthur W.Coviello, germany, spying, cyber warfare, rsa security, China, nsa, rsa, RSA Conference

ME Bank apologises for ongoing technical issues

ME Bank has apologised for ongoing technical issues, which it says are affecting a small group of customers.

By Hamish Barwick | 18 July, 2014 16:37

Tags: internet banking, apology, ME Bank

Keeping the startup spirit alive: Xero

Financial software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Xero (ASX: XRO) might have plans to take on the world but it doesn’t want to adopt the culture of a large corporate, according to Xero Australia managing director Chris Ridd.

By Hamish Barwick | 18 July, 2014 11:56

Tags: Google Docs, xero, startups, collaboration, Startup

UNSW gets robots ready for Robo soccer World Cup

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is hoping to do better than the Socceroos at their version of the FIFA World Cup, the RoboCup Championships.

By Hamish Barwick | 16 July, 2014 16:52

Tags: robots, soccer, university of new south wales, RoboCup

In pictures: Monoplane 3D model presented to Powerhouse Museum

3D software vendor Dassault Systèmes celebrated the centenary of the first Australian airmail flight in 1914 with a presentation of the Bleroit XI monoplane 3D film at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The film showed a 3D reconstruction of the monoplane which was flown by French pilot Maurice Guillaux from Melbourne to Sydney 100 years ago.

By Hamish Barwick | 16 July, 2014 11:06

Tags: Monoplane, 3d modeling, Dassault Systèmes, 3D display, powerhouse museum

Financial System Inquiry recommends mandatory data breach notification

A Financial System Inquiry has recommended the adoption of mandatory data breach notification in Australia in order to help consumers keep control over their personal and financial information.

By Hamish Barwick | 15 July, 2014 14:16

Tags: mandatory data breach notification, Financial System Inquiry, Financial Services, cloud computing

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