UN to appoint watchdog to focus on privacy in digital age

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations has voted in favor of a resolution backed by Germany and Brazil to appoint an independent watchdog or 'special rapporteur' to monitor privacy rights in the digital age.

By John Ribeiro | 27 March, 2015 15:15

Tags: security, U.S. National Security Agency, internet, United Nations Human Rights Council, privacy

Toshiba announces industry's densest 3D flash memory

Toshiba today announced the development of the first 48-layer, three-dimensional flash memory.

By Lucas Mearian | 27 March, 2015 12:19

Tags: Data storage, beca, toshiba, Components, sandisk, intel, memory

Optus to review information security after privacy snafu

Optus has submitted an enforceable undertaking to Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim which commits it to an independent review of its information security systems.

By Hamish Barwick | 27 March, 2015 11:41

Tags: Timothy Pilgrim, optus, privacy

Data retention: Telstra to keep customer data within Australia

Telstra will store data that it is forced to retain under the government's new data retention regime within Australia, the telco has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 March, 2015 11:22

Tags: data retention, metadata, Telstra, data retention plan, privacy

An SDN vulnerability forced OpenDaylight to focus on security

Open-source software projects are often well intended, but security can take a back seat to making the code work.

By Jeremy Kirk | 27 March, 2015 11:20

Tags: patches, open source, security, OpenDaylight, software, IIX, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Audit unearths Tasmanian government security gaps

An investigation by Tasmanian Auditor General Mike Blake has found that five state government departments have failed to implement information security mitigation strategies recommended by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

By Hamish Barwick | 27 March, 2015 10:12

Tags: Australian Signals Directorate, Tasmanian Auditor General, cyber security

US offers rewards for fugitive Russian cybercriminals

The U.S. government is offering multimillion dollar rewards for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of two alleged Russian hackers.

By Martyn Williams | 27 March, 2015 07:03

Tags: security, U.S. Department of State, government

Flaw in common hotel router threatens guests' devices

Corporate travelers should be warned that a Wi-Fi router commonly used in hotels is easily compromised, putting guests passwords at risk and opening up their computers to malware infections and direct attacks.

By Tim Greene | 27 March, 2015 06:25

Tags: Cylance, security

Cheap mobile subscriptions the bait as Euro operators become more aggressive

Consumers seem to be coming out on top as a growing number of European telecom and cable operators offer discounted mobile subscriptions as a bonus for choosing other services.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 27 March, 2015 05:04

Tags: 4g, telecommunication, BT, broadband

Tech companies call on US to end bulk collection of metadata

A slew of tech companies have joined privacy groups in calling for the U.S. government to reform its surveillance practices.

By Fred O'Connor | 27 March, 2015 04:02

Tags: Apple, National Security Agency, Google, security, privacy, Facebook

Many password strength meters are downright WEAK, researchers say

Website password strength meters, like a spouse asked to assess your haircut or outfit, often tell you only what you want to hear.

By Bob Brown | 27 March, 2015 02:29

Tags: Yahoo, skype, LastPass, dropbox, Google, Microsoft, security, passwords, twitter

Cisco patches autonomic networking flaws in IOS routers and switches

Cisco Systems released firmware updates for several routers and switches that run its IOS and IOS XE software in order to fix flaws in their autonomic networking infrastructure (ANI) feature.

By Lucian Constantin | 26 March, 2015 23:45

Tags: patches, Cisco Systems, security, Access control and authentication, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Coalition and Labor push through data retention

The government’s data retention bill has successfully made it through the Senate, with the Coalition, Labor and the Palmer United Party’s Dio Wang voting for the legislation.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 March, 2015 20:31

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, data retention plan, privacy

About 25 US states oppose sale of RadioShack's customer data

Several state consumer protection agencies in the U.S. have joined the state of Texas in objecting in bankruptcy court to the proposed sale by RadioShack of personal information of its customers.

By John Ribeiro | 26 March, 2015 17:38

Tags: business issues, RadioShack, security, restructuring, privacy

Government urged to consult on anti-piracy scheme

The Internet Society of Australia and industry group Communications Alliance have urged caution on the government's new anti-piracy scheme. Under the government's plan, ISPs can be compelled to block websites associated with copyright infringement.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 March, 2015 16:10

Tags: copyright, Communications Alliance, Internet Society, piracy, copyright infringement

Foxconn to enter information security realm with joint venture

Foxconn Technology Group isn't satisfied with just making iPhones, and plans to break into the information security market through an upcoming joint venture.

By Michael Kan | 26 March, 2015 15:00

Tags: business issues, services, Foxconn Technology Group

Facebook's Like button can still easily be gamed

Facebook's Like button is a pervasive feature of the Web, a way to gauge the popularity of a website or piece of content. But researchers have found it's easy to inflate the numbers, undermining its value as an accurate measure of popularity.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 March, 2015 14:41

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, McGill University, security, social networking, internet, Facebook

Copyright crackdown: Government introduces website-blocking bill

The government has introduced a bill that will allow copyright holders to apply for court orders forcing ISPs to block access to pirate websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 March, 2015 12:47

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, copyright, piracy, copyright infringement

In brief: Webroot appoints new APAC managing director

Security vendor Webroot has appointed Robbie Upcroft as its Asia Pacific managing director. He replaced Crispin Kerr who has left the company.

By Hamish Barwick | 26 March, 2015 11:49

Tags: Webroot, appointment

Egyptian company says rogue Google SSL certificates were a mistake

An Egyptian company that created unauthorized digital certificates for several Google domains said Wednesday it made a mistake and acted quickly when the error became known.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 March, 2015 11:27

Tags: MCS Holdings, security

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