Reconnaissance code on industrial software site points to watering hole attack

Attackers deploy Web-based reconnaissance tool to gather information about potential targets in different industries

By Lucian Constantin | 02 September, 2014 02:39

Tags: security, AlienVault, Desktop security, spyware, malware

China orders Microsoft to explain Windows, Office practices within 20 days

Chinese antitrust regulators today ordered Microsoft to explain compatibility and bundling issues with its software and gave the U.S. company 20 days to comply.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 September, 2014 02:20

Tags: antitrust, Windows Apps, Microsoft, legal, wall street journal

Europol launches international cybercrime task force

Europol launched a cybercrime task force Monday to fight online crime in the EU and other countries.

By Loek Essers | 02 September, 2014 00:47

Tags: Europol, security, legal, cybercrime

Show spotlight will be on smartwatches with better looks and connectivity

Smartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all keen to demonstrate their new products are what consumers want.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 02 September, 2014 00:23

Tags: Android OS, consumer electronics, LG Electronics, IFA, Samsung Electronics, accessories, Motorola Mobility, sony

China gives Microsoft 20 days to answer questions in anti-monopoly probe

Chinese authorities have issued a 20-day deadline for Microsoft to explain "compatibility problems" with its Windows and Office software, after previously warning the company not to obstruct an anti-monopoly investigation.

By Michael Kan | 02 September, 2014 00:22

Tags: regulation, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, government

Happy Labor Day -- will a bot take your help desk job?

Competing forces are affecting people who work on help or service desks. One is improving automation tools, which advocates say can replace level 1 and 2 support staff. At the same time, the number of help desk tickets is rising each year, which puts more demand on the service desk.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 September, 2014 23:50

Tags: business issues, IPsoft, HDI, robotics, IT careers

European 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, report says

Europe's 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, a report to the European Commission recommends.

By Loek Essers | 01 September, 2014 23:34

Tags: GSMA, telecommunication, european commission, regulation, government

Bill shock measures extended to all telcos

Customers of smaller Australian telcos are set to begin receiving the same usage alerts provided to customers of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

By AAP | 01 September, 2014 16:17

Tags: Vodafone, optus, Telstra, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Telecommunications

Warrantless requests for customer data dominate in Telstra Transparency Report

In the 12 months to 30 June 2014, Telstra received close to 85,000 requests from government agencies for customer information . Of these, the overwhelming majority did not involve warrants, a report issued by the telco has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 15:29

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, Telstra, privacy

Eftpos' online play moves closer with Coles trial

Payment provider Eftpos has unveiled an online payments trial in conjunction with supermarket chain Coles. Some 350 consumers will participate in the trial.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 14:41

Tags: e-commerce, mobile payments, Eftpos, digital payments, ecommerce, mobile commerce

Honda Australia uses automation to accelerate PC patching

Honda Australia’s information services department (ISD) has reduced the time spent on patching PCs, laptops and servers by using a software suite to send out automatic patches.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 September, 2014 14:39

Tags: patching, automation, Honda, patch management, LANDesk, Honda Australia

Smart city apps to alleviate Melbourne’s infrastructure problems

More than 100 developers got together during a hackathon last week in Melbourne to tackle some of the biggest infrastructure-related problems such as traffic congestion, safety issues and pollution.

By Rebecca Merrett | 01 September, 2014 13:54

Tags: infrastructure technology, nicta, data, InfraHack, hackathon, open data, transport technology, Hackathons

Senate backs ads for Bureau of Meteorology site

The Senate late last week passed legislation that amends the Meteorology Act 1955 to make clear that the Bureau of Meteorology can run commercial advertising on its online services.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 12:11

Tags: online advertising

NZ’s AO Cloud to expand into two Australian data centres

New Zealand cloud platform services provider AO Cloud is looking to establish a presence in two Australian data centres by December 2014 due to customer demand.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 September, 2014 11:52

Tags: cloud providers, data centres, Vocus Communications, AO Cloud, Data Centre, cloud computing

SuperPartners uses virtualization to conduct systems testing

Melbourne-based superannuation provider SuperPartners has used service virtualization to conduct systems testing, leading to a reduction in testing times and increased IT productivity.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 September, 2014 10:38

Tags: virtualization, superpartners, CA Expo 2014, virtualisation, service virtualisation

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