Stories by Darren Pauli

People Telecom to refund misled customers

People Telecom will issue refunds to customers who were signed up by its door-to-door sales and telemarketers as part of a legal undertaking by the Australian Competition and Consumer and Commission (ACCC).

Exetel stops disconnecting pirates

Exetel will stop blocking customer accounts linked to copyright infringement as a result of last week's failed lawsuit against Internet Service Provider (ISP) iiNet.

Extorted companies silent on stolen data

Desperate companies are buying off data thieves and extortionists to recover stolen data, according to experts. They claim it is “common” for some businesses operating in Australia to pay ransoms to hackers and disgruntled employees to re-secure sensitive information or prevent illicit corporate activities from becoming public.

Conroy reticent on reform

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's office has kept tight-lipped about possible legislative changes to telecommunications and copyright law in the wake of iiNet's victory in the Federal Court today.

NSW Premier website points to Joe prankster

The Twitter account linked to the NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has been compromised, revealing the state government was "open to donations" following the denial of bribery allegations of a Labor official.

AFACT v iiNet: ISPs split on potential outcomes

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are waiting with bated breath as Justice Cowdroy is poised to hand down judgment on the legal wrangling between Perth-based iiNet and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in the Federal Court in Sydney.

Aussies get a shot at Metro 2033 special editions

The upcoming first person shooter Metro 2033 will hit Australian shores 18 March, THQ announced today. The game will be released 48 hours after its US launch and is available on PC and Xbox 360.

Twitter Trends goes local

Australians will have to wait for the newly-hatched Twitter Local Trends feature - which went live overnight - to come down under.

Alcatel-Lucent scores regional NBN deal

Mainland Australia’s regional broadband traffic will be carried over Alcatel-Lucent’s optical fibre network as part of a $250 million initiative to link blackspot areas to major centres.