Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, News From the web, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: ACMA, Australian Online Security, Google Search, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code, Telstra | Comments Off on Australian Telco Fined For Privacy Breach
Australia’s largest telecomunications company ‘Telstra’ has been fined $10,200 and warned about privacy after a data breach saw the information of more than 15,000 customers made available online.
Last year a Fairfax journalist discovered that the telco had published the names, phone numbers and addresses of customers. The journalist alerted the telco to the breach, and also informed the – OAIC – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
The OAIC launched a year-long investigation with the Australian Communications and Media Authority – ACMA – and the agencies have now handed down their reports.
They have found Telstra made the information of 15,775 customers available for 15 months during 2012 and 2013. The information included more than 1,257 customers with silent line numbers, and related to customer data from 2009 and earlier. There were at least 166 unique downloads of the records :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Academic Misconduct, Australian Universities, Independent Commission Against Corruption, MyMaster, Plagiarism, smartphone, Social Media News, Student Code of Conduct, University, University of Sydney | Comments Off on Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams
The internet and smartphones have made it easier for students to cheat in exams, a new report into academic misconduct at the University of Sydney has found. The report followed investigations into ways to prevent and detect academic dishonesty and misconduct among students at the university.
The Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Taskforce completed a number of investigations during May and June 2015, including interviews with representatives from each of the university’s 16 faculties :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Dallas Buyers Club, iiNet, ISP, Online Security, Video on Demand, Video Piracy, VOD | Comments Off on iiNet Loses Dallas Buyers Club Case, Forced to Hand-over User Data
Internet providers must hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading The Dallas Buyers Club, the Federal Court has ruled.
The landmark piracy and privacy case was lodged by Dallas Buyers Club LLC, the company that owns the rights to the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster.
It wanted a group of internet service providers (ISPs), including iiNet, to hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading the movie.
The ISPs argued it was a breach of privacy and that the company intends to use a practice known as “speculative invoicing”.
Justice Nye Perram ordered the ISPs had to hand the contact details over, but said the details could not be made public and any letter sent to the customers had to be vetted by him.
Dallas Buyers Club LLC claimed it had identified 4,726 Australian IP addresses where the movie was illegally downloaded UPDATED! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Standout, UPDATED! | Tags: Australia, Australian Online Security, community-and-society, defence-and-national-security, Favorite New Thought, Google Search, government-and-politics, Hack, information-and-communication, internet-culture, internet-technology, News From the web, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Technoid Computer News, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code | Comments Off on Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws
Australia’s Federal Parliament has passed it’s controversial data retention laws, with both major political parties voting in the legislation. The new laws will force telcos to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies access the records.
Telcos already retain the data, however at varying durations in an unregulated environment. Australia’s Attorney-General Senator George Brandis says the legislation – which passed through the senate with 43 votes to 16 – will strike the right balance.
The cost of retaining the information is set to be partly covered by the taxpayer in what the Government described as a “significant” contribution. There are concerns telecommunications companies will pass on the rest of the cost to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: Apple Hack, Freak, Google, Hack, Microsoft | Comments Off on Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’
As Google, Apple and Microsoft scramble to patch a long missed security flaw it might be timely to remember how we got here. Way back at the latter end of the last century – the 1990s, when Netscape browser was all the rage and – SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption was brand-spanking-new, the U.S. government wanted control over export of “weapons grade” encryption.
Its theory was that domestic communications could benefit from stronger, 128-bit encryption, but ‘backdoors’ should be available to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement when it came to foreign communications, the concept of weaker, “export grade” encryption was born.
Turns out that this theory and it’s legacy backdoor, a vulnerability that we’ve come to know in recent days as ‘FREAK’ still exists in up to 30 percent of U.S. web servers. It’s a sad example of how zombie-security from the era that gave us grunge can come back and bite us on the posterior.
Meanwhile, Apple and Google are saying they’ve developed fixes/patches – though we note Apple has yet to deploy – to mitigate the ‘Freak’ security flaw. Initially thought to be immune, Microsoft released an advisory which warned hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are also vulnerable to the security vulnerability :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: Australian Online Security, Favorite New Thought, Google Search, Hack, News From the web, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Technoid Computer News, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code, Telstra | Comments Off on Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers
Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has sounded a warning about the Government’s mandatory metadata retention scheme.
Telstra said an unintended consequence of the plan would be the creation of many highly attractive targets for hackers.
The Federal Government has cited national security as one of the reasons for its plan to force telcos and internet companies to store customer metadata for two years.
A parliamentary committee investigating the bills also heard concerns from Australia’s intelligence agency watchdog that ASIO could keep metadata indefinitely.
Under the metadata retention scheme, Telstra, and all other national telcos and internet companies, would be forced to store customer metadata for two years.
Telstra said the data would be kept in a database, ready to be given to law enforcement on request :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: Dallas Buyers Club, iiNet, ISP, Online Security, Video on Demand, Video Piracy, VOD | Comments Off on iiNet to Fight Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Claim
Australian internet users who download films illegally via torrent sites could face claims of thousands of dollars if a Hollywood film company gets its way in the Federal Court.
The makers of the 2013 Oscar-winning hit Dallas Buyers Club have launched a legal bid to force a handful of Australian internet companies to hand over details of customers who have illegally downloaded the film.
The company that owns the rights to the film initiated legal action in the Federal Court and named the internet service provider iiNet and several smaller ISPs as respondents.
The move is the latest in a longstanding campaign by entertainment companies to reduce piracy and stem the damage it causes to the multi-billion dollar industry. iiNet, one of Australia’s largest providers of ADSL connections, said it would fight the legal action :: Read the full article »»»»