Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Bloatware, Computers, Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Mining, Culture, EpicScale, Malware, Torrenting, µTorrent | Comments Off on Malware Bundled in Popular µTorrent WILL Destroy Your Computer
According to those in the know – Motherboard – you shouldn’t hesitate, UNINSTALL µTorrent NOW!
More than 100 million users of the trusted torrent platform are at serious risk of having their laptops and PCs literally destroyed. T
Bundled with the latest install of the free software is a program called Epic Scale leeching your laptop’s resources in secret.
Epic Scale is a currency miner that generates revenue for its creators, though it publicly sells itself on being a completely philanthropic venture :: 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: 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 »»»»
Posted: February 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Standout | Tags: Australian Copyright Act, Australian Copyright Law, Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, Australian Screen Association, BitTorrent, iiNet, Internet Piracy, ISP Graduated Response, Law, Malcolm Turnbull | Comments Off on Australia’s Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright Enforcement
Australia’s Attorney General, Senator George Brandis has foreshadowed serious changes to the nations copyright laws.
Senator Brandis says one move he’s considering is asking internet service providers – ISPs – to issue warnings to customers.
Australians are among the worst offenders when it comes to illegal downloads, Senator Brandis is also apparently considering asking ISPs to block sites where content can be illegally downloaded.
Copyright holders like film, television and music studios have long argued that it is ISPs role to prevent internet users from illegally downloading their content.
The glitch in the plan might be a landmark High Court ruling in 2012, where the court found service provider iiNet wasn’t responsible for its customers’ illegal activities :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Apple, Samsung, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: apple, eBook, Google, iBook, iPad, iphone, Samsung | Comments Off on Apple vs The Galaxy! Exploding iPhones?
As if Apple’s war with Samsung, a pivotal supplier …or it’s recent brush with price-fixing, weren’t enough, the gadget giants products are now electrocuting users?
Apple says it will investigate claims that an iPhone electrocuted a Chinese woman who was making a call while charging the device. The case drew attention – both sympathetic and sceptical – after a woman in the western region of Xinjiang wrote about the death of her 23-year-old sister Ma Ailun on China’s popular microblog service Sina Weibo.
China is Apple’s second largest market, it’s products, many of them made in the country, are highly sought after. But the company came under criticism from state media in April for alleged “arrogance” and double standards, prompting an apology from chief executive Tim Cook. The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, berated the US company for five days running, urging consumers to “strike away Apple’s unparalleled arrogance” :: Read the full article »»»»