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iiNet Loses Dallas Buyers Club Case, Forced to Hand-over User Data

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on iiNet Loses Dallas Buyers Club Case, Forced to Hand-over User Data

iiNet to Fight Dallas Buyers Club Piracy ClaimInternet 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 »»»»


Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Standout, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Australia Passes 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 »»»»


Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers

Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers

Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract HackersAustralia’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 »»»»


iiNet to Fight Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Claim

Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on iiNet to Fight Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Claim

iiNet to Fight Dallas Buyers Club Piracy ClaimAustralian 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 »»»»


Australian Telco Fined For Privacy Breach

Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, News From the web, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Telco Fined For Privacy Breach

Telstra, Australia's Largest Telco Fined For Privacy BreachAustralia’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 »»»»


Android Apps Leaking Bank Details

Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Google, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Apps Leaking Bank Details

Android Apps Leaking Bank Details SMH Digital Life

Tens of millions of people around the world are using vulnerable Android apps that are leaking personal data, including bank account information and webcam access, according to new research. The study tested the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Store and found that 1074 – almost 10 per cent – used incorrect or inadequate coding. Researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg, both in Germany, tried to hack a sample of 100 of the vulnerable apps. They were able to exploit almost half the apps, of which there are at least 39.5 million users worldwide, according to the Google Play Store :: Read the full article at Digital Life »»»»

 


New Website Names and Shames Child Sex Offenders

Posted: October 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Website Names and Shames Child Sex Offenders

New Website Names and Shames Child Sex OffendersOur distaste for child abuse of any form has been well penned on these pages, it now seems that the interweb is catching up! Australia’s first public sex offenders register will go online later today, publishing the names and faces of known child sex offenders in Western Australia.

The names and faces of about 50 paedophiles will be published on the State Government website, which is being set up in fulfilment of a 2008 election pledge.

The launch is being closely watched by other states, but there are concerns it will prompt vigilantism and cases of mistaken identity.

The website will provide information on some of the state’s most dangerous and repeat child sex offenders, including their photos, names and the suburbs in which they live, although it will not give out specific addresses :: Read the full article »»»»