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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 »»»»

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 »»»»

Australians Jump on Mobile Band Wagon

Posted: October 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australians Jump on Mobile Band Wagon

ABS Says Mobile Internet Booming in AustraliaNew figures from the ABS – Australian Bureau of Statistics – show that Aussies have significantly increased their mobile data downloads. The ABS stats show that around 6 million Australians are now using mobile wireless connections, an increase of almost 7 per cent in just six months.

In the three months between April and June, mobile users downloaded 6,610 terabytes of data,  a 32 per cent increase in mobile downloads compared to the three months to the end of last year.

The ABS stats are based on figures from internet service providers, also show that the increase in desktop and laptop pc’s in the same period was up by 20 per cent.

Elise Davidson from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network reckons the data isn’t surprising. However, she’s warned it is easy for mobile data spending to get out of control.

“Our advice is monitor what you’re using regularly, especially if you’re on a new plan or a new device,” Ms Davidson said. “It typically takes two or three months to figure out how much data you’re going to use. If you’re signing a new two-year contract, have a look at what you’ve used both in terms of calls texts and data in your previous contract and estimate really conservatively in the first instance.”

The ABS figures also show the number of internet subscribers in Australia rose by 10 per cent last financial year. There were 12 million subscribers, excluding mobile handset subscribers.


UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Samsung, Smartphone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung Galaxy SIIIUPDATE: Samsungs Galaxy SIII Hits Australia

Samsung has been playing cat and mouse with tech-writers – over the Galaxy SIII – for several months, finally unveiling the device late last month at a press conference in what was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry.

Reviewers have only had a quick glance at the new gadget, but early thoughts determined after some quick time with the SIII suggest it may very well be an Apple beater?

Samsung Electronics has finally launched its new flagship Galaxy S III smartphone in Australia – late last week – pipping Apple to the launch of its next generation iPhone 5, rumoured to be unveiled later this year. The new Galaxy, launched at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre alongside an orchestra and a bunch of celebrities. SIII sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and comes with the latest Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – operating system :: Read the full article »»»»

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G: The First Australian 4G Tablet, Finally A Workable Alternative To Broadband!!!

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G: The First Australian 4G Tablet, Finally A Workable Alternative To Broadband!!!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G The First Australian 4G TabletTelstra and Samsung have joined forces to introduce the first 4G tablet to Australia, the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 with 4G. Finally a useable alternative to broadband with Samsung’s tethered 4G goodness bringing high speed internet to the road warriors amongst us.

Along with the Tab 8.9 Telstra also offers two other 4G devices, the HTC Velocity smart phone and the USB 4G Dongle for data access on the go, but the Tab 8.9 is by far the most exciting 4G device to hit Australian shores so far.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 sits right in the middle of the performance curve as far as tablets are concerned, faster than cheaper tablets on the market but just a little behind the premium price tablets such as the ASUS Transformer Prime. A well rounded tablet, the 1.5Ghz dual core ARM processor provides plenty of speed while sipping power. With add on keyboards, docking stations along with 3rd party Galaxy gadgets the functionality is only limited by your budget.

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