Stories by Byron Connolly

Catch of the Day breach may harm brand

Catch of the Day’s failure to inform users of a data breach that occurred three years ago suggests the online retailer didn’t have a response plan, and may do the brand some harm.

University of Queensland to roll out high performance computer

The University of Queensland will soon deploy a new high performance parallel computer cluster to support intensive data modelling in advanced materials, vaccines, systems, and technologies in several research areas.

Oracle ordered to pay $130K in sexual harassment case

Oracle Australia has been ordered to pay $130,000 to former consulting manager Rebecca Richardson following a sexual harassment claim against the software giant.

David Buckingham new iiNet boss

iiNet has confirmed David Buckingham as its new CEO. Buckingham had been the acting in the position since November last year and was appointed by the ISP’s board of directors after an extensive worldwide search.

Feds appoint new data centre panel

The Federal Government has added four suppliers to its Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel as part of its program to cut costs and increase the efficiency of its technology infrastructure.


Fingerprints still too unreliable for banks

Biometric technologies such as fingerprint scanning have not taken off in the financial services sector because they are still too unreliable, particularly as an identifier at banks’ ATM machines.

Global hackathon to hit Sydney

PayPal and Braintree have brought the BattleHack concept to Australia and are inviting developers to compete for a trip to Silicon Valley and a US$100,000 prize.


Sydney 'warbiking' exposes insecure wireless networks

Almost one-third of 34,476 wireless networks in central Sydney had no security encryption or were using easily broken WEP security, according to a novel study by security vendor Sophos.

Tech spending to hit $76B

Technology spending in Australia will reach $76 billion in 2014, an increase of 2.3 per cent over last year, according to Gartner’s latest quarterly forecast.

Customs to deploy new Border Clearance System

Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) will roll out a new Border Clearance System with control room capabilities that support an increasing number of biometric eGates.

Updated: NSW govt opens door to startups

The NSW government is asking startups to bid for short-term contracts worth up to $250,000 in a reform of ICT procurement policy.

Updated: Global private cloud claims to restore Internet privacy

Respect Network is asking people to register for what it claims to be the world’s first global network for trusted private data sharing, in its bid to restore privacy on the Internet.

Aussie bitcoin exchange secures US funding

Australian bitcoin exchange,, has secured funding from US-based startup investor and founder of Tremor Video, Jesse Chenard.

Foreign IT worker influx would stifle wage growth: analyst

Allowing foreign financial institutions to ship “temporary” ICT workers into Australia will supress wage growth for domestic technology specialists, says IBRS analyst Guy Cranswick.

Financial services firms are laggards online

Many financial services firms are still not transacting online, despite rapid changes in the sector, including the development of Internet banking.