Stories by Hamish Barwick


Optus Satellite extends NZ market reach with Wireless Nation deal

Optus Satellite is looking to extend its reach into the New Zealand telecommunications market following the signing of a three-year wholesale agreement with ISP Wireless Nation.

Data breaches on the rise as attacks get more complex

There were 1361 confirmed data breaches reported worldwide in the first calendar quarter of 2014, up 119 per cent on the 621 breaches during the same period last year, according to Verizon.

Connected vehicle tech trial to start trucking on in NSW

An anti-collision device trial designed to help trucks avoid accidents when they’re in convoy and trucking across New South Wales is due to start in June 2014.

Australia needs effective government cyber policy leadership: report

Australia’s cyber readiness has received high scores but more work is needed to improve cyber policy leadership by the Abbott government, according to a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Heartbleed: GE Capital says no customer data compromised

GE Capital has responded to media reports that financial websites run by GE Money could be vulnerable to the Heartbleed security bug by saying that it has “no reason” to believe any customer data has been compromised.

UPDATED: CBA says it is restoring NetBank services

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) says it has resolved a technical issue with NetBank online banking and that full services are "progressively being restored."

Sydney Sixers, iiNet extend partnership for three more years

In a bid to get its name out to the average punter, iiNet has extended its partnership with T20 cricket team the Sydney Sixers for another three years.

Data centres: Department of Industry wants mandatory NABERS targets

Because the efficiency of small and medium data centres is less driven by market competition, mandatory energy efficiency standards are needed.

Finger scanning could be used as mobile banking login: Westpac NZ

Westpac New Zealand has completed a trial which could allow customers to use finger print scanning to log into its mobile banking app on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and eventually other smartphones.


NAB says goodbye to Bitcoin traders

National Australia Bank (NAB) has confirmed that it will be ending ties with Bitcoin traders after a letter was sent to business customers who trade in crypto currencies.

ACCC apologises after exposing email addresses

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has apologised after the addresses of subscribers to some of the ACC's information alert services were published online.

Victorian Department of Education improves access to youth data with online portal

Annual PDF reports on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Victoria have been replaced with an online Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System (VCAMS) portal run by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

Securing your data in a BYOD world

With people handing in their company-supplied smartphone for their own consumer device such as an iPhone, it has become harder for IT managers to keep control of who is accessing their network and what information users have on their phone.

In pictures: Facebook's Sydney office

Facebook opened the doors of its Sydney office to media for a privacy briefing this week. Computerworld Australia senior journalist Hamish Barwick was given a tour and snapped the following images of the social media company's Australian operations.

Facebook responds to privacy concerns

User feedback has led Facebook to start testing a popup privacy checkup message for users when they post content. The company is also planning to enable users to set restrictions on past cover photos in the coming months.

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