Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Free movie link delivers malware payload: report

Consumers in Australia and around the world have fallen for a social engineering link promising a free download of Transformers 4, 22 Jump Street or Maleficent.

Countdown begins for switch from debit/credit card signature to PIN

Banks are reminding consumers that they will no longer be able to sign when they make purchases on their debit and credit cards in Australia from 1 August 2014. Instead, people will need to use a PIN – part of a move to decrease card fraud in Australia.

ACMA signs online child abuse notification scheme with police

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has signed formal agreements with state, territory and federal police for the reporting of online child abuse material in Australia.

More than 6k Australians duped by Koler Android ransomware: report

Android ransomware, which displays a message that claims to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and other local law enforcement authorities, has affected 6,223 Australians since May 2014, according to research by Kaspersky Lab.

Queensland ambos seek iPad-based forms

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) has issued an invitation to offer (IOT) for the delivery of an electronic ambulance form that allows paramedics to record patient care information on iPads at the scene of the accident.

Rogue employees using photocopiers and email services to steal data

Rogue staff members can use a mix of techniques to walk out the door with sensitive data, warns forensic investigator Nick Klein.

Changing times in the CSO suite

The role of the CSO is continuing to evolve and becoming more distant from being a technologist as the IT C-suite becomes one with the business, says EMC CSO Dave Martin.

Barbarians are at the gates of Information Age: Juniper

If we are not careful in the decisions or actions that we take online today, the Information Age may go the way of the Roman Empire, according to Juniper Networks senior director of product management Kevin Kennedy.

Rules of engagement needed for the Internet: RSA

Cyber weapons will never be completely eliminated but bi-lateral agreements between countries about the use of these weapons could establish boundaries, according to RSA executive chairman Arthur W. Coveillo.

We must end cyber warfare: RSA's Arthur Coviello

RSA executive chairman Arthur W.Coviello has called for an end to cyber warfare before an international incident happens.

ME Bank apologises for ongoing technical issues

ME Bank has apologised for ongoing technical issues, which it says are affecting a small group of customers.

Keeping the startup spirit alive: Xero

Financial software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Xero (ASX: XRO) might have plans to take on the world but it doesn’t want to adopt the culture of a large corporate, according to Xero Australia managing director Chris Ridd.

Keeping the data centre safe in a disaster

Australia's record of natural disasters — which can run the gamut from bushfires to floods and cyclones — present challenges for data centre operators, who are charged with keeping their customers' gear safe even in extreme events.

$5.4 billion wasted during collaboration projects in Australia: Deloitte

The Australian collaboration economy is worth $46 billion but $5.4 billion is wasted on overlong meetings, distractions and failed projects, according to a new Deloitte report.

UNSW gets robots ready for Robo soccer World Cup

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is hoping to do better than the Socceroos at their version of the FIFA World Cup, the RoboCup Championships.