Stories by Hamish Barwick


​Fingerprint ID breakthrough could aid police say CSIRO

A house burglary prompted CSIRO materials scientist Doctor Kang Liang to come up with a method of identifying invisible fingerprints which could be used by law enforcement agencies.

Fifield questioned on NBN rollout plan

Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield, has been asked by a Senate Committee to confirm if NBN rollout document briefings have been shared with non-Coalition MPs who wish to find out when the NBN reaches their electorate.

​CSIRO robot to test electrochemicals

A robot dubbed FASTER ,which can screen and evaluate electrochemicals, has been unveiled by CISRO today.

​Department of Education and Training to roll out new apprenticeship admin platform

The Department of Education and Training is set to roll out a new IT platform in 2016 designed to automate manual and paper based processes involved with apprenticeship administration.

​Kogan Mobile returns on Vodafone 3G network

Kogan Mobile has signed a direct deal with Vodafone after running into difficulties with Telstra reseller ispONE in August 2013.

​NT government lists remote communities earmarked for telco services

The Northern Territory government has set out details of which remote communities will receive mobile phone services and, where possible, fixed broadband services as part of a three-year Telstra agreement signed in September.

Anatomy of a social engineering scam

A convincing social engineering scam which targeted Centrify employees in 2014 and 2015 can be avoided if companies take steps to carefully check emails which ask for money transfers, says CEO Tom Kemp.

ACCAN raises concerns with NBN rollout plan

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is concerned that some consumers may be waiting up to five years for adequate broadband services as they are not in areas on the nbn’s three year rollout plan.

7.5 million premises on NBN rollout plan

Up to 7.5 million homes and businesses have been added to nbn’s construction plan for the NBN rollout.

​Greens slam changes to tax transparency laws

Greens MP Adam Bandt has lambasted the passing of new laws that ensure tax details of Australian-owned private companies are exempt from public disclosure rules, saying the government has made it easier for these companies to avoid paying their share of tax.

​IBM Australia unveils Watson client experience centre

IBM has opened a Watson client experience centre in Melbourne so that enterprises can try out the vendor’s cognitive computing technology and tools.

​Stolen credit card numbers going for A$21 to $40

Stolen credit and debit card data can be purchased for as little as $21 in Australia according to a new report.

​Cyber crime costs average $4.9m: Ponemon Institute

The average economic impact of cyber crime on Australian organisations increased from $4.2 million last year to $4.9 million according to the Ponemon Institute’s 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study.

​Sydney security startup to join BizSpark Plus program

Sydney based security startup Dekko Secure has been selected for Microsoft’s BizSpark Plus program, meaning it has access to Azure cloud services in order to scale its business.

​ISGM re-signs maintenance agreement with Telstra

Infrastructure Services Group Management (ISGM) has re-signed an outsourcing agreement with Telstra (ASX: TLS) which includes management of the telco’s customer installations and maintenance services.