Stories by Hamish Barwick


Scams, fraud increased in Australia during 2013

Dating scams are now the number one scam in Australia with $25.2 million lost to romantic scammers in 2013 according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Judgement reserved in Telstra underground duct access pricing dispute

Judgement has been reserved in the Telstra (ASX: TLS) case versus Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and iiNet (ASX: IIN) subsidiaries as Telstra continues to maintain that it acted in accordance with its underground duct access pricing contract.

NSW IT spending will help state's digital future: ACS

The New South Wales government’s 2014-15 Budget IT spending will help the state prepare for a digital future, according to the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

NSW Budget 2014: Police and Justice get $81.9 million tech upgrade

The New South Wales Department of Police and Justice have been allocated $81.9 million over the next four years for videoconferencing and ICT upgrades in the NSW 2014-15 Budget.

Aussie public cloud services market worth $305 million: Telsyte

More than 50 per cent of 315 CIOs and IT executives surveyed by analyst firm Telsyte are now using public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), according to a new report.

Know who you’re dealing with, do your research: ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning individuals and businesses alike to be wary of online scammers who try to win people’s trust before asking them for personal details or money.

Australia's Centre for Cyber Security opens in Canberra

The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS), which will bring together government cyber security staff with academic researchers, opened in Canberra today.

Data#3 to acquire Wi-Fi analytics firm Discovery Technology

Brisbane-based system integrator Data#3 (ASX: DTL) is to acquire shares in Wi-Fi analytics firm Discovery Technology with full ownership completed by June 2017.


Series of errors led to Department of Immigration data breach: KPMG

Unfamiliarity with some Microsoft Word functions and limited awareness of IT security risks may have led to the accidental publishing of almost 10,000 asylum seekers details on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website in February 2014, says a new KPMG report.

Securing your data in the cloud

Public cloud may be able deliver greater agility to enterprises, but it can also complicate the already fraught information security landscape.

Angela Fox to lead Dell Australia and New Zealand

Dell Australia and New Zealand has selected current Dell Asia Pacific and Japan vice president/general manager Angela Fox to lead the A/NZ business from 1 July 2014.

Hawaiki Cable signs connection deal with Equinix

New Zealand-based submarine cable company Hawaiki Cable has selected the Equinix SY3 data centre in Sydney as the Australian landing station for its 14,000 kilometre cable system.

'I’d like us to move away from the dependency on passwords,' says Facebook engineer

In an ideal world, people would not need a password to log in to Facebook as they would use a hardware token instead, according to Facebook United States engineer Gregg Stefancik.

Facebook responds to 'listening' smartphone app privacy concerns

Facebook United States engineer Gregg Stefancik has responded to media reports that the company will soon be `listening’ to its users via their smartphone’s microphone.

Telford Building Systems pays $100k in damages to BSA

Victorian-based construction firm Telford Building Systems has paid an out of court settlement of $100,000 to BSA | The Software Alliance (BSA) after the firm used unlicensed Autodesk AutoCAD design software and Microsoft Office software.