Stories by Hamish Barwick


Vocus Communications set to acquire FX Networks: report

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) is reported to be buying New Zealand based fibre optic cabling company FX Networks for $94 million (NZ$100 million), according to media reports.

Aussies, Kiwis keep email and PINs secure, but don't properly dispose bank statements: global study

Aussies and Kiwis are good at ignoring phishing emails and not writing down their personal identification numbers (PINs), but lax when it comes to throwing away paper bank statements, according to the findings of a global study.

59% of businesses experienced data loss from malware on unlicensed software: survey

Almost 60 per cent of IT businesses experienced a data loss following a malware attack on unlicensed software in 2013, according to a global survey by BSA The Software Alliance.

Telstra Global expands Taiwan network

Telstra Global (ASX: TLS) has expanded its telecommunications network services in Taiwan with the addition of two new points of presence (PoPs) to improve network reliability.

Alleged Queensland hacker charged with stealing $110K worth of Bitcoins

A 21-year-old man who was alleged to have hacked a United States-based online gaming developer’s computer network back in March 2014 has now been charged with allegedly stealing $110,000 worth of Bitcoin digital currency during the hack.

Cupid Media data breach shown no love by Privacy Commissioner

A cyber attack against dating website operator Cupid Media, which led to the details of 254,000 Australian users being stolen, could have been prevented if the company had password encryption measures, found Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim.

Cyber security mitigation still needs work: Federal Government audit

A cyber security audit of seven Australian Federal Government agencies has found that none of them had achieved full compliance with the top four mitigation strategies mandated by the Department of Defence in 2013.

Malcolm Turnbull throws Australia Post a lifeline

A three-day letter delivery system, rather than five, could help reduce Australia Post’s letter business operating costs, according to Federal Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull.

'We don't want to be the next Kodak,' says Aus Post CEO

Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour says the organisation is trying to avoid the fate of photography company Kodak by offering services such as digital mailboxes, parcel delivery and two-speed letter deliveries.

Telstra signs partnership with SNP Security

Telstra (ASX: TLS) is branching into the monitored security market, following the signing of a deal with Australian firm SNP Security.

SAGE-AU goes into bat for sysadmins

Not-for-profit organisation SAGE-AU said it wants to shine a spotlight on the sometimes unsung heroes of IT, system administrators.

SAGE-AU cuts spam by 80 per cent from mailing lists

Australian not-for-profit IT professionals' association, SAGE-AU, has cut spam from its mailing lists by 80 per cent since the rollout of a security solution in September 2013.

SA Police get $11.6 million in tech funding

The South Australian Police (SAPOL) have been allocated $11.6 million for a number of technology projects including facial recognition, virtual reality driving simulator and firearms training simulator in the SA 2014-15 Budget.

Aussie data centre services market worth $698 million: F&S

The Australian data centre services market reached revenues of $698 million in 2013, a 17.2 per cent increase on 2012, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report.

How to avoid a Privacy Act breach

Organisations who haven’t done anything about the Privacy Act need to put best practice measures, such as privacy training, in place before Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim comes knocking, according to IBRS advisor James Turner.