Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Acting Victorian Privacy Commissioner investigating Myki ticketing error

Acting Victorian Privacy Commissioner, Doctor Anthony Bendall, is investigating an error with receipts from Myki public transport ticketing machines in Melbourne where receipts show the customer’s name and credit card details.

Australian Institute of Business Brokers denies Anonymous password breach

The Australian Institute of Business Brokers (AIBB) has denied reports that encrypted passwords belonging to 250 of its members were posted online. Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for posting the passwords.

SCADA systems in Australia easy target for malware: Security expert

Gas, electricity, water and transport systems controlled by Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are vulnerable to malware infection because of a lack of PC patching and anti-virus programs, according to a security expert.

CloudFlare establishes Australian data centre presence

Hosted services provider, CloudFlare, has opened a Sydney co-location data centre in response to Australia and New Zealand customer requirements for improved website load times.

Google Australia must destroy Street View data: Privacy Commissioner

Federal Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has issued a `please explain’ email to Google Australia after the search engine giant revealed in an email to Pilgrim that it still has a portion of data collected from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in Australia by Street View vehicles during 2010.

Infographic: Google study highlights Olympic mobile traffic

Analysis by Google researchers has highlighted a spike in searches using smartphones and tablets during the first two days of the London Olympics.

Federal Privacy Commissioner investigating AAPT data breach

Internet service provider (ISP), AAPT, which was the target of a data breach by hacktivist group, Anonymous, is now under the spotlight of Federal Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim.

Rewards and penalties needed for effective security: Experts

Security messages and policies won’t work unless IT executives back these messages up with positive reinforcement such as a reward, according to two security experts.

Focus on business security, not compliance: CSO

Enterprises are too focused on meeting security standards such as payment card industry (PCI) compliance rather than implementing configuration management, business resumption and fault tolerance, according to a security expert.

In pictures: Metronode opens M2 data centre in Melbourne

Victoria Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, was on hand to open Metronode’s second Melbourne-based data centre, M2, in the suburb of Derrimut this week. The Tier III facility has a power utilisation efficiency (PUE) of less than 1.2 and is 25,000 square metres in size.

Visa Australia outlines EMV, risk based authentication program

International card provider, Visa, has confirmed that it will be introducing card security chip technology Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) on its cards and upgrading automatic teller machines (ATMs) to be EMV capable by April 2013.

In pictures: Cyber Security Summit 2012 day two

Day two of the Cyber Security Summit 2012 in Sydney began with the topic of why traditional security is wrong. This theme continued during the day with discussions on the merits of security messaging and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). The Summit concludes on Friday.

A good security defence is the best offence: Experts

Rather than talking about how secure your enterprise is, IT executives need to own up to the fact that it is insecure and take defensive steps, according to two security experts.

In pictures: Cyber Security Summit 2012 day one

The first day of the Cyber Security Summit 2012 kicked off in Sydney. Delegates heard from a wide variety of speakers ranging from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) assistant commissioner to security architects. The Summit continues until Friday.

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AFP assistant commissioner calls for data retention laws

Law enforcement agencies in Australia will continue to be stymied in their efforts to combat cyber crime unless measures such as proposed two year online data retention laws are passed, according to a representative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP).