Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Vodafone NZ deploys 100Gbs data network

Vodafone New Zealand has rolled out what it claims is the fastest data network in the country with a reported speed of 100 gigabits per second (Gbs).

Vocus begins partial phase out of Maxnet name

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has decided to partly rebrand its recent acqusition, New Zealand IT services firm, Maxnet, under the Vocus banner.

Australian Taxation Office calls for greater data surveillance powers

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has requested greater data surveillance powers, including phone tapping, in order to catch fraudsters, according to a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into criminal intelligence gathering.

Coles deploys PayPass across all stores

Australian supermarket operator, Coles, has deployed MasterCard’s PayPass technology across 749 stores, enabling customers with eligible credit cards to pay without having to sign or provide a personal identification number (PIN).

NAB outlines data centre consolidation strategy

National Australia Bank (NAB) has confirmed that it will be consolidating 30 small data centres -- or computer rooms -- around Australia into a new Melbourne data centre, according to a new white paper.

Australia set to join Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime

The adoption of the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 will pave the way for Australia to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, according to Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

In pictures: CA Expo 2012

Software vendor, CA, held the first of four Australian conferences in Sydney this week. Delegates heard insights from the company's executives, Visa and Qantas. The Expo continues in Melbourne, Canberra and Perth later in August.

Secure authentication adoption needed to tackle online fraud: Visa

International card provider, Visa, has warned that criminal rings will continue to target Australian consumers online unless uptake of improved payment card authentication methods increases.

Qantas takes flight with Cloud-based data management

Qantas has reduced data gathering time, improved financial reporting and reduced its legacy IT infrastructure through the implementation of project management software as a service (SaaS).

Freehills courts Cloud prior to merger

Forecast savings and the ability to scale up storage requirements as required has led Australian law firm, Freehills, to host its e-discovery application at one of Fujitsu’s New South Wales-based data centres.

Holograms may appear at future Olympics: Report

Holograms of events could be projected from one stadium to another at the 2024 Olympic Games as the holographic technology continues to develop, according to a new report authored by experts from the IT and sporting industries.

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.