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Australian consumer data sold to financial fraudsters: ACC report

Fraudsters have purchased personal information including credit card details submitted online by Australians to commit investment fraud, according to a new report from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).

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Network security in the BYOD era

With more employees deciding that they want to bring their own smartphone into work rather than using a company supplied device, the spectre of network security and controlling company data emerges.

In pictures: NextDC’s M1 data centre

NextDC (ASX: NXT) officially unveiled its 17,500 square metre data centre, M1, in Melbourne during July. The facility features a solar rooftop panel array with a target power usage efficiency (PUE) of 1.35. Estimated cost of the project has been put at $130 million.

Final countdown for DNSChanger switch off

Australians who still haven’t checked to see if their computer is infected with the DNSChanger malware will need to do so this weekend before a temporary fix implemented by the Internet Systems Consortium expires on 9 July at 2pm (AEST).

In pictures: iAwards New South Wales winners

National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) won two categories in the iAwards New South Wales (NSW) awards for their work developing a system to automatically monitor the Sydney Harbour Bridge's structural integrity.

BSA Australia offers $20K to software piracy whistle-blowers during July

The Business Software Alliance(BSA) Australia has brought back a $20,000 reward incentive that it last offered in 2010 in order to entice more Australians to report software piracy this month.

Stray animals in the sights of iCouncil app

Queensland-based local government authority, Tablelands Regional Council, is using an iPhone/iPad app called iCouncil to allow animal inspectors and residents to capture photos of stray animals and upload them to the Council’s website, saving time in reporting.

Security threats explained: Third party access

In this series, Computerworld Australia examines some of the information security threats facing small businesses and larger enterprises today. We’ve looked at hacktivism, social engineering and internal negligence and continue the series by speaking to security experts about the problem of third party access.

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WA Auditor General finds government agencies still vulnerable to cyber security attacks

Little progress has been made with securing Western Australian government agencies against cyber security attacks according to the 2012 Information Systems Audit Report tabled by Western Australian Auditor General, Colin Murphy.

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Telstra in the sights of Information Commissioner over data tracking

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has confirmed that it is in discussions with Telstra after the telco revealed it was tracking websites visited by Next G mobile customers and sending the information to a US-based company called Netsweeper.

Advanced persistent threats: What you need to know

Continuing Computerworld Australia’s recent series examining security threats, this week we talk to experts about the problem of advanced persistent threats (APTs).

Security threats explained: Hacktivism

In this series, Computerworld Australia examines some of the information security threats facing small businesses and larger enterprises today. We’ve looked at social engineering and internal negligence and continue the series by speaking to security experts about the problem of hacktivism.

Western Water avoids drowning in data with storage upgrade

Victorian water authority, Western Water, has implemented a new 256TB capacity storage system to cope with 50 per cent year on year data growth, in part fuelled by a state-wide smart meter project aimed at better understanding water usage.

Supercomputer, second data centre fuels Uni. of Auckland networking upgrade

The University of Auckland (UoA) is gearing up for a sharp increase in traffic over its network thanks to a new supercomputer, housed at UoA, and through the August 2012 launch of a 439 square metre capacity second data centre.

Automated online banking fraud tool emerges

Trend Micro has warned of an automatic transfer system (ATS) tool which has been used to infect users’ computers and then bypass their bank account security measures, such as two-factor authentication, in the UK, Germany and Italy.