Stories by Hamish Barwick


DNSChanger impact less than expected in Australia

Australia has been spared the brunt of the DNSChanger malware internet blackout, according to reports from major internet service providers (ISPs).

SAP Australia and New Zealand finds new leader

SAP Australia and New Zealand has hired former Unisys Asia-Pacific and Japan regional vice president, Andrew Barkla, to head up its operations.

Queensland Institute of Medical Research seeks data centre services

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) is seeking a data centre construction partner to build a new facility as it prepares for increased storage needs, according to a request for information.

Telstra customers get DNSChanger redirection

Telstra customers who may be affected by the DNSChanger server switch off have been thrown a temporary lifeline by the telco giant.

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).

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.

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.

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).