Stories by Rebecca Merrett


Bitcoin: Addressing concerns over a 51% attack

Although a mining pool last month managed to briefly control the majority of the computing power used to generate the Bitcoin crypto-currency, a so-called '51 per cent attack' remains unlikely, according Chris Mountford, a Bitcoin advocate and a senior developer at Atlassian.

Australian National University secures $11.4 million to develop space telescopes

The Australian National University (ANU) has secured a $5 million contract to design the Giant Magellan Telescope Integral Field Spectrometer (GMTIFS)and $6.4 million to help develop a space debris tracking system for the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute.

Energy calculator, infrastructure apps feature at this year’s GovHack

More than 1200 developers and technologists across Australia hacked away over a 48-hour period to produce innovative tools and apps at this year’s GovHack event, which took place 11-13 July.

TPP may force ISPs to police online activity

Web companies and user groups worldwide believe copyright-related proposals included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will force ISPs to police their customers' online activities.

Australian National University upgrades fusion energy research facility

The Australian National University (ANU) has upgraded its Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) so it can better harness the fusion energy process that powers the sun and stars.

NICTA demos drone OS using the seL4 microkernel

NICTA has created a video that demonstrates how its seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, can be used to operate drones.

NICTA demos drone OS – seL4 microkernel

NICTA has created a video that demonstrates how its seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, works on drones.

Connected homes, cars starting to take off

Nineteen per cent of Australian consumers are connecting their smartphones and tablets to other devices in their homes and 16 per cent have in-car connectivity, according to research firm TNS.


Ethical hacking: Getting inside the minds of cyber criminals

Just when you think you’ve got yourself all covered on the security front, an attack comes out of nowhere and bites you on the arse. You think to yourself: How did I not see that coming?

NICTA to release drone OS as open source

seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, is set to go open source on 29 July, 2014.

Tenix improves disk latency with flash storage

Waiting more than 19 hours for some reports to run on a five-year-old SAN drove the IT manager of utility delivery partner Tenix, Andrew Pamflett, up the wall.

Australian businesses invest $3.19 billion in software Q1 2014: ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released figures today that show Australia businesses have spent $3.19 billion in computer software the first quarter of 2014, an increase from $2.95 billion in March quarter 2013.

Brisbane gets its first Bitcoin ATM

Brisbane’s first Bitcoin ATM launched today, allowing users to make cash withdrawals using their online bitcoin wallet or purchase bitcoins.

Budget 2014 - Education changes, research cuts a concern for ICT sector

Changes to higher education student fee systems and funding cuts to research organisations in this year's budget are a concern for some people in IT and science sectors that are struggling to find staff and money to innovate.

Federal Police tenders for database management system

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is looking for a database management system provider to help ACT Policing Traffic Operations manage its data.