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  • Lies, damned lies and the CNN Politics App

    ​There are 'lies, damned lies, and statistics' goes the old adage. But in the era of so-called ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’, raw data is proving a more valued source of information than our partisan politicians and media outlets.

  • Hands-on with Google's Currents newsreader app

    Google Thursday launched its new Currents App, a newsreader that's meant to compete with other virtual magazine style newsreaders, most notably Flipboard, a gorgeous iOS app that's received widespread acclaim for its interface.

  • Inquiry picks holes in government Cybercrime Bill

    A parliamentary inquiry has highlighted serious concerns with the government's Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, which is intended to allow Australia to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

  • Could Google pull an Apple on Motorola hardware?

    Google's US$12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility is being reported primarily in terms of access to patents and difficulty integrating the corporate cultures. But there's also a potential longer-term spin-off. Secure Android smartphones.

  • Opinion: Breadth First Hacking

    Recent publicity for online hacking groups such as Anonymous and Lulzsec has seemed to show that nobody is immune from attack on the Internet. Once targeted, it seems that these groups are capable of breaching security systems and retrieving data, including identity information, from the most secure systems.

  • LulzSec, WikiLeaks, Murdoch: hacking's fourth wave

    Wikileaks, hacking incidents like those attributed to LulzSec, and even the UK's News of the World voicemail scandal represent a fourth stage in the evolution of cybercrime, according to Dr Paul Nielsen, director and chief executive officer of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburg.

  • Siemens commits "basic security errors": Byres

    Leading US critical infrastructure security consultant Eric Byres has slammed security practices at Siemens following the demonstration of serious security vulnerabilities in their S7 programmable logic controllers (PLCs) at Black Hat 2011.