Feeds

Google denies Oz-blurring black op

Sydney goes fuzzy ahead of APEC summit

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Internet world superpower Google has denied conducting an Oz-blurring black op with its client state the US of A, which appears to have thrown out of focus swathes of Sydney ahead of the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

For those of you not up to speed on APEC, the Lucky Country will from 2 September host 21 world leaders including George Bush, necessitating the mobilisation of 5,000 police and army personnel who have been assigned to "lock down the city", as the Sydney Morning Herald puts it.

Accordingly, the Sydney Opera House, Convention Centre, and the NSW Government House will be off-limits to law-abiding citizens and al-Qaeda alike. And just in case the Friends of Ozzie decide to rain airborne death on the city's central business district, it appears they won't be using Google Earth to do it:

The low-res Sydney Opera House as currently seen on Google Earth

Yup, whereas before the Opera House could be seen in all its glory, the sat images have been replaced with terror-busting lo-res snaps evidently designed to thwart al-Qaeda's Down Under comedy kamikaze cadres.

Google has, naturally, denied even the faintest sound of black helicopters. The company's Australia spokesman Rob Shilkin insisted: "This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with APEC. We're re-sourcing our imagery for parts of Sydney as a result of a commercial issue with one of our suppliers, so some of the highest-res images have been temporarily replaced."

Well, he would say that, wouldn't he? ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.