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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014

French firms: You want us to compile DATABASES... of our SECRET information?

Businesses in France are being asked to compile a database of commercially sensitive information that will potentially attract increased interest from cyber criminals. Changes to employment laws in the country will require businesses with more than 50 employees to create a database for worker representatives to be able to access …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Apr 2014
Homer Simpson confronts rigged voting machine

Interview: Michael Cordover, voteware freedom-of-information crusader

A barrister has offered pro bono assistance to Michael Cordover, the Hobart Solicitor seeking the source code to the EasyCount software used by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to count votes in the nation's senate elections. Cordover first sought the source code last year because, as he told The Register, “I have …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2014

NSW Information Commissioner sends email to wrong list

The Information Commissioner in the Australian state of New South Wales, an officer whose job it is to offer and enforce best information management practice for the State, has apologised after sending an email to the wrong list. The email in question advised of a conference at which the Commissioner, Deirdre O’Donnell, is due …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Obama cybersecurity order mandates better information sharing

President Obama's executive order on cybersecurity means security officers at critical infrastructure companies will get greater clearances from the government to access its information, says a Department of Homeland Security honcho. The "unprecedented" executive order, which Obama revealed during his State of the Union address …
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2013
The Register breaking news

Caldicott: NHS workers should 'have the confidence to share information'

Dame Fiona Caldicott, who is scrutinising the government's plan to hand NHS patient records to private companies, today gave the proposals the thumbs-up - with a few caveats, naturally. The noted psychiatrist's review [PDF] of the data-sharing scheme was published just minutes ago. Her report, drafted in March, follows Health …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Information teleportation goes large-scale

Quantum teleportation of information between quantum objects, like photons, is so well-understood that it’s almost routine. Now, an international physicists is claiming to have carried out the same trick in the macro universe. If the experiment can be replicated, it will be an impressive trick. The scientists, led by Jian-Wei …

VMware's tool to harden virtual networks: a spreadsheet

VMware has released a guide to hardening its NSX virtual networking and product. The guide published online by VMware information security professional Pravin Goyal, covers management, control and data planes. It recommends including audit logs and system events in backups, enabling and securing remote logging for the NSX …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2014
Double Facepalm; when one facepalm is not enough.

Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

You can't make this stuff up: one of the lead agencies involved in agitating for Australia to implement a data retention regime has fallen prey to not knowing how to properly redact information in PDFs. The Guardian Australia which broke the story, saying documents the AFP provided to parliament contained the sensitive …

Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

The creators of this Irish website may be fluent in the language of the Emerald Isle, but they are distinctly unversed in computer security. The Líofa (Fluent) website – a UK government project [PDF] – suffered not so much a data breach as a data giveaway. Users' personal information such as names, addresses, emails and phone …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

Understanding the make-up of information management

On January 25th, Regcast presenter Jon Collins was joined by Freeform Dynamics’ Martha Bennett, Jason Frost from Blueprint, and Will Thompson from Microsoft for our very first live event of 2012. The thing that brought our panel together was the necessary evil that is - information management in business. Our latest Reg research …
Miatta Momoh, 03 Feb 2012
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Tech policy battle: Australian Industry Group vs. Information Industries Association

Two big lobby groups have just released their visions for Australia's future economy, and agree on the need for reform that will help Australia's technology sector to improve its performance. Let's start with business lobby group The Australian Industry Group (AIG), which this morning published its 10 point plan for a strong and …
The Register breaking news

Creating information management Initiatives that deliver

On March 13th at 11:00GMT El Reg front-man Jon Collins is packing our studio with some information management experts that we hope will give you a leg-up on your BI initiatives. Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics is coming along with a stash-bag of findings from the latest research that many of you took part in. We’ve also got …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Mar 2012

Australia to 'relieve' telcos of need to disclose intercepts

The federal government's “red tape repeal” policy looks set to reduce the amount of information Australians receive about telecommunications interception requests. Deep in the bills designed to reduce telecommunications service providers' regulatory compliance costs is a proposal to repeal the record-keeping requirement that …

PRE-SPLINTERED Symantec's Q2 revenue slips, net profit rises

Symantec has reported mixed second quarter results, with revenue down one per cent on the year, but net profit rising by the same amount. The company saw revenue of $1.62bn for its second fiscal 2015 quarter, compared with revenue of $1.64bn a year ago (a fall of one per cent), and $1.74bn in the previous quarter. Net profit of …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2014
Angry woman on mobile

Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

American watchdog the FCC is fining a pair of US mobile operators for an astonishing lack of security in handling customer information. The commission said that TerraCom Wireless and YourTel Wireless improperly stored information on 305,000 customers and will have to pay a joint fine of $10m split between the two firms as a …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2014

US, China, ink tariff-free technology trade pact

The United States of America and the People's Republic of China have agreed to abolish tariffs on each other's technology products. Announced at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Beijing on Monday, the deal won't immediately mean unfettered access for US and Chinese companies, because the agreement was …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2014
eyeofSauron

Oz metadata retention won't include URLs: report

The Australian government has reportedly circulated a private brief outlining how it intends to define “metadata”, according to The Australian. There are some snippets of new information in the copy of the document seen by The Oz: while the government is apparently excluding “content” from the data retention scheme, it now seems …

India to develop an API for entire government

India has released a “Policy on Open APIs for Government of India” (PDF) that calls on the nation's government to develop APIs to let departments share information with each other and with the public. Many of India's government agencies are infamously moribund and Indians bemoan the short working hours, can't-do attitude and …
Sydney harbour bridge poking out of the clouds

Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

Australia's Department of Finance has updated its Cloud Policy to say “... agencies now must adopt cloud”. Those italics are the Department's, and it also has some qualifications for the edict, namely that cloud should only be adopted “where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2014

Exercise-tracking app not QUITE fit for purpose

Popular fitness app MyFitnessPal, used by 65 million people, has fixed a vulnerability that exposed personal information including date of birth records. The profiles allowed users to fill out their private location data including country, state, and city but not street-level addresses for the purposes of linking neighbours. …
Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2014
High risk

Data retention means telcos risk Privacy Act breach, Pilgrim warns

Australia's privacy watchdog Timothy Pilgrim has warned that indiscriminate metadata collection would place personal information at risk of privacy breaches. Under the presently broad and opaque proposal, telcos could be required to at least hold data on Australians that would link them to their internet protocol addresses in a …
Darren Pauli, 11 Aug 2014

SPLITTERS! Symantec cleft in twain

The reports have been confirmed: Symantec CEO Michael Brown will split the unwieldy business into separate security and information management concerns, thus undoing the 2004 Veritas acquisition. Brown has moved quickly after his confirmation in the role to lift the cleaver. The San Andreas-style fault running through the heart …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2014

Knives out for new EU rules forcing govts to reveal hacker attacks

Talks began on a new computer security law for Europe on Tuesday night. National ministers, the European Commission and MEPs got together for the first time in an attempt to nail down the wording in the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. When it was proposed by the commission early last year, the draft …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Oct 2014
The Internet from the IT Crowd

The IT Crowd's internet in a box gets $240k of crowdcash for a cause

Back in February we reported on a crew called Outernet and its plan to float a network of tiny satellites to deliver internet access around the world and in the process “bypass censorship, ensure privacy, and offer a universally-accessible information service at no cost to global citizens.” Outernet's made some progress towards …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2014
Files

Twitter: Hey. Remember us? Hello, yes. Govts want to spy on us too!

Twitter has seen government requests for user information climb nearly 50 per cent over the last six months. The company said in its semi-annual transparency report that over the first half of 2014, governments from 54 countries made requests for account information. Eight of those countries were requesting data for the first …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Aug 2014
Tim Cook Apple CEO with glowing green eyes, dark glasses a la Demon Headmaster

Chinese hackers slurp iCloud passwords, Apple's CEO jumps into his jet for China

Apple boss Tim Cook has met top Chinese officials following a major attack on the security of the iCloud website – an assault that some security analysts have blamed on Beijing. Cook was snapped in full demon headmaster mode heading into a pow-wow with Vice Premier Ma Kai. According to the Xinhua news agency, the issues of " …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

Still got too much Information

Welcome back to Reg Ltd, where Graham finally has his trousers on. But there's crisis in the air: ahead of the annual meeting, Ronald's slashing budgets and threatening to take the company bowling. How can Microsoft cloud technologies smooth the process of planning the budgets? How can Emily hang on to her share? We can't do …
Phil Mitchell, 25 Oct 2011
Breach

Australian E-Health records breached twice in the last year

Australia's Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its Annual report of the Information Commissioner’s activities in relation to eHealth 2013–14, complete with a report on two data breaches in the systems used to store personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs). The first was notified in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

HSBC Turkey has confessed to a security breach exposing the details of 2.7m credit card accounts but the bank has made a decision not to reissue cards after deciding that the data exposed is not enough to make fraudulent transactions. The compromise – limited to the international bank's business in Turkey – exposed credit card …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2014

Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Adobe has tweaked its Digital Editions 4 desktop ebook reader to now encrypt the data it secretly sends back to headquarters – data that details a user's reading habits. Previously, information on every single tome accessed by Digital Editions 4 was phoned home unencrypted, allowing anyone eavesdropping on a network to intercept …
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Hewlett Foundation lays out MEELLIONS on security

The Hewlett Foundation has found US$45m in its other jacket, and has anointed three lucky US universities to spend on security research. MIT, Stanford and UC Berkeley will share the simoleons, in a program MIT says is designed to generate a “robust marketplace of ideas”, whatever that is. On a more pragmatic basis, the …
Pingdom Europe Google Data Center Map

Google's 'Right to be forgotten' roadshow is just a 'distraction' – EU digital rights group

European digital rights group EDRi will boycott the last day of Google’s right to be forgotten roadshow on Tuesday because it believes the search giant has “misrepresented the whole issue”. As an example, the group pointed to the search giant's Transparency Report, in which it refers to "URL removal requests" rather than the …
Jennifer Baker, 04 Nov 2014

Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

A man who attempted to illegally access the passwords and login details of more than 1,000 Orange customers has been fined just £500 for his actions. The Information Commissioner's Office said that the 25-year-old company director Matthew Devlin was handed the financial penalty after he appeared before Calderdale Magistrates' …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2014

Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K

The UK's Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 following the latest in a series of failures involving how prisons handle private information. The penalty (PDF) follows the loss of a back-up hard drive at HMP Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire back in May 2013. The *unencrypted* hard drive contained sensitive and confidential …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2014

Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

In one of the first rulings of its kind, a French court last month ordered Google to remove links to defamatory information from its search results globally. Up to now, most rulings have limited themselves to the local top level domain – such as Google.fr. However, the decision of the High Court in Paris was that this would be …
Jennifer Baker, 03 Oct 2014
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, aged 81, of the United Kingdom. Photo taken during a visit in NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

Here it is: It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R. — BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014 There's intense debate in some quarters as to whether Her Majesty pressed the button herself or not, with the Tweet …
Lewis Page, 24 Oct 2014
UNSW's Michelle Simmons

Oz quantum researcher to head new journal

Prominent University of New South Wales quantum physicist Michelle Simmons has been tapped to take the reins of a new open access quantum physics publishing venture from Nature, as part of a partnership between the journal house and UNSW. Called npj Quantum Information, the journal is one of Nature's partner series, and the …
Drawing of brain

Europe's cyber security agency wants pick your infosec BRAINS

Do you work in the ICT sector? If so, Europe’s top cyber security agency wants you. ENISA (The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) is looking for 20 experts to join its “Permanent Stakeholders’ Group”. Self-declared experts who work in the ICT sector for fixed and mobile electronic communications …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Nov 2014
Angry woman on mobile

This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

A global survey of more than 1,200 mobile apps has discovered that the vast majority (85 per cent) fail to provide basic privacy information. The global survey faulted apps for accessing large amounts of personal information without adequately explaining how they were collecting, using and disclosing personal information. Almost …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2014
Concept art of a hypothetical HTC Facebook phone

Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

Facebook has papered over its terms of use with a supposedly plain-English version, so that its users won't have to worry their pretty heads about being sold off to advertisers. Facebook Privacy Rights Yeah, right You can find the new "privacy basics" site here, or if you're not a child, the less insulting "data policy" site …
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2014
Hacked sarcasm

Oz privacy comish says breaches could double this year

The office of Australia's Federal Privacy Commissioner has received 60 voluntary data breach notifications in the six months since 12 March compared to 71 received in the 2014 financial year. The statistics provide to Vulture South and repeated at the Australian Information Security Association conference include all manner of …
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2014
Mobile phone stolen by pickpocket

AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

AT&T has warned subscribers that a rogue staffer rifled through the telco's customer database without authorization. The telecoms giant said one of its workers pulled up sensitive information – including social security numbers – and was duly fired for breaking the corp's privacy rules. According to a letter [PDF] to customers …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Oct 2014

Racing Post escapes ICO fine after leaking info of 677K punters

UK sports-betting newspaper the Racing Post has received a stern warning – but not a fine – after it emerged that it had aired the private details of more than 677,000 customers as the result of a security breach last year. The October 2013 snafu resulted in the exposure of the names, addresses, passwords, dates of birth and …
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2014

FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

The FTC says it has shut down a massive robocall operation that gathered personal information and bank account details on thousands of people. The US watchdog claims a company operating under the name The Cuban Exchange used a combination of calls and fake websites to pose as an "FTC refund" site in order to harvest account …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2014

Watch this! The changing face of malware

Youtube Video The anti-malware software industry seems to be fighting a losing battle, with Symantec even declaring antivirus "dead". In this online tutorial Darryl MacGregor, principal technologist for information security at IT training biz QA, discusses the best strategies for protecting your information assets in the near …
David Gordon, 21 May 2014

HP emails personal data of 1,000 CDS workers to 3rd party

Personal data linked to 1,000 Customer Delivery Services staff at HP was accidentally emailed to an external third party yesterday. Insiders told us that HP CDS sent the entire employee payroll's info – which contained National Insurance numbers, addresses and salaries – to an unknown party yesterday by accident. An HP …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2014

Verizon Wireless token tracker triggers tech transparency tempest

Verizon Wireless is monitoring users' mobile internet traffic, using a token slapped onto web requests, to facilitate targeted advertising even if a user has opted out. The unique identifier token header (UIDH) was launched two years ago, and has caused an uproar in tech circles after it was re-discovered Thursday by Electronic …
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2014

Verizon hit with $7.4 MEEELLION fine for slurping users' privates

Verizon has agreed to pay the US Treasury $7.4m to settle an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission into its failure to tell customers that it was using their personal information for marketing purposes. "In today's increasingly connected world, it is critical that every phone company honor its duty to inform …
Iain Thomson, 03 Sep 2014

Cisco okayed for UK government comms

Cisco has had a bunch of products certified as secure by the GCHQ's information security arm, the Communications & Electronics Security Group (CESG). The certification only covers the products to handle information up to the UK government's “Official” classification – that is, most government information. However, as the …