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Westpac brings authentication system in-house, binning IBM

Australian bank Westpac has decided the time is right to bring its Distributed System Access service in-house, rather than continue an arrangement that saw it tended by IBM. The Register understands that Distributed System Access (DSA) is the Bank's authentication infrastructure and is used to manage user accounts, group …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017
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Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization

Researchers at Australian think tank Data61 and the nation's Defence Science and Technology Group have cooked up application publishing for the paranoid, by baking an ARM CPU and secure microkernel into a KVM switch. As explained to El Reg by Toby Murray, on behalf of his fellow researcher from Data61’s Trustworthy Systems …

Internet Australia chair, directors, won't seek re-election

+COMMENT Five directors of Internet Australia have indicated they will not seek re-election in order to let the organisation renew itself. Internet Australian (IA) is the Australian limb of the Internet Society, which bills itself as “the world's independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future …
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Turnbull's Transformers lash government IT mavens over spend

A taskforce led by Australia's Digital Transformation Agency hopes to rein in the Australian government's galloping IT spend. The Agency's (DTA's) analysis, posted to its site late last week, says government IT procurement has blown out under the Turnbull government, from AU$5.9 billion in 2012-2013 to almost $9.6 billion. The …
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IBM likely to close Australian data centre

IBM's Australian tentacle is considering the closure of a data centre in 2019, The Register has learned. The data centre is an oldie but a goodie, located at the company's Cumberland Forest facility in Western Sydney. Vulture South hack Richard Chirgwin recalls touring it in the mid-1980s. Documents seen by The Register say …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
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Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers

Faced with an escalating crisis of consumer dissatisfaction over the National Broadband Network rollout, the federal government called an all-hands meeting in Canberra at which everybody promised to do better. No, really. In an environment so toxic the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is reiterating its decade- …
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Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fired off its latest salvo in its decades-long argument with the telco industry about internet speed claims in Australia, telling them to advertise typical speeds rather than theoretical maxima. Ever since people complained the 56 Kbps modems of the 1990s didn't …
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Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Australia has decided digital currencies need the same level of regulation enjoyed by other currencies. Justice minister Michael Keenan yesterday announced an intention to “strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act” and give more digi-dollar regulatory powers to the Australian Transactions and …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
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nbn™ cracks the $1bn revenue barrier, cracks whip on tardy retailers

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has reported annual revenues of AU$1,001m for the year ending June 30, 2017, and says it's ahead of target for construction and uptake. The company says that as of June 30th it had 5, 713,350 premises ready for service, of which 2,443, …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2017
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Microsoft does something unusual in Australia: Names the bit barn hosting Azure

Microsoft's cooking up a government-grade cloud in the Canberra, Australia's capital city. The two planned “Australia Central” Azure data centres will come online some time in 2018. True to form, Microsoft's not saying anything about capacity or the instance types it will offer at launch. Nor will it confirm what services it …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017
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Gov workers told their social posts are more believable than politicians' statements

Australian government employees have been advised that their social media emissions carry more weight than pronouncements by ministers. A document updated today and titled Making public comment on social media: A guide for employees, says “As an employee of your agency, people will assume that you have a high level of …

Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

Australia's Commonwealth Bank has blamed a software update for a money laundering scam that saw criminals send over AU$70m (US$55m, £42.5m) offshore after depositing cash into automatic teller machines. News of the Bank's involvement in the laundering scam broke last week, when Australia's financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC …
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Apple, Google pull options trading apps after Australian regulator shows scams

Apple and Google have pulled options trading programs from their respective app stores after being asked to do so by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). ASIC is the nation's investment regulator and took exception to the apps for facilitating “binary option trading”, a speculative investment that sees …
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One.Tel to finally die in November, 16 years after collapse

Infamous Australian telco One.Tel is finally being read its last rites. The Register understands that the the final meeting of members and creditors will take place in August and it is expected that regulators will erase the company from their registers three months later. One.Tel collapsed in 2001 after a short-but-colourful …
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nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has hit back at critics of its network and business plan in a pair of missives attributed to CEO Bill Morrow. The company has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks as users complain that their services are either unreliable, …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2017
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Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

Geoscience Australia, the nation's agency for recording and sharing geographic and geological data, has released the first tranche of data captured during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The search for MH370 saw 120,000km2 of the sea floor subjected to a bathymetric survey. Geoscience Australia (GA) …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2017

Dell and Intel see off IBM and POWER to win new Australian super

Dell has won the gig to build Australia's newest supercomputer. Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) issued a tender for the machine late last year and then amended the tender after The Register pointed out it nonsensically suggested it be able to run Windows Server on POWER CPUs, an …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2017
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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

British signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) can crack end-to-end encrypted messages sent using WhatsApp and Signal, according to Australian attorney-general George Brandis. Brandis made the claim speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's AM program, on the occasion of Australia …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017

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