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ATO phone hacking 'tutorial' is tame unless you use a Nokia 1100

The “how to crack mobile phones” tutorial posted by an Australian Taxation Office employee appears not, as widely reported, to be evidence that the agency has the ability to penetrate a wide range of devices. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the ATO had “disciplined” a staffer who posted a presentation to …
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Mainframe TITSUP totals Oz tax tech, again

In a speech at the National Press Club yesterday, Australian Taxation Office commissioner Chris Jordan apologised for the organisation’s repeated IT outages, while the ATO’s online portals hit the canvas again. The ATO says it addressed the five-hour TITSUP (total inability to support usual performance) by rebooting its …
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Australian Taxation and Immigration depts fail infosec audits

Australia's Taxation Office, Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration and Border Protection are heavyweights of the public service, but only one has managed basic infosec protections on its systems. That's the conclusion of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), which yesterday reminded the three …
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Centrelink 'big data' system built without consulting taxman

When Australia's Department of Human services decided to create its now-notorious “robo-debt” system, it did so without consulting one of its major data sources, the Australian Tax Office. The Office's deputy commissioner in charge of its “Smarter Data” program, Greg Williams, told a Senate Committee looking into the disaster …
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HPE's Australian tax failures may have been user error

Users of HPE's 3Par kit say the company's private explanation of the twin outages at the Australian Taxation Office suggest the hardware problems may have been caused by user error. One 3Par user, who requested anonymity, told The Register his HPE account manager told a story of serious physical damage to the array. A second …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2017

HPE 3PAR storage SNAFU takes Australian Tax Office offline

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has confirmed its more than two-day outage which has still downed customer-facing sites and systems was caused by the failure of new HPE 3Par storage units. Sources close to the blunder told Vulture South the ATO's disaster recovery plan may have failed, with petabytes of data at risk after …
Darren Pauli, 13 Dec 2016

Fix sweetens foul cookie that kept open Aussie tax login portals

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has crushed a cookie-related flaw in which sessions failed to close allowing the next user of a public computer to access tax records. The flaw reported to the office by Sydney Arduino tinkerer JP Liew occurs when tax payers obtain a PDF from the ATO and in doing so are directed away from the …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2015

ASIC chimes in on data retention, seeks more intercept powers

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has dropped a stink-bomb into the data retention debate, asking the government to give it intercept powers covering e-mail, social media, text messages and phone calls. In hearings of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security in Sydney on Thursday …
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ATO to refresh developer website

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO)needs help with open source software. In a new tender, the agency reveals that its website for software developers is built on Drupal 5.7, MySQL 5.077 and Apache. The developers' site is very important as it provides information accounting software developers require to ensure their …
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HP lands handy half-billion taxman deal

The Australian Tax Office will spend A$738 million migrating its servers into data centres operated by Hewlett-Packard. Announcing the agreement, HP has said it will also be deploying its Network Node Manager, Operations Manager, along with server and network automation software to modernize the ATO’s data centre ops. The …
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Taxpayers were beta testers for ATO IT project

A report by Australia’s Inspector-general of Taxation (IGT) has found that the Australian Tax Office extended testing into production for an IT systems upgrade which went live last year. The result was wave after wave of delays and errors during 2010, resulting in slow processing of individuals’ and companies’ tax returns, the …

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