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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

Domino's Pizza's Australian outpost has blamed a partner for a security breach, after angry customers went online complaining about finding themselves on spam lists. The company owned up to the breach after Redditor “Pinchie McPinch” complained about receiving e-mails from “Sarah” and “Jess”. What tipped Pinchie that the data …
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Australia's IoT security rating might work, if done right

INTERVIEW As Vulture South reported Monday, Australia's government hopes to have consumer Internet of Things products given security “star ratings” of some kind, so consumers know what they're buying. The notion seems problematic: for example, what does a five-star security rating on a security camera mean, if it's attached to a router …

Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

An Australian senator has come up with a cunning plan to stop phone scammers: any call from an unregistered VoIP line should show the caller's number as “666”. Senator Pauline Hanson detailed the idea in a letter to communications minister Mitch Fifield, as part of a government review into dealing with scams. On Facebook, she …
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Review pins blame for Medicare ID breach on you. All of you

Comment The Australian government's review of an incident that saw health care customer numbers offered for sale on a Tor “darknet” site has recommended retaining the numbers as acceptable proof of identity. Australian adults are all issued a "Medicare card" entitling them to government-funded healthcare. The cards bear the unique …
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Deloitte to wind up Plutus Payroll, promises contact with contractors 'within 20 biz days'

The Supreme Court of the Australian State of New South Wales has appointed liquidators to Plutus Payroll, the payroll services provider that lured thousands of IT contractors with a free service but has since been alleged to be a tax-skimming scam. The appointment means that contractors who have not yet heard from Deloitte …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017

'Cyber kangaroo' ratings for IoT security? Jump to it, says Australia's cyber security minister

Australia's government hopes that somewhere in the world, a vendor of consumer-grade connected electronics is willing to admit it's rubbish at security by giving itself a low score in a proposed safety rating system. The idea of security ratings for internet things emerged during last year's 360° Cyber Security Game, co-hosted …

Australia launches critical infrastructure security reforms

Sysadmin-in-chief of Australia's telecommunications industry, Attorney-General George Brandis, has released plans to anoint himself in a similar role in other critical infrastructure sectors, starting with an ownership register. Australia's government has announced a consultation into its Security of Critical Infrastructure …

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull hints at surveillance expansion

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has hinted that the expansion of the nation's facial recognition databases could include private sector access. Turnbull's statement came almost as an aside, under questioning by Sabra Lane on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's AM public affairs program. Lane quizzed the PM on …
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Audit office finds Telstra's universal services were good politics, bad deals

Australia's National Audit Office (ANAO) says Telstra isn't delivering value for money under contracts it won to deliver subsidised telecommunications services in remote areas under the nation's universal service obligation (ISO) program. The ANAO was briefed to look into how universal services are funded and delivered, and …
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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

Paraburdoo is a tiny town in Australia's north west famous for being hot, dry, remote … and the site of a rich iron ore mine operated by Rio Tinto, which has just run the first fully autonomous mine train to the town. Because Paraburdoo is so nasty, few people want to live there. Its remoteness means everyday goods are …
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Joint Committee on the NBN splits, as National Party member sides with opposition

Australia's Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network has released its first report [PDF] of the new Parliament, with a majority of members urging that the rest of the network be built with either fibre-to-the-curb or fibre-to-the-premises instead of fibre-to-the-node. The 17-member committee has six members …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017
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Australian PM Turnbull's AU$1.1bn 'Ideas boom' revealed as a bust

Australia's National Audit Office has published a rather unflattering assessment of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's signature policy, the “National Innovation and Science Agenda”. Branded as an “Ideas Boom”, the Agenda was delivered just weeks after Turnbull's ascent to the top job in 2015. But the Audit Office (ANAO) says …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2017
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nbn™ sweetens the deal for business and its own bottom line

Updated nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Networ (NBN), has adjusted its wholesale prices so that retailers offering business plans get the same price relief as previously offered for the consumer market. After many complaints about the cost of its backhaul services (connectivity virtual circuit, or CVC), nbn™ …
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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

Australia's government has committed to starting a space agency, but there are no details about its mission other than a vague commitment to helping industry. The government has already initiated a Review of Australia's Space Industry Capability. Acting minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, senator the Hon Michaelia …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Sep 2017

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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