Michael Lee

A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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Microsoft may disagree, but IE7 is on my side

So it seems that the 'trick' I wrote about almost a month ago is actually a useful feature and does not present a threat to security, according to Microsoft Australia's chief security advisor. But IE7 has different ideas.

July 5, 2006 by Munir Kotadia


Traffic tsunami created by Redmond admins

The equivalent of an electronic tidal wave -- originating from the Microsoft campus in Redmond -- hammered the ZDNet Australia servers earlier this week.On Tuesday at the AusCERT conference, I interviewed Mark Estberg, Microsoft's director of internal security, who told me that he is considering taking away admin rights from most of the company's employees.

May 25, 2006 by Munir Kotadia


Microsoft executive's gaffe reveals iPod love?

Senior executives are rarely heard promoting a rival's product, which is why it seemed odd that Microsoft would offer an iPod as a competition prize.On the first day of the AusCERT conference, Microsoft was holding a question and answer session at which delegates could grill four of its senior executives.

May 25, 2006 by Munir Kotadia

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Suicidal Apple almost ruins AusCERT

Within hours of arriving at the AusCERT conference in the Gold Coast on Monday, my PowerBook decided it would rather commit suicide than listen to Microsoft's top security executives answer questions about Vista.I had lost my mobile phone on Saturday night in a less-than-upmarket Oxford Street bar and my voice recorder had started playing up, so I decided to use a software-based voice recorder on my -- until now -- ultimately reliable Powerbook to tape the Microsoft Q&A session.

May 25, 2006 by Munir Kotadia


Spyware: have we lost the war?

Last week, two security companies spoke to me about their new products and I suddenly realised that we are close to losing the war against spyware.There are various forms of spyware with some being more aggressive than others but they all share the same desire -- to steal personal information from their victim's computers.

May 15, 2006 by Munir Kotadia


Can digital certs fend off Trojan attacks?

Special Minister of State Gary Nairn this week released a paper entitled 'Responsive Government - A New Service Agenda', which details how e-government services will be "improved" over the next four years.If and when these services are delivered I hope that during a security emergency they will offer better advice than the Australian Tax Office did this week.

March 30, 2006 by Munir Kotadia