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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Mega users: If you're hacked once, you're hacked for life

Pessimists, or perhaps realists, in the security industry say that being hacked is a matter of when, not if. But if you're a Mega user, do whatever you can to make sure you're never hacked, because you can't change your password and you can't delete your account.

January 20, 2013 by Michael Lee

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When startups beat Facebook, Twitter at security

Social-media giants Twitter and Facebook may have left their users' information vulnerable for over 100 days, while a small startup also experiencing the same problem took just two days to take some form of action.

December 5, 2012 by Michael Lee

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Why whitehats don't want to help businesses at risk

Well intended hackers might discover plenty of security vulnerabilities during their travels across the internet, but when businesses sue them or make it hard to pass the information along, it's no wonder that they don't even bother.

November 29, 2012 by Michael Lee

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Confessions of a naked Mac user

I caved in. I had all intentions of pre-emptively spending my $900 government handout on a $700 HP netbook this weekend. But I was pwned by a shiny little MacBook in about the time it took white hat Charlie Miller to hack its upscale brother, the MacBook Air.

March 25, 2009 by Liam Tung

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Is Facebook's care really contempt?

Facebook's answer as to why it removed vigilante groups that had posted details about accused fire-bug Brendan Sokaluk smells of fear that it may be as responsible as media for content published on its network.

February 18, 2009 by Liam Tung

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Job security and data security

Scared of being swept out in a round of redundancies? Then join a security company, where your misery is the industry's opportunity to protect intellectual property.

February 4, 2009 by Liam Tung

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IE patch: Microsoft's eight days of hell

It's always funny watching an event force a company to break old habits and this IE zero day was enough for Microsoft to do it. As Microsoft Australia's strategic security advisor Stuart Strathdee said "we pulled all stops to get this patch out".

December 18, 2008 by Liam Tung

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IE zero day: Money v tubes? Choose one

In light of the unpatched IE zero day, AusCERT has cautiously advised organisations to "consider" using an alternative browser; or even kill browsing altogether. For organisations with locked down computers, is it time to support two browsers?

December 16, 2008 by Liam Tung

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