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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Security demo ruined by vigilant people

Security demo ruined by vigilant people

It's a tough life trying to show off a state-of-the-art security monitoring system -- especially when helpful humans keep ruining the demo.On Wednesday, Japanese electronics giant NEC was showing off some of its latest products at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.

published March 8, 2007 by

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Microsoft can't defend Windows Vista

Microsoft can't defend Windows Vista

Windows Defender for Vista has failed miserably when it comes to protecting users of Microsoft's latest operating system from a very basic attack.The penetration of Windows Vista is increasing but all the signs point to users of Microsoft's new OS facing a very scary few months when it comes to security issues.

published February 19, 2007 by

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Is the hack more important than the hacked?

Is the hack more important than the hacked?

It's not very often that a company gets hacked and then agrees to talk about the incident, so when the finance director of a Sydney-based firm asked if I would be interested in writing a story about a security breach that cost him AU$9,000, I grabbed the opportunity.The finance director, let's call him Ken, only realised there was a problem when his telephone provider called to say there had been an unusually high volume of international calls.

published October 26, 2006 by

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Banking show security bypassed with a smile

Banking show security bypassed with a smile

Sibos 2006 organisers had probably spent more on security than any other exhibition I have been to; however, all it took was a friendly gesture from one security guard to create a gaping hole in the security infrastructure.My first thoughts when walking into the main hall at the Sydney Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour last week were "this is where the money is at".

published October 19, 2006 by

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