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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Baiting the Black Hats?

Baiting the Black Hats?

The CIO of a rather large Australian company recently told me that the firm was happy with its security set-up but then quickly made a U-turn. Would that statement, on record, effectively lay down a hacker challenge?

published September 21, 2006 by

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Is Apple's MacBook Pro rotten to the core?

Is Apple's MacBook Pro rotten to the core?

When companies launch a brand new product it usually takes some time to weed out the niggling issues; but how many systems need to break before the situation is recognised as a disaster rather than an unfortunate blip in quality control?Less than a year after announcing its new Intel-based MacBook Pro, Apple has taken the market by storm.

published August 28, 2006 by

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CTO of antivirus firm prefers Mac, Unix

CTO of antivirus firm prefers Mac, Unix

The CTO of the third biggest antivirus firm revealed to me this week that an Apple Powerbook loaded with Unix is his "platform of choice".During an interview with Dave Rand, CTO of Trend Micro, I asked him about threats directed at the Mac platform, especially seeing as Apple is gaining market share in the US and is likely, over time, to do the same on a global basis.

published August 23, 2006 by

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Microsoft's AV success may lead to PR disaster?

Microsoft's AV success may lead to PR disaster?

Microsoft launched its Windows Live OneCare antivirus package in the US earlier this year and instantly grabbed about 15 percent of the retail market; although this may be good for short term revenue, it could completely wreck everything the software giant has invested in improving its reputation for security.For the past few years, Microsoft has been banging the "trustworthy computing" drum, which has involved rewriting and redesigning its platforms and applications to make them more secure.

published August 14, 2006 by

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Traffic tsunami created by Redmond admins

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.

published May 25, 2006 by

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Microsoft executive's gaffe reveals iPod love?

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.

published May 25, 2006 by

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Suicidal Apple almost ruins AusCERT

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.

published May 25, 2006 by

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