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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Spyware: have we lost the war?

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.

published May 15, 2006 by

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Can digital certs fend off Trojan attacks?

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.

published March 30, 2006 by

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Fix flawed software, don't gag the researcher

Fix flawed software, don't gag the researcher

If you ran a software company and an independent security researcher contacted you with proof that your product contains security vulnerabilities, how would you react?Over the past 18 months I have come across three very prominent cases where security researchers have been ignored, gagged and even called terrorists, by vendors.

published March 1, 2006 by

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Bill Gates: The wizard of murk

Bill Gates: The wizard of murk

Kicking off the RSA security conference in San Jose last week, Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates told the masses of security folk that the next version of Windows will mark the beginning of the end for passwords.Apparently, a tool called InfoCards will provide us with the foundation we require to slowly phase out the password.

published February 19, 2006 by

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