Stilgherrian

Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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Fighting malware at SophosLabs

Fighting malware at SophosLabs

For a organisation that analyses 180,000 new malware samples every day, SophosLabs is a remarkably peaceful place. The fight against cybercrime is a well-rehearsed routine.

published September 18, 2011 by

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Can security ever beat PEBKAC?

Can security ever beat PEBKAC?

When it comes to online security, can we ever overcome basic human nature? It seems that people are always too trusting, and the bad guys are always getting better at taking advantage of that trust.

published September 4, 2011 by

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There are no NBN apps: Turnbull

There are no NBN apps: Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been spruiking coalition broadband policy this month. A core point, he says, is that there are no applications for National Broadband Network (NBN) speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps). Is he right?

published August 14, 2011 by

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Cybersecurity: past, present and future

Cybersecurity: past, present and future

"An insider who's gone bad can do more damage to your network than almost any hacker can do from the outside," says Dr Paul Nielsen, director and chief executive officer of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

published August 7, 2011 by

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Games, crime, porn and Facebook (laws)

Games, crime, porn and Facebook (laws)

An R18+ classification for computer games is long overdue in Australia and internet filtering based on the Interpol blacklist is "reasonable enough", says legal expert Peter Black. However, he does have concerns.

published July 24, 2011 by

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