Voice recognition technology has yet to deliver anything like the "Enhance!" scene from the film Blade Runner. But voice biometric authentication does work — and Australia is a world leader.
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Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it. Mostly in words -- sometimes in audio or video formats -- always cynical. Incorporating the Patch Monday podcast.
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.
When Microsoft announced the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) security flaw last week, the Internet Storm Centre (ISC) went to INFOCON Yellow. We could end up facing a worm as serious as Conficker, Blaster and Sasser.
Security is a "big data" problem, says RSA executive chairman Art Coviello. More data provides more context, making anomalies easier to spot. But isn't that Big Brother?
Yes, Eastern Europe is indeed a hotspot for cybercrime. On this week's Patch Monday podcast, former police officer Stephen McCombie explains why.
NICTA researchers are learning how to protect their bionic eye circuitry with nanodiamonds, designing radiation detectors for ports and airports, and updating 40-year-old traffic control algorithms.
Analysts Frost & Sullivan reckon that mobile-revenue growth is about to flatline in Australia. Will 4G be the telcos' saviour? How will things change?
Not only is global cybercrime so well organised that malware toolkits are sold with technical support, there's now a clear toolkit of choice: Blackhole.
With two billion people now online, we should probably start thinking about the kind of world we want to create. Enter the Society 5 project.
If IT managers skip security basics like patching applications and operating systems, it might not be apathy, but instead the result of the formula V = EC2.
"There really is a war on the internet and, like all wars, this war is about power," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a recorded message on Saturday to the War on the Internet forum held in Melbourne on the weekend.