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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Can Google+ kill Facebook? Twitter?

Can Google+ kill Facebook? Twitter?

Google's new social networking platform Google+ is less than a fortnight old, but already people are begging for invitations to the closed beta. Is it time to get on-board? And could it really be a threat to Facebook?

published July 10, 2011 by

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Malware? It's just business!

Malware? It's just business!

Malware, these days, is so good that it simply has to be produced by professional development teams. What's more, the criminals choose their targets with business-like decisions over expected return on investment.

published July 3, 2011 by

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ISP filtering goes 'voluntary'

ISP filtering goes 'voluntary'

Australia's mandatory internet filter is at least two years away, but Telstra and Optus are only weeks from implementing their "voluntary" equivalents. Where are we up to with this controversial issue?

published June 26, 2011 by

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Are we missing the bus on Gov 2.0 data?

Are we missing the bus on Gov 2.0 data?

A popular Sydney Buses app died when Sydney Transit cut off the data feed after just a few weeks, citing lack of server capacity. Developer Ben Hosken is disappointed, but he's more concerned that developers aren't making enough use of the government data on offer.

published June 19, 2011 by

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Gamification and VC's spotty bubble

Gamification and VC's spotty bubble

LinkedIn's soaring share price after the company's recent IPO is only the most obvious example of the current boom in Silicon Valley. Leading the hype is "gamification", the use of game mechanics in non-game business applications.

published June 13, 2011 by

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