Was Telstra's decision to share the URLs its customers visited with an offshore organisation an illegal communications intercept?
The Full Tilt
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.
Microsoft's new Surface tablet-cum-laptop is clearly intended to challenge Apple's market domination. But is it too little, too late?
The new version 6 of Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads features strong Facebook integration, local search and mapping. That could wipe out many internet start-ups, and even threaten major players.
Information security vendors are seemingly split in their reactions to Kaspersky Lab's discovery of the Flame worm. Some are joining the hype bandwagon, while others are dismissing Flame as just another spy worm.
AusCERT general manager Graham Ingram has rejected Eugene Kaspersky's view that the current golden age of cybercrime will be over in a few years — because the crimes are just too easy to commit.
The last 12 months have seen a clear shift in the way information security is discussed. It used to be all about cybercrime. Now, there's talk of war.
Former journalist and commentator Barret Brown, who has worked with Anonymous for about a year and a half, discusses Anonymous' position in the wake of revelations that Sabu, a core member and informal leader of the offshoot hacking group LulzSec, had become an FBI informant.
Anonymous, LulzSec and other hacktivists aren't as anonymous as they might think. They're being watched. On this week's Patch Monday podcast, a watcher tells us what he sees.
First-quarter figures show that the Blackhole malware kit continues to be the most common tool used by hackers. Its crimeware-as-a-service business model could be with us for at least another year.
Big Content's attempt to make internet service provider (ISP) iiNet responsible for its customers' copyright infringements has been soundly defeated, but the battle won't end there.