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.
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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.
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.
Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun told the world who had won the Gold Logie before it had even been announced. It's hardly the world's most serious data breach, but it was easily avoidable.
The infection of more than 600,000 Macs by Flashback highlights the fact that all software contains bugs, even Apple's. But will this destroy OS X's reputation as a safe platform?
Richard Clarke, head of counter-terrorism for three US presidents, says cyberwar is already upon us. The FBI's cyber chief Shawn Henry says we're already losing to the hackers. But are they right?
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.
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.