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 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.
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.
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.