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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Data breaches: it's criminals again

Data breaches: it's criminals again

The majority of data breaches and almost all data stolen (98 per cent) is the work of criminals outside the victim organisation. That's according to the 2010 Data Breach Investigations Report published by Verizon Business last week.

published August 1, 2010 by

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Conroy's filter masterstroke

Conroy's filter masterstroke

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's Friday filter announcement was obviously designed to get the toxic topic of internet filtering out of the news before the election, giving an impression of progress without a real policy change. Clever, but will the strategy work?

published July 11, 2010 by

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Conroy, Lundy and zombies

Conroy, Lundy and zombies

All the news is from Canberra this week. With a new Prime Minister there's been renewed calls to sack Senator Stephen Conroy as minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and replace him with Senator Kate Lundy.

published June 27, 2010 by

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The future for Telstra, NBN and business IT

The future for Telstra, NBN and business IT

It's all about the future on Patch Monday this week. What key technology trends does your business need to consider in the coming financial year? And what does yesterday's agreement between Telstra and the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) mean?

published June 21, 2010 by

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Microsoft versus the cybercriminals

Microsoft versus the cybercriminals

It's National Cyber Security Awareness Week. The Australian Government reminds us to keep our software up-to-date, to choose better passwords, and to stop and think before clicking on links or giving out personal information. But what's happening at the corporate level?

published June 6, 2010 by

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Closing Adobe's security chasm

Closing Adobe's security chasm

Adobe hasn't had a good time in recent months. Apart from Apple effectively banning Flash from the iPhone and iPad, Adobe's Acrobat and Reader products have been found to suffer serious security flaws. Some information security experts have even suggested that flaws in Adobe's products are now one of the most serious online risks.

published May 30, 2010 by

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Is Facebook the Antichrist of privacy?

Is Facebook the Antichrist of privacy?

Facebook is in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. Another change to its privacy settings and a new 5800-word privacy policy has triggered concerns by US authorities and European privacy organisations. And in Sydney the death of 18-year-old Nona Belomesoff last week has been dubbed another "Facebook murder".

published May 17, 2010 by

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How can women win in IT?

How can women win in IT?

If you thought women were doing better in IT these days, you'd be wrong. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) says that since 2006 the number of women in board and leadership roles in the IT industry has actually declined.

published May 9, 2010 by

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Are Google and Groggle really similar?

Are Google and Groggle really similar?

Google, one of the world's largest corporations, is in a trademark dispute with Australian web start-up Groggle. What's the law here? And what are the trademark issues in choosing a name for your new online business?

published May 2, 2010 by

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Why transport smart card projects go bad

Why transport smart card projects go bad

Melbourne's $1.3 billion myki smart card ticketing system still hasn't been rolled out to buses or trams even after experts were flown in two months ago. Sydney's Tcard project was cancelled and now they're starting again. What can we learn from these transport IT disasters?

published April 11, 2010 by

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