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.

Latest Posts

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.

September 4, 2011 by

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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?

August 14, 2011 by


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?

July 10, 2011 by


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.

July 3, 2011 by