Five years ago, cyber criminals were generally individual IT experts who had turned to crime. Today, they're professional criminals turning to the internet, hiring the IT talent that they need.
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.
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.
Google demands that users of its Google+ social network be identified by their real names. It's a bad policy that's been badly implemented, but is it proof that Google just doesn't get people?
Hacking for political and economic purposes isn't getting the attention it deserves, says McAfee's vice president of threat research Dmitri Alperovitch, who uncovered the Operation Shady RAT hacks.
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?
"An insider who's gone bad can do more damage to your network than almost any hacker can do from the outside," says Dr Paul Nielsen, director and chief executive officer of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
It's the consumerisation of the enterprise; employees expect to use Facebook, Twitter and applications beyond the standard operating environment (SOE). How do you manage that securely?
An R18+ classification for computer games is long overdue in Australia and internet filtering based on the Interpol blacklist is "reasonable enough", says legal expert Peter Black. However, he does have concerns.
The cloud has levelled the playing field for business, says Amazon's chief technology officer Dr Werner Vogels. Ten years ago, a start-up needed $5 million. Now, Vogels says, it's "just $50,000 and a coffee shop around the corner".
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?