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 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


ISP filtering goes 'voluntary'

Australia's mandatory internet filter is at least two years away, but Telstra and Optus are only weeks from implementing their "voluntary" equivalents. Where are we up to with this controversial issue?

June 26, 2011 by


Are we missing the bus on Gov 2.0 data?

A popular Sydney Buses app died when Sydney Transit cut off the data feed after just a few weeks, citing lack of server capacity. Developer Ben Hosken is disappointed, but he's more concerned that developers aren't making enough use of the government data on offer.

June 19, 2011 by


Gamification and VC's spotty bubble

LinkedIn's soaring share price after the company's recent IPO is only the most obvious example of the current boom in Silicon Valley. Leading the hype is "gamification", the use of game mechanics in non-game business applications.

June 13, 2011 by

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Stuxnet, routing hacks and a seized iPad

AusCERT, Australia's largest information security conference, dominates an extended Patch Monday podcast this week, with the latest on Stuxnet, the insecurities of internet routing and the drama that started with a Facebook hack and ended with a journalist being arrested.

May 22, 2011 by