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

Microsoft exposes the botnet threat

What happens when you monitor the hostile traffic hitting 600 million computers globally, and then get a team of information security analysts to trawl through it? You get a detailed analysis of the world of the botnet, that's what.

October 17, 2010 by


Credit cards risked by standards failure

If you're giving someone your credit card details, you'd like to think they were being handled securely. But a recent report from Verizon Business has revealed that a mere 22 per cent of organisations surveyed were fully compliant with the relevant security standard, the PCI DSS.

October 10, 2010 by


Opening up the cloud

The cloud isn't just about commercial software and enterprise systems. The open-source world has its services too. Linode has been offering virtual Linux servers for years. Now the OpenStack project provides open source, open standards software for building reliable cloud infrastructure.

September 26, 2010 by

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CCTV surveillance: reality versus myth

The Queensland city of Ipswich has claimed that its CCTV surveillance systems have reduced crime in monitored areas by 75 per cent. But how does the Ipswich case compare to the costly and arguably less effective public safety cameras in the UK?

September 12, 2010 by


BYO computers: cloud security risk?

Allowing staff to choose their own computer and smartphone rather than using the standard company roll-out will, in theory, help attract talented staff rather than corporate droids. But what about the security risks once the IT department loses control?

August 29, 2010 by


Broadband election's harsh come-down

Last week it was the broadband election. This week it still is. But the future of Australia's national broadband policy and, indeed, the future of the government itself now depends on a handful of independent members in a hung parliament.

August 22, 2010 by


Media laws dying for digital update

Do Australia's media laws need updating for the age of digital convergence? Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy thinks so. In his recent keynote address to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) he said that a re-elected Labor government would conduct a complete review.

August 8, 2010 by

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