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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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?

June 6, 2010 by

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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.

May 30, 2010 by


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".

May 17, 2010 by


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.

May 9, 2010 by


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?

April 11, 2010 by


Refused Classification means what, exactly?

Australia's planned mandatory internet service provider level internet filter will block Refused Classification (RC) material. Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy says that's "child pornography, pro-bestiality sites, pro-rape websites and material like that". But it's actually more than that.

March 28, 2010 by


Parents don't act on cyber-safety fears

Most Australian parents are concerned about the safety of their children online. But new research shows that parents don't back up their concerns with meaningful actions, and that in any event they might well be concerned about the wrong risks.

March 21, 2010 by