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

Tough titties: Govt sites stormed

Anonymous, best known for its masked protests against the Church of Scientology, has branched out into denial-of-service attacks against Australian government websites to protest the Rudd Government's plans for mandatory internet "filtering".

February 14, 2010 by


iiNet: The whys and what nows

Last week the Federal Court ruled that internet service providers are not responsible for copyright violation by their customers. This is an important decision not just for iiNet, which spent around $4 million defending the case, but for all ISPs in Australia and, indeed, globally.

February 7, 2010 by


Intel's new 32nm 2010 Core chips

Intel announced new processor chips at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the 2010 Core series, with transistor sizes down to 32 nanometres. They're faster with better power consumption, sure, but what else will it mean?

January 10, 2010 by