When websites say "Please log in with your Facebook ID", they're trying to make things easier by using your existing log-in. But they aren't Facebook, so can you trust them?
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.
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".
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.
This week tackles whether multitudes of video surveillance cameras and students with free government laptops are a good thing.
What are the risks facing Australians doing business overseas in the wake of the allegedly Chinese attacks on Google and 33 other US corporations?
Two potentially huge privacy risks on Patch Monday this week. Contactless EFTPOS and credit cards that allow you to make payments without a signature or entering a PIN, and the vast honey pot of personal data that is Google.
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?
Could connecting cheap wireless devices to the electricity grid open up security holes in our critical infrastructure?
A reliable system needs a solid foundation — and that includes security. What are the emerging trends? Stilgherrian finds out in this year's last Patch Monday podcast.
The Government 2.0 Taskforce released its draft report last week, and its recommendations for Open Government almost reads like a manifesto. Stilgherrian's guest on Patch Monday this week is the chair of the Taskforce, Nicholas Gruen.