Yet another failure to tell users directly about security vulnerabilities highlights the need not just for mandatory data breach notification laws, but mandatory notification of security and privacy risks.
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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.
Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and the whole "sharing economy" are causing a rush of excitement, but don't confuse that thrill with any of them being good solutions for society's future.
How can long-established enterprise IT vendors adapt to a world where nimble startups provide low-cost easy-to-use services? They can't. They will die.
A serious security flaw affected internet users everywhere, but the Australian government did nothing to help SME and home users understand what was happening.
It's US$104 billion versus US$48 billion, claims HP Enterprise Services — but whether those annual figures are true or not, the bad guys are definitely getting better organised.
Australia's shadow foreign minister wants to give our spooks more tools for fighting domestic terrorism, but she's only re-bleating their discredited clichés.
Mandatory data retention is back on the political agenda, and Australian law enforcement agencies are presenting a new round of ambit claims. Watch out, meanings are being twisted.
We can't afford software with a philosophy, no matter what the platform zealots reckon about security. We need reliable engineering.
Apple may be shiny on the surface, but the recently revealed SSL security flaw means that something's rotten inside — or perhaps even poisoned.
Australian politicians of all persuasions need to take a long, cold shower to rid themselves of their Silicon Valley fetish.