Why do governments keep wanting to make special new laws for the internet? Surely a crime is a crime, no matter where it's committed?
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.
What are the implications of making ISPs store customer data for up to two years?
We take a look at some of the malware that's appeared this year. Are we seeing new attacks, or just evolutions of the old ones?
Commonwealth Bank of Australia explains why it's treading the Facebook banking path.
Has Twitter signed its own death warrant?
Was Telstra's decision to share the URLs its customers visited with an offshore organisation an illegal communications intercept?
Microsoft's new Surface tablet-cum-laptop is clearly intended to challenge Apple's market domination. But is it too little, too late?
The new version 6 of Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads features strong Facebook integration, local search and mapping. That could wipe out many internet start-ups, and even threaten major players.
Information security vendors are seemingly split in their reactions to Kaspersky Lab's discovery of the Flame worm. Some are joining the hype bandwagon, while others are dismissing Flame as just another spy worm.
AusCERT general manager Graham Ingram has rejected Eugene Kaspersky's view that the current golden age of cybercrime will be over in a few years — because the crimes are just too easy to commit.