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Nonsensical net neutrality trial to begin

Network neutrality is an FCC policy, under challenge by major ISPs, that addresses a fictional problem with rules that create real ones. To institute it, the FCC played fast and loose with the law, and the courts will likely strike down the rules.

September 9, 2013

Apple hacked by same group that attacked Facebook

The iPhone and iPad maker said today that it is working with law enforcement to identify the hackers that breached its internal network. The same Java exploit that was used to attack Facebook was also to blame for allowing the hackers in to Apple's network.

February 19, 2013 by

TransACT ponders life post-NBN laws

TransACT will have to shift the focus of its business away from being a fibre network provider, now that the government's anti-cherry-picking legislation is the law of the land.

April 17, 2012

Facebook offers up more downloadable user data

Facebook users can now download more information about themselves from the site than before, after the social network instituted changes ordered by the Irish data protection commissioner.The Irish DPC requested the changes in December, saying they were needed for Facebook to comply with EU data protection law.

April 13, 2012 by

Europe-wide draft law seeks to criminalise hacking

Cyberattacks could become a criminal offence across Europe punishable by at least two years in jail under a draft law cleared by a European Parliament committee on Tuesday.Attacks against a website, network or database, and attempts to interfere with or illegally intercept data, would see two years in prison under proposals backed by the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee.

March 28, 2012 by

Facebook's law enforcement 'guidebook' leaked

Facebook's "guidebook" on acting and reacting to law enforcement and governments has been leaked, and shows a first-hand view of how the world's largest social network dishes out users' data when it is required.

November 23, 2011

Hackers 'unique' foes: ex-Homeland head

Former Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said that combating groups like LulzSec and Anonymous pose a unique problem for law enforcement, because "the big challenge is attribution". However, it's possible that the US government could find itself in a cyberwar with a network.

June 22, 2011

Minter Ellison wins Tassie NBN work

Law firm Minter Ellison has been awarded $330,000 worth of work with the federal broadband department for work, which appears to relate to the Tasmanian portion of the National Broadband Network roll-out.

May 12, 2009 by

Don't like Net Neutrality? What about "Structural Separation?"

Taking note of Comcast's admission/confession that they "shape" BitTorrent and other high-bandwidth Internet traffic in order to manage their network, very smart blogger David Isenberg chooses not to join the chorus that maintains a comprehensive Net Neutrality law would effectively restrict or halt these practices.Instead, David is calling for a concept often referred to as Structural Separation.

October 21, 2007 by

Germans crank up anti-hacker laws

German hackers beware: fooling around with programs that circumvent German security measures is strictly verboten now that lawmakers have added more "anti-hacker" provisions to the German criminal code, reports Ars Technica.The law already has its critics who claim the the provision may make some scanning tools illegal and that it prevents necessary security and network research.

May 31, 2007 by

FBI network security slammed

The FBI has been given a dressing down by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) over its network security.In a report entitled "FBI Needs to Address Weaknesses in Critical Network", the GAO said that the FBI was not doing enough to guard its law enforcement data from insider threats.

May 25, 2007 by

Spoofing NAC

Remember Stiennon's first law of network security?  It is:  Thou shalt not trust an end point to report its own state.

April 2, 2007 by

Law firm refreshes Melbourne network

in brief Law firm Middletons has replaced its Melbourne network switching infrastructure with Nortel hardware as part of a move to a new office. Middletons technology services manager Terry Bohan was not immediately available to comment on the rollout, which was completed in late January.

March 22, 2007 by

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