Stilgherrian

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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.

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Cybercrime: it's just too easy

Cybercrime: it's just too easy

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.

May 27, 2012 by in AUSCERT

NSA, FBI split on comms intercepts

NSA, FBI split on comms intercepts

The differing missions of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI have led to a split over telecommunications intercept policies — which Americans call "wiretaps" — according to computer scientist Susan Landau.

May 20, 2012 by in AUSCERT

DNS poisoning the 'thin end of a wedge'

DNS poisoning the 'thin end of a wedge'

Manipulating the internet's domain-name system (DNS) to reduce the impact of criminal malware DNSChanger has proved successful. Extending the technique to deal with other matters, however, represents the thin end of a wedge, according to DNS pioneer Dr Paul Vixie.

May 16, 2012 by in AUSCERT