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Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

The country's considering an overhaul of privacy laws that could make it illegal to record private conversations or activities without consent via Google Glass or similar wearable technologies.

Australian government announces its National Cloud Computing Strategy

The Australian government has officially published its National Cloud Computing Strategy.

Sophos was involved in the committee that created this document...so we'd like to know what *you* think of it now it's out!

Telephonic irony - "Hello, this is the Do Not Call Register calling"

It was a breach of the law serious enough to attract a $110,000 fine, but you still have to laugh.

The company that operates Australia's Do Not Call Register has been found guilty of making unlawful calls to subscribers on the Do Not Call Register.

Cyber attackers seize, encrypt and ransom medical centre's patient database

Cyber attackers seize, encrypt and ransom medical centre's patient database

The data-kidnappers are demanding $4,000 to release thousands of patient records belonging to the Miami Family Medical Centre on Australia's Gold Coast.

PayPal phishing scams - take care of yourself online this Christmas

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PayPal users are being targeted in what is a now-typical pattern of phishing against the global payment service.

The trick is short and simple: you receive an email "acknowledging" a smallish payment. It's $79 to an eBay advertising service in our example...

Romanian hackers busted with half a MILLION credit cards from Australia - how could THAT have happened?

Romanian hackers busted with half a MILLION cards from Australia - how could THAT have happened?

A Romanian carding crew allegedly made off with half a million Aussie credit card numbers, racking up charges averaging more than $1000 each on 30,000 of them.

Half a MILLION cards from Australia. And the crooks didn't even need to leave Romania. How could THAT have happened?

National security threat or not? Huawei offers Australia unrestricted access to code

Huawei offers Australia unrestricted access to code

The company blames its own poor communications for what it calls "myths and misinformation" that have led to multiple countries banning its equipment.

But reports of Huawei's almost-sale of banned telecom equipment to Iran underscores fears that the company is sloppy at best, a vector for cyber attack at worst.

FTC announces international crack down on bogus support call scam

FTC announces international crack down on bogus support call scam

The US Federal Trade Commission announced a crackdown on a widespread phone-based scam that tricked tens of thousands of computer owners, worldwide, into purchasing bogus computer cleanup services.

Australian Privacy Commissioner lays the hard word on Google as WiFi data capture saga continues

Aussie Privacy Commissioner lays the hard word on Google as WiFi data capture saga continues

You're probably familiar with the Google Street View WiFi data collection saga by now.

It's not over yet, with the Australian Privacy Commissioner the latest critic to lay the hard word on Google.

Anonymous hacktivists steal AAPT customer data in data retention protest

Anonymous hacktivists steal AAPT customer data in data retention protest

Internet security and privacy are enjoying a spirited public airing in Australia today.

The wires are abuzz with claims that hackers stole 40GB of data from an ISP in protest against proposed new data retention laws.

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

In computer security history, the word Ska is most notably associated with a widespread mass-mailing virus also known as Happy99.

Happily, that association has recently been subsumed by an ambitious astronomical project - one which brings astonishing computer science challenges all of its own.

Samoa moves to the other side of the world - and misses a day!

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At midnight tonight, Samoa will switch from UTC-12 to UTC+12, jumping from one side of the world to the other.

So there will be no Friday 30 December 2011 in Samoa. How funky is that?

Safeguards for ethical hackers spurned by Australian government

Australia spurns ethical hacker protection

The Australian government has thumbed its nose at legal safeguards for ethical hackers, according to security researcher Alana Maurushat.

Industry professionals say they went out of their way to submit proposals for recent reviews of cybercrime laws, but the government decided to reject them all.

Australian job hunters offered money laundering jobs via fake seek.com.au website

Australian job hunters offered money laundering jobs via fake seek.com.au website

Don't be an ass! Reject money mule jobs offered by cybercriminals, even if they do pretend to be legitimate recruitment websites.

Vodafone Australia in massive data leakage controversy

Vodafone Australia in massive data leakage controversy

UPDATED: Vodafone Australia's current data leakage woes are a warning to us all.

Learn why, and listen to some advice on how to decide if your business is vulnerable.

Stay safe online with Sophos this Christmas

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From the comfort of summer, Sophos Southern Hemisphere says, "Stay safe online this Christmas!"

We've included some holiday-time tips for your friends and family, too - don't let your cyberguard down over the festive season.

Oz election outcome – I was right!

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The dust has finally settled on the Australian federal election. As everyone ought to know, the previous ruling party, and the previous Prime Minister, managed to cling somewhat precariously to power. They didn't really win, since they ended up with Read more…

In-store Fuji photo kiosks spread malware

In-store Fuji photo kiosks spread malware

Earlier this month reports began to come in from Australia that some Windows-based Fuji photo kiosks were infected by malware, and spreading worms to unsuspecting shoppers when they inserted their SD cards and memory sticks to print out their digital Read more…

Aussies fall for "Shop for Free" scam on Facebook – watch out!

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Don't fall for the Target Week SHOP for FREE scam, which is currently proving very popular on Facebook. Thousands of Australians, and even more people elsewhere in the world, already seem to have decided that they "Like" this special offer Read more…

Dezombifying Australia

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This morning it was Sophos's pleasure to host a meeting for the Internet Industry Association (IIA). From the text of its website, the IIA is an Australian industry body which aims to promote laws and initiatives which enhance access, equity, Read more…