Identity Management

How will the new privacy laws affect smartphone tracking?

The extent to which the Privacy Act's new definition of 'personal information' covers this growing practice is unclear - and a missed opportunity.

Obama defends surveillance

US president responds to dramatic revelations; UK spy agency reportedly accessed data.

Data breaches leave the Australian public fuming

Public concerns about cyber attacks and loss of personal data hit their highest level in five years, according to latest poll by IT services provider Unisys.

Reflections on retrospective security

With new and dangerous malware infecting our computers every day, there's now a potent argument for cyber security measures that use data and insight gleamed from past infections to help prevent new ones.

Polish president’s computer network hacked

Hackers have broken into the computer network of the Polish president's office and attempted to spread a computer virus in the form of an email attachment.

Assange to sue Gillard for defamation

 Julian Assange has reportedly hired lawyers to try to sue Prime Minister Julia Gillard for defaming him.

Wells Fargo website glitch raises cyber-attack alarm

ReutersWells Fargo & Co has become the latest bank to suffer problems with its website amid heightened concerns about cyber attacks against US financial institutions.

German government urges citizens to avoid Internet Explorer

ReutersThe German government has urged the public  to temporarily stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer following discovery of yet-to-be repaired bug in the web browser that the software maker said makes PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers.

AT&T hit by DDoS attack

ReutersAT&T Inc said some business customers temporarily lost internet access because its network was targeted by unknown attackers earlier this week.

The online security mirage

Yahoo, Billabong, Crikey have become the latest in a growing list of companies that have seen their databases come under attack. So are hackers getting smarter or are we making their lives easier?

Facebook, LinkedIn agree to beef up privacy, compliance teams

ReutersTechnology groups Facebook and LinkedIn have agreed to beef up their international privacy and compliance teams in response to demands from the Irish regulator, the deputy Data Protection Commissioner has told Reuters.

Apple's corporate data mine sabotage

Apple is annoyed about other companies mining infomation from the internet habits of its users and has filed a patent for software to blur their online footprint.

The big, bad Flame virus?

The Flame malware is being hailed as the most sophisticated and complex cyber weapon to date but is the public getting all the information?

How strong is your password?

Any password can be cracked with enough time and effort but what makes one password stronger than another?

Super funds under threat from cyber criminals: AFP

Superannuation accounts may be the next frontier in the war on cybercrime according to a Australian Federal Police submission to the Joint Select Committee of Cyber Security.

Anonymous' internet blackout

Is it possible to turn off the internet? Well, hacker collective Anonymous reckons it can shut it down by the end of this month.

Microsoft India store hit by hackers

ReutersMicrosoft India's retail website has been hit with a hacking attack, with a purportedly Chinese group called Evil Shadow Team posting screenshots the hackers said were customers' obscured usernames and passwords found unencrypted on the site.

What to do if your Twitter account gets hacked

With fraudsters targeting the increasing number of people using micro-blogging, here's a few tips to getting back on your feet if your Twitter account is hacked.

Reading Google's privacy fine print

Google may have shed its goody-two-shoes with the sweeping changes to its privacy policies but it's really business as usual for the search engine giant.

Thwarting the great firewall

If you regularly travel to China you'll know accessing many websites can be tricky. A VPN is one way to ensure you can still communicate.