This week we look at: the gun that Russian cosmonauts used to carry in space; which country has the world's top supercomputer; a biopic on the late, great Alan Turing; police tracking your phones from the sky; and technology you can feel.
Hackers have been targeting high-profile CEOs and executives when they stay at hotels, the Immigration Department broke the law when information on almost 10,000 asylum seekers was leaked and Juniper Networks' CEO has quit following a review into his leadership and conduct.
This week we cover: Europe's amazing Philae robot landing on a comet, the Royal Bank of Scotland facing a huge fine for massive IT failure, Elon Musk's plan to launch 700 internet satellites and US plans to launch and land drones from large cargo aircraft.
Telstra fined $18K for breaching judge's privacy; ATO's CIO resigns; WireLurker marks "new era" of iOS malware11 November, 2014 by Andrew Collins
Telstra to pay $18,000 for not giving a judge "reasonable notice" that he would be listed in the White Pages; ATO's Bill Gibson becomes the second senior CIO to resign in a matter of weeks; and WireLurker marks "new era" of iOS malware.
This week: Heathrow's infamous baggage system fails again, Virgin Galactic was likely brought low by a simple lever, naughty 'CHAPS' to blame for Britain's banking breakdown, the Japanese don't like the idea of self-driving cars, and tiny robots shaped like scallops could soon be invading your body.
Hackers have breached unclassified White House networks in an attack that was reportedly discovered in October; Telstra's CIO Patrick Eltridge has resigned after four years in the role; and Australians' personal health information was potentially exposed in two separate data breaches during the 2013-14 financial year.
This week we look at ANZ's embarrassing spreadsheet fail, a $200m rocket that went nowhere, Elon Musk's fear of demons, James Cameron's fear of the SkyNet and how to prevent hackers from switching off your pacemaker.
Kids at risk after data breach; ACCC ignores $11bn NBN payments to Telstra; Cisco sells majority of VCE stake to EMC28 October, 2014 by Andrew Collins
Claims of a data breach involving the personal information of hundreds of asylum seekers have been reported to the AFP; the ACCC will ignore payments that Telstra receives from its $11.2 billion agreement with NBN Co; and EMC has confirmed it will buy the majority of Cisco's stake in VCE.
This week we report on the error that led to a 'Pink Panther' crook being released early, the coming 'epidemic' of big data 'false positives', millions of internet-connected critical infrastructure devices that are wide open to hacking and ASIO accidentally monitoring itself. Oh, and some cool robot videos.
Govt looks to split TPG, FTTB providers; Russians hack NATO, Ukrainian govt; 7m Dropbox passwords ‘leaked’?21 October, 2014 by Andrew Collins
TPG would have to split its wholesale and retail operations in order to run its planned FTTB network under a plan drafted by the federal government; Russian hackers exploit Windows 7 to infiltrate NATO and the Ukrainian government; and Dropbox denies a 7-million password hack.
This week we look at a UK government tax computer system that can't add up, continuing problems with Sydney's Opal transport card, a Tor router that keeps you anonymous on the 'net, US$110 million up for grabs for photonics chips, and cute but sinister swarming drones.
Leaked documents suggest the US National Security Agency may have placed undercover operatives inside technology companies, Twitter has taken the US government to court over surveillance requests and Telstra wants to raise fixed-line rates by 7.2%.
This week we take a look at a US$617 billion fat-finger earthquake in Tokyo, the Nobel Prize research that brought us blue and white LEDs, Elon Musk’s aim for 90% autonomous cars in the next 12 months, and a quaint 1960s view of what today's computers would be like.
Vertigan wants to split NBN Co; ACMA slaps iiNet, Dodo on the wrist; Alcatel sells enterprise division for $290m07 October, 2014 by Andrew Collins
The Vertigan panel's recommendation to split NBN Co has received a mixed response; ACMA sends iiNet and Dodo to the naughty corner; and Alcatel-Lucent has sold its Enterprise division to a Chinese company for $290 million.
The Australian Senate last week passed laws that would allow ASIO to monitor every device on the internet; Michael Brown has been appointed permanent CEO of Symantec, replacing sacked former-CEO Steve Bennett.