Australia’s tangle of electronic surveillance laws needs unravelling

Australia’s tangle of electronic surveillance laws needs unravelling

The legislative framework that governs Australia’s intelligence community is “unnecessarily complex”. It leads to “unclear and confusing laws” for the intelligence officers who have to interpret and follow them. So said the final report of the Comprehensive review of the legal framework of the National Intelligence Community in December 2019 — although the government didn’t…

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Optus warns not to punish whole economy for tech giant sins in Privacy Act changes

Optus warns not to punish whole economy for tech giant sins in Privacy Act changes

Image: Optus Optus has said that any changes made to Australia’s Privacy Act out of the review being conducted by the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) should not focus on problems relating to the power of tech giants in Australia. “Optus cautions against extrapolating the behaviour of global monopolistic companies to the behaviour of competitive firms across…

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Megaport clears positive cash from operations hurdle for first time

Megaport clears positive cash from operations hurdle for first time

Australian interconnection services provider Megaport has continued to burn through its cash reserves, but has taken a step towards being profitable by reporting positive cash from operations for the first time. At the end of its second quarter to December 31, the company reported netting AU$894,000 from operations, but for the first half, it used…

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OpenWRT reports data breach after hacker gained access to forum admin account

OpenWRT reports data breach after hacker gained access to forum admin account

The maintainers of OpenWRT, an open-source project that provides free and customizable firmware for home routers, have disclosed a security breach that took place over the weekend. According to a message posted on the project’s forum and distributed via multiple Linux and FOSS-themed mailing lists, the security breach took place on Saturday, January 16, around 16:00 GMT, after a…

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Hackers ‘manipulated’ stolen COVID-19 vaccine data before leaking it online

Hackers ‘manipulated’ stolen COVID-19 vaccine data before leaking it online

Hackers who stole information about COVID-19 vaccines in a cyberattack against the European Union’s medical agency and then published it online also manipulated what they found in order to spread disinformation designed to undermine trust in vaccines.In the latest update on the cyberattack that was first disclosed last month, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has…

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Cure.fit acquires AI body tracker Onyx to enable two-way workout videos

Cure.fit acquires AI body tracker Onyx to enable two-way workout videos

Selling prerecorded exercise videos for at-home workouts has been a viable business model for decades, and the pandemic has only increased the need for home solutions spanning every conceivable fitness category. But these videos couldn’t replace a key element of in-person training — the individual attention from a personal or group trainer. Now India’s best-funded…

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Database trends: Why you need a ledger database

Database trends: Why you need a ledger database

The problem: The auto dealer can’t sell the car without being paid. The bank doesn’t want to loan the money without insurance. The insurance broker doesn’t want to write a policy without payment. The three companies need to work together as partners, but they can’t really trust each other. When businesses need to cooperate, they…

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The skills Deloitte looks for when it acquires IT service providers

The skills Deloitte looks for when it acquires IT service providers

Deloitte Consulting just sealed its fourteenth acquisition in three years by closing a deal that adds HashedIn Technologies Private Limited to its expanding portfolio of cloud consulting services. The deal comes at a time when, despite the recent economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, merger and acquisition activity among IT service providers is…

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