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+ - Aussie state cops outed as Finfisher law enforcement malware users

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "Wikileaks latest release of documents shows the the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools — and still has active licenses. What it uses FinFisher, which has been deployed against dissidents by oppressive regimes, for is yet to be revealed."

+ - Australian website waits three years to tell customers about a data breach->

Submitted by AlbanX
AlbanX (2847805) writes "Australian daily deals website Catch of the Day waited three years to tell its customers their email addresses, delivery addresses, hashed passwords, and some credit card details had been stolen.

Its systems got hacked in April 2011 and the company told police, banks and credit cards issues, but didn't tell the Privacy Commissioner until later, or customers until last night."

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+ - Australia's web censorship law to be scrutinized

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "A government inquiry has been launched into whether or not Australian authorities are using Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act inappropriately.

Last year, the Australian securities watchdog used Section 313 powers to force ISPs to block quarter of million web sites — this in order to prevent access to just 1,200 sites the authority deemed harmful."

+ - Facebook rushes to encrypt data centre links->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "Facebook's security engineering chief has promised the social network is 'aggressively' working to encrypt links between its data centers, following moves by Google to do the same. Revelations by former US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden that the NSA was able to tap data center links was incidental, he told journalists today, but "proved we were wearing our tin hats correctly.""
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+ - Aussie cops arrest two Anons->

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "Australian Federal Police say they have arrested and charged one of the people behind the 2012 attack on MelbourneIT that saw 40GB of data taken by exploiting a backup server running a vulnerable version of Adobe ColdFusion.

The AFP says they also arrested an eighteen year old Penrith, New South Wales, resident for hacking."

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+ - Researchers Experiment With Explosives To Fight Wildfires->

Submitted by aesoteric
aesoteric (1344297) writes "Australian researchers are a step closer to demonstrating whether explosives — rather than water — can be used to extinguish an out-of-control wildfire. The research uses a blast of air to knock the flame off its fuel source — a technique used in the oil & gas industry for decades. The latest tests were conducted in New Mexico. Firefighters are reported to be quietly optimistic about the research's potential."
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