bennyboy64 writes: An Australian teen has caused havoc on Twitter by discovering an exploit that hit thousands of users, including Barack Obama's press secretary, and resulted in the tweets of a former British PM's wife linking to hardcore porn, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Pearce Delphin, who is studying his last year at high school, said that he was surprised that "so many famous people got infected".
bennyboy64 writes: The Australian Government has moved to distance itself from its controversial web snooping plans during the election campaign and the decision to hide details from the public. Australia's Attorney-General Robert McClelland yesterday defended his department censoring about 90 per cent of a secret government document, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, outlining plans to snoop on Australians' web surfing.
bennyboy64 writes: An Australian company is developing a laser tracking system that will help prevent collisions between satellites and space debris, ZDNet reports . 'The trouble is it's [debris] in orbit and travelling at orbital speeds, which means that it is travelling at about 30,000 kilometres an hour," said the CEO of the Australian company. 'If even a tiny little piece runs into a satellite it'll destroy it or punch a hole through a person if they're out there space walking.'
bennyboy64 writes: A 28-year-old West Australian IT professional is one of the latest to have a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip implanted in their hand, ZDNet reports. A four minute video on ZDNet of the chip being implanted might make you queezy, but sure is an interesting watch. How long before everyone starts doing this? In the article, the gentleman says his daughter (who is 8) would be given a key fob for now. Apparently she wants an implant too, but her father won't allow it.
bennyboy64 writes: Barack Obama's cyber-security coordinator has shown interest in an e-security code of practice developed in Australia that aims to quarantine internet users infected by malware, also known as zombie computers. He reportedly said it would be a useful role model for the US to adopt. One suggestion within the code is to put infected users into a 'walled garden', which limits internet access to prevent further security problems until quarantined. Another is to throttle the speed of an infected users' internet connection until their computer fixed. The code is also being considered by other Asia-Pacific countries, ZDNet reports.
bennyboy64 writes: On the eve of the launch of the Apple iPad internationally, Australian PC manufacturer Pioneer has revealed plans to launch an Android-based competitor, reports ZDNet. Pioneer issued a release this week stating it would launch its DreamBook ePad 7. The company has billed the tablet as 'a revolutionary iPad-style mobile computer' at the Computex trade fair in Taiwan, which runs from the 1 to 5 June.
bennyboy64 writes: Two prominent women in the Australian IT industry are in a bitter dispute over the ownership of the trademark 'geekgirl'. A woman attempting to use 'geekgirl' on Twitter told ZDNet women had been advised by the trademark owner to stop doing so since she owned the trademark for the word.'She noted her trademark and asked me to stop calling myself a 'geekgirl' in general conversation and to cease using the hashtag '#geekgirl' on Twitter,' IT consultant Kate Carruthers said.