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Submission + - Apple accuses Samsung of making an iPad clone (zdnet.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: "Apple in an Australian court today has accused Samsung of swooping in on its market share by designing its Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be an iPad-clone. Samsung hit back in the Sydney court, saying that the Korean-based gadget giant has been designing Galaxy devices for years, and the only reason Apple is pursuing a global offensive against new Galaxy Tabs is because they represent a credible threat to the iPad's market share as a more attractive device.

The hearing has also yielded a first real-world look at the newest Australian version of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, the tablet Apple doesn't want you to see."


Submission + - Apple blocks sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia (zdnet.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: "Apple has obtained an injunction from an Australian court effectively blocking the sale of the new Android Honeycomb-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v. Apple Australia claims that the unit infringes on 10 of the Cupertino, California-based company's patents including the slide to unlock functionality as well as the edge-bounce feature. Samsung will provide Apple Australia with three units for study in coming weeks to ascertain whether or not the Korean gadget maker did in fact infringe on Apple's patented intellectual property."

Submission + - ALDI sells Conficker-infected hard drives (zdnet.com.au)

mukimu writes: "Supermarket ALDI has been selling malware-infected hard drives in Australian stores, prompting the country's Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) to issue an security alert to users on behalf of the government.

ALDI has had to issue a recall on the products, which contained components of Conficker, and remove the product from its stores.

AusCERT noted that the worm should be picked up by antivirus given it is extremely old and past its hey day when it infected Australian Banks and transport infrastructure."


Submission + - Distribute.IT confirms "Evil" behind hack (zdnet.com.au) 1

joshgnosis writes: The Australian Federal Police yesterday swooped in on a hacker alleged to have gotten into the systems of a number of companies and telcos.

The 25 year-old man is an unemployed truck driver who the AFP says taught himself the skills, and targeted the companies in order to brag about his efforts, after complaining about not being able to get a job in the IT industry.


Submission + - Australian Tax Office snubs Linux, Mac support (zdnet.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: "The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has once again snubbed Linux and Mac users, choosing only to support Windows for this years' release of its DIY tax software, e-Tax. This is despite the fact that the ATO has promised a "trial" of Linux and Mac tax software since the end of 2008.

While the tax office has said it's reviewing its strategy when it comes to what to support for customers, it's currently making copies of Windows and emulation software tax deductible for the use of e-Tax software."


Submission + - ANZ Bank to replace 50,000 SecurID tokens (zdnet.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: "Australia's ANZ Bank has revealed it will replace approximately 50,000 RSA SecurID tokens used by staff and customers, following the use of compromised tokens in a foiled attack on US-defence contractor, Lockheed Martin.

"While there is no direct threat to ANZ customers, we believe this is the best course of action given recent advice from RSA," ANZ added, assuring customers that the tokens make up just one layer of the bank's "multi-layered security measures"."


Submission + - Apps that iOS 5 killed (zdnet.com.au)

joshgnosis writes: It's inevitable with any major update to iOS that Apple would pick and choose the features of some of the most popular apps to include in the update but it looks like at least four of the most popular apps like Instapaper, Atomic and Camera+ are now going to be overshadowed by Apple's own apps, with many more like Hipstamatic, Reeder and Instagram possible future targets

Submission + - Major Aussie banks hit by data breach (zdnet.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: "Major Australian banks including the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac are contacting customers today and cancelling transactional cards after it was revealed that an external merchant had suffered a potential data breach.

While the security breach has not occurred at a bank level, financial institutions have been quick to move against potentially compromised accounts.

The Commonwealth Bank has taken the most drastic action so far to combat the breach, telling ZDNet Australia in a statement that it had so far contacted 8000 customers via SMS, email and letter to inform them of the potential breach, and to advise them that their cards may have been compromised.

Westpac also confirmed that it had been contacting its customers about the breach, saying that only a "small number" of customers had been affected. The bank added that it had been aware of the breach for around two days.

National Australia Bank (NAB) said that it was aware of the breach, and added that a small number of cards had been affected and cancelled. NAB said that it will use its real-time fraud detection technology to monitor transactions on accounts deemed "at risk", as opposed to cancelling cards outright and inconveniencing customers.

ANZ said that while it has not actively contacted any customers about the situation, it is closely monitoring accounts using its Falcon fraud detection software.

All banks and card providers told ZDNet Australia that any fraudulent transactions would be covered under their various fraud protection schemes."

Comment RFID bag check fail... (Score 1) 2

Ah Qantas bag check fail, I have heard nothing but bad things since they implemented, from the lack of staff to help, to the queues of people waiting due to technology meltdowns... hmmm, even less convinced after this video, more testing required I think...

Submission + - Qantas runs into RFID issues (zdnet.com.au) 2

lukehopewell1 writes: "Australian airline giant Qantas has implemented new baggage tags powered by RFID technology.

The RFID tag is encoded with the information on a passenger's boarding pass when placed in a bag drop area, and is summarily sent to its destination.

But is it any good?

ZDNet Australia tested the new systems and found that the system sadly had no intention of sending our cargo.

Watch the video."

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