SandmanWAIX writes: A 40 billion dollar treaty between Australia and East Timor is going to the courts in The Hague this week with East Timor accusing the Australian spy agency ASIS of spying during the negotiations.
A former spy has turned whistleblower in the case and subsequently had his passport cancelled and his lawyers office raided. The unnamed spy (former director of technical operations) decided to come forward as the then foreign minister overseeing the treaty is now an advisor to Woodside Petroleum, Australia's largest oil and gas company.
SandmanWAIX writes: In an embarrassing revelation today it appears as though the blueprints to the new Australian federal intelligence agency ASIO headquarters have been stolen, reportedly by a cyber attack originating from China. Several other governmental departments have been reported as being breached also.
The blueprints which have been compromised include the security system, comms network, floor plan and server locations of the new ASIO headquarters located in the Australian capital city, Canberra.
SandmanWAIX writes: A recent Australian Federal Court ruling found in favour of major telco Optus and determined they are not in breach of copyright with their TV Now service. This service allows mobile phone customers to record/watch free-to-air tv calling in to question the value of exclusivity deals signed with other major carriers.
“Telstra has exclusive online broadcast rights for both the AFL and NRL, and its latest online deal with the AFL for the 2012-16 seasons cost the telco $153 million.”
"What's a matter for us is considering whether or not there needs to be changes to the copyright laws in view of these circumstances," Prime Minister Gillard said.
SandmanWAIX writes: "Rupert Murdoch's media empire has made huge payouts to 37 phone-hacking victims, including actor Jude Law, singer Danii Minogue, and former British deputy prime minister John Prescott, their lawyers said." Huge is a relative term isn't it?