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Blackmail fears as British parliament hit by 'brute force' cyber attack

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Blackmail fears as British parliament hit by 'brute force' cyber attack

- London: Britain's parliament has suffered an unprecedented cyber attack after hackers launched a "sustained and determined" attempt to break into MPs' email accounts. The "brute force" assault lasted more than 12 hours on Friday as unknown hackers repeatedly probed "weak" passwords of politicians and aides. Parliamentary officials were forced to lock MPs out of their own email accounts as they scrambled to minimise damage from the incident

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OpenStack Days Melbourne: a tipping point in cloud technology

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OpenStack Days Melbourne: a tipping point in cloud technology

- Melbourne, known for topping lists of the world’s most livable cities, recently played host to the third Australian OpenStack Day. With three tracks—focused on business, innovation and technical aspects of OpenStack—the event offered something for everyone among 200-plus attendees and seeded lots of excitement for the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Sydney. Virtually all attendees indicated by a raise of hands that they were residents of Australia or New Zealand, but that still brought in participants from afar—one attendee jumped on a red eye from Perth just to attend, with a flight home immediately after the sessions

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Cyber security brain drain must be plugged by big business, government bravery, expert says

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Cyber security brain drain must be plugged by big business, government bravery, expert says

- Australia's cyber security brain drain could be slowed if big business and governments were less afraid to embrace local start-ups and new technology, an expert says. Too many companies are moving abroad after struggling to secure contracts at home, according to Professor Greg Austin, from the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales. "The industry groups here complain that they can't sell anything made in Australia to the Australian government unless a foreign corporation or government has bought it first," he said

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Agriculture and the 'Internet of Things': how it will change in Australia

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Agriculture and the 'Internet of Things': how it will change in Australia

- Over the past few years technology and agriculture have come together in an unprecedented way, as advances in the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and big data analysis are increasingly applied to the production, processing and marketing of food and fibre. The purpose of this article is to de-mystify the IoT and how it will change agriculture in Australia. It explores the drivers, IoT in the broader context of farming technology and why IoT is important for the future of agriculture

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Windows 10: IT wants to manage PCs like phones

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Windows 10: IT wants to manage PCs like phones

- When three large government departments merged to create the Australian Department of Human Services, it took the new department almost three years to migrate to Windows 7. Having gone through those “three hard years,” the IT team was determined not to fall behind again, says Mike Brett, the department’s general manager for information communication technology infrastructure. Not only did the department start its Windows 10 migration as soon as the operating system came out, but it’s also committed to adopting new releases of Windows 10 as they come along

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Cybersecurity skills shortage putting public, private sectors at risk, experts say

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Cybersecurity skills shortage putting public, private sectors at risk, experts say

- A global shortage of cybersecurity professionals is impacting Australia as government departments, corporations and businesses compete for talent, in response to an increasing number of attacks. According to annual surveys by Telstra, almost 60 per cent of businesses experienced at least one disruptive security breach a month in 2016, compared to just 23.7 per cent the previous year. The rising threat level has sparked a hiring frenzy with employers "gobbling up" IT students from around the country, often before they graduate

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Rev your engines with the Forza Horizon 3 Mountain Dew Car Pack

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Rev your engines with the Forza Horizon 3 Mountain Dew Car Pack

- This month we’re featuring seven very special cars, including two legendary classics, one from Australia and the other, America. The 48-215, otherwise known as the 1951 Holden FX Sedan, was a post-war breakthrough for Australian car fans, featuring the roomy ruggedness that Aussies demanded. For Americans, the AMC Gremlin X was a response to the fuel crisis of the 1970s, resulting in a car whose distinctive shape has become the stuff of legend

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Farpoint review: the best VR shooting experience you can get at home

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Farpoint review: the best VR shooting experience you can get at home

- Sony's PlayStation VR has flown mostly under the radar since its release six months ago, with a steady flow of smaller games, optional modes and ports from other systems making up the bulk of its content. So the recently released Farpoint — as a full-sized, full-priced shooter that requires the headset to work — immediately stands out from the crowd. Initially it sounded like my own personal hell — a VR game where you get stranded on an alien planet and fight spiders that are, at a minimum, the size of jack russells — but thanks to satisfying controls, smart enemy design and a surprisingly interesting story Farpoint and I got along just fine

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Ever re-use your passwords? You're a hacker's dream

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Ever re-use your passwords? You're a hacker's dream

- With so much of life lived online, it can be hard to remember passwords for every app and platform you're on, but re-using them is putting people at an ever-increasing risk of being hacked. The recent data breach of food and restaurant search engine Zomato saw hackers steal 17 million users' data. The company had to strike a deal with the hacker, who agreed to destroy all data and not sell it to someone over the dark web

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Accounting firms keep the status quo, but disruption looms

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Accounting firms keep the status quo, but disruption looms

- Recently I wrote a post about the accounting profession and its future in light of artificial intelligence (AI) and software vendors’ eventual and unavoidable intention to apply it to problem areas that accounting professionals usually deal with. My post certainly got people thinking and talking. One stream of thought came from an accountant situated in Australia who has built a small but effective practice off the back of Xero’s product

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Government 'lagging' on half its cyber security reform agenda, think tank says

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Government 'lagging' on half its cyber security reform agenda, think tank says

- The federal government is lagging behind on nearly half the reforms laid out in a plan to bolster the public service's cyber security, a defence think tank says. Efforts to strengthen APS protections against disruptive and costly cyber attacks are too slow in several areas if the government wants to meet a four-year deadline to shore up its defences, according to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

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Elle Australia features cover shot entirely on an iPhone

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Elle Australia features cover shot entirely on an iPhone

- Australian photographer Georges Antoni captured digital disruptor Margaret Zhang using an iPhone 7 for the June issue. The 24-year-old who established her popular blog Shine By Three in her teens now has an online following of close to 1 million on her social media channels. Her skills in creative direction, photography and styling are now sought after by some of the world's biggest brands, like Louis Vuitton, and personalities like Kanye West

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APS 'compliance culture' a risk to cyber security, Prime Minister's adviser says

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APS 'compliance culture' a risk to cyber security, Prime Minister's adviser says

- A 'tick box' mentality in the public service risks blinding departments to threats of cyber attack, the Prime Minister's cyber tsar says. The warning comes as government internet services provider Macquarie Telecom Group told a parliamentary inquiry some agencies had not joined a program to improve their cyber security. Special adviser to Malcolm Turnbull on cyber security Alastair MacGibbon warned departments focused on complying with audits and following safety checklists could harm their security by ignoring evolving cyber threats

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Elle Australia's new, world-first fashion cover starring Margaret Zhang was shot on an iPhone

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Elle Australia's new, world-first fashion cover starring Margaret Zhang was shot on an iPhone

- Elle Australia has unveiled a new issue with a cover and fashion spread shot entirely on an iPhone. In a world-first for a fashion publication, Australian photographer Georges Antoni captured digital disruptor Margaret Zhang using an iPhone 7 for the June issue, on stands on Monday. The 24-year-old who established her popular blog Shine By Three in her teens now has an online following of close to 1 million on her social media channels

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Fake news, hacking threat to democracy now on 'unseen scale': report

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Fake news, hacking threat to democracy now on 'unseen scale': report

- Fake news, hacking threat to democracy now on 'unseen scale', report says The internet and social media pose an unprecedented threat to Australia's democratic systems and an urgent response is needed to safeguard against attacks, according to a new report. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report drew on case studies from the US and found technology had enabled malicious foreign forces to potentially influence elections on a "scale and scope previously unseen"

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Tags: Hacking |  Information Security | 
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Smart watches could soon monitor your walk to verify your identity, scientists say

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Smart watches could soon monitor your walk to verify your identity, scientists say

- A potential breakthrough in measuring the unique way each person moves could overhaul the way we access our phones, computers, and even our money, scientists have said. Small sensors like those found in fitness trackers and smart watches are currently able to analyse a person's gait as they move, and scientists are already looking at ways to use that data, which is distinctive to each person

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OpenStack Australia Day Melbourne: Innovation, Donuts and the chance to win a FREE pass to the Sydney OpenStack Summit!

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OpenStack Australia Day Melbourne: Innovation, Donuts and the chance to win a FREE pass to the Sydney OpenStack Summit!

- This time next week we will be halfway through OpenStack Australia Day Melbourne. And more than likely we will have demolished the donut wall! This OpenStack Australia Day will be fast paced with more features than ever before. This includes three simultaneous tracks, covering business, tech and innovation. There will also be two panels: an innovation panel to discuss global research on open platforms before the main panel kicks off at 5pm

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OpenStack Australia Day Melbourne – Agenda Announced

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OpenStack Australia Day Melbourne – Agenda Announced

- OpenStack Australia Day Melbourne is now less than 2 weeks away – have you registered yet? The agenda has been announced, and will feature sessions across three simultaneous tracks. In the business track, you will hear case studies and strategies from the OpenStack Foundation, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Hostworks, Puppet and more. The technical track features in-depth sessions and demonstrations from Gigaspaces and Dimension Data just to name a few

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  • Man nearly electrocuted after falling asleep with his iPhone charging in bed
    Man nearly electrocuted after falling asleep with his iPhone charging in bed

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    Alabama: When Wiley Day fell asleep on March 22, his iPhone was not far away. Like so many others, he had grown used to keeping his phone with him in bed, via an extension cord, as it charged overnight. The 32-year-old Huntsville, Alabama, man would soon regret that habit. The next morning, Day woke up and rolled over. As he did so, a dog-tag necklace that he was wearing happened to catch on the exposed prongs of the charger head, which had come loose from the extension cord

     

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