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Marie's mission to highlight fatal flaws in medical devices

Security researcher Marie Moe.

Liam Tung   Marie Moe's heart could be affected by a software flaw or attacked remotely by a hacker, but regulations and restrictions make it difficult to prevent.

Anonymous group hacks Islamic State, tells them to chill out: reports

A self-proclaimed member of Anonymous posts a video declaring war on Islamic State.

Keegan Thomson   Terrorists' propaganda appears to be shifting to the Dark Web so that it will be harder to shut down.


Big brands brave Periscope stumbles to reach millennials

Periscope, which Twitter bought earlier this year, allows anyone to live-stream an event through a mobile phone.

Jessica Toonkel   Despite the risks, big brands are going ahead with plans to use live-streaming video to attract some of the most finicky consumers.

Hilton payment systems hit by malware

Hilton has advised customers to check their bank statements after a malware incident.

Keegan Thomson   Hilton advises customers to check their bank statements after malware incident.


Retailers hunt for attacks after warning on stealthy malware

Point of sales systems like the one pictured are being compromised by hackers.

Jim Finkle   Retailers hunt for new credut card breaches after warning about malware that evades almost all security software.

FBI probes 'mr.grey' and 1.2b stolen web credentials

That hacker was identified based on data from a cybersecurity firm.

Nate Raymond   ​Hacker linked through a Russian email address to the theft of a record 1.2b credentials, the FBI court documents show.


Algorithms and the death of the recruiter


Beverley Head   ​There are 11.8 million employees in Australia – and the internet is coming to get them.


Food disruptors aim for big bite of startup pie

Liz Kaelin of food-tech startup You Chews.

Beverley Head   Liz Kaelin was tired of eating sad sandwiches at corporate events. A trained dietician, Kaelin knew it was a waste of her day's calories, especially in a city flooded with food options.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg to take two months paternity leave

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Yasmeen Abutaleb   A strong statement from one of the busiest and most powerful US executives on the importance of family time.


Kim Dotcom's MegaNet a 'preposterous pipe dream'

Members of the security community have not been as positive about Kim Dotcom's plans as he'd hoped.

Claire Connelly   Eccentric entrepreneur's 'new private internet' is 'brittle, unforgiving and only applicable to very unusual people', security expert says.

Robot farmers, holograms and more receive $8.5m boost

A SwarmFarm robot in action.

Claire Connelly   Ten Australian companies receive grants from federal fund to commercialise innovative ideas.

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Taxpayer records exposed by serious ATO, myGov security flaw

Australians can access a range of government services through the myGov portal, including tax services.

Hannah Francis   Taxpayer says he was hung up on twice by call centre staff when trying to report the issue.

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The globe-trotting journey of an Aussie hackathon troupe

John Lyons and Team Melbourne at their work space.

Mahesh Sharma   Team Australia took away much more than a prize: friendships and stories to last a lifetime.

Online payment providers duel for supremacy

Shopping online could get more expensive, but it's not as easy as it sounds.

Mahesh Sharma   The proliferation of smartphones is presenting a once-in-a-generation opportunity to introduce a new paradigm.


Officials picked up 'chatter' on possible France assault, then were blocked by encryption


Henry Chu, Richard A. Serrano, Patrick J. McDonnell   Intelligence officials in Europe and the US were picking up 'chatter' as early as September about a potential Islamic State-related attack on France but lost the ability to track the exchanges when the militants switched to encrypted communications.


Inside NSA's secret school

NSA app

Susan Svrluga   Leonard Reinsfelder's wife found a note on her car as she was leaving a shopping centre one day: 'Have your husband give us a call. We think we could use him.'

'It will get worse before it gets better'

 Chris Pogue from US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force

Rachel Olding   Australian government agencies and organisations are increasingly vulnerable to a major cyber attack yet security has not evolved in more than 20 years, according to an international cybercrime expert.


Atlassian finally goes public, filing for IPO in the US

Atlassian'€™s Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar have filed for an initial public offering in the United States.

Micheal J. de la Merced   Atlassian, the Australian maker of development and collaboration software for companies, has filed to go public in the US.


From AFL star to Big Apple start-up, Swift's Joel MacDonald is kicking goals

Swift co-founder and chief executive Joel MacDonald.

Hannah Francis   Two years ago Joel MacDonald was in Melbourne playing in the AFL; now he's kicking goals in New York.

175 new tech jobs for Melbourne

L-R: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews; Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane; Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis; Zendesk managing director and VP for engineering  ANZ Brett Adam.

Hannah Francis   State government commits to five-year funding round as software company launches community centre and new jobs.

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Atlassian eyes IPO

Atlassian'€™s Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar.

Jing Cao and Alex Barinka   Business software company Atlassian plans to publicly file for an initial public offering in the US as soon as next week, a person with knowledge of the matter said.


Another top Twitter employee quits over lack of diversity

Newly returned chief executive Jack Dorsey has made some positive commitments, but a lack of diversity runs deep at Twitter, former employee says.

Brian Fung   Striking lack of 'diversity of thought, conversation, and people' in the ranks of Twitter, outgoing engineering manager says.


Google's Larry Page discusses new Alphabet structure

Larry Page, co-founder of Google.

Deborah M. Todd   In a rare public appearance, Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page explained why he was spurred to create a whole new structure for the company he created with Sergey Brin almost two decades ago.

ID fraudsters attack ATO at least 11,000 times in one year

Identity fraudsters have targeted the ATO more than 11,000 times in the 2014-15 financial year in an attempt to steal tax refunds.

Noel Towell, Lisa Cox   The ATO has been targeted more than 11,000 times by identity fraudsters attempting to steal tax refunds in 2014-15.

Open data to public use, catch up with the world


Stephen Bartos   Public servants need to ditch the control and encourage entrepreneurship.

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Consultation matters as states vie to be nation's start-up capital

NSW Premier Mike Baird (right) and Planning Minister Rob Stokes at the former industrial site at White Bay.

Mahesh Sharma   While those involved in consultation with the Queensland and Victorian government have welcomed the open dialogue on innovation, their NSW counterparts have expressed frustration at being ignored over big decisions.


Stop raising money from VCs, Freelancer CEO warns start-ups

Freelancer chief executive Matt Barrie warns start-ups not to lose control of their own company.

Claire Connelly   Start-up founders are losing control when they give into VC funding, said CEO Matt Barrie in his SydStart keynote last week.

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Greens target Entrepreneurs Program stance

Greens industry spokesman Senator Nick McKim is concerned that technology start-ups are "falling through the gaps".

Andrew Colley   The Greens have congratulated Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for placing innovation high on the government's agenda but have voiced concerns over its Entrepreneurs Program.

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Google puts Symantec on notice

Symantec has been wrongly issuing digital certificates, potentially allowing anyone to pose as Google or Facebook and intercept those users' communications.

Liam Tung   After Symantec issued dodgy digital certificates, Google plays hardball with the security firm.

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Cyber fraudsters hijack businesses in tax scam

One business owner said their company's identity was used by con artists to claim refunds, triggering a full audit of the firm's affairs by the ATO.

Noel Towell   Australian companies are having their identities hijacked by international criminals who use them to try to defraud the Australian Taxation Office.


Five hundred tax file numbers hacked every day

Thieves are targeting financial data to lodge false tax returns.

Noel Towell and Lisa Cox   Identity thieves can now get into employers' payroll systems, but ATO says it's systems are safe.

The APS's 'gap in capability'

Digital Transformation Office chief executive Paul Shetler.

Phillip Thomson   State of the Service report outlines the major hurdle to digital reform.

Tax refunds targeted by cyber crims

The ATO says 1000 tax refunds, totalling $9 million, have had to be cancelled.

Noel Towell and Lisa Cox   Tens of thousands of taxpayers forced to wait for refunds amid suspicion of identity theft.

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Public service to ban paper in boxes

A crackdown on hard-copy paperwork has been announced.

Phillip Thomson   One powerful agency head warns against "tyranny of small person" as sweeping reforms released for public service.


Wyatt Roy headed to start-up nation Israel

Wyatt Roy is in favour of Australia adopting something similar to the Israeli approach for disseminating government funding for start-ups.

Frances Mao   Tel Aviv is calling for Wyatt Roy, who will return to Israel this week to scour the hi-tech powerhouse for inspiration for the government's innovation agenda.


Russian actions stoke fears of blackout

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt   Fears Russians might be planning attack on undersea internet cables after sub and spy ships spotted near them.

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Uber 'planning to raise another $1b'

Uber makes its first fully regulated legal ride anywhere in Australia in Canberra on Friday.

LESLIE PICKER and MIKE ISAAC   Just three months after raising an enormous sum of money from investors, Uber is at it again.

Centrelink blames smartphone apps for 60,000 blocked calls a day

Centrelink "blocked" more than 22 million phone calls in the past year.

Noel Towell   Centrelink blocked 22m phone calls last year, with smartphone apps blamed for inflating the figures.

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Why Australia can't afford to miss out on the Internet of Things wave

The Internet of Things is at the peak of the hype cycle.

Eitan Bienstock   The Internet of Things represents the biggest technology wave for years to come.


Researchers crack code for secure, easy-to-remember passwords

We're all guilty of simplifying some of our passwords for the sake of convenience.

Ana Swanson   It's all about memory recall. And Shakespeare.

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