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Finding high-tech flaws for fun and an optional profit

Ben Grubb NATHANIEL CAREW makes a living protecting computer systems. In his spare time, he hacks into Google.

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More than a pretty phrase

Adam Turner With just a little bit of effort and carefully clever passwords, you can protect yourself from hackers.

Organised crime gets smart with technology

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Ilya Gridneff NSW's top crime-fighting agency has admitted it is being outsmarted by criminals who use BlackBerry phones and online telephone services such as Skype to prevent their illicit conversations being...

Malware shuts down internet for many, but was it overhyped?

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Samantha Murphy Although a nasty piece of malware called DNSChanger was set to kick thousands of Mac and PC users off the internet on Monday, no major companies experienced issues related to the so-called "Doomsday...

Crikey! We've been hacked

Crikey has been hacked.

Michael Lallo News website Crikey has been hacked with editors warning readers not to visit its home page until it has been fixed.

Google halts Street View Wi-Fi data collection

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Google says it will no longer collect Wi-Fi network information for its Street View mapping service after "mistakenly" gathering personal wireless data.

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Police investigate Google Wi-Fi data 'screw up'

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Stephen Hutcheon The Australian Federal Police are investigating Google over a possible breach of the telecommunications interception act which took place when the company captured data from unprotected Wi-Fi...

Hacking fears: Symantec tells customers to disable software

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Jim Finkle Security firm Symantec took the rare step of advising customers to stop using one of its products, saying its pcAnywhere software for accessing remote PCs is at increased risk of getting hacked after...

Virus hits Iran's defence network

Iranians carry the coffin of a soldier killed at Alghadir.

Richard Spencer, Dubai 'Supervirus' called Duqu shares properties with another virus apparently created by Mossad.

FBI calls for new, secure internet

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Lolita Baldor The computer networks that control power plants and financial systems will never be secure enough, so government and corporate leaders should consider developing a new, highly secure alternative...

Trade secrets exposed by 'stealthy' email typo attack

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Ben Grubb Australian organisations and individuals face losing thousands of private emails and trade secrets to hackers through a crafty new attack which takes advantage of typos.

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Facebook personal tracking hits snag

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Jason Lewis FACEBOOK is facing curbs on how it exploits its users' most personal information to create bespoke advertising.

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The tax refund that was too good to be true

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Chalpat Sonti Fraudsters have created a mock ATO website as a vehicle to fleece taxpayers' bank accounts.

New tool to combat card skimming

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Joseph Sapienza A web designer has devised a way to combat would-be bank card skimmers by developing a system in which the PIN changes with each use.

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Digital Armageddon: fact or fiction?

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Lia Timson in San Francisco With so much talk of military espionage, computer hacking and cybercrime, one could be forgiven for thinking the world is at war with itself over the internet.

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Dumped computers exploited in overseas fraud

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Natalie O'Brien CRIMINAL networks are feeding off Australians' lust for new technology by skimming data from computers dumped in Africa and Asia - and using it for blackmail, fraud and identity theft.

Practise the web safety you teach

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Ainslie MacGibbon The young people may not listen but every school and institution dealing with them advises careful consideration of what information they post online.

Police flag more hacking arrests

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Vincent Morello Police expect to make more arrests over one of Australia's biggest online hacking attacks, which they say could spread to companies overseas.

Software takes brain power out of hacking

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Asher Moses EVEN if David ''Evil'' Cecil is guilty, he is not necessarily a hacking mastermind. Computer security professionals say breaking into websites and computer networks is now as simple as downloading...

Police charge lone hacker over NBN plot

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Saffron Howden AN UNEMPLOYED truck driver with the online moniker ''Evil'' hacked into one of the national broadband network's service providers and had control of its entire system for at least six weeks, police...