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Tag Archives: hacking

Ghosts in the shell

By 28 May 2013

Four Corners have a big piece on the extent of Chinese hacking in Canberra.
While debate rages over Australia’s border security, there’s growing evidence that the greatest threat to Australia’s national security potentially comes from foreign computer hackers. Few in government or business will admit the full extent of the break-ins, with one expert calling [...]

Anonymous raids ADFA

By 11 December 2012

The SMH has the details on a big hack of staff and student data at ADFA by the moderately famous Anonymous affiliate known as “Darwinare”:
The university said almost all of the stolen passwords were historical and could not have been used to access emails or other personal information.
However, it warned students to be wary of [...]

“MyWay hacking” misinterpretation

By 30 November 2012

Hey all,
We’ve had a think about our last blog post and taken a fresh look on how it could be mis-interpreted.
We didn’t intend to give the impression that we were maliciously going after the security of the MyWay system. Nothing of the sort, this was an exploration of what MyWay is and how it works: [...]

MyWay Card Hacking

By 29 November 2012

Hey All,
I just got an awesome Galaxy Note 2 to do some development on, and to my extreme delight, I found it has NFC capabilities. For those who haven’t heard of NFC, its an extension of RFID technologies, which allows for wireless data transfer over a 10cm range. Obviously, I had some good fun scanning [...]

Brumbies’ lock has his twitter hacked

By 16 June 2012

My limited twitter interactions with the Brumbies are usually characterised along the lines of “Good luck!” replied to with “Thanks bro!”.
So I was it was an eyebrow raiser when I got the above direct message this morning from Brumbies lock Sam Carter.
Who could resist clicking a link like that?
Fortunately other brave pioneers have caught the [...]

95% of ACT Government IT systems without the required System Security Plan

By 8 June 2012

The Auditor-General’s report on Whole-of-Government Information and Communication Technology Security Management and Services paints a generally rosy picture of the ACT Government’s IT security.
But It worries us that attacks defended headlines the conclusions:
The protection of the ACT Government network is robust. Shared Services ICT Security Section’s security regime has successfully defended against over one million [...]

Canberra’s InfoSec boffins letting the team down?

By 1 August 2011

The SMH has a lengthy piece on industrial scale penetration of Government information networks by hostile Governments.
Last week Graham Ingram, the general manager of Australian independent cyber emergency unit AusCERT, told a security conference Australia was as much as five years behind regarding cyber security.
Earlier this year it was revealed that foreign spies, likely Chinese, [...]

Students hacking Government computers?

By 27 May 2011

The Canberra Times has breathless reporting of the heroic battles the ACT Government’s internet security unit, Shared Services ICT, has been fighting against students in the education system.
Shared Services ICT acting general manager Ken Moore told a budget estimates committee yesterday the service repelled hundreds of thousands of cyber attack attempts every year.
And, Mr [...]

Stanhopian self-congratulation on IT Security

By 22 February 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope is celebrating that his Government’s servers have not been hacked, as far as he knows.
ACT Government websites faced more than 646,000 cyber attacks in 2009-10 but repelled each one of them, Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Jon Stanhope, said today.
“The fact that not one of the 646,700 [...]

Canberra Hackerspace seeks geeks, artists & space

By 11 December 2009

(NB: A Hackerspace has nothing to do with “unauthorised hacking into other people’s computers”.)
I wanted to let Rioters know that we are starting a Canberra Hackerspace. A Hackerspace “can be viewed as an open community lab, workbench, machine shop, workshop and/or studio where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to share resources and knowledge [...]

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