Press conference with Det Supt Brian Hay

Here is the full audio recording of the press conference held this morning by Detective Superintendent Brian Hay, head of the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group of the Queensland Police Service in relation to the arrest of Fairfax journalist Ben Grubb.

For background, here are the related ZDNet Australia stories, and I’ll post further linkage when I have the time. That’ll include a fairly full collection of media stories.

Note that the Facebook hack was not demonstrated at the AusCERT Conference but the Security BSides Australia conference. There’s a few more misconceptions in some of the media reportage, but I’ll do another post about them I figure.

Talking Facebook regulation on Syn Radio

There was a bit of media interest in my opinion piece for ABC Drum Opinion on Facebook regulation, including an interview for Panorama on Melbourne’s SYN Radio.

While they do eventually put some items on their own website, it doesn’t seem to have appeared yet. So here it is for your listening pleasure.

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Talking Hacking 101 on ABC Radio Darwin 105.7

This morning, in the wake of news that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s email has been hacked along with those of other senior government members, the ABC’s Kate O’Toole spoke with me about the rise of hacking.

This material is ©2010 Australian Broadcasting Corporation, of course, but given that I provide my time for free and they don’t make the effort to make it available online, it’s only reasonable that I put it here and plug Kate O’Toole’s excellent program.

Weekly Wrap 35

A weekly summary of what I’ve been doing elsewhere on the internets. Which wasn’t much, because Sydney continued to swelter in the heat while I was busy packing up the Enmore house — and I’ll tell you more about that later.


None. Terrible, eh? Well, I did rant about sky spam. Although that was here on this website rather than elsewhere.


  • Patch Monday episode 74, “Microsoft-Google-Apple 3-way cage fight”. A panel discussion about the three biggest technology companies and their future. My guests? Sam Higgins, research director at Brisbane-based ICT research and advisory company Longhaus. Derry Finkeldey, principal research analyst with Gartner specialising in branding and marketing issues. And Keith Ahern, founder of one of Australia’s leading mobile application developers, Mogeneration.

Media Appearances

  • On Friday I spoke with Kate O’Toole on ABC Radio Darwin 105.7 about the internet running out of IP addresses. And here’s a recording — which is obviously ©2011 Australian Broadcasting Corporation but since they’re not doing anything with it I might as well use it to plug Kate’s excellent program.

Corporate Largesse



Most of my day-to-day observations are on my high-volume Twitter stream, and random photos and other observations turn up on my Posterous stream. The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.

[Photo: Enmore Heat, a picture of Enmore Road, Sydney, just after 7pm on 1 February 2011, when the temperature was still 40C.]

Talking Twitter and the election on Syn Radio

I’ve just been chatting about Twitter and other internet issues during the Australian Federal Election 2010 with Melbourne’s Syn Media, which broadcasts on 90.7 FM. And here’s a podcast.

I was interviewed by Tamsyn Byrne and Emma Buckley Lennox for the “Below the Line” election program. This recording is missing the final few seconds of the conversation, but that was really just the thank-you and a mention of my website.

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Alastair MacGibbon on the Cyber Crime report

While I’ve already given my opinion of the federal parliament’s Cyber Crime report, why not listen to an actual expert opinion?

Last night I spoke with Alastair MacGibbon (pictured) for today’s Patch Monday podcast. We recorded way too much material for the podcast, so here’s the full conversation.

MacGibbon was the founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, was with the Australian Federal Police for 15 years, he graduated from the FBI’s National Academy in the US, was Head of Trust, Safety & Customer Support for eBay Asia Pacific for four years — in short, he knows his way around this stuff.

We talk through some of the recommendations of the report Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of Cyber Crime released last Monday — including MacGibbon’s own somewhat controversial view that we should actively block people’s computers from accessing the internet if their security software isn’t up to scratch.

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[Photo: Alastair MacGibbon speaking at the recent Intelligence Squared debate, Governments should not censor the internet, in a frame grab taken from the ABC TV broadcast.]