This Weekly Wrap covers six weeks, Monday 24 July to Sunday 3 September 2017, because it was a Bad Time. Quite a bad time, clearly. But let’s focus on the good bits.
- Australia’s inside-out digital health strategy, ZDNet Australia, 7 August 2017.
- Cybercrime in China is the same, but different, ZDNet Australia, 10 August 2017.
- Australia to try taming unruly cyber words, ZDNet Australia, 14 August 2017.
- Australian businesses targeted in Cisco switch and router attacks: ACSC, ZDNet Australia, 17 August 2017.
- Gartner sets fire to all the cyber things, ZDNet Australia, 21 August 2017.
- The IoT-based threat of Cyber Chocolatocalypse, and worse, ZDNet Australia, 22 August 2017.
None, but I’ll announce my latest alleged plans in the next few days. Heh. Yeah, right.
- On Monday 24 July, I spoke about exploding batteries on ABC Melbourne.
- On Wednesday 16 August, I speculated about Australia’s new cyberwar unit on ABC Adelaide.
- On Tuesday 22 August, I spoke about a bunch of things on ABC Melbourne.
I probably won’t get around to posting the audio from these, but we’ll see.
- My flights from Sydney to Canberra and return on 11–12 August were provided by Australian consulting firm IBRS.
- There was plenty of free food and drink at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit on 21–22 August, as well as vendor swag. Crowdstrike: Branded webcam privacy covers. Cylance: Branded USB-to-various recharge cable. Thales: A branded lens kit for mobile devices, with macro and fisheye lenses; another of the excellent Thales pens. Trustwave: One of those credit card sized multi-purpose tools.
The Week Ahead
All I’ll say for now is that I’ll definitely be down in Sydney on Thursday for a couple of medical things. The rest I’ll make up as I go along. As always, watch for the details on Twitter.
Events I’m covering or speaking at include:
If there’s anything I should add in there, please let me know.
[Photo: Dawn at Wentworth Falls, looking east from Wentworth Falls railway station on the chilly morning of 21 August 2017.]
Earlier this month I was in Melbourne to speak at Pause Fest, as well as talk to the media about some of the issues surrounding digital surveillance and privacy.
Here’s the 19-minute conversation I had with Lindy Burns on ABC 774 Melbourne on Wednesday 10 February. As usual, we rambled all over the landscape of the topic, but I think you’ll find it interesting.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:51 — 11.2MB)
This audio is ©2016 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
[Note: Yes, I’m catching up on my blog posts, I should have them all caught up within the next 24 hours.]
Engineers at Beijing’s Tsinghua University and Hangzhou-based security company Tzekwan Technology have unveiled an ATM with face-recognition — and I discussed the implications on ABC 891 Adelaide on Monday.
I spoke with drive presenter Michael Smyth about why China might want to do this, including making more of their technology domestically, and linking ATM authentication with their growing national database of facial biometrics for… other purposes.
Here’s the full seven-minute conversation, which was broadcast live.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:51 — 4.6MB)
The audio is ©2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Monday night’s Four Corners episode claimed, amongst other thing, that Chinese hackers had stolen the plans to the new headquarters of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). It made global news, and as a result, I ended up being interviewed on the BBC World Service program World Have Your Say.
The 15-minute live panel discussion also included Four Corners journalist Andrew Fowler, one of the BBC’s journalists based in China, and a journalist from The New York Times.
I quite enjoyed the chat, but it also showed how new all this stuff is to a mainstream audience.
Here’s the audio of the full 30-minute program. It starts off with a discussion of the current situation in Syria, and then we start at about the 14-minute mark.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:38 — 12.3MB)
The audio is of course ©2013 British Broadcasting Corporation. The audio player is linked directly to the BBC’s copy of the MP3 file. If that ever breaks, let me know and I’ll post my copy.
The week of Monday 4 to Sunday 10 February 2013 was… in the past. Shit, it’s already Wednesday night! I’ll just post this here now, with little commentary.
Well, one comment. We do seem to be getting back into the writing thing for 2013.
- China not the only ones taking part in cyber spookery, Crikey, 4 February 2013.
- Chinese attacks show up useless infosec, again, CSO Online, 4 February 2013.
- Why Telstra plans to slow you down to fight online piracy, Crikey, 6 February 2013.
- Berners-Lee, Silicon Valley, and Australia’s cultural cringe, ZDNet Australia, 7 February 2013.
None. But wait.
- On Thursday I spoke about Twitter and TV on ABC Radio National’s Media Report.
- Also on Thursday, I spoke about various internet things with Dom Knight on ABC 702 Sydney. I may or may not post the audio. Although I recorded it, there’s a chunk missing because mobile internet.
- On Friday, I spoke about The Global Mail on Radio 2SER’s Fourth Estate.
Still none. Was it something I said?
The Week Ahead
It’s half gone, and I’m making it up as I go along. But Sunday morning I fly to Maroochydore for Kickstart Forum 2013, so I’ll probably be in Sydney on the weekend.
[Photo: Welcome to the People's Democratic Republic of Burwood, being a picture of a building in Sydney’s suburbs that disturbs me, photographed from a moving train.]