Prime Minister Scott Morrison is ramping up the pressure for Australians to use a COVID-19 contact tracing that that hasn’t even been written yet â€” and more importantly hasn’t even been shown to be something that’d be useful in the first place.Continue reading “Talking COVID-19 tracing apps on ABC Brisbane and the Gold Coast”
Weekly Wrap 470: Three cities with whisky, gin, and some cybers
My week of Monday 27 May to Sunday 2 June 2019 was busy and productive, and spread across three cities: Sydney, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. Well, four if you count the Blue Mountains. Most of the results of this productivity will appear in the coming week.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 470: Three cities with whisky, gin, and some cybers”
Weekly Wrap 373: Three weeks, ending in sunshine
This Weekly Wrap covers three weeks, Monday 3 to Sunday 23 July 2017, because I just simply didn’t get around to it. Sometimes the pace needs to be pulled back. Especially when you’re in Queensland.
There was plenty of productivity, but it was in the background. You’ll see hints of it in the lists.
- Australia moves a step closer to the East India Cyber Company, ZDNet Australia, 3 July 2017.
- Why Startupland needs the veil of ignorance, ZDNet Australia, 13 July 2017. This came out of the Data + Privacy Asia Pacific conference on 12 July.
- Data retention’s value for money still not proven: Criminologist, ZDNet Australia, 19 July 2017. This story, and the next two, came out of the 5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF) on the Gold Coast on 17â€“18 July.
- Fear of downloadable guns becoming a reality, ZDNet Australia, 20 July 2017.
- Cyberwar looms as diplomats dither, ZDNet Australia, 21 July 2017.
None, but see below.
- On Wednesday 5 July, I spoke about the Medicare data breach and the dark web on ABC Adelaide.
- On the same day, I spoke with journalism students at Macleay College about the tech press, and my thoughts on journalism generally. They’ve published an article and edited video.
- On Friday 14 July, I spoke about the Australian government’s cryptography plans on ABC Perth.
- On Thursday 20 July, I spoke about various ways to help secure your email on ABC Gold Coast.
I probably won’t get around to posting audio of those last two.
None, apart from the food and drink provided at the conferences.
The Week Ahead
Monday through Wednesday will be days of writing and editing, for both ZDNet and the SEKRIT project. The latter is very close to completion now.
The next episode of The 9pm Edict podcast will finally be recorded this Thursday 27 July at 2100 AEST, and streamed live via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/. You still have time to support this podcast with a one-off contribution.
On Friday, I’m heading down to Sydney, and the University of NSW in particular, to help celebrate the 30th birthday of the Australian Privacy Foundation. How time flies.
At some point between 26 and 28 July, I’m recording the pilot episode of a new podcast. Even though it’s a variant of The 9pm Edict, it won’t be streamed live. It’s a different sort of thing. Details soon.
Later in the year, I’m covering SINET61 on 26 to 27 September; the iappANZ Summit 2017 on 3 October; the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) in Sydney from 10 to 12 October; and Ruxcon in Melbourne on 21 to 22 October.
If there’s anything I should add in there, please let me know.
[Photo: Approaching Gold Coast Airport (OOL/YBCG) from the north, photographed on 16 July 2017 from Virgin Australia flight VA517, served that day by Boeing 737-800 registration VH-YVA.]
Talking AusCERT 2016 infosec on ABC Gold Coast
As careful readers will know, I’ve spent most of the week on Australia’s Gold Coast at the AusCERT 2016 Conference. That piqued the interest of ABC Gold Coast.
On Thursday morning I recorded a chat about various security and cybercrime topics of interest, which was edited down to this 16-minute conversation.
The presenter is Nicole Dyer.
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This audio is Â©2016 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
[Photo: Part of the stage for AusCERT 2016, photographed on 25 May 2016.]
Weekly Wrap 261: Two conferences, two states, many cybers
My week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 June 2015 has been both productive and exhausting, covering two conferences in two states.
It’s a long time since I’ve written five articles in week. It’s at least six months since I’ve done four, which is as far back as I could be bothered scrolling let alone five. But of course, there’s podcasts and other projects that have generated revenue, including random geekery and technical consultancy, so “number of articles” isn’t a fair measure.
Still, this has been one of my most productive weeks in a while. Excellent.
- ASIC still able to wield its magic hammer online, Crikey, 2 June 2015. The hammer I refer to is section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997.
- Australia’s cyber defence ‘pretty ordinary’ before ASD’s Top Four, ZDNet Australia, 3 June 2015. This piece quotes Major General Stephen Day, who heads up the defensive side of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). This and the following piece were generated from Check Point’s Cyber Security Symposium in Sydney.
- Tâ€‹elstra CISO blasts cyber ‘attribution distraction’, ZDNet Australia, 4 June 2015. Mike Burgess is said CISO.
- Air gaps still a cheap and effective defence for critical networks: Kaspersky, ZDNet Australia, 4 June 2015. This is the first of two articles that came out of the AusCERT Information Security Conference, and there’ll be more next week.
- Islamic State has ‘best cyber offence’ of any terrorist group, ZDNet Australia, 5 June 2015. This article cites Mykko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure in Helsinki.
None. The next episode of The 9pm Edict is scheduled for Monday 15 June, or the day after.
There were two editions of 5at5 this week, on Monday, and Sunday. To save me having to tell you this, you could just subscribe.
- On Monday, I spoke about Chinese ATMs with face recognition on ABC 891 Adelaide.
- On Friday, I took part in the AusCERT Speed Debate. The Livestream recording has bad audio, so I’ll link to the YouTube version when it becomes available.
- Also on Friday, I was interviewed by the University of Melbourne student newspaper Farrago. I’ll link to that story when it goes live.
- On Tuesday, I went to the Check Point Cyber Security Symposium in Sydney, or at least part of it. The goodie bag included a signed copy of Brian Krebs’ book Spam Nation, a Check Point branded notebook, a chocolate from A10 Networks, and of course copies of Check Point’s promotional material. Food and drink were supplied.
- From Tuesday night through to Friday, I was at the AusCERT Information Security Conference as AusCERT’s guest. They provided return flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast, airport transfers, three nights accommodation at RACV Royal Pines Resort, and of course all the conference food and drink — and there was plenty of that. For taking part in the Speed Debate, I was given a bottle of Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012 from the Clare Valley. And everybody got a copy of Bruce Schneier’s book Data and Goliath, an AusCERT-branded shirt, and a rather well-made courier bag. From CyberArk: A macaron, delivered creepy-like into my hotel room while I wasn’t there. From Firemon: A branded glass-cleaning cloth. From Mimecast: a keyring bottle opener. From NCC Group: a golden bath duck. From the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service: an NCIS cap — yes, from the real NCIS, not the TV show.
The Week Ahead
Monday is a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday, but nevertheless I’ll be working. I’ll be writing a feature for ZDNet, as well as returning to Wentworth Falls after a week away.
From Tuesday to Thursday, I’ll be working on another feature for ZDNet, as well as my “regular” column, as well as the running so late it’s embarrassing ebook.
I see there’s an Apple keynote at 0300 AEST on Tuesday, so that may feed into something. [It didn’t.] And I’ve got an interview to do on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, I’ll be heading down to Sydney for a media briefing by Cisco. Friday is another writing day.
I’m not sure how the weekend will go, but I see that there’s Poetry in the Pub in Katoomba on Sunday afternoon. I happened to be there last month, and I thought it might be interesting for The 9pm Edict podcast. We’ll see.
Update 11 June 2015: Edited to reflect the abandoning of the Friday trip to Sydney.
[Photo: Sunset on the Gold Coast, Photographed from the 16th floor of the RACV Royal Pines Resort on 3 June 2015.]
Talking #optuswrongtime on ABC Gold Coast
No sooner had I spoken about #optuswrongtime on ABC Radio’s AM than I got a call from ABC Gold Coast to expand upon my comments.
So a little after 0830 AEDT on Wednesday morning, or 0730 AEST in Queensland, I spoke with Trevor Jackson and presented my two theories for what might have happened. One was that some new cell towers were switched on overnight in the 700MHz band, which Optus had recently been given permission to do, and they were set to the wrong time zone. The other was that a security update for the network time protocol (NTP) server had been pushed out, and somehow that was configured incorrectly.
We still don’t know the correct answer.
Also, under the influence of a certain Canadian, I managed to sneak in a mention of the secret code word.
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The audio is Â©2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.