Elon Musk finally owns Twitter, but is the social media giant circling the drain or about to become something entirely new? Should Medibank pay the ransom to keep customersâ€™ sensitive medical data safe? I was on this week’s Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News and this is an updated version.Continue reading “The 9pm Extra: Vertical Hold episode 403, “Has Elon Musk sunk Twitter? Should Medibank pay its cyber-ransom?””
Digital developments from Canberra 9
This week’s big-ticket items are public service reform, the new post-Optus telco regulations, robodebt and a bunch of audit-related activities.Continue reading “Digital developments from Canberra 9”
Yes of course Optus suffered a “cyber attack”, just one which looks like it was trivial to accomplish
It’s still an attack even if the defences were useless. It’s still a crime even if it were easy to commit. Optus may have been a target ripe for the taking, and may well have been negligent, but the hackers are still the baddies here.Continue reading “Yes of course Optus suffered a “cyber attack”, just one which looks like it was trivial to accomplish”
Digital developments from Canberra 8
I was planning to skip this week, but the fallout from the Optus data breach means there’s a few things worth mentioning. There’s also a quantum thing… or is there?Continue reading “Digital developments from Canberra 8”
UPDATED: The 9pm Trickle-Down Containers of Hackers and Grief
As the world, and in particular the UK, emerges from the period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, regular service is resumed â€” by which I mean the usual mix of the stupid and the bizarre.
[Update: This episode was edited on 25 September 2022 to reflect developments across the weekend in the Optus data breach story. If you’re after just that update, scroll in to 55m02s.]Continue reading “UPDATED: The 9pm Trickle-Down Containers of Hackers and Grief”
Talking #optuswrongtime on ABC 891 Adelaide
Apparently South Australia had an #optuswrongtime incident today, when some customers’ devices showed the wrong time, causing chaos for them.
The same sort of thing happened in Queensland in January — that’s when the hashtag was invented — and just like then, the official explanation was less than forthcoming.
An overnight maintenance upgrade of our 4G Plus mobile network caused some Optus customersâ€™ devices in South Australia and the Northern Territory to switch to a different time zone earlier this morning. The Optus 3G network was unaffected.
Optus technicians resolved the issue with a fix that set clocks to the correct time zone.
Customers were also able to resolve the issue in a number of ways, including:
- Turning flight mode on and off
- Turning automatic clock settings off and on
- Turning their device off and on.
We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.
I spoke about the incident this afternoon on ABC 891 Adelaide with Sonya Feldhoff.
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