Investigative reporter writing about the environment, business and corruption. Formerly Center for Public Integrity, Seattle Times.

NBN - it's like a 150 year old train wreck — Australia has already lived through a communications mix-and-match disaster. We're doing it all over again. In the early 1850s, there was a great deal of independence amongst the Australian colonies (they weren't yet states at this point in time), with very little over-arching control from London (at the time, the fastest communication method between London and Australia was a ship on the ocean!).

Top 500 Supercomputers - shocking new number one — The world has a brand new number one supercomputer and its 3 times faster that the previous leader. The June 2016 Top500 Supercomputer list was released earlier today at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Should I divorce LinkedIn and — As a long-time, but relatively idle user of LinkedIn, I'm quite concerned about the future. I've always been a little wary of posting too much information on LinkedIn, it's too easy for the "naughty lads of the Internet" to mine it for all manner of useful information.

A quick glance - Menlo Security — It's simple, really. If you don't want to have a web page dump malware on your device, don't render it there. Such is the essential premise of the Menlo Security Isolation Platform (MSIP) where all web pages visited by any subscribing device will be rendered on Menlo Security's servers and only the resultant page, devoid of any scrips of other executable content is delivered to the device.

A quick glance - Wedge Networks

iTWire - A USB Condom — A couple of weeks ago, iTWirer Ray Shaw wrote of the dangers of connecting your mobile device to a public charging socket. In that item Ray echoed the thoughts from Kaspersky Labs that a 'naughty person' might have added his own electronics to the innards of the charging station to indule in a 'conversation' with your device.

Falling Down the List — Australia currently ranks fourth on the global list of countries most vulnerable to hacking. What should we do? My colleague Sam Varghese wrote of the recent report that analysed open ports and related the results to population size. In general, the study scanned every available IP address looking for servers with open, "unencrypted, unauthenticatable services".

Cylance - a new kind of magic? — Running head-to-head against three major AV vendors, Cylance shows why AI is the new AV. Artificial Intelligence is regularly touted as the next big thing, however sometimes we have to ask, "for what?" Judging by the demonstration iTWire was witness to, it would appear that Cylance is able to make AI work in the anti-malware space.

How much does a Russian ramsomware boss earn? — Less than you might think, even when targeting the health industry. In a couple of reports released today by Flashpoint we learn of the current activities of many Russian-based ransomware purveyors. Flashpoint, the "global leader in Deep & Dark Web data and intelligence" has spent the past five months studying an organised Russian ransomware campaign.
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Jul 23, 2016

RT @JacksonDiehl: The Washpost edit board is not waiting until October. We are ruling out endorsement of Donald Trump. Here's why: 

Jul 21, 2016

RT @tonyschwartz: "if you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big" is a line i wrote in "the art of the deal." not donald to ivanka!

Jul 21, 2016

RT @Kenwardjr: I assume Trump is going to save the coal industry on his second day in office, after ending all crime, terrorism and all that.

Jul 21, 2016

The tone has changed dramatically since Ivanka spoke.

Jul 20, 2016

So Mrs. Trump read parts of M. Obama's speech to writer; then forgot when whole sentences showed up verbatim? 

Jul 20, 2016

RT @rebeccagberg: Recap: 1) Melania said she wrote her speech 2) Paul Manafort: "To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy" Oops.

Jul 17, 2016

RT @realDonaldTrump: The ratings at @FoxNews blow away the ratings of @CNN - not even close. That's because CNN is the Clinton News Network and people don't like

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