Hacking, cracking and the wild, wild web

PRIVACY – Who are hackers and what do they want from you?

Pop culture would have us believe they live in dank basements, wear black leather from head to toe and have pseudonyms such as Warlock or Neo.

Hacking and film have long gone hand in hand. Pre-internet we had the appropriately-named Gene Hackman in The Conversation, a 1974 movie focusing on the violation of people’s privacy.

You’ve got mail – how to stop spam and reduce cyber crime

We’ve all received them: emails offering special prices on Viagra, offering fortunes we didn’t know we had, offering links to fantastic websites we simply must visit right away.

Annoying as! But the technology to stop spam and other undesirable emails not only exists, it’s been around for years.

The internet is insecure – let’s build a better one, fast

A few days ago, senior FBI official Shawn Henry called for the creation of a new and secure “alternative internet” to secure key infrastructure and financial systems.

Anonymous, child porn and the wild, wild web

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

High-profile hacktivist group Anonymous has turned its attention to fighting child pornography.

Hackers hit Steam: is it time to open the Valve on e-commerce regulation?

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

One of the world’s largest online video gaming networks, Steam, has been hacked and its 35 million users may have had their accounts “compromised”. And yes, “compromised” means their (encrypted) credit card details may have been stolen.

Beyond .com ... an online world where anything.goes?

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

At 11 o'clock this morning (Melbourne time), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) started accepting applications for custom top-level domain (TLD) names.

Why is Anonymous hacking Australia?

A few days ago, Anonymous activists hacked into AAPTstole 40GB of data including customer information and forced offline ten Australian government websites.

An invincible file-sharing platform? You can't be serious

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

A new version of the peer-to-peer sharing application Tribler has created a buzz online following claims by the software’s lead developer that the app is impervious to attack.

Cheaper hardware, software and digital downloads? Here’s how

Australians are paying about twice as much as they should for a range of tech products including computers, software and digital downloads.

It’s time for the government to act to bring this shameful situation to an end, to stop foreign multinationals from ripping us off. But until then, people should take steps to lower the cost of buying tech products. How? Read on.

We’re watching you: why the government should focus on cybersecurity, not surveillance

Earlier this week Greens Senator Scott Ludlam asked the Federal Government to reveal whether the TrapWire video surveillance system is being used in Australia or if it has been used in the past.