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Dispatches from the cyber-front

Interesting episode on the ABC’s Four Corners program this monday that discloses more about the ongoing attacks against government computer networks. Four Corners sources confirmed that, as I predicted at the time, the Bureau of Meteorology infiltration was a beach head operation to allow further attacks on higher value government targets (such as the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation and Intelligence/Surveillance assets such as the JORN  system). OK, smug mode off. Continue Reading…

Data is toxic

11/08/2016

A pertinent article by Bruce Schneir on the toxicity of long stored data. Perhaps David Kadisch, head of the ABS, will read this and have a long hard think about what Bruce is saying, but probably not.

Side note. There may be a more direct and specific reason why the Feds have kyboshed the sale of NSWs power poles to the Chinese than wooly national security concerns… 

Census time again, and those practical jokers at the Australian Bureau of Statistics have managed to spring a beauty on the Australian public. The  joke being that, rather than collecting the data anonymously you are now required to fill in your name and address which the ABS will retain (1). This is a bad idea, in fact it’s a very bad idea, not quite as bad as say getting stuck in a never ending land war in the Middle East, but certainly much worse than experiments in online voting. Continue Reading…