Stories by Sandra Rossi

Australian review of internet and mobile content

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is seeking comment on proposed changes to a number of legal instruments ahead of the introduction of a new regulatory framework for internet and mobile content in January 2008.

Vendors stage Ethernet interoperability test

Rad Data Communications and 23 other leading telecommunications industry vendors are participating in the largest and most diverse public Carrier Ethernet multi-vendor interoperability test ever staged.

Aussie smartcard in limbo

Repeated attempts by the Australian government to get the A$1.1 billion Access Card legislation through parliament has stalled with future plans for the smart card now on hold until at least 2008.

IT salaries rise 4.5 percent in Australia

Salaries for ICT professionals have risen 4.5 percent in the past 12 months, a slight increase on the 4.3 percent reported in 2006, according to the recent Australian Computer Society's (ACS) annual remuneration survey.

Reducing server energy consumption

In a bid to reduce server energy consumption, a Sydney organisation has developed an online tool to help organisations go green and reduce the impact of global warming.

Beware the RFID mark of the beast

Technology is advancing so fast that consumers now live in a somewhat disturbing age where their underwear can track their movements and let others know what they are doing. Talking about the social implications of RFID at AusCERT 2007, Klein Consulting principal, Daniel Klein, warned delegates to be very afraid in this data pervasive society where good, bad, and potentially incorrect information is being made available to everyone. "Digital dirt is very real in the age of RFID, where sensor technology has the potential to track us without our knowledge, and secrets are harder to keep," Klein says. "Once upon a time knowledge was power. Now, access to data is power. Do you know how many surveillance cameras you pass in a day? Information is being gathered on us that we don't even know about." Pointing out that today's chips can be woven into clothing, allowing retailers to collect data on a customer's spending habits, Klein says consumers need to prevent misuse of information. "How can we expunge flawed records? So much information is preserved because computers don't forget," he says, adding that the problem with RFID is that it is such an easy mechanism for collecting that data. "The information kept on these chips can be read using a cheap receiver under $100. RFID has a reach of up to 23 metres away; not the three to 10 feet quoted by the providers. Klein says consumers are being tracked all the time with ISPs, search engines and the use of loyalty cards. He says RFID is being adopted across the globe following Wal Mart's mandate to its top 100 suppliers to implement the technology by 2006. A similar mandate was introduced by the US Department of Defense to its suppliers, while the Australian Defence Force is using it to track supplies sent to the Middle East. Klein says RFID technology certainly is not secure and is vulnerable to buffer overflows, SQL injections, worms and viruses. "Is it any wonder that RFID is often called the mark of the beast," Klein says.

EMC's Tucci admits overpaying for RSA

EMC CEO Joe Tucci Friday said he pleads guilty to "some overpayment" in the company's US$2.1 billion acquisition of RSA Security last year. Responding to analysts claims the acquisition was over-priced, Tucci said he is confident these same market analysts will change their tune in the future.