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Saturday, 20/12/2014

What we found when we captured Senator David Leyonhjelm's metadata

The federal government says its controversial mandatory metadata storage proposal – which will force telcos and internet providers to store phone and web data on all Australians for two years – is necessary to fight serious crime. Prime Minister Tony Abbott described metadata, which will be available to law enforcement without a warrant if the Data Retention Bill becomes law, as "not the content of the letter, it's what's on the envelope".

Source: SMH

Note to data-retention law makers: The internet is not a telephone

Australia is developing its mandatory data-retention legislation with a flawed process that will inevitably produce bad laws. Start again.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Friday, 19/12/2014

Millions of routers, PCs vulnerable to decade-old cookie flaw

A critical software vulnerability that was supposedly patched in 2005 is still affecting at least 200 types of home and small business internet routers, and could also be used by hackers to compromise millions of networked PCs and IoT devices.

Source: PC Authority

Telstra signs $390m NBN design contract

Telstra has signed a $390 million deal with NBN Co to provide planning and design services for the national broadband network over the next four years.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co reveals date of HFC product launch

NBN Co will start piloting services on hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable towards the end of next year ahead of plans to release the product to wholesale partners in the first quarter of 2016.

Source: iTnews Australia

Metadata laws open to scope creep: lawyers

The federal government’s mandatory data retention bill has “enormous” potential for mission creep, prominent law firm Gilbert & Tobin has warned.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra designs new deal for NBN

Telstra is set to pick up more than 50 per cent of the design and planning work for the ­National Broadband Network in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the telco giant.

Source: The Australian

Thursday, 18/12/2014

Telcos to go ahead with delayed Tasman Sea cable

Telstra, Spark and Vodafone today reaffirmed their intention to build the Tasman Global Access (TGA) Cable for US$70 million (A$86 million), albeit with several changes to the original business plan.

Source: iTnews Australia

TIO: telco complaints lower than ever but NBN (dis)connection issues a worry

Telco complaints down 9.1% from Q2 2014, down 14.6% from Q3 2013, yet 30,359 complaints during Q3 2014 and NBN connection issues remain: Comms Alliance and AMTA respond.

Source: iTWire

NBN connections ‘shambolic’

Business owners who have signed NBN contracts say telephone, fax and EFTPOS connections are “shambolic”.

Source: The Australian