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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


Wednesday, 17/12/2014


Telcos and law enforcement split over data-retention period

Telecommunications companies have argued that the period of mandatory data-retention in Australia should be less than two years, while law-enforcement agencies have indicated that they would like the data retained for as long as possible.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Vocus confirms Amcom acquisition

Vocus Communication has struck a deal to acquire Perth-based rival Amcom Telecommunications in a deal which values the company at around $636 million.

Source: iTnews Australia


Telstra confirms talks to buy Pacnet

Telco giant, Telstra, has confirmed that it has been in discussions to buy undersea cable provider, Pacnet.

Source: ARN


Australian police fail to quantify metadata use in investigations

Australia's police forces say they are unable to actually quantify how helpful metadata is to criminal investigations and convictions, despite today repeating their argument for a two-year period of mandatory data retention by telco providers.

Source: iTnews Australia


Data retention may have helped police in Sydney siege: Abbott

Although the man involved in a fatal siege in Sydney on Monday was well known to police and out on bail, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that retaining every Australian's telecommunications data for two years may have helped police in the incident.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Tuesday, 16/12/2014


Investigator: NBN Shambles

Remember when the NBN was a thing? It was a good thing that people felt passionate about. Many were excited about the prospect of super fast, reliable internet piped right to their premises. The rallying cry of ‘build it once, build it with fibre’ could be heard from Tony Windsor’s parliamentary office to the regional areas with woeful internet.

Source: PC Authority


Triple Zero to include location data

Emergency service organisations will soon have access to upgraded location information for mobile callers to Triple Zero (000).

Source: iTWire


Benefits down the line: what broadband is really worth

Rolling out a national fixed broadband network by 2030 can boost a nation's economy by $5 for every $1 invested, a new reports shows.

Source: SMH


Telstra slugged with AU$102K fine for iPhone 6 ad

Australia's largest mobile provider Telstra has been fined AU$102,000 by the competition watchdog for not prominently detailing the full cost of a new iPhone 6 plan.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Telstra the big winner from NBN deal

After steep rises in recent months, Telstra’s share price rose again yesterday. The market knows it’s on a winner with the NBN deal.

Source: iTWire

 

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