Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly complex, as hackers find creative ways to beat ordinary systems of defence. christiaancolen/flickr, CC BY In recent weeks, Johannesburg’s computer network was held for ransom by a hacker group called Shadow Kill Hackers. This was the second time in three months a ransomware attack has hit South Africa’s largest city. […]

shutterstock. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced it is suing Google for misleading consumers about its collection and use of personal location data. The case is the consumer watchdog’s first move against a major digital platform following the publication of the Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report in July. The ACCC follows […]

Governments are attempting to regulate tech giants, but the digital disruption genie is already out of the bottle. Shutterstock Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago in internet terms – the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells published several books charting the rise of information networks. He predicted that in the networked age, […]

Your online activity can be turned into an intimate portrait of your life – and used for profit. Shutterstock.com Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we deal with Google, Facebook, and […]

Facebook and Google potentially face fresh curbs on their market power. Shutterstock.com The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for “holistic, dynamic reforms” to address the online dominance of digital behemoths such as Google and Facebook. A 600-page report, released today, makes 23 recommendations for regulating digital platforms – […]

Both the US and Australia are restricting the activities of Chinese telco Huawei. Roman Pilipey / AAP The United States and Australia are deliberately restricting the place of Chinese telco Huawei in their telecommunications landscapes. We’re told these changes will be worth it from a security point of view. Read […]

The Privacy Act gives you the right to find out what’s in your credit report and change any incorrect information in your report. fromwww.shutterstock.com The Australian government encourages citizens to protect their privacy and personal information. Most of the tips provided by the Office of the Information Commissioner are pretty intuitive – […]