Optus in court over 'deceptive' phone cards

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has initiated legal proceedings against Optus, accusing the Telco’s wholly owned subsidiary Prepaid Services and another company Boost Tel of engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct over the sale of prepaid phone cards.

Written by Computerworld Staff29 July 09 09:12

Microsoft rushes patches to fix 'big deal' programming flaw

As promised, Microsoft today patched six vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (IE) and Visual Studio with the first "out-of-cycle" update since it plugged a hole last October that the Conficker worm later used to run rampant.

Written by Computerworld Staff29 July 09 08:33

Gartner: Global software budgets will grow next year

A new report by Gartner showing that software spending will increase worldwide next year indicates there may be truth to the general belief that the technology market has hit bottom.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano29 July 09 05:31

How UPS is scanning and printing its way to savings

At first glance, UPS's warehouse workers might be mistaken for gun-toting cyborgs out of a dystopian movie. But a closer look at the stainless steel devices wrapped around employees' forearms reveal a hi-tech contraption that scans barcodes and shoots bright magenta ink--not laser beams.

Written by Cindy Waxer29 July 09 04:59

Help us track the NBN

Australians can now track the progress of the Federal Government’s $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN), as the fibre-to-the-premises network is rolled out to homes and workplaces across the country.

Written by Georgina Swan28 July 09 15:43

Environment dept greens up IT and sets trend

The Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) last month appointed a new IT services provider in a bid to green up its IT. Although it is the first Australian Government IT services tender specifying a green focus, this will be a growing trend according to Datacom Director Mark McWilliams.

Written by Dahna McConnachie28 July 09 15:07

Microsoft rushes to fix IE kill-bit bypass attack

Microsoft has been forced to issue emergency patches for its Windows operating system after researchers discovered a way to bypass a critical security mechanism in the Internet Explorer browser.

Written by Robert McMillan28 July 09 08:35

Low-tech Internet scams net big money

Domino's Pizza lost about US$77,000 in free pizza due to a weak password on an online promotion that wasn't supposed to go live -- a type of security problem that is all too common, according to a presentation slated for the Black Hat USA conference this week.

Written by Tim Greene28 July 09 08:13

Swine flu website crashes on launch

The UK government's national pandemic flu website, hosted by BT, crashed within four minutes of going live yesterday.

Written by Leo King28 July 09 02:22

Screen-blocking systems stop prying eyes

You've probably been in this situation before: A colleague strolls up behind your computer during work hours and your personal e-mail is in view.

Written by Jeremy Kirk28 July 09 00:09

Driving Nissan's new electric car prototype

Nissan on Monday previewed its upcoming electric vehicle (EV) on Monday with the unveiling of its latest prototype and a new EV platform.

Written by Martyn Williams27 July 09 12:32

Tassie towns first on NBN

The three regional Australian towns to be the first to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) were named at the weekend.

Written by Computerworld Staff27 July 09 12:25

Quigley appointed NBNCo chief

The Rudd Government has chosen former Alcatel COO and president Mike Quigley as executive chairman of the NBNCo.

Written by Computerworld Staff27 July 09 09:26

Network Solutions warns merchants after hack

Criminals may have stolen more than half a million credit card numbers from merchant servers hosted by Networks Solutions, the Internet hosting company warned Friday.

Written by Robert McMillan26 July 09 02:07

Can privacy and consumer protection coexist online?

Legislation that would create privacy regulations for online advertising could cause consumers to get fewer free services and isn't necessary because privacy advocates have shown no harm from data collection, the co-author of a study on online advertising said.

Written by Grant Gross25 July 09 07:31

Oracle users' gripes about support portal going unheeded

Despite complaints from many users, Oracle is showing no signs it will reverse course on plans to shut down the venerable MetaLink support portal, long used by thousands of IT professionals around the world.

Written by Chris Kanaracus25 July 09 05:52

New software contract principles prompt worries

IT vendors and tech industry groups say a new set of legal principles for software contracts developed by the American Law Institute (ALI) could stifle innovation and raise the cost of software, even though they are meant to protect consumers.

Written by Chris Kanaracus25 July 09 02:28
  • Consistent security: Easier, safer and less risk

    The Fortinet Security Brandposts are a series of hard-hitting discussions of trends in the cybersecurity world. This month Fortinet’s Jon McGettigan talks about the benefits of extending consistent security across the enterprise network.


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