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Wikileaks cables reveal American involvement in iiNet trial

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Image: Tobias Vemmenby/Flickr (Creative Commons) Wikileaks has recently published more cables from the US embassy in Canberra. One such cable has revealed that there could have been American involvement in the trial against ISP iiNet and AFACT over copyright infringement. The cable was created by the then-ambassador for the United States Robert McCallum and was published on November 30, 2008. The cable, as seen by TECHGEEK.com.au, says that the United [...]

Mortal Kombat 9 – Klassic Costumes

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After the release of the fourth and final DLC character, Freddy Krueger, all four DLC characters as well as four Klassic Costume packs are now available. It is unknown whether there will be more DLC characters in the future. These Costume packs are available after Downloading any DLC character: Skarlet: MK3 Cyrax and MK3 Sektor Kenshi: UMK3 Noob and UMK3 Smoke Rain: MKII Kitana and MKII Jade Freddy Krueger: MK3 [...]

Distribute.IT names “Evil” as hacker that killed servers

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Distribute.IT, the company that suffered a major security breach last month, has claimed that David Cecil – also known by his alias “Evil” – as the person who compromised their systems that resulted in the loss of 4,000 websites on its servers. “Australian Federal Police have arrested a 25 year old man from regional NSW who operated under the name “Evil” and was allegedly responsible for the successful hack into [...]

NBN urged to review security after arrests of hacker

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) NBN Co, the company responsible for building the network on mainland Australia, is being urged to review its security after the arrest of a hacker who has been accused of penetrating the network of one of the suppliers. According to The Australian, AusCERT is having concerns that NBN Co was treating the network’s security as an extra add-on. “Generally, in a security sense, if it’s not incorporated into the architecture of the [...]

SUCCESS: Australia finally gets an R18+ rating for video games

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Screenshot of Mortal Kombat – a game that has been given an RC classification The attorneys-general from the states and territories, in addition to their federal counterpart, have now agreed to create an adult classification rating for video games sold in Australia, finally aligning the system with its other Western counterparts. All states and territories, except for the NSW Government, have agreed to support the proposal to create an R18+ [...]

Vodafone class action lawsuit grows – gains 23,000 claimants

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Vodafone could be facing a huge problem as the class action lawsuit bid over its poor network reception has now grown to 23,000 claimants with more litigants coming forward since the start of the campaign earlier in December last year. The last update on numbers we had were 9,000 in January.

Simple DNS change defeats Optus filter

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) As debate continues over the decision by Optus and Telstra, the two largest ISPs, on implementing a filter that would block out sites containing child pornography, according to one source, a simple change to the DNS settings can defeat Optus’ filter. Yes, you heard that. A simple DNS change. Optus’ implementation of filter relies, according to Delimiter, on blocking sites from Interpol’s list on a domain [...]

Motorola XOOM adds Wi-Fi only – features Android 3.1

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Motorola has today announced the launch of a Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola XOOM. The tablet still features the same hardware as its 3G counterpart – 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 10.1 display – but will run on Android 3.1. The Wi-Fi only version will also include some improvements including support for PC joysticks and gamepads via USB, support for picture transfer directly from a [...]

Mana Bar Melbourne announces opening date – July 16

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Touted to be the bar for hardcore gamers, Mana Bar has always been located in Brisbane. However, Melbourne gamers can now rejoice as they will soon open the doors to their brand new bar in Fitzroy with the announcement of their opening date – July 16. Expected to be open in December of last year, it was pushed back due to problems beyond their control. Co-owner and creator Guy Blomberg [...]

QLD Police arrest Fairfax tech journo over Facebook privacy flaw

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr Queensland Police has confirmed that they have arrested Fairfax Deputy Technology Editor, Ben Grubb, over a story about a Facebook privacy flaw, and is currently examining both federal and state legislation in order to see if a crime has been committed. Police have seized his iPad, and have charged him with receiving unlawfully obtained property, despite the fact that he is a journalist. They have not confirmed who [...]

PSN Fallout: Homeland Security, Privacy Commissioner investigate; banks affected

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The response to Sony’s PlayStation Network hack has now reached an unprecedented scale, with reports that the US Department of Homeland Security will join in investigating the breach. “DHS’ U. S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team [US-CERT] is working with law enforcement, international partners and Sony to assess the situation,” spokesman Chris Ortman told NextGov. US-CERT is part of the National Cyber Security Division in the department, and coordinates a response [...]

SMH: Hulu to launch in Australia

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American television streaming service Hulu is said to be preparing for an Australian launch, and could do it without the support of the free-to-air networks, who hold the terrestrial and (now) internet streaming rights of several productions its owners air. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the television networks have been reluctant to show support due to it could drive people away from television to the internet, despite Hulu being [...]

Monash Uni sites defaced, no data compromised

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Monash University sites were defaced during the weekend by an unknown hacker, leaving its sites with a picture of Iran with the Iranian flag inside for two hours before they were restored. The unversity is the second Australia university that has had a massive breach. The hacker, yaser007, defaced 35 different domains under the Monash University domain; and all have been posted on Zone-H – a website known for reporting [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 41: Copyright THIS!

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Image: Fertala/Flickr (Creative Commons) New Zealand is about to get a three-strikes law that remains very controversial, in how it got passed and what’s in the law. The TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast discuss the impact it has, while also discussing about Android’s latest security flaw and the BlackBerry Playbook. Meanwhile, it looks like one post on our site is about to be a cause in an all-out staff rivalry – I’ll [...]

Telstra compensation changed original NBN plan

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) A $15-$20 billion compensation payment to Telstra over its copper network appears to have drove the Labor government in building the current NBN plan in order to avoid such a payment. The revelations are to come out via a documentary airing on ABC1′s Four Corner’s program tonight.