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Air Canada BOT Defense-Blame not Fooling the Tribunal

22 February 2024
The airline tried to distance itself from the error by claiming the chatbot was responsible for its actions.
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Activision Blizzard Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Monopolisation of Call of Duty Competitions

22 February 2024
Activision, known for its popular first-person-shooter game Call of Duty, has been accused of imposing "draconian" contract provisions on teams and players, leading to the exclusion of those who did not comply with their demands.
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Maltese Authorities Arrest Man in Global Cybercrime Crackdown Targeting Australians

22 February 2024
AFP along with international agencies like the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Europol, collaborated to make the arrest.
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Unpaid bill shuts down parliament expense system in January

22 February 2024
An invoice for 2FA service was missed by the Department of Finance.
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Nvidia CEO Huang Relying on Others to Develop AI Infrastructure is not an Option

15 February 2024
Huang urged countries to activate their industries and prioritise the speedy development of AI infrastructure.
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NT Residents Warned of Crypto Investment Scams as Victim Loses $5m

15 February 2024
AFP have flagged the rise of large-scale human trafficking facilitated by fake job ads and online scam centers. These trafficked individuals are then exploited to carry out online fraud, including investment scams.
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Investigation Finds Public Servants Violated Code of Conduct in Robodebt Scheme

15 February 2024
Multiple individuals recommended for civil and criminal prosecution.
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Former CIA officer sentenced to 40 years for leaking classified hacking tools to Wikileaks

08 February 2024
Prosecutors argued that in 2016, stolen information was shared with Wikileaks.
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Europe Moves Closer to Landmark AI Rules as EU Countries Approve Proposal

08 February 2024
Proposed by the European Commission three years ago, these rules aim to establish a global standard for AI technology across a wide range of industries, from banking and retail to transportation and security. They also outline parameters for AI use in military and crime-related applications.
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Autistic 13-year-old boy encouraged by counter-terrorism police in his fixation on Islamic State

08 February 2024
An NDIS recipient with an IQ of 71, was reported to police by his parents because of his fixation with Islamic State.
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AI Deepfakes of Taylor Swift go Viral

01 February 2024
Popstar Taylor Swift, has fallen victim to explicit AI-generated images circulating on social media platforms.
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Google Unveils Groundbreaking AI Upgrade for Android, Raises Privacy Concerns

01 February 2024
The competition between Google, Apple, and Facebook just got more intense. Android users, brace yourselves for an incredible AI upgrade from Google that could revolutionise your smartphone experience.
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U.S. FTC Orders Major Tech Companies to Provide Information on AI Investments

01 February 2024
FTC Chair Lina M. Khan emphasised the importance of safeguarding competition: "Our study will investigate whether dominant companies' investments and partnerships risk obstructing innovation and fair competition, even as AI presents new opportunities."
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Federal Government Sanctions Russian Citizen for Medibank Cyber Attack

01 February 2024
These sanctions are the first of their kind to be used against a cyber threat actor since their enactment in December 2021.
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Italy's Privacy Watchdog Fines Trento City for AI Data Protection Breach

01 February 2024
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in street surveillance projects compromised with inadequate anonymisation and incorrect data sharing.
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644 NDIS Users Left in the Dark about Leaked Medical Records 7 Months After HWL Ebsworth Hack

25 January 2024
Victims claim excessive information was requested without cause.
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EU Blocks Amazon Takeover of iRobot

25 January 2024
Regulators are concerned that if the deal goes through, Amazon could give preferential treatment to the Roomba, making it difficult for other vacuum manufacturers to compete.
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BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Surpasses $1B in Assets in Just 4 Days

25 January 2024
The U.S. SEC approved multiple ETFs tracking the world's largest cryptocurrency last week, following years of regulatory obstacles.
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Delivery Firm's AI Chatbot Causes Controversy: Swears, Insults, and Mocks Customer

25 January 2024
The incident serves as a reminder of the potential pitfalls and limitations of relying solely on AI for customer service, emphasising the importance of human intervention and oversight.
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Scientists Determine: Majority of Internet Text is Poorly Translated AI Trash

25 January 2024
A new study reveals that a significant portion of online content has been badly translated, mostly by machine, in languages spoken in Africa and the Global South.
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Poor Security Posture leads to US Securities and Exchange Commission Hack

17 January 2024
The incident caused a temporary surge in the price of bitcoin before quickly dropping.
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Voice Actors Express Outrage over AI Deal that Sidelines Them

17 January 2024
Some have argued that the deal contradicts the union's previous efforts to protect voice actors from AI use.
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Microsoft overtook Apple as the world's most valuable stock in the world

17 January 2024
Microsoft Corp’s stock has been rallying in recent months thanks to its AI announcements.
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AI Models can Strategically Deceive their Users when Put Under Pressure

17 January 2024
The researchers defined strategic deception as "attempting to systematically cause a false belief in another entity in order to accomplish some outcome."
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Google Continues to Cut Hundreds of Jobs while Earning Billions

17 January 2024
Alphabet Workers Union opposes these cuts, criticising the tech giant for profiting while firing employees.
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St Vincent’s Health Australia not Clear WHAT Data was Stolen

11 January 2024
It will take time to fully assess the extent of the breach and if any sensitive information has been stolen, St Vincent’s Health Australia promises to notify and support those affected.
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Long-running Class Action Lawsuit Bites Apple

11 January 2024
Apple has started paying $ 92 per iPhone user over allegations that it deliberately slowed down iPhones
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Tesla Issues Its Largest Ever Recall in China

11 January 2024
The majority of cars sold in China are affected
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Court Services Victoria Stares Down Ransom Demand

11 January 2024
The breached technology captures court hearings, including those involving sensitive witnesses, and provides transcriptions for cases that may not be open to media coverage.
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New York Times sues Microsoft and OpenAI

04 January 2024
The New York Times claims that ChatGPT used millions of its articles without permission to improve its language model, resulting in competition between ChatGPT and the newspaper as a trusted source of information.
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Google Settles $5B Privacy Lawsuit: Allegations of Secretly Tracking Internet Use

04 January 2024
The plaintiffs alleged that Google's analytics, cookies, and apps allowed the company to track their online activities, even when using Google's Chrome browser in "Incognito" mode or other browsers in "private" browsing mode.
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DragonForce claims cyber attack on Yakult Australia

04 January 2024
While the company's IT systems in Australia as well as New Zealand were hit, the offices in both regions remain open and operational.
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Governments spying on Apple and Google users via push notifications

21 December 2023
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden warns the Justice Department.
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Mind-reading AI

21 December 2023
Portable, non-invasive, mind-reading AI turns thoughts into text.
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Fortnite creator triumphs in US court battle against Google, jury declares illegal monopoly

21 December 2023
Ruling challenges Google's transaction fees and app distribution practices.
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Activision Blizzard Settles $50M Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Women

21 December 2023
The lawsuit alleged that the company engaged in discriminatory practices against women employees, including denying them advancement opportunities and paying them less than their male counterparts.
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Proton Mail at odds with Australian Online Safety Regulator

21 December 2023
CEO of Proton, Andy Yen, has stated that the proposed standards would infringe upon users' privacy by forcing online services to access and read private conversations.
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New Laws Proposed to Regulate Tech Giants and Protect Consumer Rights

14 December 2023
The committee expressed concerns over the market dominance of these powerful companies and their anti-competitive practices.
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Google Launches Gemini - Outperforming ChatGPT

14 December 2023
Alphabet reveals three versions of Gemini, optimised for varying processing power, from data centres to mobile devices.
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New Mexico Sues Meta and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for Allowing Child Predators on Facebook and Instagram

14 December 2023
According to the lawsuit, Meta actively directed children to explicit content and enabled adults to exploit minors for pornography. They are also accused of creating unregulated user groups dedicated to child exploitation.
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UK's Top Websites Face Fines Over Cookie Transparency

14 December 2023
The Information Commissioner's Office has stressed the importance of making it easy to "reject all" advertising cookies, as it is to "accept all." Cookie regulations are currently governed by the GDPR and PECR.
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Australia to Deploy Cyber Experts to Pacific Islands

30 November 2023
The government has allocated $26 million for the setup of "rapid assistance" teams that will respond to cyber crises in the Pacific.
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Facebook and YouTube warned by India to enforce rules to deter deepfake technology

30 November 2023
The warning was delivered by deputy IT minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a closed-door meeting, where he emphasised the need for companies to update their usage terms and comply with regulations introduced in 2022.
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Apple to Adopt Messaging Standard for Better Communication with Android Devices

23 November 2023
Google praises Apple's move and pledges to work together.
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FBI Alerts Organisations to Guard Against Scattered Spider Hackers

23 November 2023
These skilled hackers use fake profiles and impersonations to trick victims.
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Google sends 36% of advertising revenue from Apple's Safari web browser to Apple

23 November 2023
The trial, which began in September, has been largely shielded from public view. Google has paid over $26bn to various companies, including Apple, to secure its position as the default search engine.
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Telco boards must adhere to cyber risk management programs or risk penalties

23 November 2023
The updated regulations aim to strengthen critical systems against cyberattacks and grant the government the authority to intervene and provide guidance during incidents.
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Baby DNA stored for DECADES in U.S. government labs

16 November 2023
New Jersey police were found to obtain samples for a case without a warrant.
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Booths becomes first UK supermarket to eliminate self-service checkouts

16 November 2023
Following customer feedback, the supermarket chain has brought back fully-staffed checkouts in all but two of its 28 stores.
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Australia’s biggest ports operator back online after Cyber incident

16 November 2023
DP World Australia, one of the country's largest port operators, has resumed operations at all its facilities after a cyber security incident.
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Optus Outage caused by bad routing data

16 November 2023
Optus outage disrupted 10 million customers, shut down Melbourne’s trains, and stopped some people making calls to emergency services.
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Tragic Accident: Industrial Robot Mistakenly Crushes Worker in South Korea

16 November 2023
Machine apparently identified man inspecting it as one of the boxes it was stacking.
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Kmart fined $1.3 million for sending 200,000 marketing emails to people who unsubscribed

09 November 2023
ACMA chair says no excuse for disregarding privacy. All e-marketing businesses should comply with rules.
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Senate Committee Warns AI's Impact on Integrity, KPMG Files Complaint

09 November 2023
An AI tool, Google Bard, was responsible for generating false allegations of serious wrongdoing in a submission by a group of academics.
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Guardian accuses Microsoft of reputation damage with AI-generated poll

09 November 2023
The poll was taken down after readers expressed anger.
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UK's Online Safety Bill Becomes Law, Prompting Concerns over Privacy and Messaging Services Threatening to Withdraw

02 November 2023
Critics have expressed worries about potential privacy issues. Messaging services like WhatsApp have even threatened to withdraw from the UK due to the implications of the act.
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US States Take Legal Action Against Instagram and Meta for Harming Youth Mental Health

02 November 2023
The lawsuit accuses Meta of deceiving the public about the dangers of its platforms and intentionally luring young people into addictive social media use.
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New Subsea Cable System in South Pacific to Provide More Connectivity Between Australia and the United States

02 November 2023
Google and Vocus will establish three diverse Australian landings along with dual cable paths to the US, substantially improving the resilience of Australia’s critical connections to the world…
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Google Defends Important Dominance in US Trial Default Search Engine

02 November 2023
U.S. antitrust fight focused on billions of dollars Google paid to maintain search engine dominance.
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U.S. President Biden Signs Executive Order to Create A.I. Safeguards

02 November 2023
The President aims to assert the United States' leadership in AI regulation.
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Cybersecurity sleuth hacks CIA's Twitter account to steer spies in a different direction

26 October 2023
The vulnerability could have allowed foreign countries to intercept Western intelligence.
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NBN Co Finally Approved for New Pricing and Terms: A Long Time Coming!

26 October 2023
ACCC approves varied special access undertaking (SAU) after multiple revisions.
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Microsoft to Build "Cyber Shield" for Australia, Investing Billions in National Digital Economy

26 October 2023
Working alongside the Australian Signals Directorate, Microsoft will construct the "MACS" (Microsoft-Australian Signals Directorate Cyber Shield) to safeguard against global online threats.
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Controversial Facial Recognition Search Engine Tested by Australian Federal Police

26 October 2023
FOI Documents reveal numerous connections between AFP devices and the websites PimEyes and FaceCheck.ID.
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Microsoft completes $69bn takeover of Activision Blizzard, securing gaming industry's largest-ever deal

19 October 2023
The takeover solidifies Microsoft's position as a major player in the gaming industry, potentially surpassing Nintendo in market dominance.
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X has been hit with a $610,500 fine for failing to meet online safety expectations

19 October 2023
Company formerly known as Twitter becomes the first online platform to be issued a fine under Australia’s Online Safety Act
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Telstra buys Versent for $267.5 million to boost digital services

19 October 2023
Telstra expects the acquisition to contribute to the growth of its Telstra Purple business services, increase NAS growth, and facilitate digitisation in the Australian industry.
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Microsoft Faces $28.9 Billion Tax Bill as IRS Demands Payment

19 October 2023
The dispute centres around the company's accounting practices over the past two decades.
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European Union Considers Proposal to Curb Addictive Apps

12 October 2023
According to a draft report, numerous online services are deliberately designed to keep users glued to their screens for as long as possible. Shockingly, research shows that young adults aged 16-24 spend an average of seven hours a day on the internet. This alarming trend is a cause for concern.
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MPs and peers call for ‘immediate stop’ to live facial recognition surveillance

12 October 2023
In the U.K. MPs and peers are teaming up to demand an immediate end to the use of live facial recognition surveillance by police and private companies.
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Should Bing and iMessage comply with new tough tech rules?

12 October 2023
European regulators are seeking input from users and competitors.
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Epic Games axes 16% of its workforce and sells recently acquired BandCamp

05 October 2023
"We have determined that layoffs are necessary to stabilise our finances."
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French Authorities Raid Nvidia Offices amidst Growing Concerns of Big Tech Dominance

05 October 2023
This action comes as part of ongoing efforts by the FCA to investigate potential anti-competitive practices and ensure a level playing field in the market.
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Writers Guild of America Strike Ends After 148 Days, Sets Precedent for AI Protections

05 October 2023
Throughout the strike, the threat of AI becoming a widespread addition to the workforce loomed over the members, causing concern and existential questions about its impact on their livelihoods.
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Medical data and Wesfarmers

28 September 2023
Medical practitioners have raised concerns over over patient data as Bunnings and Kmart enter the prescriptions business.
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Federal government reveals ”cyber shields" for enhanced national cyber security

27 September 2023
Shields will create a multi-layered defense system against attacks.
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Cisco's game-changing acquisition of Splunk

27 September 2023
This move aims to strengthen Cisco's software business and take advantage of the growing demand for artificial intelligence.
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ChatGPT has Learnt to Talk

27 September 2023
ChatGPT can now communicate through spoken words, thanks to OpenAI.
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Microsoft's security flaw exposed company data on GitHub for nearly a year

27 September 2023
A URL was created to allow users to download the models, but it inadvertently granted permissions to the entire storage account, exposing additional private data. The exposed data included secrets, private keys, passwords, and over 30,000 Microsoft Teams messages.
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TikTok fined 345 million euros for breaching children's privacy laws in the EU

20 September 2023
It is the biggest fine to date TikTok has received from regulators.
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Google to Pay $93m for Misleading Users on Location Tracking

20 September 2023
Tech giant ‘continued to collect and store a user’s location data’ even if users turned off their location history.
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Gov to curtail one-to-many face matching by law enforcement

20 September 2023
The government is having a second go at legislation for identity and facial matching services, one that will still enable central identity data pools to exist but place heavier restrictions on usage.
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Pegasus spyware exploits vulnerability in Apple devices

14 September 2023
Citizen Lab confidently attributed the exploit to NSO's Pegasus spyware based on their forensic analysis.
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Signing contracts may soon become obsolete

14 September 2023
The federal government has announced it is taking statutory declarations into the digital age, saying it will accept electronic signatures and video link witnessing from next year.
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Modern Cars Spying on You - Privacy Not Included

14 September 2023
Car brands quietly entered the data business by turning their vehicles into powerful data-gobbling machines.
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British Information Commissioner's Office reviewing period and fertility trackers due to data security concerns

14 September 2023
Users often have issues with consent for personal information usage.
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Microsoft unbundles Teams from Office to avoid EU antitrust fine

06 September 2023
Microsoft is making changes to address concerns about its chat and video app Teams being bundled with its Office product.
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Spies for hire exploit Telstra-owned Pacific mobile network

06 September 2023
Telstra-owned mobile operator in the Pacific Islands likely used by spy firms to track people worldwide and steal data, cybersecurity analysis shows.
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Federal Government has decided not to require adult websites to use age verification technology

06 September 2023
The eSafety commissioner is to work with industry on a new code to educate parents about how to access filtering software and limit children’s access.
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Microsoft’s Azure’s East Australia region outage

06 September 2023
Microsoft had “insufficient” staff levels at its data centre campus last week when a “voltage dip” knocked its chiller plant for two data halls offline, cooking portions of its storage hardware.
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Demand for AI chips sends Nvidia profits skyrocketing

31 August 2023
Nvidia states it expects revenue growth to continue to $16bn for the three months to the end of September
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Attention MasterClass subscribers! Did you know that your personal information may have been shared without your consent?

31 August 2023
MasterClass has secretly transmitted information about certain users and their video viewing history to Facebook for advertising purposes.
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Canadian Regulators Keep the Pressure on Internet Giants

31 August 2023
Canadian regulator to establish framework for negotiations between news organisations and internet giants.
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CEO regrets her firm took on Facebook moderation work after staff ‘traumatised’

24 August 2023
Concern over shortage of reliable news after articles blocked on Facebook in response to tech law
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New Study Reveals Alarming AI Attack - Passwords Vulnerable!

24 August 2023
With recent developments in deep learning, the ubiquity of micro-phones and the rise in online services via personal devices, acoustic side channel attacks present a greater threat to keyboards than ever.
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YouTube’s advertising on children’s content continues…

24 August 2023
YouTube’s advertising practices on kids’ channels could have resulted in companies tracking children across the web, a report finds.
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Wildfire evacuees frustrated by Facebook news ban in Canada

24 August 2023
Concern over shortage of reliable news after articles blocked on Facebook in response to tech law
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TPG Telecom to close down free email service

16 August 2023
Users pushed into paid option
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Amazon tracks and penalises US workers for not spending enough time in the office

16 August 2023
Tech companies are pushing back against remote work practices that became popular during the pandemic.
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US Bans American Investment in Chinese High-Tech Sector

16 August 2023
In a move that will further strain relations between the US and China, the US government will ban American investment in certain areas of China's high-tech sector, including artificial intelligence.
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