Stories by Rohan Pearce

‘Competent’ crim could evade Australia’s encryption laws, researchers say

Australia’s controversial Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (TOLA Act) was intended to combat the problem of criminals and terrorists ‘going dark’: Using technologies and services, such as messaging apps with end-to-end encryption, that make traditional interception techniques ineffective for law enforcement and spy agencies.

APRA works on data collection timeline, migration challenges

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) says it is working on an adjusted timeline and “alternative implementation approaches” for its new data collection platform, amid fears that banks and other regulated entities may struggle with the transition.

Internet of Things likened to ‘IT asbestos’

For most of the time since the cyber security firm begun operating them two decades ago, the “vast, vast majority” of traffic intercepted by F-Secure’s global network of honeypot systems has been generated by Windows malware and bots. But recently that has changed, the company’s chief research officer, Mikko Hypponen, ​today told the Cebit trade show in Sydney.

Queensland government plays digital catch-up with NSW, Victoria

Queensland is seeking to make more government transactions available through online channels, with a document issued by the Department of Housing and Public Works (HPW) acknowledging that the state has not kept pace with digital transformation efforts in New South Wales and Victoria.

Operator issues tech roadmap for New Payments Platform

Participants in Australia’s New Payments Platform will be directed to roll out support for a range of new capabilities between now and the end of 2022, under a technology roadmap (PDF) published today by the NPP’s operator.

Money laundering watchdog seeks tech chief

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre — AUSTRAC — has advertised for a new chief information officer to lead its Innovation and Technology Solutions (ITS) Branch, which sits in its Corporate Operations Division.