Stories by Michael Crawford

Aussies get spam for Christmas

The festive season has brought along a heavy increase in global spam, with China and South Korea now leading the world in spewing out the number of phishing e-mails populating the globe.

Defence to reissue tender for HR upgrade

The Australian Department of Defence (DOD) has terminated a $100 million tender for a PMKeys (Personnel Management Key Solution) which is part of a human resources management (HRM) information system upgrade, throwing out Oracle's response to the tender.

Psiphon project delivers uncensored internet worldwide

Software designed to circumvent government-controlled and monitored Internet access will be released Friday December 1, targeted towards delivering complete access to the Internet in countries where access is governed or monitored.

US breaches European law by monitoring transactions

An independent advisory body to the European Union has confirmed Swift (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) has violated both European and Belgium law through sharing personal information with US authorities.

ACMA announce audit of Telstra coverage

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has selected an auditor to compare the service coverage of Telstra's CDMA network compared to the new 3G network, 3GSM850 (WCDMA).

Collaboration tool needed for court documents

Australian government agency the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has released a tender to develop software to better aid delivering evidence during court presentations.

Catholic teachers educate on open standards

The Catholic Education Network (CEnet) has signed a three-year deal for management of the online learning platform currently in use across 1220 Australian Catholic primary and high schools.

MasterCard push new smartcard

MasterCard has rolled out a global dual-interface (contact and contactless) smartcard for the Asia Pacific, Middle Eastern and African (APEMA) markets named the MasterCard PayPass M/Chip 4 Combi Card.

Digital archives drives acquisition

Infrastructure and content provider Destra has snapped up the content archives of both Central Station Records and MRA Entertainment for a combined sum of $14 million.

Travel site tweaks customer service

Online travel company Zuji has rolled out an online customer service module for deployment within the Asia Pacific Zuji call centre in an effort to improve customer service and reduce customer enquiries.

Skills drought pays off for IT pros

Security professionals, applications developers and financial database experts can expect the highest salary increases over the next 12 months according to the Ambition Technology Market Trends Report - Summer 2007, a survey of salary and contract rate figures of some 370 IT professionals nationwide.

Documentum IRM part of EMC OEM

Storage vendor EMC is pushing a year-old CEO directive of applying embedded security within products, in particular using the Documentum line of products to promote policy-based document or information security under the Information Rights Management (IRM) banner.