[ad] The service leader for Cloud is now in Australia. Secure, reliable cloud and managed hosting all backed by 24x7x365 Fanatical Support. Create your free account now.
Buy an Seagate Business Storage NAS for your chance to win a holiday
[ad] Purchase a selected Seagate Business Storage NAS to receive a $20 cash-back AND go into the draw to win a $1,000 Flight Centre voucher so you can holiday in the destination of your choice. T&Cs apply.
Great articles on other sites
- Xbox One smashes sales records
- Tech leaders call for speed, ubiquity in NBN rollout
- AIIA urges Hockey to tackle taxes
- IBM accuses Qld govt of trying to ‘rewrite history’
- Newlease undergoes reverse takeover to score ASX listing
- Australia Post loses battle | The Australian
- Start-ups leap at Telstra's accelerator
- Labor won't hand over NBN advice to Turnbull
- Adelaide Uni on hiring blitz for tech transformation
- Human Services to cut 56 IT jobs
How mobile and social media affect your Customer Experience strategy
[ad] How will the adoption of mobile devices and social media affect your Customer Experience strategy? Are you reaching your organisation's customers through these touch points? Click here to download a whitepaper by Fifth Quadrant examining consumer and business attitudes to these new contact channels.
50 things top IT pros need to know
[ad] This 18 page TechRepublic whitepaper explores 10 things you should know to become an epic IT manager, 40 other essential tips to advance your IT career and practical guidance for starting an IT consulting business. Click here to access the whitepaper.
Blog, Enterprise IT, Security - Written by Renai LeMay on Monday, February 11, 2013 16:03 - 3 Comments
ATO suffers minor IT security breach
blog We’re constantly hearing more and more about how “cyber” security is the next big bad, but concrete examples of how Australian Government infrastructure has been broken into are still thin on the ground. One incident to pop up last week has been what appears to be a relatively minor breach of an Australian Taxation Office portal through the logins of a number of tax agents. The Sydney Morning Herald reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Fears have been raised about the security of Australian taxpayers’ information after four tax agents’ account details were illegally used by third parties.”
The SMH report was quite sensationalist in nature (we know, not surprisingly for the newspaper), but it does look like quite a substantial amount of investigation has been carried out into what took place here. Also, note that we may see more on this in future, as the SMH reporter who wrote the story has filed a Freedom of Information request for further information from the ATO. However, the ATO doesn’t feel as though the SMH got everything right, and has issued its own statement on the situation:
“It has been reported today that taxpayer information is at risk after criminals stole the identity of four tax agents. The report suggested that all Australian taxpayers’ information was under threat. This is incorrect. The identities of four tax agents were stolen and used to fraudulently obtain AUSkeys giving access to specialist tax agent online services (tax agent portal).
The ATO has contained the threat and cancelled the AUSkeys. We are working with the affected tax agents to ensure their practices and information is secure. Doing business online has benefits, but it also comes with risks. People looking to commit identity fraud constantly look for ways to profit so it is critical to remain vigilant regarding your personal information and online security. Online fraud can be complex and multilayered. We are investigating the incident and working with relevant law enforcement agencies.”
So where’s the truth here? We suspect it’s somewhere in the middle between these two views. Was this a serious breach, with the taxation files of millions of Australians at risk? Not really. The ATO’s systems look to be a little bet better protected than that. But equally, was this just an incident of no consequence? Again, not really. The intrusion did have the potential to see some sensitive tax information stolen.
In our experience, this kind of outcome is pretty much the norm in the IT security industry. When a break-in initially occurs, it’s panic stations, followed by a gradually calm-down as the realisation hits that nothing that sensitive was accessed. It will be interesting to see if more such security breaches occur over the next few years in the Federal Government.
Latest Delimiter 2.0 articles (subscriber content)
|Politicians from Australia’s major parties need to stop issuing ludicrous blanket pardons for the intelligence community’s ongoing misdemeanours and start applying a basic modicum of transparency and accountability to this important national security function.|
|The independent pro-fibre National Broadband Network movement is doing a far better job of promoting Labor’s Fibre to the Premises-based NBN policy than Labor itself. When is Labor going to wake from its slumber and start supporting this scrappy but energetic grassroots network of activists?|
|Ziggy Switkowski's first substantial public appearance since being appointed NBN Co chief executive has starkly demonstrated just how different he is from his predecessor, Mike Quigley, and just how strictly he will adhere to the guidelines which his patron, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has set for him.|
|Australian technology companies have been virtually absent from the the nation’s public stockmarket over the past decade as the stigma of the dot com bust took its toll on investor confidence. But a clutch of new listings planned for the closing months of 2013 shows renewed interest in the sector and that local entrepreneurs are smelling money in the air once again.|
|NBN Co’s Strategic Review process gives the company an unmissable opportunity to re-evaluate the early decision to deploy its FTTP network primarily through Telstra’s underground ducts. The company and its new Coalition masters must now seriously consider deploying more fibre aerially on power poles in an effort to speed up its rollout substantially.|
|That moment which many Australian technologists fervently hoped for but never expected to see has come to pass: Simon Hackett has been appointed to the board of the National Broadband Network Company. But what questions should the Internode founder be asking NBN Co’s executive management team? Here’s five ideas to start with.|
|The rapid replacement of respected NBN Co chief operating officer Ralph Steffens with a Telstra executive who appears less experienced with fibre rollouts but better politically connected represents a key signal that NBN Co’s senior executive hiring process has now become completely politicised and is no longer independent from the Federal Government.|
Enterprise IT, News - Dec 10, 2013 17:23 - 2 Comments
More In Enterprise IT
- David Boyle appointed NAB CIO
- Qld payroll lawsuit ‘rewriting history’, says IBM
- Harbour City Ferries goes Microsoft across the board
- Payroll disaster: Queensland sues IBM
- End of an era: Oracle Australia’s ‘safe hands’ leaves
News, Telecommunications - Dec 10, 2013 18:16 - 22 Comments
More In Telecommunications
- Telstra 4G trials hit 300Mbps
- “Captain of the Titanic”: Turnbull mocks Quigley’s NBN tenure
- NBN Co still has 1Gbps on way
- Delimiter appeals Turnbull Blue Book censorship
- Final closure: TPG buys AAPT for $450m
Blog, Industry, Startups - Dec 10, 2013 10:19 - 0 Comments
More In Industry
- Telstra shares millions with Box
- The Australian IT sector needs a stronger voice
- Xbox One goes off with a bang … but will the PS4 launch eclipse it?
- It’s not just Freelancer: Aussie tech IPOs are back in general
- Freelancer’s IPO: A billion reasons to care
Digital Rights, News - Dec 10, 2013 18:57 - 0 Comments
More In Digital Rights
- Telstra ‘not logging’ customers’ web, email history
- Labor, Coalition reject Intelligence committee reformation
- Screwed: Australian PS4, Xbox One lack basic functionality
- Censored: Appeal for AG’s Blue Book fails
- Senate to force TPP publication