IT News — Department store chain David Jones today began informing customers of a large-scale data breach which saw attackers gain access to the retailer’s website to pilfer sensitive personal details. David Jones revealed an unnamed third-party exploited a vulnerability in its IBM WebSphere-based website to steal “limited” information about its customers.
IT News — Retailer Kmart has revealed it is “urgently” working to address a privacy breach which saw customer data stolen by external attackers. The company yesterday informed affected customers their name, email address, delivery and billing addresses, phone numbers and product purchase details had been taken in the attack.
IT News — Telstra Apple users have been struggling with significantly slowed data speeds to and from Apple services for the majority of this week following a break in the SEA-ME-WE submarine cable. The problems come just after the Australian release of Apple’s new iPhone 6s last Friday.
ZDNet — Customers on the Telstra network have complained about substantial delays in downloading Apple services for most of the week, with Telstra now acknowledging a subsea cable issue and claiming that it is working on resolving it. The issue, flagged on broadband enthusiast website Whirlpool and onTwitter, has seen Telstra customers attempting to download or update their operating systems or apps across the iTunes Store and the App Store, as well as use streaming services Apple Music and Apple Radio, experience severe delays.
Crikey — One of the most powerful forces in the world today, disruptive new technology, will destroy all of the hopes that rode into space this morning on the rocket that launched the first of two NBN National Broadband Network satellites toward geostationary orbits. Even the national broadcaster the ABC made this clear as it streamed the live launch of the first of two Sky Muster space based platforms from French Guiana.
IT News — Vodafone and TPG have signed two deals worth more than $1 billion which will see TPG build a dark fibre network for Vodafone and migrate its own wholesale mobile customer base away from Optus to Vodafone. TPG will extend its current fibre infrastructure by around 4000km nationally to provide dark fibre to 3000 Vodafone cell sites, the majority of the telco’s sites. The deal will span 15 years from the point each site is connected.
IT News — NBN will equip itself with network monitoring tools to combat the potential for leechers sucking up high amounts of bandwidth on its soon-to-launch long-term satellite service. The network builder today published a request for information from suppliers of deep packet inspection technology, which it said would allow it to “enhance its capacity planning, offer new services and improve congestion management”.
The Australian — While Telstra was involved in installing the first 1000 nodes and is carrying out about 60 per cent of the network planning and design work, Mr Penn said the telco had decided not to get involved in construction despite having preliminary talks with NBN Co. “We are were only going to do it on a basis that commercially works for us and that particular set of arrangement didn’t work for us,” Mr Penn told The Australian.
IT Wire — Global SaaS provider of secure enterprise content collaboration solutions, Intralinks, is to offer its solutions at a new data centre in Australia using HP products and technology. The new data centre, featuring the HP Helion OpenStack Platform, will deliver secure enterprise content collaboration capabilities to address what Intralinks says is growing customer demand for solutions that maintain compliance with national data sovereignty laws and regulations.
NBN has handed six contractors deals for the second set of network deployments supporting its multi-technology mix. The list of contractors includes SA Power Networks in the Northern Territory and South Australia, QC Comms in the Australian Capital Territory and parts of New South Wales, with Lend Lease also joining it in NSW. Service Stream and Decon scored deals for additional NBN FTTx builds in Victoria.
Telecom Asia — The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is calling on all the nation’s operators to introduce real-time usage alerts to protect consumers from bill shock. ACCAN said currently the warnings sent by operators can be up to 48 hours out of date before consumers receive them, which can lead to consumers racking up major debts without realising it.
The Register — Rumours are emerging that there’s yet another break in the SeaMeWe-3 cable. The Register has been unable to get confirmation of the break, but has been told that Australian ISPs are seeing blowouts in ping times as traffic routes around the problem. The SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable provides connectivity from Australia to Europe via the middle-east, and in Singapore picks up connectivity to Asia.
IT News — Telecommunications and internet service providers that fall under the country’s data retention legislation are being warned to keep quiet on whether they have been granted an exemption from the scheme or risk having it overturned. The data retention laws – under which telcos and ISPs are required to store customer metadata for two years to aid law enforcement – will come into effect on October 13.
ZDNet — Telstra is looking to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging technological innovation through collaboration with startups, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — but said that ensuring its network continues to be the best in Australia is still at the core of its business, and the driving force behind being able to deliver these capabilities.
IT News — The cost of replacing an inadequate workforce management system contributed to a blowout in NBN’s IT capital expenditure budget, the network builder has revealed. During a recent senate hearing, NBN networks boss JB Rousselot said the company’s IT capex had increased from $900 million to $1.6 billion in the three years prior to the December 2013 revised strategic review.
IT News — top ranking South Australian government IT executives have been cleared by the state’s ombudsman of claims they broke probity rules during a 2012 trip to New Zealand with IT supplier Dimension Data. In 2013, a whistleblower complained to SA authorities that the heads of ICT strategic sourcing and government network services took the trip with the vendor whilst in the tendering phase of a multi-million-dollar managed network services deal.
IT News — Australia’s second largest broadband provider TPG boosted its net profit and revenue in the past financial year, according to its last set of financial results prior to acquiring rival internet service provider iiNet. TPG posted a net profit jump of 31 percent to $224.1 million in the fiscal year ending July 2015, and a revenue gain of $1.27 billion – also a 31 percent rise.
IT News — A drive for industry-wide standards of data exchange with Australian retail operators has resonated globally and resulted in a worldwide effort to make exchanging information with online marketplaces easier. The project, spearheaded by Dick Smith CIO Paul Keen, reared its head midway through this year.
IT News — NBN has launched its first live services for end users on fibre-to-the-node technology, claiming most ADSL users won’t need an on-premises appointment to switch over to the network. The FTTN go-live follows an end user trial in Belmont, NSW, that covered 43 homes, all of whom were Telstra retail customers. Around 384 premises are served by each FTTN cabinet.
Sydney Morning Herald — The Hawaiki submarine cable project, designed to connect high speed broadband between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, has launched a belated attempt to raise $US150 million – half of its total construction cost.Most of the global internet’s content currently comes from the United States where companies like Google and Facebook are based.