Australia spared the worst of rise in web attacks: Akamai

AustraliaAustralia has been spared the worst of a significant increase in attacks on internet-connected systems highlighted in content delivery giant Akamai’s latest state of the internet security report. The country is the second most common destination in the world for web application attacks, Akamai’s figures show. However, the overall threat against Australian sites is very small at 2.27 percent of all attack traffic. United States-based websites are overwhelmingly the most attacked at 81.6 percent of attack traffic, Akamai noted.,australia-spared-the-worst-of-rise-in-web-attacks-akamai.aspx

Dallas Buyers Club will chase other ISP customers over piracy

AustraliaThe owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club plan to go after customers of more internet service providers for alleged copyright infringement following their court battle with iiNet. Counsel for Dallas Buyers Club LLC and a number of ISPs including iiNet and Dodo today fronted court in the latest instalment of the case over alleged copyright infringement. Last month Justice Nye Perram ordered the ISPs to hand over the customer details associated with 4726 IP addresses that were alleged to have engaged in copyright infringement.,dallas-buyers-club-will-chase-other-isp-customers-over-piracy.aspx

Communications moves data centre offsite in $18m deal

AustraliaThe Department of Communications has awarded a five-year contract with ASG worth $18 million to migrate the agency’s services out of its existing on-site data centre. The deal includes the intial migration of the department’s hosted environment, and infrastructure-as-a-service functions. Communications previously owned its on-premise infrastructure assets, according to a statement, with some functions such as disaster recovery hosted offsite.,department-of-communications-outsourced-to-asg-for-18-million.aspx

Telstra reveals large-scale security breach at Pacnet

Hong KongTelstra has revealed a security breach on its Pacnet network allowed unknown third parties full access into the subsidiary’s corporate systems.  The telco today said the breach had occured before Telstra took ownership of the company following its December takeover announcement. Telstra said it was told about the breach when it finalised the A$857 million purchase of Pacnet on April 16.,telstra-reveals-large-scale-security-breach-at-pacnet.aspx

Defence laws threaten to shut down Aussie encryption, from AU

AustraliaYou might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act – which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year – there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws. Under these laws, such “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. How could this be?,defence-laws-threaten-to-shut-down-aussie-encryption.aspx

iiNet to offer free legal advice to DBC pirates

AustraliaiiNet is planning to offer free legal advice to customers alleged to have shared infringing copies of Dallas Buyers Club online. The internet service provider yesterday said it was working with an unnamed law firm that has offered to provide pro-bono services to alleged copyright infringers. iiNet declined to provide further detail. iiNet’s financial controller Ben Jenkins also said the ISP will alert customers whose details are handed over to the owners of the Dallas Buyers Club film.,iinet-to-offer-free-legal-advice-to-dbc-pirates.aspx

MyGov digital mail to expand to businesses, from AU

AustraliaThe federal government’s new Digital Transformation Office will expand the national myGov digital mail service to businesses from next year. The DTO was established in January to assume responsibility for customer-facing digital service delivery in the federal government. It meant responsibility for customer services technology was moved out of the former Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) within Finance and into the Communications department.,mygov-digital-mail-to-expand-to-businesses.aspx

MyGov digital mail to expand to businesses, from AU

AustraliaThe federal government’s new Digital Transformation Office will expand the national myGov digital mail service to businesses from next year. The DTO was established in January to assume responsibility for customer-facing digital service delivery in the federal government. It meant responsibility for customer services technology was moved out of the former Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) within Finance and into the Communications department.,mygov-digital-mail-to-expand-to-businesses.aspx

Macquarie consortium buys tower operator Crown Castle Australia

AustraliaUnited States-based cell phone tower operator Crown Castle has sold its Australian subsidiary to a group of investors led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). MIRA will pay around $2 billion for Crown Castle Australia, in a deal that is expected to be concluded in the second quarter of this year. Crown Castle said the Australian operation was expected to bring in $120 million to $126 million in earnings before tax for the 2015 year.,macquarie-consortium-buys-tower-operator-crown-castle-australia.aspx

SingTel boosts Optus capex to fight fixed-line, 4G rivals

AustraliaOptus parent SingTel will boost its investment in the telco to S$1.9 billion (A$1.8 billion) over the coming year to improve Optus’s mobile network and increase its share in the fixed-line market in the face of competition from a merged TPG-iiNet. Optus today reported its full-year results for FY14, revealing stable net profit – up one percent to $841 million – and a five percent jump in EBITDA $2.6 billion.,singtel-boosts-optus-capex-to-fight-fixed-line-4g-rivals.aspx

Telstra Extends Global PEN Platform into the Optical Layer to Address Growing High-Bandwidth Needs

AustraliaTelstra today announced it has extended its new global Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform into the optical layer, enabling high-bandwidth provisioning up to 100G and automated fault restoration across its global Points of Presence (PoPs). Jim Clarke, Telstra’s Director of Marketing, Product and Pricing – International, said the extension of SDN and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) capabilities into Layer 1 followed the announcement last month that Telstra had added nine Telstra PEN PoPs to Pacnet’s existing footprint of sixteen PoPs across Asia, creating a globally connected on-demand networking Platform.

Govt forced to spend more on troubled budget system

AustraliaThe Department of Finance has successfully lobbied for more funding to continue the overhaul of the government central budgement management system (CBMS), which has stalled more than a year after its planned completion date. Today’s federal budget indicates Finance will once again go to market for new services to get the project on its feet. It has already signed two major deals with SAP and CSC for the project, worth a combined total of just under $65 million.,govt-forced-to-spend-more-on-troubled-budget-system.aspx

Govt outlines planned telco tax for satellite, wireless NBN

AustraliaA government research bureau has suggested a new levy on Australia’s biggest telcos to help fund the satellite and wireless components of the national broadband network. In its response to the Vertigan review last December, the federal government said it would task a newly-formed research group within the Department of Communications with looking into alternate ways to fund the rollout of the NBN to unprofitable regional and remote areas.,govt-outlines-planned-telco-tax-for-satellite-wireless-nbn.aspx

Govt to make e-health records opt-out

AustraliaThe federal government plans to create electronic health records for all Australians by default in the hope an opt-out model will counter the slow take up of the former PCEHR system, now known as myHealth Record. Health Minister Sussan Ley today said less than ten percent of eligible Australians had signed up for a health record. She said the slow uptake was undermining the system’s clinical usefulness.,govt-to-make-e-health-records-opt-out.aspx

Australia-US project achieves SDN routing breakthrough

AustraliaThe Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have demonstrated internet-scale software-defined network routing to the United States, using open source components. Using a high throughput programmable Corsa OpenFlow DP6410 data plane, the Australian institutions set up a production SDN-based peering router with a switch deployed in AARNet’s data centre in Haymarket, Sydney, and an Open Network Operating System (ONOS) application 15km away in Marsfield.,australia-us-project-achieves-sdn-routing-breakthrough.aspx

NSW Electoral Commission answers iVote critics

AustraliaThe NSW Electoral Commission is refusing to shy away from its pro-electronic voting position despite the recent discovery of a flaw in its iVote system just days before the 2015 state election. iVote is the online tool used in NSW to allow the blind and vision impaired, disabled and overseas or interstate residents to cast their ballot remotely. It was used by 286,000 voters in the March 2015 poll.,nsw-electoral-commission-answers-ivote-critics.aspx

Telcos ordered to pay Dallas Buyers Club’s court costs

AustraliaiiNet and several other internet service providers have been ordered to pay most of the court costs for the owners of the Dallas Buyers Club film for being “adversarial” in the proceedings. Justice Perram today ruled that by putting “nearly everything in issue”, iiNet, Internode, Dodo, Amnet, Adam Internet and Wideband Networks had adopted an adversarial stance and therefore should be required to pay a significant portion of DBC LLC’s costs.,iinet-told-to-hand-over-user-details-before-june-27.aspx

TPG boosts iiNet bid to $1.56bn, wins board’s backing

AustraliaTPG has upped its bid for iiNet to $1.56 billion and offered shareholders a choice of shares or cash, gaining the iiNet board’s support for its new bid over that of rival M2. iiNet last week gave TPG a chance to increase its March $1.4 billion all-cash offer after receiving a $1.6 billion scrip-based bid from M2. Today iiNet announced TPG had boosted its offer to $9.55 per iiNet share, including a $0.75 special dividend.,tpg-boosts-iinet-bid-to-156bn-wins-boards-backing.aspx

NBN considers extra charges for regional satellite users

AustraliaThe national broadband network builder is proposing to charge service providers for instances when end-users miss appointments, make late cancellations or want to reactivate their service. NBN today released a list of proposed charges for the LTS – which is scheduled to launch commercially in the second quarter of next year – as part of industry consultation on the fees. A $15 reactivation fee will be charged to cover the cost of each individual reactivation.,nbn-may-charge-extra-fees-for-regional-satellite-users.aspx

Telstra’s startup accelerator muru-D launched in Singapore

SingaporeAfter the successful launch of its first accelerator in Sydney in October 2013, Communications company Telstra has launched its startup accelerator, muru-D, in Singapore on Wednesday. According to Telstra, it wants to attract the region’s best digital talent, foster local technology innovation and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Southeast Asia.  Applications will open in May for ten technology startups from across Southeast Asia to be recruited for the inaugural six-month accelerator program, which begins in August 2015.