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FBI on trial for warrantless Stingray mobile spying
Cellphone spying made easy – and sloppy – by electronic signal slurper

Wisconsin man cuffed over Koch-blocking DDoS attack
Lawmen respond to Anonymous attack on right-wing moneymen

MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us
We, of course, are not us either. We 'work at the Home Office'

Oz states count cars using Bluetooth
Traffic studies bring out tinfoil hats

Plucky mail scrubbers battle internet carpet bombers

Cyberwar playbook says Stuxnet may have been 'armed attack'
Would you rather be shot, blown up, stabbed - or hacked?

GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder
IDs of all our future spooks get pwned? No big deal

Tibetan and Uyghur activists targeted with Android malware
Hmm ... who'd want to do that?

Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?
Your ass is 94% hanging in the breeze, my friend

Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher
Tinker, tailor, soldier, cobblers

Fortinet nabs wily Coyote and its slice of security appliance cake
Or perhaps we mean pie. Made of meaty customers, anyway

Whoops! Tiny bug in NetBSD 6.0 code ruins SSH crypto keys
'Random numbers are too important to be left to chance'

No Skype traffic released to cops or spooks, insists Microsoft
The numbers on Redmond's plod-spy squealing dealings

Security damn well IS a dirty word, actually
Wash your mouth out with TLS 1.2

Mobile location data identifies individuals
You are where you go

South Korea data-wipe malware spread by patching system
Long dark teatime in Seoul saga continues to unfold

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I spy with my little fly ... animal cruelty

An environment group is about to become the first in Australia to deploy surveillance drones to hunt for evidence of animal abuse, writes Ben Cubby.

Top stories

Online apps take bite of illegal betting

 online apps
ASHER MOSES | Apple Australia may be breaching federal online gambling laws by offering apps such as PokerStars which allow Australians to bet on casino-style games with real money.

Samsung Galaxy S4 v the rest

galaxy s4
Jenneth Orantia | Samsung's new Galaxy S4 stacks up favourably against the latest raft of iPhone challengers, writes Jenneth Orantia.

Virtual reality, goggles and all, attempts return

Oculus VR's headset.
Derrik Lang 12:49pm | It's back. The virtual reality headset, the gizmo that was supposed to seamlessly transport wearers to three-dimensional virtual worlds, has made a remarkable return at this year's Game Developers Conference, an annual gathering of video game makers in San Francisco.

April Fools' Day pranks flood the web

MEGAN LEVY 2:35pm | YouTube is closing down, Gina Rinehart is the new boss of Channel 10, and the Australian Financial Review is bucking the compact trend and upsizing to a broadsheet.

Astronauts take record-breaking six-hour express ride to space station

The International Space Station crew member US astronaut Chris Cassidy.
Stuart Williams 3:17pm | A new Russian-American crew arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday after a fast-track trip from Earth of under six hours, the swiftest ever manned journey to the orbiting laboratory.

'Bizarre' UFO report identified as FBI's most popular

fbi memo
A single-page FBI memo to J Edgar Hoover in 1950 has become the most popular file in the bureau's electronic reading room and offers some strange details.

Virtual mind field

A quest to build a brain is dividing scientists, Tim Requarth writes.

Telcos hit with iPhone gripes

Andrea Petrie | Telecommunications companies are understood to have been inundated with complaints by Apple iPhone customers keen to find out if a software glitch was behind their escalating mobile phone bills.

Man gets 3D-printed face

Eric Moger and his fiance Karen Hunger.
Richard Gray 9:33am | When restaurant manager Eric Moger surprised his girlfriend by proposing over Christmas dinner, he could have no idea that less than a year later his life and appearance would be changed beyond recognition.

Top apps for scriptwriting

Hollywood sign
Want to release your inner Tarantino? Jenneth Orantia reviews the best map apps for scriptwriting.

'Facebook phone' may ring true April 4

12:11pm | Facebook has fueled fresh talk about its own mobile phone after the leading social network scheduled a press announcement for this week.

Time is ripe for smartwatches, analysts say

iWatch concept
Rob Lever 12:22pm | Amid much speculation on the future of the "smartwatch", the consensus is growing: the time is right.

Apple patents iPhone with wrap display

generic image of iphone
Apple is seeking a patent for an iPhone that has a display that wraps around the edges of the device, expanding the viewable area and eliminating all physical buttons.

Why myki is the best ticket we've ever had

Chris Middendorp | Victoria's myki is an IT 'fiasco' you cannot go wrong complaining about.

'iPad Mini' trademark rejected by US Patent Office

iPad mini
12:29pm | The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple's application for a trademark to safeguard its widely popular iPad mini tablet, saying the case to own the phrase was too weak.

Tech firms bumping up perks to recruit, retain

Martha Mendoza 5:30am | A world class auditorium, an orchard, walkways angled to force accidental encounters... tech employers get creative.

A life laid bare in a single day

SARAH WHYTE | Theodora Chan always thought her online identity was impenetrable.

Urinal video game no piss-take for US stadium

urinal game
Play doesn't need to stop for sports fans taking a bathroom break at a Pennsylvania minor-league baseball stadium that has installed video games in men's room urinals.

Google Street View offers rare glimpse into eerie ghost town

Google Street View is giving the world a rare glimpse into one of Japan's eerie ghost towns, created when the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami sparked a nuclear disaster that has left the area uninhabitable.

'There is no alternative to the internet'

LIA TIMSON | Australians are yet to feel the impact of the world's largest cyber attack reverberating around the world, but the unprecedented event has highlighted the fragility of the internet.

Tracking app halves tag graffiti

RACHEL OLDING | Pattern recognition software for smartphones has been credited with helping to halve ''tag'' graffiti in a Sydney suburb could save ratepayers millions of dollars, police and developers claim.

Cyber-squatting cases reach record high

The number of cases of alleged cybersquatting handled by the World Intellectual Property Organisation jumped five per cent to reach a record 2,884 last year, the head of the UN agency said Thursday.

BlackBerry Z10 sales hit 1 million in 'huge turnaround'

Research In Motion says it has sold about 1 million phones running its new BlackBerry 10 system as it surprised investors with a profit in its most recent quarter.

Divers arrested after Egypt undersea internet cable cut

egypt undersea cable
Egyptian military arrests three scuba divers accused of cutting an undersea internet cable off the coast of the northern city of Alexandria.

Now Google delivers groceries

google shopping
Internet search leader Google is taking another step beyond information retrieval into same-day grocery delivery.

BlackBerry Z10 good, but not a standout

Blackberry's Z10.
Salvador Rodriguez | The BlackBerry Z10 has just gone on sale, and BlackBerry loyalists will like the improvements that come with the new smartphone and operating system.

The numbers men of LA

NICK O'MALLEY | The city's police have found a way to spot trouble before it starts, writes Nick O'Malley.

Anonymous mobile phone location data leaves 'fingerprints' that could identify you

Mobile phone
Ryan Gallagher | An oft-repeated refrain among the privacy conscious is that a mobile phone is really a tracking device that lets you make calls. But a major new study suggests the digital trail left by a mobile phone can identify more than mere movements - it can be used as a "fingerprint" to identify people with a striking degree of accuracy.

Calling for back up

DVD generic.
Adam Turner explains how cinephiles can preserve their DVD collections.

Transformer AiO P1801: Weird 'Windroid' better in theory than fact

The Transformer AiO P1801
Reviewed by Rich Jaroslovsky | The Windows and Android operating systems have had one thing in common: Both are designed to work on many different kinds of hardware.

Summly deal highlights smartphone's impact

Nick D'Aloisio.
Craig Timberg | Smartphones are opening up endless possibilities in the delivery of news.

Alive as a dodo

NICKY PHILLIPS | Bringing animals back from extinction is no longer science fiction. But the question is, should we do it?

Worth noting: Google Keep's up

Google Keep
David Pogue | In the early days of personal computers, people talked about how great they'd be for managing recipes. Remember?



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