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Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-July-2017  16:59:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently our Medicare records are for sale on the dark web. The Federal Government has confirmed it’s urgently investigating the security breach and has referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police. A journalist from The Guardian revealed he was able to purchase his own Medicare card details from a vendor on the dark web for just $30, from a device called ‘the Medicare machine’.

Meanwhile we have stepped up our cyber warfare efforts, targeting hackers. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has been directed to use its offensive cyber capabilities to "disrupt, degrade, deny, and deter" organised offshore cyber criminals, just as they'd do against foreign military targets or terrorist organisations. "The recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks have affected governments, businesses, and individuals around the world," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday. "Our response to criminal cyber threats should not just be defensive. We must take the fight to the criminals."

HotHardware have thrown their hat into the Ethereum mining ring, with a GPU and Optimisation guide. Cryptocurrency mining is a big buzz topic in technology these days. And why not? Utilizing your computer to digitally mine what seems like free money only begs the question, "where do I sign up?" Your machine will actually be "mining" or processing transactions for a decentralized currency, the hottest variant of which is called Ethereum.

TechARP had an immersive experience with IBM's Watson. A Monash University team of final year students then showed what they accomplished with IBM Watson in just a few weeks, despite not having any programming abilities. Specifically, they showed how they can mine Twitter to not just determine how often people were talking about a fast food brand, they also used IBM Watson to determine whether the tweets were positive or negative in nature.

Axe spotted this article about the birth of the iPhone, 10 years ago. Apple’s iPhone, which went on sale 10 years ago this week, began with a grudge. “It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft, ” said Scott Forstall, Apple’s former software chief and one of the top deputies to the company’s late co-founder Steve Jobs. More iPhone history here, here and here.

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