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 Thursday, 28-March-2019  00:42:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ASIGN_Baz has sent word that he will be making an appearance in his Steel MKIV Iron Man Suit at the Rise Above Convoy for Cancer Families at EPIC in Canberra. The Rise Above Convoy for Cancer Families is an annual event to raise money and awareness for Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief. Every April hundreds of Trucks and Motorbikes take the journey from Beard Industrial Estate just outside of Queanbeyan and drive through Canberra to Exhibition Park, where the family fun day and concert wrap up the Convoy.

Apparently more than 110,000 Australians were impacted by the Facebook access token attack in September last year. About 47,912 had only basic personal information – their name, email and phone number – compromised. But other Australians were more exposed. Hackers were able to access information on 62,306 users’ hometown, most recent check-ins, birthday, education, work history, Facebook search history, name, email, phone number, gender, relationship status and religion. These users also had their most recent Facebook location check-ins exposed. In another 1,595 cases, the names in private Facebook messenger conversations could be accessed, as could details of a person’s membership of Facebook groups.

This doesn't affect Australia directly, but it's a worrying precedent - the European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13. While ostensibly aimed at fixing copyright, many are worried that Article 13 will completely change how we share information online and make it much harder for small sites to compete with tech giants.

Some ASUS update software was compromised recently, with thousands of computers infected, but curiously only a few hundred specific MAC addresses would activate the malware's payload. The researchers estimate half a million Windows machines received the malicious backdoor through the ASUS update server, although the attackers appear to have been targeting only about 600 of those systems. The malware searched for targeted systems through their unique MAC addresses. Once on a system, if it found one of these targeted addresses, the malware reached out to a command-and-control server the attackers operated, which then installed additional malware on those machines.

Computerworld look back at the history of mobile coverage in Australia, as Telstra announce their 10,000th mobile site. Telstra revealed today that it had connected its 10,000th mobile site, with the 5G site coming online some 32 years after the telco first began delivering cellular services. In 1987 the government-owned Telecom Australia — which eventually became Telstra — unveiled its first-generation cellular network. However, the roots of mobile telephony in Australia go back even further.

NanoDuke sent in today's timewaster: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, in Google Earth. Accessing Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? is as simple as visiting the Google Earth site. From the homepage, players are given the option to “Catch Carmen Sandiego,” and selecting it begins “The Crown Jewels Caper.” The Where is Carmen Sandiego? Google game can also be accessed on iOS and Android mobile devices.



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