Stories by Julian Bajkowski

  • Telstra to overhaul billing systems, looks at open source

    Telstra is to embark on a major overhaul of its billing systems, switching to predominantly Intel-based, open source architecture in an attempt to rationalise the number of systems and platforms the telco currently operates, Telstra CIO Jeff Smith has revealed at an analyst briefing in Sydney on cost reductions.

  • ISPs under Govt tapping pressure

    Australia's Internet service and carriage providers are staring down the barrel of stiff legislative requirements to provide law enforcement, intelligence agencies and other authorised bodies with the capability to intercept IP traffic for lawful purposes, delegates at the Hack 2003 IT security conference have been told.

  • Anti-US hackers deface Australian government site

    An Australian government website has been revealed as another victim of Sunday night's Web defacement spree by hacker group, The Ghost Boys, with the URLs acn.gov.au and cultureandrecreation.gov.au hijacked to show anti-US messages.

  • ACA cracks whip as Telstra complaints double

    A doubling of complaints to the Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman (TIO) about dodgy debt collection practices over the last three months has seen the Australian Communication Authority impose strict new conditions on carriers over the way they sell off their debt.

  • Alston flags convergence of airwave regulators

    In a significant tactical move in the growing media consolidation debate, Communications Minister, Richard Alston, has flagged the government’s intention to merge communications regulatory bodies the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and the Australian Communications Authority (ACA).

  • Bank chief broadsides counter-terrorism data demands

    Australian Banking Association chairman and Commonwealth Bank CEO, David Murray, last week threw a grenade into the counter-terrorism debate warning the federal government that banks would not allow access to customer data as part of joint information-sharing initiatives.

  • Judge: Hacking legally unsuitable as weekend hobby

    A Sydney man who admitted to hacking into the systems of Optus and Flow Communications has been convicted on an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the New South Wales District Court, fined A$4000 ($US2600) and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.

  • Alston declares war on spam

    After a shaky start, Communications and IT Minister, Senator Richard Alston, has publicly backed the National Office of the Information Economy's antispam drive by vowing that Australian spammers will be thoroughly prosecuted under his new anti-spam regime.

  • ASIO slams cyberterror 'hype'

    A senior-ranking officer of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has strongly discounted the threat level of a cyberterrorism attack on Australia in a speech delivered to the annual Security in Government conference in Canberra.

  • ASIO slams cyberterror 'hype'

    A senior-ranking officer of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has strongly discounted the threat level of a cyberterrorism attack on Australia in a speech delivered to the annual Security in Government conference in Canberra.

  • Hi-Tech Crime to score $20m in budget

    The Australian Federal Police and Australian Crime Commission will receive around $20 million in new funding in the forthcoming federal budget to spearhead high-technology based counter-terrorism capabilities and security measures to be coordinated by a newly formed High Tech Crime Centre.

  • VicRoads breaks up $20m IBM GSA deal

    After nine long years together in the outsourcing sack, VicRoads has revealed it will break up its $20 million IT outsourcing contract with IBM GSA in favour of three smaller, best-of-breed 'bundles'.

  • Feds review impact of copyright and cracker technology

    Reforms to the Copyright Act that came into force in 2001 to address the impact of new technology are up for their three-yearly roadworthy certificate. As part of review announced by the Federal Attorney General, the impact of a range of legal and illegal copyright cracking devices will come under the microscope.

  • Alston's IT Industry Baby Arrives Three Weeks Early

    The federal government's report outlining the proposed future framework for the information and communications technologies industry in Australia was rushed into the public domain three weeks early after being leaked by disgruntled members of its steering committee.