NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

This week, NBN Co released its quarterly results, and posted a $1.1 billion operating loss. Newly inducted CEO Bill Morrow says that the company needs to concentrate on educating and connecting consumers and businesses as well as building out the network, but things aren’t exactly looking rosy for the future of the NBN.


Aussie Killed By Drone Strike In Yemen

Australia was yesterday violently and tragically dragged into the drone war being waged on terror by the United States in the Middle East, after an Australian with alleged terrorist ties was reportedly killed by a remote drone strike.


Canadian Teen Is The First Arrested For Stealing Data With Heartbleed

In what’s sure to be the first of many to come, a 19-year-old Canadian man was arrested for exploiting the Heartbleed bug to lift taxpayer data from a government website, making this the first official Heartbleed-related arrest. According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the suspect, Stephen Solis-Reyes lifted at least 900 social insurance numbers by exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability.


Heartbleed Bug Test Site Author Shares His Tips For Securing Your Accounts

With the Heartbleed hole in OpenSSL affecting almost a fifth of all suppposedly secure Web servers, there’s a good chance that you have an account and password that has been inadvertently compromised. The 19 year old who quickly cobbled together a hack to test Web sites around the world has some good advice for anyone concerned about their Internet security.


Can Malcolm Turnbull Please Live Up To Malcolm Turnbull's Expectations?

The National Broadband Network is a complicated beast. For years, we’ve had Malcolm Turnbull tell us it was too expensive, and that it was recklessly irresponsible to start building it without a proper cost-benefit analysis. However, that didn’t stop Turnbull from issuing a new statement of expectations to NBN Co last week without completing his precious cost-benefit analysis. He’s now come out swinging to his critics, saying that it’s now fine to proceed without said cost-benefit analysis. You’ve got to be joking.


10-Gigabit Wi-Fi Is Promised By 2015

Think your 802.11ac Wi-Fi is fast? Think again: Quantenna Communications has announced that it’s working on a chipset due 2015 that will supports speeds of up to a staggering 10Gbps.


TL;DR Wikipedia Is The Only Internet Reference You Will Ever Need

TL;DR Wikipedia is a hilarious Tumblr that pretends to be a Wikipedia parody, but it is actually Vox.com’s main competitor.


NBN Co Is Going To War With TPG And Its Fibre Network [Updated]

Not content with the National Broadband Network’s deployment strategy, TPG made the surprising decision a while ago to go it alone against the government-owned monopoly and build its own 100Mbps fibre-to-the-basement network and offer an unlimited plan to boot. The new head of NBN Co isn’t exactly thrilled by TPG’s plan, and that’s why he’s about to announce a plan to go to war with the ISP.


The Commonwealth Bank Is About To Be Buried By Customers Scared Of Heartbleed [Updated]

Heartbleed is serious. It’s a vulnerability in OpenSSL that means people’s passwords, usernames and other information transacted over the HTTPS standard may have been compromised in the last two years. One industry that has been particularly cagey has been the Australian banking sector. The Commonwealth Bank just took to its blog to “explain” the situation, and it’s now getting out of hand.


Confirmed: Tweeting Al Qaeda Jokes At Airlines Will Get You Arrested

Yesterday, a 14-year-old Dutch Twitter user learned the hard way that airlines don’t take bomb threats lightly. And after blowing up Twitter feeds everywhere, @queendemetriax_ has officially been arrested by the Rotterdam police.