UK Police To Tag Pirate Sites With Warning Notices Instead Of Ads

Lawmakers in the UK are looking for new ways to stop pirates in their tracks. Site blocking didn’t work and going after pirates still doesn’t work. In a bid to cut down on the amount of content downloaded illegally, the London Police Force is putting ads on pirate sites to deter content thieves.


Australian Government's Leaked Anti-Piracy Proposal Is Unrealistic

The Australian Government has proposed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright. In a discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George Brandis, and leaked last Friday, the government proposes a sweeping change to Australian copyright law. If implemented, it would force ISPs to take steps to prevent Australians from infringing copyright. But is it likely to help? Not really.


AFP Officer Under Investigation After Lily Allen's Instagram Arrest Prank

If there’s one group you don’t want to annoy at a music festival, it’s the police. Unfortunately, nobody told British performer Lily Allen, who landed a few Australian Federal Police officers in hot water over a fake photo of her getting arrested went up on Instagram and Twitter.


'World's Dumbest Criminal' Fails To Successfully Rob A Harvey Norman

If you’re planning a major gadget heist from a store like Harvey Norman, you need a few things. Cunning, speed and a getaway car that works. Sadly, this alleged crim had none of the above, after police nicked him trying to get away from a freshly-robbed store in a broken down car.


Report: Australian Police Lift Metadata On Thousands Of Users Via Cell Towers

Metadata is a tricky thing. Sure, it can’t be used to figure out exactly what you said in that most recent phone conversation or text message, but it can be used to place you at a certain place at a certain time by law enforcement, even if you haven’t done anything wrong. A new report says that Police around the nation are potentially scooping up data on thousands of users at a time, even when the data collected doesn’t pertain to those under investigation.


Traders Selling Dodgy Chargers Raided By NSW Authorities

Dodgy chargers have already killed one woman and injured a child in New South Wales, and the government has had enough: rogue traders selling uncertified chargers are in the crosshairs following hundreds of raids on business owners.


How To Tell If Your Charger Is Safe To Use In Australia

Uncertified USB chargers have already claimed the life of one Australian, and another has since survived a similar incident. It’s important to know if your charger is safe for use before you plug it into the wall. Here’s how you can tell.


Western Australia Might Soon Have An Official Suburb Called South Park

You may soon be able to actually head on down to South Park and have yourself a time. A new plan by the Western Australian state government might see the creation of a hybrid suburb bearing the name of the iconic cartoon suburb.


A Melbourne Guy Is Allegedly Blackmailing Subway Over Secret Sandwich Recipes

Ever been upset by a former employer? Melbourne man, Arun Singhal, knows how you feel. Unlike other disgruntled former employees, however, Singhal is taking matters into his own hands against sandwich giant Subway, threatening to release secret sandwich recipes online if he’s not paid $35 million.


Ban On R18+ Games Under Consideration In Western Australia

We can all agree that classification is a complex issue and despite an R18+ rating for video games getting the go-ahead early last year, its existence and application will continue to be discussed (and potentially legislated) for years to come. Western Australia is the latest state to reconsider the ramifications of the rating, with a recent report suggesting games classified as R18+ should be banned outright from sale in the state.