MoreIn this April 7, 2014 file photo, Bitcoin logos are displayed at the Inside Bitcoins conference and trade show in New York.AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File CANBERRA, Australia AP — About $13 million in bitcoins will be auctioned in Sydney in June after Australian police confiscated the digital currency as proceeds of crime, an official said Tuesday.Marshals Service sold 144,000 bitcoins over a two-year period that had been confiscated from Ross Ulbricht, who founded the online drug bazaar Silk Road, the accountancy firm's transaction partner Adam Nikitins said.Nikitins expects strong interest in the auction since the bitcoin price has become less volatile after the U.S. auctions.Ernst & Young has received expressions of interest from the United States, Europe and Australia, he said.Richard Pollard, 32, was sentenced in the Melbourne County Court in October to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking on the Silk Road website.
The OnePlus 3 invite OnePlus ForumsChinese smartphone maker OnePlus is expected to reveal its latest flagship, the OnePlus 3, at a VR launch tonight 14 June .A formal press conference is to be held on 15 June in China.It has already sold 30,000 OnePlus VR headgears earlier this month.Users with non-OnePlus VR sets like the Google cardboard-based van also watch the device in VR.Why advertise with usThe OnePlus 2 was also launched in VR but this time, instead of the OnePlus office, the company is going to release the new device at its Loop Virtual Space Station.The global timings for watching the event online live:EuropeLondon, UK – 17:30 BST, June 14 Tuesday Paris/ Berlin / Barcelona / Amsterdam, EU – 18:30 CEST, June 14 Tuesday Moscow, Russia – 19:30 MSK, June 14 Tuesday North AmericaLatin AmericaRio de Janeiro, Brazil – 13:30 BRT, June 14 Tuesday Mexico City - 11:30 CDT, June 14 Tuesday AsiaBeijing / Taipei / Hong Kong / Singapore – 00:30 CST/ HKT, June 15 Wednesday Seoul / Tokyo – 1:30 KST/ JST, June 15 Wednesday Jakarta, Indonesia – 23:30 WIB, June 14 Tuesday New Delhi, India – 22:00 IST, June 14 Tuesday Middle EastAbu Dhabi, UAE – 20:30 GST, June 14 Tuesday OceaniaCanberra, Australia – 2:30 AEDT, June 15 Wednesday Wellington, NZ – 4:30 NZST, June 15 Wednesday
Tanya Detto, Copyright Pat Backwell Male banana fiddler crabs take courting to a new, and pushy, level: The little Australian crab males wait for females to enter their burrows and then trap them in order to mate, scientists have found.Competition for mates is intense for banana fiddler crabs Uca mjoebergi , the researchers said, with females often choosing between 20 or so males before saying "yes" to some fun between the sand grains.Why do they stay or go?Patricia Backwell, a behavioral ecologist at the Australian National University in Canberra, and her colleagues discovered that when males entered the burrow first, 71 percent of females would follow, and 54 percent of those that entered would stay to mate."Our observations suggest that males are able to gain fertilizations from females that may not have remained in the burrow, by trapping them and coercing them to mate," the authors wrote in the new study, published June 15, 2016 in the journal PLOS ONE.The researchers noted that the coercion tactic has been observed throughout the animal kingdom, in various insects, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals.
The ANU / Australian Defence Force computer security joint venture isn't off the ground yet, but it's already acting as an attractor for similar operations.Yesterday, IBM announced it's going to set up a cyber-security office in Canberra.The NCSC will be more-or-less a technical sales operation: a secure facility for customers and prospects to get an inside look at IBM's X-Force Exchange, a real-time Watson-connected threat sharing platform.Since IBM reckons its global security network responds to 20 billion events per day , its touted cognitive abilities have already worked out how to classify every ICMP Ping as an attack, at least for the purposes of sales literature.The new operation will also work in cooperation with IBM's existing security research facility on the Gold Coast in Queensland, the Australian Security Development Lab.He first took the High Tech Crime Centre post in 2004.
The Australian state of Victoria s Transport Accident Commission TAC has launched a road safety campaign that shows what humans would look like if we had evolved in a way that enables us to survive high-speed vehicle crashes.Graham is a full-sized interactive model designed and developed by Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini who was also behind the Canberra Skywhale hot air balloon , Royal Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield, and Monash University Accident Research Centre crash investigator David Logan.The TAC commissioned Graham as part of its Towards Zero road safety campaign."Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our roads system to protect ourselves from our own mistakes," said TAC's chief executive officer Joe CalafioreAs you can see from Graham s appearance, being able to walk away unscathed from a high-impact car crash would require quite a change to our biology.For a start, there s no need to worry about breaking your neck if you don t have one; that massive skull, filled with extra ligaments and fluid, protects the vulnerable brain; and while he s not going to challenge Brad Pitt in the looks department, Graham s flat features and excessive fatty tissue absorbs the energy of an impact to the face.
CANBERRA, Australia—Australia s Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday he had ordered intelligence agencies to investigate a series of cyberattacks launched from overseas that shut down the country s first attempt at carrying out an online census, run by an IBM IBM -0.17 % cloud service.The prime minister said computer networks of the Australian Bureau of Statistics had intentionally been shut down by organizers as a precaution after four denial-of-service attacks that came during the conduct of the five-yearly national census on Tuesday evening.In a denial-of-service attack, an online attacker attempts to prevent other legitimate users of a network from accessing information or services.Mr. Turnbull said the military s main communications intelligence organization, the Australian Signals Directorate, was investigating where the attacks came from, but warned it would be difficult to pinpoint the source.He also said the census site would go live again as soon as security could be restored, and urged Australians over coming weeks to keep filling out the document, which is used to help plan for taxpayer-funded health, welfare and school services.Privacy was a widespread concern leading up to the census, both in online and paper versions, after the statistics bureau and the center-right government unveiled plans to collect and store identifying information about 24 million Australians, including names and dates of birth, household incomes and religious beliefs.
CANBERRA, Australia—A weekend spent mothering a robot baby to mirror the real experience of parenting is meant to discourage teenage girls from getting pregnant.But so-called Baby Think it Over dolls don't cut teen pregnancy rates and in fact increase the risk, Australian research has found.In a study published in The Lancet medical journal Friday, researchers found teenage girls who used the lifelike computerized dolls as part of a pregnancy-prevention program were more likely to become pregnant compared with girls receiving a less high-tech sex education.Unfortunately, and surprisingly for us, the intervention we can say definitely didn t work and it actually seemed to increase the pregnancy rates.The robo-babies, known properly as infant simulators, were developed 20 years ago by former NASA engineer Rick Jurmain, who with his wife founded U.S.-based manufacturer Realityworks.The company didn t immediately respond to emailed inquiries from The Wall Street Journal.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed US Charges China Officials with Cyber-EspionageAustralia's defence research division, the Defence Science Technology Group and Austrade, the Australian trade commission and others are believed to have been targeted by China-based hackers.Both Austrade and Australian defence networks are also believed to have sustained significant cyber penetrations over the past five years.According to a report by ABC, unnamed intelligence sources believe the cyberattacks to be the work of Chinese state-sponsored hackers.Additionally, the now defunct Newsat Ltd, an Australian satellite company's network, had to be secretly rebuilt after it was comprehensively penetrated by hackers in 2013."Given we were up against China, state-sponsored, a lot of money behind them and a lot of resources and we were only a very small IT team, it certainly wasn't a fair fight for us," Newsat's former IT manager Daryl Peter said.
30 Aug 2016 at 03:05, Richard ChirgwinThe tech sector's going to have to take care of itself in 2016, at least as far at the Turnbull government's legislative agenda is concerned.As federal parliament resumes in Canberra, the government is choosing between different hills to die on – its union-regulating Building and Construction Commission bill, a corrosive internal debate over same sex marriage, budget measures, to pick out the big three – so it seems that the telco and tech industries' big issues won't make the cut for 2016.That means there still seems to be no appetite for distributing the AU$128 million telcos and ISPs are expecting to get, to help them meet the government's telecommunications data retention regime; no movement on data breach notification laws; or radio spectrum reform.Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton has told industry newsletter Communications Day the implementation of data retention is in danger of slipping past its April 2017 deadline.Stanton reckons service providers are between a rock and a hard place: they know the deadline is coming, but they don't know when the support dollars will land.
One in five new mobile phone towers built with Australian government money did more for telcos than for coverage-craving folk living in regional areas.That's the conclusion of the Australian National Audit Office ANAO , which has assessed the government's Mobile Black Spot Program.Funded to the tune of AU$385 million divided between Canberra and the states , the government program nominated Telstra and Vodafone to build or upgrade 499 base stations.The ANAO notes that by the time the federal election was held in July, the total commonwealth money allocated to the program was $220 million.The report says while the base stations were touted as expanding mobile phone coverage by 162,000 square kilometres to put the big number in context: equivalent to a square a little more than 400 kilometres on each side , the spend didn't achieve that goal.The report states: public funding has resulted in substantial consolidation of existing coverage provided by grant applicants, as opposed to extending coverage in new areas — a key objective for the programme.
'The NBN is my greatest contribution' says senator in speech detailing trollingStephen Conroy, the Australian Labor Party Senator who proposed a fibre-to-the-premises FTTP national broadband network NBN for Australia, has announced he will leave the Parliament despite being re-elected for a six-year term just two months ago.When you resent being in Canberra because you are missing your daughter's soccer training it is time to retire from the Federal Parliament, the Senator wrote in a speech he placed on the record but did not deliver in the Chamber.Conroy has, of late, been the centre of controversy after his offices were raided by the Australian Federal Police seeking material thought to have been stolen by nbnTM, the company building the NBN.Reports also suggest that his Parliamentary colleagues were unaware of his departure, making it unlikely he was tapped on the shoulder and asked to go.Conroy's last speech quotes his first, in which he said The Labor Party's next challenge is to confront the changing structure of Australia's work force.
The antipodean spy agency the Australian Signals Directorate is seeking cleaning staff information security personnel for offensive and defensive operations.The Department of Defence agency is seeking warm bodies for "offensive cyber operators", penetration testing, vulnerability research, and development and support roles.Hackers will need to reside in no man's land Russell, Canberra, or Pott's Point, NSW.The agency describes itself as collecting and analysing foreign signals intelligence, defending Australian networks from sophisticated attacks, and brewing its own offensive cyber capabilities.Network and system administrators engineers;Cyber security specialists and assessors;
Samsung really doesn't want any Galaxy Note7 mishaps mid-flight, thank you very much.Given the growing airline ban on Samsung's explosive smartphone, the company is setting up sites where customers can swap or get a refund for the Note7 in Australian airports.The company has already recalled the device and its replacement in Australia.Local airlines Virgin Australia and Qantas are among those banning the phone for being a fire risk.The customer service points will operate in most major airports from 6 a.m., including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Gold Coast airports.According to a Samsung statement, the points are placed in front of security screenings and its travel notice states the company will attempt to provide either an exchange for another Samsung smartphone at the terminal, a refund for any price difference, or a full refund.
The only way that things could get worse for Samsung is is one of the Galaxy Note 7 owners who thinks their device is safe and won t catch fire actually has a device that catches fire and does significant damage.There are those out there who have yet to return their defective devices and Samsung is pulling out all the stops to get these people to turn in the defective phones.Samsung has gone so far as to set up exchange kiosks in airports in South Korea and those exchange kiosks have now opened outside of Samsung s home turf.Samsung backed exchange kiosks have opened up in several major Australian airports.These devices have already been banned from many flights around the world, but the fear is that stubborn or unaware users might try to bring the devices onto flights.These trade-in booths allow Galaxy Note 7 users to swap their devices and the data on their device over to a new phone before they get on a flight.
Not that kind of merger, but a merger nonethelessEditorial Credit: STRINGER Image / Shutterstock.comOpinion The Australian Federal Government is wasting millions of dollars on redundant cyber-capabilities.It s a bold claim and one that will ruffle feathers although some of my former colleagues in Canberra will inevitably agree.I cut my teeth in the industry in between 2007 and 2010 as a technical specialist with the Australian Federal Police AFP High Tech Crime Operations portfolio.Then came a godsend PDF : In April this year Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earmarked A$230 million for cyber security funding, a portion of it set aside for the Australian Federal Police s since renamed High Tech Crime Operations HTCO portfolio, and the rest for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
It seems the banal world of baby monitors and webcams is all it takes to bring down our most popular websites these days.Well, we shouldn't regulate — at least not yet, according to the Australian government.At an address at the National Press Club in Canberra Wednesday, Minister Dan Tehan, who assists the prime minister with cyber security, said the government would regulate smart devices to ensure adequate security only as a "last resort."In late October, major sites like Twitter, Netflix and Spotify were left briefly inaccessible after thousands of insecure internet-connected devices were hijacked and used to funnel a stream of malicious traffic at the domain name systems DNS provider, Dyn.By knocking out the company, which acts like a web traffic cop, it managed to prevent access to a handful of sites for a good portion of the U.S. East Coast and beyond.The distributed denial of service attack DDoS is believed to have been enabled by a piece of malware called Mirai, which was able to take control of insecure smart devices that either had passwords still on factory settings or no password at all.
Australian federal police in the basement at Parliament House in Canberra on 24 August.The AFP seized material belonging to a staff member of Labor MP Jason Clare.Documents seized by Australian federal police during a raid on Parliament House three months ago as part of their investigation of allegedly leaked NBN documents are subject to parliamentary privilege and should be handed back.The house standing committee of privileges and members interests has made that recommendation in its report published on Monday.If parliament accepts the recommendation, the AFP will not be allowed to access the seized documents and they will have to be returned.The AFP is investigating a complaint made by NBN in December over the alleged leak of documents, which the former Labor senator Stephen Conroy said related to delays and cost blowouts in the delivery of the NBN.
CANBERRA, Australia AP — Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday.The conservative government rejected all polluter-pays options in 2014 when it repealed Australia's 3-year-old carbon tax levied against the nation's biggest industrial polluters.But Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said that charging power generators fueled by coal and natural gas for their pollution was under consideration as the government looks for ways to achieve its carbon gas reduction targets.He said while his government rejected the previous center-left Labor Party government's policy of charging all major industrial polluters, the electricity industry produced a third of Australia's greenhouse gases and could face its own charges.The new scheme could include international trade in carbon credits, he said."How we do we meet our emissions reduction targets while at the same time keeping electricity affordable and the lights effectively on?
Nanocrystals could aid night visionFancy some glasses that switch to night vision when the sun goes down?Nanocrystals that turn infrared radiation into visible light could be just what you need.Night-vision binoculars are currently used by soldiers to track enemies in the dark, but are large and cumbersome.These devices detect infrared waves emitted by warm bodies, convert them into electricity and produce visual displays in front of your eyes.Now, Dragomir Neshev at the Australian National University in Canberra and his colleagues have developed nanocrystals that see directly into the infrared part of the spectrum and could be incorporated into regular glasses.
With patience and lack of sleep on his side, one dad has turned his daughter s sleeping patterns into an interesting data visualization.Andrew Elliott from Canberra, Australia, recorded his daughter s sleeping times for the first 18 months of her life she s now 19 months old using an app called Baby Connect.After exporting the data, Elliott used the information from his daughter s first four months to create an interesting image.With data visualization tools Rhino with the Grasshopper plug-in for all you tech gurus , the dad turned the information he had recorded into the shape he preferred, a circle.He then used Adobe Illustrator to make the graphic look like this:Andrew Elliott Using data visualization tools, Andrew Elliott turned his daughter s sleeping patterns for the first four months of her life into a striking image — and people on Reddit love it.
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