AusPrivacy #4

AusPrivacy #4
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Prove your age to watch porn trial incoming, Drivers License scans 'leaked', Qantas messes up, Immich team gets paid, Starlink gets a competitor and more!

In the news

It's Australia's turn to try online age verification when you want to watch some porn. This never goes well, it's a massive invasion of privacy and it's why PornHub banned itself in Texas so they wouldn't have to violate the privacy of its users.

Online age verification pilot gets green light
A trial of age assurance technology will be conducted in Australia to shield children from online pornography and other adult content in response to the sharp rise in women killed by a current or former partner. The federal government will also introduce new legislation to ban the creation and distribution of non-consensual deepfake pornography, as a review of the Online Safety Act mulls further changes. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Communications minister Michelle Rowland announced the reforms following a meeting of national cabinet to discuss gender-based violence on Wednesday.

You know those stupid machines at clubs that scan your ID when you enter? Well one company Outabox failed to pay their developer and it turns out the developer had full access to those scan and published them on the web semi-redacted.

Police arrest Sydney man for blackmail over major data breach affecting up to 1 million NSW and ACT residents
IT provider Outabox, used by dozens of hospitality venues, blamed an ‘unauthorised third party’ for the breach
Qantas apologises after app shows passengers’ information to other travellers
Qantas resolves an issue with its app that allowed customers to view the details of other passengers, including names and upcoming flight plans.
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Exclusive: Aussie lender Firstmac falls victim to EMBARGO ransomware gang
Hackers claim to have databases, source codes, and “sensitive customer data” a day after the lender notified customers of possible data breach.
iTWire - Australia in top three nations targeted by bad bots: Imperva report
Australia remained in the top three countries targeted by bad bots in 2023, representing 8.4% of all bot attacks globally and ranking third behind the US and the Netherlands, according to a report issued by Imperva, a Thales company. The 2024 Bad Bot report said bots, both good and bad, now made up…

Finally Starling to get some competition (paywall, sorry)

Amazon’s Starlink rival gets Aussie carrier approval
Amazon has been granted regulatory approval to operate its forthcoming internet satellite service Project Kuiper in Australia, with the company preparing to launch its first satellites later this year. The Australian Communications and Media Authority last week signed off on the carrier licence for Amazon Kuiper Australia to operate the low earth orbit (LEO) satellite system that will rival SpaceX’s Starlink. Project Kuiper promises to help close the digital divide by delivering internet connectivity to as many as 500 million households globally through a constellation of 3,236 LEO satellites that will orbit 500km above the Earth’s surface.
NBN Co hits 6050 fibre upgrades a week in the first 17 weeks of the year
Quickly moves from 197,000 to “over 300,000” completions.
iTWire - Vocus expands Google deal to provide faster US-Australia cable systems
Digital infrastructure operator Vocus has signed a deal with Google to provide the highest-capacity submarine cable systems in the south Pacific between Australia and the US. A statement from Vocus said this deal was an expansion on the Pacific Connect which was announced sometime back. The Honomoan…
Should the eSafety commissioner regulate hate speech, pile-ons and deepfakes? The government wants public feedback on the idea
The federal government is seeking public feedback on whether the eSafety commissioner’s online enforcement powers should extend to cover hate speech, ‘pile-ons’ and deepfakes.


I'm all for developers being paid, so we will see how this plays out

The Immich core team goes full-time | Immich
Immich is joining FUTO!
Mastodon forms new U.S. non-profit
As part of our commitment to supporting the growth and operational capabilities of Mastodon, we have established a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity in the United States aimed at facilitating our efforts, including being able to receive tax-deductible U.S. donations.

Big update for Traefik users with some breaking changes.

Traefik Proxy v3 Adds WebAssembly and Kubernetes Gateway API Support
The open source reverse proxy and load balancing software also now offers support for Open Telemetry.
Bitwarden just launched a new authenticator app. Here’s what it means to users. | Bitwarden Blog
Storing 2FA codes is just the beginning. Bitwarden aims to add defense in depth to authentication.

I noticed Seth for Privacys blog was a little quite I went hunting as to why. Seems he's been more active over here. Looks like a good resource, and explains cryptocurrencies quite well.

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