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Canva’s user database breached with emails & passwords stolen

Tags: australia, tech

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Aussie startup darling Canva made it public that their user database had been compromised over the weekend.

The breach has resulted in the usernames, emails and passwords being compromised and the company asking users to change their password immediately via an email.

On May 24, we became aware of a security incident. As soon as we were notified, we immediately took steps to identify and remedy the cause, and have reported the situation to authorities (including the FBI)

Canva have advised the users were salted & hashed meaning they’re not immediately accessible had they been in plain-text but doesn’t make them bullet proof either.

Anyone who’s signed up for the online graphic design tool should take steps to update their details immediately.

Source: Canva Status

Victorian government recreates Melbourne CBD in Minecraft

Tags: australia, gaming

Mini Melbourne is a world-first resource brought to life for the Metro Tunnel Education Program. In partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, we have created 600,000m2 of Melbourne’s city centre in Minecraft.

Apparently there’s this thing called Minecraft that people go nutso over so this is kinda a big deal for them.

The Vic government, as a part of the new Metro Tunnel project, have released Mini Melbourne as an interactive education resource for teachers.

The Minecraft recreation includes a multiplayer game called the “Metro Tunnel Archaeology Adventure” (catchy I know), where players explore the excavated areas of the Metro Tunnel in search of items of archaeological significance.

Source: Mini Melbourne | Resources for teachers | Library | Metro Tunnel

Google’s “Wing” drones start delivering products in Canberra

Tags: australia, tech

Today, we are excited to be launching our first air delivery service in North Canberra . Our service allows customers to order a range of items such as fresh food, hot coffee or over-the-counter chemist items on our mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes by drone in minutes.

Initially a Google X-Moonshot project like Waymo & Loom, Wing has been running trials for over 18 months and completed nearly 3000 test deliveries.

Available to residents in Grace, Palmerston & Franklin Wing drones will embark on a world first in delivering goods after receiving CASA approval today.

Initially product offerings will be slim, with launch partners including Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, Drummond Golf and Capital Chemist. More are expected and a callout to local businesses has been raised as the service continues to grow to other ACT suburbs such as Harrison and Gungahlin.

Interestingly the drones flightpath and a large part  of the approval by CASA require them to avoid major roads and aren’t allowed to cross them or get too close to people whilst flying, hence the extravagant winch system.

Customers whom sign up to use the service will also be required to undergo training on how to receive a delivery as a part of the regulatory requirements.

Source: Wing launches commercial air delivery service in Canberra

Heritage Victoria kills Apple’s Melbourne Federation Square plans

Tags: australia

Plans to build an Apple store at Federation Square will not go ahead, after heritage authorities refused an application to demolish an existing part of the square.

After a roller coaster ride of events, Apple’s plans to build a new flagship store in Melbourne’s Federation Square it have all come crashing to an end.

Apple have confirmed they will not proceed with their plans after Heritage Victoria’s refusal to allow the demolition of an existing structure.

Whilst the blocking of the build will undoubtably be a win for many who saw it as the commercialisation of a public space, it will leave many lamenting the fact Melbourne remains without a CBD based Apple store.

Source: Apple store plans shelved after heritage authorities say ‘no’

Play “The Amazon Race” – A news game about what it’s like to work at Amazon Australia

Tags: australia

You can play the role of a ‘picker’ at Amazon’s Melbourne warehouse.

The ABC (yes the Australian one) has created a game that illustrates the conditions Amazon Australia workers are put under in their Melbourne based fulfilment centre.

The interactive news piece is an incredible piece of work that highlights some of the atrocities contract workers are expected to endure.

Food for thought.

Source: The Amazon Race: A news game about what it’s like to work at Amazon Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Melbourne GTA Online cheat developer has home raided

Tags: australia, gaming

A gamer in Melbourne has had his assets frozen in connection with a cheat for Grand Theft Auto Online, raising questions about the reach of copyright law and the policing of online civility.

This is a cracking read & raises so many great discussion points around the reach of copyright, cheating in online games, profiting from selling cheat-enabling software and the stifling of the mod-ing community out of fear of legal action.

Spend the five minutes to read through, it’s an incredibly well written piece and well worth it.

Source: He Developed a Video Game Cheat. Then His Home Was Raided. – The New York Times

Aussie government plays ‘tip of the spear’ in bid for ‘Five Eyes’ encryption backdoor

Tags: australia, tech

Released on behalf of the US, UK, Canada & NZ the Australian government has decided it will carry the torch for thinly veiled threats to tech companies whom they want to:

…create customized solutions, tailored to their individual system architectures that are capable of meeting lawful access requirements.

Now they’ve also begun warning that there could be repercussions for failing to provide the access their after essentially saying they’ll just make up laws to enforce it:

…we may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative or other measures to achieve lawful access solutions,”

It’s interesting that Australia’s essentially falling on the sword here on behalf of everyone else, or more precisely the US & UK. Perhaps pumping out press-releases “down under” come under less global scrutiny, perhaps its a pat on the back for standing up and telling the world we have no respect for the laws of mathematics. Either way they refuse to call it a back door, ignore the gross misuse and abuse by government employees of existing systems, let alone this new one and play down the huge privacy implications every citizen is affected by.

Source: ‘Five Eyes’ governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else | TechCrunch

The TPG and Vodafone merger is all systems go

Tags: australia, tech

TPG and Vodafone Hutchison Australia have announced that they will proceed with their merger to form a telecommunications giant that they say will have an enterprise value of approximately AU$15 billion.

Sing it..

Two strong hearts,
We stick together like the honey & the bee,
But we’ll be called TPG!

Poised to become Australia’s 2nd largest telco in the next five years. Optus potentially getting the ass by a compatriot of it’s Singaporean parent.

Source: TPG and Vodafone Australia to merge into AU$15b telco named TPG | ZDNet

Turnbull government’s new encryption legislation doesn’t break the laws of physics but they do send you to jail 

Tags: australia, tech
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Under the legislation, tech companies would have to: remove protections on devices; give law enforcement agencies the design specs of their devices; install software on a device when asked; provide access to devices; and help agencies build their own systems.

The draft legislation was introduced by cyber security minister Angus Taylor and is open for submissions until September 10th. The sitting government is aiming to have it introduced by years end but will struggle to do so given its sensitive nature in affectively removing an individuals right to privacy and thus likely being submitted to a committee for review.

Under the legislation companies who do the right thing will be compensated for their time, however for those that don’t, expect a fine of up to a lazy A$10m.

For individuals, failing to unlock your device or decrypt any information requested by the powers that be, you’ll face a A$500k fine or a lazy 5 years in jail for “simple offences” or 10 years for crimes deemed “serious”.

Source: You Could Go To Jail For 10 Years For Refusing To Unlock Your Phone