According to the [Australian Federal Police](http://www.afp.gov.au/), it would appear that at least half a million credit cards 'down under' have been compromised and funds in excess of AUS $25 million (US $26 million) stolen. Although precise details are still coming in, it would seem likely that nothing more complicated than a bit of simple scanning for point of sale terminals which looked vulnerable was used to locate potential victims in the small retailer market rather than run the greater risk of detection by targeting banks or bigger business. Lessons learned from the Subway caper in the US last year no …

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Hi, I own a website <EVERYTHING ELSE WAS SELF PROMOTION AND HAS THEREFORE BEEN DELETED> We do a tremendous amount of work 'above the line' but our SEO has not been as prominent as I think it should have been. I guess my question is when it comes to marketing for a website, is SEO the first and foremost thing we need to do?

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To protest a planned Internet filter in Australia, Australian websites and users are being encouraged this week to turn themselves black. "The Federal Government wants to pass laws to force internet service providers to block banned material hosted on overseas servers," explained one Australian [URL="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/26/2801759.htm"]media source[/URL]. "Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says he intends to introduce the legislation in the first half of 2010." The protest, known as the [URL="http://www.internetblackout.com.au/"]Great Australian Internet Blackout[/URL], says the measure wouldn't protect children or stop the flow of illegal content, would increase costs, and would put Australia on par with countries such as China and …

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Facebook can claim many things, from [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3523.html"]defeating the Nazis[/URL] to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20914/53/"]recruiting spies[/URL] and even helping to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20618/53/"]elect Barack Obama[/URL]. Now it can add serving legal papers to the list. These days, it would appear, the legal process is catching up with the technological reality of the world we live in. Being served with legal papers has already, in some parts of the world, become less about throwing a document at someone and more to do with clicking a mouse button and sending an email. Nowhere is this change more obvious than Australia where the courts have even given permission to …

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[URL="http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com.au/articles/24758-Telstra-distributes-malware-infected-USB-drives-at-AusCERT"]Reports are filtering through[/URL] that delegates at the annual Australian AusCERT security conference were given USB sticks replete with malware. It would appear that the Oz telco Telstra handed out the memory sticks, unware of the malware payload, during a security tutorial of all things. The malware apparently took advantage of the Windows autorun feature in order to transfer itself onto whatever host the stick got plugged into, well whatever Windows host that is. As luck would have it, the particular malware in question is only rated as being a low risk according to McAfee which has examined one of …

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