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Tenth Annual AusCERT Conference Kicks Off

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the gentlemen-start-your-computers dept.

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lukehopewell1 writes "The tenth annual AusCERT (Australian Computer Emergency Response Team) conference kicks off today in Queensland, Australia, touting appearances from Microsoft, Telstra, Rio Tinto and the founder of Kaspersky Labs, Eugene Kaspersky. You can watch a video wrap-up of AusCERT conferences in the years gone by, complete with laughs, interviews, old-timey newscasts and that time IBM gave out USB drives laden with malware."

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Wow (0)

SquirrelDeth (1972694) | more than 2 years ago | (#36137916)

I'm completely dumbfounded I can't even think of anything rude to say.

Re:Wow (1)

socceroos (1374367) | more than 2 years ago | (#36137946)

There's plenty of stuff you can suggest about Australia's heritage that gets under Aussie skin.

Re:Wow (1)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#36138064)

not really... we revel in that shit.

just look at Kath and Kim.

Re:Wow (1)

socceroos (1374367) | more than 2 years ago | (#36138114)

Yeah, funny show. I'm more talking about being called a bunch of crims discarded from the England elite. Think Ashes.

Re:Wow (2)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 2 years ago | (#36138128)

I'm more talking about being called a bunch of crims discarded from the England elite

I can't imagine an Australian being the least bit offended by that.

Think Ashes

Being reminded of an Ashes will likely rankle though.

Re:Wow (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#36138158)

No, there's just plenty of stuff that yanks think gets under Aussie's skins. Most Aussie's would rather be descended from crim's than England's inbred tea-party set.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138484)

> Most Aussie's would rather be descended from crim's than England's inbred tea-party set.

Agreed, that or American, don't know which one would be worse.

Australian CERT (2)

socceroos (1374367) | more than 2 years ago | (#36137950)

Do they do anything useful? I've contacted these guys multiple times about large-scale break-ins on systems holding plenty of personal information, but no response.

Re:Australian CERT (3, Insightful)

gtch (1977476) | more than 2 years ago | (#36137974)

Hey! Be reasonable... how can they have time to do work when they have so many conferences to attend?

Re:Australian CERT (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138058)

You probably don't have the Gold Platinum Quadruple-Plus Membership needed to even warrant a glance.

Re:Australian CERT (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138134)

Do they do anything useful? I've contacted these guys multiple times about large-scale break-ins on systems holding plenty of personal information, but no response.

Yep, they're very useful for excuses when you want a junket. Also when you want your environment so locked down you can't do any actual work thanks to implementing their paranoid ineffective ramblings.

Re:Australian CERT (1)

JamesD_UK (721413) | more than 2 years ago | (#36138246)

AusCERT aren't the Australian National CERT although they have in some ways been the de-facto CERT for some time. That position is now taken up by CERT Australia who are working closely with AusCERT and taken up some of their work. If you've got problems contacting them, send me some contact details and I'll try and help you out - I know some of their staff. AusCERT have been an incredibly useful source of information on compromised systems on my customer's networks.

Re:Australian CERT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138358)

Which Australian CERT?

We have AusCERT and CERT Australia, one is a private not for profit, and the the other is a more recent government department more interested in national security.

Re:Australian CERT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138804)

They were the semi-official CERT for Aust, but their funding has been reduced and that role is being phased out. The Fed Govts CERT role was fulfilled by GovCERT, a division of the Federal Attorney Generals Dept, and as part of AusCERTs role being reduced / funding cut, GovCERT has now been renamed to CERTAustralia with an increased CERT role. I hope that has cleared it up for you... Effectively, if you have an attack to report, CERT Australia are the guys to contact, not AusCERT.

For those not familiar with AusCert (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138096)

...this is the conference where government agencies monitor what the experts have to say and come up with a set of guidelines that are impossible to follow, do not improve security, but are a huge hassle for developers, sysadmins and users alike. AusParanoidButIneffective would be a better name.

The principle of least innovation^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hprivilege regins here.

Re:For those not familiar with AusCert (1)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 2 years ago | (#36138110)

According to this article [theaustralian.com.au] AusCERT is independant of goverment The government version seems to be called "CERT Australia".

Re:For those not familiar with AusCert (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138170)

According to this article [theaustralian.com.au] AusCERT is independant of goverment The government version seems to be called "CERT Australia".

Yep, they need the smoke screen of pseudo-independence to justify the stupidity they force on their employees.

How to truly annoy an Australian? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138184)

Remind them that for all the pretense, they aren't Americans Downunder.

Shattering that fantasy drives them insane.

Oh, and Aussies...the more you pretend to not want to be Yanks (or "Seppos"...), the more obvious it is that you do...

(Nope, I'm not American either.)

Re:How to truly annoy an Australian? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138414)

Remind them that for all the pretense, they aren't Americans Downunder.

Ah, what a relief... good to hear.

Oh, and Aussies...the more you pretend to not want to be Yanks (or "Seppos"...), the more obvious it is that you do...

(Nope, I'm not American either.)

... it's also good that I read the post title.

Re:How to truly annoy an Australian? (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 2 years ago | (#36139290)

Remind them that their only connection to real computing power is to care for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Gap [wikipedia.org] ,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraldton#Australian_Defence_Satellite_Communications_Station ect.
Then remind them that their only connection to real computer crime was the remote tapping of a computer in 1989.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_(computer_hacker) [wikipedia.org]

Off topic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138298)

Okay Slashdot, have you realised yet that when you press "Many More" on the main page, the number of comments appears at the end of every article title?

HA HA

Re:Off topic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138442)

Why are you laughing? Is that somehow funny?

just who exactly appeared at AusCERT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36138704)

"The tenth annual AusCERT (Australian Computer Emergency Response Team) conference kicks off today in Queensland, Australia, touting appearances from Microsoft, Telstra, Rio Tinto and .. Kaspersky ...

What have any of these to do with 'computer` security and what OS did the malware laden drives needed to run?

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