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Microsoft promises security will be better than SP2

In the war against reducing vulnerabilities in software code Microsoft Senior Security Strategist Phil Reitinger admitted the company still had a long way to go, but vowed the war will be won in the development stage.

Army Cadets Web site hacked

Military-grade Web defacements are rare these days; however, the Australian Army Cadets have found themselves recruiting a different sort of prospect following an embarrassing defacement attack by a hacker group running under the name of "spykids".

Prototype renews NT vehicle registrations

A prototype application for Web-enabling legacy systems has resulted in an online renewal service for vehicle registrations and driving licences in the Northern Territory.

VoIP drives demand for new phone numbers

The anticipated national demand for Voice over IP (VoIP) has led to the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) issuing new telephone numbers for regional Australia and several metropolitan areas including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Bagle virus takes aim at Microsoft

While only 120 computers in Australia were hit on the weekend by the latest variant of the Bagle virus (W32/Bagle-AU-Sophos), antivirus providers are warning that it is particularly nasty.

Intel unwires education sector

Intel has begun a push to 'unwire' Australia's education sector, creating a wireless environment for 25 local universities and earmarking a further 270 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Job demand has a 90s feel

The IT industry looks set to return to the powerhouse it was in the late nineties, with demand for sales reps, analysts and business development managers expected to go through the roof globally.

Travel sales boom online

Despite some online retailers struggling to gain traction on the Internet, one sweet spot that has emerged is a budding online travel industry.

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