The Ambassador

The Ambassador is both warrior and diplomat. He listens to the words of those who deserve influence and guides those in his care as he guides himself. He acts not selfishly but for the betterment of all.

Nigeria launches new biometric ID card - brought to you by Mastercard

13 million person pilot of national identity card combines both biometric verification for state services and a prepayment wallet aimed at bringing financial services to the poorest.

Forget your first pet's name, now you can prove your identity with the unique way you use your mouse

A startup is using the quirks of how users interact with their devices to do away with all those annoying security questions that appear when you log in from somewhere new.

How film studios want to use data retention to crack down on piracy

Data retention will be a useful tool in a proposal from the content industry to get ISPs to match IP addresses connected to alleged infringers with customer accounts.

What went wrong with Microsoft's August updates?

UPDATED. Buggy updates are certainly a problem, but the company's poor communication of the problems is an even bigger cause for concern.

FBI investigates hack of JPMorgan, other US banks

JPMorgan is reportedly one of multiple US banks which have suffered network breaches resulting in the loss of customer data.

Microsoft smokes out 1,500 bogus Windows 8 apps from its app store

Microsoft is toughening its stance on rogue apps in the Microsoft Store and Windows Phone Store.

Leaked paper reveals Australia's obsessive metadata secrecy

The Australian government has been discussing a detailed data-retention wish list with internet service providers for more than four years — with citizens kept in the dark.

AFP accidentally lets sensitive metadata go public

The Australian Federal Police inadvertently let sensitive metadata from an active criminal investigation be published online, after providing documents that had not been redacted to Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

ASIO chief unfussed by data-retention bypasses

The ease of technical bypasses to avoid being captured by a mandatory data-retention regime is not a concern to ASIO director-general David Irvine.

Microsoft reissues flawed Windows security update with new flaws

UPDATED. A new version of MS14-045 has been pushed to Windows Update and the Download Center. Microsoft strongly recommends that users uninstall the old version first.