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Here in New Zealand we're pretty lucky when it comes to online banking.
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There have been very few security related incidents (that we know about)
and Kiwis seem to have flocked to online banking in droves, clearly
indicating that they're happy with the levels of service and security
Unfortunately our cousins across the Tasman don't seem to have it quite
so good -- or perhaps they're just not quite as good at hushing up
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Over the past 12 months or so I've noticed that problems with Australian online
banking systems seem to have been disproportionately represented in the
Aussie IT press -- so today I went back and had a look through the Aardvark
archives to see just how bad it was.
Unfortunately, a fair number of the stories I've linked to over the past
12 months have been aged off the news-sites carrying them so what I've included
below represents just a fragment of all the bad-news that's been reported.
Here are links to the stories which are still accessible:
What's wrong with the Aussie online banking industry that it gets so much
Is their security as lax as would seem? Is it perhaps that Aussie banks are
using Microsoft software? (just kidding).
Should we Kiwis be worried that perhaps things are just as bad here? Could it
be we're simply not being told about the hacks, cracks and holes?
I know of one potential security hole that occurred very early on in the
evolution of online banking here in NZ that never made the news.
Even I didn't report it because I was instrumental in bringing it to the
attention of the bank involved (sometimes wearing more than one hat is
a curse :-)
Whatever the cause, I think Australians should be bitching madly about this
But Some Aussies Are Smart
It's good to see that even though their banks may be a little behind the
eight-ball when it comes to security and service levels, at least the
Aussies seem to be getting their act together when it comes to spam.
While our own legislators appear completely disinterested in the issue
of spam (or more accurately: unsolicited commercial email (UCE)), Australia's
Federal Government is now taking a close look at introducing laws to
make it illegal.
Perhaps someone could inform Mr Swain that it's no good guaranteeing all
Kiwis a set minimum amount of bandwidth if an increasing amount of that
bandwidth is going to be clogged up with spam.
While local spammers are few and far between, it would certainly pay our
legislators to look at forging ties with other countries such as the USA
and Australia with a view to introducing reciprocal legislation that might
simplify the task of whacking spammers who send their garbage across national
If Australia goes ahead and outlaws spam then, at the very least, we ought
to organise a treaty that would see the same laws enforceable on both sides
of the Tasman.
There are numerous reports which indicate that the spam problem is going
to get a lot worse unless some firm action is taken by legislators. Why
wait until the tide totally overwhelms us? let's get the matter sorted now!
What do you think? Should NZ's parliament enact anti-spam legislation
or are there more important things it should be spending its time on?
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