Probably the most emabarrassing tech news in a like while is the revelation that up to 500,000 dead Australians still have active Medicare numbers, permitting a huge potential for identity theft and fraud. Out of date, and inadequately linked database systems can effectively cripple the competitive advantage that any firm may have gained from technologically driven information management, but a blunder such as this isn’t just a waste of the resources, but a very serious flaw in database design.
Unfortunately my gut feeling is that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and that probably dozens of similar security flaws exist in a range of public information databases world wide.
And in other tech news, the possible acquisition of OzEmail by iiNet could mean that Webcentral lose their prominence as a webhost, but perhaps more importantly, it’s likely to impact on iiNet in terms of available deals for clients. Watch this space.
In other news, I’m still working away on consultancy work, but I am planning to spend some of this weekend just chilling out and relaxing with friends 🙂