Optus hack puts Aussies in Peril, PAX AUS 2022 preview: Vertical Hold Ep 398

With Optus Hack data out there in the wild, what can Aussies do to keep themselves safe online? And what’s big and exciting for PAX 2022? Special Guest The Oz’s Alice Clarke!

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The Optus breach — it’s probably not a hack, strictly speaking — is the gift that keeps on giving. Except, unlike that sweater you got from grandma one time, it’s not just ugly. It’s really ugly. We dive even deeper into the details of what’s happened, how it happened and what Australians (not just Optus customers!) need to consider in the wake of this astonishingly large leak of personal identification data.

On a much happier note, PAX Aus 2022 is coming up next week. Are you excited? We’re excited, because it’ll be our first outside broadcast — and the first time that Adam and Alex will record together in the same room — in four years.


Time flies when you’re having a pandemic (this is clearly a lie), so we caught up with Alice Clarke, organiser of the Together Lounge and Theatre at PAX Aus 2022 for a preview of what to expect at the show – as well as tips on how to make it the best PAX specifically for you.

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Award-winning Australian technology news podcast Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News dives into the big stories of the week. Joined by Australia’s leading tech journalists every Friday, co-hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture. About/Contact us