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Maggots found on Nando’s meal … Hacker named “Alf” stole sensitive defence files … NAB business customers frustrated by outage

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Fast food chain Nando’s has been forced to apologise after a customer found live maggots crawling in chicken purchased from a store in Kotara, NSW.

The ABC reports the customer found “some maggots running around” in a piece of chicken bought from the Nando’s store, leading to the restaurant refunding and apologising to the customer.

“Nando’s has done a thorough investigation of this issue and found the Kotara restaurant has followed all the correct cooking and hygiene procedures,” a spokeswoman told The ABC.

“Our chicken is made to order and a fly or maggots could not have survived the cooking process, which includes placing the chicken on a grill with an operating surface temperature of over 350 degrees [Celsius].

“As the restaurant is open to the environment, and the maggots were found on the skin of the chicken, we believe this incident is the result of an airborne fly landing on the chicken in the short period of time between when it was plated and subsequently discovered by the customer at her table.”

This is the second recent case of insect food infestation in recent times, after a customer at a Sydney hotel found “blowfly larvae” in a steak she was served.

Mystery “Alf” hacker steals 30 gigabytes of sensitive files from defense force subcontractor

A hacker given the codename “Alf” has managed to pilfer 30 gigabytes of sensitive files from an Australian Defence Force subcontractor reports ZDNet, after the full extent of the hack was revealed by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) this week.

The data contained a large amount of technical information on Australian military aircraft, stolen from what the ASD described as a “small Australian company with contracting links to national security projects”.

The attacker had access to the network from July last year but the ASD did not have knowledge of the attack until three months later. The interim months are referred to as “Alf’s Mystery Happy Fun Time” by the ASD.

“One of the learning outcomes from this particular case study for at least the Australian government is that we need to find a way to start to be a little bit more granular in our contracting to mandate what type of security controls are required,” ASD incident response manager Mitchell Clarke told ZDNet.

NAB business customers left in the lurch after system outage

A number of business customers with NAB bank were left without payment systems after an outage yesterday afternoon, reports Business Insider, with many taking to social media to complain about the knockout.

“We’re aware that our business customers are having trouble logging into NAB Connect. We’re sorry about this and we’re working to fix it ASAP,” the company said on Twitter.

Business Insider reports systems have returned to normal as of Thursday morning.

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Dominic Powell

Dominic Powell is a journalist at StartupSmart and a tech and music geek. When he’s not writing, you can find him reading or browsing record shops.

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  • bezbox

    C’mon Nandos – what a load of bollocks. Fly larvae takes several hours to hatch – at best. Clearly the chicken was maggot infested already. If the Health Department aren’t investigating further something is seriously wrong with them.