[DNS] domain name news - December 3

[DNS] domain name news - December 3

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 10:16:00 -0800 (PST)
Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's edition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already online!

Headlines from the December 7 edition of the news include:
Tell me the future: MediaGuardian asked the godfather of the net to
 tell us where the technology will take us. He emailed his address book |
 We built the road, now let's see where the journey takes us by Vint Cerf
 | Concern over domain name scams by Philip Argy | Shorter URLs help
 phishers hook more victims | More on Dell?s Anti-Tasting Suit by John
 Levine | WIPO allows 'freedom of speech' cybersquatting | Business
 should fund domain name police, says expert | Bodog Poker Founder Not in
 Contempt of Court in Bitter Domain Litigation Case | Dun & Bradstreet Buys
 AllBusiness.com | Music.mobi Sells for Record US$616,000

And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.


The domain name news is supported by auDA


aking Stock of the Rio Internet Governance Forum by Milton Mueller

How Fragile Is Our Backbone?

One millionth .au domain name registered

uk: MI5 alert on China?s cyberspace spy threat

World faces 'cyber cold war' threat [Reuters]

'Cyber warfare instigator' label rejected by China [AP]

Dell Fights Cybersquatters And Rogue Resellers In Court

Cybersquatting daisy-chain leads to Dell trademark infringement lawsuit

The Pirate Bay Loses IFPI.com Domain

Taking Stock of the Rio Internet Governance Forum by Milton Mueller
Reflection on what was wrong and what was right with the Rio Internet Governance Forum is not waiting for the February 25 "stocktaking" session planned by the IGF's Secretariat. Civil society advisory group member Adam Peake has already opened an interesting dialogue on the governance list. I have some opinions about that... Too much of the energy of the Forum and its participants is being thrown away on issues that are not global in scope, and have nothing to do with global governance of the Internet. We all must pay closer attention to the distinction between issues that are best addressed at the national, local or regional levels and those that truly require global coordination and global institutions. IGF should be restricted to the global. If the truly global governance issues are actually quite narrow and specialized, and don't include the issues that turn you on, so be it. Those who are fundamentally not interested in those issues should find a
more appropriate venue for their activities. The disappointing thing about IGF 2 was that the dialogue was so cluttered with things that do not require or will never get international coordination or agreement that it was impossible to focus on the things that do.

How Fragile Is Our Backbone?
The knee bone?s connected to the thighbone, the thighbone?s connected to the hipbone, ? well, you know the old song. But in this case, I?m thinking about the data backbone, which is also connected with each one of our lives. For years, I?ve debated with practitioners about the best method for maintaining critical business programs and data. Of late, more and more of that critical ?stuff? has been moving to the ?cloud? (a fancy name for the Internet). So your firm has its programs and data in a third-party provider?s data center, and that third-party touts the security and reliability of the data center. That?s fair enough, but does the provider control the networks you have to cross in order to get to their data center? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Net neutrality may not resolve Comcast vs. BitTorrent
Comcast's recent efforts to throttle file transfers that use the BitTorrent protocol have led to a renewed call for Congress to enact stiff Net neutrality laws. Pro-regulatory groups including Public Knowledge have circulated press releases saying the episode demonstrates the "need for Net neutrality legislation." A Comcast-related post on DailyKos was titled "Why we need Net neutrality." Comcast, BitTorrent, and the phrase "need Net neutrality" appear in roughly 10,000 Web pages indexed by Google.


Global Policy Proposal for Autonomous System Numbers ? Background Report
The development of Global Internet Number Resource Policies is the subject of an MoU between ASO/NRO and ICANN. There are also specific ICANN Board Procedures for handling global policy proposals in this context. The Board procedures also state that the Board can request ICANN staff to undertake an ?early awareness? tracking of proposals for global policies under development in the addressing community. At its meeting on 20 November 2007, the Board resolved to request such tracking of the development of a global policy proposal for allocation of Autonomous System Numbers, or ASNs, that is already well advanced towards adoption in the Regional Internet Registries, or RIRs. The status overview presented below is compiled in response to this request and will be timely updated as developments proceed, for information to ICANN entities and the wider community.

Global Policy Proposal for Remaining IPv4 Address Space ? Background Report
The development of Global Internet Number Resource Policies is the subject of an MoU between ASO/NRO and ICANN. There are also specific ICANN Board Procedures for handling global policy proposals in this context. The Board procedures also state that the Board can request ICANN staff to undertake an ?early awareness? tracking of proposals for global policies under development in the addressing community. At its meeting on 20 November 2007, the Board resolved to request such tracking of the development of a global policy proposal for allocation of remaining IPv4 address space, currently being discussed in the Regional Internet Registries, or RIRs. The status overview presented below is compiled in response to this request and will be timely updated as developments proceed, for information to ICANN entities and the wider community.

- (cc)TLD NEWS
One millionth .au domain name registered
The one millionth .au domain name has been registered. The announcement from auDA said a finance company on Australia's Gold Coast registering the domain name elite-finance.com.au registered the name that reached the milestone. "We are pleased to announce that the 1 millionth .au domain registration is elite-finance.com.au" said Chris Disspain, auDA's CEO. "We congratulate the Registrant of elite-finance.com.au for being part of this momentous occasion."

Small business owner registers 1 millionth .au domain name [news release]
auDA, the .au Domain Administrator, today announced the 1 millionth .au domain name had been registered. "We are pleased to announce that the 1 millionth .au domain registration is elite-finance.com.au" said Chris Disspain, auDA?s CEO. "We congratulate the Registrant of elite-finance.com.au for being part of this momentous occasion."

Registrations for .au domain hits 1 million
auDA, the .au Domain Administrator, has announced the one millionth registration for a .au domain name. According to the .au domain custodians, one million registrations for the Australian domain represents phenomenal growth over the past five years.

.au registers its one millionth domain name
The .au Domain Administrator, has registered its one millionth .au domain name. Only five years ago the tally was close to 250,000.

Barbados wins control of .bb internet code
At the latest board meeting of ICANN's, a resolution was passed granting .BB, the country code domain for Barbados, to the local government.

Large French firms favour .fr domain - study [sub req'd]

no: Misleading marketing from Norsk Internett Register [news release in Norwegian]

.tk (Tokelau Islands) Sunrise continues
Dot TK is currently holding a Sunrise period of registration for .tk web addresses expiring on 3 December 2007 to allow companies and organisations to register their trademarks.

uk: MI5 alert on China?s cyberspace spy threat
The Government has openly accused China of carrying out state-sponsored espionage against vital parts of Britain?s economy, including the computer systems of big banks and financial services firms. In an unprecedented alert, the Director-General of MI5 sent a confidential letter to 300 chief executives and security chiefs at banks, accountants and legal firms this week warning them that they were under attack from ?Chinese state organisations?. It is believed to be the first time that the Government has directly accused China of involvement in web-based espionage. Such a blunt and explicit warning from Jonathan Evans could have serious diplomatic consequences and cast a shadow over Gordon Brown?s first official visit to China as Prime Minister early in the new year.

World faces 'cyber cold war' threat [Reuters]
A "cyber cold war" waged over the world's computers threatens to become one of the biggest threats to security in the next decade, according to a report published on Thursday. About 120 countries are developing ways to use the internet as a weapon to target financial markets, government computer systems and utilities, internet security company McAfee said in an annual report.

Government-Sponsored Cyberattacks on the Rise
Governments and allied groups worldwide are using the Internet to spy and launch cyberattacks on their enemies, according to McAfee's annual report on cybersecurity.

'Cyber warfare instigator' label rejected by China [AP]
The Chinese government disputed a report labelling it the world's most aggressive offender in probing for holes in other nations' internet security and encouraging a looming global cyber showdown.

Dell Fights Cybersquatters And Rogue Resellers In Court
In a lawsuit filed under seal and without notice to the defendants in October -- to avoid the removal or destruction of evidence --Dell charges Juan Pablo Vazquez of Miami, Florida, several unknown individuals, and a handful of domain name companies in Florida with violating its trademarks on more than 1,100 domain names. The lawsuit, unsealed two weeks ago, accuses the defendants of cybersquatting, trademark infringement and dilution, counterfeiting, deceptive trade practices, and unfair competition.

Dell sues cybersquatters
Dell Inc. and its subsidiary Alienware Corp. have filed a federal lawsuit against several domain name registrars accusing them of trademark infringement and cybersquatting more than 1,100 Web addresses that are similar to those owned by Dell.

Dell sits on cybersquatters
Dell has slapped a lawsuit on a number of website registrar firms, accusing them of trademark infringement and cybersquatting.

Cybersquatting daisy-chain leads to Dell trademark infringement lawsuit
If you've been online longer than three minutes, chances are you've inadvertently stumbled across a cybersquatter's turf at least once or twice. Such domains (one specific example is www.yahhoo.com) are designed to take advantage of user typos, and drive pay-per-click advertising revenue back to domain name owners. Cybersquatting is a serious problem for business owners. The last thing any company wants is for its customers to be directed to websites that appear to belong to the trademark or brand owner and do not?especially if such sites could even potentially be outfitted to distribute virii, worms, or other malware. Now Dell has launched a heavy attack against a group of companies it alleges have systematically used its trademarks and brands without permission.

Can Typosquatting Be Counterfeiting? by Michael
This seems to be media day. Brian Krebs quoted me in the Washingtonpost.com story Dell Takes Cybersquatters to Court. The story there is about Dell bringing a very large and organized case against a bunch of domain tasters (people who register domain names for a very brief period then drop them, so they don?t have to pay for them) who were apparently typosquatting on a grand scale.

Fun With Domain Names
Let's all applaud Dell for suing cybersquatters, and use this reminder to pay more attention to our own domain names. Microsoft won judgments against cybersquatters back in the spring. Use this reminder to check your own domain names. If your domain lends itself to misspelling or mistyping, grab those names for yourself. While it's unlikely someone will get rich selling advertising to your "almost" name, you want to make it as easy as possible for your customers and potential customers to find you.

Domain Tasting: Big Multifaceted Action on Bad Actors by Frank Schilling
Reported in the Washington Post no less: ?Dell Takes Cybersquatters to Court?. As reported a few weeks ago, this is a very thorough action targeting certain practices and practitioners.

The Pirate Bay Loses IFPI.com Domain
The Pirate Bay, one of the largest BitTorrent trackers, obtained the IFPI.com domain in early October of this year. The IFPI.com domain originally belonged to the industry trade group, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Claiming it was the donation of an anonymous donor, The Pirate Bay quickly reworked the site, creating the International Federation of Pirate Interests. And all hell broke loose.

Pirate Bay Officials Laugh Off Lawsuits, Prince
The Pirate Bay's enemies are circling it like a pack of hungry sharks, waiting for it to slip. First there is the Swedish government assault, led by prosecutor H?kan Roswall, who seeks to press charges against The Pirate Bay before January 31, 2008. The planned charges will be against multiple pirate bay admins for allegedly supporting copyright infringement on a massive scale.

Pirate Bay laughs off three-pronged legal assault
The Pirate Bay faces three separate legal challenges this holiday season, though site administrators tell Ars that they're not worried by any of the pending cases. A Swedish prosecutor wants to take down the site, though, and Prince has set his lawyers on the same task. We spoke with The Pirate Bay about what's in store for them in the new year.

'Domainer,' not the outfielder, gets paid at MattHolliday.com
Leon Lee jumped online and grabbed the domain name ClintHurdle.com the day the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks to go up 3-0 in the National League Championship Series. A few days later, as the club prepared to battle the Red Sox in the World Series, the Union City, Calif., man paid less than $20 to register KazMatsui.com and YorvitTorrealba.com. Lee, 32, had secured MattHolliday.com three months before. Though Holliday failed to win the Most Valuable Player award, coming in second, that online real estate is especially valuable.

Any Wonder Why Domainers Get a Bad Name?
Look no further than a Rocky Mountain News article to understand why: What happens when a cybersquatter claims he?s a domainer, and then tries to differentiate himself from a cybersquatter? It gives domainers (i.e., domain investors) a bad name. An article in The Rocky Mountain News covers Leon Lee, a man who has cybersquatted on several professional baseball players? names.

Firms Fight Back in Site Name Game
Patalano discovered that Disney registered names like yaymestarringlondontipton.com and fenwickssuitmovie.com-- signaling the company's interest in securing sites that could be related to its TV show "The Suite Life with Zack &amp; Cody" and a popular children's book, respectively. Patalano said his biggest scoop came when he discovered the name of Disney's sequel to "National Treasure" -- "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" -- before Disney had announced it, setting his fellow Internet fans abuzz.

P&O Ferries partners Netnames
P&O Ferries has appointed domain name management firm NetNames to advise the ferry operator on domain name strategy and to protect its brand online.

Netcraft November 2007 Web Server Survey
In the November 2007 survey we received responses from 149,784,002 sites. This is an increase of increase of 7.0M sites since last month, and represents growth of over 40 million sites since the start of the year.

Domainers Choice Awards
For the first time, YOU, the professional domain community, have the opportunity to choose! From nominations phase to the final voting - tell us who you think is most deserving of the Domainers Choice Awards! Nominee lists have not been pre-populated, they are being added as you, the voters, write in your choice. If you don't see the choice you want, write it in and it will be added to the list. Top three choices in each category will be in the final round of voting starting on December 16th, 2007.

Google poisoners back on the attack [UPI]
Hackers are back on the attack against Google after the U.S. search giant successfully thwarted their efforts to poison search results. "We're seeing indications that another attack may be on the way," said security experts at Sunbelt Software on the company's blog Thursday.

Moniker.com to Hold Premium Domain Name Auction at PubCon Las Vegas 2007 [news release]
Moniker, the first and onlyprovider of Domain Asset Management(TM) services, today announced that it willbe hosting the first live and online auctions of premium domain names duringPubCon Las Vegas 2007, the Search Engine & Internet Marketing Conference, onWednesday, December 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PubCon Las Vegas2007 runs December 4 through December 7, 2007 and is the premiere educationalconference and industry trade show programmed specifically for webprofessionals and website owners.

.MOBI Premium Auction Now Running
We are happy to announce the third premium .MOBI auction event, powered by Sedo! dotMobi, the company behind the .MOBI domain?designed exclusively for accessing the web via mobile phones, is making 100 more of its most prized names available exclusively via a Sedo-hosted online auction that begins this Wednesday, November 28, at 12pm EST.

Ringing in the Holidays with Cheer: Last 2007 dotMobi Premium Domain Name Online Auction with Sedo Begins November 28
Third Sedo-hosted auction in 2007 series offers names for leisure and sports verticals as well as alcohol-related names like vodka.mobi, tequila.mobi and wine.mobi

Why Do ?Good? Domains Cost So Much?
Tia Wood asks: ??Frank, after looking at a thread at DNF titled ?Why Domains cost what they do?Your Reasoning??, I don?t feel anyone has hit the nail on the head. To me, why domains cost the what they do has largely to do with reverse branding: the ability to reverse brand a word for a company instead of a company for a word. The same goes for branding words for individuals or organizations, etc. But the value lies within reverse brandability, correct? Which brings in a higher quality of consistent and valuable traffic. What?s your take on it??"

Top Benelux Domains Auction Now Running
Sedo is hosting a premium auction event for top Benelux domains including dames.nl, podcast.nl and lcd.nl. What?s so interesting about .nl domains? .nl is the third biggest ccTLD in Europe (after .de and .co.uk) with more than 2.500.000 registered domains. Check out the list below to see the list of domains with their respective translations.

.NU Auction Closing 28 November!
Sedo?s .NU auction featuring top-quality .NU domains from the .NU registry, .NU Domain Ltd, is closing tomorrow at 12:00 EST. Some of the domain names featured include info.nu, casino.nu, web.nu, adult.nu, shop.nu, as well as several Swedish city .NU domain names.

Electronic Media, Violence, and Adolescents: An Emerging Public Health Problem
Abstract: Adolescents? access to and use of new media technology (e.g., cell phone, personal data assistant, computer for Internet access) are on the rise, and this explosion of technology brings with it potential benefits and risks. Attention is growing about the risk of adolescents to become victims of aggression perpetrated by peers with new technology. In September 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention convened a panel of experts in technology and youth aggression to examine this specific risk. This special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health presents the data and recommendations for future directions discussed at the meeting. The articles in the Journal support the argument that electronic aggression is an emerging public health problem in need of additional prevalence and etiological research to support the development and evaluation of effective prevention programs.

Australian internet access doubles since 2001: ABS [news release]
Internet access in Australia has nearly doubled since 2001, according to an analysis of census information released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In 2001, just over a third (35%) of homes across Australia had internet access; in 2006, that had grown to nearly two-thirds (63%). Nationally, two-thirds (66%) of homes in major cities have internet access, compared to under half (42%) for very remote Australia. Broadband is used by 46% of homes in major cities and 24% in very remote Australia.

Patterns of internet access in Australia, 2006 [report]
There has been significant growth in Australia's access to/use of the Internet between 2001 and 2006. In 2001, 35% of Australian dwellings had access to the Internet in the week prior to the Census date. In 2006, 63% of Dwellings had access to the Internet.

Australian internet take up rate slow, but improving
Internet access across the the Territory lags behind the rest of the country, according to the latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

"Boosting European Prosperity Through the Widespread Use of ICT"
After a long period over which Europe was catching up to the United States in productivity, this trend has reversed. Lower levels of investment in information and communications technology (ICT) and less effective use of existing ICT explain a significant share of the lower rates of productivity growth in the European Union over the last decade when compared to the United States. The report argues that regaining robust productivity growth will be critical for EU nations over the next several decades as they struggle with a myriad of challenges, including an aging population.

As ISPs choke file-sharing, users look elsewhere
As ISPs constrict file-sharing services such as Bittorrent, new data shows that users are moving to file-hosting Web sites to avoid the bandwidth lockdown.

Global cellphone use hits 50 per cent
Worldwide mobile telephone subscriptions reached 3.3 billion - equivalent to half the global population - 26 years after the first cellular network was launched, research firm Informa said.

Nearly one mobile phone subscription per EU inhabitant
In the EU's 27 Member States there were 96 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 inhabitants ('subscriptions' include pre-paid cards). In 1996 there were just 7 - an increase of almost fourteen times. In 13 EU countries the average is over 100 - in Luxembourg, for example, there are 158, in Lithuania 127, and in Italy 122. Romania (62), Poland (76) and France (77) have the fewest mobile phones per 100 inhabitants. Germany is positioned right in the middle.

Publishers Seeking Web Controls [AP]
The desire for greater control over how search engines index and display Web sites is driving an effort launched yesterday by leading news organizations and other publishers to revise a 13-year-old technology for restricting access. Currently, Google, Yahoo and other top search companies voluntarily respect a Web site's wishes as declared in a text file known as robots.txt, which a search engine's indexing software, called a crawler, knows to look for on a site.

comScore Ranks Top Web Sites in Germany for October
... Google was the most visited property in Germany, with 23.1 million unique visitors age 15 or older, reaching 69 percent of the total German Internet audience. It was followed by eBay which attracted 17.4 million unique visitors, a 52 percent reach. T-Online Sites and Yahoo! Sites were the fastest growing of the top ten properties in Germany, both growing their visitor base by 8 percent from September to October. T-Online attracted 13.8 million visitors while Yahoo! reached 12.1 million.

comScore Ranks Top Web Sites in France for October
... Google was the most visited property in France, with 19.2 million unique visitors age 15 or older, reaching 69 percent of the total French Internet audience. It was followed by Microsoft Sites which attracted 17.7 million unique visitors, a 64 percent reach. The fastest growing of the top ten properties was multi-channel retailer, Groupe PPR, owner of sites such as Laredoute.fr and Fnac.com. The property grew 10 percent from September, attracting 9.7 million unique visitors in October, a reach of 35 percent of the Internet users in France.

comScore Ranks Top Web Sites in U.K. for October
... Google was the most visited property in October, with 29.1 million unique visitors age 15 or older, and reaching 90 percent of the total U.K. Internet audience. Google was followed by Microsoft Sites, which attracted 27.4 million unique visitors, an 85 percent reach. Wikipedia continued to be the fastest growing property in the top ten most visited properties in October, increasing by seven percent to attract its highest ever U.K. audience of 14.2 million unique visitors.

comScore Releases Top Japanese Web Rankings for October
... Yahoo! Sites remained the top-ranked property in Japan with 41.3 million visitors, followed by Google Sites with 31.7 million visitors and Microsoft Sites with 29.4 million visitors.

comScore Releases Top Canadian Web Rankings for October
... Microsoft Sites captured the top position in Canada with 22.2 million visitors, followed closely by Google Sites with 22 million visitors. Yahoo! Sites, with 16.8 million visitors, ranked third for the month. Social networking site Facebook.com continued to grow, gaining 4 percent to reach 14.4 million of the 23.7 million Canadians online.

Facebook retreats on online tracking
Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook, the enormously popular social networking Web site, is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program. Within the last 10 days, more than 50,000 Facebook members have signed a petition objecting to the new program, which sends messages to users' friends about what they are buying on Web sites like Travelocity.com, TheKnot.com and Fandango. The members want to be able to opt out of the program completely with one click, but Facebook won't let them.

Facebook backs down over controversial advertising system
Facebook has made a U-turn over its controversial new advertising system Beacon after protests by users. The social networking site, which has more than 55 million users worldwide, came in for heavy criticism after it launched a system that published details on Facebook of individuals' activities on other websites. The system, called Beacon, allows other websites to tell your friends and family about some of your activities elsewhere on the internet ? for example revealing that you have bought a particular DVD. In return for feeding the information back to Facebook, the other websites get a free advertisement for their services.

Facebook caves on privacy-invading ads, kind of
Along with many other Facebook users, I've been agitating for the social network to shut down or improve Beacon, the ad program that sends your friends Facebook alerts about your activity across the Web. Yesterday Facebook made some changes to the program. They go far in addressing the worst aspect of the system: Now if you do not give Facebook permission to alert your friends about your activity on one of Facebook's advertisers' sites, Facebook will not send out an alert. Previously, if you did not give Facebook permission -- that is, if you did nothing -- Facebook assumed you were OK with Beacon ads.

Protests force Facebook to change
Facebook members have forced the social networking site to change the way a controversial ad system worked. More than 50,000 Facebook users signed a petition calling on the company to alter or abandon its Beacon advertising technology. 

Facebook's Beacon more intrusive than earlier thought, CA says [IDG]
A CA security researcher is sounding the alarm that Facebook's controversial Beacon online ad system goes much further than anyone has imagined in tracking people's Web activities outside the popular social networking site.

Facebook To Members: Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Facebook is starting to act less like an idealistic Internet start-up, and more like a $15 billion company. The latest sign? It seems to be toughening up and resisting its critics. In the past week, the site's Beacon advertising program, which notifies a user's friends when he or she has made purchases at certain online retailers, incited 46,000 Facebook members to stage a digital sit-in by joining a Facebook group created by MoveOn.org called "Facebook: stop invading my privacy!" But, in a post Thursday, Facebook spokesperson Paul Janzer wrote that the social networking site would modify, not cancel, the controversial program.

Australians unleash true selves online
Australians are facing an online identity crisis, using the web and social networking sites to unleash their alter egos, new research suggests. Symantec's Identity Survey, conducted by Woolcott Research, found Australians typically had more than 10 virtual identities. They included profiles on sites like MySpace and YouTube, email accounts, game avatars and characters in virtual worlds.

au: Social networking for pre-teens
As an adaptable and moderately well-travelled avatar, I'm not remotely fazed about being reborn as a portly, lime-green penguin named Bonbon99. Nor am I apprehensive about strapping a turbo-thrust thingo to my back and launching myself across the South Pole in search of adventure. What does alarm me, as I negotiate my first hour of playtime in the virtual ice wonderland of Club Penguin (www.clubpenguin.com), is what's going on simultaneously in the real world.

Making Facebook Safer by Matthew Hall
Facebook has agreed to add safeguards to protect children from sexual predators, obscene content and harassment after New York prosecutors threatened the site with fraud charges for failing to live up to its own safety and complaints response claims. Investigators with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo posed as young teenagers and set up profiles on Facebook. According to a statement from the Attorney General ?s office, "they received online sexual advances from adults within days and found widespread pornographic and obscene content."

Facebook Woos Advertisers
Facebook's pitch to local business owners: Try our new advertising products; you'll like them! Even as concerns continue to rise about the role of advertising on social networks, Facebook's vice president of product marketing and operations, Chamath Palihapitiya, was wooing hundreds of chief executives, marketers and business development gurus at the Kelsey Group research firm's Interactive Local Media Conference held in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Africa: Improving Internet Connectivity for Rural Communities
Promoting faster telephone and internet connectivity for rural communities in the 18 Commonwealth African countries - that is the aim of a Commonwealth Connects project known as the Commonwealth African Rural Connectivity Initiative (COMARCI). The ?1.2 million project was launched in Kampala, Uganda, on 22 November 2007 on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, with a ?50,000 seed funding from the Government of Malta through the Commonwealth Connects programme. It involves collaboration with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and the International Telecommunications Union.

Arrests made in NZ botnet crackdown
Police in New Zealand have questioned a teenager believed to be the ringleader of an international cyber-crime group. The group is alleged to have infiltrated more than one million computers and skimmed millions of dollars from people's bank accounts. The teenager, who is 18, cannot be named for legal reasons but was known by an alias as "Akill".

Police raid NZ botmaster blamed for 1 million infections
Police have raided the home of the alleged ringleader of an international group of cybercriminals said to be responsible for infecting more than one million computers. The raid was conducted earlier this week at the New Zealand residence of the alleged botmaster, known online as AKILL. It was part of a joint effort by New Zealand police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

?Bot Roast II' nets 8 individuals [news release]
The FBI today announced the results of the second phase of its continuing investigation into a growing and serious problem involving criminal use of botnets. Since Operation ?Bot Roast? was announced last June, eight individuals have been indicted, pled guilty, or been sentenced for crimes related to botnet activity. Additionally, 13 search warrants were served in the U.S. and by overseas law enforcement partners in connection with this operation. This ongoing investigative effort has thus far uncovered more than $20 million in economic loss and more than one million victim computers.

New Zealand Questions Top Cyber Suspect [AP]
Police questioned the suspected teenage kingpin of an international cyber crime network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers and skimming millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts, officials said. Working with the FBI and police in the Netherlands, New Zealand police raided the home of the 18-year-old in the North Island city of Hamilton and took him into custody along with several computers, said Martin Kleintjes, head of the police electronic crime center.

FBI Nabs Eight in Second 'Bot Roast'
The FBI said today that it has nailed eight individuals in the second phase of its anti-botnet initiative, dubbed "Operation Bot Roast." Eight men have been indicted, plead guilty, or been sentenced for crimes related to botnet activity, the FBI said. Additionally, 13 search warrants were served in the U.S. and by overseas law enforcement partners in connection with the operation. Operation Bot Roast so far has uncovered more than $20 million in economic losses and more than one million victim computers, the agency said.

Second helping of FBI's Bot Roast serves eight
The FBI on Thursday announced that eight individuals have been indicted, pled guilty or have been sentenced to prison over the last few months for crimes related to botnet activity. In addition, it said that 13 search warrants were served in the U.S. and by overseas law enforcement authorities on individuals thought to be connected with botnet-related activities. Among those whose residences were searched was an individual in New Zealand using the online username AKILL, and who is believed to the leader of an international botnet coding group, according to the FBI's statement.

FBI Bot Roast breaks up botnets and locks up botherders
Hamilton teen 'AKILL', who being questioned for allegedly running huge botnets to commit cyber criminal acts, was caught as a result of the FBI's ongoing 'Bot Roast' operation.

18yo Kiwi hacker caught in international cyber crime dragnet
An 18-year-old Waikato man is at the centre of an international cyber crime operation. The New Zealander, who goes by the cyber ID 'AKILL', is currently being interviewed by police and an expert from the FBI.

Hamilton teen alleged cyber underworld king-pin
A teenager being interviewed by police in Hamilton was allegedly an international cyber-crime leader whose services were used by other cyber criminals for their own malicious means.

nz: Internet scams on rise
Internet users are being warned to never respond to emails which asks for personal details.

Hidden dangers in visiting porn sites
Online pornography hunters' Internet adventures are already fraught with danger from malicious code many porn sites use to commandeer visitors' machines or steal personal data.

au: Merchants of Porn
A Melbourne business is using cash-in-hand payments to lure teenage women into performing prohibited sex acts on camera. Porn websites run by the company are making millions of dollars a year from selling access to the resulting photographs and videos. Many of those photographs and videos contain explicit material classified as prohibited content in Australia.

The new battleground in cybercrime
In an age where "data equals money," fortune has replaced fame as hackers' key motivation. Criminals are willing to pay top dollar for personal, financial, and corporate data collected by Trojans and other "crimeware." The evidence is out there. Price lists discovered on the black market reveal that criminals are willing to pay $5,000 for a financial report, $500 for a credit card with PIN, and $150 for a driver's license ID.

RFID Technology: Lisbon Conference has set a milestone in forging the 'Internet of Things'
The Conference and Exhibition "On RFID: The Next Step to the Internet of Things" held in Lisbon on 15-16 November 2007, closed with a wide consensus on the need for Europe to analyse, assess and develop common strategies for optimising the shift of RFID technology into an 'Internet of Things', whilst safeguarding sensitive information and protecting the privacy of individuals.

Google Making Street View Anonymous [IDG]
Google is making changes to its European launch of Street View to protect the privacy of those it photographs, may do the same for U.S. version. In the face of ethical concerns, Google is considering changes to its Street View Google Maps feature that would protect the privacy of those it photographs.

OSCE holds regional conference on media self-regulation [news release]
Voluntary media self-regulation as the only viable and credible mechanism to uphold journalistic ethics and guarantee editorial professionalism is the focus of a two-day OSCE conference beginning Monday in Skopje.

Studies highlight difficulties in defining, dealing with cyberbullying
Bullying in one form or another has analogs in other primates, so it has probably been an issue for as long as there have been humans. Only recently have authorities recognized that it presents both a discipline problem in schools and public health issue in terms of childhood development. As more of childhood takes place online, reports have suggested that bullying has followed it there, leading to problems at schools and attempts to address it via legislation. A recent issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health explores the topic in depth, with results that suggest both that the extent of the problem may depend on how cyberbullying is defined and that the term may actually encompass more than one phenomenon.

Germany launches child-friendly Internet search engine
The German government on Thursday launched a secure Internet search engine to allow children to surf the Web without any risk of them finding violent or sexual content. The www.FragFinn.de site offers a mix of games, information and links to approved, children-friendly websites and is being promoted as a first in Europe.

Online bullying a growing part of US teen Internet life
US researchers warn that bullies are taking their hurtful ways from real-world schoolyards to the "cyber" world by targeting teens with nasty e-mail, text messaging, and online chat. The number of children ages 10 to 17 that say they were abused by "cyber bullies" climbed 50 percent, from six percent in 2000 to nine percent in 2005, according to a new report from the US centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

nz: Bad news from down under for lurking internet sharks.
Hectors World Ltd. in New Zealand has taken the initiative to launch a new web site aimed at kids featuring Hector Protector the bottlenose dolphin and his under-water friends.

Austrian government and Saferinternet.at intensify internet safety awareness-raising
Internet safety has become a high priority on the political agenda in Austria. Three ministers and two state secretaries together with Saferinternet.at presented a programme of new activities.

Safer Internet, new media and the European framework on safer mobile use by children
The Czech Safer Combined Node launched the first international conference of projects supported by the EC Safer Internet Plus programme in Central and Eastern Europe. For the first time representatives of different types of project ? awareness nodes, helplines and hotlines met to exchange experiences, share the best practices and discuss hot operational topics.

Monitoring email could spot insider threats
Beware, very soon big brother will be able to follow you to work. Software is being designed to allow companies to flag up employees who are potential saboteurs, industrial spies or data thieves. It might also flag up whistle-blowers. US companies surveyed earlier this year said at least one-third of damage to business due to cybercrime was committed by insiders. "Many of the biggest financial losses tend to be due to trusted insiders, individuals who steal or who disable computer systems," says Gilbert Peterson at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Ohio.

European Commission calls for an all-inclusive digital society
Despite technological progress and enhanced competition, more than one in three Europeans are still excluded from fully benefiting from the digital society. Benefits of ?35-85 billion over five years could be generated if society would be made more inclusive, websites more accessible and broadband Internet made available to all EU citizens. Today, the Commission presents its e-Inclusion initiative to Council, calling on Member States to support a number of key actions, including an awareness campaign for 2008 "e-Inclusion, be part of it!" e-Accessibility legislation, similar to that of the USA, is also under consideration.

Statement on Canadian Government Identity Theft Measures
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada today released the following statement in response to the Government?s proposal to address identity theft: ?The federal government?s planned amendments to the Criminal Code appear to take concrete steps to address identity theft. Identity theft is a crime that can have devastating financial and personal repercussions for an individual and their family.

Telecoms in India: Full-spectrum dominance
India's fast-growing mobile-phone operators vie for capacity on the airwaves: MUMBAI's trains are famous for carrying what is officially called a ?super-dense crush load? of passengers during rush hour. Judging by the complaints of some of India's mobile operators, its airwaves are just as overcrowded. The operators added more than 8m mobile-phone subscribers in October, bringing the total to over 217m. India has met its ambitious target, set two years ago, of 250m fixed and mobile-phone connections. But the government is sadly unprepared. It has not given India's mobile operators enough space on the radio spectrum to carry calls crisply and reliably. India, the operators complain, faces a ?spectrum crunch?.

EU Declines to Set Mobile TV Standard
European Union nations on Thursday asked the European Union not to call for a Nokia-backed mobile TV standard for Europe. The European Commission had asked all 27 EU governments to support DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds, and to look for ways to mandate its use to help push forward the rollout of broadcasts to mobile phones.

EU tunes in to DVB-H
Mobile TV has moved one step nearer to widespread roll-out as the European Commission officially selects DVB-H as the standard for Europe. Despite opposition from some countries, DVB-H is to be added to the official list of standards whose use all 27 EU Member States have to actively support and encourage.

Google Heads For The Airwaves
Google cranked up the heat on U.S. phone carriers Friday, announcing that it will bid on coveted wireless spectrum in the upcoming Federal Communications Commission auction in January. Google will compete directly against major communications players such as Verizon Communications and AT&T, both of which are expected to bid in the Jan. 24 auction. Google said it plans to file its application to participate in the highly anticipated auction on Monday. "We believe it's important to put our money where our principles are," Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said in a statement. "Consumers deserve more competition and innovation than they have in today's wireless world."

Google will bid for mobile web spectrum
The company has confirmed that it wants a share of 'the last beachfront property in the radio spectrum'

Google to bid for 700MHz spectrum [IDG]
Google intends to bid on wireless spectrum in the 700MHz band when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission begins auctioning that resource in late January, the company announced Friday.

Google to Join Spectrum Auction
Seeking to shake up the wireless industry, Google said Friday that it was preparing to take part in the federal government?s auction of radio frequencies that could be used to deliver the next generation of Internet and mobile phone services to consumers. Google said it would file its application on Monday to bid on the valuable 700-megahertz spectrum, which is being vacated by television networks as they convert their signals to digital. The formal bidding process is scheduled to begin on Jan. 24.

nz: 'Separation day' can't come soon enough
Telecom handed Wellington a consolation prize when it announced its network arm would be based in the capital, having insisted on an Auckland base for chief executive Paul Reynolds.

'Broadband bonds' an option
Discussions about debt and duplication dominated the Digital Summit in Auckland, after Finance Minister Michael Cullen said that the Government might consider issuing an infrastructure bond to fund public investment in broadband infrastructure.


Sources include Quicklinks <http://qlinks.net/> and BNA Internet Law News <http://www.bna.com/ilaw/>.


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