[DNS] domain name news - 18 June

[DNS] domain name news - 18 June

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 20:04:35 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.

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


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Cerf says Internet lacks essential features

The man from ICANN [ABC Radio - audio and transcript]

Your name comes &#167; a top price

White House working on plan to respond to a national cyberattack

Identity Battles Come to Facebook

us: Will Sotomayor Be a Tech-Savvy Justice?

.AU Domain Name Sales Get Rocking

Cerf says Internet lacks essential features
One of the Internet?s founding fathers and modern evangelists, Vinton Cerf, warned a gathering of government and technology industry leaders that the Internet ?still lacks many features that it needs,? including essential authentication and security tools. But he urged the leaders to support a national broadband policy that provides universal, high-speed Internet access, not merely the availability of broadband communications networks.

ICANN Opens Public Comment Period on ICANN Fee Amendment from .PRO
On 17 June 2009, ICANN received the attached communication from Catherine Sigmar, General Manager at Registry Services Corporation (dba RegistryPro) requesting an amendment to the .PRO Registry Agreement.

Update on the Search and Appointment of a New President and CEO of ICANN
At the ICANN meeting in Mexico City in March 2009, the current President and CEO of ICANN, Dr Paul Twomey, announced that he will not seek renewal of his contract and will move on from ICANN at the end of 2009.

ICANN Seeks Expressions of Interest for Bulk Transfer of Names
As the result of the recent de-accreditation of registrar Maxim Internet, Inc., ICANN is seeking expressions of interest from ICANN-accredited registrars that might wish to assume sponsorship of the gTLD names that were previously managed by Maxim Internet.

The man from ICANN [ABC Radio - audio and transcript]
ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assisted Names and Numbers. It's the organisation responsible for regulating internet domain names. ICANN is on the verge of significant change. It's relaxing restrictions on the number of top-level domain names available, including a move to include different languages and scripts. It's also looking at severing its remaining ties with the US government. We'll speak with ICANN's CEO and president, Dr Paul Twomey, about the significance of these changes for the future of the net and the way we use it.

Your name comes &#167; a top price
The international body that governs the internet is finalising plans to open up virtual real estate of the world wide web to allow businesses, cultural groups, individuals, cities and even nations to set up their own online domains.

Goodbye .com and hello .yourbrand By Joe White, chief operating officer of Gandi.net
The internet domain market is set to be liberalised at the beginning of next year, but new research suggests that two thirds of businesses are completely unprepared for the change. ICANN, the international body that oversees the structure of the internet, is liberalising the market for domain name extensions ? the .com or .net part of a web address. This means that anyone, in theory, can apply to operate an extension. So alongside .com, .net, and .org, we will see .whateveryoulike.

Things to See and Do in Sydney for the ICANN meeting
With the ICANN Sydney Meeting fast approaching and attendees rolling into Sydney over the next few days to prepare, below is a guide for some things to see and do in Sydney while people are here. This guide will be updated on an ongoing basis up until the end of the ICANN meeting, so come back and check out any updates.

ICANN Confirms Selection of Leading New CEO Candidate, Announcement Expected Next Week
Following rumors last week on the leading candidate for ICANN's new CEO position, an official announcement has been released by ICANN confirming that the board may indeed announce its selection during its meeting in Sydney next week.

Latest Updates from the ICANN Meetings in Sydney
In follow up to the last ICANN meetings in Mexico City, CircleID in collaboration with the team from Dynamic Network Services, will be bringing you Video blogs and updates from the 35th ICANN meetings in Sydney (21-26 Jun 2009). Stay tuned as we keep this page updated through out the meetings.

ICANN 35: What's Going Down, Down Under (Want the Low Down?)
As I've been getting ready to catch my plane for ICANN 35 (Sydney), I can't help but thinking that there are a lot of things going down these days that will dramatically affect makeup of the Internet for years to come. Next year at this time, the root could be a very, very different place. A few of the items that will be getting deconstructed, discussed, debated Down Under are outlined below.

IT Diary
ICANN meeting. Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers. Sydney, Monday-June 26. Discussion on domain name issues such as new generic top-level domains, internationalised domain names and domain name system security.

ICANN Terminates Five Domain Name Registrars
ICANN has sent termination notices to five domain name registrars for failure to pay fees. Of the five to be de-accredited, only one has registered domains under management: Maxim Internet Inc.

ICA to ICANN Ombudsman: ?Tardy, Nonresponsive and Non-Persuasive?
ICANN Ombudsman Dr. Frank Fowlie responded to Internet Commerce Association?s complaints about Implementation Recommendation Team, a trademark-interests group that has proposed sweeping changes to domain disputes and allocation. Internet Commerce Association (ICA) calls the Ombudsman?s response ?Tardy, Nonresponsive and Non-persuasive?. In a post on its web site, ICA counsel Phil Corwin found a number of faults with the Ombudsman?s response.

.XXX Arbitration to Be Held in September
ICM Registry?s top-level domain .XXX proposal will go through a round of arbitration in late September.

Search begins for NBN chiefs
The government could announce the board of executives to head its $43 billion national broadband network as early as next month after international headhunter Egon Zehnder was anointed to lead the search. ... Telecoms industry outsiders including former ICANN president Paul Twomey and National ICT Australia boss David Skellern are also likely to attract attention for their vast technical and internet experience.

Hunt begins for broadband board
The Government has appointed corporate headhunter Egon Zehnder to find a board for the company that will run the $43 billion national broadband network. ... Sources say there has been division between bureaucrats and politicians over what type of chairman the NBNCo requires, with bureaucrats favouring the likes of Paul Twomey, a former government adviser and now chief executive of ICANN.

How is ICANN Spending Your Money? by George Kirikos
ICANN has released their IRS Form 990 statements for the year ending June 30, 2008. ... ICANN says they use for-profit companies as comparables when determining employee compensation. However, even in the middle of a great recession, salaries have been going up, up, and up!

New gTLDs
... Get ready for another Internet rush for a domain next year, when top level names are liberalised next year. The liberalisation will allow businesses and others to use just their chosen Internet name without the '.com', '.org' or any other top level domain suffix. 

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Dot Eco Domains May Arrive Soon, What Should We Do With Them?
Yes, ICANN is accepting applications for new top-level domains. And, yes, Al Gore (and many others) are championing a new .eco TLD. But what will that actually mean? Will it be just like other TLDs that aren't .com? Subjugated to being a cheaper, less convenient (even if more precise) option like .org, .tv, or .cc? Is there any way to save the .eco domain from that fate or, worse, to have it be a cheap and quick tool for effective greenwahsing?

How many .ECOs are there?
I've just been made aware of a second .ECO initiative. I've talked before about Dot Eco LLC's project, which scored a major coup when it got former US vice president Al Gore to support it.

vla: Deloitte to conduct domain name study for Flanders [sub req'd]
Consultant Deloitte will conduct a feasibility study for a top-level domain for Flanders, Datanews.be reports The Flemish area said last year that they were interested in the extension .vla (for Vlaanderen) via international domain registry Icann.

White House working on plan to respond to a national cyberattack
The Obama administration is developing a plan that would establish the responsibilities and roles that governments and businesses would carry out in response to a widespread cyberattack, a strategy that would be similar to how the public and private sectors' collaboration after a natural disaster such as a hurricane, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Microsoft sues three for 'massive' click fraud scam [IDG]
Microsoft filed a lawsuit on Monday against three people accusing them of running a "massive" click fraud scheme that involved harnessing hundreds of thousands of computer IP (Internet protocol) addresses to target advertisers promoting auto insurance and the World of Warcraft on-line game.

With unrest in Iran, cyber-attacks begin [IDG]
An apparently ad-hoc cyber protest against the results of recent Iranian elections has knocked key Web sites offline.

DNSSEC adoption in Africa dimmed by other challenges
Domain name system security adoption in Africa is likely to take a long time as the continent tackles more fundamental Internet issues such as local management, automation and full security for all country code top-level domain registries, say those involved in the process.

Government Takes Action On Internet Badness
Sources of online criminal activity, such as Atrivo/Intercage and McColo, are no longer around. While I am not quite willing to share the full story behind these takedowns just yet, I can say that community action was the key.

Poland: cybersquatting reaches record high
The number of domain name cases resolved by the World Intellectual Property Organisation has reached an all-time high, according to recent statistics.

Identity Battles Come to Facebook
Since Facebook started giving out customized Web addresses like facebook.com/yourname last Friday, some 9.5 million people have rushed to grab their top choice. On Twitter, public fights have broken out over so-called impostor accounts, like those that should probably be in the hands of Kanye West or Bank of America.

us: Will Sotomayor Be a Tech-Savvy Justice?
While Judge Sonia Sotomayor may not be known for many high-profile intellectual property or technology law decisions during her nearly 17 years of service first on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and now on the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, she has had ample exposure to these issues during her career. ... Sotomayor has written several trademark-related opinions since joining the 2nd Circuit in 1998. Mattel Inc. v. Barbie-club.com[FOOTNOTE 2] was a case brought by the trademark owner Mattel Inc., under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999 against a bushel full of domain names. In her opinion affirming the district court's dismissal of Mattel's action, Sotomayor held that in rem jurisdiction over the domain names existed under the ACPA where the domain name registrar, registry or other registration authority is located and not, as Mattel contended, in any court in which a certificate of a
 domain name's registration has been deposited.

Explore Internet in Asia: DotAsia and APNIC at CommunicAsia 2009
Two major Internet resource management bodies in Asia will exhibit how the "Net" works for 650 million internet users in the region. DotAsia, the ".Asia" domain registry, alongside with APNIC, the regional IP address resource center, will showcase their services in CommunicAsia 2009, the biggest ICT industry event in Asia held in the Singaporean Expo from the 16th to 19th of June.

Mastering your own domain
Establishing a web presence is crucial for any modern business. At the very least it means that folks using Google to search for you can get your contact details and a brief idea of what you do. At the other end of the scale, you can offer a full shopping experience with a shopping cart and payment system. So, how do you create a website? Who do you call? What should you ask for?

.AU Domain Name Sales Get Rocking
Sex sells, and in domain names this is even more true. This week the highest ever reported sale of a .au domain name took place since auDA, the policy and regulatory body for .au domain names, allowed the transfer of domain names for any reason a year ago. The domain name in question was SexToys.com.au and it sold for $25,500.

SexToys.com.au goes for $25k
Domain name seller Netfleet.com.au today said it had sold the SexToys.com.au domain name for $25,550; one of the highest sale prices ever for an Australian domain name.

Sextoys.com.au sells for $25,500 as domain name trading takes off
Australia's fledgling domain name trading sector has scored its highest ever sale, with sextoys.com.au sold for $25,500 on exchange site Netfleet.com.au.

In the domain name selling business, sex does sell!
It?s an old clich?, but the fact is that when you?re promoting and advertising a product or service, sex does sell! At least, that certainly seems to be the case in the year-old Australian domain name aftermarket where a world record price has been paid for the domain, SexToys.com.au.

Domain Roundtable 2009 Auction Catalogue Posted
The Domain Roundtable Aftermarket.com auction catalogue has been posted and is available for early bidding at Aftermarket.com. Be the first to bid on a catalogue of high-quality premium domains before the LIVE auction on June 16th.

TRAFFIC Conference Teams Up With Rick Latona - 6 Shows Planned For 2010
Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu of TRAFFIC Conference have announced a new partnership with RickLatona.com to take the conference around the world - including an expanded 2010 schedule that will visit Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Toronto, Reykjavik (Iceland), South Florida, and Hong Kong.

Yahoo Sells Contests.com for $380,000
Search and media giant Yahoo! has sold the domain name Contests.com for $380,000 during a live domain name auction in Washington, D.C.

Data Center Overload
It began with an Xbox game. On a recent rainy evening in Brooklyn, I was at a friend's house playing (a bit sheepishly, given my incipient middle age) Call of Duty: World at War. Scrolling through the game's menus, I noticed a screen for Xbox Live, which allows you to play against remote users via broadband. The number of Call of Duty players online at that moment? More than 66,000.

Facebook user names leave their cyber mark
David Beckham was one of the first, along with Britney Spears and Donald Trump. Even companies like McDonald's and Puma jumped on the bandwagon.

Brtiain's ASA searches for an advertising levy from Google
Google's failure to reach agreement over funding the ASA's regulation of its advertising is causing resentment among media groups

Anti-piracy music deal for Virgin in UK
Virgin and Universal have signed a deal that will give the ISP's customers access to "unlimited" music. For a monthly fee, Virgin's broadband customers will be able to download or stream as many MP3 files as they want.

Universal Music and Virgin Reach a Download Deal
The Universal Music Group and Virgin Media said on Monday that they had reached a deal that would offer consumers unlimited downloads as part of a partnership that steps up antipiracy enforcement.

What's a fair price for unlimited downloads?
Today, U.K. Internet service provider Virgin Media announced plans to begin offering unlimited song downloads for a monthly subscription fee. The songs will be DRM-free MP3 files, which means they will never expire, even if the user switches ISPs. Universal, the largest record label in the world, is so far the only label to sign on, but the other majors will probably follow.

Family time eroding in US as Internet use soars [AP]
Whether it's around the dinner table or just in front of the TV, U.S. families say they are spending less time together.

Internet most popular information source for Americans - poll
The Internet is by far the most popular source of information and the preferred choice for news ahead of television, newspapers and radio, according to a new poll in the United States.

Bing gets porn domain to filter out explicit images and videos
Microsoft Corp. has added a separate domain to its Bing search service just for pornographic images and video. No, Microsoft isn't getting into the smut business. Instead, the company is trying to make it easier for companies and organizations to filter explicit images out of search results.

Windows Live Messenger has 330 million active users
With the Messenger 10-year anniversary almost upon us (July 22), Microsoft has decided to reveal its userbase to the general public. According to the Windows Live Messenger blog, the world's most popular IM application has about 330 million active users.

Wikipedia turned into book
Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia written by volunteers, has been turned into book which is 5,000 pages long and 1ft 7ins thick.

Social Networks Spread Iranian Defiance Online
As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians to find novel ways around the restrictions.

The Twitter crisis: how site became voice of resistance in Iran
At about 3.30pm Iranian time today, an Iranian student calling himself Fair_vote_Iran wrote the following breathless post on his Twitter page. "Basij [the government paramilitary force] is after us. Slept in the streets last night. Internet is down in most of the city." Moments later he added: "5 killed in the girl's dorm," and then, "Asad is dead & I don't know where is Mohsen, lost him in the crowd yesterday."

Twitter Is a Player In Iran's Drama; U.S. State Dept. Asked Site to Keep Running
The State Department asked social-networking site Twitter to delay scheduled maintenance earlier this week to avoid disrupting communications among tech-savvy Iranian citizens as they took to the streets to protest Friday's reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Identity Battles Come to Facebook
Since Facebook started giving out customized Web addresses like facebook.com/yourname last Friday, some 9.5 million people have rushed to grab their top choice.

More Time on Facebook, Less Face Time for Families
Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are exploding in popularity, bringing people from all walks of life together online. At the same time though, overall Internet use keeping family members apart.

Facebook dethrones MySpace in U.S. popularity race
As one more slap in the face to the pioneer of the social networking phenomenon, Facebook has become more popular than MySpace here in the U.S.

Social networks cutting into family time
Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are exploding in popularity, bringing people from all walks of life together online. At the same time though, overall Internet use keeping family members apart.

Secrets of a nimble giant - Google
It was Rupert Murdoch who summed up success in the digital age when he said: "Big will not beat small any more - it will be the fast beating the slow." That might be inspiring for startups, but in the process-laden, corporate environment, how can big companies keep their edge by moving quickly and lightly? This has become something of an obsession for Google watchers, who have seen the college research project develop into a multi-billion-dollar phenomenon, stretching from mobile software and blogging to social networking and the ubiquitous search. How does a company with 20,000 staff manage to keep innovating?

Semantic Web set for critical mass
The Semantic Web, the long-ballyhooed concept to make it easier to find pertinent information and link varying types of data on the Web, is finally closing in on critical mass, W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) officials contended Tuesday at a technical conference.

Microsoft's plan for your TV
Microsoft is plotting to make the Xbox console the pivotal device in living rooms. We meet the guy with the plan.

nz: Text, cyberbullying doubled in 3 years
Cyber watchdog Netsafe is dealing with more complaints relating to text and cyberbullying than ever before. Netsafe operations manager Lee Chisholm said queries received regarding text or cyberbullying or harassment to the NetSafe contact centre had steadily increased in the past three years.

Make the unfiltered web illegal, says British children's coalition
Internet companies should be forced to filter the web in order to reduce the volume of indecent material being shared online, according to children's charities.

Kiwi girls suspended for Facebook comments
One of New Zealand's top private schools stood down four students for making derogatory comments on Facebook about a teacher and a student.

uk: Cyberbullying affects 28% of teenage girls
Twenty eight percent of teenage girls have been victims of cyber-bullying, says GirlGuiding UK.

uk: More than 1 in 4 girls 'suffer cyber-bullying'
More than a quarter of girls aged between ten and 18 have been the victims of cyber-bullying, a survey revealed today.

Germany to Vote on Block List Aimed at Stopping Child Porn
The German parliament is slated to vote on a bill this week aimed at cracking down on child pornography via the establishment of a mandated DNS block list. Representatives of the two parties that compose the country?s coalition government agreed on a final version of the bill late Monday night despite massive opposition from online activists and ISPs. Critics argue that DNS blocking is ineffective and fear the list could be the first step towards massive Internet censorship.

Germany poised to impose police-run block list
Germany?s main political parties have agreed the text of legislation designed to enshrine the blocking of selected internet sites in law.

Teen online safety mostly about behavior
In 1994, when I wrote Child Safety on the Information Highway, the first widely disseminated Internet safety publication, I advised parents not to let kids put personal information or photos online and--because of what turned out to be an exaggerated fear of predators--I urged them to avoid online conversations with strangers. Back then, along with trying to keep kids away from porn, Internet safety was mostly about protecting children from dangerous adults.

us: Families can learn how to handle social issues in a virtual world
Today's parents have a challenge no other generation has faced: New research from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) reports that Internet risks are affecting kids at increasingly younger ages. Cyber-bullying begins in the second grade; pirating illegal content, such as movies or music, begins in fourth grade.

My son is addicted to a violent computer game - He has become aggressive and I?m worried sick
Q: My son is 12 and is addicted to a computer game that is suitable for over-16s. It is violent and features shooting and killing. I got divorced two years ago on the grounds of my husband?s unreasonable behaviour and his drinking. My son has contact with him every weekend.

Adults are concerned about online child abuse, Kids are worried about embarrassing pictures, SPAM and viruses on the Internet
Representatives from Business, Government, Police and NGOs attended a public presentation in Brussels, Tuesday 5 May 2009 on how best to protect children using the internet. The meeting was made up of three sessions; The European institutions view, The Industries? and NGO?s view and finally ?....Who are we to decide??, in which Janice Richardson of Insafe introduced two young panellists to give the youth perspective on the issues discussed that day.

O2 Ireland launches new service to combat cyberbullying [news release]
O2 today announced details of a new service to combat bullying on mobile phones. Called Block It, the new service, which is free of charge, allows O2 customers to block unwanted text, picture and video messages from other mobile phone numbers. The service, which will be available from mid-June, can block messages sent from any Irish mobile network, and will work on any mobile handset.

How can I be sure who I?m chatting to online?
The internet has made the world seem smaller, connecting us with friends across vast distances and allowing us to buy cheap Viagra from self-styled chemists in remote corners of India. But online chatrooms reveal a more fractured internet community, where thousands of moderately lonely people seek out anonymous or pseudonymous conversation in order to relieve the crushing boredom.

Download pirates to launch new weapon
New illegal download tools are being tested to beat movie and music police. One of the largest sources of pirated content, BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, this week began testing an "encrypted virtual private network'' that purports to offer anonymous downloading for 5 euro a month. The Pirate Bay said it planned to open up the service to people around the world within a month.

COMMENT: Why trying to stop filesharers is like herding cats
For years I've watched governments make grand plans relating to technology. And for years I've watched those plans fall by the wayside, as the challenge of getting technology to behave according to some sort of legislative programme proves like the proverbial herding of cats.

Digital Britain: Government vows to cut illegal file-sharing by 70%
The Government believes it can reduce unlawful file-sharing by 70% to 80% by forcing internet service providers (ISPs) to tell users that their copyright infringement has been noted and making evidence of infringement available to the courts.

Battle against file sharing starts in Norway [IDG]
Movie and record companies want Norwegian operator Telenor to block access to The Pirate Bay file-sharing site and have filed documents in a Norwegian district court seeking a temporary injunction.

Hollywood to NZ govt: stick to your guns on terminating pirates
NZFact, representing the major Hollywood studios, has warned the New Zealand government not to follow France, where a court recently struck down a copyright law provision that allowed infringers to have their internet accounts cut off.

Software designer Pablo Soto sued for enabling internet piracy
A Madrid court is expected to rule later this month in a ground-breaking prosecution of software designer Pablo Soto who is being sued for ?13 million for enabling internet piracy with his hugely popular peer-to-peer filesharing programs, including Manolito P2P.

Australian copyright battle hard fought
Perth internet service provider iiNet has had limited success in the latest round of its Federal Court bid to fend off claims it breached the intellectual property rights of a group of film and entertainment heavyweights.

iiNet case to hinge on 20 accounts
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) case against Australian ISP iiNet will now hinge on evidence contained within 20 anonymous customer accounts, Justice Cowdroy ruled in the Federal Court today.

Turning the Masses Onto Mobile Broadband
After two years of rapid growth, mobile broadband, the wireless industry?s most successful innovation of the past decade, is at a crossroads as operators struggle to maintain fast, omnipresent service in the face of exploding Internet traffic.

Australia's CSIRO pursues WiFi royalties internationally
Australia's top science agency has started the second major phase of its program to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars worth of royalty payments from its patented and ubiquitous WiFi technology.

Industry group sees mobile usage growth in downturn
Telecom industry group the GSM Association expects the mobile industry to see continued growth in usage, despite the recession, and to provide stimulus for the global economy.

Green.view: Can the spam - Spam is not only irritating, it is bad for the environment
On June 12th a judge in California referred a lawsuit against Sanford Wallace, who styles himself ?the king of spam?, to the United States Attorney?s office for possible criminal proceedings. Mr Wallace is being pursued by Facebook, a social network, for allegedly gaining fraudulent access to Facebook accounts and using them to distribute unsolicited messages. He has already been ordered to pay $230m to MySpace, another social network, for using that company?s site to promote pornography and gambling. Mr Wallace filed for bankruptcy on June 11th.

EU plans tougher cybercrime laws
The European Commission is planning to impose harsher penalties for people who use the internet to commit crimes. New rules could see jail sentences for cybercrimes increased to more than five years, from about one to three years at present.

Ruling on NightJack author Richard Horton kills Britain's blogger anonymity
Thousands of bloggers who operate behind the cloak of anonymity have no right to keep their identities secret, the High Court ruled yesterday.

Britain's bloggers do not have the right to keep their identities secret, High Court rules
In the first case dealing with the privacy of bloggers, Mr Justice Eady refused to protect the anonymity of a police officer who wrote a prize-winning blog called NightJack.

Night Jack blog detective issued written warning by police bosses
A policeman who used an anonymous blog to post personal opinions on the force and criticise government ministers has received a written warning but is unlikely to face further disciplinary action.

Blogging detective has no right to privacy, rules High Court
A controversial blogging detective has failed in his attempt to protect his anonymity and The Times newspaper has named him. The High Court said it was not its job to protect blogging police officers from disciplinary action over broken police rules.

Cyber crime courses for Australian police
All Australian Federal Police officers will have forensic technology training over the next 18 months to improve their ability to deal with cyber crime.

au: Not only does cyber crime pay, but it pays very well
Security breaches have caused small to medium businesses to fork out more than $600 million in 2007, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Legit websites face malware hits
Legitimate websites are a growing frontier for malware attacks with over ten million pages affected every year. Security start-up Dasient claimed the threat has risen as more people create their own websites and blogs without proper built-in security protocols.

Mac porn hackers lay booby trap
Security experts have discovered two new pieces of malware targeting Apple computers, putting paid to the company's claims that Mac users do not have to worry about viruses and security software. The attacks - dubbed OSX/Tored-A and OSX/Jahlav-C - were discovered in email messages and on popular internet porn sites. The porn site attack directs users to download a "missing Video ActiveX Object" in order to view a pornographic film, but instead victims are hit with a virus enabling attackers to control their computer.

White House working on plan to respond to a national cyberattack
The Obama administration is developing a plan that would establish the responsibilities and roles that governments and businesses would carry out in response to a widespread cyberattack, a strategy that would be similar to how the public and private sectors' collaboration after a natural disaster such as a hurricane, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Microsoft sues three for 'massive' click fraud scam [IDG]
Microsoft filed a lawsuit on Monday against three people accusing them of running a "massive" click fraud scheme that involved harnessing hundreds of thousands of computer IP (Internet protocol) addresses to target advertisers promoting auto insurance and the World of Warcraft on-line game.

With unrest in Iran, cyber-attacks begin [IDG]
An apparently ad-hoc cyber protest against the results of recent Iranian elections has knocked key Web sites offline.

DNSSEC adoption in Africa dimmed by other challenges
Domain name system security adoption in Africa is likely to take a long time as the continent tackles more fundamental Internet issues such as local management, automation and full security for all country code top-level domain registries, say those involved in the process.

Government Takes Action On Internet Badness
Sources of online criminal activity, such as Atrivo/Intercage and McColo, are no longer around. While I am not quite willing to share the full story behind these takedowns just yet, I can say that community action was the key.

Facebook hit by European privacy blow
European privacy regulators could be about to throw a spanner into the works of attempts by social networking sites such as Facebook to find new ways to increase profits as they try to restrict the way internet groups release personal data.

Email Surveillance Renews Concerns in U.S. Congress
The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said.

us: House Behavioral Advertising Privacy Hearing to Feature Internet Companies
What a great witness list for Thursday's Capitol Hill hearing on behavioral advertising. Google, after being excoriated by AT&T during the last two hearings, finally gets to express its views on privacy as it relates to tracking online behavior. Other network advertisers will have a chance to tell their side of the story too. The role of AT&T/Anti-Google will be played by Scott Cleland, a telco-friendly analyst.

Google considers request to boost privacy
More than three dozen security and privacy advocates and researchers are asking Google to offer better data protection for users of Gmail and other Google apps and Google said on Tuesday that it is considering doing that, if it doesn't slow down the apps too much.

Iran Cracks Down on Internet Use, Foreign Media
In the days following Iran's election, the government has slowed the speed of the Internet and limited access to Web sites in ways that show the growing technical skills of the country's Web censors.

Iran's regime cracks down on opposition and media
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last night dismissed protests over last week's election as the work of "tension seekers" following a fourth day of protests in Tehran, and appeared to rule out any change to the outcome of the poll by referring to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the "elected president".

Innocent Googling? No Such Thing in Tehran
Back before the election and the ensuing pandemonium, some journalists stopped for lunch at a cafe in north-central Tehran, a place with pictures of Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett where the stern visage of the late Ayatollah Khomeini is more customary, and where the background music was American jazz.

Britain's plan to monitor emails will not work, says LSE
The Home Office's revised proposals to monitor all text messages, email and ?internet use will have poor safeguards, prove very costly and not even work, London School of Economics researchers have found.

US firm warns PC makers over Chinese software
Solid Oak, the developer of one of the US? leading net nanny software products, has started legal action to stop HP and Dell from shipping PCs equipped with a Chinese censorship software that it alleges contains codes stolen from Solid Oak?s products.

China Orders Patches to Planned Web Filter
A designer of Internet filtering software that is required to be preinstalled on computers sold in China has been ordered by the Chinese government to fix potential security breaches, according to a report Monday in China Daily, the official English-language newspaper. The official order is an indication that the government still supports use of the program despite heated debate over it.

Internet Filtering in Asia Accelerates
From the Great Firewall to the Myanmar Wide Web, Asia is well-known for its practices in Internet filtering. China has long taken the lead in blocking Web sites, filtering sites across the spectrum - from social to political content, pornography to Internet tools. The OpenNet Initiative (full disclosure: I'm involved) has been studying the Internet in Asia and around the world since 2002, and has just released its latest reports on Internet surveillance and controls in Asia, and specifically in China.

Beijing Will Adopt Real Name Registration For Online Media
Beijing's technology industry oversight agencies will ask website publishers, editors and webmasters of websites that are registered in the city to register their real names in an effort to prevent unhealthy online content from being published.

The Green Dam Phenomenon - Governments everywhere are treading on Web freedoms.
The Chinese government may be backing down from its plan to install new "filtering" software, Green Dam, on all Chinese computers. But it would be na?ve to think that scrapping the Green Dam mandate means the end of headaches for computer- and device-makers world-wide. More and more governments -- including democracies like Britain, Australia and Germany -- are trying to control public behavior online, especially by exerting pressure on Internet service providers. Green Dam has only exposed the next frontier in these efforts: the personal computer.

Google's censorship struggles continue in China
Google was going to help democratize data in China. Instead, about three years after entering the Middle Kingdom, the search company still finds itself in an uncomfortable working relationship with government censors.

cn: Outrage over bid to tame Web
The intention to protect children from porn and violence may have been sincere, but China's attempt to roll out a hi-tech Internet filtering policy has certainly proved controversial.

Japan Strengthens Copyright Law
The Japanese parliament has passed an amendment to the existing Copyright Law that extends further protections to copyright holders and, for the first time, makes it illegal for private users to download copyrighted material that has been uploaded without the rights holders' permission.

The internet is as vital as water and gas: Gordon Brown, British PM
The digital revolution is changing all our lives beyond recognition and today we shall set out how Britain must change with it. Whether it is to work online, study, learn new skills, pay bills or simply stay in touch with friends and family, a fast internet connection is now seen by most of the public as an essential service, as indispensable as electricity, gas and water.

Digital Britain report: few surprises, many fudges ? but a new era has begun
Until he suggests a new tax to help pay for broadband for all, Lord Carter follows almost exactly the template of his interim Digital Britain report earlier this year. But no solution is found for many issues he raised in January: BBC/Channel 4 is still work in progress, the corporation's licence fee will probably be top-sliced but is open to more consultation, and there is no plan to change local media ownership rules.

Digital Britain points to expansion for BT
On the day the government's vision of digital Britain was launched, it seems appropriate that BT was the standout performer among leading shares. Analysts believe the proposals ? which include using ?200m from the BBC licence fee and adding a 50p-a-month fee on fixed lines to invest in broadband ? will help the company fund the expansion of its next-generation network.

Digital Britain: new landline tax to pay for broadband roll-out
A new 50p per month broadband tax is to be levied on every home and business with a phone line under government plans to raise up to ?1.5bn to pay for the next generation of internet connections.

Editorial: Digital Britain report: more sketch than blueprint
After 250 written responses, 12 "unconferences" (whatever they are) and "more than 500 bilateral engagements between stakeholders ... and the core team", yesterday saw the release of the government's Digital Britain report. At 238 pages and 22 "action points", innocent readers may have been reminded of Pascal's rueful admission that with a bit more time he would have written a shorter letter; because this was a publication long on consultation and in many places frustratingly short on conclusion. With less than a year to go before the next general election, here was Gordon Brown's big chance to mould a communications industry in its greatest flux in living memory; to use extra investment in media to help get Britain out of recession - and even to flesh out his much-fabled policy of industrial activism. Each of those goals was missed. In place of the digital revolution, the latest media secretary Ben Bradshaw offered up what the Conservatives attacked as
 "government of the management consultants, for the management consultants by the management consultants".

Telephone tax to fund Britain?s digital future
The cost of a television licence will also go up ?9 to ?151.50 in 2012 when most of the increase will be diverted to support regional news on ITV, the first time licence fee cash has been offered to a broadcaster other than the BBC.

Digital Britain report: levy on phone lines to fund universal broadband
A levy will be established on all fixed telephone lines to help fund high speed broadband across Britain, Ben Bradshaw announced as he introduced the Digital Britain report.

Experts question UK broadband tax
One of the biggest surprises in the Digital Britain report was the news that everyone with a fixed line telephone would pay a broadband tax. At 50p a month the amount is unlikely to break the bank but experts are already questioning what it will buy.

Millions will have to wait a decade for superfast internet access
Millions of homes are expected to be denied superfast internet access for at least a decade because of a failure to reach agreement across the communications industry over who should pay for the upgrade.

nz: Rights holders still look for 'ultimate sanction'
After releasing a strongly worded statement in response to the French Constitutional Council?s striking down of internet disconnection as a remedy for copyright infringement, the NZ Federation Against Copyright Theft is still hanging on to the disconnection threat as an ultimate sanction.

S'pore unveils national media blueprint
The country launched its national media blueprint, dubbed the Singapore Media Fusion Plan (SMFP), which is aimed at helping local players respond to global opportunities.

Singapore embarks on fibre optic cable installation
OpenNet, the consortium charged with laying the foundation for Singapore's upcoming ultra high-speed broadband network, will start installing fibre optic cables into commercial and residential properties from September.

Rules for New EU Telecom Networks a Political Football? [IDG]
The European Commission unveiled a long-awaited draft recommendation Friday for how to create new fiber-optic-based telecommunication networks throughout Europe, but the move was heavily criticized from both sides in the debate over next-generation networks.

NZ Telecom to sponsor All Blacks
Telecom has signed on as a major sponsor of the All Blacks for the next four years, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said today.

U.S. broadband adoption and prices increase, Pew survey finds
Both broadband adoption and prices have significantly increased over the past year, according to Pew Research. Pew's annual Home Broadband Adoption survey released today shows that 63% of Americans now have broadband Internet connections in their homes, up from the 55% in last year's survey. One of the big drivers has been an increasing number of subscribers to premium broadband services. The survey found that 34% of users reported subscribing to premium services in 2009, up from 29% in 2008. By contrast, the percentage of broadband subscribers who used basic services held about steady at 53%.

British police child pornography investigation leads to US arrest
British police investigating internet child pornography uncovered a woman in the United States allegedly using a live internet broadcast to show the sexual abuse of her young child.

UK police "find U.S. woman abusing child on webcam"
Detectives said on Monday an investigation into internet child pornography had uncovered a woman in the United States allegedly using a webcam to broadcast the live sexual abuse of her young child.

au: Man accused of chatting up '14-year-old-boy' [AAP]
A MAN who allegedly tried to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex will face court on the NSW mid-north coast.

au: Forster man charged for sexually-grooming minor
The dangers of the internet have been highlighted following Sex Crimes Squad detectives charging a man over the alleged grooming of a young child for sex via the internet.


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