[DNS] domain name news - 11 February

[DNS] domain name news - 11 February

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 03:40:12 -0800 (PST)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.


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Two Registrars Lose ICANN Accreditation
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-09feb10-en.htm

China's .cn Cleanup Shows Politics Behind Web Rules [IDG]
http://www.pcworld.com/article/189088/.html

Simulated cyber-attack to test government response
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9155318/Simulated_cyber_attack_to_test_government_response

In the Crossfire - Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyber-war
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/

de: Willi Weber concerned about 'Schumacher' domain names and website
http://www.f1sa.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20078&Itemid=219

Annual Sedo Domain Name Study Finds Keyword Domains Dominate Marketplace
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=10340


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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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Two Registrars Lose ICANN Accreditation
ICANN terminated its accreditation agreement with two registrars ISPREG LTD and SBNames Ltd for failure to comply with the requirements of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), the contract between ICANN and registrars that governs the registration of domain names under generic top-level domains such as dot-com and dot-org.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-09feb10-en.htm

ICANN and Its Responsibilities to the Global Public Interest by David Maher
In 1998, the United States government might have taken a different path in asserting its control over the technical administration of the DNS. It might have asserted full U.S. governmental control, or it might have turned over the functions to an international body such as the International Telecommunications Union. Instead, it created a "private-public partnership", incorporated as a California "nonprofit public benefit corporation", with a charter giving the company a dual mission of quasi-governmental functions combined with responsibility for operational stability of the Internet.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/icann_and_its_responsibilities_to_the_global_public_interest/

Domain names in Indian languages in three months
Domain names on the worldwide web in Indian languages could be a reality within three months, bringing the world of web closer to the masses.
http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-48710.html

DNGLOBE LLC Loses ICANN Accreditation For Failure to Pay Outstanding Fees
The not-for-profit body responsible for the assignment of domain names and IP addresses has terminated its Registrar Accreditation Agreement with registrar DNGLOBE LLC for failure to comply with the requirements of the agreement.
http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/020810_DNGLOBE_LLC_Loses_ICANN_Accreditation_For_Failure_to_Pay_Outstanding_Fees

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China's .cn Cleanup Shows Politics Behind Web Rules [IDG]
China's Web domain agency has hired 600 temporary workers to help it vet all domain names ending in .cn for pornographic content and inaccurate records, according to two people familiar with the matter.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/189088/.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9155358/China_s_.cn_cleanup_shows_politics_behind_Web_rules
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/021110-chinas-cn-cleanup-shows-politics.html

New Era for .CO Begins
As of 00:01 on 7 February, a new era began for the .CO (Colombia) ccTLD began with the transition of management of the registry from Universidad de los Andes to .CO Internet SAS.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/02/09/new-era-for-co-begins/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/new-era-for-.co-begins.html

Montenegro's .me domain name gain
Montenegro's independence has lead to the creation of a .me domain, the BBC reports. When it comes to top level domain names, some countries are luckier than others.
http://www.b92.net/eng/news/region-article.php?yyyy=2010&mm=02&dd=09&nav_id=65085

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Simulated cyber-attack to test government response
Security industry analysts and lawmakers will get an unprecedented chance next week to evaluate how the government might respond to a cyber-attack on critical infrastructure targets.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9155318/Simulated_cyber_attack_to_test_government_response

Internet Stability and Security conference: 17 Feb, Washington DC
The Internet is a global infrastructure that has become central to economic activity around the world. At this event, Kenneth Silva (Verisign) and Gregory Rattray (ICANN) will discuss the risks of attack, whether the Internet can be protected, and whether it can be cripled.
http://csis.org/event/internet-stability-and-security

Can insurers protect the U.S. from cyberattack?
The newest soldier on the frontlines of America's cyber defenses could be an insurance salesman. To prepare American companies for the costly fallout of hacks, as recently experienced by Google's operations in China, a market for cyber insurance has been taking root and is extending coverage to keep companies and customers safe in cyberspace.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100210_8138.php

In the Crossfire - Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyber-war
In most developed countries, critical infrastructure is connected to the Internet and can lack proper security functions, leaving these installations vulnerable to attacks. Without the appropriate protection combined with the current lack of preparedness, an attack on these infrastructures would be detrimental and will cause more destruction than any previous cyber attacks. In the crossfire ? Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyber-War analyses these trends and issues, and provides a global report on the threats and issues facing companies and governments providing critical infrastructure.
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/images/10039/CIP Executive Summary.pdf [Executive Summary]
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/images/10039/In the Crossfire_CIP report.pdf [Report]

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de: Willi Weber concerned about 'Schumacher' domain names and website
Michael Schumacher's manager has expressed concern about a website featuring the famous seven time Formula 1 World Champion's name.
http://www.f1sa.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20078&Itemid=219

Yahoo Goes After Y.COM Trademark (Again)
On 12 January 2010, Yahoo applied for a trademark on Y.COM, a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office reveals.
http://techcrunch.com/2010/02/11/yahoo-trademark/

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Pakistan needs to shift to Internet Protocol Version 6
The country is likely to enter the emerging global Internet Protocol Version, IPv6 pool subsequently with the rapidly depleting IPv4 addresses in Pakistan by mid 2014.
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\09\story_9-2-2010_pg5_20

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Annual Sedo Domain Name Study Finds Keyword Domains Dominate Marketplace
Keyword domain names dominated the top selling domain sales through online marketplace Sedo in 2009 according to the latest Sedo Domain Market Study. The study found that .COM continues to be the dominant Top Level Domain with 44 per cent of all domain sales.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=10340
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/02/10/annual-sedo-domain-name-study-finds-keyword-domains-dominate-marketplace/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/annual-sedo-domain-name-study-finds-keyword-domains-dominate-marketplace.html

Sedo's Domain Market Study: 2009 Overview with Q4 Highlights [news release]
Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced the release of their 2009 Market Study, which includes never before released fourth quarter trends.
http://www.sedo.com/presse/presse.php?tracked=&partnerid=&language=e&id=301

Marketers snap up keyword domains [news release]
Global domain marketplace Sedo today announced the release of its latest global Market Study, highlighting key domain trends from 2009 and, for the first time, announcing statistics from the last quarter of the year.
http://www.sedo.com/presse/presse.php?tracked=&partnerid=&language=e&id=300

Web domains remained big business in 2009
The domain name industry has emerged unscathed from the economic slowdown, according to new figures released today by domain name marketplace Sedo.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2257578/domains-remain-big-business
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/16/20100209/ttc-web-domains-remained-big-business-in-6315470.html

Top 10 domain names sales of 2009
The top ten selling .co.uk addresses in the past quarter were made up of keyword terms, according to Global Domain Marketplace Sedo,. whick also unveiled the top ten sales of .com and .co.uk domain names of the past year.
http://www.netimperative.com/news/2010/february/top-10-domain-names-sales-of-2009

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RESEARCH PAPERS
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The Development Dimension: ICTs for Development - Improving Policy Coherence
Information communication technologies (ICTs) are crucial to reducing poverty, improving access to health and education services and creating new sources of income and employment for the poor. Being able to access and use ICTs has become a major factor in driving competitiveness, economic growth and social development. In the last decade, ICTs, particularly mobile phones, have also opened up new channels for the free flow of ideas and opinions, thereby promoting democracy and human rights.
http://www.oecdbookshop.org/oecd/display.asp?sf1=identifiers&st1=032009091P1&LANG=EN

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INTERNET USE
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Google to Offer Fast Broadband as Trial to Spur Providers
Google on Wednesday introduced a plan to offer ultra-high-speed Internet access to consumers in a test intended to showcase the potential new uses of broadband networks once such speeds become commonplace.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/technology/companies/11google.html

Google to offer 'ultra high-speed' broadband in US
Google is spreading its wings in yet another direction - this time as a network provider, offering super-fast broadband to thousands of US homes. It plans to build a fibre-optic network offering speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second) to up to 500,000 homes.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8509110.stm

Google to test ultra fast broadband lines
Google is to begin testing ultrafast broadband in America as it lobbies the US government to spend more on improving internet access across the country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/feb/10/google-fibre-broadband

Google makes a push into super-fast broadband access
Google staked a claim on another corner of the technology universe Wednesday, saying it now wants to turbocharge your Internet connection.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/10/AR2010021001649.html

Google: Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network
Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible. We've urged the FCC to look at new and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan ? and today we're announcing an experiment of our own.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/think-big-with-gig-our-experimental.html

Internet porn addiction focus of Australia-first study [news release]
In the first study of its kind University of Sydney researchers are investigating how addiction to internet porn affects people's work, finances and relationships.
http://www.usyd.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategoryid=1&newsstoryid=4467

Internet porn addiction focus of Australia-first study [News-Medical.Net]
In the first study of its kind University of Sydney researchers are investigating how addiction to internet porn affects people's work, finances and relationships.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100209/Internet-porn-addiction-focus-of-Australia-first-study.aspx

Survey to seek cure for porn addiction [AAP]
Australians are being urged to come clean about their private internet habits in a new survey about addiction to pornography.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/national/6780637/survey-to-seek-cure-for-porn-addiction/

One in three women, seven in 10 men watch online porn - study
Seventy per cent of men and 30 per cent of women view pornography online - and it only becomes a "major problem" when taken to extremes, a study in Sydney has declared.
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/one-in-three-women-seven-in-10-men-watch-online-porn-study/story-e6frfku0-1225828803198
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26703954-23272,00.html

45% of men watch porn online
More than two in five (45 percent) men use the internet to watch porn, says WinMonkey. Research by the competition website revealed that of those that watch porn online, 87 percent immediately erase their browsing history, while only a third would publicly admit to it.
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=3212380

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Facebook is the new threat to Google
More people are coming to US news sites via Facebook and other social networking sites such as Twitter ? supplanting Google News, which had been one of the primary sources of readers, according to research by the metrics company Hitwise.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/feb/09/facebook-google-news-search

With Buzz, Google Plunges Into Social Networking
Google and Facebook are on a collision course in the increasingly competitive market for social networking services.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/technology/internet/10social.html

Google to turn email into social network
Google is to expand its email service by turning it into a social network to take on the growing challenge it faces from rivals like Facebook.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/feb/09/google-launch-expand-social-networking

Google takes on Facebook and Twitter with network site
Google has taken the wraps off its latest social network known as Buzz. The service - integrated directly with its e-mail service Gmail - allows users to post status updates, share content and read and comment on friends' posts.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8506148.stm

Australian privacy group swats Google Buzz
Google Buzz has come under heavy criticism from the Australian Privacy Foundation, which believes the new social networking tool has major privacy flaws.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/335937/privacy_group_swats_google_buzz/

Initial Reactions to Google Buzz and Privacy Issues by Roger Clarke
... The initial reactions below relate solely to the privacy aspects of the product. One reason for that limitation is that that's what the reporter asked me about. But another is that Google has an extremely bad record in the privacy aspects of their products. And Buzz leverages off existing services, and vast holdings of personal data. So it's important that Google gets it right - important to Google's users, and important to Google itself.
http://www.rogerclarke.com/II/GB-100211.html

Google Buzz criticised for disclosing Gmail contacts
One day after its launch, privacy concerns have been raised about Google's new Gmail-based social-networking tool, Buzz.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9155338/Google_Buzz_criticized_for_disclosing_Gmail_contacts
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/newmedia/google-buzz-criticised-for-disclosing-gmail-contacts

Google Buzz takes aim at Twitter and Facebook [Reuters]
Google has injected social networking features into its popular web email product as the world's No. 1 search engine seeks to fend off competition from Facebook and Twitter.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-buzz-takes-aim-at-twitter-and-facebook-1894332.html

Google adding status updates to Gmail: WSJ [Relax News]
Google plans to make it easier for users of Gmail to view online status updates from friends in a swipe at Twitter and Facebook, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/google-adding-status-updates-to-gmail-wsj-1894652.html

Google Buzz takes the fight to Facebook
When the world's largest Internet company decides to spend some of its massive development budget on social networking tools, industry analysts say the likes of Facebook and Twitter better take a long glance over their shoulder.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9154478/Google_Buzz_takes_the_fight_to_Facebook
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/335692/google_buzz_takes_fight_facebook/

Taming Twitter?s Stream With an Automated Web Site
Unlike Facebook, whose builders strive to make it an ever more organized social network, Twitter seems to thrive on being a jumble. It is an egalitarian sort of mess: Twitter does not sort its users into categories, does not tag some as celebrities, does not map out who does lunch with whom in the real world. You and Shaquille O?Neal are Twitter equals, only he has an extra 2.8 million followers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/technology/personaltech/11basics.html

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Sweden beats U.S. to top tech usage ranking
Sweden took the number one spot from the United States to top the annual rankings on the usage of telecommunications technologies such as networks, cellphones and computers, a report released on Thursday shows.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE61A13L20100211
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-46082420100211

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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YouTube Adding Parental Controls
YouTube has coming under fire from parents who think some of the content on the popular Web site is unsuitable for their kids.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/10/earlyshow/leisure/gamesgadgetsgizmos/main6193508.shtml

Safer Internet Day targets 5-7 year olds and Microsoft's web browser
On Safer Internet Day, the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is promoting a cartoon to help children stay safe online, and making information and advice available via Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/feb/09/ceop-microsoft-keeping-children-safe-online

Online safety push for five-year-olds
Children as young as five are being targeted in a new online safety campaign by the UK body charged with protecting children from abuse. The campaign uses cartoons to show five to seven-year-olds that people are not always what they seem.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8499356.stm

When the tech becomes unfriendly
As Safer Internet Day emphasises ways for people to avoid trouble online, BBC News looks at what is behind so-called griefing and cyber bullying.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8504520.stm

Government advice: Browse safely with Microsoft
Today is Safer Internet Day and in the UK, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) is promoting two ideas to make the web more secure for children. The first is an animated film aimed at helping children aged five to seven to stay safe - Ceop says eight in 10 of them now use the internet. The second is a joint initiative with Microsoft.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/02/government_advice_browse_safel.html

European Commission calls on social networking companies to improve child safety policies [news release]
50% of European teenagers give out personal information on the web ? according to an EU study ? which can remain online forever and can be seen by anybody. Today, Safer Internet Day, the European Commission is passing a message to teenagers: "Think before you post!"
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/144

Instantly online-17 golden rules for mobile social networks [news release]
Instantly online-17 golden rules to combat online risks and for safer surfing mobile social networks The EU ?cyber security? Agency - ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) today presents a new report on accessing social networks over mobile phones, ?Online as soon as it happens?. The report points out the risks and threats of mobile social networking services, e.g. identity theft, corporate data leakage and reputation risks of mobile social networks. The report also gives 17 ?golden rules? on how to combat these threats.
http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/instantly-online-17-golden-rules-for-mobile-social-networks

'Safer Internet Day' draws attention to dangers of social networking
Tuesday marks Safer Internet Day, created to encourage safer and more responsible use of online technology. A spokesman for the EU's cyber security body told Deutsche Welle how you can best protect yourself online.
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5230352,00.html

Social networking sites failing to hide kids' details, finds European Commission
More than half of social networking sites assessed by the European Commission fail to hide the personal details of under-18s by default, the EU body has warned. It said that 50% of teenagers display personal information on the internet.
http://out-law.com/page-10742

Microsoft launches 'child-friendly' Internet Explorer
The 'Click Clever, Click Safe' browser will enable young users to report cyber bullying and inappropriate content to the authorities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/7190399/Microsoft-launches-child-friendly-Internet-Explorer.html

Advice For Parents On Safer Internet Day
Parents have been told to teach their children the Digital Code to protect their wellbeing as part of Safer Internet Day.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Technology/Parents-Told-To-Teach-Digital-Code-To-Protect-Childrens-Wellbeing-As-Part-Of-Safer-Internet-Day/Article/201002215545139

New initiative launched to keep children safe online
Four children every day across the UK are at immediate risk from online paedophiles or bullies, the head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has warned.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/new-initiative-launched-to-keep-children-safe-online-14673177.html

Internet safety day puts spotlight on children
Today is Internet Safety Day and a timely reminder that we should take action to help protect our children on the internet.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/internet-safety-day-puts-spotlight-on-children-20100209-nooz.html

au: Google baulks at Conroy's call to censor YouTube
Google says it will not "voluntarily" comply with the government's request that it censor YouTube videos in accordance with broad "refused classification" (RC) content rules.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-baulks-at-conroys-call-to-censor-youtube-20100211-ntm0.html

au: Police warn of 'sexting' danger
Sexually explicit photos schoolchildren take of themselves on their mobile phones and send to friends are ending up in the hands of paedophiles, police have warned.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/6772738/police-warn-of-sexting-danger/

au: Sexualised images stir parliamentary debate
Moves to cut down the sexualisation of girls in the media has won support from both sides of politics, but media commentators say the Federal Government should take a cautious approach to regulation.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/09/2814901.htm

au: Politicians complain about parliament filter
Politicians have complained about an overly zealous web filter installed in Canberra's Parliament House, with one Liberal senator saying its glitches didn't bode well for the planned mandatory internet service provider level filtering.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Politicians-complain-about-parliament-filter/0,130061791,339300927,00.htm

au: 80pc back web filter: poll
A new poll has found overwhelming support for the Government's internet filter, but an online rights group says that is because people do not know enough about the scheme.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/10/2815232.htm

80% of Aussies support filter
A survey commissioned by the ABC's Hungry Beast, has found that 80 per cent of respondents supported Labor's proposed filter.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/80-of-Aussies-support-filter-/0,130061791,339300949,00.htm

Federal Opposition renews call for ISP filter trial audit
The Federal Opposition has renewed its call for an independent audit of the Rudd Government?s mandatory ISP-level filtering trial.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/335771/federal_opposition_renews_call_isp_filter_trial_audit/

au: Cyber attack hits Parliament websites again
The Australian Parliament website has again been shut down by hackers protesting against the Federal Government's plans to block certain internet sites.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/11/2816658.htm

au: Filter protesters down parliament website [AAP]
An internet group has taken down the Australian Parliament House website and hacked into Kevin Rudd's website in a series of coordinated protests against plans to filter the internet.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/parliament-website-downed-by-hackers/story-e6frgakx-1225828844405

Operation Titstorm: hackers bring down government websites
Groups opposing the government's internet censorship plans have condemned today's attacks on government websites, saying it will do little to help their cause, while Communications Minister Stephen Conroy called them "totally irresponsible".
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/operation-titstorm-hackers-bring-down-government-websites-20100210-nqku.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/operation-titstorm-hackers-bring-down-government-websites-20100210-nqku.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/3312167/

Hackers 'titstorm' the PM and Parliament House [AAP]
WEBSITES were shut down, public servants received threatening phone calls and pornography was plastered across Kevin Rudd's home page in a major cyber protest against government plans to filter the internet.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/hackers-titstorm-the-pm-and-parliament-house/story-e6frg6nf-1225828956252

Australia cyber attacks could last 'months': hackers [AFP]
A shadowy group of cyber-activists who succeeded Thursday in jamming key Australian government websites for a second consecutive day warned they could shut down the sites for months.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/australia-cyber-attacks-could-last-months-hackers-20100211-nuzc.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/australia-cyber-attacks-could-last-months-hackers-20100211-nuzc.html

Titstorm still flooding govt
The group known as Anonymous has continued its attack on government websites today in protest against the Australian Government's proposed internet service provider level filter.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Titstorm-still-flooding-govt-/0,130061744,339300977,00.htm

Australian govt websites face censorship protest [AFP]
A shadowy group of cyber-activists blocked key Australian government websites on Wednesday to protest against controversial plans to filter the Internet.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/australian-govt-websites-face-censorship-protest-20100210-nsbg.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/australian-govt-websites-face-censorship-protest-20100210-nsbg.html

Hackers disrupt Australian government Web sites [AP]
Hackers shut down several Australian government Web sites Wednesday in a coordinated attack against a proposed Internet filter that targets pornography and criminal sites.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/hackers-disrupt-australian-government-web-sites-20100210-ns6p.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/hackers-disrupt-australian-government-web-sites-20100210-ns6p.html

Titstorm 'irresponsible', says Conroy
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has called attacks on government websites meant as a protest against his planned filtering scheme "totally irresponsible".
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Titstorm-irresponsible-says-Conroy/0,130061744,339300956,00.htm

Govt websites attacked by Titstorm
A group calling themselves anonymous have attacked two prominent government websites in a protest against the Federal Government's planned internet service provider level filtering scheme.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Govt-websites-attacked-by-Titstorm/0,130061744,339300948,00.htm

Pro-porn protesters target government websites
An internet protest group has launched an attack on Government websites in a protest against the proposed internet filter and censorship of some pornography.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/10/2815605.htm

Australian parliament Web site attacked [IDG]
The Australian Parliament's Web site was hit by an apparent denial-of-service attack Wednesday, two days after the hacking group Anonymous threatened attacks over the government's plan to filter Web content.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/335814/australian_parliament_web_site_attacked/

Operation Titstorm attacks Aussie web filtering plans
Official Australian web sites have been attacked by a group campaigning against the government's plan to ban internet pornography.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2257681/operation-titstorm-attacks

Hackers attack Australian government over internet filter plans
Hackers have attacked websites run by the Australian government in a co-ordinated protest over the plans to introduce a controversial internet filter that targets pornography and criminal sites.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/7209724/Hackers-attack-Australian-government-over-internet-filter-plans.html

Anonymous targets Australian government over porn filters
The Australian government found itself victim of a cyberattack on Wednesday morning as a protest against the government's plan to begin filtering certain types of pornography from being accessed online.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/02/anonymous-targets-australian-government-over-porn-filters.ars

Australian govt websites face censorship protest
A shadowy group of cyber-activists blocked key Australian government websites on Wednesday to protest against controversial plans to filter the Internet.
http://www.physorg.com/news185001189.html

Anonymous strikes again
A group of cyber-activists blocked key Australian government websites on Wednesday to protest against controversial plans to filter the internet.
http://technology.iafrica.com/news/technology/2217948.htm

nz: Facebook page taken down by student 
The student behind a Facebook group attacking the principal of the one of the country's biggest schools has taken the webpage down. 
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/facebook-page-taken-down-student-3352537

nz: Support for principal as police probe hate website
As police investigate a vicious online attack against a former Wanganui principal, supporters have launched a new site in support of Warwick Maguire.
http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/local/news/support-for-principal-as-police-probe-hate-website/3909765/

nz: Police probe online campaign against principal [NZPA]
Police are investigating a vicious online attack against a new Christchurch principal.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10625040
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10625040
http://www.3news.co.nz/Vicious-Facebook-attack-on-new-Burnside-principal/tabid/423/articleID/140807/Default.aspx?ArticleID=140807
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/92446/vicious-facebook-attack-school-principal
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/principal-targeted-facebook-3351636

Racy website 'sexualises' tweens
Kasma Booty enters the cocktail bar, her breasts partly concealed by burlesque nipple pasties and a red leather jacket. 
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/3304762/

au: Trial to lift web safety as cyber bullying increases
STUDENTS will be taught how to ward off online predators and cope with cyber-bullying under a national trial to be announced today.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26701030-3102,00.html

au: 48 Victorian schools to get share of $3m cyber-safety scheme
FORTY-EIGHT Victorian schools will get a share of a $3 million cyber-safety scheme today. 
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victorian-schools-to-get-share-of-3m-cyber-safety-scheme/story-e6frf7jo-1225828530042

Safer Internet Day fights online foolhardiness
Young surfers are being encouraged to practise safe computing and use common sense online on Safer Internet Day today.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/09/internet_safety_day/

Safer internet day: parents urged to teach children the 'Digital Code'
Parents are being told to teach children as young as five the dangers of the internet as part of a campaign to mark Safer Internet day.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7195126/Safer-internet-day-parents-urged-to-teach-children-the-Digital-Code.html

Hands-on: Microsoft launches child-friendly IE8
A major European campaign, Safer Internet Day (SID), kicked off today, with the intent of teaching children aged five and up the importance of protecting their online identity and not talking to strangers. Microsoft's Internet Explorer team, in association with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), took the opportunity to launch a new version of IE8 that makes it easy for youngsters to find information about staying safe online.
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/02/hands-on-microsoft-launches-child-friendly-ie8.ars

Microsoft unveils child-friendly version of IE8
Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of under 18s have been contacted by a stranger online, says Microsoft.
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=3212191
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/020910-microsoft-unveils-child-friendly-version-of.html

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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India's music millionaires turn to slumdog pirates for help
In a tiny booth in a teeming Mumbai bazaar sits a potential saviour of the Indian music industry. He?s not a budding sitar player, or a famed Bollywood composer. He?s a mobile phone repairman and a small-time bootlegger.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article7020514.ece

Queenslander to pay Nintendo $1.5m for illegal uploading of New Super Mario Bros [AAP]
A Queensland man will have to pay Nintendo $1.5 million in damages after illegally copying and uploading one of its new games to the internet ahead of its release, the gaming giant says.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/09/2814726.htm
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/james-burt-to-pay-nintendo-15m-for-illegal-uploading-of-new-super-mario-bros/story-e6frgakx-1225828434339
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/nintendo-pirate-to-pay-15m-20100209-np4i.html

Gamer to pay Nintendo $1.3 mln for illegal upload [AFP]
An Australian man has agreed to pay Nintendo 1.3 million US US dollars for illegally uploading a game to the Internet six days before its global release, the firm said Tuesday.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/gamer-to-pay-nintendo-13-mln-for-illegal-upload-20100209-nphs.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/gamer-to-pay-nintendo-13-mln-for-illegal-upload-20100209-nphs.html

Rudd non-committal on copyright law change chances
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has shied away from committing to legislative change to copyright enforcement in the wake of the AFACT v iiNet decision at the Federal Court of Australia last week.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/335522/rudd_non-committal_copyright_law_change_chances/

ISP did not authorise customers' copyright infringement, says Australian court
An ISP was not liable for the copyright infringement of its customers, an Australian court has ruled, in what the judge claimed was the world's first full trial of its kind. Australian and UK law on copyright liability are very similar.
http://out-law.com/page-10735

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Facebook leads rise in mobile web use
More than 25% of UK's population ? some 16 million people ? accessed the Internet from mobile phones in December. And what were they looking for? The GSMA Mobile Media Metrics, published for the first time on Friday, provide an insight: on the mobile internet, people want to know what their friends are up to - and perhaps do a bit of flirting.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/feb/08/facebook-rise-mobile-web-use

Quantum trick for pressure-sensitive mobile devices
Handheld devices could soon have pressure-sensitive touch-screens and keys, thanks to a UK firm's material that exploits a quantum physics trick.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8504373.stm

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SPAM
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Small drop in Christmas spam but rates still rising
McAfee?s latest threat report for the fourth quarter of 2009 saw a drop in spam over the period, although the year ended with overall amounts rising.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2257528/small-drop-christmas-spam-trend

All that user-generated content? 95% is malware, spam
The latest research from Websense Security Labs paints a dreary but familiar picture of the state of online security threats. Echoing the bad news of other such recent reports, it seems the vast majority of the Web consists of malware and spam. Worse yet, even legitimate, well-known sites are being used to pump malware, SEO poisoning, or phishing attacks.
http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/02/all-that-use-all-that-user-generated-content-95-is-malware-spam-r-generated-content-95-of-is-malware-spam.ars

McAfee Q4 Threats Report Finds Political Hacktivism and the Exploitation of Tragedies is on the Rise Worldwide [news release]
McAfee Inc. today unveiled its Q4 Threats Report, which highlights the most significant spam-generating stories in 2009 as well as the rise of political hacktivism in countries like Poland, Latvia, Denmark and Switzerland. Report findings also reveal that 2009 averaged approximately 135.5 billion spam messages per day, yet spam volume decreased by 24 percent in Q4 compared to Q3.
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=3621

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In the Crossfire - Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyber-war
In most developed countries, critical infrastructure is connected to the Internet and can lack proper security functions, leaving these installations vulnerable to attacks. Without the appropriate protection combined with the current lack of preparedness, an attack on these infrastructures would be detrimental and will cause more destruction than any previous cyber attacks. In the crossfire ? Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyber-War analyses these trends and issues, and provides a global report on the threats and issues facing companies and governments providing critical infrastructure.
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/images/10039/CIP Executive Summary.pdf [Executive Summary]
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/images/10039/In the Crossfire_CIP report.pdf [Report]

As NASA shifts priorities, officials need to keep eye on cybersecurity
Information security will continue to be a key challenge for NASA if it cancels human flight plans to pursue automated rocketry technologies and other robotic missions, according to computer security specialists.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100208_8925.php

au: Woolies' Apple logo dispute drags on
Supermarket chain Woolworths has asked for more time to respond to intellectual property administrator IP Australia over a trademark dispute lodged by Apple last year concerning its logo.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/business/soa/Woolies-Apple-logo-dispute-drags-on/0,139023166,339300867,00.htm

Simulated cyber-attack to test government response
Security industry analysts and lawmakers will get an unprecedented chance next week to evaluate how the government might respond to a cyber-attack on critical infrastructure targets.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9155318/Simulated_cyber_attack_to_test_government_response

Internet Stability and Security conference: 17 Feb, Washington DC
The Internet is a global infrastructure that has become central to economic activity around the world. At this event, Kenneth Silva (Verisign) and Gregory Rattray (ICANN) will discuss the risks of attack, whether the Internet can be protected, and whether it can be cripled.
http://csis.org/event/internet-stability-and-security

Can insurers protect the U.S. from cyberattack?
The newest soldier on the frontlines of America's cyber defenses could be an insurance salesman. To prepare American companies for the costly fallout of hacks, as recently experienced by Google's operations in China, a market for cyber insurance has been taking root and is extending coverage to keep companies and customers safe in cyberspace.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100210_8138.php

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CENSORSHIP
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au: Blogger has a busy time in court
A critic of the South Australian Government's short-lived internet comment crackdown has been fined for using offensive language at an Adelaide hospital last year.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/09/2814338.htm

China plans online gambling crackdown
China plans to crack down on the online gambling industry, including the banks and websites that support it, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement posted on its website.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-46009820100209

in: Govt can't ban porn websites for obscenity
In a little-noticed fallout of the recent amendment to the Information Technology (IT) Act 2000, the government has given up the power to block pornographic websites purely on the ground of obscenity. Sites like Savita Bhabi, in other words, can no longer be banished from the virtual world merely because they don't conform to a babu's subjective moral view. Now, the courts alone can block such sites.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-cant-ban-porn-websites-for-obscenity/articleshow/5558110.cms

Iran to Suspend Google's Email
Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google Inc.'s email services, saying a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704140104575057621649270154.html

Iran suspending Google's Gmail, reports say
Iran's government, looking to quell opposition, is shutting down Google's Gmail e-mail service within the country, reports said today.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9155238/Iran_suspending_Google_s_Gmail_reports_say
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/335877/iran_suspending_google_gmail_reports_say/
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/iran-suspending-googles-gmail-reports-say

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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Italian gov't backs down slightly over Web regulation bill [IDG]
Observers and operators gave a cautious welcome Monday to proposed changes to a draft Italian broadcasting law that has been criticized as a menace to freedom of expression on the Internet.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/020810-italian-govt-backs-down-slightly.html

Asia should mandate ISP intervention
Mandatory regulations should be in place in Asia to stipulate how Internet service providers (ISPs) handle infected computers on their network, a Singapore-based analyst has urged. He added that he expects the Singapore government to introduce stringent measures in the near term.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62061069,00.htm

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MISCELLANEOUS
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21st Century Citizenship by Stephen Balkam
In her January 21st speech on Internet Freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke emphatically for the need to ensure that the freedoms of speech, assembly and religion be respected online.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-balkam/21st-century-citizenship_b_453316.html

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Stimulus funds for US high-speed Internet access tangled up
The Obama administration knew that there'd be a lot of interest in the $7.2 billion for high-speed Internet projects it included in last year's huge economic stimulus package.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2010-02-09-broadband09_CV_N.htm

Telstra at the mercy of telecommunications rule changes
The government's plans to transform the telecommunications regulatory regime could leave a serious dent in Telstra's ability to generate free cash flow, according to Fitch Ratings.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/telstra-at-the-mercy-of-telecommunications-rule-changes/story-e6frg8zx-1225828949790

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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es: Dozens arrested in child porn swoop
SPANISH police announced today they had arrested 26 people and charged a further 10 as part of a crackdown on child pornography on the internet.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/dozens-arrested-in-child-porn-swoop/story-e6frf7jx-1225828544027

au: Porn on Stannies brother computer: court [AAP]
Child pornography has been found on a computer and a disc at the home of a former Catholic brother accused of molesting a teenager at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College, a magistrate has been told.
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/porn-on-stannies-brother-computer-court-20100211-ntsw.html

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