[DNS] domain name news - 12 August

[DNS] domain name news - 12 August

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:03:06 -0700 (PDT)
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Berkman Center to Conduct Study to Assist ICANN?s Accountability and 
Transparency Review Process

Porno union will try to shaft .xxx

Should Domainers Invest In Their Own Top Level Domain?

As .AT Approaches One Million Domains, Second .AT Report Finds Germans Love 

McAfee Says Security Industry Failing On Cybercrime

FTC Halts Cross Border Domain Name Registration Scam

AusRegistry International Celebrates IDNA 2008 Protocol Approval for 
Internationalised Domain Names [news release]

Accountability and Transparency Review Team ? Selection of Independent Expert 
and Update on ATRT Review
The Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) has selected the Berkman 
Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School as an Independent Expert to 
assist the ATRT in its review under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC). In 
addition to assisting the ATRT with its review, the Berkman Center team is 
specifically tasked to conduct an analysis of case studies that were suggested 
to the ATRT by the ICANN community during its interactions with the community at 
the ICANN meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Those case studies are:

Proposed Bylaws Amendment to Add Voting Director from the At-Large Community to 
the ICANN Board of Directors ? Extension of Public Comment Period
As requested by Members of the Community, the public consultation on the 
Proposed Bylaws Amendment to add a voting Director from the At-Large Community 
to the ICANN Board of Directors has been extended from the 31st of July to the 
15th of August 2010.

Berkman Center to Conduct Study to Assist ICANN?s Accountability and 
Transparency Review Process
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University will conduct an 
independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN?s decision-making processes and 
communications with stakeholders. The study will develop a framework and 
recommendations for understanding and improving ICANN?s accountability and 

Porno union will try to shaft .xxx
The fight between ICM Registry and the Free Speech Coalition over the proposed 
.xxx top-level domain is not over yet. The porn trade group has a plan to block 
ICM?s passage through the ICANN process, and has already stepped up efforts to 
rally the adult entertainment industry to its cause.

New generic top level domains present enhanced opportunities for internet site 
ICANN is currently developing a new process to allow any person or organisation 
to introduce its own general top level domain (gTLD), beyond the existing gTLDs 
such as '.com', '.org', '.net'. This opens up the possibility of registering 
domain names that end in unique words, brand names, trade marks, job industries 
or city names, such as '.sydney', and '.bank'.

Want a New gTLD? Some Items to Consider by Steve Stolfi
Over three years ago ICANN boldly announced that the top level of the domain 
name system would be opened up to new registry operators. As we now approach a 
likely spring 2011 launch, a number of key issues remain unresolved including 
how trademarks will be protected.

A lesson in global civics
The reality of the world's epic interdependence is well known. We have seen how 
financial engineering in the United States can determine economic growth in 
every part of the world; how carbon-dioxide emissions from China end up 
influencing crop yields and livelihoods in Vietnam, Bangladesh, the Maldives and 
beyond; how an epidemic in Mexico endangers the rhythm of public life in the 
U.S.; or how volcanic ash from Iceland affects travel across Europe. ... When 
standard global public health instruments proved insufficient, for example, we 
built the Global Fund to Fight Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria. When the Internet 
became global, its management was turned over to ICANN, which enlists the voices 
of individual Internet users in its governance ? a significant departure from 
intergovernmental multilateralism.

Putting String Similarity into Context: Bulgaria's IDN (.??) vs. Brazil's ccTLD 
(.br) by Vassil Petev
Bulgaria is a nation which is directly impacted by the current Fast Track 
automatic disqualification when Top-Level Domain (TLD) strings are "confusingly 
similar" to other TLDs, in this case an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) 
country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD). Bulgaria has already been declined twice 
(in late 2009, and in May of 2010) to register the *.?? Cyrillic IDN on the 
premise that it looks confusingly similar to Brazil's *.br ASCII TLD. Being a 
native Bulgarian, I did not see how these two strings are similar.

Should Domainers Invest In Their Own Top Level Domain?
Domain investing is about to enter whole new era with the launch of new top 
level domain names. Regardless of if they like the idea of new TLDs or not, a 
number of domainers are evaluating starting their own top level domain names. 
Consider it diversification or hedging their bets.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
The case for DotAfrica domain name for Africa
With a population of one billion, Africa hosts 86 millions of Internet users. 
The penetration rate is 8.7% which is rather good compared to the world average 
of 26.9%.

DOTAFRICA - A specific internet namespace for Africa [news release]
The extraordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers in 
charge of Communication and Information Technologies (CITMC) held in 
Johannesburg in 2009, acknowledged the benefit of the GTLds and work together to 
promote the use of CCTLDs as they are a critical national resource whilst 
ensuring that the technical and administrative operations are at international 
standards to foster trust and use of African Domain Names in order to bring 
financial, economic and social-cultural benefits to Africa.

As .AT Approaches One Million Domains, Second .AT Report Finds Germans Love 
With the .AT domain name space approaching its one millionth registration 
sometime in the next twelve months, the Austrian registry nic.at has released 
the second of its twice-yearly reports. This edition of the .AT Report finds 
that Germans love .AT domain names with 190,000 of the 939,951 domain names 
registered on 1 July. However the Swiss and the British are also interested in 
.AT domain names.

Global Brands Snap Up .Co Domain Names
Figuring the good .com domain names are already taken, major companies are 
registering the newly available Internet domain names ending in .co.


Global Brands Snap Up .co Domain Names
Originally, .co was just the Internet country code for Colombia. But now it's 
becoming a popular top-level domain for major global brands such as BMW, Canon, 
Honda, Nike, Nokia, Pfizer, Sony and Visa.


Domainers get love, but no refunds for .co cybersquatters
.CO Internet has ramped up its anti-cybersquatter messaging, promising no 
refunds for trademark-infringing .co registrants, no matter how much they paid 
for their domains.

Want thousands of free .jobs domains? Now?s your chance
Employ Media wants to hear from companies interested in registering .jobs domain 
names in bulk, at the start of its recently approved landrush process.

Telnic Wants to Release 1 and 2 Character .Tel Domain Names
.Tel registry Telnic has formally asked ICANN to allow it to offer one and two 
character .tel domain names. The company would not offer two letter domains that 
correspond to an existing country code, nor would it release one and two digit 
domain names.

Tuvalu - trouble in paradise [Dominion Post]
The isolated and vulnerable Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu lies thousands of 
miles from help. ... It sold its highly marketable internet domain name ''.tv'' 
to American company Verisign in 1999. The Government is aggressively trying to 
renegotiate the deal, which earns it around A$2 million annually, saying it is 
not enough, though it is making little headway.

Three Things Registrars Must Do to Enhance Security by Ram Mohan
If the rise of phishing has taught us anything, it's that on the Internet, if a 
digital asset has value, there's somebody out there who wants to steal it. 
Whether it's a bank account password, a credit card number, a PayPal login, or 
even a magic sword in an online game, there's a fraudster somewhere trying to 
misappropriate it for his or her own nefarious purposes.

DNS Made Easy whacked with 50Gbps attack
The managed DNS service provider DNS Made Easy was knocked offline for 90 
minutes on Saturday by a distributed denial of service attack estimated at 

McAfee Says Security Industry Failing On Cybercrime
Antivirus vendor McAfee has called on security researchers and the security 
industry at large to go on the offensive against criminals and pursue "a more 
proactive strategy for fighting cybercrime." ... The company also called on 
ICANN, the not-for-profit organization that coordinates the Internet's naming 
system, to "take a stronger stance against cybercrime," especially since it's 
the body that "accredits the registrants that sell the domains which 
cybercriminals use to host malicious sites."

McAfee calls for ICANN spam crackdown
The security company McAfee has claimed that ICANN needs to try harder in the 
fight against spam by cracking down on rogue registrars.

Country-to-country cyberattacks deemed OK by users
An alarming 63 percent of computer users deem country-to-country cyber-espionage 
to be an acceptable act, according to a new report by security vendor Sophos.


Demand Media a home to badware, researchers say [IDG]
As Demand Media gears up for its initial public offering, anti-spam advocates 
and online crime fighters say that the company needs to clean up its act.


DNSSEC not a panacea for cybercrime, but a step in the right direction
The global roll-out in mid-July of technology aimed at making the internet safer 
was billed as a decisive blow against cyber criminals, but has it made a 

FTC Halts Cross Border Domain Name Registration Scam
The Federal Trade Commission has permanently halted the operations of Canadian 
con artists who allegedly posed as domain name registrars and convinced 
thousands of U.S. consumers, small businesses and non-profit organizations to 
pay bogus bills by leading them to believe they would lose their Web site 
addresses unless they paid. Settlement and default judgment orders signed by the 
court will bar the deceptive practices in the future.

FTC halts domain-name registration scam [IDG]
A U.S. judge has ordered a halt to a Canadian operation that allegedly posed as 
a domain-name registrar in an effort to collect fees from thousands of U.S. 
consumers, small businesses and nonprofits, the Federal Trade Commission said.


FTC Halts Canadian/US Domain Registration Scam
The Federal Trade Commission has permanently halted the operations of Canadian 
con artists who allegedly posed as domain name registrars and convinced 
thousands of U.S. consumers, small businesses and non-profit organisations to 
pay bogus bills by leading them to believe they would lose their domain names 
unless they paid.


FTC settles suit against Canadian domain name scammers
A group of Canadian con artists caught scamming US individuals, small 
businesses, and non-profit organizations for millions in phony domain 
registration and search engine optimization fees has been shut down by the 
Federal Trade Commission. The FTC announced Monday that has reached settlement 
agreements with most of the defendants in the case, while another defendant, 
Steven E. Dale, received a default judgement to the tune of $4.3 million.

FTC Shuts Down Domain Name Registration Scam
A Canadian domain name registration scam has been shut down, and the accused 
will pay $10,000 in fines, the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday.

Judge halts domain registration scam
A federal judge has ordered members of a Canadian operation to stop posing as 
domain-name registrars in scams that collected more than $4.26m in bogus renewal 
fees from unsuspecting consumers, small businesses, and non-profits.

Arbitrators Of India Must Adopt Technology
... Presently, the arbitration and conciliation act 1996 governs the arbitration 
or conciliation proceedings in India. The same is based upon the united nations 
commission on international trade law (UNCITRAL) model and rules dated back to 
1985. ... The arbitration act must also cater the growing demands for domain 
name dispute resolution as addressed by ICANN. Besides ADR and ODR must be 
combined with other online justice mechanisms like e-courts.

Forbes Gains Russian Domain Name After Court Fight
A year after being awarded it by a Russian court, Forbes Media?s local online 
edition there has finally been handed the forbes.ru domain name by a company 
that had controlled it.


 - IPv4/IPv6
IPv6: The end of the Internet as we know it (and I feel fine)
In 2012, it won?t be the the end of the Mayan Long Count that preoccupies the 
global technology industry ? it will be running out of TCP/IP version 4 

AusRegistry International Celebrates IDNA 2008 Protocol Approval for 
Internationalised Domain Names [news release]
The body responsible for the development and promotion of Internet Standards 
(the Internet Engineering Task Force or IETF), has approved IDNA 2008 as the 
official Internet protocol for Internationalised Domain Names by publishing the 
Internet Drafts as official RFCs. 



Half of companies can't update a website themselves
Nearly half of companies rely on external website designers to create their 
websites for them, while more than half cannot even update their website 
themselves, according to research by UK webhost Fasthosts. ... 70 percent of 
businesses revealed that some of their domain names are not even registered in 
the name of the business owner, meaning that valuable domains could be dragged 
from under them and sold to the highest bidder, running up costs or potentially 
resulting in the complete loss of a previous domain name.

uk: OFT takes action over misleading European health insurance websites [news 
The OFT has taken action against four online traders who deceptively sold 
consumers European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs). ... A fourth website 
(ehiconline.com) has been suspended by its domain name registrar following 
concerns expressed by the OFT, and a fifth (e111-online.com) has voluntarily 
ceased trading. ... The OFT formed the view that the online traders had breached 
the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and, in certain 
cases, the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002. The websites 
were found to be misleading in their presentation as they mimicked the EHIC 
brand, used an official sounding domain name and omitted important information 
by failing to clearly disclose that they were not the official provider of 

uk: OFT takes action against 'confusing' keyword-promoted health card firms
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has taken action against online retailers it 
said broke consumer protection laws by charging for applications for a free 
health card. ... "The OFT took the view that the online traders had breached the 
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and, in certain cases, 
the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002," said the OFT. "The 
websites were found to be misleading in their presentation as they mimicked the 
EHIC brand, used an official sounding domain name and omitted important 
information by failing to clearly disclose that they were not the official 
provider of EHICs."

Psst - Interested in Some Lightly-Used IP Addresses? by John Curran
The Internet Service Provider (ISP) community is carefully watching the 
impending depletion of the unassigned IPv4 address pool. Most estimates place 
the depletion of the central pool of unassigned IPv4 addresses by mid-2011. 
After that, each Regional Internet Registry (RIR) will continue to satisfy 
requests for additional IPv4 space for a limited time (depending on the rate of 
incoming requests and the amount of address space on hand in the RIR at the time 
of central pool depletion).

Digging for dirt in the Demand Media IPO ? roundup
Demand Media, parent of second-largest domain name registrar eNom, has filed to 
go public, and the publication of its S-1 registration document has given an 
unprecedented glimpse inside the company.

Questor share tip: Group NBT remains confident of growth
Yesterday's trading update from domain name manager Group NBT was more than 

eNom called world?s most ?abusive? registrar
A small security firm has singled out eNom as the domain name registrar and web 
host with the most criminal activity on its network.

McAfee, Inc. Q2 Threat Report Reveals Malware at All Time High with 6 Million 
Malicious Files Found This Quarter, While Spam Hits a Plateau [news release]
McAfee, Inc. today unveiled its McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2010, 
which uncovered that malware has reached its highest levels, making the first 
six months of 2010 the most active half-year ever for total malware production. 
At the same time, spam leveled out with only 2.5 percent growth from Q1 2010.

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/images/10039/In the Crossfire_CIP report.pdf [full 
http://newsroom.mcafee.com/images/10039/CIP Executive Summary.pdf [executive 

Home Broadband 2010: US Growth Slows Dramatically
Overview: The adoption of broadband internet access slowed dramatically over the 
last year. Two-thirds of American adults (66%) now have a broadband internet 
connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63% with a 
high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.

The Impact of the Commercial World on Children's Wellbeing: Report of an 
Independent Assessment
In The Children's Plan the DCSF gave a commitment to commission an independent 
review of the impact of the commercial world on children's wellbeing. That 
assessment, conducted by Professor David Buckingham and a panel of experts, is 
now complete and this report presents their findings.

Behavior: Internet Use Tied to Depression in Youths
A large Chinese study suggests that otherwise healthy teenagers are much more 
vulnerable to depression if they spend too much time on the Internet.

4chan users seize Internet's power for mass disruptions
One morning in June, Google's list of the top global searches began to fill up 
with random words: "fried chicken," "comic book stores," "gyms." Before anyone 
could stop it, a racial slur jumped to the No. 1 spot.

Tech Savvy Moms, Setting Rules
Much has been said about the downside of technology. It isolates family members 
from each other emotionally and physically. It keeps kids glued to chairs 
instead of running around in the fresh air. It shortens attention spans. It puts 
kids at risk for danger online.

au: Helping kids who play computer games to be active [news release]
CSIRO has developed computer software that aims to encourage children to be more 
active when playing computer games.

Survey: Broadband growth slowing in the US [IDG]
Broadband adoption in the U.S. grew by 5% over the past year, the smallest 
increase since 2004, according to a survey that's widely recognized as an 
authority on broadband use in the country.


In U.S., many don't want gov't to push fast Internet
The majority of Americans do not favour making affordable high-speed Internet 
access a government priority, according to a study released by the Pew Internet 
& American Life Project on Wednesday.

Hugo Ch?vez's Twitter habit proves a popular success
It is known mainly for transmitting celebrity trivia and narcissism, but in the 
hands of Hugo Ch?vez Twitter has become something else: a tool of government.

Britons worry about over-sharing location from mobiles, study finds
More than half of people with geolocation-capable mobile devices worry about 
"loss of privacy" from using their location-sharing features, a survey has found 
- even though location-sharing apps such as FourSquare and Gowalla have millions 
of users checking in every day.

Apple's iPad bonanza triggers race to launch copycat tablets
Last week, Microsoft released tantalising pictures of its latest device which 
got bloggers talking about a tablet. The division of Microsoft behind the 
account, however, makes keyboards, webcams and mice so it's more likely that the 
flat matt black device in the photos is Microsoft's rival to Apple's recently 
announced trackpad.

iPad may be a 'game changer', but competitors are up to this game
When Rupert Murdoch announced last week that Apple's iPad was a "game changer" 
and would lead to hundreds of millions of so-called tablet computers being sold 
globally it was not just the media world that nodded sagely in agreement. The 
technology industry is also gearing up for a world in which the desktop PC, 
laptop computer and smartphone are joined by a fourth member of the home 
computing family.

au: Telstra and Optus to start 'clean feed' to block child pornography web pages
ABOUT 5 million internet users in Australia will start receiving a "clean feed" 
mid next year that will automatically block some web pages.

au: $90m for filters, cyber safety: Coalition
THE Coalition will allocate $90 million for PC-based filters to block internet 
nasties and boost cyber-safety education.

Coalition to spend $90 million on PC-based content filtering and cyber-safety 
A Coalition Government will spend $90 million on PC-based Internet filtering 
software and the expansion of Australian Communication and Media Authority?s 
(ACMA) cyber-safety outreach program.

Coalition announced additional $10.5 million to spend on cyber-safety
The Coalition has announced it will spend $10.5 million on a National 
Cyberbullying Taskforce as part of its wider cyber-safety policy.

Coalition to bring back NetAlert
Coalition Communications spokesperson Tony Smith has announced that if a 
coalition government is elected on 21 August, the party would reintroduce the 
former Howard Government's NetAlert program in place of Labor's mandatory 
internet service provider (ISP) level filter policy.

au: Think-tank for families of trans youth
Respected Sydney LGBT youth organisation Twenty10 hopes an upcoming seminar will 
help support families of trans and intersex youth.

Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women
The online classified advertising site, Craigslist, is facing accusations that 
it has become a hub for underage prostitution after two young women placed an 
advertisement in the Washington Post saying they were repeatedly sold through 
the site to men who "paid to rape" them.

Sex-trafficking opponents fight Craigslist's 'adult services' ads
... Newmark is the founder of the worldwide online bazaar Craigslist. MC is a 
17-year-old girl who says she was repeatedly sold for sex through ads on 
Craigslist. In open letters published as newspaper ads, she has beseeched 
Newmark to shut down the site's lucrative "adult services" section, which 
law-enforcement officials and advocates say facilitates prostitution and child 

Craigslist responds to 'prostitution' claims
Online marketplace Craigslist has responded to an open letter claiming the site 
helps promote prostitution.

nz: TV internet debate will canvass many issues
A panel discussion on a range of internet safety and security topics will be 
broadcast tonight live on TVNZ 7 and streamed over the internet. The event is 
organised by TVNZ 7 in cooperation with Netsafe and InternetNZ.

Too young for Facebook, cellphones? [The Press]
Ask an expert when children should get access to technology and the loudest 
answer is: It depends on the maturity of the child and what they've been taught 
about how to safely use those technologies.


uk: Online safety: Facebook, the Grid project and the 'panic button' myth
For a while, it seemed as if the ongoing debate about online safety, and all the 
expertise engaged with that, was obscured by simplified 'panic button' coverage 
in the spat between Facebook and Ceop, the Child Explotation and Online 
Protection centre.

uk: Facebook vows new security measures to combat alarming 'trolling' abuse 
Facebook, the social networking site, has pledged to develop new security 
measures to combat a growing surge in cyber bullying and abuse of strangers.

Banning porn sites ?virtually impossible? for Indonesian government
The only thing the government must learn from its attempt to block all 
pornographic websites is that it is virtually impossible and could misfire, an 
Internet providers association says.

Spies, secrets and smart-phones
Some sort of a deal seems to have been thrashed out over the weekend, according 
to reports from Saudi Arabia, under which its spooks will be able to snoop to 
their heart's content on messages sent over BlackBerrys within the kingdom. All 
last week, as it negotiated with the Saudi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 
Indian authorities over their demands for monitoring, the smart-phones' Canadian 
maker, Research In Motion (RIM), was dodging journalists' demands for proper 
explanations about what exactly is negotiable about the phones' security. The 
Economist asked five times in four days for an interview, and got nowhere. Other 
news organisations had a similar experience.

BlackBerry Security Stance Sows Anxiety
The 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai heightened concerns in India over the 
government?s inability to eavesdrop on encrypted communications. In the United 
Arab Emirates, similar concerns escalated this year after a Palestinian 
operative was killed in a hotel in Dubai, possibly by a team from the Mossad, 
the Israeli intelligence agency.

Saudis Relent a Bit on Shutting Down BlackBerry
The Saudi government backed away Tuesday from a threat to shut down the 
BlackBerry corporate messenger service in the country, citing progress in talks 
with operators and the maker of the device, Research In Motion, over the ability 
to monitor encrypted messages for national security reasons.

India steps up demands for BlackBerry access
Indian demands are giving a new headache to BlackBerry maker Research in Motion 
after New Delhi threatened a shutdown that could affect one million of the 
smartphone's 41 million users.

BlackBerry ban lifted in Saudi Arabia
The threat of a ban on certain BlackBerry functions has been temporarily lifted 
in Saudi Arabia, a government regulator revealed today.

BlackBerry gets reprieve as Saudi praises progress
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion on Tuesday won a reprieve from a threatened 
ban on its Messenger texting service as Saudi Arabia said progress was being 
made on addressing its concerns.

RIM to share some BlackBerry codes with Saudis - source
Research In Motion has agreed to hand over user codes that would let Saudi 
authorities monitor its BlackBerry Messenger, as it seeks to stop the kingdom 
from silencing the service, a source close to the talks said on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia fails to impose BlackBerry ban
Saudi Arabia?s three mobile network operators were awaiting instructions on 
Monday from the kingdom?s telecommunications regulator agency on whether to shut 
off Research in Motion?s BlackBerry instant messaging service, which the 
authorities wish to access and monitor.

BlackBerry users guessing in Saudi, assured in Oman
BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia were left guessing for a second time in a week 
on Tuesday after a deadline to address security concerns about encryption 
lapsed, but service continued normally.

Google and Apple prepare for mobile advertising battle
British mobile users will soon find themselves embroiled in the epic 
confrontation taking shape between Apple and Google. iAds, Apple's bid to run 
advertisements inside apps, is expected to make its UK debut in September. 
Separately, Google has adopted what its chief executive, Eric Schmidt, calls a 
"mobile first" approach, prioritising investment in a medium that has become 
"fundamental to everything we do".

Smartphone security put on test
BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a malicious application 
for a smartphone. Over a few weeks, the BBC put together a crude game for a 
smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset.

iPhone meat market sparks gay sex revolution
A location-aware iPhone app has spawned a sexual revolution in Australia's gay 
community by providing what is effectively a meat market enabling people to meet 
other gay men who may be just metres away from them.



German ministers told to avoid BlackBerrys, iPhones [AFP]
The German government said Monday ministers and senior civil servants have been 
told not to use iPhone and BlackBerry mobile devices as the interior minister 
warned a "dramatic" rise in cyber attacks.


Malware Infection Hits Russian Android Phones
The adage ?Be careful what you wish for? has a modern-day counterpart: ?Be 
careful what you download.? Especially on your mobile phone.

Virus writers hit Google Android phones
A malicious application that can steal cash via phones running Google's Android 
operating system has been found.

McAfee says malware threat at a new high
McAfee Inc, the No. 2 security software maker, said production of software code 
known as malware, which can harm computers and steal user passwords, reached a 
new high in the first six months of 2010.

Country-to-country cyberattacks deemed OK by users
An alarming 63 percent of computer users deem country-to-country cyber-espionage 
to be an acceptable act, according to a new report by security vendor Sophos.


McAfee Says Security Industry Failing On Cybercrime
Antivirus vendor McAfee has called on security researchers and the security 
industry at large to go on the offensive against criminals and pursue "a more 
proactive strategy for fighting cybercrime." ... The company also called on 
ICANN, the not-for-profit organization that coordinates the Internet's naming 
system, to "take a stronger stance against cybercrime," especially since it's 
the body that "accredits the registrants that sell the domains which 
cybercriminals use to host malicious sites."

Nighthawk Energy and Nostra Terra oust names of damaging postings on web forums
Two Aim-listed oil firms have won court orders to uncover the identity of 
individuals they claim are posting damaging rumours anonymously on online 
investor bulletin boards.

Oil explorers cry foul over chat rooms [The Times]
Two listed oil explorers are threatening to take legal action against users of 
stockmarket chat rooms. The companies accuse some users of the chat rooms of 
spreading malicious falsehoods in an attempt to drag down share prices.

Rupert Murdoch claims to own the 'Sky' in 'Skype'
Rupert Murdoch?s BSkyB is fighting a legal battle with the internet 
telecommunications pioneer Skype, claiming that it owns the ?Sky? in ?Skype?.

Skype in dispute with BSkyB over similarities in branding and logo
BSkyB is taking legal action against internet phone company Skype, claiming it 
owns the rights to the "Sky" part of its name, it has emerged.

Skype faces trade mark challenges from Sky owner
Broadcaster BSkyB has won an initial battle to stop internet phone company Skype 
from registering its name as an EU-wide trade mark, Skype has said. It has 
pledged to appeal the ruling.

Agencies could be prone to new kind of sophisticated cyberattack
Federal computer networks are vulnerable to the same type of sophisticated 
cyberattack that recently cost a global bank more than $1 million in a month, 
according to a security company official.

Targeted Attack Nets 3,000 Online Banking Customers
Some 3,000 consumer and commercial online banking customers of one of the 
world's largest financial institutions have been hit by a targeted attack that 
combined drive-by exploits, the Zeus Trojan, a botnet, and hijacking of banking 
sessions to steal more than $1 million from the victims since early July. Law 
enforcement is now investigating the attack, which remains under way, according 
to the researchers who discovered it.

New trojan virus targets online bank accounts
Online banking customers are being targeted by international cyber criminals who 
are using a new version of the trojan virus.

nz: Don't be sucked in by cold caller [news release]
Internal Affairs Anti-Spam Compliance unit is warning the public to beware of a 
cold caller who suggests there is a problem with their computer and that he can 
help. The call is believed to come from within New Zealand.


Internal Affairs: Beware of cold caller PC scam
Internal Affairs Anti-Spam Compliance unit has warned the public to be on the 
lookout for cold caller who is going round saying there?s a problem with your 
computer and that he can fix it. Obviously he?s not going to fix it.

nz: Scammers remotely control victims' computers
A Dunedin person was among South Islanders encouraged by a cold-calling 
international scammer to log on to a website then used to remotely control their 

au: ISP Code of Practice to improve cybersecurity
The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has issued a Code of Practice, known as 
icode, which provides recommendations on how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 
can improve their cybersecurity practices. The move comes after a Government 
announcement on 9 July 2010 that filtering legislation will be deferred until 
after a review of the ?Refused Classification? category next year.

Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead
A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. "vision statement" shows the 
information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: 
How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels?the vast trove of data 
it possesses about people's activities?

Google offices raided by Korean police
A police statement said they suspected Google has been collecting and storing 
data on "unspecified internet users from wi-fi networks".

Google under probe in S.Korea over data collection
South Korean police raided Google Inc's Seoul office on Tuesday, the latest in a 
series of legal challenges the company is facing because of data collected by 
its controversial fleet of "Street View" cars.

South Korea raids Google over Street View
South Korean police raided Google's offices Tuesday to see whether the company 
broke local laws by collecting user data in kicking off its Street View service 
in the country.

South Korean police raid Google's office over Street View [IDG]
South Korean police on Tuesday raided Google offices in an investigation of the 
company's Street View mapping project, the latest instance of a country 
scrutinizing the company's collection of Wi-Fi data

Google Prepares Street View Launch in Germany
Despite criticism of the project over the past three years, Google says it is 
moving forward with the launch of its controversial Street View service in 
Germany. Although the company hasn't given a launch date, it is starting a 
registration process for residents in Germany who wish to have their homes or 
property blurred out.

Germany to keep close eye on Google 'Street View'
The German government said on Wednesday it will scrutinise Google's promise to 
respect privacy requests by letting people opt out of its "Street View" mapping 
system and that it would be ready to intervene if necessary.

Google, Verizon propose net neutrality rules
Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. reached an agreement Monday on how 
the Internet should be regulated, but it was very different from the 
controversial pact that was expected.

Google and Verizon's vision for open internet
Google and Verizon have joined forces to present their vision of an open 
internet after closed-door meetings held by regulators stalled. Both champion 
strict enforcement of a transparent and open wireline broadband service but 
suggest loopholes for wireless.

Web Plan From Google and Verizon Is Criticized
Google and Verizon on Monday introduced a proposal for how Internet service 
should be regulated ? and were immediately criticized by groups that favor 
keeping the network as open as possible.

Google's deal on equal Internet access opens door to new clout
Google has long presented itself as looking out for the little guy. It easily 
could have used its wealth and power to gain preferential treatment from 
Internet providers but always said it would not because that could prevent the 
next start-up in a Silicon Valley garage from enjoying similar success.

Facebook Breaks With Google on Net Neutrality
When Google teamed up with Verizon on Monday to announce a set of proposed rules 
to govern Internet access, Google?s former allies in the years-long campaign for 
net neutrality were among its most vocal critics.

Web Plan Is Dividing Companies
In an emerging battle over regulating Internet access, companies are taking 

ANALYSIS - Google-Verizon model could pinch Hollywood
Hollywood players increasingly looking at wireless devices as mini-theaters 
could be pinched by the policing of Internet traffic as proposed by Verizon and 

Industry split over net neutrality
Google?s compromise with Verizon over so-called net neutrality rules for the 
handling of online traffic has split the internet industry, with a handful of 
the most important players on the web coming out against the plan.

Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Critics Pile On
Criticism continues to build against Google and Verizon's net neutrality 
proposal as interest groups, bloggers, and even Google fanboys start 
discrediting the plan. At issue is the idea that broadband carriers would be 
free to create a two-tiered Internet. First, there would be the normal Internet 
we have today where current websites and services already reside. A so-called 
private Internet would also exist. Basically, this would be a second broadband 
platform where carriers could provide "additional, differentiated online 
services" such as medical monitoring services, educational tools and 

Google and Verizon offer give and take over net neutrality
After last week's excitement ? when the New York Times boldly but inaccurately 
claimed that Google and Verizon were cutting a sweetheart deal over internet 
traffic ? the truth has turned out to be less dramatic but potentially more 
worrying for US consumers and net users.

What Matters in Net Neutrality by Jonathan Zittrain
It's hard to know what to make of the Google/Verizon deal since until earlier 
today both companies have denied that there is one. And it's hard to argue about 
net neutrality because it means so many different things to different people. 
I've got lots of reading to do to catch up on the newly released set of 
principles from the companies, but in the meantime here are a few thoughts on 
the topic.

Google and Verizon unveil web plan
Google and Verizon walked into a barrage of opposition from public interest 
groups in Washington on Monday as they formally announced a joint proposal for 
how traffic on the internet should be regulated.

Net neutrality crusaders slam Verizon, Google
Net neutrality supporters say they're unhappy that the Verizon Communications 
and Google proposal for new Net neutrality rules does not go far enough.

Google, Verizon make net neutrality proposal [IDG]
Google and Verizon Communications have released a proposal that would give the 
U.S. Federal Communications Commission limited power to enforce network 
neutrality rules, including levying fines up to US$2 million for violations by 
broadband providers.


Verizon and Google propose Web traffic rules
Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc on Monday proposed principles for 
policing Web traffic, but stopped short of saying they should apply to wireless 

Google and Verizon Defend Net Neutrality Proposal
Google and Verizon, following release of their joint proposal on Internet 
regulation today, pushed back against critics who said the plan would undermine 
the integrity of an open Internet. But at least one member of the House Energy 
and Commerce Communications Subcommittee was not convinced, CongressDaily 

Don't Be Evil Google
With reports of a forthcoming deal between Google and Verizon on Internet 
traffic management, public interest and political groups are fighting back with 
a campaign to protect the openness of the Internet.

au: Big gig: NBN to be 10 times faster
Labor says its National Broadband Network will deliver internet speeds 10 times 
faster than first thought, at 1 gigabit per second.

Labor promises 'turbo' broadband, 10 times faster than originally envisaged 
Labor says its national broadband network will be able to provide speeds of one 
gigabit per second, 10 times faster than originally envisaged.

NBN download boost ups ante in web war
The National Broadband Network will today unveil plans to boost download speeds 
on the nationwide fibre network by a factor of 10.

NBN to announce huge increase in speed
The national broadband network will enable speeds of one gigabit per second on 
its fibre optic network, 100 times faster than originally planned, the company 
building the network will announce today.


Australia's Coalition broadband plan to 'leave us in backwater'
The Coalition's broadband policy would rob Australia of the chance to lift 
itself out of the broadband backwater, industry experts say.

No cheaper rates in Abbott internet plan
The Coalition's $6.31 billion broadband plan will not lead to cheaper internet 
rates for consumers, analysts say.

Abbott's online understanding looks papyrus thin
Broadband is one of the fascinating issues of this campaign. The Coalition wants 
it to be about economics. The Government wants it to be about old versus new.

Abbott relies on private sector for high-speed broadband
The Coalition will rely on the private sector to offer high-speed broadband to 
97 per cent of the population by 2016, two years ahead of Labor's plan.

au: ICT Policy Forum Breakdown
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a key point of difference between the 
parties in a tight election race. Yesterday, the Coalition finally released 
details regarding its broadband plan. To make things interesting the Stephen 
Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Tony 
Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
and Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens ICT spokesperson went head-to-head in the ICT 
Policy Forum Technology entitled Powering our Economic Future hosted by the 
Australian Computer Society. The Forum saw each party flesh out details 
regarding their respective ICT policies and dish some dirt on their opponent's 
policies. The Maddocks' NBN team spent their lunch break watching the Forum and 
dissecting the key differences.

nz: TVNZ7 internet debate fails to catch fire
Opposition ICT spokesperson Clare Curran MP has called for a New Zealand 
Computer Emergency Response Team (NZCERT) as a computer equivalent of civil 
defence and emergency management functions in the physical world.

nz: Joyce declines to release UFB document
Communications Minister Steven Joyce says he is unable to release the Cabinet 
paper that sanctioned the Government's $1.35 billion ultrafast broadband 
investment initiative as some of the information it contains may be misconstrued 
to indicate bias on the part of the Government.

New Zealand Authors Group Wants ISP P2P Tax
Society of Authors chief executive Maggie Tarver compares the proposal to the 
licensing regime already in place for photocopiers whereby the institution in 
which they?re located pay a fee so that users can photocopy copyrighted 
material. Says the plan will ensure copyright holders are also compensated for 
illegal file-sharing that goes undetected.

Asia's Telecom Market Seems Closed
France Telecom Chairman Didier Lombard describes how Asian telecommunications 
companies are a force to be reckoned with: Steve Forbes: What differences do you 
see between telecom in the U.S. and in Europe, France and Europe? You mentioned 
net neutrality's just beginning to rear its ugly head there; we've had it for a 
while. Do you see other differences between the two continents?

Is telecom innovation at risk?
Venture capital support for telecom vendors has fallen steadily in the last few 
years, from $1.82 billion for the four quarters ended 3Q08 to just $1.18 billion 
in the 2Q09-1Q10 period. Simultaneously, hard-bargaining carriers and aggressive 
Chinese vendors threaten to force the major vendors to spend less on R&D to 
compete. The result could be slower introduction of new technologies, less 
differentiation in product areas and reduced potential for M&A activity.

us: ITIF: Reclassification of Broadband Not Necessary
In comments filed with the FCC on Tuesday, the Information Technology and 
Innovation Foundation argued that subjecting broadband to regulations designed 
for telecommunications is not necessary at present time.

Skype plans to raise $100m in New York flotation
The internet phone service Skype plans to raise up to $100m (?65m) through a 
Wall Street flotation, although the company's prospectus revealed today that the 
firm is facing a potentially embarrassing investigation by US authorities for 
alleged sanctions-busting in Iran.

Skype, Going Public, Hopes for $100 Million From First Offering
Skype, the popular Internet telephone service, said Monday that it hoped to 
raise $100 million in an initial public offering of stock.

NZ tech leaders 'at tipping point'
As it often does in transtasman encounters, the conversation turns to the rugby. 
The Australians at the table don't really want to discuss the topic, so I 
suggest the game is more watchable this year.

Verizon LTE plans leaked: Carrier aims for 75% LTE coverage by April 2012
The Boy Genius Report has apparently obtained Verizon's roadmap for deployment 
of its 4G LTE services, which are slated to cover 75% of the United States by 
April 2012.

British broadband target put back to 2015
The battle to close Britain's broadband divide suffered a blow today when the 
government pushed back the UK's target for universal access to high-speed 
networks by three years.

'WiMAX 2' set to be finalized in November
While LTE starts rolling out from major U.S. carriers in 2011, the WiMAX Forum 
is hoping to have the so-called WiMAX 2 standard up and ready to go by the start 
of 2012.


(c) David Goldstein 2010


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