[DNS] domain name news - 17 September

[DNS] domain name news - 17 September

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:43:23 +1000
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news. And see my website - http://GoldsteinReport.com/ - for daily updates in between postings.


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Global review of telecom regulations to impact millions of mobile, Internet users

auIGF: Join in the debate around Australia?s Internet future

Fadi Chehade starts at ICANN today, immediately shakes up senior management

ICANN's new CEO announces bold restructure

auDA Industry Advisory Panel releases draft recommendations

Update on 2010 Names Policy Panel recommendations

au: Benarkah Ini Akun Twitter Milik Revalina Temat?

Despite Long Dissenting Opinion, Youi.com Saved In UDRP Against Claim Of TM Holder, Youi Of Australia

RIPE NCC Begins to Allocate IPv4 Address Space From the Last /8

Europe hits old internet address limits

Aussie Company Pays US$528,000 for Accommodation Domains

Global review of telecom regulations to impact millions of mobile, Internet users
The global review of International Telecom Regulations (ITRs) is set to impact India?s 700-million-odd mobile users, as well as 100 million Internet users. Wireless broadband is expected to drive India?s Internet penetration objectives, outlined in the National Telecom Policy (NTP), 2012, as broadband on demand by 2015, 175 million broadband connections by 2017 and 600 million by 2020.

auIGF: Join in the debate around Australia?s Internet future
It?s only one month to go until the Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) begins in Canberra. There?s a plethora of issues to be discussed surrounding the core themes of access, openness and privacy, security and internet governance.

Fadi Chehade starts at ICANN today, immediately shakes up senior management
ICANN?s new CEO started work today, two weeks ahead of his original schedule, and immediately made several big changes to the senior management team.

ICANN's new CEO announces bold restructure
ICANN's new CEO Fadi Chehade has embarked on a bold restructure of the organization's management on his first day in the job.

New ICANN CEO is Out of the Blocks Two Weeks Early with Ambitious Operational Plans
Fadi Chehad? officially assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN Friday, two weeks ahead of his planned start date.

New ICANN CEO Lays Out The Future Of The Internet Under His Watch
ICANN is sort of like the Justice League of the Internet. They are a NGO that?s dedicated to protecting the Internet from any one stakeholder from gaining too much power. They are the people behind the expansion of the gTLDs earlier this summer that led to Google and Amazon bidding over domain names like .book and .talk. The group now has a new CEO and he has a plan to keep the Internet like it always has ? free of any one stakeholder?s influence.

New gTLD Video Update: Clarifying Questions
Michele Jourdan, Manager of New gTLD Communications at ICANN talks about Clarifying Questions. A preliminary review of new gTLD applications shows that a large number of applications will require additional information before they can be given a passing score. In order for the Evaluation Panels to get the information they need, they will be asking Clarifying Questions.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
(.ae) Domain Adminstration Celebrates 100,000 Registrations Mark
Signifying another milestone for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, the number of registrations for the .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) has reached 100,000 under the UAE national TLD. This achievement makes the UAE the leading nation in terms of the number of registrants in the Arab region.

auDA Industry Advisory Panel releases draft recommendations
The auDA Industry Advisory Panel has released its draft recommendations and is seeking public comments.

Update on 2010 Names Policy Panel recommendations
In August 2011 the auDA Board accepted the final report of the 2010 Names Policy Panel, which recommended changes to a number of .au domain name policies.

au: Benarkah Ini Akun Twitter Milik Revalina Temat?
Banyaknya orang-orang tak bertanggung jawab di dunia maya menggunakan nama selebriti untuk kepentingan diri sendiri. Atas kasus itu, sejumlah selebriti dunia seperti Angelina Jolie meminta secara resmi ke Twitter untuk menutup akun yang tak resmi. Aktris Hollywood itu memiliki akun Twitter yang di-protected serta tak bisa dilihat oleh publik. ... Nama domain mirandakerr.com.au didaftarkan oleh James Webster, seorang entrepeneur asal Sydney, yang memiliki 6.500 domain. Meski mengaku akan memberikan domain itu ke Kerr, tetapi Webster dianggap sudah melanggar aturan domain Australia yang dikeluarkan auDA. "Tujuan dari aturan itu adalah melarang seseorang menjual nama domain dengan melakukan cybersquatting dari orang-orang terkenal dan merek ternama," demikian disampaikan Chris Disspain, CEO auDA. Jika dijual, nama domain Miranda Kerr itu bisa bernilai hingga 200 ribu dollar Australia atau sekitar Rp 2 miliar (Rp 10.000 per dollar Australia).

AITI initiates consultancy project regulating .bn domains
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) has initiated a consultancy project regarding Domain Name Management to review the existing management of .bn ccTLD in Brunei Darussalam which started on April this year.

Have your say in the future of Canada?s Internet
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the organization that manages the .CA Internet domain, is bringing two of North America?s top digital thinkers to Ottawa to talk about how the unrestricted growth of the global Internet is vital to the economic and social future of Canada and the rest of the world.

Chinese IDN sunrise starts Sunday for ASCII domains
CNNIC, the .cn registry, is going to open up its .?? internationalized domain name to Latin-script strings next month, and sunrise kicks off this weekend.

Sunrise For Chinese IDN Starts 16 September
The sunrise registration period, or as CNNIC describes it the ?privileged registration and privileged upgrade? period, for the Chinese internationalised domain name commences on Sunday 16 September.

Czech BIRD software the most popular route server
EURO-IX, an association of the largest global Internet Exchange Points (IXP), released its annual report, including a listing of the most frequently used route servers in peering centres.

New RFC published by WG co-chaired by Ond?ej Sur? of CZ.NIC
The DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities) working group, chaired by Ond?ej Sur? of CZ.NIC Laboratories and a Google representative, issued a new Internet standard in August.

Securing the management of domain names: Afnic recommendations
Afnic has published its issue paper on securing the management of domain names for companies present on the Internet

.Me Registry announces five day social media contest
Get ready to get social. The .ME Registry, operator of the .ME domain name extension, the most personal domain around, today announced the ?You are Not a .com, You are a .ME? social media contest.

Beginning of the open registration of .??? domain names
On 1 August 2012, registrations opened with a Land Rush for the Serbian IDN .???. From now on, everyone can register a .??? domain name, regardless of whether or not they already have an equivalent .rs domain name.

cctld.ru Event Opens In Budva
The 5th annual cctld event run by .ru has opened this morning in Budva, Montenegro. The opening session included speeches from the local government, the .me registry, ICANN and the .ru cctld.

Andrey Kolesnikov: ?Nowadays Russian Internet market is the biggest in Europe?
The 5th International Conference for ccTLD registries and registrars of CIS and Eastern Europe opened on 12, September in Montenegro. This year the Conference hosts more than 100 attendees presenting ccTLD registries and registrars from 32 countries of the world.

Rwanda?s top web domain handed over
After a seven-year long process of transferring Rwanda?s ccTLD, ?.rw?- from Belgium, finally Rwandans can now manage their national identity.

Rwandans to manage .rw domain
The Rwanda Information Communication and Technology Association yesterday announced that the ccTLD .rw will be run by the government.

uk: FOI, fear and personal emails for public business
This expression of relief came in an email from a civil servant at the business department discussing government matters - but sent from his personal email account to colleagues at their private email addresses.

Dollars and Sense
At this point, we all understand that for new gTLD applicants, new domain extensions do not come cheap, especially considering the $185,000 price tag just to submit an application. But what many have not yet come to terms with is the fact that even if companies did not apply for their own new gTLDs, there will be significant costs associated with the rollout of potentially up to 1,409 unique new extensions over the next few years.

.bank has competition!
Well, looks like the European Banking Authority?s urging for a ban on the establishment of .bank TLD earlier this year has fallen on deaf ears at ICANN. In fact, not only is ICANN prepared to go ahead with such a TLD, more than one entity has applied to operate not only the .bank TLD, but also .banque. So, who are behind these applications?

MarkMonitor Q2 2012 Fraud Intelligence Report
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the second quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are:

Spot the bot: Identifying robot behavior to defeat DDOS attacks
Government websites have been frequent targets of distributed denial of service attacks, which attempt to overwhelm a Web server with so many requests that the site becomes unavailable. Spotting such an attack in the early going would help fend it off, but that can depend on what type of DDOS attack it is.

UDRP panel gets LivingSocal.com decision correct
I frequently write about when UDRP panels make the wrong decision, and sometimes that?s the case even when they find for the respondent. Some domainers give me grief for it, but I call it how I see it.

Despite Long Dissenting Opinion, Youi.com Saved In UDRP Against Claim Of TM Holder, Youi Of Australia
A three member UDRP panel ruled by 2-1 in favor of the domain holder of Youi.com against Youi Pty Ltd. of Queensland, Australia, which was represented by Melbourne IT.

 - IPv4/IPv6
RIPE NCC Begins to Allocate IPv4 Address Space From the Last /8
On Friday 14 September, 2012, the RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, distributed the last blocks of IPv4 address space from the available pool.

Europe hits old internet address limits
Europe has almost exhausted its stock of old-style internet addresses. Strict rationing of these addresses - called IPv4 - has been started by the body that hands them out in Europe.

Internet IPv4 address system hits its limit
The system that allows connects computers on the internet has hit its limit after 30 years of rapid growth, forcing major changes to the technology that has driven the information revolution.

Europe officially runs out of IPv4 addresses
Earlier today, the RIPE NCC (R?seaux IP Europ?ens Network Coordination Centre) announced it is down to its last "/8" worth of IPv4 addresses.

IPv6 Adoption Going Nowhere Fast
One of the key elements of the 451 Group's report new Networking Reference Report is the Heat Rank index that ranks various networking related technologies by interest and adoption rates.

Directi adds nearly 2.5 lakh domain names every month: Bhavin Turakhia, CEO
Founded in 1998 by the brothers Bhavin and Divyank Turakhia, the Directi Group, a group of businesses that develops mass-market web products, has come a long way.

Internet Society Hosts Seminar for Policymakers on Internet Standards Framework
Event held in conjunction with the XXI Meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission highlighted importance of open Internet standards

RIPE NCC Publishes Latest Member Update
The RIPE NCC is pleased to announce that the latest issue of the Member Update is available online. This issue includes an update from the RIPE NCC Managing Director as well as articles on RIPE Atlas, IPv6 and the process for allocating the remaining IPv4 Space in the RIPE NCC service region.

ARIN Board Adopts Bylaws Changes
The ARIN Board of Trustees adopted Bylaws changes at its meeting on 24 August 2012.

How To Pick A Domain Name That Will Rank Well In Google
In this article we will learn how to pick a domain name that will rank well in Google.

President Aquino signed on Wednesday Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 that will punish libel online and combat Internet-related offenses in the country. ... Also punishable under the new law are content-related offenses like cybersex and child pornography, unsolicited commercial communications or cyber squatting. 

GoDaddy apologizes for outage with 30% discounts
GoDaddy announced Thursday 30 percent across-the-board discounts to its customers as an apology for an outage that knocked out the company's services for several hours this week.

Netcraft September 2012 Web Server Survey
In the September 2012 survey we received responses from 620,132,319 sites, a decrease of 8M sites since last month's survey.

Hacking The Future
After its big leak of U.S. diplomatic cables into the public domain, WikiLeaks has had some trouble finding a Web hosting company. This is nothing new. Service providers tend to err on the side of safety when it comes to provocative geopolitical doings. It's a common frustration among self-described freedom fighters. So far we've examined how anonymous activists are picking away at different properties of the Web. Some try to make sure advertisers can't track us. Others aim to put restrictions on government surveillance. Some build cryptography tools that mask traffic.

Aussie Company Pays US$528,000 for Accommodation Domains
Australian Company Pixel Capital Pty Ltd has announced that it has purchased Accommodation.com and Accommodation.co.uk for US$528,000.

Un-Presidential Domains: Domainer-Domination of Campaign-Related Domain Names
With the presidential election quickly approaching, domain name owners have been persistent in registering domain names that could be valuable to democrats, republicans or any political action committee. Since June, there have been thousands of election-related domain names registered by prospectors looking to get lucky subsequent to official announcements by either party. With Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney?s announcement that Paul Ryan would be his running mate, democrats and republicans alike raced to register any domain name relating to the tandem.

Paul Stahura?s time machine ? 1995 domain rush all over again [interview]
I wish I could go back to 1995, and register domains. We?ve all said this line at least once in our life. I wish I could go back to that magical 1995? But think about, you would have to pay at least 1000$ for renewals because back then price for .com was as high as 100$.

Speculating On Celebrity Sex Tape Domains
I?ve noticed recently there are a fair number of speculative registrations surrounding which uber-celeb may wind up falling victim to the next celebrity sex tape scandal.

Are Exact-Match Domains (EMDs) in Decline?
One of the great, ongoing debates of SEO (#4 of 673) is the influence of Exact-Match Domains (EMDs) on rankings. Part of my goal in launching MozCast was to collect historical data that would allow us to put some of these contentious questions to the test, and now that we have a few months of data, I thought it would be interesting to dig into the EMD question.

Three songs and you are disconnected from cyberspace? Not in Germany where the industry may 'turn piracy into profit' by Sandra Schmitz & Thorsten Ries
Abstract: Musical and cinematographic works are shared on a large scale via the Internet, often disrespecting copyrights. State initiatives seek to curtail online copyright infringements in different ways; the latest being graduated response schemes, where the alleged infringer is initially warned twice before he is sanctioned. In this context questions arise inter alia as regards the identification of the actual infringer, information rights of the rights holder, reliability of tracking methods or judicial review of the allegations. In this context, it is of some interest to see how these questions are dealt with under similar regimes. This paper outlines how these questions and online copyright infringements in general are targeted under German civil law and how this has become a profitable tool of the music and film industry, in particular following the introduction of further information rights by the Enforcement Directive. It critically evaluates the recent developments in Germany and argues for a more restrictive interpretation of the relevant provision of the German Copyright Act.

The Three Strikes And You Are Out Challenge by Felipe Romero Moreno
Abstract: The UK Digital Economy Act 2010 (DEA), which comprises graduated response measures intended to prevent virtual intellectual property (IP) contravention has generated heated debate. While some research has started to investigate the provisions for dealing with online copyright infringement, little attention has been paid to the fact that technology is fast exceeding the confines of this legislation.

Privacy in Cyberworld: Why Lock the Gate After the Horse Has Bolted? by Lisa Collingwood
Abstract: In this paper, the author sets out to critique the way in which the principles of off-line privacy protection apply in an on-line environment. The UK approach will be focused upon, the objective being to consider what (non-celebrity) on-line claimants might expect in bringing a privacy violation claim through the domestic courts. The essential characteristics of communicating on-line will be examined so as to explore the nature of an action in misuse of private information and the potential hurdles that require to be overcome before a claim in privacy violation can be remedied at common law.

Name Suppression Orders and Web 2.0 Media: the New Zealand Experience by Jonathan Barrett
Abstract: This commentary discusses the impact of Web 2.0 media on name suppression orders in New Zealand criminal trials. Specific consideration is given to offenders who are well known as they are most likely to attract the attention of bloggers.

Censorship V3.1 by Derek E. Bambauer [Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper]
Abstract: Internet censorship has evolved. In Version 1.0, censorship was impossible; in Version 2.0, it was a characteristic of repressive regimes; and in Version 3.0, it spread to democracies who desired to use technology to restrain unwanted information. Its latest iteration, Version 3.1, involves near-ubiquitous censorship by democratic and authoritarian countries alike.

China's Media: The Impact of the Internet by Richard Cullen & D. W. Choy [San Diego international Law Review]
Abstract: This article reviews the operation, growth and particularly the (often confused and complex) regulation of the Internet within the People's Republic of China; both the largest and most successful (by many measures) One Party State the world has seen.

The Internet in China by Richard Cullen & D. W. Choy [Columbia Journal of Asian Law]
Abstract: The impact of the Internet on all spheres of life, political, commercial, and social, has been very significant. For a country like China, which regards modernization as a near absolute fundamental value, the allure of the Internet is immense.

CCi Digital Futures 2012: The Internet in Australia by Scott Ewing & Julian Thomas
Abstract: This report presents findings from the third survey of the Australian component of the World Internet Project. The survey was conducted in 2011.

The Risks and Rewards of Social Media
Does extending your brand through social media carry risk for your company? According to a recent article by eMarketer, many companies believe that social media is one of the top five sources of risk over the next three years, and the most popular social sites have the most potential for risk.

Report: 1 in 5 Women Use Pinterest. So Where?s the Money?
Women?s love of Pinterest has been one of the major story lines around the social media upstart. A new survey has uncovered some striking numbers to back that story up. A new report from Pew says that one-fifth of all women in the U.S. who go online belong to Pinterest, using the site to post photos of everything from wedding ideas and dessert recipes to vacation locales and sports cars. That news might sound great for Pinterest, except that the company still hasn?t pinned down a way to turn that love into money.

Women Prefer Pinterest, Young Adults Choose Instagram
If you?re someone who likes to post original photos and videos online, there?s a name for you. You?re a creator, according to research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. ?Creators,? who post photos and videos online that they made, make up 46% of Internet users. The 41% who gather videos they find elsewhere and post on image-sharing sites are called curators.

NSW Police lead world in social media use
New South Wales Police have officially been recognised as world leaders in the use of social media.

au: Conroy takes swipe at 'arrogant' Twitter
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says Twitter is acting as though it is above the law.

au: Twitter makes moves to prevent online trolls
Twitter has moved to ban online abuse, as the Federal Government called on it to establish an Australian outpost to deal with community concerns.

au: Beauty Laura Dundovic stalked by a Twitter beast
THE dark side of social media has forced beauty queen turned-TV host Laura Dundovic to seek police protection after she was harassed and threatened online.

Is technology sapping children?s creativity?
The technology revolution has sparked a new debate about just how much parents should allow their young children to play with iPads, iPhones and other devices. Here?s a smart look at the issue by early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., when she won the Embracing the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Children?s Action Corps for work over several decades on behalf of children and families. Carlsson-Paige is author of ? Taking Back Childhood? and the mother of two artist sons, Matt and Kyle Damon.

us: Pricing Amy: Should Those Who Download Child Pornography Pay the Victims?
?Amy? was just 4 years old when her uncle first trained his sights on her. He gave her rides on his motorcycle and bought her treats, including her favorite, beef jerky?gaining her trust before he started doing the unspeakable.

nz: School adopts cyber agreement
A Dunedin secondary school has become the first in Otago to approve a new "cyber citizen agreement", which could see pupils stood down or suspended if they misused the school's computer equipment.

au: R18+ classification guidelines released
Computer games will fall under one of six ratings under new guidelines, with some games refused a classification if they contain certain criteria.

Pirated Rihanna songs land Frenchman in court
The first person has been fined under France's new anti-piracy law. Alain Prevost was fined ?150 for pirating two Rihanna tracks even though his wife admitted she downloaded the songs.

France convicts first person under anti-piracy law (even though he didn't do it)
A 40-year-old Frenchman living in rural eastern France has become the first person ordered to pay a fine under France?s controversial anti-piracy three-strikes law known as Hadopi.

France sees first conviction under new antipiracy law
France has assessed its first fine under the antipiracy law known as Hadopi.

French Anti-Piracy Law Claims First Victim, Convicted of Failing to Secure His Internet Connection
According to news reports published earlier today, the French anti-piracy law has claimed its first victim. The individual, described by TorrentFreak as a ?craftsman from a small village in eastern France,? was convicted of allowing his WiFi connection to be used to download songs without obtaining prior permission from the copyright owners. Under the three-strikes law in France, known as Hadopi this could leave the man liable for up to a 1,500 euro fine. He could also have his Internet connection shut off while still being forced to continue to pay for the connection (the so-called ?double pain?). The court found the man guilty, settling on a 150 euro fine. Thankfully, the court declined to suspend his Internet connection. While we were heartened that the individual's Internet connection was not suspended, EFF condemns the ongoing application of Hadopi, which along with similar copyright legislation threatens our rights to access and publish content freely online. This ruling serves as further evidence that such three-strikes laws must be repealed.

French court levies first fine under three-strikes law on illegal downloads under Hadopi [IDG]
A French court fined a man ?150 (US$193) on Thursday for failing to secure his Internet connection, according to a spokesman for the French High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Hadopi).

Manchester named as UK's biggest piracy city in study
Manchester has been named the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study seen exclusively by the BBC.

us: Appeals Court Upholds $9,250 Per Song Penalty in Filesharing Case, Says Constitution Doesn't Limit Penalties
The damages provisions of copyright law - up to $150,000 per infringed work without any proof of harm - are crazy. And according to the federal appeals court in Minnesota, the Constitution does not restore sanity. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the original jury verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset: a $222,000 penalty for sharing 24 songs on a peer-to-peer network. That's $9,250 per song (for songs that sell for about a dollar at retail). Frighteningly, the court suggested that statutory damages awarded by a judge or jury don't need to have ANY connection to the harm actually suffered by a copyright owner.

Smartphone Ads and Their Drawbacks
At two inches wide and one-third of an inch tall, a display ad shown on a smartphone isn?t much of a canvas for a creative marketer seeking to promote a product or service.

Despite a Slowdown, Smartphone Advances Are Still Ahead
The arrival of the original iPhone in 2007 was a quantum leap for cellphones. Phones had never worked or looked like that. The iPhone 5 that Apple introduced last week with only incremental changes seemed to signal that the industry has entered an era of technological bunny hops.

The real cost of an iPhone 5: life in the Foxconn factory
Any committed foodie will wax lyrical about the value of provenance ? the integrity of the food, the care and craft behind creating it. How long, then, before this middle-class preoccupation with quality, traceability and plain goodness of the things we buy extends into technology?

Google Motorola faces German ban after Apple victory
Google's Motorola unit faces being forced to recall its Android tablets and smartphones from Germany after losing a patent lawsuit against Apple.

Apple did not violate Samsung patents - U.S. trade judge
Apple did not violate patents owned by Samsung Electronics in making the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, a judge at the International Trade Commission said in a preliminary ruling on Friday.

ITC sides with Apple, says no violation of Samsung patents
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Apple's iPhones, iPods, and iPads do not violate four Samsung patents, dealing a blow to Samsung's legal offensive against Apple and its portable devices.

USITC judge rules that Apple doesn't infringe Samsung patents [IDG]
An administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has ruled that Apple does not infringe four computing and mobile patents held by Samsung.

Australia among world's top spam producers: report
Australia has emerged as a global leader in the production of spam, according to a new international report.

The Mobile Browser Dominates in Emerging Markets
There are seven billion people in this world and only 1.2 billion computers ? but close to six billion cellphones. That makes the commercialization ability and growth potential for the mobile Internet massively greater than that of the PC-based Internet. China, the world?s biggest Internet market, recently surpassed the U.S. in smartphone activation, and the mobile browser is once again coming to the forefront. Here?s why.

Linking to infringing material can violate copyright, says Dutch court [IDG]
A link to leaked Playboy pictures published by the Dutch blog GeenStijl infringed on Playboy's copyrights, the Court of Amsterdam ruled this week. It is the first time a Dutch court has deemed a hyperlink not only illegal but also copyright infringing.

>From Brand New Laptop to Infected by Pressing 'On' [AP]
A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a brand new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the Internet for another computer.

Microsoft Finds PCs That Ship Pre-Infected
One more thing to worry about: Your brand-spanking-new computer could be infected with a virus that will raid your online bank account.

Malware inserted on PC production lines, says study
Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware - PC production lines.

Microsoft Intercepts 'Nitol' Botnet And 70,000 Malicious Domains
Microsoft has sinkholed yet another botnet: This time, it's one out of China that also spread via counterfeit software secretly embedded with the malware.

Nitol and 3322.org Takedown by Microsoft by Gunter Ollmann
Reading this morning's blog from Microsoft about "Operation b70" left me wondering a lot of things. Most analysts within the botnet field are more than familiar with 3322.org - a free dynamic DNS provider based in China known to be unresponsive to abuse notifications and a popular home to domain names used extensively for malicious purposes - and its links to several botnets around the world.

Twitter hands over messages at heart of Occupy case
Legal pressure has forced Twitter to hand over messages sent by an Occupy Wall Street protester.

Twitter gives Occupy protester's tweets to U.S. judge
Twitter handed over tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester to a New York criminal judge on Friday after months of fighting a subpoena from prosecutors in a closely watched case pitting privacy and free speech advocates against law enforcement.

Twitter hands over Occupy protester's tweets
Twitter caved to a court order and handed over the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester rather than face a stiff fine.

Anonymous member arrested during online chat after threat against FBI
Dallas law enforcement authorities have arrested self-professed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown in what appears to have been a dramatic raid of his apartment late Wednesday night.

nz: How to sidestep cyber crime
Here's has some tips for diagnosing and dodging common computer nasties.

MarkMonitor Q2 2012 Fraud Intelligence Report
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the second quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are:

Spot the bot: Identifying robot behavior to defeat DDOS attacks
Government websites have been frequent targets of distributed denial of service attacks, which attempt to overwhelm a Web server with so many requests that the site becomes unavailable. Spotting such an attack in the early going would help fend it off, but that can depend on what type of DDOS attack it is.

IE10: When the Privacy Button Is Already Pressed
It could usher in a new era of online privacy. Or it might bowdlerize the Internet as we know it. Then again, it might do almost nothing at all.

Freedom Not Fear: Creating a Surveillance-Free Internet
Privacy rights face a crisis. Governments around the world have been taking overreaching, fear-based surveillance measures against essential online freedoms. Organizing an international resistance demands a complex understanding of both the latest online surveillance trends and of long-standing threats to privacy.

Google Has No Plans to Rethink Video Status
Google said on Friday that it would not comply with a White House request to reconsider the anti-Islam video that has set off violent protests in the Arab world in light of its rules banning hate speech on YouTube, which it owns.

Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip
Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.

White House pressures Google over anti-Islam video
The White House has acknowledged pressuring Google over an amateur anti-Islam video that is legally protected under U.S. law.

Google?s restricting of anti-Muslim video shows role of Web firms as free-speech arbiters
Google lists eight reasons on its ?YouTube Community Guidelines? page for why it might take down a video. Inciting riots is not among them. But after the White House warned Tuesday that a crude anti-Muslim movie trailer had sparked lethal violence in the Middle East, Google acted.

As Violence Spreads in Arab World, Google Blocks Access to Inflammatory Video
As violence spread in the Arab world over a video on YouTube ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad, Google, the owner of YouTube, blocked access to it in two of the countries in turmoil, Egypt and Libya, but did not remove the video from its Web site.

YouTube restricts video access over Libyan violence
YouTube on Wednesday announced it was restricting access to a controversial video that has been blamed for inciting violence in Libya and protests in Egypt.

Google blocks YouTube clip only in Egypt and Libya
YouTube, the video website owned by Google Inc, will not remove a film clip mocking the Islamic Prophet Mohammad that has been blamed for anti-U.S. protests in Egypt and Libya, but it has blocked access to it in those countries.

Pakistan, other countries block controversial YouTube video [IDG]
Pakistan will block access within the country to a YouTube film trailer that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and sparked protests at U.S. embassies this week in Libya and Egypt earlier this week, and in Yemen on Thursday, a spokesman for the country's telecom regulator said Thursday.

India Also Blocks Controversial Video on Youtube [IDG]
India has also blocked a controversial YouTube film trailer that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, a source at the Internet Service Providers Association of India said Friday.

Google blocks controversial YouTube video in India [IDG]
Google has blocked access in India to a YouTube film trailer that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, claiming it was meeting a valid legal process, the company said on Friday.

in: Intelligence agencies to keep an eye on social media content
Soon, what you upload on Facebook and Youtube will be monitored by the country?s intelligence agencies. With social media firms, including Google and Facebook, declining to monitor content on their Web pages, the Government plans to do the job on its own.

vn: Hanoi Web Crackdown Hits Blogs; Foreign Firms Fret
Vietnam's leaders are stepping up their campaign against critical blogs, ordering government investigators to arrest the operators of three websites at a time when global Internet companies are growing more worried about doing business in the tightly policed country.

TPP Trade Delegates Shut Out Internet Users' Concerns as They Continue to Meet Behind Closed Doors
Secret negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) continued this week in a golf resort outside Washington DC, and the process continues to be as secret and undemocratic as ever. TPP is yet another example of how the US entertainment and pharma industry are pressuring lawmakers to push forward overprotective intellectual property laws that will also put the Internet and its users at risk.

uk: Twitter claims government surveillance plans will leave firm open to lawsuits
Twitter has warned that government plans to record the internet and mobile phone use of Britons could expose it to a spate of privacy lawsuits from web users outside the UK.

Twitter raises privacy concerns with UK communication surveillance proposals
Twitter has said that Government plans to increase the UK intelligence services' communications surveillance capabilities could cause it to breach the privacy rights of individuals based elsewhere in the world.

ph: Aquino signs anti-cybercrime law
President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law a bill to combat cyber crimes in the country, a Palace official said on Saturday.

ph: Aquino signs law against cybersex, other internet-related crimes
Stripping for a sex show on the Internet? Think twice. Cybersex is now a crime in the Philippines.

in: Entertainment industry and Internet piracy in focus
The first-of-its-kind initiative by the anti-piracy cell of the Kerala Police to register cases against 1,010 Internet users for uploading or downloading the Malayalam film Bachelor Party has sparked a debate between social media experts and legal puritans on what the law actually says.

us: Want to Weigh In on Web User Rights? Proposed Law Is Being Drafted by Individuals Online
At a time when privacy and intellectual property issues often collide with the day-to-day reality of what individuals and corporations consider ordinary uses of the Internet, an effort is afoot to create a Digital Citizen's Bill of Rights.

The Australian Law Council says Labor's data retention plans go too far
Federal government plans to make telcos store records of their customers' internet habits for two years would breach Australian cultural boundaries, the Law Council says.

Freedom Not Fear: Sydney Edition
NOTE: On Sept. 14 ? 17, activists with the Freedom Not Fear movement will stage an international week of action to oppose various forms of surveillance. EFF is spending this week examining surveillance trends and spotlighting movements that have sprung up in opposition. You can follow our series here.

Professor Michael Geist on TPP and its Effects on Canadian Internet Users
Canada had been lobbying to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and its efforts were seemingly paid off with an exclusive invite to the secretive nine-country trade agreement in June. There is no doubt that the TPP will affect many areas of the Canadian economy from agriculture to manufacturing, but the agreement would also regulate intellectual property rights and that could have big consequences for Internet users? freedoms.

Chinese Telecom Executives Deny Government Control at U.S. Hearing
Executives of ZTE and Huawei, two of the largest phone-equipment makers in China, tried to dispel allegations by U.S. lawmakers that their potential expansions could lead to an increase in cyberattacks and spying.

China Telecom Firms Defend Themselves Amid U.S. Probe
Lawmakers clashed with Chinese telecommunication executives Thursday in a high-profile grilling of two Chinese companies that U.S. officials say pose a foreign spying threat to the U.S.

Amid US probe, China telecom firms defend record [AFP]
The leaders of a congressional probe into two Chinese telecom giants expressed fresh concerns Thursday about the firms' links to the Beijing government, as the companies defended their integrity.

in: Airtel, Vodafone & Idea lose over 5.1 million subscribers in August: COAI [PTI]
GSM operators including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea lost a total of over 7.10 million subscribers in August this year, bringing down the total subscriber base in the country to 671.95 million, Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) said today.

The shame of Vodafine NZ
The NZ$960,000 fine that the courts delivered to Vodafone this week is absolutely deserved. If anything, I would say that the telco has got off lightly with its persistent offending.

Huawei to Australia: Give us a break
Huawei, the Chinese mobile company hoping to make its way to the U.S. and elsewhere, expressed disappointment with the Australian government today for not being included in the country's National Broadband Network.

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