[DNS] auDA domain name news - 18 April

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 18 April

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:01:54 +1000
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ICANN seeks input on new strategic plan
<http://www.zdnet.com/icann-seeks-input-on-new-strategic-plan-7000013973/>

GAC Advice on new gTLDs ?not the end of the story?
<http://domainincite.com/12673-gac-advice-on-new-gtlds-not-the-end-of-the-story>

ICANN cancels New York new gTLD party
<http://domainincite.com/12690-icann-cancels-new-york-new-gtld-party>

Harvard.xxx a Brand Cautionary Tale as Web Adds New Names
<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-15/harvard-xxx-a-brand-cautionary-tale-as-web-adds-new-names.html>

Boston Marathon Blasts See Cybersquatters Exploit Tragedy
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/04/16/boston-marathon-blasts-cybersquatters/>


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GOVERNANCE
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Internet pioneer envisions a world that?s always online
The day likely will come when people will stop talking about ?getting on the internet,? because they will be on it all the time, an internet pioneer says. ?It will just be a given,? Steve Crocker said during a lecture this week at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo.
<http://www.therecord.com/news/business/article/920136--internet-pioneer-envisions-a-world-that-s-always-online>

EU digital rights groups demand net neutrality protection [IDG]
More than 80 European digital rights organizations on Wednesday called on the European Commission to do more to protect net neutrality.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2035438/eu-digital-rights-groups-demand-net-neutrality-protection.html>

Who Really Runs the Internet?
A ?multi-stakeholder model? governs the Internet, but what does that really mean? In essence, it means that no one person or organization controls the Web. The network itself is decentralized, with private carriers owning much of the telecommunications infrastructure and nonprofit groups coordinating standards so the various networks can communicate with each other.
<http://www.rollcall.com/news/who_really_runs_the_internet-224102-1.html>

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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Single Source of Whois-Related Agreement Provisions and Policies
Today, ICANN posted a single information source for the current gTLD WHOIS-related agreement provisions and policies to make them easier for the community to access. The suggestion for such a webpage came from the WHOIS Policy Review Team and was accepted by the Board for implementation on 8 November 2012.
<http://blog.icann.org/2013/04/single-source-of-whois-related-agreement-provisions-and-policies/>

The voice of the crowd-ICANN Public Forum: ICANN Ombudsman Blog
One of the features of the regular ICANN meeting is the public forum which is now held on Thursday afternoon, the last day of the meeting. This is an occasion where the voice of the people can be heard, and the only restriction on the topic is that the speakers must limit their address to 2 minutes and comply with the ICANN rules about Expected Standards of Behaviour. These are ?Treat all members of the ICANN community equally, irrespective of nationality, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age, or sexual orientation; members of the ICANN community should treat each other with civility both face to face and online.?
<https://www.myicann.org/news/topics/13126/page/1/articles/26428>

An Update on Technical Engagement
ICANN has a long tradition of working with the Internet community to support technical training, going back 10 years to the ICANN meeting in Carthage, Tunisia in October 2003. Over the years, these trainings have assisted with improving skills, creating awareness of DNS threats and mitigations, and enabled DNSSEC in a number of ccTLDs.
<http://blog.icann.org/2013/04/an-update-on-technical-engagement/>
<https://www.myicann.org/news/topics/13126/page/1/articles/26435>

Webinar: WHOIS Policy Review Team Recommendations - Implementation Update
Join ICANN Staff for an update on ICANN's ongoing and planned activities to fully enforce the existing WHOIS policy for gTLDs.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-16apr13-en.htm>
<https://www.myicann.org/news/topics/13126/page/1/articles/26434>

Customer Service Portal Migrated to Salesforce.com to Provide Enhanced Functionality and User Experience
Today, ICANN completed the migration of the Customer Service Portal (Portal) to the Salesforce.com platform. This move to a best-of-breed CRM platform creates a strong foundation in an ongoing effort to consolidate systems and provide industry-standard functionalities that will enhance the user experience for all new gTLD applicants.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-17apr13-en>

Single Source of Whois-Related Agreement Provisions and Policies
Today, ICANN posted a single information source for the current gTLD WHOIS-related agreement provisions and policies to make them easier for the community to access. The suggestion for such a webpage came from the WHOIS Policy Review Team and was accepted by the Board for implementation on 8 November 2012.
<https://www.myicann.org/news/topics/13126/page/1/articles/26405>

Post-Beijing Interview with Fadi Chehad? and Steve Crocker
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OGEVPiFmiU>

New gTLD Customer Portal Tutorial 3.0 | 11 Apr 2013
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6mV3A8efX4>

ICANN seeks input on new strategic plan
ICANN is looking for feedback on how to improve its strategic plan, taking into account that the internet may be a different place in the next few years.
<http://www.zdnet.com/icann-seeks-input-on-new-strategic-plan-7000013973/>

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The Internet Society establishes Canadian Chapter
Advocate for the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for everyone, The Internet Society has announced the establishment of the Canada Chapter.
<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/the-internet-society-establishes-canadian-chapter--937412>

ca: Ottawa's corporate Businesswoman of the Year
The Women's Business Network of Ottawa has named nine of the city's top female industry leaders as finalists ahead of its awards gala on April 17. ... Twelve years later, Ms. Hauver continues to love what she does. In that time, she has volunteered her time and also built two human resources departments from the ground up ? at Pythian and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.
<http://www.obj.ca/Other/Special-Reports/2013-04-17/article-3218164/Ottawas-corporate-Businesswoman-of-the-Year/1>

ca: Local campaigns against hate
A Tsawwassen man is campaigning to see the classified advertising website Craigslist shut down in Canada because he says it's a venue for hatred and racism. ... According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Craigslist has a Canadian trademark so it is entitled to a .ca domain name and can operate its websites in Canada. However the company is based in the U.S. so according to the RCMP, don't need to abide by Canadian hate propaganda laws.
<http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/Local+campaigns+against+hate/8253828/story.html>

New Nigerian domain names likely to lead to growth
On 7 April 2013, the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA), announced the launch of the .ng domain name extension, making it possible to register Second Level Domains in Nigeria.
<http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/410/16/92195.html>

?How Nigeria loses N300 million yearly to foreign domain names?
POOR local Internet traffic control and increased usage of foreign domain names may be costing Nigeria a loss of about N300 million in capital flight yearly. Specifically, it was revealed that frequent usage of domain names including .net; .org; .com; .za among others by firms, individuals and government parastatals may be affecting the acceptability of Nigeria?s .ng in the country.
<http://www.guardiannewsngr.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=118985>

Vanuatu poised to unveil new national ICT policy
... In March this year the government, acting through the independent watchdog, the Telecommunication & Radiocommunication Regulator (TRR), began a public consultation on the fate of its ccTLD as it looks to take control of the resource. As reported by TeleGeography?s CommsUpdate, the .vu code is currently under the control of incumbent operator Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL), but a public consultation initiated in October 2012 proposed a shift in responsibility.
<http://www.telegeography.com/products/commsupdate/articles/2013/04/16/vanuatu-poised-to-unveil-new-national-ict-policy/>

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GAC Advice on new gTLDs ?not the end of the story?
Governments may want new gTLD registries to become the internet?s police force, but ICANN doesn?t have to take it lying down.
<http://domainincite.com/12673-gac-advice-on-new-gtlds-not-the-end-of-the-story>

ICANN cancels New York new gTLD party
The high-profile media event, scheduled for April 23, was set to feature an appearance from mayor Michael Bloomberg and was expected to be a coming-out party for new gTLDs.
<http://domainincite.com/12690-icann-cancels-new-york-new-gtld-party>

ICANN gTLDs: When Names Are Borrowed from an Atlas by Naseem Javed
When names are borrowed from an Atlas, things happen. Use of Geographic names have always caused some problems for two reasons; one they are in the public domain so anyone else can use them and two they connote that business is confined to just that geographic area. Like Paris Bakery, Waterloo Furniture or London Bank. Geographic naming was the biggest thing during last couple of centuries, as using name of a village or a city as a moniker was considered being on top of the hill.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130416_icann_gtlds_when_names_are_borrowed_from_an_atlas/>

Harvard.xxx a Brand Cautionary Tale as Web Adds New Names
Harvard University paid as much as $299 to register the last time the World Wide Web?s global overseer added a domain name to familiar ones including .com and .net. Rather than seeking a new opportunity, it signed up to keep harvard.xxx from being used as a porn site.
<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-15/harvard-xxx-a-brand-cautionary-tale-as-web-adds-new-names.html>

Government plans to restrict exclusive operation of '.cloud' domain backed by cloud industry body
A body representing the views of governments around the world has recommended that ICANN place restrictions on the ability of companies to act as registrants for web addresses rooted at some proposed new online domains.
<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/april/government-plans-to-restrict-exclusive-operation-of-cloud-domain-backed-by-cloud-industry-body/>

ICM Registry: .Sex, .Porn, .Adult Bound for Approval
ICM Registry's applications for .sex, .porn and .adult are bound for approval now that the objection period for generic TLDs is closed, said Stuart Lawley, who runs the company's .XXX registry as president.
<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=161700>

1&1 ditches .mail, keeps .gmx (for now)
United Internet1&1 Mail & Media GmbH has withdrawn its application for the TLD .mail in the wake of receiving two formal objections against its application.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/04/16/11-ditches-mail-keeps-gmx-for-now/>

.Bloomingdales Becomes 45th WIthdrawn New gTLD Application
Macy?s Inc. just withdrew its new gTLD application for .Bloomingdales with ICANN.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2013/04/16/bloomingdales-becomes-45th-withdrawn-new-gtld-application/>

Domain name update: the Trademark Clearinghouse is now accepting registrations
As Gray Plant Mooty previously reported, ICANN is poised to allow companies to operate new gTLDs in the coming months.
<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0ed4ae24-32ed-4f66-8792-176eff4af872>

New gTLDs raise data security concerns
... While we have previously focused on intellectual property concerns and objections to these new gTLDs, the launch perhaps raises another important consideration: What implications might the new gTLDs have on the security of the Internet itself?
<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=6cea62f9-448d-4f97-916e-2850265d63c4>

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Symantec report finds small businesses battered by cybercrime [IDG]
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting small businesses due to their less sophisticated defenses, according to a new report from Symantec.
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238414/Symantec_report_finds_small_businesses_battered_by_cybercrime>
<http://www.cio.com/article/731790/Symantec_Report_Finds_Small_Businesses_Battered_By_Cybercrime>

Targeted cyberattacks jump 42 percent in 2012, Symantec says
Internet users are seeing less spam but more targeted attacks, according to security software company Symantec.
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57579847-83/targeted-cyberattacks-jump-42-percent-in-2012-symantec-says/>

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Reveals Increase in Cyberespionage ? Including Threefold Increase in Small Business Attacks [news release]
Symantec Corp.?s Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 18 (ISTR) today revealed a 42 percent surge during 2012 in targeted attacks compared to the prior year. Designed to steal intellectual property, these targeted cyberespionage attacks are increasingly hitting the manufacturing sector as well as small businesses, which are the target of 31 percent of these attacks. Small businesses are attractive targets themselves and a way in to ultimately reach larger companies via ?watering hole? techniques. In addition, consumers remain vulnerable to ransomware and mobile threats, particularly on the Android platform.
<http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20130415_01>

Cyberattacks can't break the Internet
A recent string of gigantic cyberattacks has proven it is possible to bend, but not break the Internet.
<http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/16/technology/security/internet-cyberattacks/index.html>

DDOS attacks have increased in number and size this year, report says [IDG]
The volume, duration and frequency of DDOS attacks used to flood websites and other systems with junk traffic have significantly increased during the first three months of this year, according to a report released Wednesday by Florida-based DDOS mitigation provider Prolexic.
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238457/DDOS_attacks_have_increased_in_number_and_size_this_year_report_says>
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/459331/ddos_attacks_increased_number_size_year_report_says/>
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2035407/ddos-attacks-have-increased-in-number-and-size-this-year-report-says.html>

Laws Can't Save Banks From DDoS Attacks
A threat information-sharing bill wouldn't do much to help banks defend themselves against DDoS attacks
<http://www.darkreading.com/perimeter/laws-cant-save-banks-from-ddos-attacks/240153047>

CISPA critics bolstered by Obama veto threat
While opposition to the controversial cybersecurity bill CISPA has not been on the same level as last year?s grassroots groundswell against the anti-piracy bill SOPA, opponents of the bill got a boost late Tuesday when the Obama administration said the president would veto the bill ? officially known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ? in its current form.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/cispa-critics-bolstered-by-veto-threat/2013/04/17/2c2f761e-a76b-11e2-8302-3c7e0ea97057_story.html>

CISPA Awaits House Vote, Advisers Encourage Obama to Veto Bill
The Obama administration has threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on Tuesday, a week after the bill received a passing vote from the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/cispa-awaits-house-vote-advisers-encourage-obama-to-veto-bill>

White House Threatens CISPA Veto, Says Revised Cybersecurity Bill Doesn't Adequately Protect Privacy, Civil Liberties
The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a controversial cybersecurity bill out of concern that it fails to protect the privacy of Internet users.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/white-house-cispa-veto-threat_n_3094865.html>

White House threatens to veto CISPA ahead of vote [IDG]
The White House has threatened to veto the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in its present form, citing concerns that the bill does not adequately prevent sharing of irrelevant personal information.
<http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/041713-white-house-threatens-to-veto-268794.html>

Green light for new regulation for EU Cyber Security Agency ENISA given by the European Parliament [news release]
Today, 16, April, the European Parliament voted in plenary in Strasbourg, on the new regulation proposal for strengthening ENISA, the EU?s ?cyber security? Agency (formally the European Network and Information Security Agency).
<http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/green-light-for-new-regulation-for-eu-cyber-security-agency-enisa-given-by-the-european-parliament>

European Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote to extend mandate of ENISA and strengthen EU Cybersecurity [news release]
The European Commission welcomes the vote of the European Parliament in a plenary session today to extend the mandate of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-341_en.htm>

DDoS Attacks Targeting ISPs on the Rise: Prolexic Q1 2013 Report
DDoS protection services provider Prolexic Technologies released its Quarterly Global DDoS Attack report on Wednesday for Q1 2013, a quarter that it says was defined by the increase in the targeting of Internet Service Provider and carrier route infrastructures.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ddos-attacks-targeting-isps-on-the-rise-prolexic-q1-2013-report>

Stuxnet and the Dawn of Algorithmic Warfare
Though autonomous, destructive robots are a long-time, hackneyed science fiction plot, for some time, this new kind of warfare has been shifting from yesterday's movie to today's reality. But unforeseen by the imaginations of both headline and science fiction writers, it was not a missile-laden drone or humanoid Terminator that introduced this new kind of combat, but a piece of software.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-healey/stuxnet-cyberwarfare_b_3091274.html>

Wordpress attacked by giant botnet
The Wordpress blogging platform, which hosts more than 64 million websites, has been attacked by a huge botnet
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-22152296>

Large botnet attacks WordPress installations worldwide
WordPress targeted Hosting companies are reporting increased brute force attacks on WordPress installations around the world. The attacks have been traced back to a botnet that is apparently controlling as many as 90,000 IP addresses.
<http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Large-botnet-attacks-WordPress-installations-worldwide-1841950.html>

Microsoft Discovers Trojan That Erases Evidence Of Its Existence
Researchers at Microsoft have spotted a Trojan downloader that does something very savvy yet rare: it deletes its own components so researchers and forensics investigators can't analyze or identify it.
<http://www.darkreading.com/security/vulnerabilities/240152960/microsoft-discovers-trojan-that-erases-evidence-of-its-existence.html>

Why Government Should Stop Botnets
Why should government intervene in the economy? One reason is so-called externalities like pollution whose producers shift their costs to society. And Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ? like the one on April 11 that crashed Mt. Gox, the exchange that carriers 80% of Bitcoin transactions and slashed the electronic currency?s value by 72% ? create big externalities.
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2013/04/15/why-government-should-stop-botnets/>

us: Privacy group urges rules distinguish between Cyber crime and Cyber terror
A privacy group urged the federal agency charged with drawing up a national framework for Cyber security protections to make distinctions between criminal activity and terrorist threats on the Internet.
<http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/28918>

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Google domain hijacked in Kenya
Google?s Kenyan web site was reportedly inaccessible yesterday due to a hijacking of the company?s local domain name.
<http://domainincite.com/12687-google-domain-hijacked-in-kenya>

Google Loses Claim to Domain Name
Mediators of the National Arbitration Forum have dismissed a claim made by Google against Canadian company groovle.com demanding they transfer their domain name to it because it is too similar to theirs. The three judges appointed by the Forum refused the request, stating that the domain name is not similar enough to confuse people.
<http://www.commercetuned.co.uk/news/google-loses-claim-to-domain-name-022.php>

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What's the Best IPv6 Transition Option for You? by Stephane Bourque
After decades of talk, the time for IPv6 has finally arrived. There are several transition options available, but whatever approach you choose, the challenge will be to make sure that your subscribers don't experience a reduction in quality of service. IPv4 is likely to co-exist with IPv6 for some time, so a native dual-stack migration strategy will be the best transition option for most providers... With dual-stack mode, there is no disruption to the service if a client requests an IPv4 address.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130416_what_is_the_best_ipv6_transition_option_for_you/>

Migrating to IPv6: Advice for Getting Started
CIOs may think they can wait to start planning for IPv6. In fact, IPv6 migrations tend to be more complicated and take longer than many organizations anticipate.
<http://deloitte.wsj.com/cio/2013/04/17/migrating-to-ipv6-advice-for-getting-started/>

Correlation Between Country Governance Regimes & Reputation of Their Internet Address Allocations by kc claffy
We recently analyzed the reputation of a country's Internet (IPv4) addresses by examining the number of blacklisted IPv4 addresses that geolocate to a given country. We compared this indicator with two qualitative measures of each country's governance. We hypothesized that countries with more transparent, democratic governmental institutions would harbor a smaller fraction of misbehaving (blacklisted) hosts. The available data confirms this hypothesis. A similar correlation exists between perceived corruption and fraction of blacklisted IP addresses.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130417_correlation_country_governance_regimes_and_reputation_of_ip/>

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Boston Marathon Blasts See Cybersquatters Exploit Tragedy
The two bombs exploding seconds apart, creating a bloody chaotic scene near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today has seen cybersquatters quickly exploit the tragedy.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=20099>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/04/16/boston-marathon-blasts-cybersquatters/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/en/boston-marathon-blasts-see-cybersquatters-exploit-tragedy.html>

Beware of scammers with tweets, links to Boston tragedy
Less than an hour after news about the tragic Boston Marathon bombings began to unfold, a Twitter message from ?&#167;_BostonMarathon? was already being retweeted: ?For every retweet we receive we will donate $1.00 to the #BostonMarathon victims #PrayForBoston.? ... that there were at least 70 ?troubling? new domain names registered after the Boston bombings, ?many that look like charitable domains that can be be used to raise money for the victims.?
<http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2013/04/15/beware-of-scammers-with-tweets-links-to-boston-tragedy/>

Boston Marathon Bombing Brings Out Vultures Looking to Profit From Tragedy
It never fails. Whenever disaster strikes, vultures apparently missing a conscience, come out of the woodwork to register domain names related to the tragedy.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130415.htm>

Now Over 125 Domains Related To Boston Explosion Including ?Relief? Domains
There are now at least 125 domain names that have been recently registered relating to the explosions at the Boston Marathon today and most troubling many that look like charitable domains that can be be used to raise money for the victims.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2013/04/15/update-now-over-0-domains-related-to-boston-explosion-including-relief-domains/>

Cybersquatters Register Boston Bombing Domain Names
When I woke up this morning, I read about the Boston Marathon bombing only minutes after it happened. Such is the power of social media. Like everyone, I was shaken ? very shaken. Then thought to myself, social media is amazing, I can see this from the other side of the world? and I wondered? how quick are the cybersquatters? 30 mins had not even passed and these domains were already registered:
<http://www.domainerincome.com/news/cybersquatters-register-boston-bombing-domain-names/>

Go Daddy Seeks Seattle Tech Talent for New Washington Office
Web hosting provider Go Daddy announced on Tuesday numerous hires in the Seattle-area as it readies its permanent office in Kirkland or Bellevue, Washington, to be open this June.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/go-daddy-seeks-seattle-tech-talent-for-new-washington-office>

Go Daddy proves it?s a tech company, but not with its commercials
If you ask the typical person on the street what Go Daddy is about, they?ll probably say something about sexy Super Bowl commercials.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/04/17/godaddy-tech-company/>

Here?s the real reason people hate the domain industry
DomainIncite is reporting that next week?s new TLD launch party in NYC has been canceled, and instead ICANN will meet with registrars and registries to discuss improving the image and professionalism of the domain name industry.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/04/17/heres-the-real-reason-people-hate-the-domain-industry/>

Why You Should Register the Domain Name Before Publicly Announcing the Marketing Phrase
Here?s a case that shows how with just a couple minutes? effort and a only a few dollars, marketing professionals can prevent loads of trouble and expense for their organizations down the road.
<http://www.infolawgroup.com/2013/04/articles/marketing-1/why-you-should-register-the-domain-name-before-publicly-announcing-the-marketing-phrase/>

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ConnectNow.com Clicks for Six Figures at Sedo as They Go on to Post 12 of the Week's Top 20 Sales
The first week of April was a particularly good one at Sedo.com. They closed a $120,000 sale of ConnectNow.com (one of the year's 10 biggest sales to date) to take the top spot on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and with that sale they were just getting started. Sedo went on to sweep five of the top six reported sales and 12 of 20 places overall on the elite list.
<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130417.htm>

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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Americans spend 16 minutes of every hour online on social nets
Americans are so fixated on social networks that they spend an average of 16 minutes out of every hour on them, according to a study by Experian Marketing Services.
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238469/Americans_spend_16_minutes_of_every_hour_online_on_social_nets>

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg defends mobile advertising plans
Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has said the social network stands by its mobile advertising plan, despite concerns that users will be bombarded with unwanted messages.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/15/facebooks-sheryl-sandberg-mobile-advertising>

nz: Fury over Facebook attack on Anzac heroes
A New Zealand war veteran is calling for the creator of an anti-Anzac Facebook page to come forward.
<http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/fury-over-facebook-attack-anzac-heroes-5407509>

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY
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Facebook Hooks Up With Attorneys General for Teen Profile Privacy Awareness
Obvious statement of the day: Figuring out your Facebook profile privacy controls is hard. So hard, in fact, that the social network has had the FTC on its back for years about it.
<http://allthingsd.com/20130415/facebook-hooks-up-with-attorneys-general-for-teen-profile-privacy-awareness/>

Facebook Affirms its Privacy Commitment with National Campaign [IDG]
Facebook is teaming up with the nation's attorneys general to launch a public awareness campaign aimed at keeping young people safer on the site.
<http://www.cio.com/article/731779/Facebook_Affirms_its_Privacy_Commitment_with_National_Campaign>
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238408/Facebook_affirms_its_privacy_commitment_with_national_campaign>
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2034671/facebook-affirms-its-privacy-commitment-with-national-campaign.html>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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Pirate Bay co-founder charged with hacking and fraud
The Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been charged with hacking into several Swedish companies and stealing personal data.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22182112>

Italy blocks 27 sites suspected of aiding file-sharing
Italian authorities have recently ordered that two dozen file-sharing websites be blocked in Italy, the largest such move since American authorities seized over 80 domain names in 2010.
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/italy-blocks-27-sites-suspected-of-aiding-file-sharing/>

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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ACLU files complaint with FTC over older Android software
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal complaint Tuesday accusing the nation?s largest wireless carriers of ?deceptive? business practices for failing to keep the software on tens of millions of Android smartphones updated ? a shortcoming that can make the devices vulnerable to hackers.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2013/04/16/1d7364fc-a6c9-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb59187f_story.html>

Microsoft signs Chrome and Android deal with Foxconn parent Hon Hai
Besides Samsung, there's one other company making Android pay: Microsoft. The software giant just signed a patent licensing agreement ? including unspecified payment terms ? with Hon Hai, the parent of manufacturing company Foxconn for devices running Google's mobile operating system Android and Google's desktop Chrome OS.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/17/microsoft-chrome-android-deal-foxconn-hon-hai>

Microsoft, Hon Hai sign patent deal for Android, Chrome devices
Microsoft Corp and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd signed a global patent licensing agreement on Wednesday designed to protect Hon Hai clients from patent claims arising from their use of Google Inc's Android and Chrome operating systems.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/04/17/microsoft-hon-hai-patent-idINDEE93G02M20130417>
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/17/uk-microsoft-hon-hai-patent-idUKBRE93G06620130417>

Google's Schmidt sees 1 billion Android phones in use in nine months
Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt predicted on Tuesday that there will be more than a billion smartphones in use featuring its Android software within the next six to nine months.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/16/uk-google-schmidt-idUKBRE93F0VA20130416>
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/04/16/google-schmidt-android-phones-idINDEE93F0BV20130416>

Eric Schmidt denies claims Google plans to block Facebook Home
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has denied that there is any tension with Samsung, the world's biggest mobile phone maker and the only Android handset manufacturer making substantial profits.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/16/google-chairman-eric-schmidt-samsung>

Developers fail to see profits with Google Glass
Google has been touting Google Glass, its hotly-anticipated high-tech spectacles, as the future of mobile technology. Yet software developers were left wondering how, exactly, they would make money from the invention, after the internet search giant announced that it would not allow them to charge users for their apps.
<http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/developers-fail-to-see-profits-with-google-glass-8575682.html>

Google Emulates Apple in Restricting Apps for Glass
The allure of the iPhone was not its brushed metal or shiny touch screen, but the apps that turned it into anything from a flute to a flashlight. Now, Google hopes that apps will do the same thing for Glass, its Internet-connected glasses.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/google-releases-details-about-glass-for-app-developers/>

Apple Named in China Porn App Investigation
Apple Inc. is once again in the pages of the People?s Daily, this time in an article listing a number of websites and app stores that have been investigated for providing pornographic content in China.
<http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/04/17/apple-named-in-china-porn-app-investigation/>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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Cyber criminals target employees? devices
It?s unclear exactly when BYOD, or bring your own device, computing was born. But it was probably some time between the launch of the iPhone and its appearance in the boardroom.
<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6f1c9872-8bcc-11e2-b001-00144feabdc0.html>

Lord McAlpine wins first round in hearing for Twitter libel case
Lord McAlpine has won the first stage of his libel battle against Sally Bercow, the Commons speaker's wife, after a high court judge ruled that the trial should be split into two stages.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/apr/16/lord-mcalpine-libel-sally-bercow>

nz: Fleeced over Facebook message
Facebook users are being warned to secure their profiles after an Auckland woman's account was hacked and more than $300 was charged to her credit card.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10877785>

Hacking and how to protect yourself
The term "hacker" has been around since the 1980s, first gaining prominence in 1984 as the subject of Stephen Levy's book Hackers: Heroes of a Computer Revolution. The video game Hacker was released in 1985, and 10 years later Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller starred in the 1995 film Hackers, about a group of high school virtual vigilantes.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8552218/Hacking-and-how-to-protect-yourself>

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Symantec report finds small businesses battered by cybercrime [IDG]
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting small businesses due to their less sophisticated defenses, according to a new report from Symantec.
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238414/Symantec_report_finds_small_businesses_battered_by_cybercrime>
<http://www.cio.com/article/731790/Symantec_Report_Finds_Small_Businesses_Battered_By_Cybercrime>

Targeted cyberattacks jump 42 percent in 2012, Symantec says
Internet users are seeing less spam but more targeted attacks, according to security software company Symantec.
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57579847-83/targeted-cyberattacks-jump-42-percent-in-2012-symantec-says/>

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Reveals Increase in Cyberespionage ? Including Threefold Increase in Small Business Attacks [news release]
Symantec Corp.?s Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 18 (ISTR) today revealed a 42 percent surge during 2012 in targeted attacks compared to the prior year. Designed to steal intellectual property, these targeted cyberespionage attacks are increasingly hitting the manufacturing sector as well as small businesses, which are the target of 31 percent of these attacks. Small businesses are attractive targets themselves and a way in to ultimately reach larger companies via ?watering hole? techniques. In addition, consumers remain vulnerable to ransomware and mobile threats, particularly on the Android platform.
<http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20130415_01>

Cyberattacks can't break the Internet
A recent string of gigantic cyberattacks has proven it is possible to bend, but not break the Internet.
<http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/16/technology/security/internet-cyberattacks/index.html>

DDOS attacks have increased in number and size this year, report says [IDG]
The volume, duration and frequency of DDOS attacks used to flood websites and other systems with junk traffic have significantly increased during the first three months of this year, according to a report released Wednesday by Florida-based DDOS mitigation provider Prolexic.
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238457/DDOS_attacks_have_increased_in_number_and_size_this_year_report_says>
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/459331/ddos_attacks_increased_number_size_year_report_says/>
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2035407/ddos-attacks-have-increased-in-number-and-size-this-year-report-says.html>

Laws Can't Save Banks From DDoS Attacks
A threat information-sharing bill wouldn't do much to help banks defend themselves against DDoS attacks
<http://www.darkreading.com/perimeter/laws-cant-save-banks-from-ddos-attacks/240153047>

CISPA critics bolstered by Obama veto threat
While opposition to the controversial cybersecurity bill CISPA has not been on the same level as last year?s grassroots groundswell against the anti-piracy bill SOPA, opponents of the bill got a boost late Tuesday when the Obama administration said the president would veto the bill ? officially known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ? in its current form.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/cispa-critics-bolstered-by-veto-threat/2013/04/17/2c2f761e-a76b-11e2-8302-3c7e0ea97057_story.html>

CISPA Awaits House Vote, Advisers Encourage Obama to Veto Bill
The Obama administration has threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on Tuesday, a week after the bill received a passing vote from the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/cispa-awaits-house-vote-advisers-encourage-obama-to-veto-bill>

White House Threatens CISPA Veto, Says Revised Cybersecurity Bill Doesn't Adequately Protect Privacy, Civil Liberties
The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a controversial cybersecurity bill out of concern that it fails to protect the privacy of Internet users.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/white-house-cispa-veto-threat_n_3094865.html>

White House threatens to veto CISPA ahead of vote [IDG]
The White House has threatened to veto the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in its present form, citing concerns that the bill does not adequately prevent sharing of irrelevant personal information.
<http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/041713-white-house-threatens-to-veto-268794.html>

Green light for new regulation for EU Cyber Security Agency ENISA given by the European Parliament [news release]
Today, 16, April, the European Parliament voted in plenary in Strasbourg, on the new regulation proposal for strengthening ENISA, the EU?s ?cyber security? Agency (formally the European Network and Information Security Agency).
<http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/green-light-for-new-regulation-for-eu-cyber-security-agency-enisa-given-by-the-european-parliament>

European Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote to extend mandate of ENISA and strengthen EU Cybersecurity [news release]
The European Commission welcomes the vote of the European Parliament in a plenary session today to extend the mandate of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-341_en.htm>

DDoS Attacks Targeting ISPs on the Rise: Prolexic Q1 2013 Report
DDoS protection services provider Prolexic Technologies released its Quarterly Global DDoS Attack report on Wednesday for Q1 2013, a quarter that it says was defined by the increase in the targeting of Internet Service Provider and carrier route infrastructures.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ddos-attacks-targeting-isps-on-the-rise-prolexic-q1-2013-report>

Stuxnet and the Dawn of Algorithmic Warfare
Though autonomous, destructive robots are a long-time, hackneyed science fiction plot, for some time, this new kind of warfare has been shifting from yesterday's movie to today's reality. But unforeseen by the imaginations of both headline and science fiction writers, it was not a missile-laden drone or humanoid Terminator that introduced this new kind of combat, but a piece of software.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-healey/stuxnet-cyberwarfare_b_3091274.html>

Wordpress attacked by giant botnet
The Wordpress blogging platform, which hosts more than 64 million websites, has been attacked by a huge botnet
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-22152296>

Large botnet attacks WordPress installations worldwide
WordPress targeted Hosting companies are reporting increased brute force attacks on WordPress installations around the world. The attacks have been traced back to a botnet that is apparently controlling as many as 90,000 IP addresses.
<http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Large-botnet-attacks-WordPress-installations-worldwide-1841950.html>

Microsoft Discovers Trojan That Erases Evidence Of Its Existence
Researchers at Microsoft have spotted a Trojan downloader that does something very savvy yet rare: it deletes its own components so researchers and forensics investigators can't analyze or identify it.
<http://www.darkreading.com/security/vulnerabilities/240152960/microsoft-discovers-trojan-that-erases-evidence-of-its-existence.html>

Why Government Should Stop Botnets
Why should government intervene in the economy? One reason is so-called externalities like pollution whose producers shift their costs to society. And Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ? like the one on April 11 that crashed Mt. Gox, the exchange that carriers 80% of Bitcoin transactions and slashed the electronic currency?s value by 72% ? create big externalities.
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2013/04/15/why-government-should-stop-botnets/>

us: Privacy group urges rules distinguish between Cyber crime and Cyber terror
A privacy group urged the federal agency charged with drawing up a national framework for Cyber security protections to make distinctions between criminal activity and terrorist threats on the Internet.
<http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/28918>

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PRIVACY
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Online privacy: nothing to fear
We need to defend ourselves and get control of our personal data amassed by private companies and government agencies
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2013/apr/15/privacy-online-monday-note>

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CENSORSHIP
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After Apple's App Store rejection, French minister wades into debate over apps and net neutrality
After Apple expelled French app AppGratis from its store, French minister Fleur Pellerin has expressed concern about the move - and its implications for net neutrality.
<http://www.zdnet.com/after-apples-app-store-rejection-french-minister-wades-into-debate-over-apps-and-net-neutrality-7000013958/>

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U.S. antitrust regulators vow to pounce if Google strays
U.S. antitrust regulators said on Tuesday they would pounce on Google Inc. if they learned that the company, which dominates Internet search, violated the law after reaching an antitrust settlement in January.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/16/uk-google-antitrust-idUKBRE93F1BX20130416>

nz: Telecom blows whistle on Search and Surveillance Bill
Telecom is warning that provisions in the Search and Surveillance Bill, now before a Parliamentary select committee, could amount to unwarranted surveillance.
<http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/security/telecom-blows-whistle-on-search-and-surveillance-bill>

us: Justice Department Backs Limits on Wireless Companies
The Justice Department?s top antitrust enforcer said on Tuesday that he supported limits on how much of the nation?s airwaves a single wireless company could hold, a condition that could keep AT&T and Verizon from bidding on certain blocks of airwaves during auctions.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/technology/antitrust-chief-supports-limits-on-wireless-companies.html>

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Mega CEO Vikram Kumar on Why New Site is ?Completely Different >From Megaupload'
Mega, Kim Dotcom?s new cloud storage service, has been under a watchful public eye since it launched in January ? especially in wake of last year's dramatic Megaupload shuttering and Dotcom's jailing on copyright-infringement charges. Mega's legality has been an ongoing question for years, and the company?s plans to go public within 18 months didn't do much to assure the public of its legitimacy.
<http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1556777/mega-ceo-vikram-kumar-on-why-new-site-is-completely>

us: Internet Gun Sites Ease Illegal Sales
A Times examination found that free ads on the Web allow people legally barred from gun ownership to purchase guns.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/us/seeking-gun-or-selling-one-web-is-a-land-of-few-rules.html>

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