[DNS] auDA domain name news - 9 May

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 9 May

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 13:41:21 +1000
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auDA launches 2013 Australian Internet Governance Forum and ?auIGF Ambassadors? initiative
<http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-06052013/>

au: Internet conference set for October
<http://www.impactpub.com.au/micebtn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13903>

au: Get in quick for auDA foundation grants
<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/development/59746-get-in-quick-for-auda-foundation-grants>

NCSG Cites ICA in Request for ICANN Board Reconsideration of TMC Claims ?Trademark + Fifty? Decision
<http://internetcommerce.org/NCSG-TM-Plus-50>

Hackers gain access to all .edu domains
<http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Hackers-gain-access-to-all-edu-domains-1858471.html>

Syrian internet back after 19-hour blackout
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22447247>

Internet in Syria goes dark, leaving questions and uncertainty
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/syrian-internet-goes-dark-leaving-questions-and-uncertainty-0>

Why Did Syria Shut Down the Internet?
<http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/05/why-did-syria-shut-down-the-internet.html>

DNS What? Celebrating 30 Years of a Technology That You Use Every Day and Don't Know It by Paul Mockapetris, Chief Scientist and Chairman, Board at Nominum, Inc.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-mockapetris/dns-what-celebrating-30-y_b_3211030.html>

Network Solutions seizes over 700 domains registered to Syrians
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/network-solutions-seized-over-700-domains-registered-to-syrians/>


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 - ICANN
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Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures for New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Service Providers for Registry Restriction DRP and Trademark PDDRP
ICANN is issuing today two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to identify potential providers of Registry Restrictions Dispute Resolution Procedure (RRDRP) services and Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (Trademark PDDRP) services.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-30apr13-en.htm>

New gTLD Board Committee Consideration of GAC Safeguard Advice
Purpose (Brief): To solicit input on how the New gTLD Board Committee should address GAC advice regarding safeguards applicable to broad categories of New gTLD strings.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/gac-safeguard-advice-23apr13-en.htm>

ICANN sends breach notice to large Argentinian domain registrar
ICANN has sent a breach notice to a relatively large domain name registrar based in Argentina.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/08/icann-argentina-dattatec/>

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 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
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auDA launches 2013 Australian Internet Governance Forum and ?auIGF Ambassadors? initiative
auDA ... is proud to announce the launch of the 2013 Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF).
<http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-06052013/>

au: Internet conference set for October
A conference to discuss internet-related issues, exchange ideas and best practices and help shape the future of the Internet in Australia will be held in Melbourne in October.
<http://www.impactpub.com.au/micebtn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13903>

au: Get in quick for auDA foundation grants
App wizards and tech-heads take note, the auDA Foundation is now accepting applications for grants in the 2013 funding round.
<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/development/59746-get-in-quick-for-auda-foundation-grants>

EURid gets 4 new members
EURid said it has four new members, with the Confederation of Computer User Associations (CECUA), the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), the European Multi-Channel Online Trade Association (EMOTA) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe) joining the registry for .eu.
<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eurid-gets-4-new-members--941532>

KSRegistry takes over .gd but questions remain about two other hijacked ccTLDs
KSRegistry has been appointed the new registry operator for Grenada?s ccTLD after bad management at the previous operator led to the whole TLD being hijacked.
<http://domainincite.com/12916-ksregistry-takes-over-gd-but-questions-remain-about-two-other-hijacked-cctlds>

KSregistry becomes registry provider for .GD
The German provider of registry services, KSregistry, has been delegated the role of providing registry services for .gd, the ccTLD for Grenada. Due to problems with the previous registry provider, , IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .GD zone under the control and the responsibility of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) on 1 May, 2013.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/05/08/ksregistry-becomes-registry-provider-for-gd/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/en/ksregistry-becomes-registry-provider-for-gd.html>

.GD is another wake up call to tech firms about ccTLDs
Over the past few years startups and tech darlings have increasingly embraced ?cute? ccTLDs and domain hacks that include ccTLDs.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/06/gd-is-another-wake-up-call-to-tech-firms-about-cctlds/>

.NG Booms On Reduced Prices But Still Outrageously Overpriced
Registrations for Nigeria?s ccTLD, .NG, have boomed compared to previous registration statistics following a dramatic cutting in the registration fee. But the ccTLD, along with many others, is still saddled with overpriced registration fees.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/05/06/ng-booms/>

nz: As InternetNZ finally advertises CEO role, Brislen endorses ... [subscription]
<http://www.nbr.co.nz/opinion/internetnz-ceo-role-what-happened-job-ad-CK>

ZA Central Registry launches awareness programme
Launched yesterday, 7 May 2013, the .africa Pioneer Programme aims to encourage a premier set of early adopters to lend their support to Africa's new space on the web.
<http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/16/93044.html>

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NCSG Cites ICA in Request for ICANN Board Reconsideration of TMC Claims ?Trademark + Fifty? Decision
On April 19, 2013 ICANN?s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) filed a formal Request for Reconsideration with ICANN?s Board Governance Committee to review a unilateral staff decision to expand the scope of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMC) claims service for new gTLDs. That decision would allow trademark owners to include up to 50 additional typographical variations of each accepted trademark in the TMC database.
<http://internetcommerce.org/NCSG-TM-Plus-50>

African Internet pioneers targeted for .Africa
As the likely administrator of the new .africa gTLD, the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has embarked on an awareness programme targeting Africa?s best known brands.
<http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2013/05/african-internet-pioneers-targeted-for-africa/>

Will the New gTLDs Really Influence Internet User?s Experience?
This was one of the topics of discussion during the gTLD program at the International Trademark Association annual meeting today and it is no small question for brand owners. Companies who have applied for various generic gTLDs are betting that it will. Donuts, for example, has applied for over 300 new gTLDs.  They believe that domain name space is the ?fulcrum of commercial online navigation? and, I suspect, that internet users will tend to either look for or prefer websites at TLDs that match their interest. Brand owners that I talk to are not so sure, but many of them are not taking any chances and are either themselves applicants for TLDs that match their brands or are looking to register their brands with the ICANN trademark clearing house.
<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/will-new-generic-top-level-domains-gtlds-really-influence-internet-user-s-experience>

New gTLDs: Money Maker by Jean Guillon
There are fascinating ideas about how, when and more than everything: who is going to earn money from gTLDs? I think back-end registry providers will earn money, some applicants will earn money too but my experience launching Eurid, the registry for .EU, reminded me one thing: these days, just before launching, until the (first) Sunrise period is launched.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130508_new_gtlds_money_maker/>

Donuts: Hurry up. Verisign: slow down.
When it comes to the new TLD registry agreement, what you have to gain or lose from new TLDs being introduced will greatly shape your opion.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/06/donuts-hurry-up-verisign-slow-down/>

.Secure applicants take note: company isn?t giving up trademark battle yet
The Wisconsin company that wants to trademark .secure hasn?t given up yet.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/06/secure-applicants-take-note-company-isnt-giving-up-trademark-battle-yet/>

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Hackers gain access to all .edu domains
The hacker collective "Hack the Planet" (HTP) has claimed responsibility for an attack on MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) computer systems in late January, in which it claims to have briefly taken control of the university's domain, redirected email traffic, and obtained administrator access to all .edu domains.
<http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Hackers-gain-access-to-all-edu-domains-1858471.html>

Syrian internet back after 19-hour blackout
The internet in Syria appears to have returned after a nationwide blackout knocked the country offline for more than 19 hours.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22447247>

Syria back online after internet blackout
Syria's internet and phone service has resumed in the war-torn nation after a two-day blackout left much of the country cut off.
<http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/05/2013581576471212.html>

Syria Drops Offline, Comes Back the Next Day
Sometime around 2:45 PM EDT yesterday, Syria?s BGP routes were severed and the country disappeared from the Internet. Just as quickly as it had fallen, Syria came back online this morning.
<http://threatpost.com/syria-drops-offline-comes-back-the-next-day/>

Internet in Syria goes dark, leaving questions and uncertainty
Earlier today, we learned that Internet traffic between Syria and Western online services had plummeted drastically, indicated that the country's connection to the wider Internet had been shut down. Reports from Renesys and Google confirmed the routes into Syria had been withdrawn, implying either a massive infrastructure cut, or a deliberate silencing of online communication.
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/syrian-internet-goes-dark-leaving-questions-and-uncertainty-0>

Why Did Syria Shut Down the Internet?
The World Wide Web became a little less worldwide on Tuesday afternoon. Suddenly, Syria disappeared, at least from the perspectives of Google and Akamai. Nineteen hours later, it appears to have come back on. How was it turned off? Four fibre-optic lines carry Internet traffic in and out of the country. Perhaps, as the government says, the rebels cut them all. Or perhaps four scavengers simultaneously digging for copper wrenched their spades in at the same time. But most likely, President Bashar al-Assad did the deed. The government also flipped the kill switch last fall, and security firms report that the shutdown comes from sophisticated engineering, not co?rdinated slicing or accidental shovelling.
<http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/05/why-did-syria-shut-down-the-internet.html>

Syria cut off from global Internet as civil war rages
Internet connections between Syria and the outside world were cut off on Tuesday, according to data from Google Inc and other global Internet companies.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/uk-syria-crisis-internet-idUKBRE94616Q20130508>
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/syria-crisis-internet-idINDEE94700420130508>

Syria 'cut off from the internet'
Internet services have halted across Syria, in what appears to be the second shutdown in six months.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22446041>

Syria Loses Access to the Internet
Syria?s access to the Internet was cut on Tuesday. The most likely culprit, security researchers said, was the Syrian government.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/syria-loses-access-to-the-internet/>

On the frontline of the fight against cybercrime
Inside the tightly controlled security area of Symantec's Dublin headquarters, a screen on the wall flashes up hacking hotspots as they are detected around the world. Last year the company estimated it blocked nearly 250,000 cyber-attacks. One out of every 532 websites was infected with viruses, it said, and 1.6 million instances of malware were detected.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/05/frontline-cybercrime-symantec>

U.S. Says China's Government, Military Used Cyberespionage
The Chinese government has targeted U.S. government computer systems for intrusion, the Pentagon said Monday in a more direct accusation of cyberespionage than the U.S. has made in the past.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323687604578467442670389684.html>

US accuses China government and military of cyber-spying
China's government and military have targeted US government computers as part of a cyber espionage campaign, a US report on China says.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22430224>

U.S. Directly Blames China?s Military for Cyberattacks
The Obama administration on Monday explicitly accused China?s military of mounting attacks on American government computer systems and defense contractors, saying one motive could be to map ?military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.?
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/world/asia/us-accuses-chinas-military-in-cyberattacks.html>

Editorial: China and Cyberwar
Despite denials from Beijing, there seems little doubt that China?s computer hackers are engaged in an aggressive and increasingly threatening campaign of cyberespionage directed at a range of government and private systems in the United States, including the power grid and telecommunications networks.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/opinion/china-and-cyberwar.html>

China calls U.S. the "real hacking empire" after Pentagon report
China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding Washington the "real hacking empire".
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/china-us-defence-idINDEE94701R20130508>

us: Senators propose law to go after foreign cybercriminals
After a slew of U.S. companies' Web sites were hacked, a group of bi-partisan senators is looking at getting a new law passed that combats cyber-theft by foreign governments and hackers.
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57583379-83/senators-propose-law-to-go-after-foreign-cybercriminals/>

us: Senators seek sanctions against countries supporting cyberattacks [IDG]
Two U.S. senators will push Congress or President Barack Obama's administration to pursue trade and immigration sanctions against China and other countries that allegedly support cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies and businesses, the lawmakers said Wednesday.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038206/senators-want-sanctions-against-countries-supporting-cyberattacks.html>

Australia's top hackers uncovered in tournament
Bunkered down in rooms across the nation, 43 teams of students spent 24 busy hours hacking IT systems non-stop this week.
<http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/security-it/australias-top-hackers-uncovered-in-tournament-20130508-2j7go.html>

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Cobb International Limited v. Cobb Australia & New Zealand (Pty) Ltd. - Case No. DAU2013-0005
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Cobb International Limited of Sandton, South Africa, represented by DM Kisch Inc., South Africa. The Respondent named in the Complaint is Cobb Australia & New Zealand Pty Ltd. Of Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia, represented internally. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <cobb.com.au> is registered with NetRegistryPty Ltd.
<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2013-0005>

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uk: BT Retail Tests IP Address Sharing
In BT Retail?s Carrier-Grade NAT pilot some customers will share IP addresses as an alternative to IPv6
<http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/bt-retail-trials-ip-address-sharing-carrier-grade-na-115411>

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DNS What? Celebrating 30 Years of a Technology That You Use Every Day and Don't Know It by Paul Mockapetris, Chief Scientist and Chairman, Board at Nominum, Inc.
The Domain Name System, or DNS, came to life in 1983 as part of Internet technology, making it possible for people to create and use domain names for the things they wanted to access instead of numerical addresses. Today, we use the DNS in email addresses, web addresses, etc., but more often the DNS is being used invisibly by applications inside our phones and laptops, meaning we are enjoying it without even knowing it. Network providers like Verizon and Comcast also analyze DNS traffic to identify cyber security threats, or build service delivery platforms layered atop the DNS to create personally tailored Internet experiences for individual users.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-mockapetris/dns-what-celebrating-30-y_b_3211030.html>

Trade Sanctions Cited in Hundreds of Syrian Domain Seizures
In apparent observation of international trade sanctions against Syria, a U.S. firm that ranks as the world?s fourth-largest domain name registrar has seized hundreds of domains belonging to various Syrian entities, including a prominent Syrian hacker group and sites associated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
<https://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/05/trade-sanctions-cited-in-hundreds-of-syrian-domain-seizures/>

Network Solutions seizes over 700 domains registered to Syrians
While Syria's Internet connection is back up, many of the sites hosted in Damascus have lost their domain names. As Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security reports, the domain registrar Network Solutions LLC has taken control of 708 domain names in the .com, .org, and .net TLDs registered to Syrian organizations. The organizations affected by the seizure include the state-supported hacker group Syrian Electronic Army.
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/network-solutions-seized-over-700-domains-registered-to-syrians/>

Name.com resets all passwords following security breach, says emails and credit cards ?may have? been accessed
Internet registrar Name.com on Wednesday revealed it was hit by a security breach. The company sent an email to its customers informing them that their usernames, email addresses, passwords, and credit card account information ?may have been accessed by unauthorized individuals.?
<http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/08/name-com-discovers-security-breach-says-emails-and-credit-card-info-may-have-been-accessed/>

Scott Wagner takes COO and CFO positions at Go Daddy
Domain name registrar GoDaddy today announced that Scott Wagner is its new COO and CFO.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/08/scott-wagner-takes-coo-and-cfo-positions-at-go-daddy/>

How Chicago.com Is Capitalizing on Place Identity ? With Josh Metnick
... Hear how Josh Metnick acquired and evolved Chicago.com to its current form, and how ?place identity? makes people want to own a piece of the city they reside in ? for a relatively high fee per year.
<http://www.domainsherpa.com/josh-metnick-chicago-interview/>

Transactions at Escrow.com Pass the $1.5 BILLION Mark - More Than Half >From Domains and Websites
Escrow.com released some pretty startling sales numbers today when the company reported the total value of Escrow.com's historical sales has passed the $1.5 BILLION mark.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130507.htm>

Escrow.com tops $1.5 billion in transactions
I seems like just last year that I was writing about Escrow.com topping the $1 billion mark. And that?s because it was just last year that the company announced it had crossed the $1 billion transaction milestone.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/07/escrow-com-tops-1-5-billion-in-transactions/>

How Demand Media sees its domain name business
Demand Media just concluded its first quarter earnings conference call, and much of the talk centered on new TLDs.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/07/how-demand-media-sees-its-domain-name-business/>

Demand Media touts new TLDs in latest earnings, domains increase to 14 million
Demand Media just released its first quarter earnings. It reported a slight profit of $0.7M before adjustments.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/07/demand-media-touts-new-tlds-in-latest-earnings-domains-increase-to-14-million/>

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Go Daddy building big new facility in Arizona
Go Daddy has ?broken ground? on a new 150,000 square foot facility in Tempe, Arizona.
<http://domainincite.com/12926-go-daddy-building-big-new-facility-in-arizona>

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One of the Year's Three Biggest Sales and 2013's 2nd Biggest ccTLD Sale Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart
The past week was a strong one for the domain aftermarket. One of the year's three biggest sales - a $300,000 .com - set the pace and we also saw 2013's 2nd biggest ccTLD sale. There were so many five-figure sales we could have filled two all extension Top 20 Sales Charts and still had a domain left over.
<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20130508.htm>

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INTERNET USE
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Online Pornography's Effects, and a New Way to Fight Them
It was suspiciously warm, the reception given to a study published a week ago in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. A survey of 4,600 young people in the Netherlands, aged 15 to 25, found the behavioral impact of pornography?most of it online now?to be surprisingly small. Reaction to the news? People didn't whoop exactly. But you know they wanted to.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323628004578456710204395042.html>

China's Changing Internet Landscape
China was on vacation much of last week for the May 1 Worker?s Day holiday, but executives at two of China?s most important online companies were busy completing a deal that could reshape the country?s Internet.
<http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/chinas-changing-internet-landscape/>

Facing Black Market, Pfizer Sells Viagra on Web
Pfizer has taken the unusual step of selling its erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, to consumers on its Web site, in an effort to establish a presence in the huge online market for the popular blue pill, considered to be one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/business/pfizer-begins-selling-viagra-online.html>

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY
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Child pornography trojan becomes more aggressive
German trojan icon Gabriela Nunez, Linda Green, Chin-Sun Kim and Ashlee Stiller ? these are the alleged names of children whose pictures a new variant of the BKA trojan claims to have found on a computer
<http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Child-pornography-trojan-becomes-more-aggressive-1858896.html>

nz: Blunt warning for nasty cyberbullies
Cyberbullies have been issued a blunt message from Justice Minister Judith Collins: ''Stop''. Her warning comes as Judge Michael Crosbie notes the increasing use of internet and social media in cases of bullying or offensive or indecent behaviour.
<http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/256115/blunt-warning-nasty-cyberbullies>

nz: Push to teach pupils about suicide
The family of a teenage girl who took her own life two weeks after her best friend committed suicide want schools to implement an anti-bullying and suicide education programme.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10882471>

nz: Show-all text grabs attention
An educational video showing a high school boy texting intimate pictures of his girlfriend to their classmates and male teacher drew gasps from Marlborough Girls' College students at a cyber bullying seminar.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/8646225/Show-all-text-grabs-attention>

nz: Teenage girl took her life two weeks after best friend
THE family of a teenage girl who took her own life two weeks after her best friend committed suicide want schools to implement an anti-bullying and suicide education program.
<http://www.mydailynews.com.au/news/schools-should-teach-kids-about-suicide-says-mum/1861302/>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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YouTube Is Said to Plan a Subscription Option
Newspapers have digital subscriptions. Record labels have iTunes and Spotify. And YouTube is about to have special programming for paying customers.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/business/media/youtube-said-to-be-planning-a-subscription-option.html>

German court convicts, sentences BitTorrent site operator to nearly 4 years
A German district court in the western city of Aachen has handed down one of the harshest sentences for abetting copyright infringement: three years and 10 months in prison.
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/german-court-convicts-sentences-bittorrent-site-operator-to-nearly-4-years/>

Operator of German file-sharing site sentenced to almost four years in prison [IDG]
A 33-year-old man was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison by a German court for running the torrent site torrent.to between December 2005 and April 2008.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038057/operator-of-german-filesharing-site-sentenced-to-almost-four-years-in-prison.html>

BitTorrent reveals Bundle file to package media content
The developers of the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol have unveiled what they describe as a new "multimedia format" called a Bundle.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22456609>

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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E.U. Rules Against Patent Move by Google?s Motorola Unit
The European Commission on Monday made a preliminary antitrust finding against Google?s mobile communications unit, Motorola Mobility, for seeking and enforcing an injunction against Apple in Germany over patents essential to smartphones and tablets.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/technology/07iht-google07.html>

EU Presses Motorola Mobility Over Patent Licensing
European Union regulators Monday issued a formal complaint against cellphone maker Motorola Mobility, over the Google Inc. unit's bid to enforce a patent injunction against Apple Inc. in Germany, adding to their record of intervention in the industry.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323687604578466730481539330.html>

EU regulator takes aim at Google over Apple mobile patent lawsuit
The European Commission said it believed Motorola Mobility, a unit of Google, was abusing its market position by seeking and enforcing an injunction against Apple in Germany over patents essential to mobile phone standards.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/uk-google-apple-eu-idUKBRE94508820130506>

The Quest for a Third Mobile Platform: Handset Makers and Telecom Carriers Are Challenging Apple and Google
Some of the world's biggest handset makers and telecom carriers are embracing alternative mobile operating systems this year in a quest to become credible challengers to smartphones run by Apple Inc. and Google Inc.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324763404578428123708337926.html>

Google under pressure to cut $5bn valuation of smartphone patents
Google could face pressure to write down the $5bn (?3.2bn) value of the patents in its Motorola subsidiary, as the mobile arm faces fines from Europe's antitrust commissioner for trying to use them to block sales of Apple's iPhone in Germany.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/07/google-smartphone-patents-antitrust-commission>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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Australian web users 'collateral damage' in Dotcom case
Lawyers for New Zealand internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom say the Australian Government should demand that American authorities return data seized from Australian users of his file sharing website, Megaupload.
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-08/kim-dotcom/4676140>

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SECURITY
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On the frontline of the fight against cybercrime
Inside the tightly controlled security area of Symantec's Dublin headquarters, a screen on the wall flashes up hacking hotspots as they are detected around the world. Last year the company estimated it blocked nearly 250,000 cyber-attacks. One out of every 532 websites was infected with viruses, it said, and 1.6 million instances of malware were detected.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/05/frontline-cybercrime-symantec>

U.S. Says China's Government, Military Used Cyberespionage
The Chinese government has targeted U.S. government computer systems for intrusion, the Pentagon said Monday in a more direct accusation of cyberespionage than the U.S. has made in the past.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323687604578467442670389684.html>

US accuses China government and military of cyber-spying
China's government and military have targeted US government computers as part of a cyber espionage campaign, a US report on China says.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22430224>

U.S. Directly Blames China?s Military for Cyberattacks
The Obama administration on Monday explicitly accused China?s military of mounting attacks on American government computer systems and defense contractors, saying one motive could be to map ?military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.?
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/world/asia/us-accuses-chinas-military-in-cyberattacks.html>

Editorial: China and Cyberwar
Despite denials from Beijing, there seems little doubt that China?s computer hackers are engaged in an aggressive and increasingly threatening campaign of cyberespionage directed at a range of government and private systems in the United States, including the power grid and telecommunications networks.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/opinion/china-and-cyberwar.html>

China calls U.S. the "real hacking empire" after Pentagon report
China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding Washington the "real hacking empire".
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/china-us-defence-idINDEE94701R20130508>

us: Senators propose law to go after foreign cybercriminals
After a slew of U.S. companies' Web sites were hacked, a group of bi-partisan senators is looking at getting a new law passed that combats cyber-theft by foreign governments and hackers.
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57583379-83/senators-propose-law-to-go-after-foreign-cybercriminals/>

us: Senators seek sanctions against countries supporting cyberattacks [IDG]
Two U.S. senators will push Congress or President Barack Obama's administration to pursue trade and immigration sanctions against China and other countries that allegedly support cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies and businesses, the lawmakers said Wednesday.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038206/senators-want-sanctions-against-countries-supporting-cyberattacks.html>

Australia's top hackers uncovered in tournament
Bunkered down in rooms across the nation, 43 teams of students spent 24 busy hours hacking IT systems non-stop this week.
<http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/security-it/australias-top-hackers-uncovered-in-tournament-20130508-2j7go.html>

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Google Glass Picks Up Early Signal: Keep Out
Google?s wearable computer, the most anticipated piece of electronic wizardry since the iPad and iPhone, will not go on sale for many months.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/technology/personaltech/google-glass-picks-up-early-signal-keep-out.html>

Apple ordered by German court to change its privacy rules
The iPhone maker can no longer ask for "global consent" to use customer information or tap in to location-based data. But the court ruling applies only to Germany.
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57583241-37/apple-ordered-by-german-court-to-change-its-privacy-rules/>

German Court Slams Apple on Privacy
Apple?s customer privacy policies don?t jibe with Germany?s consumer privacy protection laws, and the country wants them changed so that they do.
<http://allthingsd.com/20130507/german-court-slams-apple-on-privacy/>

au: Privacy sweep underway for popular websites
Fifty of the most popular websites visited by Australians will be searched by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to see if their privacy policies can be easily understood and accessed.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/461238/privacy_sweep_underway_popular_websites_/>

au: Do your favourite websites pass the privacy test? [news release]
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will this week conduct an ?internet sweep? of the websites most used by Australians.
<http://oaic.gov.au/news/media_releases/media_release_130508_GPEN_sweep.html>

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Syrian internet back after 19-hour blackout
The internet in Syria appears to have returned after a nationwide blackout knocked the country offline for more than 19 hours.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22447247>

Syria back online after internet blackout
Syria's internet and phone service has resumed in the war-torn nation after a two-day blackout left much of the country cut off.
<http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/05/2013581576471212.html>

Syria Drops Offline, Comes Back the Next Day
Sometime around 2:45 PM EDT yesterday, Syria?s BGP routes were severed and the country disappeared from the Internet. Just as quickly as it had fallen, Syria came back online this morning.
<http://threatpost.com/syria-drops-offline-comes-back-the-next-day/>

Internet in Syria goes dark, leaving questions and uncertainty
Earlier today, we learned that Internet traffic between Syria and Western online services had plummeted drastically, indicated that the country's connection to the wider Internet had been shut down. Reports from Renesys and Google confirmed the routes into Syria had been withdrawn, implying either a massive infrastructure cut, or a deliberate silencing of online communication.
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/syrian-internet-goes-dark-leaving-questions-and-uncertainty-0>

Why Did Syria Shut Down the Internet?
The World Wide Web became a little less worldwide on Tuesday afternoon. Suddenly, Syria disappeared, at least from the perspectives of Google and Akamai. Nineteen hours later, it appears to have come back on. How was it turned off? Four fibre-optic lines carry Internet traffic in and out of the country. Perhaps, as the government says, the rebels cut them all. Or perhaps four scavengers simultaneously digging for copper wrenched their spades in at the same time. But most likely, President Bashar al-Assad did the deed. The government also flipped the kill switch last fall, and security firms report that the shutdown comes from sophisticated engineering, not co?rdinated slicing or accidental shovelling.
<http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/05/why-did-syria-shut-down-the-internet.html>

Syria cut off from global Internet as civil war rages
Internet connections between Syria and the outside world were cut off on Tuesday, according to data from Google Inc and other global Internet companies.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/uk-syria-crisis-internet-idUKBRE94616Q20130508>
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/syria-crisis-internet-idINDEE94700420130508>

Syria 'cut off from the internet'
Internet services have halted across Syria, in what appears to be the second shutdown in six months.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22446041>

Syria Loses Access to the Internet
Syria?s access to the Internet was cut on Tuesday. The most likely culprit, security researchers said, was the Syrian government.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/syria-loses-access-to-the-internet/>

Google Aims To Patent Policy Violation Checker, Potentially Revolutionizing Email Snooping
We've all come to rely on spell-checkers that correct misspellings as we type. Now, Google has filed a patent for a tool that seems like an evil-checker: a software system that could prevent people from writing out, in electronic correspondence and documents, phrases that run afoul of policies or laws.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/06/google-policy-violation-checker_n_3224363.html>

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French, German politicians to pressure Google on tax
Politicians in Germany and France say they will press for Google Inc to be quizzed on corporate income tax after a Reuters report highlighted how the company employs sales staff in the UK while telling the tax authorities that sales are made from Ireland.
<http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/07/us-tax-google-idUSBRE9460NO20130507>
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/07/uk-tax-google-idUKBRE9460Y020130507>

uk: Queen's speech revives 'snooper's charter' legislation
The government appears to have left open the door to the resurrection of the controversial "snooper's charter" bill to track everyone's email, internet and mobile text use.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/may/08/queens-speech-snoopers-charter>

uk: 'Fresh proposals' planned over cyber-monitoring
Fresh proposals to investigate crime in cyberspace are being promised, after the so-called "snoopers' charter" was dropped from the Queen's Speech.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22449209>

uk: Queen's speech: consumer bill of rights to cover faulty apps or downloads
Consumer rights covering products such as cars and white goods are to be extended to apps and music downloads in a consumer bill of rights to be unveiled in the Queen's speech on Wednesday.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/may/06/queens-speech-consumer-bill-of-rights>

U.S. Is Weighing Wide Overhaul of Wiretap Laws
The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/us/politics/obama-may-back-fbi-plan-to-wiretap-web-users.html>

us: Senate passes bill letting states tax Internet purchases, siding with traditional retailers
The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping ? for many a largely tax-free frontier ? to state sales taxes.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/senate-to-pass-online-sales-tax-bill-in-victory-for-national-retailers-house-fate-uncertain/2013/05/06/a0f487ee-b61d-11e2-b568-6917f6ac6d9d_story.html>

us: Senate Passes Bill to Widen Tax Collection on the Web
A bipartisan coalition in the Senate easily passed legislation on Monday to force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes for state and local governments, sending the issue to the House, where antitax forces have vowed to kill it.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/business/senate-backs-wider-internet-tax-collection.html>

nz: Patents Bill amended to clarify software issue
A new Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) has been injected into the Patents Bill debate by Commerce Minister Craig Foss and is seen by some industry organisations as moving the position of software patentability closer to the total ban established by the Commerce Select Committee in 2010.
<http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/patents-bill-amended-to-clarify-software-issue>

nz: Software patent plan gets axed
The Government has backed down on a controversial plan which would have seen software made patentable in New Zealand.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10882569>

Israel says Google 'Palestine' page damages prospects for peace
Israeli officials have reacted sternly to Google's decision last week to change the label on its home page in the occupied territories from "Palestinian territories" to "Palestine".
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/06/isreal-google-palestine-palestinian-territories>

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nz: Ultrafast broadband uptake still under 3pc
About 1300 users were hooked up to the Government's ultra-fast broadband scheme in the first three months of the year but rate of uptake for the fibre-based internet services is still less than 3 per cent.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10882585>

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