[DNS] auDA Domain News - 10 November

[DNS] auDA Domain News - 10 November

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:41:36 +1100


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Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills

< <http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106> http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106>


ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/>


UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747>


ICANN CEO to Discuss the Future of Internet Governance [ICANN news release]

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/>


Requirements for Implementing Rights Protection Mechanisms in Name Collision Mitigation Framework Now Available

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en>


Global action against dark markets on Tor network

< <https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network> https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network>


Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains

< <http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/> http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/>


au: Barristers brawl over domain names [subscription]

< <http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL> http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL>


cyclingtips.com.au Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking On Cyclingtips.com

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/> http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/>






Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills

Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world's leading governance organisations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed.

< <http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/uk-internet-governance-idUKKBN0IQ2NJ20141106> http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/uk-internet-governance-idUKKBN0IQ2NJ20141106>

< <http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106> http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106>

< <http://www.trust.org/item/20141106224115-9i7y4/> http://www.trust.org/item/20141106224115-9i7y4/>


ITU Steps Closer to Internet Governance, Though Multistakeholderism Will Guide Policy

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) concluded working-level negotiations Nov. 4 with the adoption of amendments to four Internet-related resolutions at its quadrennial plenipotentiary conference in Busan, South Korea.

< <http://www.bna.com/itu-steps-closer-n17179911004/> http://www.bna.com/itu-steps-closer-n17179911004/>


ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member

In the same week that the United Nations finally gave up trying to grab control of the internet, a group of three organizations led by domain-name overseer ICANN have launched an effort to become the internet's UN.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/>


Stand Down! UN ?takeover of the Internet? postponed indefinitely

At its quadrennial ?Plenipotentiary? meeting, the UN?s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has apparently rejected a variety of proposals that would have injected the ITU (and the notion of sovereign state control) more centrally into the design and operation of the technical protocols that make up a critical part of the Internet?s fundamental infrastructure.

< <http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/11/07/stand-down-un-takeover-of-the-internet-postponed-indefinitely/> http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/11/07/stand-down-un-takeover-of-the-internet-postponed-indefinitely/>


How will internet governance change after the ITU conference?

Is the United Nations trying to take over the internet? Read anything in much of the western media about the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and you might think so, especially in the lead-up to the International Telecommunication Union?s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 just wrapping up in Busan, Korea.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/07/how-will-internet-governance-change-after-the-itu-conference> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/07/how-will-internet-governance-change-after-the-itu-conference>


UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

Efforts to squeeze the United Nations into the throne of the internet have been comprehensively defeated at a key meeting in South Korea.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747>


A New Agenda for Tech Freedom - Now we?ll find out if Washington can move on patent reform, drone use and other big issues.

With the midterm elections? rearrangement of Washington, technology policy is a good test of whether anything will get done during the rest of the Obama administration. Technology issues are less partisan than most, but in recent years lawmakers and regulators have fallen far behind the pace of innovation.

< <http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-a-new-agenda-for-tech-freedom-1415573584?tesla=y> http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-a-new-agenda-for-tech-freedom-1415573584?tesla=y>








ICANN CEO to Discuss the Future of Internet Governance [ICANN news release]

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad? is scheduled to talk with reporter Barton Gellman about Internet governance, including the status of proposals to transition the stewardship of key Internet technical functions to an international multi-stakeholder community.

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/>

< <http://www.domainnews.com/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance.html> http://www.domainnews.com/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance.html>


Requirements for Implementing Rights Protection Mechanisms in Name Collision Mitigation Framework Now Available

Following a 90-day public consultation period, ICANN is implementing a solution to allow new gTLD registries to release names from their Second-level Domain (SLD) Block Lists while complying with all Rights Protection Mechanism requirements. ICANN will provide affected registries with an addendum to their Name Collision Occurrence Assessments that explains how to release blocked names, by 14 November 2014.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-07-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-07-en>

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en>


.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment - Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains

Purpose (Brief): On 12 March 2014, Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry operator for .NGO and .ONG TLDs, submitted a Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request to offer mandatory technical bundling of second level domain names for .NGO and .ONG under Exhibit-A of each respective Registry Agreement. PIR has defined a technical bundle as a set of two domain names in different TLDs, with identical second level labels.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-06-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-06-en>


.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment - Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains

Brief Overview: On 9 September 2014, ICANN Board authorized the President and CEO to develop amendments to the .NGO and .ONG Registry Agreements between ICANN and Public Interest Registry (PIR) to implement the mandatory technical bundling registry service. The proposed amendments being published for comment take into account and address the outstanding technical and implementation questions that were identified as part of the Registry Services Evaluation Process.

< <https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ngo-ong-amendment-2014-11-06-en> https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ngo-ong-amendment-2014-11-06-en>


Emilie Dessens, President | Domainoo, to Fadi Chehad?

Trademarks with Accents

< <https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/dessens-to-chehade-2014-10-28-en> https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/dessens-to-chehade-2014-10-28-en>


Statton Hammock, Vice-President, Business & Legal Affairs | Rightside Registry, to Cherine Chalaby

Review of Expert Determination on String Confusion Objection

< <https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/hammock-to-chalaby-2014-10-24-en> https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/hammock-to-chalaby-2014-10-24-en>


If ICANN Doesn't Keep Registrars Honest, Who Will? by John Horton, President, LegitScript

Last week, The Wall Street Journal detailed the challenges that drug safety authorities like the FDA face when tackling the illegal and unsafe distribution of prescription medicines via the Internet. The WSJ analysis discussed role of ICANN as accreditor of domain name registrars, and noted ICANN's response, or lack thereof, to registrars who permit the use of their services by rogue Internet pharmacies.

< <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-horton/if-icann-doesnt-keep-regi_b_6101536.html> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-horton/if-icann-doesnt-keep-regi_b_6101536.html>





Swiss Registry To End Domain Registration Service For .CH Domains

The SWITCH foundation will stop selling .ch domain names from January 2015. Registrants will be advised that their domain names, as they come up for renewal, will need to be transferred to an approved registrar.

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/06/swiss-registry-end-registration-service/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/06/swiss-registry-end-registration-service/>

< <http://www.domainnews.com/swiss-registry-end-registration-service.html> http://www.domainnews.com/swiss-registry-end-registration-service.html>


EURid holds Internet law and governance course in Pisa

Tomorrow and Saturday, EURid will hold a course on EU Internet law and governance for the students of the Scuola Superiore Sant?Anna in Pisa. The course will provide an overview of EU law relating to the Internet for those studying European law, International relations and diplomacy.

< <http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/eurid-holds-internet-law-and-governance-course-pisa> http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/eurid-holds-internet-law-and-governance-course-pisa>


IEDR Deploy DNSSEC for .ie

IEDR are pleased to announce the deployment of DNSSEC for the .ie ccTLD. This protocol will enable service providers to offer additional security for DNS transactions for .ie domain holders, their customers and the internet at large.

< <https://www.iedr.ie/2014/11/iedr-deploy-dnssec-ie/> https://www.iedr.ie/2014/11/iedr-deploy-dnssec-ie/>


JPRS Introduces Japanese Characters into Prefecture Labels of Prefecture Type JP Domain Names

Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. announced that it has made the names of the 47 prefectures in Japan (Prefecture Labels) specified in the "Prefecture Type JP Domain Name" space that it administers available in Japanese, in addition to ASCII (alphanumeric) characters, as of Monday, 3 November 2014 (national holiday) as originally planned.

< <http://jprs.co.jp/en/press/2014/141104.html> http://jprs.co.jp/en/press/2014/141104.html>



Please note that the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has released a notice in the 31 October 2014 government gazette inviting comments and submissions to the proposed amendments of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Regulations.

< <http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/za-adr-regs-amendment-notice> http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/za-adr-regs-amendment-notice>





What?s the .BUZZ?

As we all know by now, new gTLDs have been rolling out and will continue to do so for the next year or so. As expected, the availability of so many new gTLDs has made fertile ground for cybersquatters and has caused trademark owners to put domain name enforcement higher up on their list of brand protection priorities.

< <http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/02/whats-the-buzz/> http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/02/whats-the-buzz/>


How the new gTLDs will change the Internet by 2020

Six years is a geological age on the Internet, but experts on its inner workings--access, regulation and security--are predicting what the Web might look like in 2020.

< <http://www.fiercecio.com/story/how-new-gtlds-will-change-internet-2020/2014-11-06> http://www.fiercecio.com/story/how-new-gtlds-will-change-internet-2020/2014-11-06>


ICANN Comments on New gTLD Program and Possibility for Round: Possibility of a second round for applicants to request even more new TLDs in the future

With the new gTLD program underway and hundreds of new extensions going live, talk has turned to the possibility of a second round for applicants to request even more new TLDs in the future. In the course of providing a general update on the current new gTLD program, Karen Lentz, director of Operations & Policy Research for ICANN commented on the current round of new gTLDs launching and a possible timetable for a future round of new gTLD applications.

< <https://sedo.com/us/news/3529/ICANN-Comments-on-New-gTLD-Program-and-Possibility-for-Round/> https://sedo.com/us/news/3529/ICANN-Comments-on-New-gTLD-Program-and-Possibility-for-Round/>


Welsh businesses get priority for .cymru and .wales domains from today

Businesses operating in Wales will go straight to the front of the queue for the new .cymru and .wales domain names from today. For those keen to promote their association with Brand Wales, applications open at midday on 3 November and close at midday on 24 December 2014.

< <http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/welsh-businesses-get-priority-cymru-and-wales-domains-today> http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/welsh-businesses-get-priority-cymru-and-wales-domains-today>


ICM Registry Announces Launch Dates for .Porn, .Adult

Following the recent signing of the .porn and .adult registry contracts and after a lengthy negotiation with ICANN, ICM Registry on Friday announced its launch dates for .porn and .adult.

< <http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187421> http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187421>


.PORN and .ADULT Launch Dates

Following the recent signing of the .PORN and .ADULT registry contracts and after a lengthy negotiation with ICANN, ICM Registry is pleased to provide its launch dates for .PORN and .ADULT. Starting March 1, 2015, .PORN and .ADULT will be made available for a thirty day (30) period to trademark holders who are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), as required under ICANN?s Rights Protection Mechanism.

< <http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=54> http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=54>


.XXX modifies domain matching program for new adult TLDs

ICM Registry, the company behind .xxx and the soon-to-be-released .porn and .adult domain names, announced today a modified domain name matching program for .xxx domain name owners.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/xxx-modifies-domain-matching-program/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/xxx-modifies-domain-matching-program/>


Newly public dot-dentist flogger Rightside's shares jump on strong domain sales

In its first earnings report since going public, domain-name specialist Rightside reported revenues of $48.8m, a 7 per cent revenue increase over the year-ago quarter, causing its shares to jump by 4.5 per cent. The company is now valued at $173m.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/08/rightside_shares_up/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/08/rightside_shares_up/>


The Gold Rush Is On for Dot NYC Domains - Some May Resell for $100,000 or More

Steve Kaziyev is going big into New York real estate?of the digital kind. Since the new .nyc domain extension hit the market last month as an alternative to better-known extensions like .com and .org, Mr. Kaziyev has snapped up more than 400 Web addresses at $25 a pop.

< <http://online.wsj.com/articles/metro-money-the-gold-rush-is-on-for-dot-nyc-domains-1415386779> http://online.wsj.com/articles/metro-money-the-gold-rush-is-on-for-dot-nyc-domains-1415386779>


The rise of .London: Four Reasons why Local Domain Names will benefit your Business

Geographic gTLDs are a great addition to any business? online presence and can help you to immediately add to your brands? perception online.

< <http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/marketing/275/The-rise-of-London:-Four-Reasons-why-Local-Domain-Names-will-benefit-your-Business> http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/marketing/275/The-rise-of-London:-Four-Reasons-why-Local-Domain-Names-will-benefit-your-Business>


.Online could be best generic new domain yet

... the last of the losing applicants for .online had withdrawn its application, meaning a partnership between Radix, NameCheap and Tucows has won the rights for the .online domain name.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/online-could-be-best-generic-new-domain-yet/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/online-could-be-best-generic-new-domain-yet/>


Customer Confusion over New(ish) gTLDs Targeting Financial Services by Gunter Ollmann

For the last decade and a bit, banking customers have been relentlessly targeted by professional phishers with a never-ending barrage of deceitful emails, malicious websites and unstoppable crimeware ? each campaign seeking to relieve the victim of their online banking credentials and funds.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_customer_confusion_over_newish_gtlds_targeting_financial_services/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_customer_confusion_over_newish_gtlds_targeting_financial_services/>


Weekend domain name musings

Here are a few things I?m thinking about while enjoying a beautiful November weekend in Austin. It amuses me that many rival new TLD companies blast .XYZ for giving domain names away for free, but they still quote a three million top line for domain names registered across all TLDs. You can?t have it both ways!

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/>


Battles for .chat, .style, .tennis, bingo and .sas over

Seven new gTLD contention sets have been formally resolved with application withdrawals this morning, five of which we haven?t previously reported on.

< <http://domainincite.com/17622-battles-for-chat-style-tennis-bingo-and-sas-are-over> http://domainincite.com/17622-battles-for-chat-style-tennis-bingo-and-sas-are-over>


Internet domain name ?dotAfrica? faces hurdles

A dispute is holding back the .africa internet domain name with the earliest possible launch only looking likely for mid-2015, almost a year later than initially planned.

< <http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/Internet-domain-name-dotAfrica-faces-hurdles-20141106> http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/Internet-domain-name-dotAfrica-faces-hurdles-20141106>


New gTLDs steal $5 million from Web.com?s top line

Top registrar Web.com is seeing disappointing revenue from its domain business due to new gTLDs.

< <http://domainincite.com/17627-new-gtlds-steal-5-million-from-web-coms-top-line> http://domainincite.com/17627-new-gtlds-steal-5-million-from-web-coms-top-line>


Rightside earnings: 15 TLDs generate $2.5 million, strong eNom performance

RightsideRightside released third quarter earnings after the bell today.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/rightside-earnings-15-tld-generate-2-5-million-strong-enom-performance/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/rightside-earnings-15-tld-generate-2-5-million-strong-enom-performance/>





Secure Unowned Hierarchical Anycast Root Name Service - And an Apologia by Paul Vixie

In Internet Draft draft-lee-dnsop-scalingroot-00.txt, I described with my coauthors a method of distributing the task of providing DNS Root Name Service both globally and universally. In this article I will explain the sense of the proposal in a voice meant to be understood by a policy-making audience who may in many cases be less technically adept than the IETF DNSOP Working Group for whom the scalingroot-00 draft was crafted. I will also apologize for a controversial observation concerning the addition of new root name servers.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_secure_unowned_hierarchical_anycast_root_name_service_and_apologia/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_secure_unowned_hierarchical_anycast_root_name_service_and_apologia/>


Be Ready: Next Internet Bug Won?t Be The Last

Heartbleed, and the rash of Internet-wide bugs that will ultimately define security in 2014, tested the resilience of enterprises worldwide. In turn, resilience has been elevated as a major talking point for companies evaluating their preparedness for the inevitable next Heartbleed-type event in 2015 and beyond.

< <http://threatpost.com/be-ready-next-internet-bug-wont-be-the-last/109188> http://threatpost.com/be-ready-next-internet-bug-wont-be-the-last/109188>


Chertoff Reminds Enterprises There is Hope in Security

Former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff gave enterprises a pep talk Wednesday during his keynote address at the Advanced Cyber Security Center?s annual conference.

< <http://threatpost.com/chertoff-reminds-enterprises-there-is-hope-in-security/109195> http://threatpost.com/chertoff-reminds-enterprises-there-is-hope-in-security/109195>


DigiCert Considering Certs for Hidden Services Beyond Facebook

News broke last week that Facebook had built a hidden services version of its social network available to users browsing anonymously via the Tor Project?s proxy service. Unlike any .onion domain before it, Facebook?s would be verified by a legitimate digital signature, signed and issued by DigiCert.

< <http://threatpost.com/digicert-considering-certs-for-hidden-services-beyond-facebook/109222> http://threatpost.com/digicert-considering-certs-for-hidden-services-beyond-facebook/109222>


Avoiding the Dark Security Future

Nick Percoco has been thinking a lot about the future of technology, and some of the things he?s dreamed up aren?t very pretty: farms of people renting out their spare brain cycles, autonomous cars that freak out and careen into oncoming traffic and hacking groups hijacking users? augmented reality gear and demanding ransoms to unlock them.

< <http://threatpost.com/avoiding-the-dark-security-future/109259> http://threatpost.com/avoiding-the-dark-security-future/109259>


Network Operators Around the World Demonstrate Their Commitment to a Secure and Resilient Internet

Leading network operators around the world today announced that they have implemented a package of recommended measures that help improve the security and resilience of the global Internet.

< <http://www.internetsociety.org/news/network-operators-around-world-demonstrate-their-commitment-secure-and-resilient-internet> http://www.internetsociety.org/news/network-operators-around-world-demonstrate-their-commitment-secure-and-resilient-internet>


Retefe with a new twist

A few months ago, we blogged about the banking trojan Retefe that was and still is targeting Switzerland. First off, Retefe is different because it only targets Switzerland, Austria and Sweden (and sometimes Japan). Contrast this to many other banking Trojans, which have a much more global and dynamic target list.

< <http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/11/05/retefe-with-a-new-twist/> http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/11/05/retefe-with-a-new-twist/>


On the Hunt for Hackers, but Not the Spotlight

Lawrence Baldwin is a dark hero of the Internet whom you have probably never heard of ? and for good reason. A decade ago, Mr. Baldwin made a name for himself and his Atlanta-based security firm, myNetWatchman, by collecting and analyzing digital scourges like malware, and alerting companies to them. He was a fixture on the security conference circuit and was often quoted in the press about security threats.

< <http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/on-the-hunt-for-hackers-but-not-the-spotlight/> http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/on-the-hunt-for-hackers-but-not-the-spotlight/>


Home Depot Says Hackers Also Stole Email Addresses

The hackers that broke into Home Depot?s computer network this year took 53 million customer email addresses in addition to the payment card details for millions of customers, the company announced on Thursday.

< <http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/home-depot-says-hackers-also-stole-email-addresses/> http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/home-depot-says-hackers-also-stole-email-addresses/>


Home Depot Breached Via Vendor Credentials; 53 Million Email Addresses Also Stolen

Home Depot revealed that hackers used credentials stolen from a third-party vendor to steal 53 million email addresses in addition to 56 million payment card numbers.

< <http://threatpost.com/home-depot-breached-via-vendor-credentials-53-million-email-addresses-also-stolen/109233> http://threatpost.com/home-depot-breached-via-vendor-credentials-53-million-email-addresses-also-stolen/109233>


Home Depot: Hackers Stole 53M Email Addreses

As if the credit card breach at Home Depot didn?t already look enough like the Target breach: Home Depot said yesterday that the hackers who stole 56 million customer credit and debit card accounts also made off with 53 million customer email addresses.

< <http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/home-depot-hackers-stole-53m-email-addreses/> http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/home-depot-hackers-stole-53m-email-addreses/>


Cyber insurance can help companies manage cyber risks, says UK government

Providers of cyber insurance policies can help businesses to improve the way they address cyber risks and respond to security breaches, the UK government has said.

< <http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/cyber-insurance-can-help-companies-manage-cyber-risks-says-uk-government/> http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/cyber-insurance-can-help-companies-manage-cyber-risks-says-uk-government/>





Global action against dark markets on Tor network

On 6 November, law enforcement and judicial agencies around the globe undertook a joint action against dark markets running as hidden services on Tor* network. 16 European countries,** alongside counterparts from the United States, brought down several marketplaces as part of a unified international action from Europol?s operational coordination centre in The Hague.

< <https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network> https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network>


Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains

When ?Operation Onymous? first came to light yesterday, it looked like a targeted strike against a few high value targets in the Dark Web drug trade. Now the full scope of that international law enforcement crackdown has been revealed, and it?s a scorched-earth purge of the Internet underground.

< <http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/> http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/>


Raids cast doubt on the integrity of TOR

Federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe have shut down more than 400 Web sites using .onion addresses and made arrests of those who run them, which calls into question whether the anonymizing The Onion Router (Tor) network itself is still secure.

< <http://www.networkworld.com/article/2843959/security0/raids-cast-doubt-on-the-integrity-of-tor.html> http://www.networkworld.com/article/2843959/security0/raids-cast-doubt-on-the-integrity-of-tor.html>


Police take down Dark Web markets around the globe

Police around the globe shut down dozens of underground cyber marketplaces that dealt in drugs, weapons and other illegal goods in a massive operation this week to disrupt criminals operating on the "Dark Web."

< <http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/07/police-knock-dark-web-markets-offline/18622501/> http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/07/police-knock-dark-web-markets-offline/18622501/>


Police skirt Tor anonymity software in shutting down illegal websites

US federal officials and European law enforcement groups in over a dozen countries said Friday that they shut down more than 400 illegal websites -- uncovering the tracks of website operators even as those operators used specialized anonymity software.

< <http://www.cnet.com/news/authorities-skirt-tor-anonymity-software-in-shutting-down-illegal-websites/> http://www.cnet.com/news/authorities-skirt-tor-anonymity-software-in-shutting-down-illegal-websites/>


400 Tor-anonymized domains tracked down and seized in global crackdown

Thursday's takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 drug website was part of a much bigger crackdown by police in a dozen countries that seized more than 400 darknet domains, it was widely reported Friday.

< <http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/400-tor-anonymized-domains-tracked-down-and-seized-in-global-crackdown/> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/400-tor-anonymized-domains-tracked-down-and-seized-in-global-crackdown/>


Real Madrid scores cybersquatting win

Spanish football team Real Madrid is celebrating victory after successfully transferring a domain that had been registered in its name.

< <http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/real-madrid-scores-cybersquatting-win-4164> http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/real-madrid-scores-cybersquatting-win-4164>


au: Barristers brawl over domain names [subscription]

A cybersquatting and trademark brawl between bar associations and Sydney barrister Derek Minus has led to much finger pointing.

< <http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL> http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL>


cyclingtips.com.au Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking On Cyclingtips.com

Wallace Media Pty Ltd of Balaclava, Victoria, Australia, which owns the domain cyclingtips.com.au, and was represented by Holding Redlich, Australia has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on the domain name cyclingtips.com.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/> http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/>


au: Platypus Wear, Inc. v. Matthew Michael, Xpress International Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2014-0032

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Platypus Wear, Inc. of San Diego, California, United States of America ("US"), represented by Griffith Hack Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Australia. The Respondent is Matthew Michael, Xpress International Pty Ltd of Wetherill Park, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <badboymma.com.au> (the "Domain Name") is registered with GoDaddy.com, LLC.

< <http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0032> http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0032>





DigiCert is considering SSL certificates for more Tor hidden services [IDG]

Certificate authority DigiCert is considering issuing SSL certificates to more Tor .onion address owners after recently providing Facebook with one.

< <http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/559147/digicert-considering-ssl-certificates-more-tor-hidden-services/> http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/559147/digicert-considering-ssl-certificates-more-tor-hidden-services/>


GoDaddy Helps Small Businesses Easily Create Online Retail Stores

GoDaddy ... announced the new GoDaddy Online Store, a product designed to make it easy for small businesses to create an e-commerce presence and sell products online.

< <https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-helps-small-businesses-easily-create-online-retail-stores.aspx> https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-helps-small-businesses-easily-create-online-retail-stores.aspx>


GoDaddy Shows Importance of Creating an Internet Identity

GoDaddy ... announced the launch of its latest integrated marketing campaign to educate India?s small business community and individuals on the importance of creating an online identity.

< <https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-shows-importance-of-creating-an-internet-identity.aspx> https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-shows-importance-of-creating-an-internet-identity.aspx>


New GoDaddy Offer Helps Small Business Get Online in the UK

GoDaddy ... announced the release of Get Online Today, to help people easily and affordably get on the Web.

< <https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/new-godaddy-offer-helps-small-business-get-online-in-the-uk.aspx> https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/new-godaddy-offer-helps-small-business-get-online-in-the-uk.aspx>


Weekend domain name musings

Here are a few things I?m thinking about while enjoying a beautiful November weekend in Austin. It amuses me that many rival new TLD companies blast .XYZ for giving domain names away for free, but they still quote a three million top line for domain names registered across all TLDs. You can?t have it both ways!

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/>





Netcraft Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in October 2014

ServerStack had the most reliable hosting company website in October with five failed requests. This is the eighth time this year that ServerStack has made it to the top 10 and the third time it has topped the table since we started monitoring it in 2012 ? the last time ServerStack was at the top spot was back in June 2013. ServerStack is focussed on managed hosting and was co-founded by Moisey and Ben Uretsky who later went on to start cloud provider DigitalOcean.

< <http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/11/05/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-october-2014.html> http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/11/05/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-october-2014.html>


DigitalOcean: 4th largest hosting company in under 2 years

The number of web-facing computers hosted by DigitalOcean has grown by nearly 400% over the past year, making it the fourth largest hosting company in the world.

< <http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/31/digitalocean-4th-largest-hosting-company-in-under-2-years.html> http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/31/digitalocean-4th-largest-hosting-company-in-under-2-years.html>





Holiday.com domain fails to fetch asking price

The company that planned to auction off the domain 'holiday.com' at World Travel Market this week failed to get the holding price.

< <http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2014045&c=setreg&region=2> http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2014045&c=setreg&region=2>


Domain Sales Have Rebounded Strongly This Year But Past Week was Weak

... The top line results showed that total domain sales $ volume, across all extensions, for the first three quarters of 2014 was up almost 20% from the same period last year. Even so, there are lulls in every market and we saw one in the domain aftermarket this past week with no reported sales above the $40,000 mark.

< <http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141029.htm> http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141029.htm>


BuyDomains and the economics of large domain portfolios

Should very large domain name portfolios be valued per domain or on sales and profitability metrics?

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/buydomains-and-the-economics-of-large-domain-portfolios/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/buydomains-and-the-economics-of-large-domain-portfolios/>





Web of abuse grows as online bullies spread malice

It started, ostensibly at least, with an online debate about Ched Evans ? a British soccer player who escaped fame but found notoriety after his conviction for rape in 2012. Last month he was freed from jail. Evans, just 25, wants to play soccer again. To that end, he released a video professing his innocence and describing the incident as regrettable but ?consensual? infidelity. An online petition opposing his reinstatement to the professional leagues attracted more than 150,000 signatures.

< <http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/society/2014/11/08/web-abuse-grows-online-bullies-spread-malice/14153652001222> http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/society/2014/11/08/web-abuse-grows-online-bullies-spread-malice/14153652001222>





What difference does a mobile operator more or less make to you?

A new OECD report Wireless Market Structures and Network Sharing evaluates what happens when players enter or exit the mobile market. It finds that more than three Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) is often the source of innovative offers that challenge existing market wisdom and practices, and a driver for the entire market to become more competitive.

< <http://oecdinsights.org/2014/11/06/what-difference-does-a-mobile-operator-more-or-less-make-to-you/> http://oecdinsights.org/2014/11/06/what-difference-does-a-mobile-operator-more-or-less-make-to-you/>





ITU, Internet Society sign deal to fight spam

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Internet Society have signed an agreement to jointly battle spam, which still accounts for 80 percent of e-mail traffic worldwide.

< <http://www.zdnet.com/itu-internet-society-sign-deal-to-fight-spam-7000035503/> http://www.zdnet.com/itu-internet-society-sign-deal-to-fight-spam-7000035503/>


ITU and Internet Society collaborate to combat spam - Spam accounts for 80 per cent of global e-mail traffic

ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam. Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.

< <http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/61.aspx> http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/61.aspx>

< <http://www.internetsociety.org/news/itu-and-internet-society-collaborate-combat-spam> http://www.internetsociety.org/news/itu-and-internet-society-collaborate-combat-spam>


Still Spamming After All These Years

A long trail of spam, dodgy domains and hijacked Internet addresses leads back to a 37-year-old junk email purveyor in San Diego who was the first alleged spammer to have been criminally prosecuted 13 years ago for blasting unsolicited commercial email.

< <http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/still-spamming-after-all-these-years/> http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/still-spamming-after-all-these-years/>





ITU commits to bringing 1.5 billion online by 2020

The United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has committed to its plan of bringing a further 1.5 billion people online by 2020, as part of its 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference Connect 2020 Agenda resolution.

< <http://www.zdnet.com/itu-commits-to-bringing-1-5-billion-online-by-2020-7000035550/> http://www.zdnet.com/itu-commits-to-bringing-1-5-billion-online-by-2020-7000035550/>


International community commits to Global ICT Agenda for 2020 - Connect 2020 Agenda sets out vision, goals and specific targets for future development of ICT sector

A global agenda to shape the future of the ICT sector has been unanimously adopted at the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14). Resolution WG-PL/9 ?Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development? sets out the shared vision, goals and targets that Member States have committed to achieve by 2020 in collaboration with all stakeholders across the ICT ecosystem. ITU will contribute to Connect 2020 Agenda through its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, which has also been adopted at PP-14.

< <http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/62.aspx> http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/62.aspx>





au: New data analysis centre in Adelaide to tackle terrorism and crime risks

A new national data research centre in Adelaide will help tackle terrorism and online crime risks by supporting the work of defence and national security agencies.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-10/data-analysis-centre-to-tackle-terrorism-crime-risks/5878478> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-10/data-analysis-centre-to-tackle-terrorism-crime-risks/5878478>





To Nobody's Surprise, Australian ?Terrorism? Law May Be Used for Copyright Enforcement

As we foreshadowed, a new law requiring mandatory data retention by ISPs was introduced into the Australian federal parliament last week. In the few days since then, there have been claims and counter-claims about whether data obtained under the new law would be limited to use in fighting major crimes (such as terrorism, as the government originally claimed), or if it could be used to target citizens who download and share files online.

< <https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/nobodys-surprise-australian-terrorism-law-may-be-used-copyright-enforcement> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/nobodys-surprise-australian-terrorism-law-may-be-used-copyright-enforcement>


Metadata reporting obligations stay as Malcolm Turnbull backs status quo

The government has backed down on a push to remove reporting obligations for access to Australians? phone and web data just weeks after proposing a bill to abolish mandatory reporting by telecommunications companies.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/07/metadata-reporting-obligations-stay-as-malcolm-turnbull-backs-status-quo> http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/07/metadata-reporting-obligations-stay-as-malcolm-turnbull-backs-status-quo>


Security camera footage from Australian homes, businesses streaming on website

Footage from hundreds of security cameras monitoring Australian businesses and homes is now available to anyone with an internet connection to view online. ... It is believed the cameras available to view on the Insecam site are accessible because their owners have not changed the default password on their devices.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-07/security-camera-footage-from-homes-businesses-streaming-on-web/5875084> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-07/security-camera-footage-from-homes-businesses-streaming-on-web/5875084>





Time to end the NBN spin cycle by Mark Gregory

The Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a speech recently at the inaugural Ovum 2020 Summit and, whether you listened to the speech or read the transcript later, there was a distinct touch of deja vu.

< <http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/10/technology/time-end-nbn-spin-cycle> http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/10/technology/time-end-nbn-spin-cycle>



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