[DNS] auDA domain news - 9 March

[DNS] auDA domain news - 9 March

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 08:49:40 +1100
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US election could trigger battle over Internet governance

< <http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626> http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626>

 

.au shines (in dark green) at ICANN Singapore by George Pongas

< <http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/> http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/>

 

European Domain Centre Commemorates 30th Anniversary of First Domain With Infographic of Year Each TLD Added

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/>

 

ICANN hunkers down on two-character second-level domains

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0>

 

GeoTLDs Are Intuitively Understandable for Internet Users

< <https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html> https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html>

 

Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/>

 

.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/>

 

New Analytics Tool Defines Language Used By Malicious Domains

< <http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462> http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462>

 

OpenDNS trials system that quickly detects computer crime [IDG]

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/>

 

US Trade Office Wants ICANN and Governments To Help Stamp Out Online Counterfeit Goods

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/>

 

 

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US election could trigger battle over Internet governance

Officials attempting to reach a deal over the reform of Internet governance have told EurActiv that delays and the ?weaponisation? of the issue in the current US political climate are threatening to ignite an international dispute.

< <http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626> http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626>

 

NetMundial Initiative: Still Breathing

After a report by The Register?s Kieren McCarthy on a postponement of the inaugural meeting of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI) Council discussions were revived over the need for the new body in several mailing lists.

< <http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/06/netmundial-initiative-still-breathing/> http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/06/netmundial-initiative-still-breathing/>

 

US can?t have it both ways on Internet

The United States? policy schizophrenia regarding the Internet was on full display last week in Washington. On one day, the Commerce Department explained to a Senate committee why it?s important for the U.S. government to take a hands-off approach to the Internet as a reason why it?s ending its ties to ICANN. And on the very next day, the Federal Communications Commission explained why it?s important to take a hands-on approach to the Internet by imposing net neutrality rules.

< <http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/234768-us-cant-have-it-both-ways-on-internet> http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/234768-us-cant-have-it-both-ways-on-internet>

 

APRICOT 2015: IANA begins the RDAP bootstrap

At the APNIC Global Reports session, Elise Gerich from IANA confirmed they have begun the construction of the RDAP bootstrap registry. RDAP is the Registration Data Access Protocol, a JSON-based approach to the same problem WHOIS tries to solve but with more structure, based on HTTP access, innately more scaleable and distributed (eg via a CDN).

< <http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/05/apricot-2015-iana-begins-the-rdap-bootstrap/> http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/05/apricot-2015-iana-begins-the-rdap-bootstrap/>

 

Prep WSIS meeting planned in Paris ?before summer?

French IT Minister Axelle Lemaire is not letting up on ICANN. Angered by what she perceives are the organisation?s shortcomings in the .vin and .wine new gTLD application process, Lemaire has been vocal in her criticism. She has also worked hard to rally support for her position in the political arena.

< <http://post.milathan.com/2015/03/prep-wsis-meeting-planned-in-paris-before-summer/> http://post.milathan.com/2015/03/prep-wsis-meeting-planned-in-paris-before-summer/>

 

Federal Council to boost Swiss standing in web governance

The FDP parliamentary group has had a motion passed, asking the Federal Council to position Switzerland as an international platform for internet governance, as well as presenting a number of measures to secure Geneva a strategic position as regards global governance.

< <http://www.telecompaper.com/news/federal-council-to-boost-swiss-standing-in-web-governance--1069220> http://www.telecompaper.com/news/federal-council-to-boost-swiss-standing-in-web-governance--1069220>

 

How New US Net Neutrality Rules Are Shaping the Internet Worldwide

Fuel for the next wave of open Internet activists, or a propaganda tool for dictators? New U.S. net neutrality rules are affecting Internet governance worldwide, reshaping the debate over Internet regulations as some major world powers near fork-in-the-road decisions about how they'll govern their own stretch of cyberspace. But while there's consensus that the U.S. decision will have impacts on Internet freedom worldwide, there's sharp disagreement over whether the new rules will help or hurt.

< <http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/03/how-new-us-net-neutrality-rules-are-shaping-internet-worldwide/106788/> http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/03/how-new-us-net-neutrality-rules-are-shaping-internet-worldwide/106788/>

 

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Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires

50 fellows from 35 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 53rd Public Meeting in Buenos Aires, 21-25 June 2015.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-06-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-06-en>

 

6 March 2015 ? Updated Auction Schedule

The Auction Schedule is updated as of 6 March 2015 to reflect eligible contention sets as well as the addition of an Auction Date for indirect contention.

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions>

 

Jamie Hedlund, Vice President, Strategic Programs, Global Domain Division | ICANN, to Chuck Gomes

Re: Process for Addressing GAC Advice

< <https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hedlund-to-gomes-06mar15-en.pdf> https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hedlund-to-gomes-06mar15-en.pdf>

 

Victoria Sheckler, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America, to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehad?

Copyright Infringement

< <https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/riaa-to-icann-05mar15-en.pdf> https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/riaa-to-icann-05mar15-en.pdf>

 

Call for RSVPs | GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session | 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC

The GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session returns on 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC and we are pleased to invite you to participate. These informal sessions provide an ideal opportunity for participants to ask questions about the GNSO Policy Development Process and the specifics of taking part in a Working Group.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-04-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-04-en>

 

Upcoming ICG Calls

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its thirteenth and fourteenth conference calls:

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-04-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-04-en>

 

Letter from Boubker Seddik Badr, Director of Digital Economy | Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Government of Morocco, to Akram Atallah

New gTLD application for .TATA

< <https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/badr-to-atallah-26feb15-en.pdf> https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/badr-to-atallah-26feb15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN 52: Singapore ? Important Issues for Brand Owners

MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends at the ICANN 52nd public meeting in Singapore. As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet.

< <https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-52-singapore-important-issues-for-brand-owners-2/> https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-52-singapore-important-issues-for-brand-owners-2/>

 

.au shines (in dark green) at ICANN Singapore by George Pongas

I recently attended ICANN?s 52nd public meeting held at the ICANN Asia Pacific regional hub, Singapore, to represent .au on behalf of the auDA Board.

< <http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/> http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/>

 

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European Domain Centre Commemorates 30th Anniversary of First Domain With Infographic of Year Each TLD Added

In one week's time on 15 March it will be the 30th anniversary of the first domain name registered - symbolics.com. Back in 1985 were eight TLDs to choose from - .com, .org, .net, .edu .gov, .uk, us and il.

< <http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23580> http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23580>

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/>

< <http://www.domainnews.com/30th-anniversary-first-domain.html> http://www.domainnews.com/30th-anniversary-first-domain.html>

 

European ccTLD News Brief (March 2015)

CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (13th edition). This month features: "70 million domain names: but is it a time to party?", EU Policy Update, QnA with Leonid Todorov, General Manager of APTLD, recent CENTR workshops and upcoming events & ccTLD news highlights and statistics

< <https://centr.org/news/cctld/03-02-2015/3989/european-cctld-news-brief-march-2015> https://centr.org/news/cctld/03-02-2015/3989/european-cctld-news-brief-march-2015>

 

New CEO of DIFO and DK Hostmaster

March 1 Jakob Bring Truelsen replaced John Schweizer as CEO of the association Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) and DK Hostmaster A/S.

< <https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-ceo-of-difo-and-dk-hostmaster/> https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-ceo-of-difo-and-dk-hostmaster/>

 

es: Revocation of the accreditation of three Registrar Agents

The Assignation Authority for ?.es? domain names is going to revoke the accreditation of three Registrar Agents (Chivalges, Siosi and DocumentData), for failing to fulfil the contract signed with Red.s. From 3 March 2015 on, said Registrar Agents will not be able to mediate in the assignation of new ?.es? domain names. However, in order to cause the least possible setback to the affected domain name holders, the actual withdrawal will be deferred to 3 April 2025.

< <http://www.dominios.es/dominios/en/actualidad-y-noticias/comunicados/revocation-accreditation-three-registrar-agents> http://www.dominios.es/dominios/en/actualidad-y-noticias/comunicados/revocation-accreditation-three-registrar-agents>

 

fi: Domain Name Regulation (Regulation 68) on consultation

The Domain Name Regulation, drafted by the working group for the Regulation, has been sent for consultation. The request for comments concerns the Regulation, related explanatory memorandum, and a description of FICORA's EPP interface. The documents are available in Finnish and Swedish, except for the EPP interface description which is currently being translated into Swedish. The interface description is also available in English.

< <https://domain.fi/info/en/index/fi_uudistuu/newsletter/2015/22015.html> https://domain.fi/info/en/index/fi_uudistuu/newsletter/2015/22015.html>

 

fr: ADR trends, the results of Afnic resolution procedures - Q1 2015

Afnic now publishes a quarterly review of its alternative dispute resolution procedures. Here is an overview of the findings of the study for Q1 2015.

< <http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8820/show/adr-trends-the-results-of-afnic-resolution-procedures-q1-2015.html> http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8820/show/adr-trends-the-results-of-afnic-resolution-procedures-q1-2015.html>

 

.ky to the world

If you want to get or keep your ?.ky? domain name on your website or e-mail, you?ve got six months before someone else outside the Cayman Islands grabs that name.

< <http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/05/ky-to-the-world> http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/05/ky-to-the-world>

 

ky: ICTA braces for registrant loss

Before .ky goes to the world in September, those at the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) believes they will lose about 40% of their existing registrants.

< <http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/06/icta-braces-for-registrant-loss> http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/06/icta-braces-for-registrant-loss>

 

.KY domain names no longer free

Companies and individuals owning a Cayman Islands domain name will have to begin paying to register or retain their domain name. As of Monday, 2 March 2015, the Information, Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) began charging an annual fee of US$39.88 for the registration or renewal of .KY domain names. The fee applies to new and previously registered domain names.

< <http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/03/06/ky-domain-names-longer-free/> http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/03/06/ky-domain-names-longer-free/>

 

Feeling luc.ky? Cayman domain names for sale

Businesses will have to pay to register websites with a Cayman domain name under new rules which will see .ky Internet addresses sold worldwide.

< <http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/03/06/Feeling-luc-ky--Cayman-domain-names-for-sale/> http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/03/06/Feeling-luc-ky--Cayman-domain-names-for-sale/>

 

DNSSEC Validation at Spark NZ

During the last NZNOG meeting in Rotorua, Geoff Huston presented an interesting result from APNIC's continuous research in DNSSEC validation deployment in New Zealand: the country reached a level of 15% of validation among a sample of users.

< <https://internetnz.nz/blog/dnssec-validation-spark-nz> https://internetnz.nz/blog/dnssec-validation-spark-nz>

 

.PL domain registry held the eleventh position in the world

According to the NASK?s report on the .pl domain name market for the fourth quarter of 2014, we registered most willingly in the .pl domain (70% of names, active in DNS), followed by the functional domains, for example com.pl (22%).

< <http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/954> http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/954>

 

DNS.pt rated positively by customers and partners

DNS.pt conducted a study to evaluate the satisfaction of its customers and partners. The results showed that the evaluation of the DNS.pt and the service it provides is generally quite positive.

< <http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-rated-positively-by-customers-and-partners/> http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-rated-positively-by-customers-and-partners/>

 

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ICANN hunkers down on two-character second-level domains

In 2014 ICANN voted to implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character second-level domains by new gTLD registries, a move that came in light of an apparent lack of opposition from governments and the GAC.

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0>

 

GeoTLDs Are Intuitively Understandable for Internet Users

The new gTLDs offer an enormous reservoir of new addresses. What are the opportunities offered by the new endings and how are they being adopted in the market? We spoke to Alexander Schwertner, CEO of EPAG Domainservices GmbH about this and other questions.

< <https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html> https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html>

 

Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup

The first new TLD to be sold with live websites attached to it has been picked up by registry giant Donuts at auction.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/>

 

.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

Domain-name overseer ICANN is facing widespread criticism after it emerged victorious from an independent review into its decision over the TLD .hotels.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/>

 

ICANN wins .hotels/.hoteis confusion appeal but has to pay up anyway

The proposed new gTLDs .hotels and .hoteis are too confusingly similar to coexist on the internet.

< <http://domainincite.com/18097-icann-wins-hotels-hoteis-confusion-appeal-but-has-to-pay-up-anyway> http://domainincite.com/18097-icann-wins-hotels-hoteis-confusion-appeal-but-has-to-pay-up-anyway>

 

NetNames: new gTLDs may have hurt existing TLD registrations

The launch of the new gTLD programme in 2013 may have contributed to a decline in domain registrations under traditional TLDs, brand protection company NetNames has claimed.

< <http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/netnames-new-gtlds-may-have-hurt-existing-tld-registrations-4287> http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/netnames-new-gtlds-may-have-hurt-existing-tld-registrations-4287>

 

Adult-themed domains open for early risers

The sunrise periods for two adult-themed gTLDs have officially opened for trademark owners.

< <http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/adult-themed-domains-open-for-early-risers-4283> http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/adult-themed-domains-open-for-early-risers-4283>

 

Auction Update

Minds + Machines Group Limited is pleased to announced that the Company has gained, in aggregate, net proceeds of US$1.68 million (approximately ?1.1 million) following the withdrawal of its applications for .app, .soccer, and .beauty.

< <http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/03/auction-update-2/> http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/03/auction-update-2/>

 

Minds + Machines pockets $1.68 from three more auction losses

Minds + Machines has added $1.68 million to its bank account after losing three more contention set auctions.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/06/minds-machines-tld-losses/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/06/minds-machines-tld-losses/>

 

Donuts bought .reise

Donuts has been confirmed by a German news site as the new owner of .reise, which was auctioned by its previous owner last week.

< <http://domainincite.com/18105-donuts-bought-reise> http://domainincite.com/18105-donuts-bought-reise>

 

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New Analytics Tool Defines Language Used By Malicious Domains

OpenDNS has gone public with a new tool that uses a blend of analytics principles found outside information security to create a threat model for detecting domains used in criminal and state-sponsored hacking campaigns.

< <http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462> http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462>

 

OpenDNS trials system that quickly detects computer crime [IDG]

A security system undergoing testing by a San-Francisco-based company aims to speed up the detection of websites and domains used for cybercrime.

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/>

< <http://www.pcworld.com/article/2893552/opendns-trials-system-that-quickly-detects-computer-crime.html> http://www.pcworld.com/article/2893552/opendns-trials-system-that-quickly-detects-computer-crime.html>

 

DNS enhancement catches malware sites by understanding sneaky domain names

A researcher at OpenDNS Security Labs has developed a new way to automatically detect and block sites used to distribute malware almost instantaneously without having to scan them. The approach, initially developed by researcher Jeremiah O'Connor, uses natural language processing and other analytics to detect malicious domains before they can attack by spotting host names that are designed as camouflage. Called NLPRank, it spots DNS requests for sites that have names similar to legitimate sites, but with IP addresses that are outside the expected address blocks and other related data that hints at sketchiness.

< <http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/system-catches-malware-sites-by-understanding-sneaky-domain-names/> http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/system-catches-malware-sites-by-understanding-sneaky-domain-names/>

 

New Model Uses 'Malicious Language Of The Internet' To Find Threats Fast

While many in the security industry are pushing for better methods of assigning attribution for cyberattacks after the damage is done, there is also a growing effort to strengthen early-stage defenses -- to stop attacks before they have a chance to do much harm. OpenDNS has introduced a new tool to fit into that second category. NLPRank is an advanced threat detection model that uses the "malicious language of the Internet," to identify suspicious domains almost as soon as they're registered.

< <http://www.darkreading.com/new-model-uses-malicious-language-of-the-internet-to-find-threats-fast/d/d-id/1319361> http://www.darkreading.com/new-model-uses-malicious-language-of-the-internet-to-find-threats-fast/d/d-id/1319361>

 

Domain Keywords Used to Spot Phishing Sites

Criminals setting up fake domains for phishing are prone to use the same words over and over and spotting those words can help identify malicious sites, according to a new threat detection model from OpenDNS.

< <http://www.cio.com/article/2893761/phishing/domain-keywords-used-to-spot-phishing-sites.html> http://www.cio.com/article/2893761/phishing/domain-keywords-used-to-spot-phishing-sites.html>

 

How to back up a country: To protect itself from attack, Estonia is finding ways to back up its data

Wiping a country off the map is one thing. Wiping its data is another. Estonians know what the former is like. They are determined to avoid the latter. Just as computer users back up their laptops in case they break or are lost, Estonia is working out how to back up the country, in case it is attacked by Russia.

< <http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21645505-protect-itself-attack-estonia-finding-ways-back-up-its-data-how> http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21645505-protect-itself-attack-estonia-finding-ways-back-up-its-data-how>

 

Millions at risk from 'Freak' encryption bug

Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug that could let attackers spy on supposedly secure communications. Called "Freak", the bug was found in software used to encrypt data passing between web servers and web users.

< <http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31765672> http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31765672>

 

Scope Of FREAK Flaw Widens As Microsoft Says Windows Affected Too

The number of users at risk from the recently discovered Factoring attack on RSA-Export Keys (FREAK) flaw has increased substantially with Microsoft?s confirmation Thursday that all supported releases of Windows are vulnerable to attacks that exploit the issue. 

< <http://www.darkreading.com/scope-of-freak-flaw-widens-as-microsoft-says-windows-affected-too/d/d-id/1319380> http://www.darkreading.com/scope-of-freak-flaw-widens-as-microsoft-says-windows-affected-too/d/d-id/1319380>

 

Microsoft Warns Schannel Vulnerable to FREAK Attacks

Microsoft today issued an advisory warning Windows users that Secure Channel, or Schannel, the Windows implementation of SSL/TLS, is vulnerable to the FREAK attack.

< <http://threatpost.com/microsoft-warns-schannel-vulnerable-to-freak-attacks/111474> http://threatpost.com/microsoft-warns-schannel-vulnerable-to-freak-attacks/111474>

 

Steam Community phishing attacks continue unabated

Phishers are still using look-alike domain names to steal Steam credentials from unsuspecting victims, which suggests that this approach is proving rather successful for the criminals. These types of attack are particularly effective if carried out within Steam's own browser, which lacks the protective features seen in most mainstream browser software.

< <http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/26/steam-community-phishing-attacks-continue-unabated.html> http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/26/steam-community-phishing-attacks-continue-unabated.html>

 

More Zombies in the Internet Again ? 2014 botfrei.de Statistics

Despite the effort put into educating users, and despite freely available security software, the figures are alarming: The yearly average for infected computers increased back up to 40 percent in 2014. This is the finding from the more than 220,000 systems scanned by the Anti-Botnet Advisory Center. The so-called ?zombies? can, as part of a botnet, be secretly remotely controlled by cyber criminals, and used for the sending of spam or for Denial-of-Service attacks.

< <https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/more-zombies-in-the-internet-again-2014-botfrei-de-statistics.html> https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/more-zombies-in-the-internet-again-2014-botfrei-de-statistics.html>

 

Proactive Cybersecurity: A Comparative Industry and Regulatory Analysis

Abstract: This Article analyzes recent business realities and regulatory trends shaping the proactive cybersecurity industry.

< <http://ssrn.com/abstract=2573787> http://ssrn.com/abstract=2573787>

 

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UDRP Complaint Spotlight: Business Partner vs. Business Partner

Proving, once again, that business arrangements by handshake or loosely written contracts are a bad idea, two Dutch entrepreneurs found themselves arguing over who owns a domain name that is used to promote their e-cigarrette and smokers? supply business.

< <http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-complaint-spotlight-business-partner-vs-business-partner> http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-complaint-spotlight-business-partner-vs-business-partner>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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IPv6 Security Myth #8: It Supports IPv6 by Chris Grundemann

Most of our IPv6 Security Myths are general notions, often passed on unwittingly between colleagues, friends, conference attendees, and others. Today's myth is one that most often comes specifically from your vendors or suppliers. Whether it's a hardware manufacturer, software developer, or Internet Service Provider (ISP), this myth is all about trust, but verify.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150305_ipv6_security_myth_8_it_supports_ipv6/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150305_ipv6_security_myth_8_it_supports_ipv6/>

 

RIPE NCC Receives a /13 from IANA's Recovered IPv4 Pool

On 2 March 2015, the RIPE NCC and other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) each received the equivalent of a /13 of IPv4 address space from the IANA.

< <https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-receives-a-13-from-ianas-recovered-ipv4-pool> https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-receives-a-13-from-ianas-recovered-ipv4-pool>

 

IANA Issues /13 to ARIN

On 2 March 2015 ARIN received a /13 of IPv4 address space from IANA in accordance with the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA.

< <https://www.arin.net/announcements/2015/20150303.html> https://www.arin.net/announcements/2015/20150303.html>

 

APNIC receives a /13 of IPv4 from IANA

APNIC has today received its third allocation from the IANA Recovered Pool of IPv4 addresses, a /13 block (45.248.0.0/13).

< <http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/03/apnic-receives-a-13-of-ipv4-from-iana/> http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/03/apnic-receives-a-13-of-ipv4-from-iana/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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US Trade Office Wants ICANN and Governments To Help Stamp Out Online Counterfeit Goods

A report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is critical of registrars that have allowed domain names to be registered and used in the distribution of unauthorised copyright-protected content. And it is urging governments and ICANN to get involved to address the problem.

< <http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23572> http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23572>

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/>

< <http://www.domainnews.com/us-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods.html> http://www.domainnews.com/us-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods.html>

 

U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety

The U.S. trade office on Thursday urged a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that turning a blind eye puts public safety at risk.

< <http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/usa-trade-piracy-idINKBN0M12FX20150305> http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/usa-trade-piracy-idINKBN0M12FX20150305>

< <http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/uk-usa-trade-piracy-idUKKBN0M12G120150305> http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/uk-usa-trade-piracy-idUKKBN0M12G120150305>

 

Notorious Markets List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2014, which highlights certain physical and online markets around the world that are reported to engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting that harms American businesses and undermines our workers.

< <https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2015/march/notorious-markets-list-focuses-fight> https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2015/march/notorious-markets-list-focuses-fight>

 

Net-in-motion ? Highlights of the specialist congress of the Internet industry "Domain pulse" in Berlin

More than 350 visitors attended this year's specialist congress "Domain pulse" on 26 and 27 February in Berlin. DENIC as the organizer of the event welcomed Peter Schaar, MP Christian Flisek and experts of the industry to topical Internet policy debates. The issues on the agenda included the general climate in the context of Internet Governance, the pros and cons of regulating large commercial online services like Google and Facebook and an assessment of the power of the digital agendas in Germany and Europe, all to be discussed from a governmental and civil-society point of view.

< <http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3981.html> http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3981.html>

 

Community Enthusiastically Supports the Nomination of Keith Davidson for the ICANN?s Multistakeholder Ethos Award

The nomination period for the 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award is over now. This time, some community members have suggested nominating Keith Davidson of .NZ.

< <http://aptld.org/system/files/the_community_enthusiastically_supports_the_nomination_of_keith_davidson_for_the_icanns_multistakeholder_ethos_award.pdf> http://aptld.org/system/files/the_community_enthusiastically_supports_the_nomination_of_keith_davidson_for_the_icanns_multistakeholder_ethos_award.pdf>

 

ARI Registry Services expands Middle East & Africa operations

Following strong growth in Middle East and African markets, ARI Registry Services is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Dubai to reaffirm the company?s position as the region?s premier provider of Internet infrastructure and consulting services.

< <http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI_Registry_Services_expands_Middle%20East_&_Africa_operations> http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI_Registry_Services_expands_Middle%20East_&_Africa_operations>

 

Managed DNS an opportunity for the savvy Registrar

We now live in a world where the achievement of over 500 new gTLD delegations is only overshadowed by the significance of over 4.5 million domain name registrations.

< <http://www.ariservices.com/blog/managed-dns-an-opportunity-for-the-savvy-registrar/> http://www.ariservices.com/blog/managed-dns-an-opportunity-for-the-savvy-registrar/>

 

Q&A with Jim Stewart, CEO of Stew Art Media

Michael Korjen: Thanks for your time today Jim. Can you tell us why SEO and search is so important for businesses online?

< <http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/q-a> http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/q-a>

 

RIPE Executive Board Response to Consultations Report 2015

The RIPE NCC Executive Board has published a response to the RIPE NCC Consultations Report 2015, which was published on 18 February 2015.

< <https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/executive-board-response-to-consultations-report-2015> https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/executive-board-response-to-consultations-report-2015>

 

RIPE Law Enforcement Agency Requests in 2014

In 2014, the RIPE NCC received seven requests from Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in four countries. Our transparency report details the nature of these requests and the actions that were taken as a result.

< <https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/law-enforcement-agency-requests-in-2014> https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/law-enforcement-agency-requests-in-2014>

 

Neustar set to lose contract that provides HALF its revenue

Neustar has been devastated by the news that it is likely to lose a US government contract that provides almost half of its annual revenue.

< <http://domainincite.com/18095-neustar-set-to-lose-contract-that-provides-half-its-revenue> http://domainincite.com/18095-neustar-set-to-lose-contract-that-provides-half-its-revenue>

 

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Plans Announced for New Indian Domain Conference - DomCon - Coming to Mumbai as Part of 1st DigitalCon Event Next Month

The first major domain investment conferences held in India - World Domain Day and DomainX - were staged just last summer with both of those events held in Hyderabad where each attracted a sizeable audience despite the shows being held just two weeks apart. Now two of the key organizers from DomainX, Nishank Yadav (TheDomainer.net) and Anshul Goyal (GuavaSofts.com and Email.biz), have joined forces to co-found a new conference, DomCon 2015, that they are launching next month in Mumbai as part of a two-day event they have dubbed DigitalCon.

< <http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150306.htm> http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150306.htm>

 

Google Domains joins Afternic

Google?s new domain name registrar is now part of AfternicDLS and its fast transfer network, according to an announcement on the Afternic.com website:

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/05/google-domains-joins-afternic/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/05/google-domains-joins-afternic/>

 

 

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INTERNET USE

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An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status

Mozilla's Firefox is in danger of making the endangered species list for browsers. Just two weeks after Mozilla's top Firefox executive said that rumors of its demise were "dead wrong," the iconic browser dropped another three-tenths of a percentage point in analytics firm Net Applications' tracking, ending February with 11.6%.

< <http://www.computerworld.com/article/2893514/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status.html> http://www.computerworld.com/article/2893514/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status.html>

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569694/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569694/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status/>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Aussie Anti-Piracy Plans Boost Demand for Anonymous VPNs

Australians' interest in VPN services has skyrocketed after local ISPs announced plans for a three-strikes anti-piracy system. With potential lawsuits against consumers on the table, many subscribers are now planning ahead to stay on the safe side.

< <http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-anti-piracy-plans-boost-demand-vpns-150308/> http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-anti-piracy-plans-boost-demand-vpns-150308/>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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Smartphones are addictive and should carry health warning, say academics

Smartphones are psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with a health warning, researchers have said.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/04/smartphones-addictive-make-people-narcissistic-say-academics> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/04/smartphones-addictive-make-people-narcissistic-say-academics>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Massive changes in the criminal landscape

A decline of traditional hierarchical criminal groups and networks will be accompanied by the expansion of a virtual criminal underground made up of individual criminal entrepreneurs, who come together on a project basis. These people will lend their knowledge, experience and expertise as part of a 'crime-as-a-service' business model. Such dynamics can already be seen in the realm of cybercrime, but in the future these will extend to the domain of 'traditional' organised crime, governing crime areas such as drugs trafficking, illegal immigration facilitation and counterfeiting of goods.

< <https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/massive-changes-criminal-landscape> https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/massive-changes-criminal-landscape>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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us: The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones

Consumers these days connect to the Internet using lots of devices -- a person might move almost seamlessly between a laptop or tablet at home to browsing on a smartphone during a commute. Companies are increasingly trying to capture that movement to build more comprehensive profiles of people.

< <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/05/the-ftc-wants-to-know-how-companies-are-tracking-you-across-computers-and-smartphones/> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/05/the-ftc-wants-to-know-how-companies-are-tracking-you-across-computers-and-smartphones/>

 

A Way Forward: Bruce Schneier?s Data and Goliath Explains Where Our Privacy is Now, and How We Fix It

EFF is honored to have renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier as a member of our board and a collaborator for nearly 20 years. But even if we?d never met him, we?d still be incredibly excited about the release of his new book, Data and Goliath.

< <https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/way-forward-bruce-schneiers-new-book-data-and-goliath-explains-where-our-privacy> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/way-forward-bruce-schneiers-new-book-data-and-goliath-explains-where-our-privacy>

 

New Zealand spying on Pacific Island nations and Indonesia, Snowden documents reveal

New Zealand is spying on its Pacific island neighbours and sharing the intelligence with its allies, according to newly released documents.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-05/new-zealand-accused-of-spying-on-pacific-neighbours/6283052> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-05/new-zealand-accused-of-spying-on-pacific-neighbours/6283052>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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Netflix in row over net neutrality support

Netflix has been accused of hypocrisy after it revealed it had teamed up with Australian ISP iiNet to obtain preferential treatment despite being a long-time proponent of net neutrality.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/netflix-row-net-neutrality-support-australia> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/netflix-row-net-neutrality-support-australia>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Google seeks a higher truth, but will struggle to get it

Google has outlined a method to rank search results by factual accuracy, but if the hope is to dispel mistruths in political and social debates it's unlikely to work. In fact, it could contribute more to the problem.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-06/sparrow-google-seeks-a-higher-truth-but-will-struggle-to-get-it/6285054> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-06/sparrow-google-seeks-a-higher-truth-but-will-struggle-to-get-it/6285054>

 

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