[DNS] domain name news - 9 July

[DNS] domain name news - 9 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 01:52:50 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.


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Cyber crime on rise as internet expands [sub req'd]
http://www.afr.com/home/login.aspx?EDP://20090707000031319310

Domain bids start internet porn row
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25742270-15306,00.html

Australia behind in high speed broadband: ex-ICANN chief
http://computerworld.com.au/article/309977/

Domain bids could start new porn row
http://au.christiantoday.com/article/domain-bids-could-start-new-porn-row/6603.htm

Anderson, Switkowski on NBN shortlist
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,,25750412-5013040,00.html

Queensland buys insulting domain names [AFP]
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,25746116-29277,00.html

Cyberattacks Jam Government and Commercial Web Sites in U.S. and South Korea
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/09/technology/09cyber.html

U.S., South Korea Targeted in Swarm Of Internet Attacks
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/08/AR2009070800066.html

No sign of N. Korean backing in bot attacks on U.S. sites, says researcher
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135306/No_sign_of_N._Korean_backing_in_bot_attacks_on_U.S._sites_says_researcher

Million-Dollar Michael Jackson Domain Names for Sale On eBay
http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/07/07/million-dollar-michael-jackson-domain-names-for-sale-on-ebay/

Internet's biggest issue? IPv6 transition, new ARIN CEO says
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/070609-arin-ceo-ipv6.html


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Cyber crime on rise as internet expands [sub req'd]
Cyber security has been earmarked by the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of internet domain name governing body ICANN as a growing concern for governments and businesses as communications technology becomes increasingly open.
http://www.afr.com/home/login.aspx?EDP://20090707000031319310

Domain bids start internet porn row
A bidding war for the rights to operate adult-theme generic top-level domains (GTLDs) is expected to stir debate over internet red light districts.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25742270-15306,00.html

ICANN: Club Med for Geeks?
ICANN, the organization that manages Internet domain names, has been called a lot of names, but ?Club Med for Geeks? is a new one. Computerworld reporter Patrick Thibodeau, hurled the insult on an email list discussion after learning that ICANN had a travel budget of more than $12 million.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/07/06/icann-club-med-for-geeks/

Cyber Attacks on U.S. Government Put Digital Security in Spotlight
Recent attacks on government computers, private organizations and foreign governments have raised fresh questions about the nation's digital security. Analysts discuss the implications of the attacks and the vulnerability of the nation's digital systems. ... Administration crafting new policy: ROD BECKSTROM: Sure. There's a number of steps, as Randy said. The first thing you do, if you're a company or government agency and you're attacked, one of the first things you can do is call your network service provider or your ISP and say, "This is happening. Can you please start blocking and filtering things that appear to be malicious with this attack?" And usually they can.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/july-dec09/cyberattacks_07-08.html

Carlton and Kende's Narrow Understanding of Corporate Domain Registrations by Alex Tajirian
Professor Denis Carlton was asked by ICANN to submit a report on (or justify!) the impact of new TLDs on industry competition. After he did so, Dr. Michael Kende posted an elaborate comment on the report on behalf of AT&T, to which Professor Carlton published a rebuttal.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/carlton_kendes_narrow_understanding_corporate_domain_registrations/

ICANN Regime Change: Exit Twomey, Enter Beckstrom by Michael D. Palage
On July 1st 2009, Rod Beckstrom succeeded Paul Twomey as the fourth CEO of ICANN. Rod assumes this important leadership role at a critical juncture in ICANN's ongoing evolution.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20090707_icann_regime_change_exit_twomey_enter_beckstrom/

Australia behind in high speed broadband: ex-ICANN chief
The former chief of domain name regulator, ICANN, says that while the NBN will put Australia on par with the world's Internet leaders, the country is still years behind.
http://computerworld.com.au/article/309977/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/070609-australia-behind-in-high-speed.html
http://www.cio.com.au/article/309977/
http://techworld.com.au/article/309977/

Witsa Writes Icann On Improvements in Institutional Confidence
The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) after its recent meeting has written to ICANN stating that there was need to achieve a trusted, transparent and accountable steward for the technical management and coordination of the unique indicators of the Internet and associated policies.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2009/07/07/witsa-writes-icann-on-improvements-in-institutional-confidence/
http://allafrica.com/stories/200907071051.html

Bidding war ignites for adult domains
A bidding war is beginning over new adult-themed top level domains.
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Business/2009/07/07/Bidding_war_ignites_for_adult_domains_349847.html

How to influence the gTLD process
ICANN is hosting consultations this month in London and New York on the new generic top-level domain programme
http://managingip.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=2246585

Feedback on Implementation Recommendation Team Final Report
The deadline to submit comments to ICANN for the Implementation Response Team?s recommendations, including introducing a new rapid suspension scheme for domain names, is today. ... Below is an exact copy of what I submitted to ICANN?
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/07/06/feedback-on-irt-final-report/

TradeMark Holders Don?t Think The URS Is Tough Enough
As you know the comment period on the IRT committee recommendations to ICANN, which included the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) ended yesterday and from the comments of trademark holders, they are not perfectly happy with the URS either.
http://www.thedomains.com/2009/07/08/trademark-holders-dont-think-the-urs-proposal-is-tough-enough/

ICANN: Deadline for comments regarding IRT report today
The deadline for submitting comments regarding the ?Implementation Response Team?s? recommendations (which include a rapid suspension system for domain names under despute) is today.
http://www.domainnamenews.com/icann-policy/icann-deadline-comments-irt-report-today/5445

Domain bids could start new porn row
In a rare alliance, Christian Groups and Porn groups are lobbying against adult-themed generic top-level domains (GTLDs), such as .xxx, both groups hoping to put a stop to internet red light districts.
http://au.christiantoday.com/article/domain-bids-could-start-new-porn-row/6603.htm

INDOM signs new ICANN registrar contract
During last month's Sydney ICANN meeting, INDOM became the first French registrar to sign the new RAA (Registrar Accreditation Agreement). The RAA is the contract binding ICANN and its official registrars.
http://stephanevangelder.com/archives/250-INDOM-signs-new-ICANN-registrar-contract.html

Special Report ? ICANN: New CEO, New Government Role, Accelerated International Domains Available [sub req'd]
With three important processes coming to a head at ICANN this year, it is difficult not to overlook some changes in the private body, which oversees the internet domain name system.
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2009/07/06/special-report-icann-new-ceo-new-government-role-accelerated-international-domains/

Expanding your dot horizons [sub req'd]
A recent announcement by ICANN in October 2008 indicated an expansion of the pool of top level domains captured the attention of the world's media.
http://www.linexlegal.com/content.php?content_id=95181

Anderson, Switkowski on NBN shortlist
Former Optus chief Chris Anderson and Ziggy Switkowski, who has led both Optus and Telstra, are believed to be on a short list of candidates to chair the federal government's $43 billion national broadband network. ... The firm was also involved in the search to replace Australian Paul Twomey as head of ICANN.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,,25750412-5013040,00.html

sex.xxx in Australia
Dot XXX is in high demand in Australia. And that?s likely to start a bidding war for adult-theme generic top-level domains (GTLDs), says Australian IT.
http://www.p2pnet.net/story/24583

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Queensland buys insulting domain names [AFP]
The Queensland premier's department has revealed it owns 38 web domain names, including www.queensland-the-dumb-state.com.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,25746116-29277,00.html
http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21498,25746116-5005361,00.html
http://www.news-mail.com.au/story/2009/07/07/govt-owns-dumb-state-domain/

Pre-order Your .CM Domain Now, Start Making Money Off Domain Typos Soon!
I distinctly remember reading this Business 2.0 Magazine piece published back in May 2007 about Kevin Ham, ?the most powerful dotcom mogul you?ve never heard of?. If you?re interested in the domain name business (lovingly called the nasty cybersquatter rat nest by some), I suggest you read it in full.
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/08/pre-order-your-cm-domain-now-start-making-money-off-domain-typos-soon/

uk: Sedo Employee Running for Nominet Board
Sedo Business Development Director Nora Nanayakkara is running for election to Nominet?s board as a non executive director. Nominet runs the registry for .uk domain names, the country code for United Kingdom. Elections close Thursday, July 8.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/07/06/sedo-employee-running-for-nominet-board/

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Cyberattacks Jam Government and Commercial Web Sites in U.S. and South Korea
A wave of cyberattacks aimed at 27 American and South Korean government agencies and commercial Web sites temporarily jammed more than a third of them over the past five days, and several sites remained stalled or extremely slow on Wednesday.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/09/technology/09cyber.html

U.S., South Korea Targeted in Swarm Of Internet Attacks
U.S. and South Korean authorities yesterday were investigating the source of attacks on at least 35 government and commercial Web sites in the two countries, officials said.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/08/AR2009070800066.html

No sign of N. Korean backing in bot attacks on U.S. sites, says researcher
There's nothing in the code of the malware used since Saturday to attack a wide array of U.S. and South Korean government and high-profile Web sites that indicates the campaign is backed by the government of North Korea, a noted botnet researcher said today.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135306/No_sign_of_N._Korean_backing_in_bot_attacks_on_U.S._sites_says_researcher
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/070809-no-sign-of-n-korean.html

ANALYSIS - Cyber attacks may not have come from North Korea
Cybersecurity analysts raised doubts on Wednesday that the North Korean state launched recent attacks on U.S. government and South Korean websites, saying industrial spies or pranksters could be the villains.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40913220090709

Cyberattacks on federal Web sites may be smokescreen
The type of cyberattack that took down multiple federal Web sites this week is more of a nuisance than a threat to national security, according to computer security experts, but it can be used to conceal more serious attacks on networks and systems.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090708_6262.php

More web attacks likely, North Korea suspected
A fresh wave of cyber attacks that slowed U.S. and South Korean websites this week could come later on Thursday, a web security firm said, while the South's spy agency has said the hacking may be linked to North Korea.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40916920090709

The U.S.-South Korea Cyberattack: How Did It Happen?
It sounds like an advanced operation: Hackers hit dozens of high-profile Web sites, knocking the Federal Trade Commission and other government groups completely offline. Days later, South Korea gets a wave of the same treatment.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/168084/.html

White House among targets of sweeping cyber attack [AP]
The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized, also targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cyber-attack9-2009jul09,0,1998483.story

Pyongyang blamed for S Korea cyber attack
South Korean intelligence officialson Wednesday blamed their North Korean neighbours for a cyber attack that paralysed the president?s website as well as those of the defence ministry, other state agencies, banks, retailers and media companies.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/eedc1c16-6b89-11de-9320-00144feabdc0.html

U.S., South Korea Search for Source of Cyber Attacks
South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials said they were trying to determine whether North Korea launched the electronic attack that disrupted the Web sites of several South Korean and U.S. government agencies late Tuesday and Wednesday.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124701806176209691.html

North Korea 'launches massive cyber attack on Seoul'
North Korea is suspected of launching a cyber attack that paralysed the websites of South Korean and United States government agencies, banks and businesses, the first such large-scale attack attempted by the isolated communist state.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6667440.ece

Some recent international cyber attacks [AP]
A look at some known international cyber attacks in recent years:
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2009/07/08/some_recent_international_cyber_attacks/
http://technology.canoe.ca/2009/07/08/10064386-ap.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/some-recent-international-cyber-attacks-20090709-ddjl.html

Why DNSSEC isn't winning
There's a certain Energizer Bunny quality to the Domain Name System. It just goes and goes and goes, usually without much maintenance. Problem is, while it's hassle-free, DNS usually isn't very secure.
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com.au/articles/33667-Why-DNSSEC-isn-t-winning
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/magazineFeature/0,296894,sid14_gci1360498,00.html

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Million-Dollar Michael Jackson Domain Names for Sale On eBay
Michael Jackson fans searching online for memorabilia in the wake of the pop icon?s death have no doubt turned to eBay, where hundreds of thousands of Jackson-related items are up for auction. Buttons, posters, autographs, LPs, ticket stubs, magazines, tapestries, and more are up for grabs, but the highest-priced King of Pop items on eBay aren?t keepsakes ? they?re domain names, sold in bundles of 12, 20, 50, and even 72, or, if you?re like ?nini4me2003? and you?re hawking a name as strong as OfficialMichaelJacksonMemorial.com, as single sites.
http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/07/07/million-dollar-michael-jackson-domain-names-for-sale-on-ebay/

Transamerica Sues Moniker Over Trademarked Domain Names
Insurance company Transamerica has filed a lawsuit against Moniker, Oversee.net, and multiple John Does in United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida. The suit alleges that Moniker registered domain names including the Transamerica trademark and used these to profit for pay-per-click and pay-per-lead programs.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/07/08/transamerica-sues-moniker-over-trademarked-domain-names/

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Internet's biggest issue? IPv6 transition, new ARIN CEO says
Veteran ISP executive John Curran is the new president and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, a coordinating body that allocates IP addresses and related autonomous system numbers to carriers and enterprises in North America. Curran's previous high-profile posts include CTO and COO of ServerVault, CTO for XO Communications, and CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking. Curran was a founding member of the ARIN Board of Trustees and served as its chairman from August 1997 until December 2008.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/070609-arin-ceo-ipv6.html
http://www.itworld.com/internet/70329/internets-biggest-issue-ipv6-transition-new-arin-ceo-says
http://www.cio.com/article/496667/

ARIN's New CEO: IPv6 One of the Most Critical Internet Issues Today
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) named John Curran as president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2009. Since January 1, 2009, Curran has served as acting president and CEO of ARIN. He is a founding member of the ARIN Board of Trustees and served as chairman from August 1997 to December 2008. Curran has also been a valuable participant on CircleID where he has shared his views on a number key issues such as IPv6.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/john_curran_arin_ceo_ipv6_most_critical_internet_issues/

Africa hopes to leapfrog other regions in IPv6 adoption
Africa's lag behind other regions in technology may actually serve to ensure a faster Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) adoption. The pool of available IPv4 addresses is expected to run out by 2011 because of global broadband uptake and the expected growth of Internet access in Africa.
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/article/310298/

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ARIN Names New President and CEO [news release]
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) today announced John Curran as president and chief executive officer, effective 1 July 2009. Mr. Curran will be responsible for building relationships with regional, international, governmental, and regulatory organizations, as well as spearheading education and awareness on issues facing the Internet community such as IPv4 depletion and IPv6 adoption.
https://www.arin.net/announcements/2009/20090706.html

ARIN gets a new CEO - kinda
ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) the organization that is tasked with allocating IP address in the US and Canada for both IPv4 and IPv6, is getting new leadership today. Well officially at least they are.
http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner/2009/07/arin-gets-a-new-ceo-kinda.html

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Domain names jump in value
Website domain names have jumped in value over the last year, according to figures, which suggest the internet is flourishing while other areas of the economy struggle. According to Sedo, an auction company that sells internet domain names, the average price has increased from ?1,282 a year ago to ?1,757.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/technologynews/5767130/Domain-names-jump-in-value.html

Using generic domain names to drive traffic for business
Professional domain name investors have long understood the value of generic domain names, especially those that define entire categories of goods or services. Most corporations have been slow to catch on to what a generic domain can do for their marketing efforts but there is increasing evidence that more and more of them are figuring it out. Veteran domainer Edwin Hayward (a Brit who lives in Japan) has been documenting that trend with specific examples representing Great Britain's .co.uk extension.
http://1dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2009/dailyposts/07-06-09.htm

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URL shortening is hot--but look before you leap
Twitter's dramatic rise has helped ignite an industry to shorten Web addresses to fit within 140-character messages. With the technology, though, comes a new handful of challenges.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10277724-2.html
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62055785,00.htm

us: Nielsen: Kids' online time leaps dramatically
Kids from two to 11 years of age are spending 63 percent more time online than they did five years ago, says a report released Monday from Nielsen Online. Children in that age range were online an average of 11 hours in May 2009 versus just 7 hours in May 2004.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-10281882-235.html

nz: Son auctions nude photos of mum online
A New Zealand teenager tried to sell some sexy photographs of his mother on an internet auction site after the pair had an argument, a local newspaper reports.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/06/2617999.htm

Bing, the Imitator, Often Goes Google One Better
For the last 15 years, Microsoft?s master business plan seems to have been, ?Wait until somebody else has a hit. Then copy it.?
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/09/technology/personaltech/09pogue.html

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Social networking lures teenagers to internet
Australians aged 16 and 17 are spending an average of 3? hours every day on the internet, new research reveals, with social networking the overwhelming favourite reason.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/social-networking-lures-teenagers-to-internet-20090708-ddew.html

Facebook posts rules of Australian engagement
Facebook's user base has rocketed to 6 million people - nearly one in four Australians - as the social networking website sets its sights on a greater share of Australia's $465 million online display advertising market.
http://business.smh.com.au/business/facebook-posts-rules-of-australian-engagement-20090708-ddcl.html

us: Facebook's identity crisis: too many old people
In some parental circles, it's known that the best way to pull teenagers from a particular hobby is to participate. Likewise, no teen in his or her right mind would be caught dead hanging out with Mom and Dad. But can parents and teens share the same social network? Facebook is about to find out.
http://computerworld.com.au/article/310262/
http://pcworld.com/article/167971/

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Google Plans a PC Operating System
In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google announced late Tuesday that it is developing an operating system for PCs that is tied to its Chrome Web browser.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/08/technology/companies/08operate.html

Why Google is parking its tanks on Microsoft's lawn
It is the longest, most-expected parking of tanks upon a lawn. Google's announcement that it will introduce an operating system for computers, the long-anticipated "GoogleOS" - though it prefers to call "Google Chrome OS" - means that the irresistible force of the online world is going to go head-to-head with the immovable object of personal computing.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jul/08/google-chrome-os-windows-microsoft-analysis

Google targets Microsoft with new operating system
Google has issued its clearest challenge to rival Microsoft so far, by announcing its plans to create a new computer operating system aimed at laptop users.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/jul/08/google-chrome-operating-system

In Chrome, Hints of a Real Rival to Windows
If at times you?re frustrated with your PC ? and who isn?t? ? Google says it is working on a solution.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/09/technology/internet/09google.html

Analysis: Charge of Google's light brigade
So at long last Google is making its move. Promising a lightweight but fast operating system - Chrome OS - the internet search company is poised to strike at the heart of Microsoft's software empire.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8140594.stm

Google joins battle with Microsoft with Chrome operating system
Google is to launch a new operating system, in its most direct challenge yet to the dominance of Microsoft.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6665703.ece

Google Plans to Launch Operating System for PCs
Google Inc. is preparing to launch an operating system for personal computers, a direct assault on the turf of software giant Microsoft Corp., which has long dominated the market for software that runs PC applications.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124702911173210237.html

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us: House Web Safety Bill Forthcoming
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., will soon introduce legislation that would create a competitive grant program for state and local education agencies and non-profit organizations to provide Internet safety education to teachers, schools and parents.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/07/house-web-safety-bill-forthcom.php

au: Net filtering a $33m waste: child groups
Child rights groups have come out in force to criticise the Rudd Labor government's controversial plans to censor the internet, saying the scheme will divert around $33 million away from more effective ways of tackling online child pornography.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25756003-15306,00.html

Save the Children opposes internet filter
Save the Children has urged the Federal Government to abandon its plans to censor the internet, saying it will not be effective in protecting kids from online dangers.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/09/2621354.htm

Children's liberties groups protest filter
A number of Australian children's civil liberties and other groups have launched a significant protest against the Federal Government's plans to censor the internet through a filtering scheme.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Children-s-liberties-groups-protest-filter/0,130061744,339297339,00.htm

Censordyne: net censoring gets a toothpasting
Toothpaste is the latest weapon mobilised to fight against the Federal Government's plan to censor the internet. Online activist group GetUp, which has already run ads slamming the internet filtering policy, today launched a new campaign - Censordyne - a parody ad playing on the Sensodyne brand of toothpaste.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/biz-tech/censordyne-net-censoring-gets-a-toothpasting-20090709-dec0.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/biz-tech/censordyne-net-censoring-gets-a-toothpasting-20090709-dec0.html

au: Parents warned of online dangers
Parents have been urged to learn chat room language to protect their children from online predators. They have also been asked to warn teenagers about the consequences of posting intimate photographs of themselves and personal information on social networking websites.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/parents-warned-of-online-dangers-20090706-dajt.html

au: Youth warned of online grooming dangers
Young people are being warned against publishing too much information about themselves on the internet because a new report shows the risk of online grooming is increasing.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/06/2618059.htm

Online dangers a worry for children and parents
Australian children are becoming more savvy about cyber safety but their parents are still worried about what they are doing online, a new study shows.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,25752285-8362,00.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,28348,25756002-5014239,00.html

Children developing Web browsing smarts
Australian children have developed a high level awareness regarding Internet risks and online safety, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) report released today.
http://computerworld.com.au/article/310384/
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/310384/

Australian children getting smarter about online risks says ACMA research [news release]
Children and young people have a high level of awareness of cybersafety risks and the key messages for staying safe online, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority report, released today.
http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_311798

Threat of online child grooming to grow: report
Young people who use popular social networking sites now face a much-greater risk of being groomed by cyber predators, according to a study by a national criminal research institute.
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/threat-of-online-child-grooming-to-grow-report-20090706-daag.html

au: More students suspended, expelled for bullying [AAP]
The number of student suspensions and expulsions in Queensland state schools has risen more than 20 per cent over the past two years, new figures show.
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25751177-5005941,00.html

au: Bob says 'name and shame'
People looking at internet pornography on public library computers should be publicly outed on the spot, mayor Bob Abbot says.
http://www.thedaily.com.au/news/2009/jul/08/bob-says-name-and-shame/

Internet Safety Tips for parents
Keep your kids safe while using the internet with these safety tips from Cyber Safety Expert Susan McLean. 
http://www.readersdigest.com.au/life/internet-safety-tips-for-parents/article150366.html

Guess Who?s Behind The Lens Of Child Porn?
By it?s very nature, the idea behind child pornography is chilling. So how does it get worse? When statistics come out that point the finger for child porn straight at parents. In a Tampa Bay-based story about a series of parents arrested on child porn charges came this demoralizing statistic:
http://www.babble.com.au/2009/07/07/guess-who%E2%80%99s-behind-the-lens-of-child-porn/

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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How can YouTube survive?
It's wildly popular - and thought to be losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Now questions are being asked about the future of YouTube. Rhodri Marsden investigates a mystery of digital-age 'freeconomics'
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/how-can-youtube-survive-1734267.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Growing Presence in the Courtroom: Cellphone Data as Witness
Mikhail Mallayev, who was convicted in March of murdering an orthodontist whose wife wanted him killed during a bitter custody battle, stayed off his cellphone the morning of the shooting in Queens. But afterward, he chatted away, unaware that his phone was acting like a tracking device and would disprove his alibi ? that he was not in New York the day of the killing.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/06/nyregion/06cellphone.html

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SPAM
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Cybercrooks descend on Twitter with spam, attacks
Cybercriminals are rapidly using Twitter? the popular Web-messaging service ? to direct users to websites that sell porn and fake drugs and trigger promotions for fake anti-virus subscriptions.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2009-07-05-hackers-internet-twitter_N.htm

Spammers Shorten Their URLs
Shortened URLs are great for character-conscious Tweeters, marketers who want to track Web site visitors, and even perhaps an opportunity for venture capitalists who are investing in companies such as Bit.ly.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/spammers-shorten-their-urls/

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Cyber-criminals preparing to target London 2012 Olympics, police warn
International criminal networks are preparing to target the London 2012 Olympics, a senior Scotland Yard officer warned today.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jul/08/cyber-criminals-london-olympics

International cyber criminals targeting London Olympics
International criminal networks are preparing to disrupt the London 2012 Olympics with cyber attacks, a senior police officer warned today.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6667856.ece

Experts in Brisbane for internet crime conference
International cyber crime experts are meeting in Brisbane today to work out new ways to tackle internet scams.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/07/2619165.htm

Cyberattacks Jam Government and Commercial Web Sites in U.S. and South Korea
A wave of cyberattacks aimed at 27 American and South Korean government agencies and commercial Web sites temporarily jammed more than a third of them over the past five days, and several sites remained stalled or extremely slow on Wednesday.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/09/technology/09cyber.html

U.S., South Korea Targeted in Swarm Of Internet Attacks
U.S. and South Korean authorities yesterday were investigating the source of attacks on at least 35 government and commercial Web sites in the two countries, officials said.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/08/AR2009070800066.html

No sign of N. Korean backing in bot attacks on U.S. sites, says researcher
There's nothing in the code of the malware used since Saturday to attack a wide array of U.S. and South Korean government and high-profile Web sites that indicates the campaign is backed by the government of North Korea, a noted botnet researcher said today.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135306/No_sign_of_N._Korean_backing_in_bot_attacks_on_U.S._sites_says_researcher
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/070809-no-sign-of-n-korean.html

ANALYSIS - Cyber attacks may not have come from North Korea
Cybersecurity analysts raised doubts on Wednesday that the North Korean state launched recent attacks on U.S. government and South Korean websites, saying industrial spies or pranksters could be the villains.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40913220090709

Cyberattacks on federal Web sites may be smokescreen
The type of cyberattack that took down multiple federal Web sites this week is more of a nuisance than a threat to national security, according to computer security experts, but it can be used to conceal more serious attacks on networks and systems.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090708_6262.php

More web attacks likely, North Korea suspected
A fresh wave of cyber attacks that slowed U.S. and South Korean websites this week could come later on Thursday, a web security firm said, while the South's spy agency has said the hacking may be linked to North Korea.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40916920090709

The U.S.-South Korea Cyberattack: How Did It Happen?
It sounds like an advanced operation: Hackers hit dozens of high-profile Web sites, knocking the Federal Trade Commission and other government groups completely offline. Days later, South Korea gets a wave of the same treatment.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/168084/.html

White House among targets of sweeping cyber attack [AP]
The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized, also targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cyber-attack9-2009jul09,0,1998483.story

Pyongyang blamed for S Korea cyber attack
South Korean intelligence officialson Wednesday blamed their North Korean neighbours for a cyber attack that paralysed the president?s website as well as those of the defence ministry, other state agencies, banks, retailers and media companies.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/eedc1c16-6b89-11de-9320-00144feabdc0.html

U.S., South Korea Search for Source of Cyber Attacks
South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials said they were trying to determine whether North Korea launched the electronic attack that disrupted the Web sites of several South Korean and U.S. government agencies late Tuesday and Wednesday.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124701806176209691.html

North Korea 'launches massive cyber attack on Seoul'
North Korea is suspected of launching a cyber attack that paralysed the websites of South Korean and United States government agencies, banks and businesses, the first such large-scale attack attempted by the isolated communist state.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6667440.ece

Some recent international cyber attacks [AP]
A look at some known international cyber attacks in recent years:
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2009/07/08/some_recent_international_cyber_attacks/
http://technology.canoe.ca/2009/07/08/10064386-ap.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/some-recent-international-cyber-attacks-20090709-ddjl.html

For Symantec and McAfee, 'Arms Race' for Security
The two leading makers of computer security software, Symantec and McAfee, are like preachers who conduct dueling tent revivals.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/06/technology/business-computing/06virus.html

Former Goldman employee accused of cyber-theft
US law enforcement officials arrested a former Goldman Sachs employee over the weekend, accusing him of stealing sensitive automated trading codes and uploading them to a server based in Germany.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/87953578-6a54-11de-ad04-00144feabdc0.html

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PRIVACY
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BT Decides Not to Adopt Internet-Based Ad System
Amid rising concern about privacy, BT Group, the British telecommunications company, said Monday that it would not adopt a technology that lets advertisers tailor their pitches to consumers based on interests revealed by their Internet use.
http://nytimes.com/2009/07/07/technology/internet/07private.html

Phorm plunges as BT mothballs targeted ads service
Shares in Phorm, the Aim-listed technology firm, have plunged after it emerged that BT has quietly pulled plans to roll out its controversial advertising system, which tracks the internet habits of customers and has been attacked as online snooping by privacy campaigners.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/jul/06/phorm-webwise-bt-internet-privacy

Phorm shares fall as BT opts out
Shares in the online ad firm Phorm have fallen by more than 40% after BT said it had no immediate plans to use the service that tracks online behaviour.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8135850.stm

us: Four Privacy Protections the Online Ad Industry Left Out
Last week, the Internet advertising industry announced what it described as tough new standards for how it collects and uses data about the behavior of Internet users.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/06/four-privacy-protections-the-ad-industry-left-out/

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CENSORSHIP
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Iran's uprising plays out online
Brute force may have crushed the street protests, but Iran's uprising is continuing online. Foreign Correspondent's Eric Campbell reports.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/07/2618765.htm

China tightens Web screws after Xinjiang riot
China clamped down on the Internet in the capital of China's northwestern region of Xinjiang on Monday, in the hope of stemming the flow of information about ethnic unrest which left 140 people dead. ... Some residents in Urumqi, Xinjiang's regional capital, said they had been told there would be no Internet access for 48 hours.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5651JK20090706
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40831920090706

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Broadband growth seen slowing, shifting to Asia [IDG]
Nearly 650 million households will have broadband Internet service by 2013, but the growth rate of high-speed access will slow between now and then, research company Parks Associates predicted on Tuesday.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/310329/
http://computerworld.com.au/article/310329/
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/168015/.html

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR CHILD PORN
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uk/fr: 'Internet stalker' arrested with girl, 12, at airport
Police have arrested an internet stalker who tried to abduct a British schoolgirl while she was on a family holiday in the south of France.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/internet-stalker-arrested-with-girl-12-at-airport-1736655.html


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