[DNS] domain name news - 23 June

[DNS] domain name news - 23 June

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:43:27 +1000
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ICANN Approves Historic Change to Internet's Domain Name System
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-20jun11-en.htm

Internet Groups Inaugurate Cyber Security Facility in Singapore
http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-22jun11-en.pdf

An Explosion in Universe of Web Names
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/technology/20iht-cache20.html

Kroes slams ICANN new gTLD approval
http://domainincite.com/kroes-slams-icann-new-gtld-approval/

Infographic ? the approved new gTLDs timeline
http://domainincite.com/infographic-the-approved-new-gtlds-timeline/

New Zealander steers internet to big names expansion
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/new-zealander-steers-internet-big-names-expansi
on-ck-95741

nz: Maori Websites needed for Internet Competition
http://news.tangatawhenua.com/archives/12526

4800 Aussie sites evaporate after hack
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/4800-aussie-sites-evaporate-after-
hack-20110621-1gd1h.html

us: Government Domain Name Seizures Violate First Amendment - EFF Challenges
Flawed Anti-Infringement Campaign in Amicus Brief
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2011/06/20

Netregistry buys Distribute.IT
http://delimiter.com.au/2011/06/23/netregistry-buys-distribute-it/

Distribute.IT customers helped by Netregistry Group?s acquisition
http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/press-releases/distribute-it-customers-he
lped-by-netregistry-group?s-acquisition

$2.6 Million Social.com Sale Could Make Moniker Auction a Big One
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/21/2-6-million-social-com-sale-could-make-
moniker-auction-a-big-one/


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ICANN Approves Historic Change to Internet's Domain Name System
ICANN's Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the
biggest changes ever to the Internet's Domain Name System. The Board vote
was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-20jun11-en.htm

Historic Change to Internet?s Domain Name System
ICANN?s Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the
biggest changes ever to the Internet?s Domain Name System.
http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-20jun11-en.pdf

Internet Groups Inaugurate Cyber Security Facility in Singapore
Prominent Internet organizations today inaugurated the first of three
hardened facilities that will bring an extra measure of security for
Internet users around the globe. Packet Clearing House (PCH) and ICANN were
joined by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the
National University of Singapore (NUS) in making today?s announcement,
saying the new facility will provide secure digital signatures for the
country-code top level domains of dozens of countries.
http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-22jun11-en.pdf

Letter from Rod Beckstrom to Heather Dryden, GAC Chair 
Four gTLD Whois Studies Approved
http://www.icann.org/en/correspondence/dengate-thrush-beckstrom-to-dryden-22
jun11-en.pdf

Internet Group Broadens Web Address Names
The dot-com era is over. Welcome to the dot-anything age. The organization
that regulates the world's Internet domain names Monday approved changes
that will allow companies and individuals to potentially register any name
they like in almost any language as a Web address, a step that could change
the way users navigate the Web. Under the new rules, those who register
names can use suffixes beyond the traditional .com or .net?or simply have a
one-word Internet address.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303936704576396963900727284.ht
ml

An Explosion in Universe of Web Names
One of the biggest changes in the history of the Internet could be set into
motion Monday. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing remains open to
fierce debate.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/technology/20iht-cache20.html

Internet domain addresses opened up to wave of new suffixes
Twenty-six years after .com was first unveiled to the world, officials have
swept away tight regulations governing website naming, opening up a whole
world of personalised web address suffixes.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/20/internet-domain-wave-new-su
ffixes

Now Begins the Third Stage of ICANN's TLD Triathlon by Steve DelBianco
The ICANN community here in Singapore is celebrating after the historic vote
to expand top-level domains (TLDs). And while I wouldn't begrudge anyone a
few Singapore Slings, I think it's a little early to start celebrating. The
marathon effort ICANN began 5 years ago isn't even close to reaching the
finish line.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110620_now_begins_the_third_stage_of_icanns_
tld_triathlon/

Kroes slams ICANN new gTLD approval
Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission, has repeated her
call for ICANN reform after it rejected governmental advice in its newly
approved top-level domains program.
http://domainincite.com/kroes-slams-icann-new-gtld-approval/

Not Just Dot-Com, But Dot-Yournamehere
But Esther Dyson, the former and founding chair of ICANN's board, does not
see the value in this new naming system. "I think it's kind of a useless
market," she says, "and if I had $185,000, I'd spend it on something else."
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/21/137308306/not-just-dot-com-but-dot-yournameher
e

Infographic ? the approved new gTLDs timeline
ICANN?s board of directors today approved this timetable for the first round
of new top-level domain applications.
http://domainincite.com/infographic-the-approved-new-gtlds-timeline/

ICANN plans retreat to regroup under new chair
ICANN?s board of directors will hold a surprise, unprecedented workshop or
retreat next Saturday, to address the ?multiple challenges? it faces.
http://domainincite.com/icann-plans-retreat-to-regroup-under-new-chair/

GAC gives ICANN final warning on new TLDs
As ICANN?s 41st meeting begins in Singapore, the Governmental Advisory
Committee is sticking to its guns on a number of its outstanding demands on
new top-level domains.
http://domainincite.com/gac-gives-icann-final-warning-on-new-tlds/

New gTLDs Approved, but CADNA Still has Much Work to Do
Earlier today, ICANN voted to approve the new gTLD program at its public
meeting in Singapore. Over the past three years, CADNA has worked within the
multistakeholder structure of ICANN, helping to shape the policies of this
program in a way that represent the best interests of brand owners, the
consumers they serve, and the Internet community as a whole. In that time,
CADNA has advocated for improvements to the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook,
and even helped to bring the program to the attention of the U.S. House of
Representatives.
http://www.cadna.org/en/newsroom/press-release/new-gtld-approval

ICANN't Believe It: New Internet Rules Will Be a Mess
... Now, there is a catch: The new custom Internet suffixes will cost a cool
$185,000 apiece. That's a good bit more expensive than the standard
15-dollar-ish dot-com registration you see out there today. ICANN says it'll
also require applicants to prove they have a legitimate reason to own the
suffix in question. (I won't go into details, but let's just say my
dancing-chickens name is a shoo-in for approval.) The idea is that squatters
won't be able to go out and steal companies' trademarks only to try to
resell them a short time later.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/230842/.html
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/391034/opinion_icann_t_believe_it_-_new_int
ernet_rules_will_mess/

New Zealander steers internet to big names expansion
New Zealander Peter Dengate Thrush, who chairs Icann, today steered the
internet through one of the biggest changes in its history.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/new-zealander-steers-internet-big-names-expansi
on-ck-95741

New web domain suffixes approved by ICANN
THE cyber sphere was warned to prepare for a bumpy regulatory ride after the
peak naming authority yesterday passed a resolution to allow organisations
to run their own generic domain suffixes alongside the likes of .net, .org
and .com. 
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/new-web-domain-suffixes-approv
ed-by-icann/story-e6frgakx-1226078805811

ICANN approves new gTLD program
International domain name regulator ICANN will next year introduce generic
top-level domains (gTLD) beyond the familiar .com, .org and .net.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/261092,icann-approves-new-gtld-program.aspx
http://www.crn.com.au/News/261186,icann-approves-new-gtld-program.aspx

.Domain approval could increase cyber squatting risk
Companies hoping to take advantage of the expansion of domain names by ICANN
will have to watch out for domain squatters looking to spoil the party.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/390880/_domain_approval_could_increa
se_cyber_squatting_risk/

Generic top-level domains given the tick
The global body that charts the course of the internet has voted to allow
the creation of new website domain suffixes.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/generic-top-level-domains-given-the-tick-339317066.h
tm

New gTLDs spark cyber squatting concerns
Internet experts have warned that Icann?s decision to increase the number of
generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) from next year is likely to cause both a
decline in the sale of traditional TLDs and a rise in cyber squatting
incidents.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2080204/gtlds-spark-cyber-squatting-concerns

Name game for registrar [sub req'd]
Domain name registrar Melbourne IT is expecting significant benefit from
yesterday?s confirmation of a new top level domain program.
http://www.afr.com/p/business/technology/name_game_for_registrar_C2eQsRN4rxG
4gyooyimRoJ

The new, privatised web
The web is about to change with a range of new, private domains appearing in
the near future. While it's being portrayed as an opportunity for
businesses, it's part of an underlying trend to lock the net inside
corporate empires.
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2766236.html

Cybercops close to domain conduct deal
Law enforcement agencies and domain name registrars are nearing agreement on
ways to start to clean up the domain name industry and mutually help prevent
cybercrime.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/22/domain_conduct/

S'pore facility to secure country top-level domains
ICANN unveiled Wednesday the first of three new cybersecurity facilities
that will provide secure digital signatures based on the DNSSEC (Domain Name
System Security Extensions) for country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs).
http://www.zdnetasia.com/spore-facility-to-secure-country-top-level-domains-
62300865.htm

S'pore aids with global IT security
SINGAPORE is now home to one of three cybersecurity facilities worldwide
which will alert Web surfers if cybercrooks attempt to direct them to
duplicitous sites.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110623-2
85484.html

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Letter from Debra Hughes, American Red Cross, to Peter Dengate Thrush, Rod
Beckstrom, and the ICANN Board
Request for Board Approval of the NPOC Charter on Friday
http://www.icann.org/en/correspondence/hughes-to-dengate-thrush-beckstrom-22
jun11-en.pdf

ANALYSIS OF ICANN TURNOVER ? FY10 AND FY11 by Steve Antonoff, Director of
Human Resources
Steve Antonoff joined ICANN in March 2007 as Director of Human Resources. He
has over 30 years of Human Resources experience, with senior/executive roles
in major international firms including Savin Copiers, Hyundai Motors, LA
Gear and QANTAS Airways.
http://www.icann.org/en/factsheets/analysis-turnover-22jun11-en.pdf

ICANN Says Its Employee Turnover Isn?t That Bad
Perhaps responding to questions about some high profile departures lately,
ICANN Director of Human Resources Steve Antonoff just released an analysis
of turnover at the non-profit.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/22/icann-says-its-employee-turnover-isnt-t
hat-bad/

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nz: Maori Websites needed for Internet Competition
TangataWhenua.com is joining ICT commentators calls to encourage Maori
organisations to enter their websites in this year?s Australia New Zealand
Internet Awards.
http://news.tangatawhenua.com/archives/12526

IFFOR Secures High Profile Board and Policy Council Members to Oversee the
Responsible Development of the .XXX sTLD
The International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR), the
non-profit organization tasked with policy making for the new .XXX Top Level
Domain TLD), has today announced the founding members of its board of
directors and policy council. The high-profile and highly respected members
include leading global figures in internet security, online child protection
and freedom of expression, including Professor Nadine Strossen and Sharon
Girling OBE.
http://icmregistry.com/press/pressrelease11.php

.XXX Formally Announces IFFOR Board
One of the interesting quirks about the new .xxx domain name is that it will
help fund a group called International Foundation for Online Responsibility
(IFFOR).
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/22/xxx-formally-announces-iffor-board/

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Should I laugh or cry? The question for brand owners considering new gTLDs
by Adam Smith
Most of the brand owners I?ve interviewed think that new gTLDs are the
brainchild of a parasitic domain name industry whose members will laugh all
the way to the bank. And they are crying because they believe that their
advice is ignored by the ICANN community, which has certainly been frosty to
their input. Let?s step outside of this hostile atmosphere for a moment and
consider who?s going to have the last laugh.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/06/21/laugh-or-cry-brand-owners-and-gtlds

Will Small Businesses Buy New Domains?
On Monday, the organization that regulates the world?s Internet domain names
approved changes that could allow anyone to register any name they like in
almost any language as a Web address.
http://blogs.wsj.com/in-charge/2011/06/21/will-small-businesses-buy-new-doma
ins/

Nic.at Expands Registry Services - First Hamburg, Then Berlin
The Austrian registry nic.at is making forays into Germany signing
agreements to provide registry services first with the operators of the
proposed .HAMBURG gTLD and this week announcing they will also provide the
same for .BERLIN.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/06/22/nicat-expands-registry-services-first-
hamburg-then-berlin/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/nicat-expands-registry-services-first-hamburg-t
hen-berlin.html

dotBerlin hires Nic.at
Austrian registry Nic.at has signed its second city top-level domain partner
in the form of dotBerlin, the company that has been planning a .berlin bid
for several years.
http://domainincite.com/dotberlin-hires-nic-at/

Neustar to Establish its Own Brand-Specific Generic Top-Level Domain
Following today?s approval of the new generic top level domain (gTLD)
guidebook by ICANN, (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers), Neustar, a leader in Internet and telecommunications information
and analysis, will be joining the ranks of Canon?, Hitachi? and other global
brands in applying for a new gTLD. Applying for the .NEUSTAR brand-specific
gTLD will provide Neustar with an opportunity to further promote its brand,
products and services by owning both sides of the dot, ultimately bolstering
its online presence and brand visibility. 
http://www.neustar.biz/about-neustar/press-room/neustar-announcements/2011/n
eustar-to-establish-its-own-brand-specific-generic-top-level-domain

Neustar eats own dog food, plans .neustar bid
Neustar has become the first domain name registry to publicly reveal its own
?.brand? top-level domain application, announcing this week a .neustar bid.
http://domainincite.com/neustar-eats-own-dog-food-plans-neustar-bid/

The New gTLD Chess Game by John Levine
On June 20th, the ICANN board voted to move ahead with the New gTLDs
program, intended to add hundreds if not thousands of new names to the DNS
root. Now what? Not even the most enthusiastic ICANN supporters think that
any new TLDs will be added before the end of 2012, but there are other
things going on that greatly complicate the outlook.
http://jl.ly/ICANN/tldchess.html

First post-approval new gTLD bids announced
After ICANN approved its new generic top-level domains program here in
Singapore on Monday, many people I spoke to predicted a new ?quiet period?
for gTLD application announcements.
http://domainincite.com/first-post-approval-new-gtld-bids-announced/

New Internet Domains will increase phishing attacks
Web 2.0 is on the path of liberation. Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN) will roll out new top level domains (TLDs) to
compete with the currently used .com, .net, .org. The frustrating
unavailability of domain names is ending and an era of ideal domain for each
and every business and individual is beginning with new extensions.
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/166689/20110621/icann-domain-name-expansion-
phishing-attacks-bogus-sites-objection-internet-security-businesses-idea.htm

ICANN Top Level Domain Release Won't Beat .Com Relevance
ICANN just approved extending top-level domain names. Currently, there are
22 general top-level domains and, with this historical vote, that number
will now increase to as many as our imaginations can create.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brett-greene/icann-top-level-domain-release_b_
881867.html

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Using DNS As Malware-, Botnet-Fighting Tool
The bad guys freely abuse the Domain Name Service, and now the good guys are
increasingly using it to protect themselves: OpenDNS today began offering a
new feature in its enterprise DNS service that filters out malware and stops
infected hosts from communicating with their command-and-control servers.
http://www.darkreading.com/cloud-security/167901092/security/application-sec
urity/231000128/using-dns-as-malware-botnet-fighting-tool.html

DDoS Downs Network Solutions
Network Solutions on Monday apparently began suffering a distributed denial
of service (DDoS) attack that left its customers unable to access DNS
servers, hosted websites, servers, or email accounts.
http://www.darkreading.com/cloud-security/167901092/security/application-sec
urity/231000107/ddos-downs-network-solutions.html

Network Solutions hit by double DDoS attack
Two attacks on consecutive days left web host and domain name registry
Network Solutions's customers unable to access their websites and servers.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20073054-260/network-solutions-suffers-two
-ddos-attacks/
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-threats/2011/06/22/network-solutions-hi
t-by-double-ddos-attack-40093175/

Germany opens cybersecurity centre [AFP]
Germany's interior minister opened Thursday a new cybersecurity centre to
protect the country's infrastructure from what he said was a growing menace
posed by hackers.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jy0KsU-tZO_vzwibgarAELvor
BRA

Opinion: Watch out, LulzSec - the CIA is adept at wiping lulz off faces
For the past few weeks, a hacker collective called LulzSec has been leading
American and British authorities a merry dance. The group's targets are
seemingly random ? Sony, the CIA, contestants of a reality TV show, the
Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) ? but their stated motive has remained
constant: "we're doing it for laughs", or, to put it in internet parlance,
"lulz".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/22/lulzsec-hacke
rs-cia

F.B.I. Seizes Web Servers, Knocking Sites Offline
The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center early Tuesday,
causing several Web sites, including those run by the New York publisher
Curbed Network, to go offline.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/f-b-i-seizes-web-servers-knocking-s
ites-offline/

uk: Teenager charged over alleged website attacks
A 19-year-old Essex man has been charged with five computer offences,
including attacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency's website.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13879678

Teenager Ryan Cleary charged over LulzSec hacking
A British teenager arrested as part of an investigation into cyber-attacks
in Britain and the United States has been charged with five offences of
hacking websites.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/22/ryan-cleary-charged-lulzsec
-hacking

us: Commerce Department Proposes New Policy Framework to Strengthen
Cybersecurity Protections for Businesses Online [news release]
The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a report that proposes
voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen the cybersecurity of companies that
increasingly rely on the Internet to do business, but are not part of the
critical infrastructure sector. The report, Cybersecurity, Innovation and
the Internet Economy, focuses on the ?Internet and Information Innovation
Sector? (I3S) ? these are businesses that range from small and medium
enterprises and bricks-and-mortar firms with online services, to social
networking sites and Internet-only business, to cloud computing firms that
are increasingly subject to cyber attacks.
http://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2011/06/08/commerce-department-p
roposes-new-policy-framework-strengthen-cybersec

Security Professionals Say Network Breaches Are Rampant
There has been a flood of news about hacker break-ins at companies. But how
bad is the situation really?
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/security-professionals-say-network-
breaches-are-rampant/

China says no cyber warfare with U.S.
There is no cyber warfare taking place between China and the United States,
a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday, after weeks of friction over
accusations that China may have launched a string of Internet hacking
attacks.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/22/oukin-uk-china-usa-cyberwar-idUKTRE
75L1X820110622

Internet providers likely critical under White House cyber policy
Internet service providers, banks, and hospitals could face federal
regulation under the White House's cybersecurity proposals, top
administration officials told the Senate on Tuesday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110622_8876.php

White House agrees to let Congress codify some cybersecurity policies
Obama administration officials say they will let Congress make permanent in
statute some cybersecurity policies the White House initially had wanted the
executive branch to authorize, to more quickly implement the law.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110622_2600.php

FBI Hits Latvian Scareware Peddlers Who Infected 1 Million [IDG]
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken aim at two Latvian gangs
that allegedly made tens of millions of dollars by sneaking fake virus
warnings onto victims' computers and then charging them to clean up the
mess.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/230945/.html

'Scareware' Distributors Targeted: 12 Nations Coordinate Anti-Cyber Crime
Effort [news release]
One of the most widespread types of cyber scam being perpetrated against
consumers these days involves ?scareware??those pop-up messages you see on
your computer saying you?ve got a virus and all you have to do to get rid of
it is buy the antivirus software being advertised.
http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/june/cyber_062211/cyber_062211

'People' issues in IT security
Converged networks and the spread of mobile devices are posing new
challenges in protecting digital information
http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2011/jun/21/it-securi
ty-converged-networks-fortinet-round-table

Employees become front line in cybersecurity fight
If your company gets hacked, it may very well be your fault, and if your
bank account gets broken into by digital thieves, you might be to blame too.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/oukin-uk-cybersecurity-employees-id
UKTRE75K5GA20110621

au: Distribute.IT data unrecoverable post-hack
Wholesale registrar Distribute.IT, which suffered a targeted attack last
week, today admitted that any customer data, sites and emails hosted on four
of its servers is considered to be unrecoverable.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/distributeit-data-unrecoverable-post-hack-339317149.
htm

au: Distribute.IT slammed in wake of website attack
Domain register and Web hosting provider Distribute.IT has moved to address
concerns from unhappy customers following an attack on its infrastructure a
week ago by a group known as Evil, which also claimed responsibility for
attacking the University of Sydney website earlier this year.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/390689/distribute_it_slammed_wake_we
bsite_attack/

4800 Australian websites lost after a hack attack
At least 4800 Australian websites have been lost after a hack attack that
left no chance of their recovery, according to media reports on Tuesday.
http://www.governancenow.com/gov-next/egov/4800-australian-websites-lost-aft
er-hack-attack
http://news.in.msn.com/international/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5223779

4800 Aussie sites evaporate after hack
At least 4800 Australian websites have been lost with no chance of recovery
following a break-in at Australian domain registrar and web host
Distribute.IT. 
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/4800-aussie-sites-evaporate-aft
er-hack-20110621-1gd1h.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/4800-aussie-sites-evaporate-after-
hack-20110621-1gd1h.html

Distribute.IT cyber attack prompts backup warning
A massive cyber attack on web hosting company Distribute.IT has resulted in
the loss of more than 4800 Australian websites, prompting stark warnings for
start-ups without data backup.
http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/2011-06-22/distribute.it-cyber-att
ack-prompts-backup-warning.html

4800 websites destroyed after hacking attack on web hosting firm
Distribute.IT ? SME victims speak out
Thousands of site owners and businesses are reeling after Melbourne-based
hosting provider Distribute.IT confirmed yesterday the data on 4800 websites
was entirely unrecoverable after a massive cyber-attack.
http://www.smartcompany.com.au/internet/20110622-4800-websites-destroyed-aft
er-hacking-attack-on-web-hosting-firm-distribute-it-sme-victims-speak-out.ht
ml

Almost 5,000 websites lost after hosting provider hack
Australian hosting company Distribute.IT has admitted that 4,800 websites
hosted on its servers are "unrecoverable" following hacker attack
http://www.information-age.com/channels/security-and-continuity/news/1632028
/almost-5000-websites-lost-after-hosting-provider-hack.thtml

au: 4800 Aussie sites evaporate after hack
At least 4800 Australian websites have been lost with no chance of recovery
following a break-in at Australian domain registrar and web host
Distribute.IT.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5173478/4800-Aussie-sites-e
vaporate-after-hack

au: 4,800 DistributeIT sites ?unrecoverable?
Beleagured domain name seller and web hosting group DistributeIT today
informed customers who had sites hosted on a number of its servers that
their sites and emails were now considered "unrecoverable", as fallout
continued to rain down from a disastrous hack on the company's
infrastructure over the past several weeks.
http://www.itwire.com/virtualisation/47996-4800-distributeit-sites-unrecover
able

Distribute.IT forced to transfer hosting services to other providers
Domain register and Web hosting provider, Distribute.IT, has been unable to
recover any of the data hosted on its four servers following an
infrastructure hack last week by a group called Evil and is now transferring
customers to other hosting providers.
http://www.cio.com.au/article/390900/distribute_it_forced_transfer_hosting_s
ervices_other_providers/

What Really Keeps IT Security Pros Up at Night (Hint: It's Not Stuxnet)
Today eEye Digital Security released the results of a survey of over 1,600
IT administrators, managers and C-level executives about their top security
concerns. Most respondents said that high profile malware like Project
Aurora and Stuxnet were either small or very small threats to their
enterprises. Slightly more were concerned about government or state
sponsored hacking. But most still saw this as a low priority.
http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/06/what-really-keeps-it-security
.php

Cybercrime website victim of hacking attack, according to media reports
The UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)'s website has been taken
offline after it was reportedly targeted by hackers.
http://out-law.com/page-12015

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 - DOMAIN DISPUTES
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us: Government Domain Name Seizures Violate First Amendment - EFF Challenges
Flawed Anti-Infringement Campaign in Amicus Brief
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court to return two
domain names seized in the U.S. government's fundamentally flawed
anti-infringement campaign in an amicus brief filed Monday.
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2011/06/20

Exclusive: Top ISPs poised to adopt graduated response to piracy
Some of the country's largest Internet service providers are poised to leap
into the antipiracy fight in a significant way. ... It's tough to deny that
most of the momentum in the online copyright wars appears to be with content
creators. In the past year, a federal court ruled that the top music
file-sharing service LimeWire induced copyright infringed and ordered the
network be shut down. In recent months, the U.S. Immigrations and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) agency has seized domain names from dozens of sites
accused of trafficking in pirated content or counterfeit goods. In the U.S.
Senate, lawmakers are expected to pass legislation that would enable the
government to block U.S. Internet users from accessing alleged pirates sites
based overseas.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20073522-261/exclusive-top-isps-poised-to-
adopt-graduated-response-to-piracy/

Owner of .Com Domain Sues for .Co Domain Name
The owner of a .com domain name has filed a lawsuit to get the .co version
of their domain name. This is the first such .co federal anticybersquatting
lawsuit I?m aware of (although there have been plenty of UDRPs and I don?t
think a complainant has lost yet).
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/22/owner-of-com-domain-sues-for-co-domain-
name/

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 - MISCELLANEOUS
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Netregistry buys Distribute.IT
Netregistry this morning revealed it had acquired fellow domain name
specialist and web hosting company Distribute.IT, offering the beleagured
company?s customers a lifeline following the destructive hack of its servers
over the past few weeks.
http://delimiter.com.au/2011/06/23/netregistry-buys-distribute-it/
http://www.itwire.com/virtualisation/48056-netregistry-buys-distributeit

Netregistry swoops on Distribute.IT
The Netregistry Group has stepped in to acquire Distribute.IT after a recent
hacking attack on the latter that saw thousands of customer emails and
websites lost forever.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/netregistry-swoops-on-distributeit-339317311.htm

Netregistry Acquires Hack Attack Company
Sydney ISP Netregistry has acquired the assets of Distribute.IT plus their
Click n Go customers after it was revealed that Distribute.IT was the victim
of a major hack attack on June 11, when data belonging to more than 4800
accounts was destroyed.
http://smarthouse.com.au/Wireless_And_Networking/Industry/V6H6V3E3
http://www.channelnews.com.au/Networking_And_Wireless/Cables/V6H6V3E3

NetRegistry buys Distribute.IT
NetRegistry has bought the business and assets of hacked web host and domain
registrar Distribute.IT in a deal sealed in the past 36 hours.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/261518,netregistry-buys-distributeit.aspx

Distribute.IT customers helped by Netregistry Group?s acquisition
The Netregistry Group today announces that it has acquired Distribute. IT
plus Click n Go customers and assets. We will be assisting with resources
and solutions to all Distribute.IT customers in distress following the
extremely unfortunate recent hacking attack.
http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/press-releases/distribute-it-customers-he
lped-by-netregistry-group?s-acquisition

Community Registrars by John Levine
In most parts of the world, people tend to use domain names in their
country's top level domain. In the UK, it's whatever.co.uk, in Canada, it's
whatever.ca, in Japan it's whatever.co.jp, and so forth. But in the US, most
people use .COM rather than .US. Why?
http://jl.ly/Internet/commreg.html

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 - DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET
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Contract to Sell Social.com for $2.6 Million Signed in Deal Co-Brokered by
Moniker & Marksmen's NameQuiver.com 
A contract to sell Social.com for $2.6 million has been signed by both the
buyer and seller in a deal co-brokered by Moniker.com's John Mauriello and
Marksmen Inc.'s Cyntia King on behalf of that company's new sales division
at NameQuiver.com. Once transfer of the domain has been completed that will
become the highest sale of the year to date, easily topping the current
leader - DomainName.com - that was sold for $1 million last month.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2011/dailyposts/20110621.htm

$2.6 Million Social.com Sale Could Make Moniker Auction a Big One
I?ve been tracking the potential sale of Social.com for a couple weeks now.
The domain name was listed in Moniker?s live domain name auction for
Barcelona (which actually ended up taking place online only last week).
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/21/2-6-million-social-com-sale-could-make-
moniker-auction-a-big-one/

How Much is a .Eu Domain Worth? Find out on Sedo Today
About 400 .eu domain names are up for grabs on Sedo today, all at no
reserve. The auctions end starting at 12 pm EDT.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/21/how-much-is-a-eu-domain-worth-find-out-
on-sedo-today/

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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OECD: National Strategies and Policies for Digitial Identity Management in
OECD Countries
This paper analyses and compares national strategies for digital identity
management in OECD countries. These strategies aim to drive innovation for
e-government and for the broader Internet economy while remaining consistent
with current national identity practices.
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/national-strategies-and-
policies-for-digital-identity-management-in-oecd-countries_5kgdzvn5rfs2-en

OECD: Protecting Children Online
As increasing numbers of children worldwide enjoy the benefits of the
Internet, they also face a spectrum of risks to which they are more
vulnerable than adults. This reports examines these risks as well as the
policy responses of governments and other stakeholders to improve the
protection of children online.
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-protection-of-childr
en-online_5kgcjf71pl28-en

OECD: Virtual Worlds: Immersive online platforms for collaboration,
creativity and learning
This report provides an overview of the potential benefits but also
limitations of virtual worlds for enhancing collaboration, creativity, and
learning across society. It analyses to what extent virtual worlds provide
platforms for new and experimental interactions and can thus be considered a
catalyst behind the changing nature of innovation, as discussed in
particular in the OECD Innovation Strategy. The report also examines the
main drivers as well as barriers and challenges for the diffusion of virtual
worlds.
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/virtual-worlds_5kg9qgnpj
mjg-en

The Evolving Privacy Landscape: 30 years after the OECD Privacy Guidelines
This paper recalls the Guidelines' influence and describes a number of
trends in the processing of personal data and the privacy risks in this
evolving environment. It identifies current challenges for protecting
privacy and highlights current initiatives and innovative approaches to
privacy, with a primary focus on economic activities.
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-evolving-privacy-lan
dscape-30-years-after-the-oecd-privacy-guidelines_5kgf09z90c31-en

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INTERNET USE
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Google hits record with 1 billion site visitors in May
One billion people worldwide visited Google in May, the first time ever that
a site has drawn that many visitors in one month, according to data from
ComScore.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20073255-93/google-hits-record-with-1-billi
on-site-visitors-in-may/

Google: The First Web Company To Hit 1 Billion Users
Google has reached an unprecedented milestone as the world's first Internet
company to claim over 1 billion unique users in a single month on its
websites.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/google-1-billion-users_n_881969.htm
l

Our sexual desires exposed by neuroscientists' porn study
Straight men are as aroused by penises as homosexuals and have fantasies of
their wives sleeping with other men, but any fears about the negative or
corrupting influence of pornography are misguided, neuroscientists have
found in one of the largest studies of internet porn habits.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/our-sexual-desires-expos
ed-by-neuroscientists-porn-study-20110621-1gcol.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/our-sexual-desires-exposed-
by-neuroscientists-porn-study-20110621-1gcol.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5172267/Our-sexual-desires-
exposed-in-porn-study

British Library makes Google search deal
Thousands of pages from one of the world's biggest collections of historic
books, pamphlets and periodicals are to be made available on the internet.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13836332

British Library and Google bring 18th-century hippos to the web
An 18th century treatise on the Prince of Orange's interest in a stuffed
hippo will join one of the first modern constitutions and pamphlets on Marie
Antoinette as part of an ambitious project to make 250,000 books in the
British Library available online for the first time.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/20/british-library-google-digitisat
ion-hippos

Google signs up British Library to books project
Google plans to digitise a quarter of a million books from the British
Library's collections covering a period from the French Revolution to the
end of slavery as part of its ambitious books project.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/06/20/idINIndia-57798420110620
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/20/uk-google-books-britain-idUKTRE75J2
UQ20110620

?Brands are over-obsessed with fans,? says Facebook adsales chief
Facebook?s Carolyn Everson, its vice president of global marketing
solutions, put on an impressive display before the admen at the Cannes Lions
festival on Wednesday, addressing many of the issues about which marketers
have been concerned.
http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/06/facebook-everson-cannes/

New Survey Finds Americans Still Prefer the Phone Over Email, Texting,
Social Networks
I think I could live quite happily without the "phone" part of my mobile
phone. Other than taking press briefings and calling my parents, I rarely
use my iPhone for actual calls. I'd rather text or IM. But according to
survey results released today, it looks like my preferred methods of
communication don't match most Americans'.
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/new_survey_finds_americans_still_prefer
_the_phone.php
http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2011/06/22/22readwriteweb-new-s
urvey-finds-americans-still-prefer-the-15397.html

Slovak Internet Paywall Service Plans Expansion
Charging for some Internet content is tentatively proving a winning formula
in Slovakia. After a successful launch earlier this spring, Piano Media, the
company that operates the country?s unified paywall and online subscription
system, is planning to roll out the system in other countries. ... While the
overall figure remains very small, it does show that even cost-sensitive
people in the euro zone?s second poorest economy are willing to pay for
content.
http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/06/20/slovak-internet-paywall-servi
ce-plans-expansion/

au: Funnyman of the internet just a bully, say former colleagues
HE?S been called ??the funniest man on the internet??, but to the objects of
his scorn, Australian satirist David Thorne is a cyber bully.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/funnyman-of-the-i
nternet-just-a-bully-say-former-colleagues-20110621-1gdht.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/funnyman-of-the-interne
t-just-a-bully-say-former-colleagues-20110621-1gdht.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/funnyman-of-the-internet
-just-a-bully-say-former-colleagues-20110621-1gdht.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/funnyman-of-the-internet-ju
st-a-bully-say-former-colleagues-20110621-1gdht.html

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Social networking self-regulation isn't working says EU [IDG]
Only two social networking sites make minors' profiles private by default,
according to a test of 14 such sites conducted for the European Commission.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/390942/social_networking_self-regula
tion_isn_t_working_says_eu/

Digital Agenda: only two social networking sites protect privacy of minors'
profiles by default [news release]
Only two social networking sites (Bebo and MySpace) tested on behalf of the
European Commission have default settings to make minors' profiles
accessible only to their approved list of contacts and only 4 sites ensure
minors can be contacted by default by friends only (Bebo, MySpace, Netlog
and SchuelerVZ). However, a majority of 14 social networking sites tested do
give minors age-appropriate safety information, respond to requests for help
and prevent minors' profiles from being searched via external search
engines. The number of minors using social networking sites in the EU is
growing - currently 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds who use
the Internet.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/762

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Japanese 'K' Computer Is Ranked Most Powerful
In the rankings of the world?s most powerful supercomputers, a Japanese
machine has earned the top spot with a performance that essentially laps the
competition.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/technology/20computer.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Even tots need to be cyber-savvy: report [AAP]
Cyber education for children should start in preschool, a major
investigation of online safety has found.
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1561551/latest-from-wire/
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8263392/even-tots-need-to-be-cyber-savvy
-report
http://www.watoday.com.au/breaking-news-national/even-tots-need-to-be-cybers
avvy-report-20110620-1gbmv.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/even-tots-need-to-be-cybersavv
y-report-20110620-1gbmv.html

au: Telstra, Optus to start censoring the web next month
MOST Australian internet users will have their web access censored next
month after the country's two largest internet providers agreed to
voluntarily block more than 500 websites from view.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/internet-filter/telstra-optus-to-begin-cen
soring-web-next-month/story-fn5j66db-1226079954138
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/web-censorship-makes-entrance/story-fn6b3v4
f-1226079764356
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/telstra-optus-to-begin-censoring-web-next
-month/story-fn5sbqm7-1226079954138
http://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/technology/telstra-optus-to-begin-censo
ring-web-next-month/story-fn5rhhds-1226079954138
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/technology/telstra-optus-to-begin-censori
ng-web-next-month/story-e6freaal-1226080060299
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/telstra-optus-to-begin-censoring-web-
next-month/story-fn7celvh-1226079998275

au: Give schools cyber-bully stick: committee
A joint select committee on cybersecurity has recommended that the
auditor-general look to the law to give schools greater powers to deal with
cyber-bullying.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/give-schools-cyber-bully-stick-committee-339317136.h
tm

au: No support for ISP filter in Cyber-Safety report
Plans by the Australian Government to introduce a mandatory ISP-level
internet filter have suffered another blow with the release of the interim
report of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/261146,no-support-for-isp-filter-in-cyber-safe
ty-report.aspx

au: Give schools cyber-bully stick: committee
A joint select committee on cybersecurity has recommended that the
auditor-general look to the law to give schools greater powers to deal with
cyber-bullying.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/give-schools-cyber-bully-stick-committee-339317136.h
tm

ch: Cyber-mobbing: court convicts Facebook user for posting insults [reg
req'd]
Until recently no case law existed on so-called 'cyber-mobbing' ? the
intentional insulting, threatening, exposure or harassment of others by
means of electronic communication devices ? in Switzerland. This update
considers the first Swiss case of its kind in which a young woman was
convicted for insulting a neighbour on Facebook.
http://www.internationallawoffice.com/Account/Login.aspx?i=2707127

nz: Teens stir up fight on Facebook
A fight being organised on Facebook between two North Shore teens has
prompted a police investigation.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/5182345/Teens-stir-up-fight-on-Fa
cebook

nz: Fighting cyber bullies
The death of her father got Jess Maher looking into the darker side of
social media.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/5170683/Fighting-c
yber-bullies

News Corporation unveils its own education revolution
Rupert Murdoch signalled a digital revolution in education yesterday. Mr
Murdoch said News Corporation would help to change how children are taught
by becoming one of the world's largest providers of educational material in
the next five years.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news-corporation-unveils-its-own-ed
ucation-revolution/story-e6frg8zx-1226080212049

Jugendgewalt nimmt neue Formen an
Die Berichte ?ber Jugendgewalt haben sich in den letzten Jahren geh?uft.
Dabei hat die Gewalt unter Jungen neue Formen angenommen - vom Schulhof ins
Internet, wo Cybermobbing auf der Tagesordnung steht.
http://salzburg.orf.at/stories/522554/

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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us: Federal Decision Supports Online Political Parody
Parody has long played an important role in intellectual property law and in
intellectual property litigation. It should be no surprise, therefore, that
parody issues arise with respect to the Internet,1 and that over the years
courts have issued a number of significant decisions involving claims of
parody and the Web.2
http://www.law.com/jsp/nylj/PubArticleNY.jsp?id=1202497940893

Bitcoin 'will recover' from crash
The virtual currency Bitcoin will "bounce back" after a hack attack caused
its value to collapse, according to one of its senior developers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13857192

Cyber spies invade the shadowy world of would-be terrorists
What the internet did for pornography, it has also done for terrorism. So
says Israeli intelligence consultant Gadi Aviran, whose clients include
Israel's secret service, the Mossad, as well as a host of foreign
governments, security agencies and multinational corporations.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/cyber-spies-invade-the-shadowy-wor
ld-of-wouldbe-terrorists-20110622-1gfh3.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/cyber-spies-invade-the-shadowy-
world-of-wouldbe-terrorists-20110622-1gfh3.html

uk: We can't let 12 good men and true be undone by the internet by David
Davis
Last week, Joanne Fraill, a former juror, was sent to prison after she
contacted a defendant on Facebook during a trial. Fraill not only revealed
details of the jury's deliberations to the defendant, she also used the
internet to unearth information about another defendant in the same case.
The cost to the taxpayer of abandoning the case and retrying the defendants
was ?6m.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/19/jury-trial-joanne-fraill
-justice

uk: Teenager charged over alleged website attacks
A 19-year-old Essex man has been charged with five computer offences,
including attacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency's website.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13879678

Teenager Ryan Cleary charged over LulzSec hacking
A British teenager arrested as part of an investigation into cyber-attacks
in Britain and the United States has been charged with five offences of
hacking websites.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/22/ryan-cleary-charged-lulzsec
-hacking

us: Commerce Department Proposes New Policy Framework to Strengthen
Cybersecurity Protections for Businesses Online [news release]
The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a report that proposes
voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen the cybersecurity of companies that
increasingly rely on the Internet to do business, but are not part of the
critical infrastructure sector. The report, Cybersecurity, Innovation and
the Internet Economy, focuses on the ?Internet and Information Innovation
Sector? (I3S) ? these are businesses that range from small and medium
enterprises and bricks-and-mortar firms with online services, to social
networking sites and Internet-only business, to cloud computing firms that
are increasingly subject to cyber attacks.
http://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2011/06/08/commerce-department-p
roposes-new-policy-framework-strengthen-cybersec

Security Professionals Say Network Breaches Are Rampant
There has been a flood of news about hacker break-ins at companies. But how
bad is the situation really?
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/security-professionals-say-network-
breaches-are-rampant/

China says no cyber warfare with U.S.
There is no cyber warfare taking place between China and the United States,
a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday, after weeks of friction over
accusations that China may have launched a string of Internet hacking
attacks.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/22/oukin-uk-china-usa-cyberwar-idUKTRE
75L1X820110622

Internet providers likely critical under White House cyber policy
Internet service providers, banks, and hospitals could face federal
regulation under the White House's cybersecurity proposals, top
administration officials told the Senate on Tuesday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110622_8876.php

White House agrees to let Congress codify some cybersecurity policies
Obama administration officials say they will let Congress make permanent in
statute some cybersecurity policies the White House initially had wanted the
executive branch to authorize, to more quickly implement the law.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110622_2600.php

FBI Hits Latvian Scareware Peddlers Who Infected 1 Million [IDG]
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken aim at two Latvian gangs
that allegedly made tens of millions of dollars by sneaking fake virus
warnings onto victims' computers and then charging them to clean up the
mess.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/230945/.html

'Scareware' Distributors Targeted: 12 Nations Coordinate Anti-Cyber Crime
Effort [news release]
One of the most widespread types of cyber scam being perpetrated against
consumers these days involves ?scareware??those pop-up messages you see on
your computer saying you?ve got a virus and all you have to do to get rid of
it is buy the antivirus software being advertised.
http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/june/cyber_062211/cyber_062211

'People' issues in IT security
Converged networks and the spread of mobile devices are posing new
challenges in protecting digital information
http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2011/jun/21/it-securi
ty-converged-networks-fortinet-round-table

nz: New bodyguard to target cyber spies
A new cyber bodyguard will be set up to protect high-risk government
agencies from attacks by cyber spies and criminals.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5112274/New-bodyguard-to-ta
rget-cyber-spies

InternetNZ defends govt Cyber Security Strategy
InternetNZ is keen to see how it can help with the government?s recently
released Cyber Security Strategy, particularly by working on measures to
identify and combat malware and infected computers, says CEO Vikram Kumar.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/internetnz-defends-govt-cyber-secur
ity-strategy

Malware Increasingly Being Signed With Stolen Certificates
Earlier this year, a Trojan infected a machine at software maker Blackbaud.
But rather than steal money or source code or customer details, the attack
targeted another valuable but often overlooked piece of information: the
company's private keys for signing its software.
http://www.darkreading.com/advanced-threats/167901091/security/application-s
ecurity/231000129/malware-increasingly-being-signed-with-stolen-certificates
.html

uk: Businesses who commission fake reviews should worry about more than just
illegality
OPINION: A recent newspaper investigation uncovered evidence that companies
are paying agencies to create false online reviews for their services. But
what those companies may not realise is that this is illegal and could ruin
their businesses.
http://out-law.com/page-12016

us: 90% of companies say they've been hacked: Survey
If it sometimes appears that just about every company is getting hacked
these days, that's because they are.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217853/90_of_companies_say_they_ve_b
een_hacked_Survey

Winklevoss Twins Won't Take Facebook Case To Supreme Court
It appears the lengthy legal dispute between Facebook and twins Cameron and
Tyler Winklevoss may be finally coming to an end.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/winklevoss-twins-facebook-lawsuit_n
_882618.html

Winklevosses Drop Facebook Fight, Keep Settlement
If there is ever a sequel to the hit movie ?The Social Network,? it is not
likely to be set in the stately chambers of the United States Supreme Court.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/winklevosses-drop-facebook-fight-ke
ep-settlement/

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PRIVACY
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Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone
Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where
anonymity thrived. Now, it seems, it is the place where anonymity dies.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/us/21anonymity.html

Indian police halt Google's Street View cars [AFP]
Police in the Indian city of Bangalore have ordered Google to stop taking
images of the city for its Street View project pending talks with
authorities, a company spokesperson says.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/indian-police-halt-googles-str
eet-view-cars/story-e6frgakx-1226079508849

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CENSORSHIP
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Censors shut Chinese website blowing whistle on bribery
Fed up with the endless payoffs and bribes endemic in China, Chen Hong set
up a website to let people post anonymous tips on official bribery. It
proved wildly popular ? and short-lived.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/22/censors-shut-chinese-bribery-web
site

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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Dutch Lawmakers Adopt Net Neutrality Law
The Netherlands on Wednesday became the first country in Europe, and only
the second in the world, to enshrine the concept of network neutrality into
national law by banning its mobile telephone operators from blocking or
charging consumers extra for using Internet-based communications services
like Skype or WhatsApp, a free text service.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/technology/23neutral.html

Net neutrality enshrined in Dutch law
The Netherlands has become the first country in Europe to enshrine the
concept of network neutrality into national law by banning its mobile
telephone operators from blocking or charging consumers extra for using
internet-based communications services.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/23/netherlands-enshrines-net-n
eutrality-law

au: Cyber law to keep SMS, emails
A new law will give police and intelligence agencies the power to force
phone companies and internet carriers to preserve sensitive information,
such as text messages or emails from terrorists or criminals, that is needed
for investigations and prosecutions.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/cyber-law-to-keep-sms-email
s/story-fn59niix-1226079516062

Australia unveils cybercrime laws to combat global threat
Australia's government unveiled legislation on Wednesday to crack down on
cybercrime in the wake of recent cyber attacks on multinational companies
and institutions, from Google to the International Monetary Fund and the
U.S. Senate.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/22/oukin-uk-australia-cybercrime-idUKT
RE75L0C020110622
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/06/22/idINIndia-57840120110622

Tougher cybercrime laws hit parliament
The Federal Government will today introduce tougher cybercrime laws into
parliament that will require internet service providers to retain data on
customers when requested by authorities across the globe.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/tougher-cybercrime-laws-hit-parliament-339317207.htm

nz: Labour threat to Telecom fails to rock sharemarket
The market has shrugged off Labour's threats to review Telecom's ultra-fast
broadband contracts if elected this November.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=107336
34

nz: Telecom goes quiet on structural separation
Telecom has released a statement saying it is unable to divulge much
information about the structural separtation process at this stage, due to
legal disclosure requirements.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/telecom-goes-quiet-on-structural-se
paration

nz: Rhys Darby to fight internet piracy
United States movie studios have scored a coup against internet rights
advocates by recruiting irreverent comedian Rhys Darby to front a
promotional video on internet piracy.
http://tvnz.co.nz/entertainment-news/rhys-darby-fight-internet-piracy-420732
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nz: Opinion: It's time to take IT governance seriously
Whether we as an industry like to admit it or not, we have a problem when it
comes to how IT is regarded in the boardroom and at the senior executive
level of many New Zealand organisations.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/opinion-its-time-to-take-it-governa
nce-seriously

nz: Bill English to address NetHui conference
Next week?s inaugural NetHui event is shaping up to be huge, with Deputy
Prime Minister Bill English to speak along with keynote speaker, Harvard
University Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig, and other guests.
http://www.techday.co.nz/netguide/news/bill-english-to-address-nethui-confer
ence/20401/1/

nz: Labour threat to Telecom fails to rock sharemarket
The market has shrugged off Labour's threats to review Telecom's ultra-fast
broadband contracts if elected this November.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=107336
34

nz: Data caps, access right on internet manifesto list
With the general election in view, InternetNZ is readying a ?manifesto for
the internet?, outlining policies that its membership and others interested
in the advance of internet services would like to see the major parties
adopt.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/data-caps-access-right-on-internet-
manifesto-list

WCC strategy targets digital realm
Wellington's new draft digital strategy aims to attract skilled migrants and
develop a relationship with Silicon Valley - home to the world's largest
technology corporations in California. ... Chairman of WebFund and
Councillor at InternetNZ David Moskovitz says the strategy could benefit the
entire city, not just a small pocket.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5127703/WCC-strategy-targets-digit
al-realm

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Cerf: Streaming network crunch could be eliminated [IDG]
While Internet carriers may fret about Netflix, Hulu and other streaming
media services saturating their bandwidth, Internet forefather Vint Cerf has
a simple answer for this potential problem: Increase bandwidth
exponentially.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217863/Cerf_Streaming_network_crunch
_could_be_eliminated
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/062211-cerf-streaming-network-crunch-c
ould.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/230928/.html

Telstra signs $11b deal with NBN
The Australian Stock Exchange has confirmed Telstra and NBN Co have signed
an $11 billion agreement to allow the new high-speed broadband network to
use Telstra's existing network and infrastructure.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/23/3251290.htm

Telstra signs definitive $11bn NBN deal
Telstra has signed off on an $11 billion deal to transfer its fixed-line
monopoly to the National Broadband Network as its copper network is
gradually shutdown.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/industry-sectors/telstra-signs-defi
nitive-11bn-nbn-deal/story-e6frg9hx-1226080393160

Telstra signs $11b NBN agreement; agrees to progressively disconnect copper
network [AAP]
Telstra Corporation Ltd has confirmed it has reached agreement with the
Federal Government to progressively disconnect its copper network and
participate in the rollout of the national broadband network (NBN).
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/telstra-signs-11b-nbn-agreemen
t-agrees-to-progressively-disconnect-copper-network/story-e6frg90f-122608041
0409

Optus strikes $800m NBN deal [AAP]
Optus has reached an $800 million agreement with the Federal Government to
migrate its customers to the national broadband network (NBN).
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/optus-strikes-800m-nbn-deal/st
ory-e6frg90f-1226080434299

Telstra's NBN deal - what it means
The federal government's $36 billion plan to wire up the nation to
high-speed broadband cleared one of its last major hurdles today when
Telstra agreed to an $11 billion deal to rent its infrastructure to the
operator of the state-owned network.
http://www.theage.com.au/business/telstras-nbn-deal--what-it-means-20110623-
1gg5a.html
http://www.smh.com.au/business/telstras-nbn-deal--what-it-means-20110623-1gg
5a.html

au: ACMA launches VoIP education campaign
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched an ad
campaign to inform consumers of the potential pitfalls of residential VoIP
services.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/390935/acma_launches_voip_education_
campaign/
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/390935/acma_launches_voip_education_camp
aign/

us: New Bill Could Force Carriers To Better Define 4G Speeds
Though consumers may be excited about the idea of 4G networks that promise
high speeds for wireless access, many of them might not know exactly what it
is they're signing up for.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/4g-wireless-bill_n_882364.html

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