[DNS] domain name news - 11 August

[DNS] domain name news - 11 August

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:59:24 +1000
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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FY12 Operating Plan and Budget Adopted by Board in Singapore is Now Posted
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-09aug11-en.htm

ICANN Slams American Advertisers For "Lack of Understanding", Mischaracterising New gTLD Issues
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/10/icann-slams-american-advertisers-for-lack-of-understanding-mischaracterising-new-gtld-issues/

ICANN Finds Its Voice by Antony Van Couvering
http://www.mindsandmachines.com/2011/08/icann-finds-its-voice/

US Advertising Industry Asleep At The Wheel on New gTLDs
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15501

ICM Registry Announces the Successful Conclusion of the .XXX Founders Program
http://icmregistry.com/press/pressrelease15.php

Kudos to ccTLD Registries for Taking Measures to Improve Security by Elisa Cooper
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110810_kudos_to_cctld_registries_for_taking_measures_to_improve_security/

The overlooked risk to the internet
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-threats/2011/08/08/the-overlooked-risk-to-the-internet-40093568/

Half of China's Internet attacks came from foreign countries [People's Daily Online]
http://english.people.com.cn/90882/7565676.html

Mossad's Miracle Weapon: Stuxnet Virus Opens New Era of Cyber War
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,778912,00.html

See what cybercriminals know about your business.
http://marketing.ap.verizonbusiness.com/paper2.cfm?dx=blank&paper_id=p1115&track=e1

The Cybercrime Tide is Turning: Cyber criminals are facing more tech-savvy law-enforcement agents and harsher sentences.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/237604/the_cybercrime_tide_is_turning.html

Spanish site claims forfeiture of link sites is illegal
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/seized-domain-owner-government-hasnt-a-leg-to-stand-on.ars

au: Internode rolls out opt-in IPv6 for customers
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/396748/internode_rolls_opt-in_ipv6_customers/


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FY12 Operating Plan and Budget Adopted by Board in Singapore is Now Posted
On 24 June 2011 in Singapore, the ICANN Board approved the FY12 Operating Plan and Budget [PDF, 2.08 MB] as noted in the Board resolutions posted at http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-24jun11-en.htm. This document describes the planned core operations and project activities, aligned with the required funding, for the 2012 fiscal year.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-09aug11-en.htm

Rod Beckstrom to Robert Liodice, Association of National Advertisers
Generic TLD Program
http://www.icann.org/en/correspondence/beckstrom-to-liodice-09aug11-en.pdf

Robert Liodice, Association of National Advertisers to Rod Beckstrom
Generic TLD Program
http://www.icann.org/en/correspondence/liodice-to-beckstrom-04aug11-en.pdf

ICANN Slams American Advertisers For "Lack of Understanding", Mischaracterising New gTLD Issues
ICANN has slammed the American Association of National Advertisers for not understanding the new generic TLDs process, saying the "assertions in your letter are either incorrect or problematic in several respects. Perhaps the most severe mischaracterisations concern the ICANN process."
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15526
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/10/icann-slams-american-advertisers-for-lack-of-understanding-mischaracterising-new-gtld-issues/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/icann-slams-american-advertisers-for-qlack-of-understandingq-mischaracterising-new-gtld-issues.html

Beckstrom strikes back at ANA threat
ICANN president Rod Beckstrom has come out swinging against the latest attack on its new top-levels domains program, promising to ?vigorously defend? it.
http://domainincite.com/beckstrom-strikes-back-at-ana-threat/

ICANN responds to ANA criticism
ICANN answered criticism from the Association of National Advertisers, saying that its new TLD program adequately protects trademarks and prevents fraud.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/icann-responds-to-ana-criticism/2011/08/10/gIQAIork6I_blog.html

ICANN Finds Its Voice by Antony Van Couvering
I think we are finally getting somewhere: ICANN is no longer fluttering flusteredly whenever a lobbying group sends a nastygram over the transom. Case in point: a Association of National Advertisers (ANA) that arrived a few days ago, full of bombast and muscle-flexing, demanding that ICANN immediately stop the new gTLD program until a long list of demands from the ANA were met, or else the ANA would be forced to take some Very Scary Actions
http://www.mindsandmachines.com/2011/08/icann-finds-its-voice/

ICANN Defends Domain Name Process, Proposal
The group that manages the Internet?s domain name system is strongly defending a proposal approved in June that could lead to the introduction of hundreds or even thousands of new Internet domain names.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/icann-defends-domain-name-process-proposal-20110810

US Advertising Industry Asleep At The Wheel on New gTLDs
One must wonder what America's Association of National Advertisers has been doing for the last five years or so. As ICANN has been consulting about the introduction of new gTLDs, they have seemingly said nothing. Not a peep. Well, not until July this year anyway. And then it becomes a flood.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15501
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/08/us-advertising-industry-asleep-at-the-wheel-on-new-gtlds/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/us-advertising-industry-asleep-at-the-wheel-on-new-gtlds.html

ANA chief calls for new gTLDs to be suspended
The president of the Association of National Advertisers said the organization may sue ICANN unless it suspends its new TLDs program.
http://domainincite.com/ana-chief-calls-for-new-gtlds-to-be-suspended/

New Internet ombudsman promises voice for developing countries
Developing countries will be fully involved in the business of ICANN the new ICANN ombudsman promised Tuesday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2011-08/09/c_131038526.htm

Integrating the GAC More Effectively by Shawn Gunnarson
We all may have breathed a sigh of relief when the ICANN GAC and the Board concluded their eleventh-hour negotiations on new gTLDs with some measure of success, but we can all agree that panicked policymaking is, at best, less than optimal. ICANN needs to integrate GAC input more effectively. The Final Report recently issued by the Joint Working Group (JWG) of the ICANN Board and the GAC contains several thoughtful and productive recommendations.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/integrating_the_gac_more_effectively/

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pl: ?I don?t accept, access or visit...? ? a new social campaign on online safety has been launched
According to the analysis of incidents reported to Dy?urnet.pl, year after year, more and more illegal or harmful content is found on the Internet. The most serious incidents include child sexual abuse content as well as racist and xenophobic content combined with hate speech. The social campaign ?I don't accept, access or visit...? that has been launched recently is aimed at drawing the attention of Poles to the need of responding to incidents and building awareness in this area.
http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/732

Nask launches online safety campaign
Polish national registry of the .pl domain Nask launched an online safety campaign aimed at drawing the attention of Poles to the need of responding to online incidents such as child sexual abuse content as well as at building awareness about such illegal activities.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/nask-launches-online-safety-campaign

ICM Registry Announces the Successful Conclusion of the .XXX Founders Program
ICM Registry, the company behind the .XXX TLD successfully concluded its Founders program, which had been running for the last 9 months. This unique program was designed for early adopters from within the adult industry to secure and develop key .XXX domain names as showcase sites ahead of the official launch of .XXX on September 7, 2011.
http://icmregistry.com/press/pressrelease15.php

ICM makes $4m from .xxx Founders
ICM Registry made just shy of $4 million from its Founders Program, which allocated premium .xxx domain names to porn webmasters.
http://domainincite.com/icm-makes-4m-from-xxx-founders/

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Kudos to ccTLD Registries for Taking Measures to Improve Security by Elisa Cooper
When I first wrote about Domain Registry Locking over a year and a half ago, Verisign was the only Registry offering a true Registry Lock Service. Of course, not long after, Neustar announced their Registry Lock Service too. Recently however, a number of ccTLD Registries have also adopted Registry Locking programs.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110810_kudos_to_cctld_registries_for_taking_measures_to_improve_security/

DDoS Attacks: Don't Be In Denial of the Risks by Rick Rumbarger
Unlike traditional attacks by hackers which breach a business's security systems, resulting in defaced websites, intellectual property theft and/or customer data theft, a DDoS attack focuses on making a business's Internet connected infrastructure (e.g. web servers, email servers, database servers, FTP servers, APIs, etc.) unavailable to legitimate users. A business's brand reputation, which can take years to establish, can be swept away in just a few hours from a single DDoS attack in the same way a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake can impact a traditional brick and mortar business.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110808_ddos_attacks_dont_be_in_denial_of_the_risks/

?SECURE 2011? Conference
The 15th conference on telecommunication and IT security SECURE 2011 is taking place in October. The conference is organized by NASK and CERT Polska, operating in the framework of the institute.
http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/731
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/09/polish-secure-2011-conference/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/polish-qsecure-2011q-conference.html

The overlooked risk to the internet
Large-scale malicious campaigns by LulzSec, nation states and fraud gangs have underlined the risk to networks, as groups turn to online attacks for political, campaigning or criminal ends.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-threats/2011/08/08/the-overlooked-risk-to-the-internet-40093568/

Half of China's Internet attacks came from foreign countries [People's Daily Online]
Nearly half of Internet attacks China encountered in 2010 came from foreign countries, and the cross-border character of Internet security incidents has become increasingly conspicuous, according to news from the annual meeting held by the China National Computer Network Emergency Technical Team (CNCERT) in Dalian on Aug. 9.
http://english.people.com.cn/90882/7565676.html

China says it was targeted in 500,000 cyberattacks [AP]
Nearly 500,000 cyberattacks were aimed at computers in China last year and almost half originated overseas, the government said Tuesday, following recent suggestions Beijing might be behind long-term security attacks internationally.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/09/3825695/china-says-it-was-targeted-in.html

Mossad's Miracle Weapon: Stuxnet Virus Opens New Era of Cyber War
The Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence agency, attacked the Iranian nuclear program with a highly sophisticated computer virus called Stuxnet. The first digital weapon of geopolitical importance, it could change the way wars are fought -- and it will not be the last attack of its kind.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,778912,00.html

See what cybercriminals know about your business.
Data breaches can be costly. Not only can they impact your brand, they can also devastate your customer base and pull you into lengthy legal battles; which is why you need to know how to secure your business and prevent attacks. In this exclusive annual report delivered in conjunction with the United States Secret Service (USSS) and Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), we offer a peek into hundreds of security breaches to learn the lessons that they offer.
http://marketing.ap.verizonbusiness.com/paper2.cfm?dx=blank&paper_id=p1115&track=e1

Hacking Group Anonymous Vows to 'Kill' Facebook on 5 Nov
The Anonymous Internet hacking group is planning to "kill" Facebook and has announced the date it will attempt do so, in a statement gaining prominence Tuesday.
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/09/hacking-group-anonymous-plans-to-kill-facebook-on-nov-5/

The Cybercrime Tide is Turning: Cyber criminals are facing more tech-savvy law-enforcement agents and harsher sentences.
In the grand scheme, not much ever seems to improve in computer security. No matter how much we hone our security-defense strategies, how many firewalls we deploy, how many remote-buffer overflows we reduce, and how quickly we patch our OSes, IT systems keep getting hit by malicious hackers. If the computer security industry was to measure itself on the ultimate question of whether we're doing a better job of protecting computer users, the answer would be a definitive no.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/237604/the_cybercrime_tide_is_turning.html

U.S. Agents, an Aerial Snoop and Teams of Hackers
Why are federal agents hobnobbing with hackers? Defcon, a convention of computer hackers here, was crawling with them on Friday. They smiled, shook hands, handed out business cards, spoke on a panel called ?Meet the Federal Agent 2.0? and were really, really nice.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/technology/scenes-from-hacker-gatherings-in-las-vegas.html

us: Lawmaker asks for McAfee briefing as rivals question cybersecurity report
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., wants more details from McAfee on the company's recent assertion that it had detected a massive cyberattack on governments, organizations, and businesses.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110810_9625.php

Defcon: The lesson of Anonymous? Corporate security sucks
Anonymous has run up quite a score against corporations, governments and law enforcement agencies, but for all these warnings corporate executives are turning their heads from the real problem -- their network security is terrible, a panel of experts concluded at Defcon.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/080811-defcon-anonymous.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/237528/the_lesson_of_anonymous_corporate_security_sucks.html

Cyber-espionage attacks threaten corporate data in new unrelenting ways
Stealthy, sometime long-term cyber-espionage attacks to steal sensitive proprietary information -- what some now call "advanced persistent threats" (APT) -- have become a top worry for businesses.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/080811-apt.html

us: Group Hacks U.S. Law Enforcement Sites and Steals Data [AP]
The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it hacked into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, a data breach that at least one local police chief said leaked sensitive information about an ongoing investigation.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08/06/world/europe/AP-Hacking-US-Sheriffs.html

Black Hat: Legal Pitfalls of Investigating Mobile
Hackers today are testing mobile devices ever more strenuously, but the work often stands on shaky legal ground, according to Jennifer Granick, an attorney for ZwillGen, a law firm that specializes in legal issues related to the Internet. Granick was formerly civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/27061/

England riots: Hackers hit Blackberry over police help
A hacker group has attacked Blackberry's website after the company said it would assist police investigating riots in the UK.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14476620

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Spanish site claims forfeiture of link sites is illegal
Puerto 80, the Spanish company that owns the Rojadirecta sporting website, has asked a federal judge to dismiss the government's forfeiture of its domain names. Calling the seizure "an unprecedented effort to expand both copyright liability and the reaches of civil forfeiture law," the firm argued that only direct infringement, not linking to infringing content, could be the basis for a domain name seizure.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/seized-domain-owner-government-hasnt-a-leg-to-stand-on.ars

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ARIN's John Curran Discusses Preparation for IPv6 Adoption
In his presentation, "Ready or Not? IPv6 is here!", John Curran, president and CEO of American Registry for Internet Numbers talked about the depletion of IPv4 and the imperative need for the Internet community to adopt IPv6.
http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/080811_ARINs_John_Curran_Discusses_Preparation_for_IPv6

In wake of World IPv6 Day, browsers resist IPv6 brokenness?but should they?
At a plenary session during the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Quebec City, Canada two weeks ago, World IPv6 Day was rehashed at some length. It took place on June 8 this year, and Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others turned on IPv6 for 24 hours in an effort to flush out broken IPv6 setups. Immediately after IPv6 day, and again six weeks later, we noted that there didn't appear to be much breakage to speak of. But at the IETF meeting, several of the Web companies had a little more information to share.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/world-ipv6-day-leads-to-browsers-resistant-to-ipv6-brokenness.ars

au: Internode rolls out opt-in IPv6 for customers
Internet service provider Internode today announced that it had rolled out optional IPv6 networking for its customers. The announcement came after a 20-month trial.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/396748/internode_rolls_opt-in_ipv6_customers/

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INTERNET USE
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us: Search, Email Still The Most Popular Online Activities: Pew Study
The most popular activities online among American Internet users remain search and email, according to new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/09/search-email-most-popular-online-activities_n_922223.html

Most Adult Internet Users Use Email, Search
While increasing numbers of savvy Internet users may Tweet and use Facebook, nearly all adults who go online still use e-mail and search engines, a new survey released Tuesday found.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/08/most-adult-internet-users-use.php

Search and email still top the list of most popular online activities: Pew Study
Overview: Search and email remain the two online activities that are nearly universal among adult internet users, as 92% of online adults use search engines to find information on the Web, and a similar number (92%) use email. Since the Pew Internet Project began measuring adults? online activities in the last decade, these two behaviors have consistently ranked as the most popular, even as new platforms, broadband and mobile devices continue to reshape the way Americans use the internet and web. Even as early as 2002, more than eight in ten online adults were using search engines, and more than nine in ten online adults were emailing.
http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Search-and-email.aspx

Warning of rise in racism via internet, phones
Racism has crept into everyday life over the past few years through the growth of the internet and mobile phone use, outgoing Race and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes says.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/warning-of-rise-in-racism-via-internet-phones-20110809-1ikx1.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/warning-of-rise-in-racism-via-internet-phones-20110809-1ikx1.html

Shopper Receipts Join Paperless Age
... To the rubbish pile that the Internet is creating, alongside the road maps, newspapers and music CDs, add one more artifact of consumer life, the paper receipt.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/technology/digital-receipts-at-stores-gain-in-popularity.html

ISP-operated servers altering search engine results, researchers claim
Search engine requests are being altered to redirect users to specific websites in a "stealthy" system that benefits advertisers, US researchers have claimed.
http://out-law.com/page-12136

Recruiters Troll Facebook for Candidates They Like
More companies are trying to tap Facebook Inc.'s 750-million-plus user base to find new employees, threatening traditional job boards and competing with LinkedIn Corp., which has dominated the online professional networking arena.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903885604576490763256558794.html

au: Seniors risk being left behind by the internet, a new survey finds [AAP]
More than 40 per cent of older Australians say the internet is too expensive, leaving them at risk of being shut off from health and other online services.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/seniors-risk-being-left-behind-by-the-internet-a-new-survey-finds/story-e6frg6nf-1226112207979
http://www.zdnet.com.au/net-too-expensive-for-seniors-study-339320135.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-costs-a-barrier-for-seniors-study-20110810-1im0l.html

Bing growing in UK, Google still leads [Relaxnews]
Microsoft's Bing search engine grew in popularity throughout July in the UK but Google still dominates the search engine market, according to research by market analyst Experian Hitwise.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/bing-growing-in-uk-google-still-leads-2334262.html

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London riots: Social media can help riot-hit communities recover
In all the furore over social media's inflammatory role in the riots, little has been said about how local networks can bring neighbourhoods together
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/aug/09/social-media-riots-community-recovery

How the London riots showed us two sides of social networking
I watched in disbelief, horror, and dismay as news broke of Londoners laying waste to their?and my?city. My part of South London, Tulse Hill, escaped the riots, probably for want of anything to steal, but businesses were attacked a mile away in Streatham, and widespread looting hit nearby Brixton. For the past four nights, the wail of police and fire sirens has been a continuous feature of the city's soundtrack.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/the-two-sides-of-social-networking-on-display-in-the-london-riots.ars

London riots: Teenager detained after posting allegedly riot-inciting Facebook message, police reports
A 16 year old has detained by police after he posted a message on Facebook allegedly inciting a riot, Strathclyde Police have said.
http://out-law.com/page-12141

London riot cleanup campaign launched on Twitter and Facebook
Facebook and Twitter are being used to mobilise volunteers to help clean up the damage caused across London in the wake of further looting, arson and violence on Monday night.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/09/riot-cleanup-campaign-twitter-facebook

Social network overuse 'breeds narcissism'
Overuse of social networks in teens is linked to narcissistic tendencies according to scientists.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/8689438/Social-network-overuse-breeds-narcissism.html

For the Plugged-In, Too Many Choices
... The relentless pressure to partake of the newest networks was underscored in June with the debut of Google+, Google?s social networking site. According to Nielsen, social networking is now the most popular online activity, ahead of sending e-mails, searching the Internet and playing games.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/fashion/digitally-fatigued-networkers-try-new-sites-but-strategize-to-avoid-burnout.html

Facebook Messenger app to take on BBM, Google+ and Apple's iMessage
Facebook is making its move into the mobile instant messaging market with a standalone app for iPhone and Android called Facebook Messenger. It is set to provide competition for platform-specific apps like Research In Motion's BBM and Apple's iMessage, as well as the messaging elements of Google+.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2011/aug/10/facebook-messenger-app-bbm-imessage

Facebook updates mobile security features [Relaxnews]
Facebook has been busy updating some of the security tools available to mobile users, adding Mobile Social Reporting and Mobile Password Reset so on-the-go networkers can manage their settings.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/facebook-updates-mobile-security-features-2334376.html

Facebook adds mobile security features
As we put more and more information online, it?s become vital that we have a way to respond in real time when it?s compromised.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/faster-forward/post/facebook-adds-mobile-security-features/2011/08/08/gIQAvDKH3I_blog.html

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pl: ?I don?t accept, access or visit...? ? a new social campaign on online safety has been launched
According to the analysis of incidents reported to Dy?urnet.pl, year after year, more and more illegal or harmful content is found on the Internet. The most serious incidents include child sexual abuse content as well as racist and xenophobic content combined with hate speech. The social campaign ?I don't accept, access or visit...? that has been launched recently is aimed at drawing the attention of Poles to the need of responding to incidents and building awareness in this area.
http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/732

Nask launches online safety campaign
Polish national registry of the .pl domain Nask launched an online safety campaign aimed at drawing the attention of Poles to the need of responding to online incidents such as child sexual abuse content as well as at building awareness about such illegal activities.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/nask-launches-online-safety-campaign

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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BitTorrent: Copyright lawyers' favourite target reaches 200,000 lawsuits
How many web users are currently being sued for alleged online copyright infringement in the US? The folk at TorrentFreak, who have been obsessively logging these cases, claim 200,000 BitTorrent users are now involved in some stage of lawsuit, and claim settling with a relatively small fee on a large number of cases is fast becoming a way that rightsholders can profit from piracy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/pda/2011/aug/09/bittorrent-piracy

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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UK riots: Mobile phone operators help police to identify looters
Mobile phone operators T-Mobile and Orange are prioritising police requests for information about the phones used to organise the wave of looting and riots hitting British cities.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/09/uk-riots-mobile-phone-operators

London rioters' mobile phones could help police investigation
Police may be able to use rioters' mobile phone information to help convict them, say legal experts. Investigators can apply to see the contents of text and instant messages, as well as their location.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14465546

London riots: BlackBerry to help police probe Messenger looting 'role'
The maker of the BlackBerry, Research in Motion, said on Monday night that it would co-operate with a police investigation into claims that its popular BlackBerry Messenger service played a key role in organising the London riots.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/08/london-riots-blackberry-messenger-looting

Mobiles become emergency data network
Mobile phones could soon be helping in the aftermath of disasters by becoming an ad-hoc message passing network.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14458900

Australia rings in 30th anniversary of first mobile phone call [news release]
Today (9 August) marks 30 years since the inaugural phone call was made on Australia?s first public mobile network built by Telstra, then Telecom, forever changing the way Australians connect.
http://telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/media-centre/announcements/australia-rings-in-30th-anniversary-of-first-mobile-phone-call.xml

Mobiles turn 30 ... and we're all addicts
Australians are so dependent on their mobile phones that many of us feel disconnected with the world when we accidentally leave it at home.
http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/mobiles-turn-30--and-were-all-addicts-20110809-1ik59.html
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/mobiles-turn-30--and-were-all-addicts-20110809-1ik59.html

It's 30 years since Australia's first mobile phone call
It's 30 years to the day 9 August 1981 that Telstra (then Telecom Australia) launched its first mobile telephone service - via a car-mounted unit weighing 15kg and costing, in today's money, $17,000.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/market/49025-its-30-years-since-australias-first-mobile-phone-call

Apple prevents Galaxy sales in EU
Apple has been granted a temporary injunction preventing Samsung Electronics from selling iPad tablet computer rival Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union, except the Netherlands.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14470253

Apple ruling blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab shipments across EU
European customs officers have been ordered to seize shipments of Samsung's Galaxy Tab computers after Apple won a preliminary injunction against the Korean electronics giant in an acrimonious patent dispute.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/aug/10/samsung-galaxy-tablets-seized

German court's ruling may pose long-term concerns over Android
A German court's ruling on Monday that bars distribution of Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 in most of Europe shocked many. It also raises some long-term licensing worries for Android globally, some believe.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/396664/german_court_ruling_may_pose_long-term_concerns_over_android/
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9219024/German_court_s_ruling_may_pose_long_term_concerns_over_Android_
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/080911-german-courts-ruling-may-pose.html

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in EU [Dow Jones]
Apple's interim injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia has been followed by a German court banning its sale in most of the European Union.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/world/german-court-bans-samsung-galaxy-tab-101/story-e6frg90o-1226112183477

Apple stops Samsung, wins EU-wide injunction against Galaxy Tab 10.1
Apple has won a significant victory against alleged copycat Samsung as a German court granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Tuesday. The injunction was based on claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copied the iPad's design, which is registered with the European Union. The ruling applies immediately in Germany, but Apple could have the injunction granted EU-wide, seriously hampering Samsung's worldwide sales of the Honeycomb-powered device.
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/08/samsung-facing-eu-wide-injunction-against-galaxy-tab-101.ars

Study: iPhone, Android apps store sensitive user info
Mobile apps are still not secure when it comes to storing certain personal information, according to a new study from security firm ViaForensics.
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-20090006-233/study-iphone-android-apps-store-sensitive-user-info/

nz: Embrace social media, but beware
But the phenomenon captivating tens of thousands of New Zealanders is not going away, so its best to be informed, an audience of about 150 people at New Plymouth Boys' High School was told.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/5425909/Embrace-social-media-but-beware

Child finds flaws in mobile games
A novel class of security problems have been found lurking in many mobile games by a ten-year old hacker.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14443001

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The overlooked risk to the internet
Large-scale malicious campaigns by LulzSec, nation states and fraud gangs have underlined the risk to networks, as groups turn to online attacks for political, campaigning or criminal ends.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-threats/2011/08/08/the-overlooked-risk-to-the-internet-40093568/

Half of China's Internet attacks came from foreign countries [People's Daily Online]
Nearly half of Internet attacks China encountered in 2010 came from foreign countries, and the cross-border character of Internet security incidents has become increasingly conspicuous, according to news from the annual meeting held by the China National Computer Network Emergency Technical Team (CNCERT) in Dalian on Aug. 9.
http://english.people.com.cn/90882/7565676.html

China says it was targeted in 500,000 cyberattacks [AP]
Nearly 500,000 cyberattacks were aimed at computers in China last year and almost half originated overseas, the government said Tuesday, following recent suggestions Beijing might be behind long-term security attacks internationally.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/09/3825695/china-says-it-was-targeted-in.html

Mossad's Miracle Weapon: Stuxnet Virus Opens New Era of Cyber War
The Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence agency, attacked the Iranian nuclear program with a highly sophisticated computer virus called Stuxnet. The first digital weapon of geopolitical importance, it could change the way wars are fought -- and it will not be the last attack of its kind.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,778912,00.html

See what cybercriminals know about your business.
Data breaches can be costly. Not only can they impact your brand, they can also devastate your customer base and pull you into lengthy legal battles; which is why you need to know how to secure your business and prevent attacks. In this exclusive annual report delivered in conjunction with the United States Secret Service (USSS) and Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), we offer a peek into hundreds of security breaches to learn the lessons that they offer.
http://marketing.ap.verizonbusiness.com/paper2.cfm?dx=blank&paper_id=p1115&track=e1

Hacking Group Anonymous Vows to 'Kill' Facebook on 5 Nov
The Anonymous Internet hacking group is planning to "kill" Facebook and has announced the date it will attempt do so, in a statement gaining prominence Tuesday.
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/09/hacking-group-anonymous-plans-to-kill-facebook-on-nov-5/

The Cybercrime Tide is Turning: Cyber criminals are facing more tech-savvy law-enforcement agents and harsher sentences.
In the grand scheme, not much ever seems to improve in computer security. No matter how much we hone our security-defense strategies, how many firewalls we deploy, how many remote-buffer overflows we reduce, and how quickly we patch our OSes, IT systems keep getting hit by malicious hackers. If the computer security industry was to measure itself on the ultimate question of whether we're doing a better job of protecting computer users, the answer would be a definitive no.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/237604/the_cybercrime_tide_is_turning.html

U.S. Agents, an Aerial Snoop and Teams of Hackers
Why are federal agents hobnobbing with hackers? Defcon, a convention of computer hackers here, was crawling with them on Friday. They smiled, shook hands, handed out business cards, spoke on a panel called ?Meet the Federal Agent 2.0? and were really, really nice.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/technology/scenes-from-hacker-gatherings-in-las-vegas.html

us: Lawmaker asks for McAfee briefing as rivals question cybersecurity report
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., wants more details from McAfee on the company's recent assertion that it had detected a massive cyberattack on governments, organizations, and businesses.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110810_9625.php

Defcon: The lesson of Anonymous? Corporate security sucks
Anonymous has run up quite a score against corporations, governments and law enforcement agencies, but for all these warnings corporate executives are turning their heads from the real problem -- their network security is terrible, a panel of experts concluded at Defcon.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/080811-defcon-anonymous.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/237528/the_lesson_of_anonymous_corporate_security_sucks.html

Cyber-espionage attacks threaten corporate data in new unrelenting ways
Stealthy, sometime long-term cyber-espionage attacks to steal sensitive proprietary information -- what some now call "advanced persistent threats" (APT) -- have become a top worry for businesses.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/080811-apt.html

us: Group Hacks U.S. Law Enforcement Sites and Steals Data [AP]
The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it hacked into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, a data breach that at least one local police chief said leaked sensitive information about an ongoing investigation.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08/06/world/europe/AP-Hacking-US-Sheriffs.html

Black Hat: Legal Pitfalls of Investigating Mobile
Hackers today are testing mobile devices ever more strenuously, but the work often stands on shaky legal ground, according to Jennifer Granick, an attorney for ZwillGen, a law firm that specializes in legal issues related to the Internet. Granick was formerly civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/27061/

England riots: Hackers hit Blackberry over police help
A hacker group has attacked Blackberry's website after the company said it would assist police investigating riots in the UK.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14476620

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On Its Own, Europe Backs Web Privacy Fights
All 90 people wanted information deleted from the Web. Among them was a victim of domestic violence who discovered that her address could easily be found through Google. Another, well into middle age now, thought it was unfair that a few computer key strokes could unearth an account of her arrest in her college days.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/world/europe/10spain.html

Spain orders Google to delete citizens' data from search engine results, media reports
The Spanish Government has ordered Google to delete information about 90 individuals from its search engine indexes, according to media reports.
http://out-law.com/page-12143

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India wants special monitoring access for Twitter, Facebook [IDG]
India's communications ministry has been asked by the home ministry to monitor social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook amid fears that the services are being used by terrorists to plan attacks.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/080811-india-wants-special-monitoring-access.html

China Releases Dissident Blogger, With Conditions
One of China?s more prolific bloggers, whose introspective musings on democracy, human rights and fatherhood earned him tens of thousands of followers but also charges of inciting subversion, was unexpectedly released after nearly six months in police custody, his wife said Wednesday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/world/asia/11blogger.html

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FTC Focuses Antitrust Probe on Android, Web Search
Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google Inc.'s business, including its Android mobile phone software and Web search related services, people familiar with the probe say.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904823804576500544082214566.html

After Much Ado, a Google Book Deal in France
France has caused plenty of headaches for Google. Its politicians have denounced the U.S. Internet giant as a cultural imperialist; its publishers have called it a copyright cheat.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/technology/internet/after-much-ado-a-google-book-deal-in-france.html

nz: No plan for Parliament on how to deal with copyright law: Greens
Parliament is at risk of fines or having its internet disconnected due to the Government?s new file-sharing law which comes into force today, the Green Party says.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/no-plan-for-parliament-on-how-to-deal-with-copyright-law-greens

nz: Copyright holders to start spying on downloads today
Time to clear torrent lists - despite the copyright infringement bill not coming into action until 1 September, copyright holders will be able to collect information on downloading habits from today.
http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/news/copyright-holders-to-start-spying-on-downloads-today

nz: Parliament at risk of fines - Greens
Parliament is at risk of fines or possibly even having its internet disconnected due to the Government's new file-sharing law which comes into force tomorrow, the Green Party said today.
http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/parliament-risk-fines-greens/5/97766

nz: Missing schools to get broadband
ICT Minister Steven Joyce has announced two requests for registration of interest (ROIs) leading to tenders which, he says, will fill the remaining gaps in the broadband schools network.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/missing-schools-to-get-broadband

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au: Mobile telcos object to lowering termination rates
A proposed reduction in mobile connection charges by the competition regulator will threaten network investment and provide an undeserved boon to industry heavyweight Telstra.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/mobile-telcos-object-to-lowering-termination-rates/story-fn91v9q3-1226111244176

nz: Telecom ambivalent on 700MHz spectrum auction
In stark contrast to its mobile rivals Vodafone and 2degrees, Telecom says it does not have a strong view on how to divide the valuable 700MHz spectrum that becomes available in the digital switchover.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/telecom-ambivalent-on-700mhz-spectrum-auction

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