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Domain Name Registrar Isn't Liable for Counterfeit Goods – InvenTel v. GoDaddy

Eric Goldman InvenTel makes security cams for cars. It is trying to crack down on Chinese counterfeiters. It brought a prior lawsuit against a wide range of defendants, including GoDaddy. InvenTel voluntarily dismissed GoDaddy from that suit. It brought a second round of litigation involving a new counterfeit site allegedly by the same bad guys, www.hdminorcarnbuy.com, a domain name registered via GoDaddy. more

The Pros and Cons of Introducing New gTLDs

Jonathan Zhang Every time new concepts are introduced, much debate ensues as to the advantages and disadvantages such a change would bring forth. We've seen that happen with the launch of IPv6. Detractors and supporters rallied to make their respective arguments heard. One thing is sure though. The need for a much larger IP address space is something both parties are in agreement with. more

The Promise of Multi-Signer DNSSEC

Jan Včelák DNSSEC is increasingly adopted by organizations to protect DNS data and prevent DNS attacks like DNS spoofing and DNS cache poisoning. At the same time, more DNS deployments are using proprietary DNS features like geo-routing or load balancing, which require special configuration to support using DNSSEC. When these requirements intersect with multiple DNS providers, the system breaks down. more

Call Spoofing: Congress Calls on FCC, Russia and China Answer

Anthony Rutkowski It is both amusing and dismaying. Last year, Congress passed Ray Baum's Act telling the FCC to do something about those pesky incoming foreign SPAM calls and texts with the fake callerIDs. The FCC a couple of weeks ago responded with a chest thumping Report and Order claiming it has "extraterritorial jurisdiction" that is does not have, and promising it will do something. Don't hold your breath on that one. more

The 2019 IPv4 Market: Mid-Year Report

Janine Goodman After a slow start to 2019, the volume of IPv4 numbers traded is picking up – though still far below the peak trading periods of 2018. By this same time last year, the total quantity of numbers flowing to and from organizations in the ARIN region was just over 27 million. more

Are the Telcos Crying Wolf?

Paul Budde We recently have heard much complaining from the telecommunications companies concerning the margin squeeze they experience from NBN Co. While they certainly do have a point, it is also essential to look at the other side of the coin. Why have the telcos allowed this situation to happen in the first place? We have seen an explosion in the telecommunications industry over the last decades. This led to the arrival of internet companies which are currently amongst the largest corporations in the world. more

MANRS Observatory: Monitoring the State of Internet Routing Security

Andrei Robachevsky Routing security is vital to the future and stability of the Internet, but it's under constant threat. Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) is a global initiative, driven by the networking community and supported by the Internet Society, aiming to reduce the most common threats to the Internet's routing system through technical and collaborative action. more

There is Always a Back Door

Russ White A long time ago, I worked in a secure facility. I won't disclose the facility; I'm certain it no longer exists, and the people who designed the system I'm about to describe are probably long retired. Soon after being transferred into this organization, someone noted I needed to be trained on how to change the cipher door locks. We gathered up a ladder, placed the ladder just outside the door to the secure facility, popped open one of the tiles on the drop ceiling, and opened a small metal box with a standard, low-security key. more

Satisfying the Evidentiary Demands of the UDRP

Gerald M. Levine It continues to surprise that some counsel in proceedings under the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) are unaware or oblivious of its evidentiary demands, by which I mean they file and certify complaints with insufficient evidence either of their clients' rights or their claims. Because the UDRP requires conjunctive proof of bad faith registration and bad faith use (as opposed to the disjunctive model of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act), it should be ingrained for counsel experienced in the jurisprudence to know they cannot hope to succeed with marks postdating registration of domain names. more

Broadband and the Census: Why Decision to Go Online Is Probably Ten Years Premature

Doug Dawson The US government is gearing up to begin the 2020 census which will be administered starting next April 20. For the first time, the census is going to rely heavily on people answering the census questions online. Live census takers will then follow-up with those that don't submit the online response. This seems like an odd decision since there are still many people who don't have home broadband. more

FCC's Ignorant Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Bravado

Anthony Rutkowski The Federal Communications Commission yesterday released a Report and Order in the matter of its implementation of Ray Baum's Act Section 503 and international call spoofing. The FCC mostly did the right things in the R&O except in one rather extraordinary assertion of legal ignorance and bravado. It asserted unilaterally that it could exercise "extraterritorial jurisdiction that Congress expressly provided in section 503 of the Ray Baum's Act," and it furthermore knew of no "treaty obligation [contravened],...nor other legal barrier...and...are aware of none." more

An Optimistic Update From Telesat

Larry Press Emily Jackson interviewed Dan Goldberg, Telesat President and CEO, in a recent episode of the Down to Business podcast. The interview followed the announcement that the Canadian Government would contribute $85 million (all amounts are in Canadian dollars) to support research and development in support of Telesat's planned constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and another $600 million to subsidize Internet connectivity in rural Canada. more

What's in Your DNS Query?

Russ White Privacy problems are an area of wide concern for individual users of the Internet -- but what about network operators? Geoff Huston wrote an article earlier this year concerning privacy in DNS and the various attempts to make DNS private on the part of the IETF -- the result can be summarized with this long, but entertaining, quote. more

Terahertz WiFi

Doug Dawson While labs across the world are busy figuring out how to implement the 5G standards, there are scientists already working in the higher frequency spectrum looking to achieve even faster speeds. The frequencies that are just now being explored are labeled as the terahertz range and are at 300 GHz and higher spectrum. This spectrum is the upper ranges of radio spectrum and lies just below ultraviolet light. more

Facebook, Privacy, and Cryptography

Steven Bellovin There has long been pressure from governments to provide back doors in encryption systems. Of course, if the endpoints are insecure it doesn't matter much if the transmission is encrypted; indeed, a few years ago, I and some colleagues even suggested lawful hacking as an alternative. Crucially, we said that this should be done by taking advantage of existing security holes rather than be creating new ones. more

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Irland Leads Europe's .eu Domain Registrations in Q2

The latest report released by EURid, the operator of Europes .eu domain, has attributed 18% of the growth of the European domain to Ireland followed by Portugal with 16.1% and Norway with 10.8%. more

Huawei Launches Its Own Operating System, Says Its Completely Different From Android and iOS

Huawei announces a new homegrown operating system called HarmonyOS. The Chinese tech giant launched the new OS during its developer conference on Friday, calling it "completely different from Android and iOS." more

There's a Full-On War for Cybersecurity Talent, CEOs Forking Millions to Fill Roles

With companies realizing the threat of hefty fines, lawsuits, and executive resignations that can follow security breaches, companies are scrambling to scoop up scarce security experts. more

URS Is a Bad Fit for .ORG, Says EFF

The online digital rights group, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Tuesday published a post warning ICANN's latest move requiring the use of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) for .org domain names is a "bad fit." more

8chan Website Pushed Offline Over Ties to the Mass Shooting in El Paso

The notorious social networking website 8chan was taken offline on Monday afternoon following discontinuation of support from various service providers to the platform over its links to the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. more

OneWeb Fails in Latest Attempt to Get Russian Approval for Its Worldwide Internet Coverage Plan

Russian State Commission for Radio Frequencies has denied the global satellite communications company OneWeb to use a certain band of radio frequencies in Russia that the company seeks as part of its plan to launch hundreds of satellites into orbit to provide worldwide internet coverage. more

Close to 200K Phishing Domains Discovered in a 5-Month Span, 66% Targetted Consumers, Akamai Reports

Between December 2, 2018 and May 4, 2019, 197,524 phishing domains were discovered, 66% of which directly targeted consumers according to the latest State of the Internet report by Akamai. more

A Seattle Woman Charged With Capital One Data Theft Affecting 106 Million People

Major US bank Capital One Financial Corporation confirmed Monday evening that unauthorized access was made by an outside individual who obtained "certain types of personal information" on credit card products and Capital One credit card customers. more

Namecheap Files 'Request for Reconsideration' Against ICANN's Removal of .ORG Price Caps Decision

One of the largest domain name registrars, NameCheap, on Monday filed a Request for Reconsideration with regards to ICANN's recent decision to remove historical price caps for the .org top-level domain (TLD) from the Public Interest Registry (PIR) contract. more

Gartner Says Worldwide IaaS Public Cloud Services Market Grew 31.3% in 2018

The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 31.3% in 2018, reaching $32.4 billion, up from $24.7 billion in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. more

Telesat and the Government of Canada Join Forces to Tackle Canada's Digital Divide

The Canadian satellite operator, Telesat announced this week that it has partnered with the Government of Canada in a mission to provide affordable high-speed Internet connectivity across rural and remote areas of Canada through the development of Telesat's LEO Satellite Constellation. more

A 60% Rise Reported on Malware Designed to Harvest Consumers' Digital Data, aka Password Stealers

A significant rise has been detected in the use of malware aimed at harvesting consumer data, known as password stealers. more

Nominet, the .UK Operator Says Its Domain Dispute Resolution Service Has Saved £180 Million to Date

Nominet, the company responsible for operating Britain's .UK top-level domain, on Tuesday, released its 2018 annual summary of domain name disputes based on its Dispute Resolution Service (DRS), which the company says allows .UK disputes to be settled quickly. more

Equifax Announces Comprehensive Consumer Settlement for the 2017 Data Breach

Equifax has announced a comprehensive resolution for its 2017 cybersecurity incident that includes a fund of up to $425 consumer fund. more

Other Countries Beginning to Adopt China's Unique Approach to an Isolated Internet Structure

While in most developed nations, foreign telecoms are interconnected with local and other international Internet exchanges, in China, there are no foreign carriers detected within china's borders. more

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission Wins Appeal in Lawsuit Against US DomainTools

New Zealand's Domain Name Commission (DNC) wins in court against the US company DomainTools for "illegally scrapping personal information" of .nz domain name owners. more

EU Court of Justice Ruling Could Result in Cutting Off Data Flows to US

EU holds an eight-hour-long hearing taking an extensive look at whether US surveillance practices break European data protection laws. more

IBM’s $34B Red Hat Aquisition Makes It the World’s Largest Hybrid Cloud Provider

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on Tuesday announced the completion of its $34 billion acquisition of the software company Red Hat Inc making it IBM's largest acquisition ever in its 100-year-plus history. more

Majority of Popular Mobile-Only VPNs Are Run by Chinese Nationals or Located in China

While the current VPN market appears to be filled with numerous products by various companies, recent research that took a closer look into the market revealed very unexpected results. more

Mozilla Named "Internet Villain" for Supporting DNS-Over-HTTPS by a UK ISP Association

Mozilla was nominated as one of the three ISPAUK's 2019 Internet Villains for their proposed approach "to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK." more

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DIY Threat Intelligence Gathering If Your Security Solutions Seem Lacking

Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) Security solutions are not made equal. Some are better than others when it comes to providing overall protection, but most will require you to buy an entire suite that's enough to break the bank just so you'd feel safe from cyber attacks. So what are you to do if your budget just isn't big enough to afford all-around protection? more

NS1 and Salesforce Collaborate on Multi-Signer DNSSEC Implementation

NS1 NS1 today announced it collaborated with experts from Salesforce on the first implementation of multi-signer DNSSEC, which enables the cryptographic signing of DNS records across zones with multiple DNS platforms. more

Puerto Rico's .PR Domain Turns 30!

Afilias Gauss Research Laboratory, Inc, the registry operator for .PR, Puerto Rico's top-level domain (TLD), and Afilias, its technology partner, announced today that the .PR domain will reach the milestone of 30 years of service to both the Puerto Rican internet community and the public relations industry as of August 27, 2019. more

Under the Radar DDoS Attacks Increase by 158 Percent in Q2, 2019 Compared to the Same Time Last Year

Neustar Released today, the Q2, 2019 Cyber Threats and Trends report reveals that between April and June of this year, over 75 percent of all attacks mitigated by Neustar were 5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) or less, while large attacks – those of 100 Gbps and over – decreased by 64 percent. more

TRBR Appoints Neustar as New Back-End Registry Operator for .vu Country Code Top-Level Domain

Neustar The Office of the Vanuatu Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) would like to announce the appointment of Neustar Vanuatu Limited (Neustar) as the new Registry Operator for the .vu country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD). more

Radix Releases Its Bi-Annual Premium Domain Report Covering First Half of 2019

Radix Radix has published its Premium Domains Performance report data for the first half of 2019. Gaming.tech domain name was recorded as the highest one time sale in this period at $20,000 via SEDO. more

101domain Goes Platinum with Sedo: Good for Both Domain Investors and Buyers

Afilias 101domain announced today the expansion of its partnership with Sedo: membership in the Sedo Platinum program. This is excellent news for 101domain customers who will gain seamless access to Sedo's complete inventory of 19M domain names. more

Neustar Selected to Continue Operating .US Top-Level Domain

Neustar Neustar Inc. today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded the company the contract to continue operating the .US Top Level Domain (.US), the official country-code domain of the United States, for up to 10 years, until 2029. more

Why Suspicious Email Addresses Must be Verified

WhoisXML API Has the world moved on from email marketing? Some might think that email has got nearly obsolete with the rise of social media channels and all the buzz about virtual reality, machine learning, and chatbots that abound. more

Gaining Transparency Across the Web with a Bulk WHOIS API

WhoisXML API In this article, let's take a look at several use cases for the API and talk about why you should start employing it today. more

Why Organizations Should Care about Threat Intelligence Today

WhoisXML API Threat intelligence is the cornerstone of a mature cybersecurity plan. Staying abreast of the emerging threats and knowing where and when your adversaries are about to strike is a crucial aspect in building organizational cyber defenses. more

WHOIS Database Download Services in Theory and Practice

WhoisXML API Let's start this post on WHOIS database download services with a story. Meet James, a businessman who has just taken an important step in developing the digital presence for his small business by registering a domain name. more

Why You Should Pick the Best WHOIS Database Download to Safeguard PII

WhoisXML API Data, due to increased accessibility and interconnection, has been making the World Wide Web go round. Without your log-in credentials, you can't check your email, see what your friends and family are up to on social media, listen to music or watch movies and your favorite shows on streaming services, book a ride, shop for groceries, or do online transactions. more

Afilias to Acquire .GLOBAL Top Level Domain

Afilias Afilias, the world's second largest domain name registry, today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Dot Global Domain Registry Limited in Dublin, the registry operator for the .GLOBAL Top Level Domain. more

Reverse WHOIS: A Powerful Process in Cybersecurity

WhoisXML API The future continues to look bleak as the total amount lost to cybercrime is expected to keep growing. It will, in addition, put incentives for innovation and investment at risk, making cybercrime more profitable than ever. more

End User Radix Premium Domain Sales – May 2019

Radix At Radix, we're always on the lookout for websites on our TLDs that stand out from the rest. In this post, we look at four end-user premium domain name sales, or "Marquees" as we'd like to call them, that were registered in May 2019. more

5 Reasons Why Businesses Must Do Email Verification

WhoisXML API Everything important in business needs to be adequately maintained for effective long-term operations. This includes relationships with customers, employees, and partners as well as IT systems and equipment. more

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