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Open Data Leads to Competition

Larry Press In a previous post, I spoke of Amazon's use of customer and market data in restraint of trade, but they are not alone. For example, leaked internal documents show that plans to sell access to user data were discussed for years and received support from Facebook's most senior executives. For example, Facebook gave Amazon extended access to user data because Amazon was spending money on advertising and partnered with them on the launch of the Fire smartphone. more

Domain Related Crime: The 4 Steps of Effective Investigations

Jonathan Zhang There is no rest for the wicked. If you think that 2018 was the climax of cybercrime, wait until you see what happens in the next few years as cybercriminals are constantly learning new ways to strike. Take for instance domain-related attacks now coming in a variety of forms. There's domain hijacking which involves gaining of access to domains and making changes without owners' permission. You have typosquatting where phishing is often utilized to steal valuable information. more

Is Digital Democracy an Option – and What Is Involved in It?

Paul Budde Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the internet Berners-Lee, the father of the internet, reiterated his suggestion for a radical change, which would improve the functionality of the internet for the benefit of society. He suggests a sort of refoundation of the web, creating a fresh set of rules, both legal and technical, to unite the world behind a process that can avoid some of the missteps of the past 30 years. While this most certainly would be an excellent development, I am rather pessimistic about a rapid implementation of such a radical change more

A Case for Regulating Social Media Platforms

Jay Daley There are some who see the regulation of social media platforms as an attack on the open internet and free speech and argue that the way to protect that is to let those platforms continue to self-regulate. While it is true that the open internet is the product of the same freedom to innovate that the platforms have sprung from, it is equally the product of the cooperative, multi-stakeholder organisations where common policy and norms are agreed. more

Start of Reiwa Period in Japan Affects Domain Name Industry

Thomas Kuiper There was some buzz about the start of the "Reiwa Era" (令和時代) in Japan. New companies are using Reiwa as part of their names already, and it has implications for the Internet Domain Name industry as well. Here's what we found out... In Japan, the reign of each emperor has its own corresponding era. The current era, Heisei, began when Emperor Akihito ascended the throne on January 8, 1989. With Emperor Akihito set to abdicate the throne to his eldest son Naruhito on April 30, 2019, a new era is about to begin. more

Amazon's Orbiting Infrastructure

Larry Press I have been following satellite Internet service since the 1990s, but I was surprised when I learned last week that Amazon had filed an application for a 3,236-satellite constellation of low-earth orbit Internet service satellites - Project Kuiper. I shouldn't have been surprised - Amazon was an infrastructure company from the start. In his first post-IPO letter to shareholders in 1997, Jeff Bezos pointed out that their distribution center capacity grew from 50,000 to 285,000 square feet and said their goal remained... more

Investigating Domain Name Crime: Challenges and Essential Techniques

Jonathan Zhang Who would think that so much could go wrong with something as seemingly innocent as a domain name? As cybercrime continues to evolve, causing devastating reputational and financial losses to businesses and organizations, web addresses are used as a weapon -- and it's not always easy to notice their many faces. In this article, let's take a look at the domain name crime landscape, discuss the current challenges investigators and legitimate registrants face, and talk about some useful techniques. more

March 2019: Which New gTLDs Are Becoming Mainstream?

Jean Guillon I went through the exciting exercise of checking all March 2019 new gTLD reports to extract which domain name extension shows an interesting learning curve (or something strange happening). This is what I noticed for the 20 categories of TLDs... In the list of new gTLDs for Politics, the first new gTLD to have been delegated from the ICANN new gTLD program - .GURU (63,000) - lost 2,000 registrations since January 2018 (not 2019). more

DNS Privacy at IETF 104

Geoff Huston From time to time the IETF seriously grapples with its role with respect to technology relating to users' privacy. Should the IETF publish standard specifications of technologies that facilitate third-party eavesdropping on communications or should it refrain from working on such technologies? Should the IETF take further steps and publish standard specifications of technologies that directly impede various forms of third party eavesdropping on communications? more

US Government to ICANN - Move Quickly

Michele Neylon David Redl has written to ICANN in relation to the ongoing work around whois and GDPR. The letter, which was shared with the GNSO Council last night, is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it offers the carrot in relation to what's been done so far, but then there's the not so veiled threat, which isn't a revelation by any means, of "domestic legislation." more

India's eCommerce Policy: NOT a 'Bollywood Drama' but an Adaptation of Script of Acts from Elsewhere

Sivasubramanian M The draft e-commerce policy paper of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India raises valid observations concerning some of the imbalances, such as, on the excessive advantages gained by the "first movers" in the private sector, which implies advantages gained by the first -mover States on the Internet, on some of the prevailing gaps in the space and also on concerns about the abusive practices by a few e-commerce platforms and vendors. Most of these concerns are best addressed globally... more

Credibility and Disbelievablity as it Affects Outcomes in UDRP Proceedings

Gerald M. Levine "Credibility" in English comes through Middle French from a Latin word signifying trustworthiness and reliability in business and personal transactions (allegations, contentions, statements, promises, etc.). Where the goal is persuasion, exaggerating, embellishing, withholding, and falsifying evidence or accusing the adverse party of some heinous crime is not a winning strategy for proving claims or defenses. more

Are Inter-Satellite Laser Links a Bug or a Feature of ISP Constellations?

Larry Press I hope each of these companies has someone in charge of thinking about what might go wrong with a single, satellite-based network providing fast, low-cost links anywhere on the global Internet. OneWeb, SpaceX, Telesat and Leosat all aspire to be global Internet service providers using constellations of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Their success will require still-unproven technological innovation, but there are also political stumbling blocks. more

Why More Registries Should Be Talking About DNS Security

Nicolai Bezsonoff I've been incredibly lucky in my time at Neustar to lead both the exceptional Registry and Security teams. While these divisions handle their own unique product and service offerings, it's clear that they have some obvious crossovers in their risks, opportunities and challenges. Having been closely involved in the strategy of both these teams, it strikes me that there is more we as Registry Operators and service providers can and should be doing to align the world of cybersecurity with that of domain names. more

The Huawei Issue in the Broader Context of Global Politics

Paul Budde It is very sad to see that Huawei has become a victim of US-China trade war politics and it will be very interesting to see how their court case against the US Government will pan out, the company claims that the ban of its products is "unconstitutional." There is no indication that Huawei has been involved in any spying activity; nor does it appear to have any intention of doing so. more

News Briefs

Mueller Report: Russians Used Spear Phishing, SQL Injection to Penetrate US Election Administration

The nearly 400-page copy of the Mueller report released on Thursday includes some details on how Russia's foreign military intelligence agency (GRU), targetted individuals and entities involved in the administration of the U.S. elections. more

FCC to Block China Mobile From Gaining Access to the U.S. Market

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has opposed China Mobile's Application to provide telecom services in the United States. more

State-Sponsored Attack Is Manipulating DNS Systems of National Security Organizations

A team of security researchers on Wednesday issued a stern warning about a DNS Hijacking campaign being carried out by an advanced, state-sponsored actor believed to be targetting sensitive networks and systems. more

US Presidential Candidate John Delaney Wants to Create Department of Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, 2020 U.S. presidential candidate John Delaney announced a plan to create a Department of Cybersecurity. more

Hacker Has Released Close to a Billion User Records Over the Past Two Months, Reports ZDNet

A hacker by the name of Gnosticplayers has claimed responsibility for the hacking of 44 companies resulting in over a billion user data. Hacker also gotten dangerously close to releasing the records, ZDNet reports. more

EURid Report Reveals Europe's .EU TLD Shrank by Over 130K Domains in 2018

EURid, the registry manager of Europe's .EU top-level domain, released its Annual Report today, revealing that in 2018 the total net registrations decreased by 130,305 (from 3,815,055 to 3,684,750). more

FBI, Department of Homeland Security Issue Warning About a North Korean Trojan Malware Variant

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week issued a malware analysis report on Trojan malware variants linked to the North Korean government. more

Trump Administration Announces Its Big 5G Push: Largest-Ever Spectrum Auction and a 20.4B Fund

In a special White House event today, President Trump along with FCC chair Ajit Pai, announced a major push towards 5G deployment as part of the "5G Fast Plan" initiative. more

Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill to Expand Government Control Over Internet, Protests Expected to Ensue

Russian lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to expand further government control of the internet proclaimed by backers of the bill to be a defensive measure against internet disruptions by hostile nations. more

US House of Representatives Pass a Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Rules Repealed by Trump's FCC

The US House of Representatives just passed the Save the Internet Act of 2019 on a vote of 232-190. more

Close to Half of America Not Using the Internet at Broadband Speeds, Says Microsoft

The US government’s most recent broadband statistics from the FCC claims 25 million Americans to be lacking access to a broadband connection. more

Article Expresses Concern That Google and Other Tech Giants are Quietly Buying Up Undersea Cables

Big tech's ownership of the internet backbone will have far-reaching, yet familiar, implications, says Tyler Cooper, a broadband policy watcher, and editor at BroadbandNow. more

Internet RFC Series Turn 50

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary for the Internet "Request for Comments" (RFC) series which started in April 1969 with the publication of RFC1 titled "Host Software" authored by Stephen D. Crocker. more

Amazon Joins the Race to Offer Broadband Access from Orbit, Uncovered Filings Show

Reports suggest Amazon Inc. is planning to provide broadband internet access worldwide via 3,236 satellites in low earth orbit. more

Women Now Represent 24% of the Cybersecurity Workforce, Study Finds

According to a new study conducted by the nonprofit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals (ISC)2, women now represent 24% of the cybersecurity workforce. more

Data Center Hardware and Software Grew by 17% in 2018

Global spend on data center hardware and software grew by 17% in 2018 with total infrastructure equipment revenues reaching $150 billion, according to new data released by Synergy Research Group. more

Domain Names in 9 Indian Scripts to Be Added to the Root Servers by June

Internet root servers will soon allow domain name registrations in nine Indian scripts, according to Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG). more

Cybersecurity Continues to Be the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Top Priority for 2019

For the fourth year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office continues to include cybersecurity as one of the top enforcement priorities for 2019. more

Unexpected Behaviour Observed With DNS Root Servers After Cryptographic Change

The DNS root servers were reported by Verisign to be under unexpected attack from name servers across the Internet following ICANN's recent changes to their cryptographic master keys. more

WIPO Reports Cybersquatting Cases Grew by 12% Reaching New Records in 2018

According to a report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), trademark owners filed a record 3,447 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2018. more

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4 Professions Leveraging WHOIS to Stay Ahead

WhoisXML API Who are the entities behind the domains on the Web? This question has nothing to do with stalking but is critical for various business activities. Domainers, for instance, want this information to negotiate lucrative purchases while journalists might need it to set up interviews or get leads during investigations. more

A Quick Guide to Understanding IP Geolocation API

WhoisXML API Do you know where your online customers are? Can you tell whether the right users in your network are all authorized to access its content? Are you able to detect and block suspicious traffic and devices? more

A Snapshot of the Fundamentals of Threat Hunting

WhoisXML API Like it or not but the face of cybersecurity has changed over the past few years and while conventional approach has taken a back seat lately, non-traditional methods are coming to the rescue. more

Verisign Q4 2018 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 348.7 Million Domains in Q4 of 2018

Verisign Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief showing the fourth quarter of 2018 closed with approximately 348.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs) - an increase of approximately 6.3 million domain name registrations, or 1.8 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2018. more

Avenue4 Releases 2018 State of the IPv4 Market Report

Avenue4 LLC Escalating prices for large IPv4 number blocks, coupled with aggressive buyer acquisition strategies throughout 2018, stimulated considerable additional supply, according to the 2018 State of the IPv4 Market Report released by Avenue4 LLC. more

Ethiopia Has Officially Launched Its .ET Domain in Partnership With ZDNS

ZDNS Ethio Telecom, the telecommunication services provider of Ethiopia and the Registry operator of .ET has launched the country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) for Ethiopia. .ET domain is supported by the registry system developed by ZDNS, a leading internet infrastructure service provider from China. more

Radix Reports Over 45% Growth in Profitability for 2018, Revenue Grows by Over 30%

Radix In the total annual revenue of $16.95M, 27% has been contributed by standard registrations and 60% by standard renewals. Radix's premium domains cumulatively generated over $1.9M in revenue, of which 56% can be attributed to premium renewals. more

Afilias Appoints Keith Lubsen as Chief Business Officer

Afilias Afilias has promoted Keith Lubsen to the newly created position of Chief Business Officer, responsible for general oversight of finance (including profitability), mergers and acquisitions, and legal aspects of the company, all areas he has been involved with for some time. more

Afilias Appoints Ram Mohan as Chief Operating Officer

Afilias Afilias today announced that it has promoted Ram Mohan to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for most of the day-to-day operations of Afilias and its global subsidiaries. more

Cybersecurity on the Clock: How to Run More Timely and Efficient Operations

WhoisXML API A career as an information security analyst is one of the top technology jobs nowadays and for a good reason. Billions of dollars are spent every year to fight cybercrime, and companies are now willing to pay top rates for the best talent available. more

Marketing and Media Teams Can Streamline Their Services With WHOIS Databases

WhoisXML API The world of marketing and media isn't a walk in the park. The teams working in those departments are always on the move continually looking for ways to improve their strategies. A WHOIS database can prove useful for them in many ways. Read on to find out how. more

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