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Amazon's AWS Ground Station Service Is Now Available

Larry Press Amazon announced that they would be providing satellite ground station service last year and Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web services, announced its availability in the video at the end of this post. AWS Ground Station is a fully managed, ready-to-go ground station service... This sounds like a compelling case, especially for a small operator or startup, but I don't know how the prices compare to existing services or building proprietary ground stations. more

Move Fast and Regulate Things

Gregory Francis The international community is converging on one notion at least: that Facebook cannot be prosecutor, judge and jury of its own achievements and transgressions. The calls to regulate social media companies first came from various legislative bodies, then from civil society and national policymakers, then from the CEO of Facebook itself, "to preserve what is best about [the Internet]." If some scepticism followed that was natural enough – was the company sincere in calling for more regulation? more

Words and Descriptive Phrases as Trademarks Registered as Domain Names

Gerald M. Levine In a trademark context, who owns or controls, or would prevent others, from using words and phrases commonly available to speakers in a language community, is in persistent tension. While common words alone or combined may become protected from infringing uses under trademark law, their protection is contingent on factors such as linguistic choices and strength or weakness of marks in the marketplace. more

Domain Abuse: Are We Speaking the Same Language?

Raymond Zylstra For those of us in the domain name industry, it's clear that security threats and the way we track, report, and mitigate them has been a topic of increased discussion and focus in recent months. As we prepare to come together as a community again at the next ICANN public meeting in Marrakech, many of us will look to continue these conversations, as there is no doubt it is a topic of importance, relevance and urgency for our community at this time. more

Thoughts on Libra

Phillip J. Windley Facebook has announced its Libra cryptocurrency. This is good news for cryptocurrencies and market-incentivized networks. I worry that Libra's financial inclusion might come with an attendent loss of privacy or autonomy. After months of speculation, Facebook on Tuesday announced Libra, a cryptocurrency with the mission of enabling a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people. more

Havana Can Have 5G Before Miami

Larry Press Compared to Miami, Havana is an Internet desert, but Havana may have 5G wireless connectivity before Miami. 5G architecture, US politics and policy, and the 5G timetable favor Havana. Let's start with 5G architecture. 5G will require many "small cells" because it uses high-frequency radio signals that don't travel as far as 4G signals and are more easily blocked by obstructions like trees and buildings. more

The Start of Something Big: ICANN Announces Planning for Round Two of New gTLDs

Nick Wood ICANN has published a short paper in advance of its 65th meeting in Marrakech which starts on 23 June 2019. Entitled, "ICANN Org's Readiness to Support Future Rounds of New gTLDs," it describes ICANN's working assumptions for "policy implementation and operational readiness for a subsequent round of new gTLDs". The document is necessary for ICANN to move forward with essential preparations for the next round. more

WHOIS Database Download: Proactive Defense Against the Rising Tide of BEC Fraud

Jonathan Zhang How many times have you heard that humans are the weakest link in cybersecurity? The headlines have proven that over and over again. In particular, business email compromise or BEC (also known as email account compromise or EAC) scams, which typically target an employee with access to the financial resources of his company -- this could be a C-level executive or any high-ranking officer -- for fraud are still on a constant uphill trend. more

Trademark Owners Beware – There's a New Brand Identifier to Worry About

Thomas Barrett You might not understand how crypto-currencies or blockchain wallets work, but Facebook's announcement this week is a clear signal that these new technologies will soon become ubiquitous. Facebook's introduction of its own crypto-currency to its 2 billion users means mass adoption of crypto-currencies and digital wallets are on the horizon. This has implications that trademark owners need to be aware of. more

5G and the Health Scare

Paul Budde Having been involved in the telecommunications industry for a long time, I followed many of the discussions involving health concerns when the 3G and 4G mobile technologies were introduced. This time, with 5G, the situation is no different. Again, there are many communities worried about the potential negative health effects of the radiation that emanates from mobile communications. more

Is UN SG Guterres Driving the Bus That Macron Threw UN IGF & Multistakeholderism Under at IGF Paris?

Khaled Fattal A fresh & transparent, community-led, bottom-up, public debate has now become unavoidable and undeferrable. "....we need limited and smart regulation" were the clear and unambiguous words of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the launch of the final report of his UN Panel on Digital Cooperation last week in New York. Last November, I wrote about President Macron throwing down the gauntlet at UN IGF Paris challenging IGF and Multistakeholderism to become more relevant.  more

The UN Panel on Digital Cooperation: An Agenda for the 2020s

Wolfgang Kleinwächter The UN Panel on Digital Cooperation presented last week in New York its final report, and an old question is back on the international agenda: Could the global Internet be ordered by a reasonable arrangement among stakeholders which would maximize the digital opportunities and minimize the cyber risks by keeping the network free, open and safe? more

Cuba's New WiFi Regulations – Good, Bad or Meh?

Larry Press Soon after ETECSA began rolling out WiFi hotspots for Internet access, people began linking to them from homes and community street nets. These connections and importing the WiFi equipment they used were illegal, but generally tolerated as long as they remained apolitical and avoided pornography. Regulations passed last month legalized some of this activity in a bid to boost connectivity by allowing Internet access from homes and small private businesses like restaurants and vacation rentals that are located close enough to a hotspot to establish a WiFi connection. more

Have We Reached ‘Peak Telecom’ and What Does This Mean for 5G

Paul Budde "Peak telecom" is described as the maximum point of expansion reached by the traditional telecommunications industry before the internet commoditized the industry to a utility pipe. I had to think of this when I read the recent outcomes of the famous Ericsson Consumer Lab survey. The company used the result of the survey to counteract market criticism regarding the viability of the telco business models in the deployment of 5G. more

Network Protocols and Their Use

Geoff Huston In June, I participated in a workshop, organized by the Internet Architecture Board, on the topic of protocol design and effect, looking at the differences between initial design expectations and deployment realities. These are my impressions of the discussions that took place at this workshop. ... In this first part of my report, I'll report on the case studies of two protocol efforts and their expectations and deployment experience. more

News Briefs

State-Sponsored Cyberattack Against Telecom Providers Is Targetting Data on Specific Individuals

The researchers at Cybereason Nocturnus have identified an advanced, persistent attack targeting global telecommunications providers carried out by a threat actor using tools and techniques commonly associated with the Chinese-affiliated threat actor APT10. This multi-wave attack is reported to have sought to steal communications data of specific individuals in various countries. more

US Launches Cyberattack Against Iran’s Military IT Systems

The United States in retaliation to the growing Iranian cyber-activity and the shooting of an unarmed US drone last week has launched a series of cyberattacks against Iran's military IT systems. more

Facebook Announces Global Digital Currency, Financial Infrastructure Built on Blockchain Technology

Facebook today announced a newly formed subsidiary, named Calibra, to provide financial services. The first product Calibra will introduce, according to the company, is a digital wallet for Libra. more

United States Steps Up Digital Incursions Into Russia's Electric Power Grid, According to NYT

The United States has shifted its Russia strategy more toward offense and inserted potentially crippling malware inside Russia's electric power grid at a depth and with an aggressiveness that had never been tried before, according to a New York Times's story that broke over the weekend. more

Notorious Hacker Group XENOTIME Expands Its Targeting Beyond Oil and Gas to Electric Utility Sector

XENOTIME, the notorious group behind what is regarded as the most dangerous malware targetting industrial control systems has expanded its targeting beyond oil and gas to the electric utility sector. more

Greece Announces Plans to Install Free Public Wi-Fi Nationwide

Greece's Department of Telecommunications and Post (EETT) has announced plans to install 3000 public Wi-Fi hotspots around the nation beginning next year in both open-air and enclosed public spaces. more

Use of DNS Firewalls Could Have Prevented More Than $10B in Data Breach Losses Over the Past 5 Years

New research from the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) released on Wednesday reports that the use of freely available DNS firewalls could prevent 33% of cybersecurity data breaches from occurring. more

Meeker Report: Global Internet User Growth Slowing Down

Mary Meeker delivered her Internet Trends Report, tech communities most anticipated slide deck at the Code Conference 2019 in Arizona today. more

Google Reported to Be Pushing Trump Administration for Exemption on Huawei Ban, Citing Security Risk

Reports on Friday said Google has indicated that the Huawei ban poses security risks for US consumers and is asking the Trump administration for an exception. According to a report by the Financial Times, Google executives are warning the ban will force China to develop its own Android software independent from Google and thus leading to security flaws and bugs. more

Domestic Internet of Russia, Iran Far Deeper Kind of Fragmentation, More Physical Than Seen Before

The internet fragmentation practiced by various countries have, for the most part, been alternations to the information flows on top of the internet architecture, not the architecture itself. China, for instance, still relies on the global DNS and is yet to unplug from major internet exchange points. more

A New Project Called Handshake Wants to Decentralize DNS, Says It's Unlike Previous Attempts

An entity called the Handshake Network claims its newly developed open source project offers advantages over the traditional naming and signature systems. more

Loon Balloons Restore Internet After a Massive Earthquake Strikes Remote Parts of Peru

On Sunday, when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck remote parts of Peru’s Amazon region, at the request of the government of Peru and Telefónica, Alphabet re-directs a group of its Loon balloons to the impacted area to restore Internet access. Within 48 hours, people on the ground had wireless broadband communication, reports Alphabet. more

Critics Say FCC's New Report Declaring US Broadband Healthier Than Ever is Based on Flawed Data

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its 2019 Broadband Deployment Report on Wednesday stating the digital divide is shrinking substantially, and more Americans than ever have access to high-speed broadband. more

Huawei Files Motion in US Federal Court Calling Ban Unconstitutional, an Assault on Human Rights

Huawei has filed a legal motion in the United States federal court calling for the ban to be declared unconstitutional and deemed an assault on global human rights. more

ICANN's Recent .amazon Decision Denounced by Presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia

The presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia have criticized the recent ICANN decision to grant global retailer Amazon the rights to the .amazon top-level domain. more

Microsoft Becomes the Latest Company to Join the Internet Society’s MANRS Initiative

Microsoft has joined the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative, supported by the Internet Society (ISOC) with the primary objective is to reduce the most common threats to the Internet's routing system. Microsft is the latest of a number of industry giants around the world - including Oracle, GÉANT, and Comcast - to join MANRS. more

SpaceX Succeeds in Launching Its First Full Batch of Starlink Internet Satellites

SpaceX on Thursday successfully launched 60 Starlink satellites with its Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. more

UK Announces $28M Fund for Army Cyber Operations Centers

The UK Ministry of Defence has announced a £22m ($28 million) fund for the development of British Army cyber operations centers across the country. more

Baltimore Gets Hacked: Main Computer Systems Crippled, Experts Estimate Months to Recover

On May 7, hackers breached parts of the computer systems that run Baltimore's government, taking down essential systems such as voice mail, email, a parking fines database, payment systems used for water bills, property taxes, real estate transactions and vehicle citations. more

US Huawei Ban Threatens Internet Access in Rural Areas, Some Providers May Fold

Much of rural America with very low population density, depends on small wireless carriers for their internet access as AT&T, T-Mobile and other large providers have no interest in providing services. more

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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

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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

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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

IP Geolocation: How to Locate and Stop Phishing Threats

WhoisXML API The web has made the world a smaller place by reducing the relevance of location. How so? Anyone, no matter where they are, can now reach out to anyone else with useful information ranging from breaking news events to commercial proposals. more

Cybercrime Innovation: Tackling Emerging Threats and Vulnerabilities

WhoisXML API What keeps CISOs up at night? For hundreds of senior company leaders across countries and industries, the steady growth of cybercrime is one of their biggest concerns. Consequently, organizations spend more money than ever to mitigate the risks and consequences of data breaches, despite a new wave of attacks being on its way as we speak. more

Threat Intelligence: Understanding Adversaries and Threats

WhoisXML API This quote from The Art of War could not be more relevant when we think of today's digital battlefield: "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." more

SSL Configuration Analysis: What Is It? Why Does It Matter?

WhoisXML API Anyone interested in starting doing business online should have a few essential things ready before rushing head-on, including a memorable name and a potentially profitable business model. more

The Roots of WHOIS and Its Applications: 3 Fundamental Questions

WhoisXML API Journalists, brand specialists, cybersecurity researchers... Everyone wants answers on who does what online, so where can you get the clues you seek? WHOIS data, alongside its databases and related products, can help you find out who's behind the most notorious websites - and possibly the shadiest ones as well. more

Why Your Company Needs to Use Cybersecure IP Geolocation APIs

WhoisXML API All entrepreneurs typically have a single goal in mind - ensuring their company's success -- and that means reaching and getting as many customers as possible. Nowadays, that translates to taking advantage of the data that GPS-enabled devices provides. more

Verisign Q1 2019 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 351.8 Million Domains in Q1 of 2019

Verisign Verisign today released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the first quarter of 2019 closed with 351.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 3.1 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. more

3 Ways to Combat Phishing in 2019

WhoisXML API Just when we thought that phishing has run out of its bag of tricks, hackers are changing their tactics. Whereas before the attacks could be generalized and random, this time, they are more targeted, tailored, and personal. What are crooks up to? more

Domain Research and Monitoring: Keeping an Eye on the Web for You

WhoisXML API Maintaining an online presence isn't as simple as choosing a name, putting it up, and waiting until things turn out well. Once you're out there, you have to keep an eye on your domain and what's happening around because not doing so could put you at a disadvantage or even in danger. more

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WhoisXML API Cybersecurity is pretty much a game of "hide and seek" - cybercriminals hide, cybersecurity teams seek -- and the damage is often based on how long the perpetrators are able to continue their attacks without being found. more

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