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No Need for Internet Overseeing "Superstructures" Says New ITU Head

The Internet should continue to be overseen by major agencies including ICANN and the ITU, rather than any new "superstructure," the new head of the International Telecommunications Union said on Friday.

"It is not my intention to take over the governance of Internet. I don't think it is in the mandate of ITU and as secretary-general I will continue to contribute to the debate over Internet governance and continue to provide technical support," said Toure, an electrical engineer from Mali. more»

2007 Security Threats More Targeted

With the new calendars freshly hung on the wall, an important question surfaces: What security threats are on the rise for 2007? It appears that the year will bring more narrowly defined threats or "targeted threats," which are different from what we've seen before. They are more focused on individual information as opposed to mass-mailing worms that are sent over the Internet to randomly infect victims. more»

China Loses 10,000 Domain Names in Earthquake

Chinese Website operators have lost the use of their dot-com domain names due to telecom problems caused by last month's earthquake near Taiwan. The quake affected major international telecommunications lines causing thousands of dot-com domain names held by Chinese users to vanish from domain name registries. more»

ICANN Says We Did Not Reject the .XXX Domain Application

ICANN is now reporting: "The ICANN Board considered the [.XXX] agreement at its meeting on 10 May 2006 and voted not to approve the agreement as proposed, but did not reject the application...." This is big news. more»

665,570,793,348,866,943,898,599 Reasons to Deploy IPv6

Recent reports suggest IPv6's 128-bit addresses make it theoretically possible to create 665,570,793,348,866,943,898,599 addresses per square meter of the Earth's surface. Researcher claim realistic address limit is 3,911,873,538,269,506,102 per square meter.

...IPv6 which has been treated with benign neglect by everyone during the past few years -- may get a boost this year because Microsoft's coming Longhorn Server and just-arrived Vista operating system both support it by default. more»

Legal Attack on ARIN Dismissed in Court

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has announced [PDF] that it has prevailed in a lawsuit that challenged ARIN's ability to allocate Internet Protocol (IP) number resources fairly. The lawsuit was brought by an individual - Gary Kremen - who sought to have a netblock of IP addresses transferred to him without agreeing to ARIN's standard terms and conditions.

"Today's victory is significant for consumers who rely on the Internet to operate efficiently and effectively," said ARIN President and CEO Raymond Plzak. more»

ORDB Spam Project Pulls the Plug

Antispam blacklist service, The Open Relay Database (ORDB), has pulled the plug after five and a half years because of spammers' growing sophistication. ORDB was designed to deal with a technique in which spammers used SMTP proxy servers to flood the internet with junk e-mail. more»

85 Billion Messages a Day, Spam Up 35% in November

Spam volume soared another 35% in November, an e-mail security vendor said Thursday, and the month saw spam tactics that reduced the efficiency of traditional anti-spam filters. ..."from 31 billion spams a day on average in October 2005 to 63 billion in October 2006. But in November, we saw two surges that averaged 85 billion messages a day, one from Nov. 13 to 22, the other from Nov. 26 to 28. more»

"ip who is" Among Google's Top Searches in 2006

On Google's annual top 10 list of the hottest search words and phrases, "ip who is" has taken the top 10 spot in "Who is..." category. Google does not reveal how many searches it takes to reach the top 10, but it said millions of searches are conducted each day. more»

ICANN to Undergo Transparency Evaluation

A U.K. governance organization will review The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as it tries to increase transparency after criticism of its close U.S. government ties. The report from One World Trust will be made public next year according to Paul Levins, ICANN's executive officer and vice president of corporate affairs. more»

Domain Tasting: The Great Internet Brand Rip-Off

The growing practice of "domain tasting" is creating junk Web sites and big headaches for companies... Sarah Deutsch, the attorney for Verizon Communications is steaming -- she scours the Web from her Arlington (Va.) office and finds hundreds of new sites that use variations of Verizon's name. A mid-December browse uncovers a constellation of Verizon-inspired domains such as verizonpicture.com, vorizonringtone.com, and varizoncellularphone.com... more»

Google to Offer Domain Registration Services

Google announced on Thursday evening that a domain name search and registration service will be added to its Google Apps for Your Domain offering.

Google will partner with GoDaddy and eNom, two domain registration companies to offer the service. more»

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