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IP Address Confusion Results in Wrong Family Raiding

...IP addresses are not consistently reliable means of identifying users. Law enforcement officials and a family in Gretna, Virginia and learned that lesson the hard way after their home was searched by a law enforcement team that included Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, according to a law enforcement official. more

Microsoft Opens Access to Its SenderID Spec

Microsoft has made the Sender ID framework specification for email authentication available to users at no cost and with the guarantee that it will never take legal action against them. more

Judge Rejects Domain Name Suspension of Spamhaus

A federal judge presiding over a spam dispute rejected a marketing company's request to suspend the domain name of Spamhaus, an anti-spam group that ignored an $11.7 million judgment against it.

...The Spamhaus Project did not bother defending itself and refused to recognize Kocoras' $11.7 million judgment against it, saying the court had no jurisdiction over the U.K.-based group. So e360 Insight asked that the judge order the spamhaus.org domain suspended. more

ICANN Approves .ASIA

Made up of groups that run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries, the DotAsia Organization Ltd. plans to explore permitting domain names in Asian languages under ".asia." ICANN also has been exploring allowing suffixes in other languages, too, though that will take time and is unaffected by Wednesday's decision on ".asia." more

Spamhaus Agrees to Fight US Court Case

Spamhaus has switched legal tack and decide to appeal an $11.7m judgment against it by a US court obtained by a firm it labelled a spammer. ...In a default ruling made by a US court last month, Spamhaus was ordered to pay $11.7m in compensation to e360 Insight, pull the organisation's listing and post a notice stating that it was wrong to say e360 Insight was involved in sending junk mail. Spamhaus did not defend the case and the ruling was made in its absence. more

ICANN Allocates IPv6 Address Blocks to the Five RIRs

ICANN through its Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has allocated large blocks of IPv6 address spaces to each of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) to promote the efficient assignment of those address spaces to the RIRs' customers.

"These allocations put in place a sweeping new system for allocating IPv6 addresses in keeping with the global policy development process conducted by the registries' communities and ratified by the ICANN Board of Directors on September 7 this year" said Dr Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN. more

Spamhaus Case Could Test ICANN

ICANN has agreed that only registrars can suspend individual domain names. It believes that there is no way it could enforce the proposed court order. But as the organization responsible for the Internet's top-level domains, ICANN does have the authority to accredit registrars like Tucows, based in Toronto.

Princeton University's Edward Felten believes it is possible that ICANN could be forced to comply with this type of court order.  more

UN Internet Governance Forum to Hold First Meeting

The UN's Internet Governance Forum will hold its first meeting Oct. 30 to discuss the future of the Internet, especially as it relates to access, security, diversity and emerging issues.

...Nitin Desai, who will chair the meeting, said the technology is young and people have not really sorted out how the Internet should be treated. He compared debates about the Internet to those about the chemical composition of ink and the design of the paper when the printer was invented, which missed the point. more

EU Trademark Officials Rejected Hormel's Spam Trademark

The producer of the canned pork product Spam has lost a bid to claim the word as a trademark for unsolicited e-mails. EU trademark officials rejected Hormel Foods Corp.'s appeal, dealing the company another setback in its struggle to prevent software companies from using the word "spam" in their products, a practice it argued was diluting its brand name. more

Domain Name Arbitration Disputes on Rise

Internet domain name arbitration disputes have risen by more than a quarter since January 2005 -- despite the expansion of generic top-level domain addresses like .biz and .info -- as cybersquatters find more sophisticated ways of encroaching on legitimate Web sites.

...Typosquatting, a form of cybersquatting that involves capturing another company's Web traffic by registering misspelled versions of a well-known Internet site or brand name, is driving much of the growth in domain-name disputes, according to intellectual property lawyers. more

Over Half of the Internet Name Servers Configured Incorrectly

Study finds more than half of the Internet's name servers are configured incorrectly, leaving networks vulnerable to pharming attacks and enabling servers to be used in attacks that can wipe out DNS infrastructure. This is the key finding of a survey of the Internet's domain name servers released Monday.

...The number of DNS servers connected to the Internet rose 20% in the last year to 9 million. Most of that growth was in Europe and Asia, with many new DNS servers embedded in cable modems and phone gateways. more

Tension Develops Over U.S. Oversight of ICANN Following Extension

Internet governance experts remain divided over last week's decision to extend the U.S. government's oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), with some calling it appropriate and others portraying it as unwise.

The strong sentiments on either side reflect a chronic, troubling tension that has enveloped ICANN since 1998, when it was formed to progressively absorb Internet management functions until then handled fully by the U.S. government. more

Internet Neither Safe Nor Secure

As stakeholders, we need an advocate, ICANN, which must ensure that security is never sacrificed. ...It doesn't take a mathematician with a Ph.D. to see that the proposed registry agreements do not provide better security and stability for the DNS; it takes only good common sense. We all know the value of stop signs in intersections.  more

ICANN's Work No Longer Prescribed by DOC

The US government says it will maintain oversight of the internet but with far less hands-on involvement.

"The big difference is that we will no longer have our work prescribed by the Department of Commerce and no longer have to report to them every six months with lots of hurdles for us to jump," said Paul Twomey, CEO of ICANN more

China Building Its Own IPv6, Reducing Country's Foreign Dependency

China has built its own version of an ultrafast next-generation Internet network that promises to reduce the country's dependence on foreign companies, the state news media reported Monday.

The China Education and Research Network has linked 167 institutes and departments at 25 universities in 20 cities through the Internet Protocol Version 6, China Central Television reported. more

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