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Phishing Attacks Surpass Viruses and Trojans

Phishing attacks have outnumbered emails infected with viruses and Trojan horse programs for the first time, according to security experts.

...The difference in the ratio of phishing to virus attacks is partly due to virus attacks becoming more targeted and no longer occurring as one large outbreak. This includes the recent Storm Worm and Warezov attacks, according to MessageLabs. more

ICANN Gets Rid Of ".um" Top-Level Domain

The list of Internet domain names just got shorter. ICANN decided recently to yank ".um" -- for U.S. "minor outlying islands."

No one was using it anyhow, and the organization that has run ".um" -- the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute - no longer wanted to bother. more

Google's German Domain Name Briefly Hijacked

Visitors to the German Web site of Google were met with a strange sight early Tuesday morning: Gone was the Google logo, replaced by the name of a local Internet service provider with the message that no content was available for the domain. more

ICANN Official Weblog Launched

The ICANN Blog is now the official web log of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers where it has invited the community to post comments to the blog and participate in this ongoing discussion with ICANN staff and the Internet community. more

EURid Tightens Control on .eu Domain Names

Under a new rule that will come into force next month, European registrars for the ".eu" domain will be able to immediately stop the transfer of ownership of a domain name if it's suspected of abuse.

The rule, set to take effect February 19, will make it easier for investigations into activities such as spam. more

Senior U.S. Bush Administration: No More Net Governance Changes

Are tensions related to the United States' historic influence over key Internet management functions a thing of the past? Two senior Bush administration officials involved in setting Net policy say that's the case.

U.S. Ambassador David Gross and Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Kneuer say they view the question as settled... more

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

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