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VoIP Used in New Phishing Scam

Small businesses and consumers aren't the only ones enjoying the cost savings of switching to VoIP. According to messaging-security company Cloudmark, phishers have begun using the technology to steal personal and financial information over the phone.

Earlier this month, Cloudmark trapped an email phishing attack in its security filters that appeared to come from a small bank in a big city and directed recipients to verify their account information by dialing the included number. (The Cloudmark user who received the email and alerted the company knew it was a phishing scam, because he's not a customer at this bank.)  more

Internet Domain Names as Ubiqutous as Social Security Numbers

Jim Croce's famous song "I got A Name" may one day need to be changed to "I got A Domain" if current Internet growth rates remain the same. Today there over 70 million registered Internet domain names across the globe, according to Dotster, Inc., a leading provider of Internet domain name and hosting services...

"While more and more businesses are taking advantage of the innovation and power offered by the Internet by registering domains, an equal number of individual users are registering for domain names as well. In fact, with the Internet becoming such a ubiquitous part of everyday life and commerce, one can imagine a day when every individual and every corporation will have a domain name just as they do a social security number or corporate tax ID," says Kevin Kilroy, Chairman, Dotster, Inc. more

Net Neutrality Provision Rejected

Internet companies and consumer groups calling for a new U.S. law that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading some connections lost a major battle this week when a U.S. House of Representatives committee voted down such a provision.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, during debate on a telecommunications reform bill, rejected an amendment that would write so-called net neutrality provisions into U.S. law. Backers of a net neutrality law want Congress to prohibit U.S. broadband providers from blocking or slowing their customers' connections to Web sites or services that compete with services offered by the providers. more

Bugs Found in DNS Software, Not Considered High-Risk

A number of flaws in the software that is used to administer the Internet's DNS (domain name system) has been discovered by researchers at Finland's University of Oulu.

The vulnerabilities could be exploited to "cause a variety of outcomes," including crashing the DNS server or possibly providing attackers with a way to run unauthorized software, according to an advisory posted Wednesday by the U.K.'s National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Center. more

Market Watch, Biggest Domain Name Registrar Going Public

On the Internet, real estate is cheap, but there's a lot of it. Can you make money collecting a few dollars' rent from millions of tenants?

Investors may get a better sense of how the Internet real estate business works if GoDaddy.com, the Web's biggest landlord, decides to go public. The company, which declined to comment for this story, has reportedly hired Lehman Brothers to conduct an IPO. more

China Domain Name System Tampering Feared

Internet experts have warned that China is "manipulating" the domain name system in an attempt to censor its citizens' access to the web.

A high-level report prepared for by ICANN warns "politically motivated" domain name authorities could set up alternate root systems to filter out unwanted internet content. Report co-author and Melbourne IT chief technology officer Bruce Tonkin said China's attempts to use the domain name system to restrict access to content was a serious threat. more

Governments Need to Pass More Anti-Spam Laws, Says OECD

Governments need to pass more anti-spam laws, give law enforcement agencies more resources and work better across borders to combat unsolicited e-mail clogging up inboxes, an international economic group said Wednesday.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international forum of 30 countries established to promote economic growth and trade, also called on private industry to cooperate with government spam-fighting efforts and to help governments establish nationwide spam education campaigns. In addition, countries need to pass laws that provide "clear directions" on rules regarding bulk e-mail, the group said. more

Microsoft to Push Adoption of Sender ID at Email Summit

Microsoft Wednesday plans to promote adoption of the Sender ID email specification and introduce a new program for helping ISPs protect the integrity of email messages at the Email Authentication Summit in Chicago.

Citing research figures from MarkMonitor, Craig Spiezle, director of technology care and safety for Microsoft, said that Sender ID use among Fortune 500 companies has increased from 7% in July 2005 to 21%. About 32% of all e-mail sent is Sender ID compliant, added Spiezle, who plans to speak about the adoption of Sender ID at the summit.  more

High Court Declines Rev. Jerry Falwell's Appeal Against Fallwell.com Domain User

The justices on Monday declined without comment to take up the evangelical preacher's appeal, which challenged the operator of Fallwell.com, a site that aims to explain "why Rev. Falwell is completely wrong about people who are gay or lesbian." The televangelist had claimed the domain name's spelling was too close to that of his official Web presence and asked the courts to shut it down.

Christopher Lamparello, identified as a gay New York man in his 30s, registered the site in 1999 to air his distaste for Falwell's stance after seeing him profess antigay views during a television interview. more

Internet Agency Weighs '.tel' Top-Level Domain

As proposed, individuals could use a ".tel" Web site to provide the latest contact information and perhaps even let friends initiate a call or send a text message directly from the site...

Its proponents also envision ".tel" as a place from which the various people-finding services on the Internet could pull the latest contact information as individuals move about. Now, data typically come from third-party sources like phone listings, which may be old or incomplete, particularly if an entire household is listed under one name. more

Launch of .EU, Big Success or Big Scam?

Was the public launch of .eu, a top-level internet domain for the European Union, a huge success, with over a million domains registered over the weekend, or just an opportunity for North American domain name firms to squeeze cash out of European customers?

The boss of the industry's largest domain name registrar thinks the latter scenario is closest to the truth, and he has a fair bit of evidence to back his theory up. more

Microsoft to Hunt Down Typo-Squatters Using URL Tracer

Microsoft Research has released a new tool to help pinpoint large-scale typo-squatters that are known to be gaming pay-per-click domain parking services.

The lightweight prototype, called Strider URL Tracer, builds on the work within Microsoft's Cybersecurity and Systems Management group to keep tabs on a sophisticated typo-squatting scheme that uses multilayer URL redirection to make money from Google's AdSense for domains program. more

University Researchers Heighten Focus on VoIP Security Threats

With VoIP starting to live up to some of the hype, university researchers are looking to ensure that the technology's momentum in corporate and residential markets won't be ruined by myriad security threats.

The National Science Foundation this week said it has issued $600,000 to the University of North Texas to spearhead development of a multi-university test bed to study VoIP security. Other participants are Columbia University, Purdue University and the University of California-Davis. more

Europeans Rush to Get '.eu' Domain Names

Some 300,000 Europeans rushed to register their new ".eu" domain names in the first hour of being able to sign up for the new Internet addresses, officials said Friday.

By midday, registrations had exceeded 550,000. Until Friday, registration was limited to specific groups, such as registered trademark owners, public bodies and companies. Now, anyone who resides in the 25-nation European Union can buy a name on a first-come, first-served basis. more

Report on Why Phishing Works Despite Warnings

Three U.S. academics have published research into why phishing scams are still finding success, years after widespread public warnings first appeared.

Most people have received an e-mail purporting to be from a bank or other online service that asks for personal and financial details. Occasionally, it has been for a bank or service for which the recipient is a customer. Even in that situation, many people still know to be wary. more

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