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Public Cloud Services in Mature Asia/Pacific Region to Reach $7.4 Billion in 2015

The public cloud services market in the mature Asia/Pacific (AP) region is on pace to grow 8.7 percent in 2015 to total $7.3 billion, up from $6.7 billion in 2014, according to new research from Gartner. more»

Phishers Using New Web-Based Technique 'In-Session Phishing' to Steal User Data, Researchers Warn

Security researchers have identified a new phishing attack method designed to trick users into surrendering confidential information after they have logged on to an online banking, brokerage, or other sensitive website. The technique, called In Session Phishing, can be used to inject into all major browsers legitimate looking Pop Up messages using malicious JavaScript that request passwords, account numbers, etc., on behalf of the trusted website. more»

U.S. Securities Regulators Ask Companies to Disclose Cyberattacks

U.S. securities regulators formally asked public companies for the first time to disclose cyber attacks against them, following a rash of high-profile Internet crimes. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidelines on Thursday that laid out the kind of information companies should disclose, such as cyber events that could lead to financial losses. more»

UPDATEDObama Names Julius Genachowski as FCC Chair

President-elect Barack Obama intends to tap his technology adviser Julius Genachowski to head the Federal Communications Commission, according to reports. You may not have heard of Genachowski, but you've certainly seen his handiwork. Genachowski was a major contributor to Obama's online campaign strategy and played a leading role in shaping the president-elect's technology strategy during the campaign. Key components of that plan include a call for greater media diversity, support for so-called net neutrality, greater broadband access across the country, and a national wireless system for emergency responders. more»

GNU C Library Found Vulnerable to Rogue DNS Server Attacks

Security experts from Google's Project Zero along with researchers from Red Hat, have identified and helped patch a security flaw in the GNU C Library (glibc) that could be exploited via rogue DNS servers, reports Catalin Cimpanu from Softpedia. more»

UPDATEDObama Names Vivek Kundra Federal CIO, a Newly Created Position

President Obama today announced that Vivek Kundra, chief technology officer for the District, will be the federal chief information officer. It's a job that did not exist in previous administrations; Obama, who leveraged social networks, text messages and other Internet tools on the campaign trail, promised to create a technology czar with the aim of helping the government operate more efficiently. more»

Verizon Says TLD Expansion Bad Idea in Current Economic Climate

At the House Energy and Commerce Internet Subcommittee hearing today, Verizon Communications urged the panel to stop the expansion of new Top-Level Domains (TLDs) -- such as dot.eco and dot.movie -- until there is clear proof for market demand and that the Internet is secure and stable. ICANN plans to go ahead with accepting application for new TLDs given all concerns have been addressed. "ICANN financially benefits from this expansion. It will bring in more than $90 million from the initial grant of applications alone," said Sarah Deutsch, Verizon VP and associate general counsel. "As a result, however, businesses and consumers will face higher costs. This isn't very helpful in the current economic climate." more»

One More Reason to Avoid Diet Drug Fakes: They're Dangerous

Garth Bruen writes: "The Food and Drug Administration is reporting that some people have gotten fake Alli that contained twice the recommended dose of sibutramine (aka. Meridia), another diet drug. The issue is possible heart problems. The FDA discovered the illegal Alli-Meridia switch when otherwise healthy people reported feeling anxious, shaky, nauseated, and sleepless after taking the bogus Alli. Some even had heart palpitations. No deaths have been reported." more»

Obama Pressured to Put Cyber Security Back on Top of the Agenda

Peter Warren reporting at the Guradian: "For the past month or so a curious game has been going on in the world of rumour and uncertainty that passes for the intelligence community. At the heart of it is an attempt to force the US president, Barack Obama, to put cyber security back to the top of his agenda and to usher in increased monitoring of the internet. Despite an initial promise of action and a demand for a report on the risks to the US technology infrastructure to be on his desk in 60 days, little in policy terms has been heard since." more»

AOL to Let Email Address Customization Based On User Domain Names

AOL is testing a program to let its members customize their AOL Mail address by using a domain name of their choice instead of the default aol.com... The move is another attempt by AOL to increase the allure of the services it provides paying customers, who have been cancelling their AOL subscriptions at an alarming rate in the past several years.

Google has been conducting a similar test on its Gmail service. more»

No Reason to Delay the IANA Transition, Says Internet Society

The Internet Society has released a statement today in support of the timely transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global Internet community, in light of latest development suggesting possible delays. more»

The Future of the Internet Ecosystem in a Post-Open Internet Order World (Event Videos)

An event titled, The Future of the Internet Ecosystem in a Post-Open Internet Order World, took place Last week organized by the Technology Policy Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition. more»

Data Breach Costs Continue to Rise, 40% Increase Since 2005

According to a new study by PGP Corporation and Ponemon Institute, data breach incidents cost U.S. companies $202 per compromised customer record in 2008, compared to $197 in 2007. The study is based on 43 organizations across 17 different industry sectors with a range of 4,200 to 113,000 records that were affected. It is also noted that since 2005, the cost component has grown by more than $64 on a per victim basis since -- nearly a 40% increase. more»

Silvio Berlusconi, Next G8 President, Wants to "Regulate the Internet"

Italian president and media baron Silvio Berlusconi said today that he would use his country's imminent presidency of the G8 group to push for an international agreement to "regulate the internet". Speaking to Italian postal workers, Reuters reports Berlusconi said: "The G8 has as its task the regulation of financial markets... I think the next G8 can bring to the table a proposal for a regulation of the internet." ... Berlusconi didn't explain what he meant by "regulate the internet", but the mere mention of it has prompted dismay among Italian commentators. Berlusconi owns swathes of the Italian mass media. more»

Domain Names for Newborns Becoming a Trend

Luke Seeley, 22 months, has two Web sites of his own, including lukeseeley.com, a domain his father purchased soon after an ultrasound showed that his first child was a boy, four months before the baby was born.

"It's like owning a piece of real estate online for him," said Seeley, 34, who lives in Vancouver, Wash., and specializes in Internet sales for an advertising firm. "By the time he's a teenager and he's really into the Internet, who knows what's going to be left in terms of domains?"  more»

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