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John Crain Named ICANN's New Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer

John Crain has been named ICANN's new Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer. In this newly created position Crain will assume the responsibilities of Jeff Moss, who announced he is stepping down from his position as Chief Security Officer at the end of the year. more»

US Top Cybersecurity Official Resigns

Phil Reitinger, the Department of Homeland Security's top cyber and computer crimes official, is resigning just days after the administration launched its most ambitious cybersecurity initiative. "I have decided that the time has come for me to move on from the Department," Reitinger wrote in an e-mail to DHS employees this afternoon. more»

FCC Receives 3.7 Million Comments on Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has finished accepting comments on the controversial net neutrality proposal closing out as by far the most-commented issue in agency's history with a total of approximately 3.7 million replies. The commenting period has been open for five months and was even extended for several days due to frequent issues with the agency's website. more»

Six Largest ISPs in UK Agree to Send Warning Letters to Illegal Music, Movie Downloaders

The music and film industries have launched a fight back against online piracy today, persuading Britain's six biggest Internet providers, BT, Virgin Media, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse, to send warning letters to those suspected of illegal file-sharing. The plan is aimed at an estimated 6.5 million Britons who have downloaded files illegally over the past year. ISPs had previously argued they were mere conduits and not responsible for content. But they agreed to the deal after the government said it would impose legislation if they did not work to curb illegal file-sharing. more»

Experts See No Spam Declines After Shutdown of Largest Spam Operation

Last week's bust of the largest spam operation in the world has had no measurable impact on global spam volumes, according to reports. The spam gang, known by authorities and security experts as HerbalKing, was reported to have been responsible for one-third of all spam. One of the ringleaders, New Zealander Lance Atkinson, 26, who lives in Pelican Waters in Queensland, has had his US assets frozen by a U.S. district court at the request of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which also succeeded in having the spam network shut down via an injunction. more»

British Court Rules Against Anonymous Blogging

British court has ruled that bloggers operating anonymously have no right to keep their identities secret. Times Online reports: "In a landmark decision, Mr Justice Eady refused to grant an order to protect the anonymity of a police officer who is the author of the NightJack blog. The officer, Richard Horton, 45, a detective constable with Lancashire Constabulary, had sought an injunction to stop The Times from revealing his name..." more»

North Korea Internet Back Up After Nine-Hour Outage

North Korea's Internet was back up Tuesday after a more than nine-hour outage, according to Dyn Research, a company that monitors Internet performance. The disruption came amid an escalating war of words between the United States and North Korea over a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures... Matthew Prince, president of CloudFlare, a performance and security company, described the disruption as if "all the routes to get to North Korea just disappeared. more»

Cybercrime Outsourcing to Become a Key Trend in 2009

Speaking at the Vasco Banking Summit in Sydney yesterday, the company's technical account manager, Vlado Vajdic, told delegates that cyber crime was becoming so business-like that online offerings of malicious code often included support and maintenance services. Additionally, he said, cybercrime outsourcing would become a key trend in 2009... more»

Chinese Government Accused of Being Behind 'Titan Rain' Cyber Attacks

China has been accused of sponsoring cyber attacks at the International Crime Science Conference held in London, UK recently. Security expert, John Walker, CTO of forensics consultancy Secure-Bastion, said that the Chinese government was behind the 'Titan Rain' attacks on the US and the UK. Titan Rain is codename given by the U.S. government to a series of coordinated attacks on American computer systems where hackers gained access to many U.S. computer networks, including NASA. The attacks were identified as being Chinese in origin, however the Chinese government has not been officially accused of being behind the assault. more»

Email Security an Ongoing Battle, Focus on Manageable Risk Instead

The IT industry will never eradicate security threats to email systems and organizations should take a holistic approach to securing their communication systems to the level where they believe risk is at a manageable state, according to panelists at this week's Inbox email conference in San Jose...

At a packed panel session on email accreditation and reputation, the panelist told audience members that reputation services have taken off rapidly. These services profile the sender's behavior to determine the likelihood that a message is legitimate or spam. The sender's reputation is determined based on multiple criteria then assigned to categories, or lists. more»

Net Neutrality Bill Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

After failing last week to add a provision to a telecommunications reform bill, four Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday introduced a free-standing bill aimed at preventing broadband carriers from discriminating against competing Web content or services.

The bill, sponsored by Representatives Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Jay Inslee of Washington state, Anna Eshoo of California and Rick Boucher of Virginia, would create a net neutrality law banning phone and cable companies from charging Web sites for faster data transmission, or blocking their online competitors' content and services. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, has introduced a similar bill in the Senate.  more»

The .eco TLD Awarded to Coalition of Over 50 Environmental Groups

The .eco domain name will be controlled by the environmental community following a decision by internet regulators. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) this week granted control of the domain name to a coalition of about 50 environmental groups, assembled by a Canadian company. more»

IETF Forms Working Group to Address Scalability Issues Caused by Multihoming

The IETF is forming a new working group to address scalability issues in the Internet's routing system caused by companies splitting their network traffic over multiple carriers, a practice called multihoming. The new working group will build upon a base proposal from a team of Cisco engineers to create a new tunneling mechanism [dubbed LISP for Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol] that will be used by the Internet's edge and core routers. 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»

US Cybersecurity Coordinator Selected by Obama

Reported today in the Washington Post: "Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an adviser to orchestrate the government's strategy for protecting computer systems, the White House will name a former Bush administration official to the job Tuesday. Howard A. Schmidt, who was a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush's White House, will be Obama's new cybersecurity coordinator, an administration official said Monday night." more»

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