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Apparently Legitimate Estonian ISP Operating as Large Cybercrime Hub Since 2005

An apparently legitimate ISP in Tartu, Estonian is reported to have been serving as the operational headquarters of a large cybercrime network since 2005 according to TrendWatch, the security research arm of TrendMicro. "An Estonian company is actively administering a huge number of servers in numerous datacenters, which together form a network to commit cybercrime. It appears that the company from Tartu, Estonia controls everything from trying to lure Internet users to installing DNS changer Trojans by promising them special video content, and finally to exploiting victims' machines for fraud with the help of ads and fake virus infection warnings..." more»

ICANN Publishes Final Process to Be Used for Development of IANA Stewardship Transition Plan

On June 6 2014, ICANN published a Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps that is the culmination of a series of community discussions and input into the process to develop a proposal to transition the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community. more»

Cyberattacks Listed as High-Impact Threat to North American Electric Grid

In a report released today by The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), cyber attacks are among the top high-impact risks -- "with potential to significantly affect the reliability of the North American bulk power system." Certain protections and mitigations are already in place to address these risks, and this study has been released to help public utility commissions, and the federal government to further prepare for these potential risks. more»

Latvian Hosting Company Shut Down, Linked to World's Biggest Cybercrime Botnet

Swedish telco Telia Sonera has shut down the internet connections of Latvian company Real Host after it was linked with the world's biggest cybercrime botnet. Real Host has been compared to McColo and Atrivo, two hosting companies shut down by authorities because of links to large-scale cybercriminal activities. more»

Net Neutrality Further Complicated by Opposition from Hardware Firms

The political debate in Washington over the concept known as Net neutrality just became a lot more complicated. Some of the largest hardware makers in the world, including 3M, Cisco, Corning and Qualcomm, sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday firmly opposing new laws mandating Net neutrality -- the concept that broadband providers must never favor some Web sites or Internet services over others. more»

Faceobook on Connecting the World from the Sky

Facebook has announced more details on how its Connectivity Lab is working to connect the world from the sky with drones, satellites and lasers. more»

Massive Internet Impact Possible Due to Relaxed TLD Application Process

Kieren McCarthy's latest column at Guardian Unlimited discusses the massive impact -- and controversies -- that the new top-level domain (TLD) names will bring about. The rules for the creation of TLDs are being relaxed starting next year. From the article: "From 2008, anyone wanting their own piece of the internet is welcome to apply for it. It won't be cheap (there will an application fee of around $100,000) and it won't be simple (you have to prove you are capable of running a complex piece of the net's infrastructure) -- but it could mean a change in the way the online world works." 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»

Obama CTO Choice for US Narrowed Down to Two

Two Indian-born technology executives are the leading candidates for the incoming Obama Administration's newly created position of federal chief technology officer, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. They are Padmasree Warrior, the chief technology officer of Silicon Valley networking giant Cisco Systems, and Vivek Kundra, who holds the same title in the government of Washington, D.C., the sources say. The two candidates offer President-elect Obama a clear choice of skills... more»

Newly Launched Cyber Secure Institute Says Constant Hack and Patch Not the Answer

The Cyber Secure Institute has recently announced its launch with the mission to raise awareness and pressure on addressing issues related to cyber threats faced by the U.S., companies, and individuals. The Institute is unique in that it is not a trade association or industry group. Rob Housman, the Institute's Executive Director, said "We formed the Cyber Secure Institute because this is a critical time for cybersecurity. ... However, we can't address this threat through cybersecurity as we now know it -- endless after-the-fact struggles to close gaps exposed in inherently insecure technologies. If we continue this constant cycle of hack and patch we will never be secure." more»

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»

Criminals Regain Control of Srizbi Botnet, Spam Volume Rising

Experts are that the spam volumes may spike significantly over the next few days now that one of the world's largest networks of compromised computers used for blasting out junk email has been brought back to life, reports Brian Krebs of the Washington Post. "The Srizbi botnet, a collection of more than half a million hacked PCs that were responsible for relaying approximately 40 percent of all spam sent worldwide, was knocked offline two weeks ago due to pressure from the computer security community." more»

Hearing Scheduled to Examine Future Relationship of US and ICANN

Rick Boucher, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee, will hold a hearing on June 4th to examine the future of U.S. government's relationship with ICANN. Tech Daily Dose of the National Journal reports: "Boucher has previously expressed interest in holding an ICANN hearing, particularly since a joint project agreement that has allowed Commerce Department oversight of ICANN is slated to sunset on Sept. 30 amid accountability and transparency concerns." more»

AFNIC: 2014 Was the Year of the Big Bang for nTLDs

AFNIC has released an article providing a global overview of TLDs in 2014 and some thoughts about market prospects in 2015 and 2016. more»

Former Hacker Reports on Types of Hackers and Their Behaviors

Raoul Chiesa, a reformed black-hat hacker who in his heyday was a notorious social engineer and X.25 hacker, is about to publish the first fruits of research from the so-called Hackers Profiling Project he launched nearly two years ago. Chiesa and his team are building a database for classifying different types of hackers, based on a survey of over 1,000 hackers from around the world and face-to-face meetings with others. The ultimate goal of the project is to help prevent cyber crime gaining a better understanding of different types of criminal hackers, their movements, and the types of attacks they perform, as well as their possible ties to organized crime activity and cyber terrorism. more»

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