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Microsoft Data Suggests 1 Out of Every 14 Downloads is Malware

Microsoft Program Manager, Jeb Haber, reports in a blog post that from browser data collected on user downloads, 1 out of every 14 programs downloaded is later confirmed as malware. Haber says: "Consumers need information to make better decisions. That said, IE9 adds another layer of defense against socially engineered attacks that now looks at the application being downloaded -- this is in addition to the URL-based protection described above. This new layer of protection is called SmartScreen Application Reputation." more»

dotMobi Could Spur Wireless Web

Surfing the Web on a cellphone can be as difficult as surfing the ocean on a tiny board. Now, a company founded by Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Vodafone Group PLC, Nokia Corp., and several other companies, aims to make it easier to browse the Internet on wireless devices such as cellphones or BlackBerries...

Many sites can't be displayed on tiny cellphone screens, and most would take a much longer time to download than on a PC. Mobile Top Level Domain aims to change that in part by setting up a new domain name specifically for wireless Internet Web sites called dot-mobi. 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 on Estonia Further Explored

The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that brought down most of Estonia's internet infrastructure a few months ago, has been explored by Joshua Davis in a recent story at the Wired Magazine. "In the coming months, commentators around the world would look back at this moment and debate its significance. But for Aaviksoo, the meaning was clear. This was not the first botnet strike ever, nor was it the largest. But never before had an entire country been targeted on almost every digital front all at once, and never before had a government itself fought back..." more»

Reviving Concerns Over Internet Control

Starting next week, about 1,200 diplomats and technology ministers will gather at a hotel in the outskirts of Athens to resume a debate that has often pitted the Bush administration and a handful of its Western allies against Brazil, India, China and African countries. Officially, the inaugural meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum is designed to explore topics like free speech, security, spam and multilingualism... more»

Google CEO: China's Internet Censorship Will Eventually Fail

China's strict controls on its Internet usage will eventually fail as more of the country's people go online and express themselves, said Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "Ultimately, the people will win over the government. The yearning is so strong," he said Wednesday during a talk hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. more»

Many Systems Open to Attack Through Channels Enabled to Support IPv6 Traffic

It may be years before the new internet protocol IPv6 takes over from the current IPv4, but a security researcher is warning that many systems -- corporate and personal -- are already open to attack through channels that have been enabled on their machines to support IPv6 traffic, according to the Wired report by Kim Zetter. Joe Klein, a security researcher with Command Information, says many organizations and home users have IPv6 enabled on their systems by default but don't know it. They also don't have protection in place to block malicious traffic, since some intrusion detection systems and firewalls aren't set up to monitor IPv6 traffic, presenting an appealing vector through which outsiders can attack their networks undetected. more»

US Warns of Fake Net Domain Data

More than 5% of the net's most popular domains have been registered using "patently false" data, research shows.

A US congressional report into who owns .com, .net and .org domains found that many owners were hiding their true identity. The findings could mean that many websites are fronts for spammers, phishing gangs and other net criminals. more»

Internet Society Board of Trustees Issues Statement on IANA Transition

In a statement released today, the Internet Society says during its Board meeting 14-15 February, the Board of Trustees praised the progress made by the global Internet community on the IANA stewardship transition and emphasized that a successful transition will reinforce the value of the collaborative, multistakeholder model. more»

Spending on Mobile Phone Surpasses Residential Phone Services

Recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey has shown that American have been increasingly spending on mobile phones from 2001 through 2007. BLS data indicates cellular phone expenditures surpassed spending on residential landline phone services beginning in 2007. From the report: "In 2001, the ratio of spending on residential phone services to spending on cellular phone services was greater than 3 to 1. In 2007, cellular phone expenditures accounted for 55 percent of total telephone expenditures compared to 43 percent for residential phone expenditures. The distribution of telephone service expenditures between residential telephone/pay phone services and cellular phone services changed significantly in all age groups since 2001." 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»

Major International Botnet Disabled Says U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI announced on Wednesday that they have taken actions to disable an international botnet of more than two million infected computers responsible for stealing corporate data including user names, passwords and financial information. more»

FCC Fines Telecoms with $12 Million Over Customer Privacy Requirements

Federal regulators proposed Tuesday to impose more than $12 million in fines on 600 telecoms that failed to file paperwork in 2008 explaining how they protect their customers' private information. At issue are annual reports that phone companies, internet telephony concerns, and calling card companies need to file explaining how they protect individuals' phone records, cell phone location data and personal information from data brokers and over-the-line private investigators... more»

FCC Chief Wants Broadband Across USA, Proposes "Free Broadband"

High-speed Internet access is so important to the welfare of U.S. consumers that America can't afford not to offer it -- free of charge -- to anybody who wants it, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin has told USA TODAY. Leslie Cauley reports: "Martin wants to use a block of wireless spectrum to help bridge the gap. By attaching a 'free broadband' condition to the sale of the spectrum, known as AWS-3 (for advanced wireless services-3), Martin thinks he can help drive broadband adoption in rural areas in particular. Only 25% of network capacity would have to be reserved for free broadband. The rest could be used to provide premium broadband services." Karl Bode of DSLreports.com however... more»

Dutch Telecomm Authority is Asking Hotels to Register as ISPs

Dutch sources are reporting that OPTA, the dutch telecommunications authority, has asked more than a dozen hotels to register as Internet service providers. The move has frustrated the Hospitality Association... more»

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