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Escalating US, Chinese Silent War on the Internet

Jason Mick reporting in DailyTech: "In the definitive cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, published in 1984, author William Gibson prophetically envisioned that wars of the future would be fought over the internet -- a new construct at the time. Today that prediction appears on the verge of coming true as we stand on the threshold of a vast digital battle. Agents in China, believed to be working for, or endorsed by the Chinese federal government are carrying out a secret cyberwar against the U.S. government and U.S. businesses. And that war appears to be escalating." more»

Internet of Things Market Expected to Reach $3.04 Trillion, 30B Connected Things in 2020

A newly released Internet of Things ecosystem forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) attempts to clarify the hardware, software, services, connectivity, and security that make up the evolving Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The worldwide IoT market is forecast to grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13%. more»

US Army Site Hacked as Obama Vows 'Aggressive' Response to Cyberattacks

The US Army was forced to close down its official website yesterday after it was defaced by the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group. The news came as US President Barack Obama promised Washington will become more 'aggressive' in defending itself against cyber-attacks. more»

ITU Secretary General: "ICANN and ITU a Difficult Marriage"

During the ICANN meeting in Cairo, discussions regarding the role of government within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have taken a new turn after Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), labeled the ICANN Government Advisory Committee as "cosmetic," reports Rebecca Wanjiku of the IDG News Service. "The GAC is merely advisory, and ICANN may choose to take the advice or not, Touré noted at a public meeting in Cairo... Touré equated the relationship between ICANN and ITU to a difficult marriage where the spouses must live together and raise a family." more»

US Government Launches National Talent Search to Develop Cybersecurity Workforce

The U.S. government has launched a national talent search for high school and college students with the skills to fill the ranks of cyber security practitioners, researchers, and warriors. With the U.S. Cyber Challenge the goal is to find 10,000 young Americans to be "cyber guardians and cyber warriors," according to a statement from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, which is sponsoring the event. 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»

Attend the Upcoming Master Class in Internet Governance and Policy

InterConnect has finalized the dates and details for its "Master Class in Internet Governance and Policy" taking place next month in Bath, UK. more»

Group Launches Coalition for Local Internet Choice

A new coalition of public and private entities was launched today with the mission to support the rights of local communities to make their own decisions regarding broadband Internet networks - "unhindered by state laws or other policies that attempt to stifle or preclude local innovation and investment." more»

UK Faces Legal Action for Failing to Enforce EU Privacy Laws

The European Commission is taking legal action against the UK for its failure to enforce EU data protection and privacy rules as broadband Internet subscribers were not informed that their browsing was being tracked. The move signals growing concern in Brussels over the way new Internet-based technologies are using people's personal data. In addition to taking legal action against the U.K., the Commission also issued a general warning to all 27 E.U. countries to uphold privacy laws, especially regarding social-networking Web sites and users of RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies. more»

Former DHS Chief Teaming Up With Insurance Giant Lloyd's of London to Sell Cyber Insurance

Cyberattacks like the ones that hit JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot and Target only seem to be getting worse, and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has one way for companies to protect themselves. 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»

Google Chrome Found Vulnerable to Carpet-Bombing

Just hours after the launch of Google's new web browser, reports have surfaced about its security vulnerability to carpet-bombing that can expose Windows users to hacker attacks. If exploited, hackers could potentially run unauthorized software on a victim's computer and then used to execute web-based computer attacks. Researcher Aviv Raff has discovered that it is possible to combine this vulnerability (also at one point affecting Apple Safari which uses the same WebKit technology used by Google's Chrome browser) and a Java bug discussed at this year's Black Hat conference, to trick users into launching executables direct from the new browser. more»

UK Government Wants to Log Every Call, Text and Email

Britain's local councils, health authorities and hundreds of other public bodies may soon have the ability to access details of all personal text, emails and internet usage under UK's Home Office proposals published yesterday. According to a report from the Guardian, "ministers want to make it mandatory for telephone and internet companies to keep details of all personal internet traffic for at least 12 months so it can be accessed for investigations into crime or other threats to public safety." The Home Office says keeping communications data is critical in order to fight against terrorism. more»

China Installs Internet-Spying Equipment in Hotels, Suspected of Spying on Olympics Hotel Guests

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today has condemned the Chinese government's plans to spy on hotel guests during the Olympic Games. "The Chinese government has put in place a system to spy on and gather information about every guest at hotels where Olympic visitors are staying," said U.S. Senator Sam Brownback. The conservative Republican from Kansas, citing hotel documents he received, added that journalists, athletes' families and others attending the Olympics next month "will be subjected to invasive intelligence-gathering" by China's Public Security Bureau. He said the agency will be monitoring Internet communications at the hotels. more»

Study Ranks Riskiest Online Cities in US

A recent study by Symantec Norton and Sperling's Best Places has ranked 50 cities in the United States by "Riskiest Online Cities". The study included investigation of a number of factors including... more»

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