Associated Cities has announced that owners of geographic domain names will gather in Chicago on June 2 and 3 at the 2006 GeoDomain Expo.
Confirmed participants include NewYorkCity.com, LosAngeles.com, Chicago.com, Richmond.com, Dallas.com, SanFrancisco.com, Nashville.com, SanDiego.com, Houston.com, PalmSprings.com, Atlanta.com, Acapulco.com, Barcelona.com, Toronto.com, Vancouver.com and BuenosAires.com.
"GeoDomains are in the right place at the right time and their future looks very bright," said Borrell, the past president of the Newspaper Association of America's New Media Federation. more»
Security experts warn that there has been a threefold increase in the number of hijacked 'zombie' PCs over the last quarter. Brian Krebs reporting on WashingtonPost: "The estimates come from Shadowserver, a group of volunteers that monitor activity from robot networks or 'botnets,' large armies of hacked personal computers used for spam, phishing and all kinds of criminal activity. Shadowserver saw a rise from roughly 100,000 botted PCs to about 400,000 over the past three months." The apparent increase may be partly due to Shadowserver's deployment of more sensors detecting botnet attacks however it is also noted that criminals are getting more advanced at hiding bots. more»
ICANN has given scandal-hit domain name registrar Registerfly.com 15 days to sort its problems out or risk losing its license to sell domains.
The organization, which oversees the domain name system's policies and practices, sent a letter with the ultimatum to New Jersey-based Registerfly yesterday, and published it on its own web site. more»
Finjan’s Malicious Code Research Center has released a report on the latest developments of today’s Crimeware business environment. "With the transition of cybercrime from amateur hacker attacks to highly professional cybercrime business models," says the report. "We see that the organizational structure of cybercriminals reflects this trend. Individual hackers operating independently or groups of hackers with common goals have been replaced by hierarchical cybercrime organizations were each cybercriminal has his own well-defined role and reward system. The current cybercrime organizations bear an uncanny resemblance to organized crime organizations such as the Mafia." more»
According to the Domain Name Industry Brief, released today by VeriSign for the fourth quarter of 2006, total domain name registrations reached 120 million, representing a 32 percent increase over the previous year, and an eight percent increase over the third quarter of 2006.
The domain name industry continued to experience strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2006, with more than 11.6 million new registered domain names. This figure represents a three percent increase year over year and a 23 percent increase from the third quarter. more»
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to modernize the nation's computer crime laws and give prosecutors more leeway in pursuing cyber crooks, reports Brian Krebs of The Washington Post. "Under current federal cyber-crime laws prosecutors must show that the illegal activity caused at least $5,000 in damages before they can bring charges for unauthorized access to a computer. Under the bill approved today, that threshold would be eliminated." more»
Google sees all enterprise trends pointing toward cloud computing and it wants a piece of the action. Rishi Chandra, product manager for Google Enterprise, speaking at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in the US, said: "The next 10 years of innovations are going to be in the cloud. Enterprise software is not going away but there is a transition taking place." more»
In a recent interview by Krish Raghav, from Wall Street Journal's LiveMint.com, Howard Schmidt, an information networks expert and a senior cyber-security adviser in the Bush administration, talked about several hot Internet issues, including net neutrality and cyber-attacks. In this report, Raghav starts with the following statement: "In the last 12 months, some 10 Indian government ministry websites have been targets of cyber-attacks. Recently, security experts with Boston-based Core Security Technologies said such attackers could "gain control
of countries' water treatment plants, natural gas pipelines and other critical utilities". more»
Computer security researchers from ETH Zurich, Google, and IBM have suggested that computer software would be more secure if it were labeled with an expiration date -- similar to perishable food product. Firefox 2 is considered to be the most secure browser since 83.3% of its users worldwide are running the current version. The issue of browser security matters more these days because more and more malware is targeting Web browser vulnerabilities. Remotely exploitable vulnerabilities have been on the rise since 2000 and accounted for 89.4% of vulnerabilities reported in 2007, according to the study, which claims that a "growing percentage of these remotely exploitable vulnerabilities are associated with Web browsers." more»
Onetime Internet domain registrar Network Solutions, now a provider of online services for small businesses, has been sold by private equity firm Najafi Cos. to General Atlantic. Terms of the transaction were not released. more»
According to reports by German software security company G Data, since the beginning of summer, the malware community appears to have been scaling back its activities. This considerable reduction is, according to the estimates of G Data security expert Ralf Benzmüller, not solely due to the forthcoming holiday season. The global recession appears to have also hit the eCrime economy. "This phenomenon emerges every year as something new. At the start of the holiday season, the number of malware programs falls. One reason for this is the worldwide onset of the travel season, which, based on experience, causes a drop in the number of active Internet users. However, this does not explain a collapse of more than 30 percent," says Ralf Benzmüller. more»
The "Carbon Footprint of e-mail Spam Report" estimated that 62 trillion spam emails are sent globally every year. This amounted to emissions of more than 17 million tons of CO2, the research by climate consultants ICF International and anti-virus firm McAfee found. Searching for legitimate emails and deleting spam used some 80% of energy. more»
Shawn Henry, the newly appointed Assistant Director of FBI's Cyber Division has warned that "a couple dozen" countries are eager to hack U.S. government, corporate and military networks. Although specific details of countries in question were not discussed, reporters were informed during yesterday's meeting that cooperation with overseas law enforcements is of highest priority at FBI and so far there has been great success fostering partnerships. more»
Bob Parsons of Godaddy has a piece on BusinessWeek today discussing the "loophole in the process" of domain name registrations often referred to as "domain tasting":
This scheme is so lucrative that more companies are joining every day. It is affecting .net and .org, too. Unless the add/drop scheme is checked, the problem will assume gigantic proportions.
Writing about this won't win me many friends in the industry, but my primary concern is for the protection of legitimate Internet domain name registrations. more»
A botched software update at Spain's central domain registry knocked as many as 400,000 sites offline for several hours Tuesday, according to the Esnic registry. The error left Internet users unable to access domains using .es, the country code top-level domain for Spain. more»
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