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Let's Get the Politics Out of Infrastructure

John R. Patrick I believe the infrastructure of our country, states, and counties is critically important to our future. If we can get focused on infrastructure and global warming, the future for our kids and grandkids will be bright. All it takes is vision, leadership, and investment. Unfortunately, the issues have become politicized. In the case of infrastructure, the politicians have a tough time just defining what infrastructure is. more

Time for a Change in U.S.-Cuban Internet Strategy

Larry Press In a post last week, I advised Cuban President Díaz-Canel that investment in fixed broadband Internet would benefit both the Cuban people and his regime. This week, I've got advice for US President Biden -- don't try to out-pander the Republicans and call President Díaz-Canel's bluff by offering support for fixed broadband. What won't work... more

It's Time to Rethink Outage Reports

Geoff Huston Much has been said about the criticality of the small coterie of large-scale content distribution platforms and their critical role in today's Internet. These days when one of the small set of core content platforms experiences a service outage, then it's mainstream news, as we saw in June of this year with outages reported in both Fastly and Akamai. In the case of Akamai, the June outage impacted three of Australia's largest banks, their national postal service, the country's reserve bank, and one airline... more

DOTZON Study: Digital City Brands 2021

Katrin Ohlmer DOTZON presents the fifth edition of the Digital City Brands study. After introducing the study in early 2017, DOTZON expanded further and enhanced the data to display how cities successfully use their Digital City Brands. The Digital City Brand is the digital dimension of the City Brand and mirrors the "Digitalness" of a city. However, the Digital City Brand is much more than a mere extension of the City Brand. more

Beavers Kill Fiber Route

Doug Dawson An article from CBC earlier this year reported that beavers had chewed through an underground fiber and had knocked 900 customers in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia off broadband for 36 hours. The beavers had chewed through a 4.5-inch conduit that was buried three feet underground. This was an unusual fiber cut because it was due to beavers, but animals damaging fiber is a common occurrence. more

Satellites and Cellular Backhaul

Doug Dawson Elon Musk recently announced that he was going to be providing cellular backhaul from the Starlink constellation of satellites. This makes a lot of sense from a financial perspective in that it avoids the costly wired fiber networks needed to reach rural cell sites. This is clearly a shot across the bow for companies that currently bring fiber connectivity to rural cell sites. more

President Díaz-Canel, Cuban Internet Is More Than Facebook on Cell Phones – Don't Be Afraid of It

Larry Press As a result of Internet service interruption during the recent anti-government protests in Cuba, Florida Senator Rubio and Governor DeSantis and President Biden have called for measures to strengthen and guarantee Cuban Internet connectivity, but that won't happen until the Cuban government recognizes that doing so is in its long-run interest. I have seen several suggestions that we smuggle end-user satellite terminals from services like SpaceX Starlink into Cuba but attempts to... more

Another Portent of the Decline and Fall of the Telco

Geoff Huston The Swedish carrier group Telia has recently announced the sale of its international wholesale business to Polhelm Infra, an infrastructure investment manager jointly owned by a number of Swedish pension funds. Why would a telco operator sell off what was a core part of its operation to a pension fund? The Internet was originally conceived as a telephone network for computers. (I should mention that this was not a concept that was unique to the Internet at the time. more

The Growing Rate of Standalone Broadband Adoption

Doug Dawson Parks Associates recently announced its Home Services Dashboard release, a for-pay service that tracks consumer adoption of telecom services like Internet, pay-TV, and cellphones. As part of the announcement, the company released a blog that shows that at the end of the first quarter of 2021 that 41% of US homes are buying standalone broadband - meaning broadband that's not bundled with cable TV or a home telephone. more

Computing Clouds in Orbit – A Possible Roadmap

Tom Evslin Last week, I predicted that much of the Internet and most cloud datacenters would launch into space in the next ten years. Today the only part of the Internet in space is a very small amount of "bent-pipe" access: signals which go from a user to a satellite and bounce back down to a ground station which feeds them into the terrestrial internet where all processing is done and all queries answered by internet-connected servers, many of them in cloud data centers. more

The State of the Internet During the Anti-Government Protests in Cuba

Larry Press On Sunday, July 11, thousands of Cubans, took to the streets in anti-government protests triggered by COVID, the faltering economy, and an overwhelmed healthcare system. In three days, 110 protests took place across the island. The following is a snapshot of an interactive, crowd-sourced map showing the locations of 118 large and small demonstrations (94 reported on the 11th, 14 on the 12th, seven on the 13th and three on the 17th). more

DENIC (.DE) Now Has Over 17 Million Domain Names Registered

Thomas Kuiper DENIC (the registry of .DE and the top-level domain name extension of Germany) has just recently announced that it has cracked the mark of 17 million domain names registered. As one of the most successful ccTLD's (country-code top-level domain names), the press release of DENIC is providing some additional interesting statistics. Such as that there are now 30k new registrations on average every month and that DENIC has over 300 members (mostly domain name registrars) to register domain names on behalf of their customers. more

A Post-Pandemic Look at Owning (Virtual) Space for Business vs Renting on Social Media

Neha Naik Over 20 years ago, in 1997, the very first social media platform, SixDegrees.com, was launched. Most of us have probably not heard of it, and that's not surprising since the platform survived for only four years. Since then, there has been a surge in the number of social media platforms that have been launched: Friendster, MySpace, Foursquare, Classmates, Orkut, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest, WeChat, Vine, WhatsApp, Blogger, WordPress, LinkedIn, Youtube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, ClubHouse, the list goes on. more

What ICANN Should Do Now to Help Future Applicants of New gTLDs

Sean Atkinson-Henry During ICANN71, the Brand Registry Group (BRG) openly asked potential future applicants what ICANN can do to help prepare them for the next gTLD round. The answer was very clear - commit to opening the next round and provide as much information as possible early on. However, in recent correspondence to the BRG from ICANN Chair, Maarten Botterman, he emphasized that "significant work lies ahead of us: the 2012 Applicant Guidebook must be updated with more than 100 outputs... more

The Dumb Pipe Question

Doug Dawson Every few years, I read something that resurrects the old question of whether ISPs should be dumb pipe providers or something more. Some ISPs have fought against the idea of being dumb pipe providers and want to believe they are far more than that. The latest event that raises this question anew is AT&T's debacle with ditching DirecTV and WarnerMedia. AT&T was clearly not content with being considered as only a dumb pipe provider. more

News Briefs

CENTR Publishes the CENTRstats Global TLD Report for Q1 2021

CENTR has just published the latest edition of its CENTRstats Global TLD report, a quarterly publication that presents statistics and trends in domain name registrations of European country-code domains and the wider global market. more

Close to Half of US East Coast Fuel Supply Shutdown Due to Ransomware Cyberattack

Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for close to half of the United States East Coast's fuel, has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack. The incident, believed to be the largest successful cyberattack on oil infrastructure in the U.S., was disclosed over the weekend. more

18 Million of the 22 Million Net Neutrality Comments Received by FCC in 2017 Were Fake

A multi-year investigation into 2017 net neutrality rulemaking finds 18 million fake comments were filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and half a million fake letters were sent to Congress. more

SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Internet Service Has Received 500K Preorders, Says the Company

SpaceX on Tuesday disclosed that it has received 500,000 preorders for its Starlink satellite internet service and that it anticipates no technical problems meeting the demand. more

InternetNZ Has Disclosed a Vulnerability That Can Be Weaponized Against Authoritative DNS Servers

New Zealand's .nz operator, InternetNZ, on Wednesday disclosed a vulnerability against authoritative DNS servers. The vulnerability called TsuNAME was first detected in February 2020 in the .nz registry and found that it could be exploited to carry out Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks across the world. more

Government of India Gives the Go-Ahead for 5G Technology and Spectrum Trials, Avoids Chinese Firms

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, approved permissions today to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) for conducting trials for use and applications of 5G technology. more

Beavers Chewing Through Fiber Cable Cause Hundreds Lose Internet in a Canadian Remote Community

Internet service was down for nearly 900 customers in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, over the weekend after beavers chewed through a crucial fiber cable, resulting in "extensive" damage. According to a statement from the area's telecom provider, Telus, the outage also affected some cable TV customers and caused disruptions to local cell phone services. more

Pentagon Gave Control of 175M Dormant IP Addresses to Florida Company Right Before Trump's Departure

The US Department of Defense gave a small unknown Florida company control to millions of its dormant IP addresses, minutes before President Trump left office. According to reports, the unknown Florida company, Global Resource Systems LLC, initially obtained control of 56 million Pentagon-owned IP addresses on January 20 and later increased to near 175 million IP addresses. more

Security Researcher Dan Kaminsky Has Died

The celebrated security researcher, Dan Kaminsky, widely known for his work on discovering cruicisl DNS security flaws, Sony Rootkit infections and pupular talk at the Black Hat Briefings. more

ISPs Saw a 30% Increase in Traffic During the Pandemic, 40% During Peak Business Hours

ISPs in the U.S. saw a significant surge in both downstream and upstream traffic, increasing at least 30% and as much as 40% during peak business hours and as much as 60% in some markets, according to a new report from the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).  more

PIR Launches New Institute to Combat DNS Abuse

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit operator of the .org top-level domain, today launched the DNS Abuse Institute, a centralized effort to combat DNS Abuse. In its news release, PIR said the Institute "will bring together leaders in the anti-abuse space to fund research, publish recommended practices, share data, and provide tools to identify and report DNS Abuse." more

Alphabet to Shut down Loon, its Balloon Based Internet Access Project

Despite several groundbreaking technical achievements over the past nine years, Google's parent company Alphabet has decided to end the Loon project. The company said the road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped.  more

DNSSEC Now Deployed in all Generic Top-Level Domains, Says ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization (ICANN org) announced that all of the current 1,195 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have deployed Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). more

Donuts Completes the Acquisition of Afilias

Donuts stated today that it has completed the acquisition of Afilias announced on November 19. Donuts' CEO Akram Atallah says the company is now ready to begin the integration plan promising minimal disruptions to customers. more

The Government of Niue Launches Proceedings With ICANN to Reclaim Its .nu Top-Level Domain

The Government of Niue, a small island 2,400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand, launched proceedings today demanding a "redelegation" of its country code top-level domain, .nu, from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). more

A New Privacy-Focused DNS Protocol Released Called Oblivious

Cloudflare and Apple, along with Fastly, on Tuesday announced a new proposed DNS standard that separates IP addresses from queries preventing an entity from seeing both at the same time. more

Internet Society Extends Its Significant Financial Support Commitment to the IETF

According to an announcement on Monday, the Internet Society has agreed to extend its existing financial commitment to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for an additional term of six years. more

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Registers Its 50,000th "Cybersquatting" Case

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center on Monday announced it had registered its 50,000th "cybersquatting" case. The 50,000th case just received by WIPO coincides with the organization's 20th anniversary on November 20, 2020. more

DDoS Attacks Are Surging Both in Frequency and Sophistication

Cloudflare's new report warns about the significant increase of DDoS attacks and their level of sophistication. The numbers doubled from Q1 to Q2 and doubled again in Q3, resulting in a four-fold increase compared to the pre-COVID level in the first quarter. more

Donuts to Acquire Afilias

Donuts and Afilias announced today that Donuts is acquiring Afilias in a deal that is expected to close in December 2020 for an undisclosed amount. The combined entities will support over 25 million domain names spanning well over 400 TLDs. The deal will not include certain Afilias businesses, such as the mobile software and registrar businesses, which will remain with Afilias' original group of investors. more

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The Evolution of Domain Names and What It Means for the Domain Industry

Radix At the time of writing this, there are more than 1.8 billion live websites in the world. Back in 1985, when the world's first .com domain was registered, there were merely six. Such an exponential increase in just 36 years doesn't quite come as a surprise. In fact, it seems like an obvious progression considering how launching a website today goes hand in hand with starting something new. more

Could the LGBTQ Community Be a Target of Internet Threat Actors?

WhoisXML API Pride month is celebrated worldwide. While it's meant to be a time of celebration for members of the LGBTQ community and their families and supporters, its popularity has also made it a possible target of cyber threats. In this post, we look at potentially dangerous Internet properties that have been registered both recently and over the years. more

Uncovering Office 365-Related Artifacts with IP and Domain Intelligence

WhoisXML API While Office 365 is one of the most prevalent office suites out in the market today, its users can't rest easy. Cybercriminals and threat actors will always find ways to abuse the most popular brands in various ways. more

The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Tandem's Effects on Domain and Subdomain Registrations

WhoisXML API It has been months after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took office as president and vice president of the U.S., respectively. And since that time, they were naturally featured in most news outlets. What we wanted to know, though, is how all the attention has been affecting the domain registration world. more

Zero-Trust Implementation Using WHOIS, IP, and DNS Data

WhoisXML API The U.S. government released the Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity in May 2021, highlighting the rationale of a zero-trust security approach. While the order only covers the government's digital infrastructure, this initiative could also serve as a catalyst for more robust global cybersecurity. more

Protecting Your IP as Part of a Digital Transformation Strategy

CSC Over the past few months, the Western world has begun to slowly recover from the economic disaster COVID caused. Many countries have been able to speed up their vaccination program and abandon lockdowns, or at least loosen restrictions. Shops, bars, cinemas, and so on are opening up again, and with that, the desire people have to spend money. more

Analyzing Recently Discovered Windows 11-Themed Assets

WhoisXML API The release of a new application or operating system (OS) is typically greeted by enthusiasm, diverse opinions, and potential threats. Windows 11's case is no different as we identified various assets that could be misused on the Internet. more

WhoisXML API Upgraded Its Web Categorization Engine

WhoisXML API Web categorization engines and related tools are built to help organizations classify websites they do business or generally interact with. WhoisXML API's Website Categorization API and Website Categorization Lookup used to classify websites into 25 possible categories. more

Domains Are a Critical Component of Your Enterprise Risk Management

CSC A recent report "Domain Security: A Critical Component of Enterprise Risk Management" published by the Interisle Consulting Group highlights why domain security should be a critical component of enterprise risk management, a proposal that resonates closely with what we at CSC advocate. more

Liberty Front Press Network: An IoC Enrichment & Threat Intelligence Analysis

WhoisXML API Liberty Front Press is a fake news network that has been operating since Trump's administration and was said to be designed to leverage liberal resentment against the former U.S. president while promoting pro-Iranian foreign policy narratives via social media. more

Are There More Properties Connected to the Pareto Botnet?

WhoisXML API The Pareto botnet, known for using almost a million infected Android devices to spoof people seemingly watching ads on smart TVs, was reportedly taken down recently through the collaboration of industry players, notably Roku and Google. more

A Look Back at the 2016 U.S. Elections-Related Attacks

WhoisXML API The 2016 U.S. elections sparked a lot of controversies, as several law enforcement agents and security researchers believed countries like Russia may have greatly influenced its turnout. We sought to find out more about it via an OSINT analysis using various domain and IP intelligence tools. more

WhoisXML API Enriches Its DNS Database Download Capabilities

WhoisXML API WhoisXML API's repository of historical Domain Name System (DNS) lookup records continues to grow in volume and coverage. The DNS database download service has recently been expanded to now include six types of DNS databases. more

Top 100 Best Protected Global Brands Report, Europe Leads With Almost Half of Best Protected Brands

MarkMonitor For the very first time, our parent company, Clarivate, has used its vast data libraries to discover which brands have had the greatest diligence, the highest care and deepest thought. The 2021 report identifies the most impactful and best-protected brands in the world, measuring brand strength through the analysis of advanced and unified IP data, including trademark information, global case law and digital domain name protection. more

Examining Domain Name Brand Protection Strategies, Risk Management Using Arbitration Data (Report)

MarkMonitor Our latest report examines a decade of domain case data from Darts-ip against the global Domain Name System (DNS). We identify trends in arbitration activity levels through our data-driven analysis, analyze key metrics to inform successful defensive registration strategies, and highlight threats according to their risk factors. more

A Glimpse of Big Telcos' Domains and Subdomains Footprints

WhoisXML API Telecommunications companies are a favored cyberattack target. After all, telcos build, control, and operate critical infrastructure that almost everyone uses to communicate. They also store large amounts of sensitive data that could easily be exploited when falling into the wrong hands. more

Return on Investment: Proving That Protection Pays

CSC Brand protection costs money and requires a big investment of time and effort. Because of that, brand owners are tasked with proving to management that the return on investment is worth it when working with an external service provider. more

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