Archive for April, 2011

 

“Shed a Tear: The Age of Broadband Caps Begins Monday”

Posted April 30th, 2011


As Reported by Ryan Singel for Wired.com: “Come Monday, AT&T will begin restricting more than 16 million broadband users based on the amount of data they use in a month. The No. 2 carrier’s entry into the broadband-cap club means that a majority of U.S. broadband users will now be subject to limits on how much they can do online or risk extra charges as ugly as video store late fees.

AT&T’s new limits — 150 GB for DSL subscribers and 250 GB for UVerse users (a mix of fiber and DSL) — come as users are increasingly turning to online video such as Hulu and Netflix on-demand streaming service instead of paying for cable.

With the change, AT&T joins Comcast and numerous small ISPs in putting a price on a fixed amount of internet usage. It’s a complete abandonment of the unlimited plans which turned the internet into a global behemoth after the slow-growth dial-up days, when customers were charged by the minute and thus accessed the internet as sparingly as possible.”

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It’s Official, Black Hat Creator In As ICANN CSO

Posted April 29th, 2011


According to an ICANN press release: “Jeff Moss, founder of DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and Black Hat, a global technical security conference, has been named Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the multinational non-profit organization working for a secure, stable and unified global Internet.

“I can think of no one with a greater understanding of the security threats facing Internet users and how best to defend against them than Jeff Moss,” said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “He has the in-depth insider’s knowledge that can only come from fighting in the trenches of the on-going war against cyber threats.”

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“Oversight vs. Shortsightedness: Congress Calling ICANN To Task Over New Top Level Domain Names Next Week”

Posted April 28th, 2011


As reported by Domain Name Wire: “Next week The U.S. House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will hold an “ICANN Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) Oversight Hearing”.

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Has The Founder of Black Hat Been Named CSO of ICANN?

Posted April 28th, 2011


Rumors are circulating that Jeff Moss, Founder of Black Hat has been named the new CSO of ICANN.

According to a press release announcing Moss’ new role as the Black Hat conference chair: “Moss was also recently named CSO of ICANN.”

No official statement has been made by ICANN, however this is an interesting development.

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Miami New Times Blogger Very, Very Confused About Moniker’s Privacy Services

Posted April 27th, 2011


Today in news that makes you put your hands over your face and yell “oh no!”, a blogger from the Miami New Times accused Moniker of profiting from “child pornography”.

The situation apparently arose when the blogger, misunderstanding Moniker’s Privacy Protection Services, traced the owner of an adult entertainment site that depicted an underage performer back to a privacy protected Whois listing. Assuming Moniker was responsible for the site, and thus the alleged child pornography, things turned ugly.

According to Domain Name Wire, the blogger declares: “Tomorrow, we’ll bring you more information on Moniker Privacy Services, one of the dirtiest Internet-based companies we’ve encountered — and that’s saying a lot.”

Hopefully the Miami New Times will be printing a long re-traction explaining to their readership what it means to engage Privacy Protection Services for a domain.

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Centr Release Paper: New gTLDs- Impact On ccTLDs

Posted April 26th, 2011


Centr have released their findings on the impact of New gTLDs on ccTLDs.

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Professional Cybersquatter Capitalizes On Royal Wedding

Posted April 26th, 2011


It seems there is no where to hide from the media blitz that is the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton; not even on domain blogs.

Today’s domain related Will and Kate news comes courtesy of  Jeff Geaney, a self professed “professional cybersquatter” who snapped up royalweddingring.com as part of a scheme to make money off the royal nuptials.

As reported by Couriermail.com.au: “Jeff Geaney buys and sells Internet addresses and quickly snapped up the address royalweddingring.com as soon as he heard Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged.

“I thought, how will people be making money from this? Replica rings!” Geaney said.

As he predicted, there has been an online rush for knock-offs of the engagement ring William gave Kate in November, with retailers scrambling for the best domain name to attract customers.

Geaney is a professional “cyber-squatter”. For more than a decade, he has been buying addresses he predicts will be in high demand and sells them to the highest bidder.

“I’m waiting for a bigger offer at the moment,” Geaney said after receiving an anonymous $10,000 bid from the UK in an online auction.”

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Bank Sues Alleged Cybersquatters and Phishers.

Posted April 25th, 2011


According to Domain Name Wire: “ Morgan Stanley already has the domain names — but it wants more than that.

The bank has filed a lawsuit against the owners of five domain names that it says were used for cybersquatting and phishing.

The company already has possession of four of the five domain names thanks to proceedings at National Arbitration Forum last year. Through UDRP it picked up ms-ae-fund.com, morganstanleyae.us, morganstanleyae.com, and morganstanley-ae.com.”

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Second Computer Worm ‘Hits Iran’

Posted April 25th, 2011


As reported by Yahoo! News: “ TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran has been hit with new malicious software as part of cyber attacks against the country, a military officer told Mehr news agency on Monday without specifying the target.

“Certain characteristics about the ‘Stars’ virus have been identified, including that it is compatible with the (targeted) system,” Gholam Reza Jalali, commander of the Iranian civil defence organisation, told the agency.

“In the initial stage, the damage is low and it is likely to be mistaken for governmental executable files,” Jalali said, adding that Iranian experts were still investigating the full scope of the malware’s abilities.

He did not say what kind of equipment the virus was targeting or when and how it had been spotted.”

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Domain Convergence 2011 – Montreal, Canada

Posted April 22nd, 2011


This year’s Domain Convergence conference will be held May 12-13 in Montreal, Canada at the Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites Montreal

In it’s 3rd year Domain Convergence is an exclusive gathering of domain name owners, developers, investors and entrepreneurs. The small, all inclusive conference is based in Canada and provides an intimate setting for domain professionals to come together to learn how to turn the latest domain innovations into profit.

Registration is still open so grab a spot before the conference hits capacity.

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