Archive for the ‘Internet Security’ Category


In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers’ Tactics

Posted February 28th, 2012

From The New York Times

Anonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its most prominent target yet: the Vatican.

The campaign against the Vatican, which did not receive wide attention at the time, involved hundreds of people, some with hacking skills and some without. A core group of participants openly drummed up support for the attack using YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Others searched for vulnerabilities on a Vatican Web site and, when that failed, enlisted amateur recruits to flood the site with traffic, hoping it would crash, according to a computer security firm’s report to be released this week.

The attack, albeit an unsuccessful one, provides a rare glimpse into the recruiting, reconnaissance and warfare tactics used by the shadowy hacking collective.

Anonymous, which first gained widespread notice with an attack on the Church of Scientology in 2008, has since carried out hundreds of increasingly bold strikes, taking aim at perceived enemies including law enforcement agencies, Internet security companies and opponents of the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks.

The group’s attack on the Vatican was confirmed by the hackers and is detailed in a report that Imperva, a computer security company based in Redwood City, Calif., plans to release ahead of a computer security conference here this week. It may be the first end-to-end record of a full Anonymous attack.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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“ICM Registry Will Provide Free Malware Scanning For .XXX Domain Names”

Posted June 28th, 2011

As reported by “ICM Registry, the company behind .XXX, today announced a landmark partnership with one of the world’s largest security technology companies in a deal worth $8m. The deal means that for the first time, websites will be scanned for malware daily and this cost will be underwritten by the domain name registry. ”

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“How to Avoid Go Daddy’s 60 Day Lock for Whois Change”

Posted May 13th, 2011

The following linked story  is an exciting piece of information for anyone who buys or sells domains.

The explanation and tips on navigating Go Daddy’s maddening 60 day lock for changes to the WHOIS  come courtesy of Domain Name News.

Click HERE to read.

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Posted May 9th, 2011

Network Security has been a major talking point this year.  Verisign has kept that ball rolling, issuing a press release for two studies they have completed concerning DDOS attacks and  DNS failures.

According to  the Verisign press release: “A significant percentage of organizations are ill-equipped to prevent and respond to web infrastructure failures caused by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and Domain Name System (DNS) failures, according to two new research studies commissioned by VeriSign, Inc., the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.

As networking executives from around the world convene this week at Interop’s annual flagship event, Verisign is spotlighting research findings that underscore the urgent need for robust DDoS protection, reliable and secure DNS infrastructure, and advanced threat intelligence.”

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IP Clearinghouse Teams Up With CoCCA to Provide Rights Protection for Eight ccTLDs

Posted March 4th, 2011

“CoCCA and IP Clearinghouse, the company that operates CHIP (ClearingHouse for Intellectual Property), have collaborated to allow trademark owners to retroactively (or proactively) associate trademark information with specific domain names in the following country-code extensions: .AF, .CX, .GS, HT,.KI, .NF, .SB and .TL .

CHIP is a new technology that is designed to allow trademark owners to efficiently and effectively safeguard and enforce their rights on the Internet, and in particular in the domain name space. More TLDs will follow after the completion of the initial trial.”

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State Dept. Unveils Internet Freedom Agenda

Posted February 16th, 2011


In a speech in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered the administration’s most emphatic rebuke yet of regimes that censor Internet content and target dissident groups online.

As the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have inspired groundswells of government opposition in states around the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday noted the powerful role that the Internet and Web-based communications technologies have played in those movements.

See the full story HERE.

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How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become Cybercrime Central

Posted February 15th, 2011

Three hours outside Bucharest, Romanian National Road 7 begins a gentle ascent into the foothills of the Transylvanian Alps. Meadowlands give way to crumbling houses with chickens in the front yard, laundry flapping on clotheslines. But you know you’ve arrived in the town of Râmnicu Vâlcea when you see the Mercedes-Benz dealership.”

Click HERE to read the rest of Wired Magazine’s fascinating story of Phishing, Scamming, Cybersquatting, hacking and malware attacks.

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Bill to Restrict Online Tracking Introduced in Congress

Posted February 12th, 2011

According to “ Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) introduced a bill Friday that would require online-tracking firms to allow citizens to opt out of tracking, or else face stiff fines.”

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NameSmash 2010 Year In Review

Posted January 6th, 2011

From the successful launch of IDNs to Google’s battle with China to the approval of .XXX, 2010 was a year marked by progress. We might not have flying cars, robot butlers or crops that thrive on Gatorade but we do have Twitter weddings.

Behold, the NameSmash 2010 year in review!


  • Cybersquatting fell to a three year low
  • Google threatened to leave China
  • Expressions of Interest for new gTLDs ( was a hot button topic


  • China tightens rules for domain owners
  • Afilias bought Dot Mobi
  • ICANN warns that the adoption of IPV6 is essential
  • The .CO launch is announced


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Posted December 13th, 2010

In what could easily be classified as the worst day of work ever for Mark Jeftovic and his Ottowa, Canada based company the news that he had become involved in the unfolding Wikileaks drama came in an e-mail on December 3. According to the New York Times, “Several blogs and Web sites had posted variations of this sentence: “ has cut off DNS service to WikiLeaks.” denied cutting off service to Wikileaks because had never provided them in the first place. It was instead the company EveryDNS.

Luckily did not become a target of Wikileaks supporters who swarmed other sites who dropped affiliations with the group following the International condemnation of the release of previously classified information by it’s founder Julian Assange. However, did have several PR fires to put out as the New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Guardian all printed the name of his company as the next target for Wikileaks sympathizers.

And then, things got weirder when Wikileaks themselves came knocking…

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