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27 June 2018
Internationalised Domain Name homographs, or lookalike domain names, which are easy to register and often undetected by traditional security solutions, are increasingly being used to commit phishing and other malicious activities a report released this week by Farsight Security has found. Unsurprisingly .com, where most global brands register their domain names, was found the TLD with the most problems, accounting for over half of the IDN homographs.
26 June 2018
Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89 (New York Times)
Frank Heart, the engineer who oversaw development of the first routing computer for the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet, died on Sunday at a retirement community in Lexington, Mass. He was 89.
The internet is terrible at answering most tough questions. Our 'wisdom of the crowd' tool can help (The Conversation)
When making tough decisions, humans have long sought advice from a higher power.
A pattern is emerging in the war between the European Union’s antitrust authorities and U.S. tech companies. The changes that Google and Apple made after adverse rulings and large fines appear to be little but window-dressing, and left intact the problems the penalties were intended to solve.
The first month of GDPR has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints to regulators across Europe, showing strong public interest in the new rules.
25 June 2018
At first, Charlotte Willner wanted to raise $1,500 on Facebook — enough to let one immigrant parent who had been separated from their child make bond. So, she and her husband Dave Willner set up a fundraiser on Facebook, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” benefitting the Texas nonprofit RAICES.
At the end of 2017, an unusual job advertisement appeared in New Zealand. Responsibilities included planning for future workforce needs, responding to “emerging and disruptive technologies” and improving digital access. The salary was $400,000.
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse (New York Times)
The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.
Inside the bunkers and war rooms where major banks wage nightly battle on the frontline of cyber war (ABC News)
On Tuesday night, the Westpac Bank was under threat from a cyber attack. It was all hands on deck in the bank's Coordination Centre.
23 June 2018
NHS to launch first internet addiction clinic (The Guardian)
A London hospital is preparing to launch the first ever NHS-funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults, the Guardian can reveal.
22 June 2018
Internet companies have the technology to stop most of the digital child abuse images circulating among paedophiles but are failing to do so, a senior police official has said.
Facebook expands its fact-checking tools but says its work 'will never be finished' (Washington Post)
Facebook announced an expansion of several initiatives Thursday to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network used by more than 2 billion people.
Algeria's Answer to Cheating on School Exams: Turn Off the Internet (New York Times)
Vexed by cheating on high-school exams, an age-old problem abetted by social networks and smartphones, the Algerian government reached this week for a drastic response: It turned off the internet.
21 June 2018
How Tech Companies Conquered America's Cities (New York Times)
I’m not saying America’s cities are turning into dystopian technocapitalist hellscapes in which corporations operate every essential service and pull every civic string.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday.
Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration (New York Times)
In an open letter posted to Microsoft’s internal message board on Tuesday, more than 100 employees protested the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked the company to stop working with the agency, which has been separating migrant parents and their children at the border with Mexico.
19 June 2018
Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor's Office (New York Times)
Video games work hard to hook players. Designers use predictive algorithms and principles of behavioral economics to keep fans engaged. When new games are reviewed, the most flattering accolade might be “I can’t put it down.”
18 June 2018
It’s taken 2 people 5 Board meetings, a period that could be anything from 5 to 8 months, from submitting their application to join auDA to acceptance, sources have told Domain Pulse. But now we have 955 member applications approved in one Board meeting held today. News of the approvals had begun to circulate ahead of today’s Board meeting as auDA gains a reputation of being a leaky boat.
Fears mount over WhatsApp's role in spreading fake news (The Observer)
Abijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were driving back from a visit to a waterfall in the Indian province of Assam earlier this month when they stopped in a village to ask for directions. The two men were pulled out of their car and beaten to death by a mob who accused them of stealing children.
Protecting Google from defamation is worth seriously considering (The Conversation)
It has been a huge week for defamation law. Last Thursday, the NSW Government announced a push to reform Australia’s uniform defamation laws. It is calling for a “cyber-age reboot”. That proposal was backed by a “statutory review” of the NSW Defamation Act. At a meeting of the Council of Attorneys-General, the states and territories agreed to reconvene a working party to consider reform of equivalent statutes around Australia.
Why Hackers Aren't Afraid of Us (New York Times)
Ask finance ministers and central bankers around the world about their worst nightmare and the answer is almost always the same: Sometime soon the North Koreans or the Russians will improve on the two huge cyberattacks they pulled off last year. One temporarily crippled the British health care system and the other devastated Ukraine before rippling across the world, disrupting shipping and shutting factories — a billion-dollar cyberattack the White House called “the most destructive and costly in history.”
The voice-activated gadget in the corner of your bedroom suddenly laughs maniacally, and sends a recording of your pillow talk to a colleague. The clip of Peppa Pig your toddler is watching on YouTube unexpectedly descends into bloodletting and death. The social network you use to keep in touch with old school friends turns out to be influencing elections and fomenting coups.
15 June 2018
The growth in domain names was once upon a time not so many years ago on a sharp upward trajectory. But over the last couple of years that growth has slowed dramatically, with registrations growing 1.0% in the year to the end of the first quarter in 2018, or 3.2 million, to approximately 333.8 million domain name registrations across all top level domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign for the first quarter of 2018. For the quarter, registrations grew approximately 1.4 million, or 0.4%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.
The Federal Court of Australia has ordered 2 companies to pay a combined fine of A$1.95 million (US$1.46m) for trying to lure Australian businesses into a fraudulent domain name renewal scheme. The court ordered Domain Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd (also trading as Domain Name Register) pay the combined penalties for breaching the Australian Consumer Law.
An attempt to forcibly steal a domain name has led to an Iowa man being sentenced to 20 years in prison.