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17 October 2019

Dark web child abuse: Hundreds arrested across 38 countries (BBC News)

More than 300 people have been arrested following the take-down of one of the world's "largest dark web child porn marketplaces", investigators said.

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'Sextortion botnet spreads 30,000 emails an hour' (BBC News)

A large-scale “sextortion” campaign is making use of a network of more than 450,000 hijacked computers to send aggressive emails, researchers have warned.

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Let's have an honest conversation about Huawei by Milton Mueller (Internet Governance blog)

On May 29, I attended an AEI event on “International economics and securing next-generation 5G wireless networks,” with Ambassador Robert Strayer, who heads the US State Department’s CIP team. But the focus of the talk was not really on 5G security, international trade or 5G development. In fact, there was no constructive agenda at all. The talk was an extended attack on China and the Chinese-based telecommunications vendor Huawei – another episode in an ongoing U.S. government campaign to shut Huawei and other Chinese firms out of the U.S. market, and to convince every other country in the world to do the same.

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'Digital welfare state': big tech allowed to target and surveil the poor, UN is warned (The Guardian)

Nations around the world are “stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia” in which artificial intelligence and other technologies are used to target, surveil and punish the poorest people, the United Nations’ monitor on poverty has warned.

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Europe's Margrethe Vestager Takes a Rare Step Toward Big Tech (New York Times)

European authorities took an even more aggressive approach than usual to regulating the technology industry Wednesday when they applied a rarely used rule, ordering a company to halt a potentially anticompetitive practice while an investigation is underway.

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16 October 2019

And 'Lo!' - How the internet was born (BBC News)

In the 1960s, Bob Taylor worked at the heart of the Pentagon in Washington DC. He was on the third floor, near the US defence secretary and the boss of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa).

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Targeted Ransomware Attacks Show No Signs of Abating (Dark Reading)

There's little sign that cybercriminals are about to let up on ransomware attacks anytime soon. If anything, they appear to be honing their tactics for even more dangerous and disruptive attacks on enterprise organizations over the short term.

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Sodinokibi Ransomware: Where Attackers' Money Goes (Dark Reading)

Ransomware generates massive profits for its operators. How much do they make, and how do their spend their illicit earnings? Newly published research on Sodinokibi ransomware sheds some light on this.

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EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2019 CENTR Awards

The 2019 CENTR Awards were held last week and EURid, the .eu registry, emerged as winner of the 2019 Registry of the Year award, 2 years after they first won the award in 2017. The awards coincided with CENTR’s 20th anniversary celebrations and saw winners from a number of European registries.

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Another TLD coup for nic.at's RcodeZero DNS

nic.at’s RcodeZero DNS service has just started supplying Anycast technology to the Polish domain extension .pl. This means that nic.at infrastructure provides supplementary hosting and security to the seventh biggest ccTLD in the EU with over 2.5 million domains. According DNSperf statistics, RcodeZero DNS is one of the fastest anycast providers worldwide.

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Afnic Updates .FR Registry Lock

Afnic have announced changes to the Registry Lock for .fr that are intended to speed up adoption of the service.

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Neustar And .US To Hold Virtual Town Hall On 24 October

Neustar and the usTLD Stakeholder Council will hold a virtual .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall Meeting on Thursday October 24, 2019 at 11:00 EDT. The Town Hall will provide an opportunity for the community to hear from the .US team on the 2019 developments and for community discussions on how to build and grow the .US domain to meet the demands of the future.

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15 October 2019

Almost Half of 20 Most Abused TLDs Are ccTLDs As Newly Detected Botnet C&Cs Reach All Time High: Spamhaus

Spamhaus released their quarterly Botnet Threat Update for the third quarter of 2019 and almost half of the TLDs in their top 20 “most abused top-level domains” were within ccTLD name spaces: .ru (Russia), .pw (Palau), .eu (European Union), .ga (Gabon), .tk (Tokelau), .su (the former Soviet Union), .ml (Mali), .cf (Central African Republic) and .me (Montenegro). There were also a handful of new gTLDs: .top, .xyz, .icu, .name, .live, .site and .club. But the TLD with by far the most abused domains, and also by far the largest, was .com, with 4,058 abusive domain names and around 145 million domains in total while .net was second with 534 fraudulent domains.

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Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground by Edward Snowden (New York Times)

In every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, the dams closed, and transportation running. For more than half a decade, the vulnerability of our computers and computer networks has been ranked the number one risk in the US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment – that’s higher than terrorism, higher than war. Your bank balance, the local hospital’s equipment, and the 2020 US presidential election, among many, many other things, all depend on computer safety.

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14 October 2019

12 Winners of the Inaugural .ORG Impact Awards Announced at Gala Event

12 individuals and organisations from around the world were named winners of the inaugural 2019 .ORG Impact Awards last Friday.

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Google Launches .NEW Sunrise This Week

On the same day that Google is making their big announcement of new and updated products, their Google Registry, aka Charleston Road Registry, is launching the Sunrise period for their .new gTLD, which is promising something… new! Google is billing their new gTLD as one that “must be used for action generation or online creation flows.”

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Christchurch attack: New Zealand tries new tactic to disrupt online extremism (The Guardian)

The New Zealand government will create a dedicated investigative team to find and prosecute terrorist and extremist content online, seven months after a gunman live-streamed the mass murder of 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques.

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10 Tips to Avoid Leaving Tracks Around the Internet (New York Times)

Google and Facebook collect information about us and then sell that data to advertisers. Websites deposit invisible “cookies” onto our computers and then record where we go online. Even our own government has been known to track us.

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13 October 2019

Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Faces Exodus of Partners (New York Times)

Facebook’s troubled cryptocurrency initiative, Libra, suffered new blows on Friday as the departures of key partners became an exodus.

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How Photos of Your Kids Are Powering Surveillance Technology (New York Times)

The pictures of Chloe and Jasper Papa as kids are typically goofy fare: grinning with their parents; sticking their tongues out; costumed for Halloween. Their mother, Dominique Allman Papa, uploaded them to Flickr after joining the photo-sharing site in 2005.

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10 October 2019

EU police: Cybercrime threats now focus on profits, data (Associated Press)

Cybercriminals are using new technology and exploiting existing online vulnerabilities as they shift their focus to larger and more profitable targets, the European Union’s police agency said in a report published Wednesday.

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09 October 2019

Democracy(.com) Is Up For Sale

Many have said something along the lines that “democracy is for sale to the highest bidder”. And now it is. Well, democracy.com is. Heritage Auctions is auctioning the domain name and will go to the highest bidder over $300,000 (plus a 15% buyer’s premium).

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Tech firms know more about us than any spy agency - ex-GCHQ chief (The Guardian)

Big internet firms know more about the lives of private individuals than any intelligence agency ever has and that is a dangerous threat to democracy, the former head of the spy agency GCHQ has said.

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08 October 2019

Radix Adds .UNO Taking Its Tally To 10 New gTLDs

Radix, the largest of the new gTLD registries by domains under management with over 5.1 million domain names, has added .uno to its portfolio taking its tally to 10 new gTLDs.

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America's Risky Approach to Artificial Intelligence by Tim Wu (New York Times)

The brilliant 2014 science fiction novel “The Three-Body Problem,” by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin, depicts the fate of civilizations as almost entirely dependent on winning grand races to scientific milestones. Someone in China’s leadership must have read that book, for Beijing has made winning the race to artificial intelligence a national obsession, devoting billions of dollars to the cause and setting 2030 as the target year for world dominance. Not to be outdone, President Vladimir Putin of Russia recently declared that whoever masters A.I. “will become the ruler of the world.”

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