Category Archives: Cybersecurity

DDoS attacks in Q3 grow by 24%, become more sophisticated: Kaspersky

[news release] When compared to Q3 2020, the total number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks increased by nearly 24%, while the total number of smart attacks (advanced DDoS attacks that are often targeted) increased by 31% when compared to the same period last year. Some of the most notable targets were tools to fight the pandemic, government organizations, game developers, and well-known cybersecurity publications.

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CIRA teams up with ScamAdviser to warn online shoppers against potential fraudulent sites

The surge in online purchases seen since the beginning of the pandemic also means Canadians are more exposed to scams popping up online. To help combat the growth in scams CIRA, the .CA registry, announce a partnership with ScamAdviser, a global leader in anti-scam technology, to integrate protection against fraudulent websites into CIRA Canadian Shield. This added layer of protection will safeguard Canadians’ families against online scams and fraudulent websites.

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ICANN Holding Informational Panel Discussion on DNS Abuse Pre ICANN72

The domain name industry is beginning to take Domain Name System (DNS) abuse seriously. And over the last few years it’s become a topic frequently addressed at ICANN meetings these days. This week ICANN announced they would be holding an informational session on DNS abuse with the Board and a panel of senior Internet security professionals before the ICANN72 meeting.

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People On The Move: Rick Wilhelm Appointed as PIR’s Chief Technology Officer

Public Interest Registry (PIR) Monday announced Rick Wilhelm has been appointed the company’s Chief Technology Officer. The appointment comes as the .org steward builds out what they’re describing as “a technology vision and framework that mission-driven organisations can rely upon to serve communities and make the world a better place.”

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APWG Q2 Cybercrime Report: Phishing Sustains Elevated ‘New Normal’ Attack Volume Into the Middle of 2021

[news release] The APWG’s new Phishing Activity Trends Report reveals that phishing sustained near-record levels through the first half of 2021, after doubling over the course of 2020. APWG saw 222,127 attacks in June 2021, which was the third-worst month in APWG’s reporting history.

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M3AAWG/APWG Report Finds GDPR Impact on WHOIS Impedes Criminal Investigations

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) have again collaborated to conduct a survey of cyber investigators and anti-abuse service providers to understand how ICANN’s application of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has impacted on the distributed WHOIS service and anti-abuse work. The resulting report, published in June, discusses the effect of the Temporary Specification on anti-abuse actors’ access and usage of domain name registration information, which is central for various types of investigations.

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