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ICANN declares independence, breaks ties with U.S. government

The Internet's keeper of domain names and IP addresses has gone global. On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the US Department of Commerce said the agency will no longer have ties to the US government and will remain a private, not-for-profit organization.

September 30, 2009 by

Fake ImageShack site serving malware, links distributed over IM

In a combination of domain typosquatting next to spoofed image files, malware authors managed to successfully impersonate ImageShack, the 5th largest image hosting website on the Internet, the result of which is a malware campaign circulating over MSN, enticing users into infecting themselves by clicking on the spammed links to fake image files.

June 10, 2008 by

QUT bridles disorderly DNS, DHCP servers

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has recently dumped an irregular array of network management servers using open source software for an appliance-based solution from vendor Infoblox. QUT had previously been using the servers with multiple operating systems to manage domain name (DNS), automatic IP address assignment (DHCP) and associated network identity services.

May 18, 2006 by

Doc Searls on blogging vs. journalism

After the recent Forbes:Attack of the Blogs article,the blogosphere exploded in discussionabout the article.  Perhaps this was DanLyons intended effect afterall, like yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre.  Ten dayslater, the hue and cry has mostly passed, though I am still getting pingsand mails ("Did you know you were in Forbes magazine?").  Atthis point, while I don't think my dad has seen it yet, a lot ofothers have.  There have also been some interesting comments aboutthe printedition , the criticismof the Lotuscommunity, and a notable omission.The various blogs covering the story included DocSearls.  He and I hadan offline e-mail conversation about the story, and about his collectionof links, which included many other blogs--but initially not mine.  Searlsgraciously updated hislinks to include my blog entry. In his e-mail back to me, he wrote:I think thereis also something about blogging that gets scant credit: provisionalism.Non-finality. While conventional journalism tends to be homiletic and conclusive("this is so, and I've done the research to prove it"), bloggingjournalism is often provisional ("this seems to be so... what do therest of ya'll think?").This is a huge and powerfulthought.  Journalists write as if they get one shot to tell the story. They might write follow-ups, but a "mainstream media" articletends to be written to stand alone, to represent a complete picture, andto answer as many general questions as possible.  This was certainly the case with Attack of the Blogs. I note with interest(though not conclusively) that an IP address Mr. Lyons was using has notrevisited my website once since the article was published.  Theblogosphere reaction to the story comes in more like Letters to the Editor-- Forbes has likely received more than a few on this story -- but thatdoes not mean that the original writer is reading the responses.  Muchof the mainstream media still does not believe in the self-correcting natureof blogging -- I doubt we'll see a follow-up story in Forbes a year fromnow. Bloggers realize they have an accountability to their readers that is differentthan mainstream media.  I'm not talking about some of the blogs thathave become online magazines, but rather name-brand bloggers.  Searlscaptured this thought in his e-mail, too, as he describes the "sovereignnature" of a blog:My blog is my domain. It is theunfiltered (except by myself) source of what I alone think and say. Beforeblogging, we didn't have that.If an individual bloggerwrites a one-sided story, he/she can expect to be criticized for it --either on their own site or on other blogs.  They can expect theircredibility to take a hit.  They can expect their readership to change(in most cases, to drop).   In this particular instance, one of the fascinating things is how the mainstreammedia and the blogging world have actually combined synergistically.  WhileForbes readers may not see the rest of the story printed in the magazine,they can on the web -- even on  Without a trace of irony,Forbes publisher RichKarlgaard started bloggingthe week after this article ran.  I'm quite proud of the fact thathe was immediately challengedby oneof the Lotus community (youknow, those who were described as "sickos" in the story) forthe obvious conflict.   Searching on the titleof the article and the article'sauthor reveals a huge buildupof sovereign voices dissecting and deconstructing the article.  Ihave seen a bunch of those searches land here on  Notonly is the article not being taken at face value, the characterizationof the players within it, including myself, isn't either.  And thus,powerfully, the one-sided nature of a traditional journalist's articlehas been revealed and deflated-- by the very technology being attacked.

November 8, 2005 by

Cisco posts workaround for IP phone DoS vulnerabilities

If you have a Cisco 7902, 7905 or 7912 IP Phone, or a Cisco 186 or 188 Analog Terminal Adapter, you'll want to be aware that according to the company, some Domain Name System (implementations may be vulnerable to a Denial of Service attack after receiving and processing a specially crafted DNS packet via these devices.Cisco has a variety of fixes and workarounds already available.

May 26, 2005 by

Computer forensic witness takes stand in Kazaa trial

It is possible to trace users sharing unlicensed music files through their IP address, the Federal Court was told today by the major music labels' first witness in their civil case against peer-to-peer software provider Sharman Networks.Nigel Carson, a computer forensics investigator, said that it was possible to locate the physical computer and user of the machine by tracing the IP address.

November 30, 2004 by

DivXNetworks raises $6 million

DivXNetworks, a provider of video compression technology, on Tuesday said it raised $6 million in a second round of funding, led by Los Angeles-based Zone Ventures. Other investors included venture capitalist Tim Draper, Draper Atlantic, Wasatch Venture Fund and WI Harper Group. DivXNetworks, whose technology helps deliver full-motion video over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, plans to use the funds for sales, marketing and product development, as well as to expand into Asia and Europe. Since its founding in 1999, the San Diego-based company has raised a total of $11.5 million. The funding comes just months after the company launched DivX 5.0, its latest technology to compress video clips into small files so they can be easily transferred over the Web. --Stefanie Olsen, Special to ZDNet News

June 4, 2002 by

Korean group denies spreading worm

Last week ZDNet Australia reported local security expert Glenn Miller as saying his company Janteknology had received an enormous number of malicious probes from the Korean Network Information Centre (KRNIC), a domain name registry. However, KRNIC says that these IP addresses, registered in its name, have been assigned to local organisations, which are ultimately responsible for IP address management.

September 24, 2001 by

Music industry's "secret weapon"

There is a "secret weapon" the music industry (IFPI) will use to monitor individuals whodownload Napster files (tracking IP adresses and "asking" ISPs to give logs to identify users).A special software is under way, but it is not yet finalized.

April 5, 2001 by

Qdea speeds file sharing

Qdea at this month's Macworld Expo in San Francisco unveiled SpeedShare, the company's tool for allowing Mac users to transfer files over the Internet without traditional remote-access software.The package lets users drag and drop files to and from SpeedShare servers over a TCP/IP connection.

January 13, 1998 by

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