TED’S TUBES: Sex and the State of the Internet

Sex Sells for $13-14MM
Subject to approval by BK Judge

The domain name Sex.com was sold in an auction by its bankrupt owner for $13-14MM.  The sale is subject to approval by the bankruptcy judge.  While this is a large sum, it is far short of the record price of $18MM for plasticsurgery.com.

Akamai State of the Internet Report:
US Back as #1 in Attack Traffic But Little Else

The latest Akamai State of the Internet Report shows the US regaining its spot as the top origin of attack traffic, but failing to register any gains on key broadband measurements.

Attack Traffic

Top 3:  USA, China, Russia

Top 3 (Mobile):  Italy, Brazil, Chile . . . USA (9th)

Broadband Penetration

Top 3: S. Korea, Japan, Netherlands . . . USA (13th

Avg Broadband Speed

Top 3 (Country):  S. Korea, Hong Kong, Japan . .  USA 16th

Top 3 (State): Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire

Spam Drops 40 Percent

According to M86 Security Labs spam dropped by nearly 40 percent last month which is largely attributed to a drop in activity by the Rustock botnet and the Spamit.com’s decision to stop paying affiliates for online pharmacy sites.

Cyber War and Espionage
Focus of Cybersecurity Month

October is Cybersecurity Month and during the course of the month reports have emerged of a major hijacking performed byChina Telecom that captured traffic to and from the Department of Defense, Army, Navy, Air force, Marine Corps, U.S. Senate and Fortune 500 companies.  Former White House national security aide Richard Clark, explained that “since the late 1990’s, China has systematically done all the things a nation would do if it contemplated having an offensive cyber war capability.”

Cyber Warfare is a hot topic, as the Pentagon recently established a Cyber Command as China, Russia, North Korea and France had done previously.  The topic is covered in an extensive report by Seymour Hersch in this week’s New Yorker.

More Info: Akamai State of the Internet Reports,Bankrupt Escom LLC’s sex.com domain fetches a whopping $13-million bid , Top News, Sex.com @ $14m — Highest price paid for domain ever? No, Domain Stryker; Spam Volume Dip After Spamit.com Closure, Krebs on Security; The Online Threat, The New Yorker, Report: China Hijacked US Internet Data, Cnet News, The Age of Cyberwar has Arrived, Montreal Gazette