Ted’s Tubes: Cyber Security, ICANN XXX Suit and Canadian Spam Law

Cyber Security: Utility False Alarm is a Warning

Reports that a Springfield, Illinois water station pump failure was due to Russian hackers are now being disputed by the Department of Homeland Security, which is also investigating another hacking incident involving a Texas utility.    The incident, however, raises concerns about alleged weak security at critical infrastructure facilities.  While the increase in the number of hacking incidents is alarming, investigations into the incidents are revealing a lack of security at places such as NASDAQ where one would expect heightened defenses.

More Info:  Weak Security Defenses Threatening Utility Networks (Sticky Passwords); Elinor Mills, DHS Denies Water Utility Attacks (CNET) ; Elinor Mills, Hacker says he broke into Texas water plant, others (CNET), Hackers Independently Attack Two Different Water Utility Districts (SCADAHacker),  NASDAQ Poor Computer Security Led to Cyber Attack, Probe Says (Huffington Post).  See also Cyber Security Links.

 

X Marks The Spot for ICANN Lawsuit, Claims New TLD

The launch of the new .XXX domain has triggered an antitrust lawsuit against ICANN and the new domain registrar from the adult entertainment industry.  The complaint alleges that the creation of the .XXX TLD, forces owners of trademarks and domain names in other Top Level Domains (TLDs), such as ‘.com’, to purchase expensive “defensive registrations” from ICM to prevent cyber-squatters or others from exploiting those names in .XXX. Through above-market (and otherwise unnecessary) charges for such defensive registrations and other sales activities, .XXX expects to earn $200 million in annual profits.  The complaint highlights the need for domain holders need to explore registering all possible TLDs for their domain (e.g.., .us, .biz etc.)

More Info:  Press Release and Complaint.

Canadian Email Law 1st Anniversary – Still No Effective Date

On December 15, 2010, Canada passed its own email marketing law with proposed regulations issued in June 2011.  At that time, the chief of enforcement for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Andrea Rosen, warned that “[w]e are ramping up to conduct investigations”.  One of the law’s chief proponents, Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa School of Law, blogs that the regulations have stalled as industry lobbies for exemptions and that the “Canadian Marketing Association told its members that further consultations are now planned and that the law will not take effect until the middle of 2012 at the earliest.”

More Info:   Canadian Law and Proposed Regs; Michael Geist, Anti-Spam Law in Limbo as Lobby Groups Seek New Exceptions

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