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31 Dec 2014

Spamhaus tells us that botnets are getting worse Internet
The Spamhaus Project just published a long article about the botnets they've been watching during 2014. As this chart shows, we're not making any progress. (Yellow bars are bot controllers on compromised hosts, red bars are dedicated controllers.)

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30 Dec 2014

Dave Crocker and I try and figure out if we've solved the spam problem yet. Email

Dave Crocker, author of many of the standards documents that e-mail depends on, and I were at the M3AAWG meeting in Brussels in June when they asked us to step into an impromptu video studio and talk about how e-mail has changed over the past several decades, and whether we're winning the war on spam.

If you want to skip the muzak in the intro, we start talking at :48.

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17 Dec 2014

Thirty-three million and counting ICANN
Two weeks ago I
blogged about ICANN's astonishingly lucrative domain auctions. At that time, they'd raised $26.7 million. Now, two auctions later, they're up to about $33 million.

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What would you do with $50 million? ICANN
ICANN got over 1900 applications for new TLDs, and several hundred of those applications were from different people who wanted the same names. Since everything about the new TLDs is complicated, the rules for handling name conflicts are complicated.

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13 Dec 2014

Can big companies stop being hacked? Internet

The recent huge security breach at Sony caps a bad year for big companies, with breaches at Target, Apple, Home Depot, P.F.Changs, Neiman Marcus, and no doubt other companies who haven't admitted it yet. Is this the new normal? Is there any hope for our private data? I'm not sure, but here are three observations.

Systems are so complex that nobody understands them

This week
Brian Krebs reported on several thousand Hypercom credit card terminals that all stopped working last Sunday. Had they all been hacked? No, they were doing exactly what they'd been programmed to do.

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10 Dec 2014

No ICANN transition until 2017, and probably not then either ICANN

The current US Congress isn't very good at getting things done, which means that they delay even their most essential activities to the last minute. One of the more essential of their activities is appropriating the money to run the government, so in keeping with recent practice, a continuing resolution to fund the government through next year was published yesterday (Tuesday), two full days before the previous resolution runs out and the government would shut down.

Congressmen often attach riders to these "must pass" bills that they could never pass separately. This resolution has a rider on page 214 that says:

(a) None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to relinquish the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration during fiscal year 2015 with respect to Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions.
(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall expire on September 30, 2015.
Some observers have argued that this is no big deal, the transition probably wouldn't be ready until next September anyway, it can go ahead then. They are wrong. It will be a long, long time until the NTIA lets go of ICANN.

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