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December, 2013

Justine Sacco Careless Tweet and the Internet Cycle of Outrage

At no point in history has it been this easy to destroy your entire life so quickly in such few words. As the saga of InterActiveCorp PR Executive Justine Sacco on Friday showed, if you end up on the wrong side of public opinion on the internet, your reputation will be thoroughly destroyed… and you […]

Is it easy to steal Bitcoin

Bloomberg TV’s Matt Miller is currently experiencing the “12 Days Of Bitcoin,” a series for the business news television station. On Friday, Miller learned an important lesson. It was an experience that everyone should remember before they start moving their money into the digital currency. While on air, Miller surprised Bloomberg anchors Adam Johnson and […]

Top cyber security threats in 2013 revealed

The top cyber security threats in 2013 reportedly included hacktivists targeting users’ privacy at the top spot, followed by cyber espionage campaigns along with the newest craze of stealing bitcoins. Security firm Kaspersky Lab said that the revelations about the cyber crime raised questions about the way the Internet is used nowadays and the type […]

Target cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards at holiday peak

(As Reported by Reuters) – Target Corp said hackers have stolen data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited its stores during the first three weeks of the holiday season in the second-largest such breach reported by a U.S. retailer. The hackers worked at unprecedented speed, carrying out their […]

Microsoft: West Africa’s war on software piracy needs to be intensified

Technology firm Microsoft Nigeria has called on the West Africa’s government agencies and corporate organisations to work together in the fight against software and intellectual property pirates. Speaking at the Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) of Nigeria’s fifth roundtable held in Lagos, Microsoft officials said the war against piracy would not be successful unless all stakeholders put […]

Google Transparency Report: Government removal requests keep rising

Google  launched their  Transparency Report in 2010 to provide hard evidence of how laws and policies affect access to information online. Today, for the eighth time, they are  releasing new numbers showing requests from governments to remove content from Google services. From January to June 2013, Google  received 3,846 government requests to remove 24,737 pieces […]

Botnet Swipes Two Million Passwords, Most Of Them Were Really Bad

Earlier this Month, Trustwave released their study on a massive botnet, one of many managed using the Pony botnet controller. The researchers gained control of the botnet, taking the place of its Command and Control server. Once in control, they discovered that the botnet had managed to steal about two million passwords from infected computers. They also discovered […]

Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Gartner just concluded its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, gathering tens of thousands of IT executives. Among the most anticipated aspects of the gathering are the ruminations from the Gartner pontificators regarding IT trends.  Among several trends shared were the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. Here is a summary of those trends: Mobile Device Diversity […]

2013 Domain Name Year in Review

By Elisa Cooper, Director of Product Marketing at MarkMonitor. Elisa Cooper also contributes to the MarkMonitor weblog located here. Well folks, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for our countdown of the top 10 biggest domain stories for 2013. And while my predictions from last year were accurate, in that we did see […]

ICANN Seeks Public input to the New gTLD Auction Rules

ICANN seeks to gather community input regarding the detailed rules and processes for Auctions to resolve string contention sets in the New gTLD Program. The preliminary auction rules were originally published 1 Nov 2013, they have since been updated based on feedback and will be finalized based on the input of the community from this […]