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Ban on the Word "Bank" in .SE Domains

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has banned the use of the word “bank” in any .SE domains, except for those companies granted permission to use it. Furthermore, any combination of the letters b,a,n, and k are apparently also banned. Presumably, permission will be granted to those organizations which …

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FTC: Company Tried to Trick UK Customers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pursuing litigation against a California-based company called Balls of Kryptonite for allegedly using using websites on two .co.uk country domains to trick UK customers into thinking the company was local. According to the charges, the company had two domains, bestpricebrands.co.uk and bitesizedeals.co.uk, and used …

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Does domain front-running exist?

Imagine: you discover a domain you want to register and check to see if it’s available at your registrar’s website. It is, but you decide to sleep on the idea and purchase the name in the morning. Come the next day, it’s taken! What happened? This phenomena might just be …

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Data breach occurs at registrar

Despite all the security measures online payment systems provide, the reality is Internet shoppers are never 100% safe. Last week one of the largest domain registrars in the United States reported a security breach that affects some 573,928 customers. The incident involved a piece of malicious code running on servers …

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Latvian Hosting Company Shut Down After Botnet

The infamous botnet named Zeus has been called the world’s biggest cybercrime botnet. It infected 3.6 million PCs that were used the computers to launch phishing attacks, stealing credit card and banking information all over the world. The botnet was linked to Rock Phish, a Russian gang. After an investigation, …

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Cyber czar resigns

Just a few months after being appointed, the director of the National Cyber Security Center, or cyber czar, has resigned. Melissa Hathaway was given the position temporarily pending further review, but now wishes to move on to other things. The post hasn’t fared well since it was created by President …

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