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The Internet of Things: Solving Security Challenges from the Fringe to the Core
Highlights from the latest research published by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)
Criminals behind phishing attacks are constantly looking for new vulnerabilities.
The latest Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Global Phishing Survey, which analyzed over 100,000 phishing attacks in the first half of 2014, examines the progress that top level domains (TLDs) are making in responding to phishing attacks that use their TLDs.
On August 27, 2014, the world became a bit more connected as the Internet welcomed more than 400 million Hindi language speakers in their own language.
.भारत (.Bharat), which means India in the Hindi language, was inaugurated on August 27 in New Delhi by Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India's Minister of Law & Justice and Communications & Information Technology. The Minister heralded the start of a new "Digital India" — one that promises to grow e-commerce from around $14 billion in 2014 to $150 billion in 2019.
Despite security advances over the past year, including the increased deployment of DNSSEC, pirates continue to wreak havoc on the Internet. But before you decide that Internet security innovations are futile, consider this: online criminals are just like burglars in the physical world; they don’t take new ways of blocking their best efforts lying down. They come up with new and, in some cases, stronger plans of attack.
Like many of us in the technology industry, I am captivated by the growing adoption of mobile. It’s changing multiple industries at a pace that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago.
As regular readers know, ICANN holds lengthy, in-depth discussions devoted to DNSSEC at each of its three annual meetings. The half-day session held at ICANN 43 in Costa Rica last month was particularly interesting. What became clear is that the industry is quickly moving into the end-user adoption phase of global DNSSEC deployment.
On January 18, 2012, Comcast customers found they could not access the NASA.gov website. Some users assumed that Comcast was deliberately blocking the website or that NASA, like Wikipedia and Reddit, was participating in the "blackout" protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) going on that day. As it turned out, the truth was much less exciting, but it offers important lessons about DNSSEC.
While the global rollout of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) continues at the domain name registry level -- with more than 25% of top-level domains now signed -- the industry continues to focus on the problem of registrar, ISP and ultimately end-user adoption. At the ICANN meeting in Dakar in late October, engineers from some of the early-adopting registries gathered for their regular face-to-face discussion about how to break the “chicken or egg” problems of secure domain name deployment.