ICANN61 Still slated for Puerto Rico, hopes for recovery from Hurricane Maria Devastation

Hurricane Maria’s devastation could necessitate moving 61st ICANN meeting away from Puerto Rico for the second time, but ICANN hopes that won’t be the case. The non-profit released a statement this weekend saying that it still hopes to hold ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico March 10-15, 2018: ICANN joins the rest of the world …

Internet Grows to 331.9 Million Domain Registrations in the Second Quarter of 2017

VeriSign a global leader in domain names and internet security, has today announced that approximately 1.3 million domain name registrations were added to the internet in the second quarter of 2017, bringing the total number of domain name registrations to approximately 331.9 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of June 30, 2017.1 The increase …

Privacy Breach? Phones pre-loaded with tracking software on sale in the UK

Smartphones with pre-installed advanced tracking software are on sale in Britain to help employers to snoop on their staff. The devices can be bought in bulk and sold on to unwitting customers, who would have no indication that their messages, location, app usage, call histories, photographs and emails were being monitored at all times. UK …

Togo is the latest government to shut down the internet

The QZ reports that Togo is the latest African nation to shut down access to the internet after protests against president Faure Gnassingbé were scheduled to take place this week. Early this year Cameroon imposed a 93-day internet blackout on the country’s Anglophone regions which spoke out their marginalization by the French-speaking government. The blackout …

Smart toys spy on kids, FBI cautions parents

The FBI yesterday released a public service announcement (PSA) alerting parents to the dangers potentially imposed by smart toys. Early this year, security researcher Troy Hunt, reported that a series of web-connected, app-enabled toys called CloudPets have been hacked. The manufacturer’s central database was reportedly compromised over several months after stunningly poor security, despite the attempts …