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For the duration of last week and up until yesterday a series of hackers have taken down New York City government’s email system. That included basically all government agencies, including the FBI and NYPD, who were unable to send or receive email messages.
Commenting on this, Lancope CTO, TK Keanini, said:
“Anything connected to the Internet is subject to this kind of incident period. Readers should at the very least read this and think about their business continuity plan. A ready and prepared defender is not something the attacker is counting on Architects take note because building in resiliency from the start is all about designing with this threat model in mind. So many wait and suffer through an outage before they make the investment.”
From all the reports I’ve read it seems that no sensitive information or data was compromised during this DDOS attack.
February 26th started off as a great day. The US Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of net neutrality. Woot! Right? FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler commented that “no one – whether government or corporate – should control free open access” to the net. Big cable companies (Comcast, for example) cannot charge users more to access a so-called internet “fast lane.” Nor can they relegate users who can’t afford to pay extra to an internet “slow lane.” Open access for all is now the law of the land. All servers go.
BUT. We missed something. Thursdays vote also let the FCC have control over the rates; and it opened up the doors for Federal and State imposed taxes and additional fee’s to be added onto your existing bills. Michael Powell explained it best in his write up: I support Net neutrality, but that is not what the FCC just did
What will this mean for American consumers? In the short term, the Internet will not work differently. We will continue to enjoy the same open Internet experience that we do today. But the price we will pay over time for this radical shift in regulation will be severe. Consumers are likely to see higher bills from new taxes and fees and expenses related to regulatory compliance, along with a host of unintended consequences. They will wait longer to receive faster next-generation services. Internet providers, which spend massive capital to dig up streets, hang wires and connect homes, will see this intense chain of activity subjected to regulatory second-guessing that will slow the dynamic improvements we all desire. And garage startups, which today assert with confidence that the new regulation doesn’t apply to them, will soon find themselves caught in the government’s ever-expanding web.
Earlier this week on 25 February 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN’s authorized auction service provider, kicked off an auction for a new gTLD: .APP. Twelve applicants participated in the auction for the new .APP domain name with Google Registry (Charleston Road Registry Inc) prevailing with a winning price of $25,001,000. I have attached the auction results below:
It’ll be interesting to see what Google does with this new gTLD. Google already supports app indexing – and the new domain aligns with that perfectly. What are you’re thoughts?
Bing has launched yet another new feature to their search results – this time making ordering your lunch online that much easier. Simply run a search for your favorite restaurant and if they support online ordering Bing will link directly to their order page.
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has added a new transfer policy for generic domain names which will now request the registrant who initiates a transfer from one registrar to another to receive and confirm an email from the present registrar regarding their transfer to the new company. In the past you would only get a confirmation email from the new registrar to whom the domain name is being transferred – however now those emails will come from both fronts – and both will need to be confirmed. ICANN’s transfer policy is in force only for the generic top-level domain names that are overseen by ICANN itself – .COM. .NET, .ORG, .INFO and .BIZ.
So what does all of this accomplish? First off this new transfer policy is aimed at further protecting domain owners from unauthorized transfer attempts. A side effect however is that transfers will now take significantly longer than they used to – alas I would much rather go through a longer transfer period than having a stolen domain name.
Back in December of 2014 I wrote about a custom mortgage calculator many of us have found within our search results. The mortgage calculator has come and went since then – showing for some people and not showing for others. However as of now Google has officially announced the launch of their mortgage calculator – meaning you can now directly ask Google “How much can I borrow at 350 a month” and Google will gladly let you know:
On one hand this definitely makes things significantly easier on behalf of the home buyer; however this is a huge query and there will surely be plenty of people within the SEO community who’ll be rather upset at this. Let me know what you think about the new Google mortgage calculator in the comments below.
YouTube has been one of the first adopters of HTML5′s <video> tag. Over 3 years ago I remember being pleasantly surprised when my BlackBerry Bold 9930 was finally able to play embedded YouTube videos thanks to the browsers support for HTML5. Since then I have had my YouTube settings set to default to the HTML5 video player when supported – however as of this week that’s a thing of the past as YouTube’s HTML5 video player becomes the default in Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and in beta versions of Firefox.
That being said – YouTube is also deprecating the “old style” of Flash <object> embeds and their Flash API. Instead they recommend that webmasters switch to their IFRAME API.
For those of you who want to make sure what your browser supports, head on over here to find out if you support the H.264 video codec or the WebM format.
“These advancements have benefited not just YouTube’s community, but the entire industry,” YouTube said in a statement. “Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple, have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success.”
In an effort lasting fight for internet freedom Namecheap has announced the date for their annual MoveYourDomainDay, initially launched in response to GoDaddy’s position on SOPA back in 2011. For every domain transferred or hosting plan purchased, up to 10,000, Namecheap will donate $0.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The donation amount goes up to $1.00 per domain/hosting plan if we exceed 10,000. And if we exceed 20,000 domains transferred/hosting plans purchased, Namecheap will donate $1.50 for each transaction.
MoveYourDomainDay will happen on January 27, 2015. On that day, you can transfer your .com/.net/.org/.biz/.info for only $3.98 (plus applicable ICANN fees) with coupon code NC15MYDD, and you get an additional year on your domain name when you transfer. Shared hosting plans (Value, Professional, Ultimate) will all be 50% off with coupon code MYDDHOST15.