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  • Whatever happened to the IPv4 address crisis?

    In February 2011, the global Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated the last blocks of IPv4 address space to the five regional Internet registries. At the time, experts warned that within months all available IPv4 addresses in the world would be distributed to ISPs.

  • Kim Dotcom talks security and privacy at Mega launch

    Founder of Megaupload Kim Dotcom relaunched his empire yesterday with, and celebrated with a glitzy launch event at his mansion outside of Auckland.

  • In depth: How Microsoft is taking down Nitol botnet

    For the fifth time in three years Microsoft has stepped in to take down a botnet, this time malware called Nitol that was infecting new machines bought in China.

  • Is your ISP spying on you?

    Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum if his ISP can "sit a screen, and see everything you are doing at any given time?"

  • Spammers staying ahead of filters and law enforcement

    When Microsoft slayed the notorious botnet Rustock, which had been sending as much as 40% of all spam worldwide, in March 2011, it forced the volume of spam into a decline from which it has never fully recovered.

  • What's the fastest browser? Maybe you're measuring it wrong

    Among all those very scientific benchmarks we forget one factor: the user. Our human eye is incapable of distinguishing the 221 ms load time of a JavaScript applet in IE9 from the 220 ms load time in Firefox 17. Do we even notice if Chrome opens a website in 778 ms versus IE's 953 ms? Humans think in seconds, not milliseconds.

  • A simple guide to Deep Packet Inspection

    Most of us don't visit websites suspected of illegally distributing copyrighted material, so blocking us from accessing them seems harmless. But should your ISP ever be legally obligated to prevent you from accessing restricted websites, it will have to find a way to monitor your online activity, and that could cause your privacy to be compromised if your ISP employs deep packet inspection tools to keep tabs on you.

  • Will 2012 be the dawn of DNSSEC?

    Will 2012 be the year when retailers, banks and content providers finally bolster their DNS systems with an add-on security measure that prevents website spoofing? That's what advocates of the security measure - dubbed DNSSEC for Domain Name System Security Extensions - are hoping will occur.

  • Adopt IPv6 soon or be sorry later, says Internet Society's Leslie Daigle

    A dozen of the world's largest internet companies - including Facebook, Google and Comcast - have committed to June 6, 2012, as the start date for their production deployments of IPv6, an upgrade to the internet's main communications protocol.

  • Net neutrality is good for business

    The US communiations regulator, the FCC, wants to set rules that protect consumers from having their web traffic unfairly throttled, and prevent Internet providers from unreasonably blocking or limiting access to websites. The rules are good for small and medium-sized business, if not for the large telecommunications companies that want them repealed. Net neutrality for an open Internet is always better for both consumers and small business.

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