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FTC versus Innovative Marketing et al – default judgment entered

February 26th 2010

DEFAULT JUDGMENT and ORDER for PERMANENT INJUNCTION entered in favor of FTC against Daniel Sundin, jointly and severally with other defendants found liable in the amount of $163,167,539.95. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 2/24/10. DEFAULT JUDGMENT and ORDER for PERMANENT INJUNCTION entered in favor of FTC against Sam Jain, jointly and severally with […]

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Public Comment: Registration Abuse Addressed

February 16th 2010

Source: http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-12feb10-en.htm This is another document worth reading (even if it is 107 pages long) for those of us interested in ‘security’ for users of the internet as a whole.  I consider it an important document because Chapter 6 discusses “malicious use of domain names” and what ICANN can do about it, while chapter 5 […]

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Public Comment: Draft Report on WHOIS Accuracy

February 16th 2010

Details here: http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-15feb10-en.htm   In short, if all three accuracy criteria are strictly applied, i.e.: the address must be deliverable an independent linkage between name and address must be found; and the respondent must acknowledge ownership, AND confirm that all details are current and correct, then only 23% of WHOIS records can be considered fully […]

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Dale Begg-Smith won a silver medal for Australia today…

February 14th 2010

But some of us haven’t forgotten the past… "Spyware cybersigns point to Begg-Smith": http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/03/1141191842651.html   The SMH article links to stopscum.com which has some interesting information: http://www.stopscum.com/dale-begg-smith-adscpm-a-spyware-low-life-criminal-distributor-wins-an-olympic-gold-medal-for-australia/   Fox Sports notes that “Begg-Smith has made a small fortune from internet advertising, but he rarely talks about his business interests.” – not surprising, really.

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Google Chrome leaves old versions behind when updated?

February 7th 2010

So I fire up Secunia on a PC today, and this alert appears:   But the user seems to be running the latest version:   Only one version appears in add/remove programs:       The extra folder,, is over 66 megabytes in size, and almost identical in content to   Questions: Can […]

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Malware infected Firefox Add-Ons – again

February 5th 2010

Remember the Vietnamese Language Pack malware debacle that occurred in May of 2008?  That was when Mozilla admitted that they only scanned add-ons for malware when the files were first uploaded – too bad for Firefox users if an infection was new, and not yet detectable.  After that debacle Mozilla changed their protocols to re-scan […]

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