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Sorry, Not Sorry: WHOIS Data Must Remain Public

CircleID CircleID: In March, I posted a call to action to those of us in the community who have the inclination to fight against a movement to redact information critical to anti-abuse research. Today, I felt compelled to react to some of the discussions on the ICANN discussion list dedicated to the issue of WHOIS reform:

Sorry, not sorry: I work every working hour of the day to protect literally hundreds of millions of users from privacy violating spam, phish, malware, and support scams.

Should access to WHOIS data be redacted in any way beyond what it is at present, my work will be made impossible. I spend 90% of my day in WHOIS data, the other 10% sculpting the data in a manner to provide reason and proof to hosting provider and registrars to take action against real-life criminals on their networks.

I also prepare cases for law enforcement to act upon. Contrary to popular belief in some quarters, LE cannot possibly begin to know about the stuff I (and my many, many colleagues) see until we tell them. That's how it works. Any of the big botnet and crime ring take-downs and arrests you've ever seen have involved a public-private collaboration between individuals, researchers such as myself, and law enforcement.

So, I'd like to issue congratulations to all those who want to redact. You will, without a single iota of uncertainty, will expose many more people to real — not potential or hypothetical — privacy issues of a far more serious nature than you could possibly imagine, all in the badly mangled, misguided, and muddleheaded notion of what privacy actually is in the real world. 'Cut off your nose to spite your face' has never been more apt.

I hope you tell your Mom, family and your friends what you are trying to do here, while I spend my time trying to protect them from real evil: Revenge porn. Identity Theft. Plain old theft. Stalking. Photographic representation of the rape of children. Trolling, leading to the destruction of people's lives. Emptied bank accounts.

Tell them you don't want me to be able to do my job, and that you are trying to make it impossible, because you think access to the data that has been public and without challenge under the world's privacy laws for twenty years is better off limited to the point of uselessness, sacrificed on some misshapen altar of privacy.

If I sound angry at what you are attempting to do, then I've hit my mark. I am furious. The security sector is furious. We are terrified that you may have any degree of success in this regard, because you apparently don't know, or don't care what the actual results will be. Placating with 'gated access' means there will be some among my peers and colleagues, far more talented and effective than I, who simply cannot gain access, and the resulting mess will be on your head, and at risk of overstating my case, the blood on your hands.

So again, congratulations. Mother's Day is coming up. Be sure to make mention of this in the card you send. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll go back to diving in the data lake of WHOIS, trying to keep spam and far worse evil off've your network.

K bye tnx.

Neil Schwartzman

Executive Director

Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email

http://cauce.org

Twitter : @cauce
Written by Neil Schwartzman, Executive Director, The Coalition Against unsolicited Commercial Email - CAUCEFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Cyberattack, Cybercrime, DDoS, DNS, Security, Spam, Whois

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I can’t believe it’s not RDNH

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: It’s difficult to understand how this case isn’t reverse domain name hijacking. Perhaps it’s time I start a recurring column on Domain Name Wire called “I can’t believe it’s not RDNH!” There are quite a few UDRPs that sure seem like reverse domain name hijacking but panelists decline to find it. They often give generic […]
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WHX.com leads Sedo Great Domains auction that ends today

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Three letter domain name is top bid-getter so far. Sedo’s monthly Great Domains auction ends today at noon EDT. As of 9 am EDT this morning, the auction is led by the three-letter domain name WHX.com. It has met its reserve and it currently $24,000. The domain name has been under Whois privacy since 2013. […]
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auDA Surprise: Ends Exclusive AusRegistry Negotiations, Wants to “Build and Operate” Own Registry

DomainPulse.com DomainPulse.com: The .au policy and regulatory body auDA dropped something of a bombshell Thursday when it announced it was ending exclusive negotiations with AusRegistry, the registry operator since 2002, and will...

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Fierce Political Battle Expected as FCC Chair Elaborated on Plan to Reverse ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

CircleID CircleID: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking in Washington today, said he wants to reverse rules that boosted government regulatory powers over Internet service providers. "Proponents who fought to get the rules passed said his proposal would set off a fierce political battle over the future of the Internet regulation," reports David Shepardson in Reuters. Ajit Pai ended his speech today stating: "When the FCC rammed through the Title II Order two years ago, I expressed hope that we would look back at that vote 'as an aberration, a temporary deviation from the bipartisan path that ha[d] served us so well.' And I voiced my confidence that the Title II Order's days were already numbered. At the FCC's next meeting on May 18, we will take a significant step towards making that prediction a reality. And later this year, I am confident that we will finish the job. Make no mistake about it: this is a fight that we intend to wage and it is a fight that we are going to win."
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4 videos to inspire your inner entrepreneur

Whats Your Name Whats Your Name: Thinking about launching a new business? No one can advise you better on being an entrepreneurs than entrepreneurs themselves. We’ve pulled together a few interviews with Name.com customers and innovators to provide prospective business owners inspiration and direction. Tricia Olson, the creator of Fitlo, talks about how a life-altering event became a blessing in disguise. […]
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Cuba Getting Faster YouTube Access in Next 24 Hours, Thanks to Deal Singed in December

CircleID CircleID: In the December of last, Cuba singed a deal with Google to enable faster access to content served via its popular platforms such Gmail and YouTube. Under the deal, Cuba would gain access to a network of local servers called Google Global Cache that would reduce access time for content served via Google-owned sources. Today, Doug Madory, Dyn's Director of Internet Analysis, emailed to report that Google’s (Google Global Cache) GGC nodes have finally gone active in the past 24hrs. "It is a milestone as this is the first time an outside internet company has hosted anything in Cuba. Also, this is the first tangible development from Google's involvement in the country since wiring Kcho’s art studio with free WiFi"

Also pointed out by Madory: If you drop this Cuban IP address [http://190.92.112.12] into your browser, it will redirect you to Google’s homepage. This is one of the IPs ETECSA is using for the GGC service.
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AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 25, 2017

Domain Shane Domain Shane: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on April 25, 2017. 
If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when the auction ended, but the name may not have sold if a reserve was in place.
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Top 10 Namejet sales for yesterday as listed on Namebio.
kohl.com $144,500 – wow!
clinicalstudies.com $36,200
sii.net $2,000
jaz.net $1,925
findmypet.com $1,801
7fw.com $1,800
metalgroup.com $1,766
72939.com $1,602
32635.com $1,512
browntown.com $1,422

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