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Web Hosting Services Could Leave Small Businesses at Risk of Phishing

The Federal Trade Commission today released a staff report that examines 11 web-hosting services that market themselves to small businesses and finds that many do not provide by default certain email authentication and anti-phishing technologies, potentially leaving many small firms at risk of facilitating phishing scams.

Source: FTC Report Finds Some Small Business Web Hosting Services Could Leave Small Businesses at Risk of Facilitating Phishing Scams | Federal Trade Commission

Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law.

Source: Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list – EURACTIV.com

The Guardian view on internet privacy: it’s the psychology, stupid

The ease with which giant databases can be queried and cross-referenced makes privacy vanish on the internet Privacy is necessary for human society to function. The problem is not that the information exists but that it reaches the wrong people.

Source: The Guardian view on internet privacy: it’s the psychology, stupid | Editorial

Security, privacy weaknesses pervade state and local education websites

At a time when concerns about cybersecurity and privacy are growing, among the most insecure websites are state education departments and most local school systems. That’s the high-level conclusion of a new study by the consultancy EdTech Strategies.

Source: Security, privacy weaknesses pervade state and local education websites

A critical test for ICANN: ensuring GDPR compliance while preserving access to WHOIS

The issue is a fast moving one and, with the GDPR becoming enforceable on May 25 2018, late last week ICANN published three community-proposed interim models for compliance.

Source: A critical test for ICANN: ensuring GDPR compliance while preserving access to WHOIS – Blog – World Trademark Review

EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts warn

WHOIS, one of oldest tools on internet for verifying real identities, at risk of being killed due to tough new GDPR regulations Sweeping new European data protection regulations may have the accidental effect of protecting scammers and spammers by killing the WHOIS system used to link misdeeds online to real identities offline, security experts have warned.

Source: EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts warn

UK’s NCSC issues guidance on defence against against phishing

The National Cyber Security Centre (‘NCSC’) issued a guidance on protection against phishing for medium to large organisations. The Guidance contains advice on how organisations can defend themselves against malicious emails that use social engineering techniques. It outlines a multi-layered approach that can improve your resilience against phishing, whilst minimising disruption to user productivity. The mitigations suggested are also useful against other types of cyber attack, and will help your organisation become more resilient overall.

Source: Phishing attacks: defending your organisation – NCSC Site

The 2006 Definition of Whois Purpose: Case study of the “bad old days” in ICANN

My last blog emphasized the importance of defining a purpose for Whois consistent with ICANN’s mission. It is impossible for ICANN to comply with GDPR unless this is done. Why doesn’t ICANN already have a defined purpose for Whois?

Source: The 2006 Definition of Whois Purpose: Case study of the “bad old days” in ICANN

DuckDuckGo’s new tools grade websites on privacy protections

For years, DuckDuckGo has been working to give internet patrons an alternative to the trackers they normally encounter on other search engines. The company’€™s CEO, Gabriel Weinberg, told Privacy Tech in a phone interview that he feels his organization has finally reached a point where users are familiar with DuckDuckGo to the point where they feel like they do not have to go back to other well-known brands.

Source: DuckDuckGo’s new tools grade websites on privacy protections

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