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The Death of WorldCom

WorldCom, once the U.S.’ second largest long distance phone company before falling into bankruptcy and fraud convictions, is no more. At least, as a name. As Netcraft, a UK-based Internet monitoring and security company, records: WorldCom.com has been taken offline, erasing the web’s last traces of the brand that became a symbol of white collar crime and the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. The domains worldcom.com and worldcom.net have been taken out of the DNS database, meaning requests for those URLs return no response. The domains continue to be owned by MCI, Inc. the WorldCom successor that was bought earlier this year by Verizon forContinue readingThe Death of WorldCom

What Katie.com Did Next

Can someone be turfed off their domain by someone bigger? The experience of Katie Jones, recent mother and owner of an online chat site in the UK, has been well documented elsewhere. (Katie.com is the name of a book about the ordeal of a teenager sexually molested by a man she met in an Internet chatroom. Katie Jones is nothing to do with the book, but has been the owner of the address katie.com since 1996.) Jones’ latest report on her website suggests that she is being unfairly pressured by the publishers of the book that carries her website’s name to donate the website toContinue readingWhat Katie.com Did Next

The Continuing Marvels Of Phishing

I continue to marvel at phishing attacks, and how they tweak themselves just enough to make you wonder hard about whether you can afford to ignore them. Take this one for example. Simple text email, no fancy graphics. But the URL looks real enough, the text makes you wonder whether someone has tried to access your eBay account — causing you to think you should follow the link, just in case. Dear eBay member, Thank you for submitting your change of e-mail address request. Instructions on completing the change have been sent to your new email address. Once the process is completed, your eBay-related emailContinue readingThe Continuing Marvels Of Phishing

The Future Of Domain Names?

Interesting piece from The Register’s Kieren McCarthy on the changing nature of domain names. He points to the recent case of a guy renting out beef.com to allow People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to lead a very successful campaign on the BSE issue. In the future, individuals and companies may end up renting out domain names rather than selling them: As anyone who follows the domain name market will tell you, the price of domains has recovered and is almost standing at pre-dotcom-bust figures. It makes sense then that some speculators may invest in an expensive domain and then lease it out toContinue readingThe Future Of Domain Names?

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