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India’s national internet registry breached, but says heist was trivial

Indian antivirus and endpoint vendor Seqrite claims the nation’s internet registry has suffered a data breach, but the registry’s parent organisation says while it was attacked the information obtained was trivial. Seqrite says its researchers noticed “an advertisement on DarkNet announcing secret access to the servers and database dump of over 6000 Indian businesses – ISPs, Government and private organisations.” ... Read More »

We’re all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western?

We recently passed a milestone in the history of human connectivity – people online now ​make up the majority​ of the world’s population. This has largely gone unnoticed, but it is an important moment and not just for statistical reasons. North American and European internet users now make up only about a quarter of the world’s users. Furthermore, while countries ... Read More »

“I cannot imagine life without the internet”: Yep, that basically describes Indians

It is exhaustively slow or exceptionally expensive, but Indians love their internet. According to a recent survey, 82% of internet users in the country agreed with the statement “I cannot imagine life without internet.” The poll, by market and opinion research firm Ipsos, included 18,180 adults across 23 countries and was conducted between Sept. 12 and Oct. 11, 2016. The availability ... Read More »

The Internet Comes To Fruition 17 Years After The Bubble Burst

In the last half of the 1990’s investors fell in love with internet stocks. Companies with no earnings were accorded billion dollar valuations because of their potential to change the way business is conducted. After years of failing to live up to that potential, investors lost patience and the internet bubble burst in 2000. Fast forward 17 years and the ... Read More »

John Stossel: A cheap internet prescription is not much of a threat to public health

I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It’s another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist’s office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my town). But I got a prescription for just $50 ... Read More »

Body set up to deal with sex determination info on Internet, Centre tells SC

Section 22 of the PCPNDT Act pertains to prohibition of advertisements relating to pre-natal determination of sex and punishment for contravention. The government on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it has set up a nodal agency to redress complaints seeking deletion of materials violating Indian laws prohibiting pre-natal sex determination, from search engines and websites. A Bench headed by ... Read More »

SURVIVING THIS SUMMER ON THE INTERNET

On the August afternoon that a white supremacist drove a car through a crowd of peaceful protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was perched on a bar stool in a café near my home, sipping a glass of rosé while reading a novel and daydreaming. It was one of those rare, near-perfect New York days when the light streamed through a wide-open ... Read More »

Who Owns the Internet?

On the night of November 7, 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes’s wife, Lucy, took to her bed with a headache. The returns from the Presidential election were trickling in, and the Hayeses, who had been spending the evening in their parlor, in Columbus, Ohio, were dismayed. Hayes himself remained up until midnight; then he, too, retired, convinced that his Democratic opponent, ... Read More »

HOW NETFLIX DDOS’D ITSELF TO HELP PROTECT THE ENTIRE INTERNET

Netflix security engineer Scott Behrens ran a massive infrastructure test on the streaming system in front of dozens of coworkers. In the process, he brought the site down. But instead of panic or embarrassment, it was a moment of celebration. Behrens, working with cloud security engineer Jeremy Heffner and others, had successfully shown that Netflix was in fact vulnerable to ... Read More »

Somalia investigates ongoing Internet outage

MOGADISHU, Somalia The Somali government has launched an investigation into the ongoing Internet outage in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, the attorney general said Thursday. The internet outage hit 11 out of 18 Somali regions including the capital Mogadishu. South and central Somalia have been without Internet access since June 25. “My office started an investigation into the ongoing ... Read More »