Domain Names

26 May 2019

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc New York Times

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

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auDA Quietly Shelves Registry Ambitions After Blowing $200K; Now Seeking To Avoid Government Oversight

Last week a couple of domain names relating to auDA’s grand ambition to become the registry for Australia’s ccTLD, in addition to its ongoing role of policy and regulatory body, slipped off the radar when the domain names related to its proposed rebrand quietly appeared on the expiring domains drop list, and then were locked by the registry. Though they did allow the commercial auhq.com.au to drop, and this was acquired privately.

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22 May 2019

.EU Registrations Continue To Drop Due To Brexit Fears

The number of .eu and .ею domain name registrations have continued to fall as the likelihood of Brexit draws nearer as most UK registrants will lose their eligibility. In the year to the end of March the number of .eu and .ею domain names registered to UK registrants declined 134,661 while total registrations dropped 162,390.

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CentralNic Global Expansion Continues As It Acquires Australian Reseller TPP Wholesale

The UK-based CentralNic Group has announced it’s entered a conditional agreement to acquire the Sydney-based TPP Wholesale, the leading platform for resellers of domain names and hosting in Australasia for A$24m from ARQ Group, formerly Melbourne IT.

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21 May 2019

Global Domain Growth Hits Record Low: CENTR

Growth among the 1,484 top-level domains around the world has dropped to a record low of 3.4% according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report, but still reached an estimated 351 million domain names.

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NZ’s DNC Enters 4th MoU With PNG To Cooperate and Share Knowledge

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commissioner has been sharing its expertise both in New Zealand and among a couple of Pacific countries, signing 4 Memorandums of Understanding, the latest announced this week with Papua New Guinea’s ccTLD manager.

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20 May 2019

After 7 Years, ICANN Board Approves Amazon's .AMAZON Application

ICANN has moved a step closer to delegating the .amazon top-level domain to Amazon, the online ecommerce company, after 7 years of negotiations with South American governments, who have been lobbying against the approval, saying “seven years is sufficient time for the parties to reach a reasonable resolution, and in the interest of continued fairness of all parties, it is now time to move forward.”

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17 May 2019

EURid Reminds Of Final Date For Cyrillic .EU Domains

EURid is reminding registrants of .eu domain names that have Cyrillic character domain names will be deleted on 31 May following a 3 year phase out period that was announced in May 2016. Cyrillic characters will remain able to be registered in the Cyrillic .eu, .ею.

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.BLOG Announces Change of Backend Registry Provider, Moving to CentralNic

The operator of the .blog top-level domain has announced they’re switching registry providers – from Nominet to CentralNic.

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PIR Announces Members of Newly Formed Advisory Council

Public Interest Registry has announced the members of the Public Interest Registry Advisory Council, a newly formed group that now combines the membership and duties of the formerly separate .ORG and .NGO Advisory Councils.

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14 May 2019

ARIN Wins Legal Case Over Fraudulent IPv4 Address Scheme

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) reported this week of their defeat of an elaborate multi-year scheme to defraud the Internet community of approximately 735,000 IPv4 addresses. Winning the case meant the return of all the addresses and stopped the defrauding party from continuing their scheme.

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13 May 2019

.DE Registrations Down For First Time in 2018, But International Registrations Up

It’s a not too uncommon scenario for the ccTLDs of developed countries. Growth has stagnated or declined and total registrations among some is starting to decline as markets mature and even reach a level of saturation. Germany’s .de is one, and during 2018 registrations in the ccTLD that was the world’s largest for many years declined, albeit slightly, for the first time since it was launched in 1986.

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08 May 2019

UK’s IWF Finds 3,900 Domain Names Involved With Child Abuse Imagery In 2018

The number of domain names associated with child sexual abuse imagery is increasing, according to the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation 2018 Annual Report. In 2018 the IWF found 3,899 domain names with 105,047 URLs were used to host such content, a 3% increase on 2017’s 3,791, while the total number of domain name registrations across the globe have increased 4.9%.

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.INC Hits GA Following Successful Sunrise Despite Steep Prices

General Availability for the .inc new gTLD commenced Tuesday, and despite the steep prices has ended up with a more successful Sunrise period than most others. Registrations are currently sitting at 316 according to nTLDstats with over 270 registered in more than 20 countries during Sunrise according to .inc.

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03 May 2019

.INC Aint Cheap, But It's Got Benefits

It’s never going to be one of the biggest sellers, but sales aren’t the best way to measure of the success of a top-level domain anyway. And .inc is not aiming at the mass market. Rather it’s aimed at businesses, at incorporated companies. And for those who spend the 2 or 3 thousand dollars to register a .inc domain, or even more if you register before General Availability starts, there are member benefits that can easily make up the substantial outlay.

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01 May 2019

Radix’s Karn Jajoo Discusses GDPR Benefits, How New gTLDs Are Looking Good and Radix’s Impressive Growth

In the latest Domain Pulse Q&A, we talk to Karn Jajoo, Head of Premium Portfolio at Radix, the registry behind successful new domain extensions such as .TECH, .STORE, .ONLINE, .SPACE and .SITE. Radix is one of the world’s largest nTLD portfolio registries with over 4M domains under management. Jajoo discusses Radix’s impressive growth in 2018, the positive impact of the EU’s GDPR has been it’s spawned privacy discussions in developing countries with local data privacy laws, how registries should be deploying a long-term strategy now and keep away from the practice of trying to sell as many names as possible and instead focus on sustainable growth and usage and that the wider industry is developing products to support. Not unsurprisingly, Jajoo is excited about the prospects for the new generic top-level domains.

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17 April 2019

Have Your Say On Making .NZ Even Better

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission is seeking feedback on their first independent review with a view to making the organisation even better and fit for purpose for the years ahead. The review found the organisation has been effective in its oversight of the .nz domain name industry.

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EURid Annual Report Shows .EU Down AS UK Registrations Plummet Pre-Brexit, But DNSSEC Up

Registrations of .eu domain names in the United Kingdom plummeted in 2018, dropping over 76,000 to 240,887 from 317,286 at the end of 2017, the latest annual report from EURid reveals, as Brexit fears cause British registrants to drop their .eu domain names.

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auDA Backtracks on Policy Changes That Would Have Banned Domaining

Following international condemnation, in particular from the Internet Commerce Association, auDA has quickly backtracked on changes it was planning that would have banned domain investors from being part of .au.

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11 April 2019

auDA 'Not Engaged In Evidence-Based Policy Making': ICA

Policy changes proposed an auDA Panel have been slammed by the Internet Commerce Association who have said they should ‘embrace domain investing’, “the Panel has found solutions in search of a problem” and it “has not engaged in evidence-based policy making” and that the Panel has “created equally or more unclear policies which are impossible and costly to effectively enforce.”

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.BLOG Hits 200,000 Registrations Milestone

The .blog new gTLD hit the 200,000 registrations mark on 1 April with the registry, Knock Knock Whois There, announcing the milestone last week along with a renewal rate of almost 73%.

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Number of DNSSEC-Signed .CH Domains Jumps 8-Fold in 2 Years

The number of DNSSEC-signed .ch domain names has jumped by 80% in the 12 months from January 2018, from around 45,000 to 81,000, and 8-fold from the 10,000 at the beginning of 2017.

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UK Government Advises British .EU Registrants to Plan For No Deal Brexit

The UK government has issued yet another guidance on what British registrants of .eu domain names should do if Britain ends up leaving the European Union. The guidance notes “EURid has confirmed that it has placed on hold any plans regarding domain names registered to individuals and undertakings in the UK and Gibraltar, whilst it awaits instructions from the European Commission.”

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04 April 2019

US Government Reiterates Opposition to Changes to WHOIS Resulting From EU's GDPR

The US government continues to be opposed to changes to Whois that they believe will have little benefit for consumer privacy and major benefits for cyber-criminals. The comments were made, again, in a speech by the the NTIA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, David J. Redl, at a FDA Online Opioid Summit in Washington, D.C. on 2 April.

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Neustar, PIR, Verisign Join NTIA In Battle Against Illegal Opioid Distribution

The FDA and NTIA are working with other key entities that have a role in the registration of domain names, including Verisign, which oversees .com, and Public Interest Registry, which manages .org, on a framework focused on reducing the availability of opioids illegally offered for sale online.

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