Domain Names

18 November 2019

Finding That Elusive .AT Domain Just Got Easier With nic.at's Domainfinder

Finding that elusive domain name can be difficult for even the most adept of us, so a few registries have developed services to make suggestions for when your first choice isn’t available. The latest of those is nic.at who has launched Domainfinder, developed in-house by their research and development team.

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16 November 2019

Europeans, Get Your .EU Domains All In Greek!

Domain names entirely in Greek script are now available from the .eu registry, EURid, with the launch this week of .ευ.

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14 November 2019

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide If Adding .COM Makes A Protected Trademark

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to decide if adding “.com” to a generic term can make it trademarkable. The case involves the online hotel reservation site Booking.com who was prevented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from trademarking the site’s name as it was too generic to deserve legal protection, reports Reuters.

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PIR Eyeing Growth Opportunities Following Ethos Capital Takeover

Public Interest Registry and the Internet Society announced Wednesday that they had agreed for PIR, the .org registry, to be taken over by Ethos Capital, an investment firm, based in the United States.

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12 November 2019

Explosive Allegations Made Against Directors Of Wasteful Spending As auDA Gets Second Choice Chair

It was supposed to be a new beginning. But on the day when a new auDA Board, including a new Chair, was announced, it appears there are still recriminations from those in the past with explosive allegations of what could at worst amount to corruption by outgoing directors. Not only that, the new Chair was second choice, with the first choice as Chair overruled due to what can be best described as a personality conflict.

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11 November 2019

Business Slow On The Uptake In Securing Their Domain Names With Registry Locks

The option of reducing the risk of domain names being hijacked by cybercriminals by signing up to a Registry Lock has been available through many top-level domains for several years now, but the uptake among brands, to which they are mostly aimed, has been very slow. This is the subject of a recent blog post from SIDN, the manager for the Netherlands ccTLD .nl, who note that only 150 of the 5.8 million .nl domain names are secured with .nl Control, SIDN’s name for their Registry Lock.

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ICANN Announces First Meeting Location For 2022, Third For San Juan

ICANN announced at their public meeting last week in Montreal that the first meeting of 2022, ICANN73, will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from 5 to 10 March. It will be the third meeting to be held in San Juan with previous meetings held in June 2007 (ICANN29) and March 2018 (ICANN61).

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09 November 2019

Short-Lived Domains Play Major Part In Phishing Campaigns: Akamai

The latest Akamai State of the Internet report focuses on phishing and includes how short-lived domain names play their part. Phishing is a huge cost to brands large and small, and even individuals. Ever escalating defences against phishing are being met with ever escalating efforts by criminals with phishing having “evolved from being an email-based attack to one that now includes mobile devices and social media. This evolution is leveraging the world’s increasingly connected existence as a means of rapid propagation. This means that criminals now have more options when it comes to targeting their victims.”

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05 November 2019

Brexit Uncertainty Continues To Hammer .EU

Registrations of .eu domain names dropped by just over 21,000 in the third quarter of 2019 according to EURid’s Q3 2019 Progress Report. Of those, registrations to British registrants declined by over 7,500 due to Brexit uncertainty.

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…from somewhere over the Rainbow

Jordan Carter and Brent Carey from .nz have organised a Rainbow Drinks event at this week’s ICANN public meeting in Montreal, Canada. Here they explain why – and what the term means.

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CIRA Announces 3 More ccTLD Partnerships With .NZ, .FI and .PL

In advance of the ICANN meeting currently underway in Montreal, Canada, the Canadian ccTLD registry CIRA announced 3 new partnerships with ccTLDs – with InternetNZ, Finland’s Traficom and Poland’s NASK. As ccTLDs find registration growth plateauing, although .ca is somewhat of an exception, there is a growth in some registries providing services to others with CIRA one of the leading providers.

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02 November 2019

Leonard Kleinrock On The First Message 50 Years Ago

Three months after the first human set foot on the moon 50 years ago the first simple message between two computers was sent. And it set the foundations to everything that deals with electronic communications, including the domain name system. In a post on the ICANN blog, Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, UCLA, tells the behind the scenes story of what happened leading up to that special day in the development of one of the greatest communication tools humankind has ever developed.

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Neustar Publishes Safer Domains: DNS Security and Resilience

Neustar is one of the world’s leading companies when it comes to domain names. Providers of security services that protects brands around the world, providing ads and providing backend registry services to over 220 top-level domains. So that they’ve got detailed knowledge on the scale and frequency of threats on domain names and DNS infrastructure, is no surprise.

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30 October 2019

Trump Opponents Make Fun With .GOP Domains

The .gop top-level domain is meant to be for Republicans. “GOP” stands for “grand old party” which America’s Republicans are commonly known. But it seems there’s no restrictions, or they're not enforced, on who can register .gop domain names, and Trump opponents are having fun registering domains such as putins.gop according to a report in The Daily Beast.

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WIPO Commemorates 20 Years of Dispute Resolution

The 20th anniversary of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) was commemorated last week with a conference held at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva.

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Schedule and Pre-ICANN66 Policy Report Now Available

ICANN has published both the full schedule and Pre-ICANN66 Policy Report for the upcoming ICANN66 meeting next week to be held in Montréal, Canada.

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ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY19

ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) this week published their Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Audited Financial Statements, accompanied by unqualified audit reports from BDO LLP, the independent auditors.

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25 October 2019

ICANN Enters Final Negotiations On WHOIS Replacement After EU's GDPR Rendered It Obsolete

It took the European Union 4 years of preparation and debate to develop the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and it was finally approved by the EU Parliament in April 2016, then came into being in May 2018. But it’s taken ICANN to this week to get to the stage to enter final negotiations with its constituencies on the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), a replacement to WHOIS, that was in effect rendered obsolete and not compliant when the GDPR came into being for those registrars selling gTLD domain names and gTLD registries with operations within the EU.

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24 October 2019

.NZ Looks To Outsourcing Backend Registry

InternetNZ has begun a process of replacing their backend registry, a process they describe as updating “the technology at the heart of the .nz domain name space.”

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EURid Forced To Enact Another Delay For UK .EU Registrants Due To Another Brexit Delay

Chaos is reigning not just in Britain over their attempts to enact legislation for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, but also for businesses who work across both the UK and other EU countries. And one of these is EURid who have had to delay once again their plans for enforcing rules which would see British registrants of .eu domain names mostly become ineligible to hold their domain names the day after Brexit is enacted.

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16 October 2019

EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2019 CENTR Awards

The 2019 CENTR Awards were held last week and EURid, the .eu registry, emerged as winner of the 2019 Registry of the Year award, 2 years after they first won the award in 2017. The awards coincided with CENTR’s 20th anniversary celebrations and saw winners from a number of European registries.

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Another TLD coup for nic.at's RcodeZero DNS

nic.at’s RcodeZero DNS service has just started supplying Anycast technology to the Polish domain extension .pl. This means that nic.at infrastructure provides supplementary hosting and security to the seventh biggest ccTLD in the EU with over 2.5 million domains. According DNSperf statistics, RcodeZero DNS is one of the fastest anycast providers worldwide.

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Afnic Updates .FR Registry Lock

Afnic have announced changes to the Registry Lock for .fr that are intended to speed up adoption of the service.

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Neustar And .US To Hold Virtual Town Hall On 24 October

Neustar and the usTLD Stakeholder Council will hold a virtual .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall Meeting on Thursday October 24, 2019 at 11:00 EDT. The Town Hall will provide an opportunity for the community to hear from the .US team on the 2019 developments and for community discussions on how to build and grow the .US domain to meet the demands of the future.

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15 October 2019

Almost Half of 20 Most Abused TLDs Are ccTLDs As Newly Detected Botnet C&Cs Reach All Time High: Spamhaus

Spamhaus released their quarterly Botnet Threat Update for the third quarter of 2019 and almost half of the TLDs in their top 20 “most abused top-level domains” were within ccTLD name spaces: .ru (Russia), .pw (Palau), .eu (European Union), .ga (Gabon), .tk (Tokelau), .su (the former Soviet Union), .ml (Mali), .cf (Central African Republic) and .me (Montenegro). There were also a handful of new gTLDs: .top, .xyz, .icu, .name, .live, .site and .club. But the TLD with by far the most abused domains, and also by far the largest, was .com, with 4,058 abusive domain names and around 145 million domains in total while .net was second with 534 fraudulent domains.

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