Category Archives: Domain Name Registry

Recursive DNS

When most people think of DNS servers, they naturally focus on the authoritative side. This is because every domain on the internet needs to have an authoritative DNS server responsible for storing (and responding with) the authoritative IP address of that domain name. However, the majority of DNS query responses are, in fact, generated from the cache of recursive servers, which are responsible for obtaining the IP address of the site or computer you are trying to reach.

The idea of a recursive server being a potential area of weakness first came to light in 1997, when the owner of a Washington State-based domain name registrar was arrested after violating federal computer fraud statutes by exploiting a loophole in a competitor’s recursive server and redirecting the traffic to his own site. Many of the security compromises and breaches that have occurred ever since have been related to vulnerabilities in the recursive or caching DNS server code.

In many situations, recursive servers are running on outdated software without the security and attention afforded to the authoritative server. This is an oversight, considering that everyone – whether they know it or not – relies on recursive servers to get the answer to their DNS queries.

Further information : http://www.scmagazineus.com/The-importance-of-recursive-DNS/article/109219/

Google Trumping Domains ?

Robin Cannon in Search Engine Journal asks the somewhat puzzling question, ‘Is Google Trumping The URL?‘ Apparently more and more people use Google to find websites than type in the URL in the address bar of their browser. As he says:

When there’s a simple box to fill in with your search term, and you know exactly what you’re looking, why bother to use the address bar? If statistics on popular searches are anything to go by, it looks like many people aren’t bothering with that inconvenient “www” and “.com” and are just going straight through Google.

Using the Google search box instead of the address bar opens up a whole new world. Typing in only the domain name without the dot-com may or may not bring you to the dot-com website. It all depends what Google feels is the most relevant result for the word you have typed in. If you can get your dot-net, dot-org or dot-ca website to be #1 in Google, then you’ll win the searcher’s click. Dot-com domains are no longer invincible on the web. As so often happens, the Internet with Google’s help is levelling the playing field.

Further Information : http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/05/03/is-google-driving-down-the-value-of-domain-names

Nominet Election Result

Nominet members have elected one of its leadership’s sharpest critics to the board in a divisive election that some feared could jeopardise the not-for-profit UK domain registry’s future in its current form.

The results will again raise serious questions over Nominet structure. Some members have been calling for the way it operates to be changed.nominet.jpg

One such member is Jim Davies, a solicitor who the board had taken the extraordinary step of asking members to vote against. He was elected yesterday as a non-executive director. He has been a vocal opponent of the way Nominet adminsters domain disputes, including its recent myspace.co.uk decision, which was overturned this week by an independent appeals panel.

Gordon Dick, who the company did not lobby against, was reelected to the non-executive position he has held since 2004.

Also at its AGM in London yesterday, the executive failed to pass changes to the Nominet constitution that would have granted it powers to appoint two unelected board members. “Special resolution 6” was approved by about 60 per cent of voters, short of the 75 per cent required. A series of other special resolutions were all passed near-unanimously.

Turnout was slightly higher than at recent elections, but still poor at just over 15 per cent.

Davies was one of three candidates who were against special resolution 6. The board argued that the change was essential to ensure that the board is qualified to govern the company and so told members to approve it. Chief executive Lesley Cowley also said that the existing board structure, together with low turnouts, makes Nominet “vulnerable to capture” by parties that might act in their own interests rather than those of the 3,000 members.

The question of what to do with Nominet’s £15m surplus loomed large over the election. With the election of Davies, the long-running row over whether to reduce prices for .co.uk web addresses looks set to intensify.

Critics charged that special resolution 6 was a power grab that would effectively mean Nominet would be controlled by unelected directors.

Emily Taylor, Nominet’s legal and policy director emphasised today that the members’ wishes will be respected. “It’s not a question of disappointment…we have to listen to the members,” she said.

Further information : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/02/nominet_election_result_2008/

.DE Divided

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The digital divide that separates rich and poor nations by their unequal access to information technology also exists within Europe’s biggest economy, German industry association Bitkom said on Monday.

Western German states such as Hesse and Bavaria dominate Internet addresses ending in the German “.de” country code domain, with the country’s five former Communist eastern states coming bottom of the list.

On average, there were 138 Internet addresses registered per 1,000 inhabitants in western states, twice as many as the average of 69 per thousand in the east, said the IT, telecoms and new media association, Bitkom.

Germany was divided in 1945 following its defeat in the Second World War and reunited in 1990. Despite hundreds of billions of euros in investment in the east, Germany’s eastern states are still poorer and suffer higher unemployment.

For Further information : http://in.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idINL2853407420080428

Why Canadians love the .ca domain

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Having jumped the one million domains hurdle, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) now plans to campaign on the strength of a dot-ca address in a bid to boost market share in Canada, according to the Authority’s president.

When Calgary-based lawyer Brent Krause registered www.krauslaw.ca on April 13, he tipped the dot-ca registry over the one million domain mark.

The lawyer has a few dot-ca sites, but had no idea he was going to hold the one-millionth Canadian-specific domain name.

“As a small business operator, he got considerable publicity around this,” says Byron Holland, CIRA president. Krause also received a plaque and 10 free years of domain registry for creating the landmark site. Celebrating the occasion at a gala in Ottawa yesterday, CIRA is also using the event as the start of a wider effort to raise awareness of the benefits of holding a dot-ca Web site. Currently ranked as the 17th largest Internet domain registry, the authority hopes to make some ground on more popular domains such as dot-com.
“This organization grew up providing a great technical function,” Holland says. “The next phase in our path is to help spread this message about why this is a great registry with some real benefits.”

Two national newspapers featured full-page ads about the one-millionth domain registry, he adds. CIRA will work with its channel partners to help spread the message, starting with the registrars that use the service.s an additional security feature, the Authority maintains all domain name information so if a registrar crashes, the information can still be retrieved from CIRA’s backup servers, Holland says.

Some more education from CIRA isn’t a bad idea, according to Web designer Matt Wiebe. The St. Stephen, New Brunswick-based student registered www.somadesign.ca back in December, but he wasn’t aware of CIRA’s extra security feature.

Further Information : http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=48187

AFNIC Launch Of Public Consultation

Afnic LogoThe AFNIC is happy to see the opening of a public consultation. It invites all of the stakeholders (professionals, associations, Internet users) to express their point of view and their expectations on the future management of the French Internet domains.

The French Department of Economy, Finance and Employment starts on 25th April 2008 a public consultation on the criteria that could be taken into account during the selection of the future registration office(s).

The public consultation is based:

  • on the one hand, on the principal orientations of the French Internet Top Level Domains management, like the conditions needed to register (French address for instance) or the dispute resolution procedures;
  • on the other hand, on the criterias that could be taken into account during the selection of the futur registration offices like the quality of service or the existing procedures to protect legal claimants.

Further Information : http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/general/CP20080428

ICANN Votes No To Tasting

icann.jpgDomain tasting is the disreputable practice of registering lots of domains, seeing how much traffic they get, and then using the five day Add Grace Period to refund the 99.9% of them that aren’t worth paying for. A related abuse is front running, registrars speculatively grabbing domains that people inquire about to prevent them from using a different registrar.

In January, the ICANN board voted to make their 20 cent per domain fee non-refundable, effective probably in the next budget year which would be 2009. That would deter the highest volume tasters but as other people have pointed out, it wouldn’t have much effect against front running if the 20 cent fee might lock in a $30 registration and a $100 hosting package.

Further information at: http://www.circleid.com/posts/84217_icann_gnso_kill_domain_tasting/

.Asia Hot or Not Domain Appraisal Contest

DotAsia unveils first-of-its-kind Hot or Not Domains Appraisal Contest!
The contest has been soft launched through the www.think.asia and http://hotornot.domains.asia. The goal of the contest is to encourage mass market participation in domain appraisal and to promote the awareness and appreciation of .Asia domains.

To win, a contestant must pick domain(s) that receive the highest winning bid in both .Asia Sunrise and Landrush auctions AND hold the closest predictions to the actual auction winnings. We are giving out up to US$15,000 in Cash Prizes!

Weekly contest will start in May for special cash prizes; a Grand Prize of US$10,000 for the final contest winner will be given out during the ICANN meetings in Paris. Registrars are free to enter too!

more information can be found from www.dotasia.org

Domain Name Game Still Going Strong

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People scoffed when investment firm eCompanies paid $7.5 million for the Web address business.com in 1999 from a person who had paid $150,000 for it.

The purchase, though, shined a light on a secretive world where people actively and aggressively buy and sell Web domain names.

Thousands of Web addresses were bought in the early days of the dot-com boom on a hunch by people who expected Internet real estate would appreciate in value.

They were right, and still are.

In July, directory services firm R.H. Donnelley (NYSE:RHD) RHD bought business.com for … $345 million. Reportedly, Dow Jones and the New York Times NYT also were interested in buying the site.

The domain name business has matured since the early speculation days. Business.com, for example, wasn’t just an empty site. It’s a repository for ad-supported business-to-business e-commerce Web links, ranging from business travel and construction services to legal services and industrial goods. It claims sales of $50 million last year.

The domain name industry has largely consolidated into a handful of big players that have received hundreds of millions in funding in the past year. Companies or individuals are paying tens of millions for thousands of domain names sold in a single block. Last year, Seattle-based Marchex MCHX paid $164 million to the holder of some 100,000 domain names.

The best generic names were taken long ago, but that hasn’t stopped domain name seekers from coming up with ideas for new ones. One analyst estimates that up to 45,000 domain names are registered each day; 146 million domain names were in use as of Sept. 30, 31% more than a year earlier. So says VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) , which operates the Domain Name System servers that support the dot-com and dot-net top-level domains and provides services to companies that sell domain names to end users.

Domain names often sell for thousands of dollars into the many millions. In 2006, diamond.com sold for $7.5 million while sex.com sold for $12.5 million. Casino.com sold for $5.5 million in 2003. Computer.com sold for $2.1 million last year. In all, 33 sites have sold for $1 million or more, according to research firm Zetetic.

Bold Early Adopters

“This field got started by a group of very early adopters, bold business people willing to take the risk,” said Courtney Montpas, an executive vice president at Demand Media. The company buys and sells domain names and provides other services that help domain name owners build their business.

Demand Media, based in Santa Monica, Calif., received $100 million in a funding round last July, led by Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) GS. Demand Media has raised $320 million since its launch two years ago.

Another big player, Oversee.net, last month said it received $150 million in a funding round from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. Oversee.net owns 700,000 domain names and helps service and maintain another 2.4 million domains owned by others.

Oversee also has a $100 million credit line from Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) , says Lawrence Ng, Oversee CEO.

Full Article at http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/newstex/IBD-0001-22895497.htm

COM.AU Australian Property Boom

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    *Dot.au is the “Old Kent Road” to its dot.com “Mayfair” neighbour. But that could change soon, reports Stewart Carter.

AUSTRALIAN model, musician, dancer, actress and net entrepreneur Estelle Asmodelle is advertising her supermodel.net.au domain name for sale.

Her modelling agency business, Supermodel, already has a well-established website at supermodel.com.au, so she figures she’ll make an easy $10,000 from the .net equivalent.

It’s not going to set any records – not like, say, melbourne.com or perth.com which sold recently in the US for $US700,000 ($A762,000) and $US200,000 respectively, or bored.com which sold for $US4million earlier this month.

Strictly speaking, Estelle shouldn’t do it. It is illegal to advertise Australian domain names (those ending in .au) for sale – or more accurately, it’s prohibited under the rules of the industry regulator Au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA). A purely commercial trade of domains is also against the rules.

But Chris Disspain, chief executive officer at auDA, said people like Estelle needn’t worry. “The auDA board has recently accepted the recommendations of our review panel to lift the ban on advertising Australian domain names for sale,” he says. Work on implementing the change in policy has already begun and could be finished by as early as June this year. “We’ve got some administrative bits and pieces to work out first, and then there’ll need to be some changes made to the software and systems used at the registrars. We’re also mindful there’ll need to be a program of public education so the general public is aware of the new policy.

“I’m concerned to make sure that we don’t see a situation arising where domain name consumers are ripped off, and conned into paying too much for a com.au domain name. Likewise we want to make sure that we don’t get people conned into selling them for too little. In other words we want to make sure there’s going to be an informed marketplace.”

Industry experts say an informed marketplace is likely to be a real problem to start with, if only because the current auDA policy has been so restrictive.

Bruce Tonkin, chief technology officer at Australia’s biggest domain name registrar, Melbourne IT, says auDA’s current rules restrict transfers of domain ownership to a very specific set of exceptional circumstances.

“The current policy doesn’t allow domain names to be transferred or sold like other business assets. Essentially, you have to sell the whole business to sell the name.

“They have to apply to us for a transfer, and we have to check that the applicant has the authority to transfer the name, and there’s usually some sort of legal deed that has to be attached, along with a statutory declaration.

 Full Article at http://www.theage.com.au/news/biztech/the-coming-dot-au-property-boom/2008/02/26/1203788290820.html