Category Archives: Domain Name Registry

Online Brand Jacking

On average, almost half a million instances of brand abuse were measured each week including 402,882 accounts of cybersquatting, the registration of domain names containing a brand, slogan or trademark to which the registrant has no right. Instances of cybersquatting rose 40 percent in the first quarter of 2008

– Media brands continue to be the most targeted by brandjackers with over 40,000 instances of abuse in Q1 2008. Abuse against automotive brands increased by 99 percent since Q1 2007 to 25,792

– Pay-per-click abuse continued to remain low in Q1 and is down 42 percent for the year. This form of brandjacking has experienced almost zero growth since Q2 2007. Vigilance by brandholders, regulatory changes by ICANN and policy changes by major search engines have driven the declines

– While brand abusers can be located anywhere in the world, their top countries for Web site hosting remained consistent. The U.S. is home to 66 percent of Web sites that host brand abuse. Germany hosts 7 percent, followed by the United Kingdom at 6 percent. Canada hosts 4 percent

Read the article further : http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1240

Battle for .EU domains after sunrise

The first sunrise period for the registration of the new european domains has come to a provisional end. From 7th December 2005 till 6th February 2006 a large number of applications have been filed to EURid. This institution was installed by the European Union and is acting as the registration agency for the .eu-domain-names.  All applicants must now prove their priority rights (e.g. trademarks) on which the registration was based on within a strict deadline of 40 days.

The registration rules include an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the case of complaints being filed against a decision made by PricewaterhouseCoopers or EURid or a complaint against the use of a domain-name by a third party. The ADR procedures implement that an independent arbitration tribunal will examine whether domain-names were appointed according to the registration rules and no third party rights were restricted.

To read the article further  :http://www.aufrecht.de/news-und-beitraege/eu-domain-names-the-battle-after-sunrise-alternative-dispute-resolution-adr-puts-new-domains-on-hold.html

Tucows & Afternic.com Auctioning domain names daily

Tucow’s have annouced has announced an exclusive agreement with Afternic to auction Tucows’ large daily inventory of expired domain names. Starting today, thousands of daily expired domains from Tucows are automatically available for auction on Afternic (www.afternic.com), where the public can bid on and purchase names through a simple and easy-to-use interface.
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Tucows & Afternic.com Auctioning domain names daily

Tucow’s have annouced has announced an exclusive agreement with Afternic to auction Tucows’ large daily inventory of expired domain names. Starting today, thousands of daily expired domains from Tucows are automatically available for auction on Afternic (www.afternic.com), where the public can bid on and purchase names through a simple and easy-to-use interface.
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Tucows & Afternic.com Auctioning domain names daily

Tucow’s have annouced has announced an exclusive agreement with Afternic to auction Tucows’ large daily inventory of expired domain names. Starting today, thousands of daily expired domains from Tucows are automatically available for auction on Afternic (www.afternic.com), where the public can bid on and purchase names through a simple and easy-to-use interface.

“Working with Afternic is a winning proposition for our resellers and for people looking to buy expired names,” says Bill Sweetman, General Manager, Tucows Domain Portfolio. “We have over eight million domains under management and thousands expiring every day, so this deal provides us with a great way to share revenue with our resellers while participating in Afternic’s popular secondary domain name marketplace.”

Read the article Further : http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/technology/tucows-collaborates-namemedias-afterniccom-auction-daily-inventory-expired/-767840870

BIND 9.5

Written in .internetnews.com

Though DNS (define), the Domain Name Service that translates domain names into IP addresses, has been in use for 25 years, there is always room for it to improve.

The same is true for BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain), which has been around since 1985 and is widely considered the pre-eminent DNS server.

With the release of BIND 9.5 this week, the open source DNS server takes another step forward with new statistics, improved ActiveDirectory support and support for DHCID (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Information).

The improvements suggest that innovation in DNS marches on, as well as timing. The latest BIND 9.5 follows the BIND 9.4 release by nearly 15 months. Before that, the release between previous versions took about three years.

To further read the article : http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3752341/Room+for+More+in+BIND+DNS+Release.htm

Cyrillic Internet domain name

Dmitry Medvedev the President of Russia has stated “We must do everything we can to make sure that we achieve in the future a Cyrillic Internet domain name,” Mr Medvedev told the International Congress of Russian Press in Moscow. “It is a pretty serious thing.  With the development of the IDN’s the Cyrillic Internet domain name will be explored by ICANN.

ICANN, the body which oversees internet addresses, is currently trialling a system which would allow domain names to be written in 15 languages – including Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese – but has given no guidance on when it will be implemented.

Russian is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin, English, Hindi/Urdu, Arabic and Spanish. According to the Dictionary of Languages, there are an estimated 175 million people who speak it, mainly in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, and other former Soviet states.

To read the article further : http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4119960.ece

92 % down on phishing Says HKDNR

It seems HKDNR have released a report in response to the McAfee Report with .HK domain names being the primary domain name for scam’s and phishing.

“HKDNR is committed to providing a safe Internet environment for the community and has put in place various measures against suspicious websites,” said Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKDNR. “We have been working closely with the Office of the Telecommunications Authority Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT) to monitor and control the situation,”.

“We actively review our systems and domain name registration procedures and policies. In particular, we have implemented more stringent documentary requirements to combat suspicious applications in order to keep pace with the fast-changing Internet world,” he added.

.NYC localising domain names

The future of domaining is localizing the domain extension to your major city. With a large population in New York and a lot of major companies running from New York City it seems appropriate having there own extension.

Connectingnyc, is gearing up for an open application that is expected (as much as bureaucracies can be expected) to begin next year, and which aims to make the approval process for the next generation of top-level domains (like .com and .us) more standard and transparent.

Currently, New York City is one of at least three cities pushing for their own top-level domains under the new regime. The other two are Berlin and Paris. (As for our cross-coast rivalry, there is already a .la — but it refers to the country of Laos).

“When you hear about people out in the great wide world talking about possible extensions, one thing that keeps on coming up is city extensions — and some talk about regionals ones,” said Jason Keenan, a spokesman for Icann.

More of the article : http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/09/dot-what-will_this_name_happennyc/?hp

IDN meeting

UNESCO encourages Governments to participate in the next meeting of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to be held in Paris from 22 to 26 June 2008, in Le Meridien Montparnasse (19, rue du Commandant Mouchotte, 75014 Paris).

The GAC plays a key role in guiding public policy issues discussed within ICANN, particularly with regard to the development of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). IDNs are the Internet domain names that could contain letters with diacritics, such as accent marks, or characters from non-Latin scripts.

Currently the Internet domain names, for example “unesco.org” or “louvre.fr”, can contain only Latin scripts. UNESCO is committed to actively participating in the development of IDNs as part of its broader commitment to promote universal access to information, and cultural and linguistic diversity in cyberspace.

Membership of the GAC is open to all representatives of Governments, public authorities as well as intergovernmental organizations.

Article : http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/19269