Category Archives: Domain Names

InternetNZ and Medical IT Advisors partner to combat increased cyberattacks due to COVID-19

InternetNZ announced today Medical IT Advisors’ Health Threat Intelligence feed is now integrated with its security product, Defenz DNS Firewall.

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GoDaddy Acquires SkyVerge to Help Everyday Entrepreneurs Sell Online with WordPress and WooCommerce

[news release] GoDaddy Inc., the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, yesterday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SkyVerge, a leading WooCommerce product developer. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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PIR Explains Their Anti-Abuse Principles For .ORG, Introduces New Appeals Process

Public Interest Registry’s General Counsel Brian Cimbolic has laid out a new two-step appeal process for their .org top-level domain under their Anti-Abuse Policy in a post on the registry blog. Under the new appeals process registrants who believe their .org domain names have been suspended unfairly can contact PIR and then appeal to a neutral third party. The goal is to help build confidence in a safer, stronger DNS.

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CIRA Brings Back The .CA Domain Squad To Boost Domain Registrations

CIRA has brought back the .CA Domain Squad, and once again they’re determined to help Canadian businesses succeed online. The .CA Domain Squad made its debut last year and was a comical attempt to get Canadians to register more .ca domain names. The latest advertising campaign has its broadcast debut with four commercials on 14 September.

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Digital Citizens Raises Alarm At Ease Of Registering Scam Domain Names

A three-month investigation by the U.S.-based Digital Citizens Alliance claims “little to no effort is made to police domains whose sole purpose would be to scam, endanger those most vulnerable or entice those seeking dangerous drugs.

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Study Looks At COVID-19 Misinformation on ccTLD Domains

A study has popped up on the Harvard Kennedy School’s Misinformation Review that looks at the reliability of information hosted on ccTLD domain names regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic. In the abstract, authors Nathanael Tombs from Solarisbank AG, Germany and Eleonore Fournier-Tombs from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, Canada say “there is no reliable mechanism to verify these websites’ authenticity, and the space is also shared by commercial entities selling related (or not) products and advertisements.”

“This loophole” they say “is an urgent information security and misinformation problem that can be resolved by registering websites under restricted second-level domains or adopting existing methods of domain registrant identification.”

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Paul Mockapetris receives Software System Award for development of DNS

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named Paul Mockapetris recipient of the 2019 ACM Software System Award for the development of the Domain Name System (DNS), according to an announcement from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

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Public Interest Registry Named as a ‘Best Place to Work’ in Washington, DC

[news release] Public Interest Registry (PIR), the people behind the .ORG domain name, has been selected by The Washington Business Journal as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work for 2020. PIR was selected because of its culture of caring and respect, its deeply held mission, and its commitment to honoring its people.

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