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Swiss Registry Outlines Why Wikileaks.ch Can’t Be Deleted

SWITCH logoWith the registration of wikileaks.ch, the registry for .CH domain names, SWITCH, has been receiving what they say have been a large number of enquiries as to the circumstances where they would delete the domain name.

SWITCH has said in a statement they are “not responsible for the content of websites. Whether the content of wikileaks.ch is of relevance for criminal law is a matter for the courts to decide on.”

To delete the domain name a court order is required specifying the laws that have been broken.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CH domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Improved Security for .CH Domains

SWITCH logoSwiss websites are now more secure following moves by the registry, SWITCH, to introduce new and improved security measures from 25 November to help prevent the spread of malicious software on websites using .CH domain names.

Websites using .CH domain names are among the most secure in the world going by the recent Mapping the Mal Web: The world’s riskiest domains report from McAfee. Despite this, an increasing number of .CH and .LI websites are spreading malicious software, so-called malware. SWITCH views this is a growing problem.

“Each week we receive more than a hundred notifications of websites infecting other computers with malware”, says Dr. Serge Droz, Head of the Security Division at SWITCH.

On 25 November SWITCH’s Security Division introduced new procedures to combat malware. These new procedures involve checking notifications SWITCH receives about websites spreading malware. If the registry finds malicious websites, they will contact the domain holder and the operator (provider) and ask them to resolve the problem. If no action is taken within one working day, SWITCH will block the internet address.

“We will only remove a website from the web in an emergency. The aim is for the malicious site to be cleaned up rapidly”, explains Serge Droz. This consistent approach will make a key contribution to maintaining the high security standard for Swiss internet addresses.

For more information on the SWITCH moves to improve the security of .CH and .LI websites, see switch.ch.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CH domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Swiss Among World Leaders in Enabling DNSSEC

SWITCH, the registry for .CH and .LI domain names, enabled DNSSEC on day two of the annual Domain Pulse conference in Luzern yesterday. SWITCH became the third ccTLD registry to enable DNSSEC giving registrants of .CH domain names added security following .SE (Sweden) and .CZ (Czech Republic).The added security for internet users allows for a more secure internet, especially important for banks and other financial services providers, for example.At the Domain Pulse conference, Urs Eppenberger of SWITCH and Marc Furrer of the Swiss Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) enabled DNSSEC.Furrer said he was very pleased with the efforts of SWITCH to be playing a leading role in the implementation of more secure internet communications and commerce.”I am particularly proud of the fact that Switzerland is one of the first countries in Europe to introduce DNSSEC. This now guarantees security in the internet” said a delighted Marc Furrer, President of ComCom, in a statement.Meanwhile DENIC is on schedule to prepare a test bed for registrars and this phase will run until 2011, said Sabine Dolderer, the company’s CEO.However nic.at will not be introducing DNSSEC in 2010, said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at. Wein believes there is not yet the demand or the market for it in Austria (.AT) at the moment, but like DENIC, nic.at will be watching developments closely in the .CH ccTLD closely. Nic.at will be preparing for DNSSEC internally to have it ready for deployment when there is a demand.Nic.at is also preparing an innovative business model to allow internet companies from registries, and in particular those planning to apply for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), registrars, banks and others demanding a high level of security, to use their infrastructure. It is planned to have this finalised in the summer of 2010.Among other presentations included Steve Gobin from ICANN who spoke of the new Registrar Accreditation Agreement while Simon Kopp of Kantonspolizei Luzern spoke about Fit4Chat , an initiative of the Luzern canton’s police department to help parents and children deal with unwanted contact from strangers, and in particular older adults, online.There was also a presentation on internationalised domain names (IDNs) from Leonid Todorov from the Coordination Centre for TLD RU who explained the difficulties for Russian users in having to use only Latin characters for domain names. With a very small number of English speakers, especially in the more remote regions, and n o adequate Latin/Cyrllic script translation, particularly relating to international trademarks, the introduction of IDNs will be of huge benefit to internet users in the country.The 2011 Domain Pulse conference will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 17 to 18 February which will more or less coincide with the predicted one millionth .AT domain registration milestone.Videos and slides of all presentations, mostly in German, are available on the Domain Pulse website at domainpulse.ch although without simultaneous translations as occurred during the meeting.

Domain Name Security Gains Prominence in German-Speaking World

The 2010 Domain Pulse, hosted by SWITCH (the .CH registry) was held in the snowy Swiss city of Luzern. Domain Name Security (DNS) was of particular importance in this year’s meeting with DNSSEC being implemented in the root zone in 2010 by ICANN, and by many registries in the next few years.ICANN plan to have all root servers signed with DNSSEC by mid-2010 Kim Davies, Manager, Root Zone Services at ICANN told the meeting on Monday, starting with the L root server, then A root server with the last being the J root server as all are gradually signed.ICANN has taken a conservative approach to deploying DNSSEC to ensure there are no mistakes in its implementation, said Davies.Meanwhile a discussion on the registration of domain names that are responsible for illegal content, such as phishing or child pornography, was hotly discussed.A discussion with lawyers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland said in varying degrees that when it is difficult to contact the domain registrant, that using the registrar as a means of deleting the domain name was justified.All three lawyers, Clara-Ann Gordon (Switzerland), Dr. Boris Uphoff (Germany) and Michael Pilz (Austria) said that when it is difficult to contact the domain registrant, that using the registrar as a means of deleting the domain name.Difficulties can often occur in the event of such a domain name registration when the registrant includes false registration information.The registries, represented by their legal counsel Stephan Welzel (DENIC), Barbara Schlossbauer (nic.at) and Nicole Beranek Zanon (SWITCH) took this discussion further and explained what happens when there are difficulties in contacting registrants such as when there is illegal use of the domain name, such as illegal content.In the case of phishing, in Austria if the registry is certain the content is legal the domain name is deleted, in Germany the domain name is not deleted as they believe the domain name is not the problem but the content is while in Switzerland they temporarily block the domain until the legal situation is sorted out.Videos of all presentations, mostly in German, are available on the Domain Pulse website at domainpulse.ch although without simultaneous translations as occurred during the meeting.

.CH/.LI Warns of Bogus Domain Registration Offers

SWITCH logoThe registry for .CH (Switzerland) and .LI (Lichtenstein), SWITCH, is warning of bogus offers to register domain names at vastly inflated prices.

SWITCH is advising that anyone receiving an offer by phone or email regarding the registration of .CH and .LI domain names should be careful. The scam involves a company being contacted and offered domain names that may be related to their existing domain names.

SWITCH give the example of a customer that has already registered the company.ch domain name. Someone then contacts that customer, misrepresenting the facts and offering to register similar names, such as company-ltd.ch, for them, saying that they must register the name(s) immediately. The customer is put under pressure and has to take a swift decision.

SWITCH regards aggressive methods such as these as unfair advertising. Anyone who feels that they have been a victim of unfair advertising can lodge a complaint with the Swiss advertising standards committee (Lauterkeitskommission) at www.lauterkeit.ch.

Europe Registry logoTo register a .CH or .LI domain name, check out Europe Registry here.