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DENIC Upgrades .DE Public-Whois in Test Environment

DENIC logoAfter a comprehensive revision, DENIC have unveiled a new version of their public-whois information query service. The new version has been available for public testing in the test environment since 2 June 2010 and is available at whois.test.denic.de. According to current planning, the new whois is scheduled to replace the current whois server on 29 June 2010.

The new version not only includes a revision of the whois architecture but also an optimisation of its functions such as a systematic elimination of inconsistencies and simultaneous standardisation of the parameter and output syntax. The aim is to make the new whois much more user-friendly.

An initial impression of the amendments and innovations is available from a special information page at www.denic.de/en/background/whois-service/changes-within-public-whois.html. Also accessible via this page is the new public-whois documentation with detailed explanations of all important information.

For testing purposes, a series of test domains is available that mirror all the potential domain statuses.

The test whois server can be accessed via whois.test.denic.de.

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

German Internet Temporarily Down Last Week

Many internet users could have found German (.DE) websites and email addresses inaccessible for a short period last week following problems with faulty servers.On Wednesday (May 12) from around 13:30 to 15:45 servers went down causing the problems meaning some domains were inaccessible with website error messages being given saying the “domain does not exist”.According to DENIC, “the reason why this situation occurred was an incomplete copying process during the regular name service data update, which is performed at 2-hour intervals. Due to this, an incomplete update of the name service data (a so-called zone file) was triggered at 12 of the 16 service locations.”The problem would not have been noticed by many internet users around the world as not all servers were affected. And the problems might have persisted for up to two hours longer than the official down time due to caching of servers’ data.This article was originally written for eBrand Services.

DENIC Enables Registration of DNSSEC Key Material as from 2 March

DENIC logo[news release] The “DNSSEC Testbed for Germany” enters the decisive phase: As from 2 March 2010 DENIC gives also second level domains under .de the opportunity to participate in the DNSSEC testbed and to record the related key material. In this process, DENIC initially registers the Key Signing Keys used as Trust Anchor, and then publishes the corresponding DS records in the .de zone accessible in the testbed. Thus, for the first time, the participants in the testbed will receive DNSSEC-secured responses for the second level domains involved. This is a considerable improvement compared with the previous status.

After having successfully implemented the signed version of the .de zone in the testbed environment in January, DENIC now makes available in the second phase of the project interfaces for registering and administering the key material of the delegated .de domains. These new features are also supported by the information services “whois” and “domain query”.

To be able to participate in the testbed, domain holders must use a DNSSEC-capable name server software for their domain. This is an essential prerequisite. At the present moment, the implementation is primarily suited for domain holders who operate their own name servers. As in domain registration and administration, the Key Signing Key is registered by the Internet service provider or domain registrar who administers the domain. Thus, interested domain holders are requested to contact their providers directly and to consult them about their personal options for using DNSSEC.

Within the next months, DENIC will clarify technical and operational questions in detail together with the testbed participants. The goal is to gain additional important knowledge with the support of a large number of participants – also new ones – and to design workflows and procedures in terms of practical suitability.

You will find more detailed information about the DNSSEC testbed and how to actively participate in it on DENIC’s special webpages. Additionally, DENIC has established a testbed mailing list to which you can subscribe via the link mailinglists.denic.de/mailman/listinfo/dnssec-testbed-l. This list serves as a platform for mutual technical support and for exchanging experience.

This DENIC news release was sourced from:
www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialog/news/2575.html?cHash=e46eb73fde

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

DNSSEC Edges Closer for .DE

DENIC logoThe “DNSSEC Testbed for Germany” has entered a decisive phase: as of 2 March 2010 DENIC has given all second level domains under .DE the opportunity to participate in the DNSSEC testbed and to record their experiences.

In this process, DENIC initially registers the Key Signing Keys used as Trust Anchor, and then publishes the corresponding DS records in the .de zone accessible in the testbed. Thus, for the first time, the participants in the testbed will receive DNSSEC-secured responses for the second level domains involved. This is a considerable improvement compared with the previous status.

After having successfully implemented the signed version of the .DE zone in the testbed environment in January, DENIC now makes available in the second phase of the project interfaces for registering and administering the key material of the delegated .DE domains. These new features are also supported by the information services “whois” and “domain query”.

To be able to participate in the testbed, domain holders must use a DNSSEC-capable name server software for their domain. This is an essential prerequisite. At the present moment, the implementation is primarily suited for domain holders who operate their own name servers. As in domain registration and administration, the Key Signing Key is registered by the Internet service provider or domain registrar who administers the domain. Thus, interested domain holders are requested to contact their providers directly and to consult them about their personal options for using DNSSEC.

Within the next months, DENIC will clarify technical and operational questions in detail together with the testbed participants. The goal is to gain additional important knowledge with the support of a large number of participants – also new ones – and to design workflows and procedures in terms of practical suitability.

You will find more detailed information about the DNSSEC testbed and how to actively participate in it on DENIC’s special webpages. Additionally, DENIC has established a testbed mailing list to which you can subscribe via the link mailinglists.denic.de/mailman/listinfo/dnssec-testbed-l. This list serves as a platform for mutual technical support and for exchanging experience.

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

DENIC Releases BR.DE Domain Name

DENIC logoDENIC have allowed the registration of the two-letter domain name BR.DE. The domain was excluded from the release of two-character domains affected in autumn 2009. Upon DENIC’s objection, this temporary injunction was now rescinded. The domain name was subsequently registered at 15:00 on 18 February.

Everybody who was interested in the domain name was able to register it as of the above timeas long as the applicant did not infringe on any rights of others.

Due to the special nature of the release of the domain name, DENIC applied a special procedure for its release with registration requests only being allowed to be submitted by means of a special request form issued by DENIC.

For more information on the release of the domain name BR.DE and the process involved, see the DENIC announcements at:
www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialog/news/2530.html?cHash=cb30518676
www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialog/news/2532.html?cHash=bfed236ee6

Europe Registry logoTo register your .DE 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.

DENIC Goes Ahead in the Signed DNSSEC Zone

DENIC logoThe DNSSEC testbed for Germany has met another milestone of its roadmap: Exactly as planned, DENIC made available the signed version of the .de zone in the DNSSEC test environment on 5 January 2010. What does this mean precisely?

1. DENIC will sign the respective current .de zone version of the production environment once a day and make it available in the DNSSEC test environment for DNS queries.

2. The two name server clusters in Frankfurt (81.91.161.228) and in Amsterdam (87.233.175.25) will answer DNS queries including DNSSEC data as authoritative and non-recursive name servers.

3. You will find instructions how to redirect queries for the .de domains for diverse resolvers in separate configuration examples.

4. As regards validating resolvers, the set-up now allows that the Trust Anchor is configured for the .de testbed. The Trust Anchor is a copy of the public section of the Key Signing Key that is communicated to the resolver as the Trusted Key. This Trust Anchor or Secure Entry Point is published on an https-secured webpage.

de.             86400   IN      DNSKEY  257 3 8 (
AwEAAZ1FqQED8QBrk3Jk4q96lggh4uiwlbdbZ0posfIgcaJJqfTNBfEhn6PEPqqRP
73libD55vujfYzKMN0fVd34wrdOpSTpMbw+oqQpJyecfGVYH1fnqws23n5QE03/
7SN98O8Cm+HBpB66JurTHWD3f4es8IUoumb/SXY44qb+oqWfmM3wS8aQVA5
d2gHpKrRIPlDHA/MB3FHGL64VpfV8KJ76kp1RBthR7Y0qalTskOouVeCOEa7gUiIl
jt1kTf64HFGsRi11klpCHBjtTiTg7MFN25nASuhbyTmWlRxPyg79BK7EDQ+tAe09N
YkS1P7tOe8ola9IpQHTWO6ttTmSnyE= )

This  Key Signing Key will remain valid until revoked. Any scheduled key changes will be announced with due notice.

5. In addition to the 2048bit Key Signing Key, a 1024bit Zone Signing Key will be used, which will be changed every five weeks. Both keys generate signatures in accordance with the standardized RSA/SHA256 procedure as specified in RFC5702.

6. The .de zone is signed with opt-out, using NSEC3 records according to RFC5155.

Further details about the technology and the signing procedure will be explained in the second DNSSEC Testbed Meeting. It will take place on 26 January 2010 at the DENIC head office in Frankfurt. Places are still available.

On 2 March 2010, the DNSSEC testbed will enter the next phase. From then on, it will be possible to record key material in form of DNSKEY with delegated .de domains in the registration database. Delegated second level domains may also participate in the testbed.

This DENIC news release was sourced from:
www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialog/news/2457.html?cHash=e05ad63200

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

Has .CN Regained Number One ccTLD Ranking from .DE?

After not having posted registration figures for at least four months, CNNIC, the China Internet Network Information Center, has finally updated its figures to show they have regained the number one ccTLD ranking from .DE (Germany).According to the latest figures, there were 13,680,727 domain name registrations as of 30 November compared to 13,325,300 .DE registrations as of 13 December according to the DENIC website.Registration figures for CNNIC were dropping significantly, likely to be as a result of the ending of a promotion CNNIC were running in 2008. However it appears they are once again on an upward trend.Both though are way ahead of the third placed ccTLD, .UK (United Kingdom) who in November passed the eight millionth registration milestone.To register your .CN, .DE, .UK or any other domain name, check out Europe Registry or Asia Registry.

DomainSponsor to Establish European Operations

DomainSponsor logoDomainSponsor unveiled plans to establish a European office in Frankfurt, Germany, appointing Joerg Schnermann as General Manager, DomainSponsor Europe.  Joerg was previously Chief Operating Officer at KeywordDomains.com.  Joe Higgins and Jessica Bessling are other appointees to join the team in Europe.

A news release on the announcement is below:

DomainSponsor Unveils Plans to Establish European Operations
–Team of Experienced Domain Monetization Executives Join Initiative—

DomainSponsor®, the domain monetization division of Oversee.net®, announced today that it plans to establish operations in Europe during the first quarter of 2010 and has appointed Joerg Schnermann as General Manager, DomainSponsor Europe. Joining his team are Jessica Besseling and Joe Higgins, experienced domain monetization executives with deep expertise working with European publishers.

Schnermann previously was Chief Operating Officer of KeywordDomains.com, where he managed and expanded large portfolios of ccTLDs and monetized traffic through multiple channels. Prior to working in the domain business, he was a marketing manager with the Coatings Division of BASF AG, responsible for the development and launch of value-added services in eight European sales organizations. Schnermann also has a corporate banking background with Commerzbank AG. He received his B.A. in European Business from DCU in Dublin, Ireland as well as a “Diplom Betriebswirt” from the European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany.

“The European market is considered to be the fastest growing sector in the global domain space,” said Peter Celeste, Oversee.net Senior Vice President and General Manager of Domain Services. “This is a significant milestone for DomainSponsor.  We’re delighted to welcome such a talented core team of seasoned domain industry experts. They understand local needs and will help build on existing relationships and establish new ones within the European community.”

Jessica Besseling is a well-known member of the European domain community and previously worked for Oversee in a sales role.  Before rejoining Oversee, she was Director of Business Development for DDC. As a native of Luxembourg and former resident of Germany, Besseling has represented DomainSponsor at a number of industry events during her initial tenure with the company.

Joe Higgins currently is a senior account manager at DomainSponsor. One of his areas of focus is the international domain investor community, where he collaborates with international publishers to grow and develop their portfolios.  Higgins helped organize and produce the very first DOMAINfest® conference in Barcelona in August 2006 and, since then, has continued to cultivate European relationships and gain a better understanding of the primary differences between European and U.S. traffic and parking platforms.

Joerg, Jessica and Joe will be focusing on the European market, working directly with local publishers to improve and optimize the DomainSponsor platform, and hiring and training a local team for the formal launch of the European business in Q1. They will be actively soliciting feedback from the domain community as they get started. Please contact them directly to be part of this effort:
Joerg Schnermann
General Manager, DomainSponsor, Europe
+49.69.97461.143
jschnermann@domainsponsor.com
Joe Higgins
+49.69.97461.173
jhiggins@domainsponsor.com
Jessica Besseling
+49.69.97461.174
jbesseling@domainsponsor.com