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Domain.me Suspends Incels.me Due To Content Violations

The registry for .me domain names, Domain.me, has suspended the incels.me domain name “due to the content that violated the .ME registry’s anti-abuse policy.”

The registry says “the decision to suspend the domain was made after the .ME Registry exhausted all other possibilities that could assure us that the registrant of incels.me domain and the owner of incels.me forum was able to remove the subject content and prevent the same or similar content from appearing on the forum again.”

Then on 8 May the .me country code top level domain (ccTLD) registry was notified that certain members of the online community at incels.me forum might have been involved in or associated with the Toronto van attack on 23 April. Ever since, they have closely monitored the content on incels.me forum and determined that it was allowing part of its members to continuously promote violence and hate speech.

On 12 September the Registry of .ME domains asked ZhuHai NaiSiNiKe Information Technology Co Ltd., the sponsoring registrar of incels.me domain, to send an official notice to the registrant of incels.me to avoid suspension of incels.me domain by taking down the content that violated the .ME registry’s anti-abuse policy and by preventing the same or similar content from appearing on the forum again.

Upon inspecting incels.me forum for policy violations on 15 October, the .ME Registry determined that the content that encouraged acts of violence and hate speech still appeared on the forum. Having witnessed this disregard of not only .ME Registry’s policies and suspension warnings, but also of incels.me forum’s policies the domain registrant formulated themselves, the .ME Registry suspended the domain and decided that it would remain suspended.

“Incels” is short for “involuntary celibate”, a group of people who are usually white, male, heterosexual and right wing and unable to find sexual partners. Wikipedia notes “discussions in incel forums are often characterised by resentment, misanthropy, self-pity, self-loathing, misogyny, racism, a sense of entitlement to sex, and the endorsement of violence against sexually active people. The Southern Poverty Law Center described the subculture as “part of the online male supremacist ecosystem” that is included in their list of hate groups. At least four mass murders, resulting in 45 deaths, have been committed in North America by people who have either self-identified as incels or who had mentioned incel-related names and writings in their private writings or Internet postings. Incel communities have been criticised by the media and researchers for being misogynist, encouraging violence, as well as spreading extremist views and radicalising their members.”

.ME Introducing IDNs Next Week

It’s been 10 years since .me launched as a unique and memorable gTLD. The Montenegrin ccTLD has become one of the most successful ccTLDs that operates as a gTLD and is also recognised as a gTLD by Google. And now on their tenth anniversary .me is about to enable the registration of Internationalised Domain Names.

As of 12 November, .me will allow the registration of domain names in Arabic, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Croatian, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Montenegrin (Latin and Cyrillic), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian (Latin and Cyrillic), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

“Personal appeal and worldwide availability from the day one is what made .ME domains so popular”, said .ME Registry CEO Predrag Lesic. “We feel that November 12th is a very important day for us because, with the launch of .ME IDNs, people around the world will be able to register .ME domain names using their own national alphabets. It does not get more personal (or global) than this!”

.ME came about following Montenegro becoming an independent nation in June 2006 and .me was allocated that September. Then in September 2007, ICANN delegated .me to the Government of Montenegro, becoming active on 24 September 2007 with registrations commencing in 2008. Registrations at the second level were made available to anyone anywhere in the world while third level such as .co.me and .net.me are only available to Montenegrins.

The appeal of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) is that internet users and business can register domain names in their own language – not just the Latin alphabet letters A-Z, digits and hyphens. Although 70% of the world’s population uses Latin alphabet, less than half of them use only letters A-Z, which makes IDNs very useful for the words that cannot be properly described without characters used in the local representation of a language.

As .me note in their announcement:

The DNS was originally developed to recognise only ASCII characters (“Latin alphabet letters A-Z” , “0–9″ and ”-” ), and was not planned to manage characters used in other languages like Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, and Latin alphabet-based characters with diacritics or ligatures, such as German, Spanish and French (letters like æ, ä, ö, ü, ă, â, î, ș, ñ, š, č, ž, ć).

However, with the implementation of IDNs in the system, these scripts can be used to register a .ME domain. Now, when the registrant tries to register an IDN, the domain registrar converts the local-language characters into a sequence of supported letters using an ASCII-compatible encoding (ACE) in the domain registration process. That means that the ACE prefix, “xn--” is used to represent an IDN. When an IDN is typed in a Web browser, and nowadays all browsers support IDNs, it encodes the characters into an ACE string that DNS understands. The DNS processes the request and returns the information to the browser as with any other domain.

.ME IDNs may be registered for 1 to 10-year terms on a First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) basis with .ME accredited registrars or their resellers.

Did .ME Suffer a Serious DNSSEC Failure in March?

In a lesson for Registry Operators everywhere, it appears the .me ccTLD suffered a significant incident in late March that could be described as an embarrassingly serious DNSSEC failure that could have escalated to catastrophic failure with the potential to disrupt all domain names in the zone file.

So what happened? Domain names in the .ME zone are signed with Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). In DNSSEC signed TLDs, when an internet user attempts to contact one of the TLD’s domain names, such as through visiting a website, a request is sent to the zone-file to check if the domain name is authentic. DNSSEC works as a mechanism by which users can validate the data they receive from Authoritative DNS servers has not been altered between the server and themselves, known as a Man in the middle (MITM) attack.

In the case of the .ME failure, the requests could not be verified as the zone file signatures – which have a finite life – that were to be checked had expired with expiry dates listed as 20 March or earlier. This should never happen, but it did because the software responsible for communicating between the zone signing keys (ZSK) and the key signing keys (KSK) failed. It appears the ZSK and KSK which are meant to communicate with each other to regenerate signatures did not, and the software responsible for regenerating these signatures should have tried to have done so several days before. In short, the fact that the signatures didn’t regenerate in time indicates a significant technical failure at the Registry.

The result was many .ME domain names would have been inaccessible for several days. Websites that weren’t cached would have been unreachable, and email is likely to have been disrupted. For popular websites, content would have been cached but not able to be updated. In the world of Registry operations, this is an unacceptable impact to end users.

We don’t know why signatures weren’t refreshed, but we do know that it applied to both the KSK and ZSK, which suggests a system failure, not a one-off procedural failure. It’s also is likely that this failure would have occurred many days prior to its discovery and remediation. (If you are technically inclined you can review the incident in greater detail at DNSViz.net.

The outage might have been a key-roll gone bad. The ZSK listed in the screen capture taken during the failure is different to the ZSK used in nic.me today. So the key has certainly been rolled since the incident. The Hardware Security Module (HSM) used for the .ME ccTLD is incredibly quirky, so maybe they lost access to the private key? Maybe re-signing required manual intervention? Without access to the incident report, and in the absence of any official communications, it is hard to understand why it took the Registry so long to detect the issue and identify and remedy the root cause.

When there are significant security incidents, it’s becoming an imperative to report such incidents. Governments are often mandating such transparency, and frankly, end-users deserve accountability. So, the question is should the domain name industry be open and report such incidents as we all strive for continual improvement and to support the advancement of internet services? The domain name industry is unique in that it operates a multi-stakeholder model for governance, sharing such information would assist other Registry Operators and backend providers to improve and learn from the mistakes of others.

With the past two industry security incidents, the Afilias Registrar Credentials incident of December 2017 that was grudgingly reported after complaints from Registrars, and the .io ccTLD Registry breach in July of 2017, a hack that was luckily self-declared by Matthew Bryant, sadly, it seems increasingly that some operators in the industry prefer to keep things quiet and hope nobody notices.

Comment was sought from doMEn Ltd but wasn’t available at the time of publication. This article will be updated when comment is available.

.ME Reaches 1 Million Domains!

Montenegro .ME logoThe Montenegrin ccTLD, .me, relaunched as a gTLD some years ago, has reached the one million registrations mark.

The .me was launched in May 2008 (Sunrise) after “Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia and Montenegro on 3 June 2006, after a majority of Montenegrins supported independence in a national referendum,” according to Wikipedia.


Registrations have grown steadily ever since until the last few months when numbers have spiked due to what the registry is calling “the China Giant Awakening”. The registry notes in a blog posting celebrating their milestone that:
“Since September 2015 .ME domains have become very popular in China. According to some sources .ME is the fourth most popular domain in China. It’s not only about numbers of domains registered but also about the usage. What makes us proud is that you can see food-delivery bikes with ele.me’s logo around Beijing. Chinese men buy flowers to their girlfriends through songhua.me website. Chinese people are starting to understand and accept the idea of personal branding online promoted by the .ME domain.”

dotME 1Million Infographic

To read more on how .me achieved its staggering growth for such a small country, see their blog posting at:

Short and Numeric Domain Tops Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoThe domain 899.com topped the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 13 September in a whopping $801,000 private sale.

The sale easily eclipsed the next biggest sales, that of clink.com ($50,000) and loveseat.com ($25,000), both sold through DomainHoldings.

As usual, Sedo topped the aftermarket outlets with 11 of the top 20 sales with two each for DomainHoldings, Flippa and ExcellentDomains.ca.

There were 13 .com sales on the chart as well as two each for .co and .ca, and one each for .org, .me and .net.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 13 September in full, go to:

.ME Passes 800,000 Registrations

domen-logo.gif Montenegro .ME logoSince its relaunch in 2008 as a more generic Top Level Domain, the Montenegrin ccTLD has been a hit and has now reached the 800,000 registrations mark.

The TLD is now marketed as a place for individuals and brands that want to be a bit more personal. The domain has continued to grow steadily in response to the global trend of nurturing personal identity online.

“This is a big day for us! Knowing that you are getting closer to one million domains in the registry is extremely rewarding”, stated Predrag Lesic, executive director of the .ME Registry. “We marketed .ME domains aggressively from the very beginning and as of now we have more than two hundred accredited registrar partners and customers from almost every country in the world. This could not have been done without them”.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information Society and Telecommunications, Mr. Vujica Lazovic, PhD, emphasised that to date, the Government of Montenegro earned almost 17 million EUR from .ME domain registrations. “These funds were invested in the development of information society and eGovernment projects with the aim of raising awareness among general public about the importance of being involved in decision-making processes”. He also added: “Millions of Internet users can access the content available on .ME domains on daily basis and we are proud to say the .ME domain is one of the best exports from Montenegro”.

The registry in announcing reaching the milestone mentioned a few of the more prominent companies that have registered .me domains.

“Facebook got Fb.ME, WordPress.com registered Wp.ME, Tango and Line got tango.me and line.me, respectively. But it does not end there”, Mr. Lesic said, adding: “We knew that high quality content was of utmost importance for every new domain extension. Therefore, we decided to launch the Premium Domain Program and offer our most attractive domains to startups and large businesses working on innovative services and products. I am proud to say that Premium Domain Program graduates are the biggest contributor to the total of 169,000,000 indexed .ME pages on Google.”

Car.info Tops Sales Chart, But No Six-Figure Sales

Domain Name Journal logoCar.info was the biggest reported sale on the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 29 March. The domain sold for $76,000 through Sedo, an even $10,000 ahead of the second biggest sale, import.com, in a sale through Heritage Auctions. And goliath.com came in third, selling for $60,000 through Flippa.

Sedo was the biggest sales outlet for the week, with 17 of the top 21 sales (there was a tie for 20th place). And on the TLD side of things, there were 16 .com sales and one each for .info, .net, .me, .co.uk and .de.

To check out the chart of top reported sales for the week ending 29 March, go to:

Three Week Run of Six-Figure Sales Comes to an End

Domain Name Journal logoA run of three weeks with six-figure sales topping the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales came to an end in the week ending 15 March. The top sale for the week was therecroom.com, which sold for $89,888 through Sedo’s marketplace.

Coming in second was videos.de, selling for €50,000 ($53,000), also through Sedo, while rsl.com came in third, selling for $45,000 through HeritageAuctions.

Overall there were 15 .com sales, two for .de and one each for .dk, .us and .me.

And there were 14 sales brokered by Sedo and three through Flippa.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 15 March, go to:

Global Domain Registration Growth Slows With .NET In Decline: Verisign DNIB

The number of domain names under management around the world is creeping closer towards the 300 million mark, with four million added, an increase of 1.6 percent, across all top level domains in the third quarter of 2014 taking the total to 284 million according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign.For the 12 months to the end of September 2014, registrations, or domains under management, increased by 18.1 million or 6.8 percent. This compares to the 12 months to the end of September 2012 when registrations grew by 26.4 million, or 12 percent.For .com and .net, while they experienced aggregate growth in the third quarter of 2014, .net is in decline in total registration numbers. The combined total for the two gTLDs was 130.0 million in the adjusted zone for .com and .net, up 10.1 million in two years. This represents a 3.3 percent increase year over year compared to a 7.1 percent increase for the equivalent 12 month period two years ago. As of 30 September 2014, the base of registered names in .com equalled 114.9 million names, while .net equalled 15.1 million names compared to 105 million and 14.9 million respectively two years ago.Looking back at previous DNIBs, .net registrations peaked at around 15.2 million at the end of 2013 and early 2014. But since then the gTLD has shed around 300,000 domains coinciding with the introduction of new gTLDs.New .com and .net registrations totalled 8.7 million during the third quarter of 2014, compared to 7.8 million in 2012 and 8.3 million in 2013.The top 10 largest gTLDs and ccTLDs marketed as gTLDs by zone size were .com, .tk, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .co, .mobi, .me and .tv, as of 30 September, accounting for for 179.2 million domain name registrations, or 63.1 percent of the total global domain name registrations.Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 132.1 million in the third quarter, with the addition of 3.2 million domain names, or a 2.5 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2014. This is an increase of approximately 12.8 million domain names, or 10.7 percent, from a year ago.The combined ccTLDs have also been experiencing a slowing of growth. In the year to the end of September 2012, there were 18 million domain names added, or an increase of 20.7 percent.Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, .tk grew the fastest, at 9.1 percent overall quarter over quarter growth. There were 285 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 67.1 percent of all ccTLD registrations.For the new gTLDs, there were 413 new gTLDs delegated into the root at the end of the quarter, with 91 new gTLDs delegated during the third quarter of 2014. New gTLD registrations totalled 2.0 million, or 1.3 percent of total gTLD registrations.During the third quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 114 billion (67 billion in 2012) across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 318 billion (102 billion in 2012), the highest average and peak query loads in a single quarter to date. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 20.1 percent and the peak increased 55.6 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 40 percent and the peak query load increased 202.1 percent.For those interested, this quarter’s DNIB featured article is “Cryptocurrency and the Domain Name System” offering a primer on cryptocurrency and the DNS.Copies of the 2014 third quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at VerisignInc.com/DNIB.

Top Reported Sales Go From Seven Figures to Five In A Week

Domain Name Journal logoOne week saw the ninth seven figure sale of the year with power.com selling for $1.261 million, the next week saw a new gTLD domain world.estate top the charts in a $35,000 sale brokered by NoktaDomains, according to the latest Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales.

Coming in second third, in sales brokered by Sedo, was bohai.com and 000000.com selling for $29,022 and $28,500 respectively.

In the top 20 reported sales, ten were brokered by Sedo while eight were by NoktaDomains. And in addition to the .estate sale, there were 13 .com sales and one each for .co.com, .de, .tv, .me, .cruises, .in and .net.

To check out the list of top reported sales in full for the week ending 16 November, go to: