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Nominet Launch Pilot Of Security Service

Nominet, the UK domain registry, have announced a pilot of their new “cyber security” service aimed at small business. The new service which is being marketed under the moniker of “Nominet Cyber Assist”. The service was first announced back in February. It’s not clear if Nominet intend to charge for the service once the 3 […]

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ccTLD Registries Under Attack?

In the past 24 hours both the .nl domain registry and .be domain registry have been attacked. The .be registry‘s public facing website was defaced, though the defacement had no impact on the registry data. As would be expected the registry data is not linked to the public facing website. DNS.be informed registrars that they […]

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IEDR Issue Statement About Security Incident

IEDR issued a statement yesterday in relation to the hijacking of google.ie and yahoo.ie The statement (IEDR_Statement_F_issued_9_November_2012) which is included below admits that their site was compromised and that the registrar was not to blame. IEDR has concluded an investigation by the company and external security consultants of an unauthorised intrusion into the company’s systems […]

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IEDR Take Website Offline Following High Profile Domain Hijacks

The IEDR websites are currently unavailable. However this time there is a holding page which carries a simple explanatory message: IEDR systems are currently unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers. As you may be aware, there was a security incident on Tuesday 9th October, involving two high profile .ie domains. There was […]

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IEDR Lose Google.ie?

This could prove to be quite embarrassing. It looks like IEDR have allowed the nameservers for the domain google.ie to be updated to point to a 3rd party and away from Google. Effectively this means that google.ie and any services that rely on it are currently not working. Here’s the current whois record for Google.ie. […]

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Icelandic Registry To Introduce “Very Important Domains”

The Icelandic registry (.is) plans on introducing extra levels of protection to some domains and their registrants. The new program is called “Very Important Domains” or VID for short (yes another acronym and you’ll have to excuse my childish snigger when I misread it as VDS) It’s not clear from the registry’s announcement how exactly […]

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.Nz Registry Enables DNSSEC

The .nz domain registry has announced that they have enabled DNSSEC in the New Zealand namespace: New Zealanders will be able to better secure their web presence from today, thanks to a major technical security deployment by InternetNZ subsidiaries .nz Registry Services (NZRS) and the Domain Name Commission (DNCL). Following more than two years of […]

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RIPE RPKI Breaks 1000 Barrier

RIPE have announced that the 1000th LIR has signed up for RPKI. Considering that only a few months ago there was a distinct possibility that RPKI would be halted entirely in the RIPE region this milestone is of extra significance. Resource Certification offers LIRs validatable proof of holdership. In addition, it allows LIRs to make […]

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Iran Blocks SSL

The Iranian government has blocked secure sites ie. ones using SSL with “https”. The blocking means that  any service or website based outside Iran that uses a security certificate is inaccessible from within Iran. Whether Iranians are able to circumvent this via other means or not isn’t clear, though there are probably ways that the […]

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Nominet Research Team Finds DNS Bug

Simon McCalla has posted some details on the Nominet management blog about how their research team and in particular Roy Arends were instrumental in finding the latest bug in BIND. Disclosure: As a registrar I was informed about the bug before it was made public, but couldn’t speak of it in public Related articles UK […]

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ICANN Hires New CSO – Jeff Moss

ICANN has apparently hired Jeff Moss (aka Dark Tangent) as CSO. Moss is a well known figure in the internet security community and was founder of Black Hat and the Def Con conferences. However isn’t Moss a bit conflicted? Isn’t he on one of the review teams? So how can he work for ICANN whilst […]

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