The IEDR has opened a public consultation on the release of two letter .ie domain names. The consultation will run for 30 days from today. The proposed policies covering the release are outlined in a paper published by IEDR: PAC Public Consultation Document Disclosure: I am one of the registrar representatives on the IEDR’s PAC
SIDN, the .nl domain name registry, has issued an alert to its registrars about a phishing attack targetting .nl registrants. The emails carry the subject line “Domeinnaam.nl updaten” (“Update domainname.nl”) Here’s what it looks like: More information on the SIDN site.
Forgetting to renew a domain name can cause headaches. But when you happen to be a vocal anti-gay hate group then your domain name could end up causing you way more than just a small headache. The domain name Warningsofwrath.com was being used by homophobic Pastor Randy Bryson of the Open Door Baptist Church in Easley, S.C. […]
The APWG is meeting this week in Barcelona. The event, which is being attended by security professionals, researchers, law enforcement and others will be hearing this afternoon about the APWG’s Global Phishing Survey for the second half of 2014. The report (PDF) was produced by Greg Aaron and Rod Rasmussen is well worth reading if […]
ICANN’s current CEO and President Fadi Chehadé has announced today that he will be departing the organisation in March 2016. He will be moving back to industry, though it will be outside the domain / DNS industry. On a call this afternoon with members of the ICANN community Chehadé reassured people that he was going to be […]
Neustar, which has the contract with the US government to run the .us ccTLD, has opened a public comment on the kids.us namespace. The usTLD Stakeholder Council, of which I am a member, has recommended that the current suspension of the kids.us namespace be maintained indefinitely. The rationale behind this is pretty simple. While the underlying […]
DomainFest is joining forces with Bulgarian Internet Week to organise a series of events across Bulgaria during the first week of June. DomainFest was acquired by NamesCon last year and will be running several events over the course of 2015 in a number of locations across the globe, according to show organiser Jothan Frakes. The […]
The URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension System) is a new rights protection mechanism that was introduced as part of ICANN’s New TLD rollout. Unlike the UDRP (Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy), if a complainant prevails in a URS they do not get the domain. All a URS can do is result in the domain being suspended for […]
When Dublin was announced as the venue of the ICANN 54 meeting this October I posted some details about the venue and the meeting itself. Last week ICANN’s meeting team were in town for some advance preparatory work so I dropped over to say “hi”. The venue is a fantastic building: You can also find […]
This year there are two seats up for election as non-executive directors of Nominet, the .uk registry. Nora Nanyakara is stepping down, as is Clive Grace. So of the existing roster of non-executive directors the only one standing for re-election is Dickie Armour There are several other candidates running, so at least Nominet’s members will […]
The APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group) has released their report for Q4 of 2014. It makes for fairly depressing ready, as you’d expect, but it’s worth taking the time to have a look over it. So which TLDs are most (ab)used in phishing and malware attacks? It’s hardly surprising that .com is the most (ab)used (46%) […]
The controversy over the competing .africa TLD applications has been going on for some time. A recent decision by the International Centre For Dispute Resolution (ICDR) said that ICANN had breached its own by-laws and has questioned why ICANN won’t allow a current board member and the former GAC Chair to speak to them and provide […]
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, has announced that she’s running for the US presidency. Unfortunately, for her, she hadn’t secured all the obvious domains that she should have. I stress for her, as the person who registered carlyfiorina.org has given the internet a rather humorous gift. The subject isn’t that humorous – how […]
HostingCon is returning to Europe this September. The event will be held in Amsterdam’s Passenger Terminal on September 22 – 23 The organisers are currently offering “early bird” tickets for a mere EUR40, which is very good value. Full details on the official site.
This week INTA, the International Trademark Association, is meeting in San Diego. As can be expected with any trademark show a lot of domain industry companies are in attendance. What, however, seems to be catching more attention than many others is the presence of the .sucks registry. As others have mentioned, Vox Populi have a […]