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 an unauthorised … [Read more...] about IEDR Take Website Offline Following High Profile Domain Hijacks
Archives for October 2012
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. Note the rather odd nameservers: whois … [Read more...] about IEDR Lose Google.ie?
Directi have announced their plans to relaunch the .pw ccTLD officially next week at the ICANN meeting in Toronto. The country code .pw was originally assigned to Palau, which is a small island in the Pacific (I had to look it up!) Under DirectI's plans the .pw will be re-purposed as "professional web", though how it's meant to differentiate itself from the existing .pro … [Read more...] about .pw ccTLD Being Relaunched by Directi
When ICANN signed the affirmation of commitments back in 2009 it committed to conducting regular reviews on its accountability and transparency. According to the AOC these are meant to happen at least once every 3 years. So, although the ink has only just dried on the first round, ICANN is now seeking volunteers for the 2nd round of reviews. Interested? Full details here. … [Read more...] about ICANN Launching 2nd Round of Accountability & Transparency Reviews
The US Department of Commerce's Larry Strickling has written to ICANN again. This time it's about new TLDs, the RAA, law enforcement and trademark protections in new TLDs. By the tone and choice of words it sounds like the US Department of Commerce either assumes that ICANN will be able to force registrars to agree to the LEA demands or is happy with the concessions … [Read more...] about Strickling To Crocker – ICANN Needs To Do More To Protect IP
As regular readers probably know, I run Blacknight. Blacknight is Ireland's largest hosting provider and domain name registrar. We're also the only Irish company to ever have been accredited with ICANN. And we're the single largest registrar of .ie domain names on the planet. If you peruse the archives here and on my personal blog you'll see quite a few articles which are … [Read more...] about IEDR Data Dump
ICANN currently has a number of job vacancies open, which isn't that surprising for an organisation of its size. One of them, however, caught my eye: Director, gTLD Registry Services, Los Angeles, United States Reading the job description this sounds very like the role formerly held by Kurt Pritz (well - one of his roles .. ): The Director, gTLD Registry Services will … [Read more...] about ICANN Advertising For Director of gTLD Registry Services
NIC Chile has updated their domain transfer policies. Changing the registrant / holder of a .cl domain name is no longer a billable action effective October 1 2012. Previously the change of registrant / holder, sometimes referred to as a "trade", also prolonged the registration period by 2 years. This is no longer the case and the domain expiry will no longer … [Read more...] about Chilean Registry Drops Registrant Update Fee
Nominet, the registry for *.uk, has opened a public consultation on the re-introduction of .uk domain names ie. domains directly under .uk such as businessname.uk The proposals from the registry, however, sound like they're heavily influenced by the law enforcement "asks" during the current RAA negotiations. They also ignore the recent Article 29 Working Party letter … [Read more...] about Nominet Sucking Up To Law Enforcement With New Proposals?