ICANN announced late last night that they had taken RADAR, which is essentially an extranet for registrars, offline due to security issues.Here's the official announcement:ICANN has taken its registrar contact information database (RADAR) offline temporarily. This action was taken as a precautionary measure after it was learned that an unauthorized party viewed data … [Read more...] about ICANN’s Registrar Extranet Taken Offline Due to Security Issues
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 month trial period ends.It's also not very … [Read more...] about Nominet Launch Pilot Of Security Service
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 are still investigating the incident but weren't … [Read more...] about ccTLD Registries Under Attack?
ICANN has opened a comment period to get feedback and guidance on the GAC advice from Beijing.The comment period details and some background may be found here.It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, as it's very clear that a lot of new TLD applicants are very angry when faced with potentially drastic changes at this late stage. … [Read more...] about ICANN Board Seeks Input On Government Advice
Key Systems' subsidiary KSregistry GmbH runs the backend registry for .tc, .gd and .vg on behalf of Adams Names.However it looks like there's been some kind of issue with the management of the country codes and of Adams Names.The details at this juncture are not clear, but KS have issued a statement: Today, the KSregistry GmbH, a hundred percent subsidiary of the … [Read more...] about .TC, .GD and .VG Having “Issues”
IEDR issued a statement yesterday in relation to the hijacking of google.ie and yahoo.ieThe 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 … [Read more...] about IEDR Issue Statement About Security Incident
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
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?
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 this service will work, though it's … [Read more...] about Icelandic Registry To Introduce “Very Important Domains”
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 behind-the-scenes work, … [Read more...] about .Nz Registry Enables DNSSEC