[DNS] auDA Domain News - 16 September

[DNS] auDA Domain News - 16 September

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:54:26 +1000

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auDA pleased to announce Dr. Steve Crocker as 2013 auIGF Keynote Speaker

Verisign targets bank claims in name collisions fight

On the Time Value of Security Features in DNS by Paul Vixie

More than 85% of Top 500 Most Highly-Trafficked Websites Vulnerable

au: Let's go to Thredbo in the Winnebago and find some realestate.com.au: trade marks and what they can and can't do for you - Part 1

auDA pleased to announce Dr. Steve Crocker as 2013 auIGF Keynote Speaker
Australian Internet Governance Forum and its Executive Partners are pleased to announce Dr. Stephen D. Crocker as the auIGF?s keynote speaker for 2013.

Norway internet governance forum takes place on 09 October
Norwegian postal and telecoms regulator PT said it is holding a national Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Oslo on 09 October, and places are limited.

Have You Caught Up with ICANNLabs Yet?
The multi-stakeholder model, bottom-up model is central to the way ICANN operates, and always will be. It?s a model designed to get those interested in internet policy and governance to share, discuss, collaborate and contribute. And, as such, it?s been a little strange that we haven?t made the most of the technology of the industry we work in to make that process easier.

Stephen Crocker to Heather Dryden
NGPC Meeting of 10 September 2013

Christine Willett, Vice President, gTLD Operations | ICANN, to Craig S. Schwartz
Statement of Concerns

Letter from the GAC chair to the ICANN Board regarding .wine and .vin.
For reference please see the Durban GAC Communique ? IV.1.2

New Contracting Statistics Released
CIRs Sent Through Priority 800

ICANN Suspends Registrar ALL New Registrations & Transfers Blocked
Under the 2009 RAA ICANN was given a number of new ?powers? to wield against registrars that do not comply with the RAA and ICANN policy. One of the new ?tools?, to borrow Compliance?s terminology, is the ability to suspend a registrar.

State of the Net for the Week of September 9
At the Opening Ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (IGF), ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad? announced that ICANN?s regional center in Asia is now live ? an important milestone as ICANN looks to expand its global presence as the New gTLD Program steadily marches towards the first gTLD launches this Fall.

Register.com hit by breach notice over 62,232 domains
Register.com, a Web.com business that is one of the top ten registrars by domains under management, has been hit by an ICANN compliance notice covering 62,232 domain names.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Icann says corporate use of Brazil internet domains is low
The number of Brazilian companies with internet domains is low and this may cause difficulties for the expansion of e-commerce in the country, according to Icann.

CZ.NIC Launches a New Project For Simplifying Domain Administration
More effective and easier communication with the domain registry and a better overview of registered domains ? these are the main advantages of the Domain Browser, a new project from employees of the CZ.NIC Association, the administrator of the Czech national domain. The browser integrates information from the WHOIS service and makes it available via the mojeID login system.

ee: Tender for acquiring hardware for Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)
The Estonian Internet Foundation has announced a public tender for acquiring the hardware required for a more secure operation of DNSSEC.

.eu Q2 progress report now available
Hailed as the most important development for the .eu TLD in Q2, the .eu registry EURid expanded its membership to include five new board members in April, according to the its Q2 2013 quarterly progress report, published today.

The .fr TLD continues to gain market share
The concentration ratio of the .fr TLD market & the market shares of the various other TLDs are the focus of the latest Afnic Domain Name Industry Report

dotMobi and Digital Element Announce Strategic Partnership
Mobile Web technology specialist dotMobi and IP Intelligence and geolocation pioneer Digital Element today announced a strategic data partnership that will allow dotMobi to offer Digital Element?s robust mobile carrier and connection type databases to its customers and further enhance Digital Element?s mobile carrier and connection type identification capabilities.

Norid nominated for an international award
With the publication on domain conflicts and the legal system, Norid has passed the first eye of the needle towards CENTR Award in October.

One year on, .kiwi.nz going strong
One year after its launch, .kiwi.nz is the top performing 2LD in terms of newly created domain name percentages.

.kiwi.nz domain shows 35.7% growth in registrations
One year after its launch, the .kiwi.nz domain is the top performing 2LD in terms of newly created domain name percentages.

Verisign targets bank claims in name collisions fight
Verisign has rubbished the Commonwealth Bank of Australia?s claim that its dot-brand gTLD, .cba, is safe.

Travel Safely Among New gTLDs
Save the date! On September 18, 2013, CADNA and the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) are launching the Know Your Net public awareness and education campaign to provide information and tips about traveling safely through the coming, unprecedented expansion of the Internet. Join the conversation with #KnowYourNet.

9 String Confusion Objections dismissed, Commercial Connect loses 8
.Shop applicant Commercial Connect is the big loser in the latest batch of String Confusion Objections.

ICANN Signs Contract for .Sexy gTLD
ICANN on Wednesday signed a contract with operators of the new .sexy gTLD to begin service.

Four more new gTLDs, including .sexy, get contracts
ICANN signed four more new gTLD contracts with four different registries yesterday.

.sex and two other gTLD pass evaluation
Three new gTLD applications passed Initial Evaluation this week, including one of the two applications for .sex.

Eight more new gTLD contracts signed, six by Donuts
ICANN has brought up its number of contracted new gTLDs to 32 with the signing of eight new Registry Agreements yesterday.

The Discrepancy in Confusion and Similarity Decisions of New gTLDs by Dirk Krischenowski
After more than half of the new gTLD String Confusion Objection determinations that have been published we have updated our popular chart which compares the Visual Similarity (determined by the SWORD tool) with the results of the String Confusion Objections. We found that there is a huge discrepancy in what has been expected in the ICANN community and what the "Experts" have be decided.

AIPPI 2013: Protecting brands in the new gTLD programme
Brand owners across the world have been encouraged to take full advantage of the first new gTLDs and ensure their brands are adequately protected.

New Top-Level Domains are the main trend of TLDCON 2013
Second exhibition day of TLDCON 2013 was opened with what has already become a traditional conference section ?Law and Internet?. The leader of the section Uliana Zinina (Microsoft) called new gTLDs jurisdictions and domain conflicts issues as main trends in domain industry legal sphere.

TLDCON 2013: IDN-domains need a full email
TLDCON 2013 conference went on working with the section ?Business-models: cyrillic IDN TLDs which was held by Irina Danelia (Coordination Center for TLD RU). The section attracted participants representing registries of already existing IDN-domains and those who had just applied. The main topics of the section were IDN-domains email launch and perspectives of new TLDs development.

TLDCON2013: IDN-domains support can expand Internet audience
September 11, 6th International conference for ccTLD registries and registrars of CIS, Central and Eastern Europe opened in Greece. (TLDCON 2013) This year the conference was attended by more than 130 representatives of national registries and registrars from 24 countries in the world. The conference has been organized by the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.?? and Technical Center of Internet with ICANN support. Informational sponsors of the conference is the sectorial informational-analytical agency IT-Expert and news portal ?Infonik?.

Wine gTLDs get a pass as GAC fails to agree
Applicants for wine-related gTLDs will no longer be opposed by the Governmental Advisory Committee, it has emerged.

String confusion objections grind to a halt
Has the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) ceased publishing results from string confusion objections in the wake of contradictory decisions?

Architelos? patent application for domain abuse monitoring system published
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published a patent application for Architelos? NameSentry domain abuse protection system.

You Just Signed a Registry Contract With ICANN. What Are Your Plans? by Thomas Barrett
Back on February 4, 2013, I wrote a CircleID post entitled 'How the registrar Cash Flow Model Could Collapse with New ICANN gTLDs.' My key point back then was this: new gTLD applicants need to be mindful of how the cash flow policies of their registry (and of their back-end service provider) could impact whether their TLD is actively promoted by ICANN registrars... registries have historically assumed near-zero risk. This is going to change.

Reflections on EUI's New Community Priority Evaluation Guidelines for New gTLDs by Shweta Sahjwani
The new Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) guidelines prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and published by ICANN are now past their feedback period. We, at Radix, believe that ICANN has received feedback from approximately 10 stakeholders, and I for one, am looking forward to those being published. In light of the fact that none of the comments that ICANN received have been made public yet, I decided to blog about my multiple concerns with the new guidelines. Sparing a thought for the not-so-involved reader, I have limited my rant to some of the more important issues.

dotShabaka Diary ? Day 10, TMCH Troubles
The tenth installment of dotShabaka Registry?s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

On the Time Value of Security Features in DNS by Paul Vixie
There are some real problems in DNS, related to the general absence of Source Address Validation (SAV) on many networks connected to the Internet. The core of the Internet is aware of destinations but blind to sources. If an attacker on ISP A wants to forge the source IP address of someone at University B when transmitting a packet toward Company C, that packet is likely be delivered complete and intact, including its forged IP source address. Many otherwise sensible people spend a lot of time and airline miles trying to improve this situation... The problems created for the Domain Name System (DNS) by the general lack of SAV are simply hellish.

More than 85% of Top 500 Most Highly-Trafficked Websites Vulnerable
Over the last 5 years, hacktivists have continued the practice of redirecting well-known domain names to politically motivated websites utilizing tactics such as SQL injection attacks and social engineering schemes to gain access to domain management accounts ? and that, in and of itself, is not surprising.

Vodafone Germany hack hits two million customers
Personal details of more than two million customers of Vodafone Germany have been stolen by a hacker.

Contractor Accesses 2 Million Vodafone Germany Customer Records
A contractor working for Vodafone Germany made off with 2 million customer records. The telecommunications company warns customers of the possibility of phishing attacks stemming from the breach.

Countering Attacks Hiding In Denial-Of-Service Smokescreens
Noisy attacks are increasingly camouflaging more subtle exploits, but a well-structured incident response and third-party providers can help limit the noise

Bruce Schneier on the NSA, Cryptography and Trust
Dennis Fisher talks with cryptographer Bruce Schneier about the revelations of the NSA?s capabilities to subvert and weaken cryptographic algorithms, security products and standards, and what it will take to help defeat these capabilities.

?Audacious? cyber-criminals try to steal millions by remotely accessing Santander Bank computers
A gang of ?audacious? cyber-criminals which tried to take control of every single computer in a branch of Santander has been thwarted by the police.

Indian electronics retailer Croma guilty of reverse domain name hijacking
Infiniti Retail Ltd., a TaTa company that runs the Indian electronics chain Croma, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.

Not a Time for a Chill Pill
While some companies can pursue UDRPs more sparingly, pharmaceutical companies generally have to be more aggressive in reclaim efforts. After all, even if a domain name does not receive much traffic, the potential harm associated with counterfeit drug sales or misleading information can be significant.

au: Let's go to Thredbo in the Winnebago and find some realestate.com.au: trade marks and what they can and can't do for you - Part 1
In this series of three articles I will focus on some of this year's Federal Court cases to explore what makes a good trade mark, how registering a trade mark can help as well as some of the more, and less, usual orders and remedies a Court can provide.

How does an internet name become an internet address?
ONE of the lesser-known milestones being celebrated this year is the 30th anniversary of the internet's domain-name system (DNS). Its primary function is to convert "human readable" domain names, such as Economist.com, into the corresponding machine-readable internet protocol (IP) address (in this case,

Epik files patent covering domain leasing and virtual currencies for domain names
Epik founder Rob Monster and SVP John Lawler have filed a patent application titled ?System and Method for Domain Leasing, Acquisition and Development Incorporating a Virtual Currency Platform?.

RIPE NCC Roundtable Meeting Discusses IETF, Internet Security and RIPE Policy Development
The RIPE NCC hosted a Roundtable Meeting for Governments and Regulators on Tuesday, 10 September 2013, in Amsterdam, bringing together around 30 participants from governments, regulators and the Internet technical community.

Want an NSA.org Email Address? That'll Be $100
If you always wanted to have an email address that made you sound like a spy, this is your lucky day. You can now get an NSA.org email address for just $100.

How to send your domains to ?for sale only? landers at DNS
A lot of domainers have asked domain parking companies and marketplaces to offer landing pages dedicated solely to selling domain names ? not generating revenue from PPC.

Microsoft scores xbone.com domain name
Microsoft is now the papa of a domain name dubbed xbone.com. A search of the Whois database confirms the company as the domain's administrator to firm up control of names associated with the Xbox One.

Twitter and the transformation of democracy
The news that Twitter has taken the first steps towards a stock market flotation has triggered a predictable storm of speculation about the valuation of the company. How much is a corporation with 200 million monthly users actually worth? How does it compare with Facebook, with its billion users?

Kim Dotcom?s Mega-Lawsuit Could Make Him a Multi-Millionaire Again
File-sharing tycoon Kim Dotcom has a plan to become a multi-millionaire again: He?s filed a seven-figure lawsuit against the New Zealand government over the spectacular 2012 assault on his mansion, and the electronic spying that preceded it.

Despite fears, NSA revelations helping U.S. tech industry
Edward Snowden's unprecedented exposure of U.S. technology companies' close collaboration with national intelligence agencies, widely expected to damage the industry's financial performance abroad, may actually end up helping.

Unanswered Questions on the NSA Leaks
The flood of documents regarding the NSA?s collection methods and capabilities that have been leaked this summer has produced thousands of news stories and several metric tons of speculation about what it all means. But for all of the postulating, analysis and reporting, there are still a lot of questions left unanswered in all of this. Let?s try to address some of them.

Zuckerberg: US government 'blew it' on NSA surveillance
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance.

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel
The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

Internet snooping: Covertly weakening the security of the entire internet to make snooping easier is a bad idea
?Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on,? declared Edward Snowden, the former computer technician at America?s National Security Agency (NSA) responsible for leaking a trove of documents about his erstwhile employer?s activities, in an online question-and-answer session in June. The latest revelations, published on September 5th by the Guardian, the New York Times and ProPublica, explain his careful choice of words. Many cryptographic systems in use on the internet, it seems, are not ?properly implemented?, but have been weakened by flaws deliberately introduced by the NSA as part of a decade-long programme to ensure it can read encrypted traffic.

Surveillance Court Orders Transparency Review of its NSA Opinions [IDG]
A U.S. surveillance court has ordered government agencies to review the court's own opinions related to the legality of a massive telephone records collection program at the U.S. National Security Agency in preparation for possible publication of those opinions.

Five More Organizations Join EFF Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance [news release]
Five new groups?including civil-rights lawyers, medical-privacy advocates and Jewish social-justice activists?have joined a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the unconstitutional collection of bulk telephone call records. With today's amended complaint, EFF now represents 22 entities in alleging that government surveillance under Section 215 of the Patriot Act violates Americans' First Amendment right to freedom of association.

Government Releases NSA Surveillance Docs and Previously Secret FISA Court Opinions In Response to EFF Lawsuit
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) just today released hundreds of pages of documents related to the government's secret interpretation of Patriot Act Section 215 and the NSA's (mis)use of its massive database of every American's phone records. The documents were released as a result of EFF's ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

EU telecoms regulation: The digital commissioner proposes a single market to speed up Europe
EUROPE wasn?t always a digital laggard. Its telecoms operators were far quicker than America?s to build 3G mobile-telecoms networks. Nokia once made the world?s coolest mobile phones. But the old continent has fallen behind. Only a quarter of the European Union?s people have access to new 4G networks, according to the European Commission. In America a single company, Verizon (a monster borrower this week, see article), reaches nine out of ten. South Korea?s broadband speeds leave Europe standing. Apple and Samsung make today?s palmfuls of desire.

Information technologies play central role in advancing social good, Ban tells Youth Forum
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the role that information communication technologies (ICTs) ? including youth-driven social media platforms ? play in combating poverty and advancing development worldwide.

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