[DNS] auDA Domain News - 16 March

[DNS] auDA Domain News - 16 March

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:06:14 +1100
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Global Domain Growth Slows To Almost Half Of Two Years Ago: Verisign

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/12/global-domain-growth-half/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/12/global-domain-growth-half/>

 

Estimating Trademark Claims Notice Suppression of Non-Infringing New gTLD Registrations by Philip Corwin

< <http://www.internetcommerce.org/tmchnew-gtld-registrations/> http://www.internetcommerce.org/tmchnew-gtld-registrations/>

 

Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/sucks_domain_stirs_up_controversy/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/sucks_domain_stirs_up_controversy/>

 

The disastrous events that would break the internet

< <http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150310-how-to-break-the-internet> http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150310-how-to-break-the-internet>

 

Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses? Web Addresses

< <http://www.wsj.com/articles/now-cybercriminals-are-misappropriating-businesses-web-addresses-1426120840> http://www.wsj.com/articles/now-cybercriminals-are-misappropriating-businesses-web-addresses-1426120840>

 

Google Apps ?Defect? Leaks Private WHOIS Data Of 280,000

< <https://threatpost.com/google-apps-defect-leaks-private-whois-data-of-280000/111624> https://threatpost.com/google-apps-defect-leaks-private-whois-data-of-280000/111624>

 

Melbourne IT plans acquisition spree

< <http://www.afr.com/technology/web/melbourne-it-plans-acquisition-spree-20150301-13qtry> http://www.afr.com/technology/web/melbourne-it-plans-acquisition-spree-20150301-13qtry>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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The economic case for vertical separation of IANA by Brenden Kuerbis

As we have detailed elsewhere, in developing an IANA transition proposal the names community working group (CWG) settled into two camps, the internalists and the externalists.

< <http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/09/the-economic-case-for-vertical-separation-of-iana/> http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/09/the-economic-case-for-vertical-separation-of-iana/>

 

UNESCO launches a new publication on the role of Internet intermediaries

?Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries? is the title of a new title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania?s Annenberg School for Communication, to examine this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy.

< <http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/unesco_launches_a_new_publication_in_its_internet_freedom_series/> http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/unesco_launches_a_new_publication_in_its_internet_freedom_series/>

 

Governing the Net: 10 years on from WSIS

Ten years have passed since WSIS ? what progress has been made?

< <http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/11/governing-the-net-10-years-on-from-wsis/> http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/11/governing-the-net-10-years-on-from-wsis/>

 

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- ICANN

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ICG Announces New Web Site and Mailing List

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has announced its new independent website ianacg.org.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-12-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-12-en>

 

ICANN Senior Executives Visited Korea to Engage Local Community on Internet Governance

ICANN's Theresa Swinehart, Senior Advisor to the President on Strategy, Yu?Chuang Kuek, Regional Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific and Adam Peake, Senior Manager for Accountability were in Seoul on March 12 to provide updates to the community on the proposed transition of stewardship of the IANA Functions and discuss enhancing ICANN accountability with Korean Internet leaders.

< <https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/advisory-2015-03-13-en> https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/advisory-2015-03-13-en>

 

Sovereignty and Property Rights: Conceptualizing the Relationship between ICANN, ccTLDs and National Governments by Milton Mueller & Farzaneh Badiei

Abstract: Can ccTLDs be considered property? Or are they sovereign rights? Or are they somehow both? In recent litigation involving the TLD for Iran (.IR), plaintiffs sought to garnish the domain as a form of property that could be used to compensate victims of terrorist acts allegedly backed by the Iranian state. Similar cases seeking to garnish ccTLDs have affected Syria (.SY) and the Congo (.CG).

< <http://ssrn.com/abstract=2575450> http://ssrn.com/abstract=2575450>

 

Dyn Video Blog: ICANN 52 Singapore - Peter DengateThrush

Susan Chalmers sits down with Peter Dengate Thrush to discuss the hot topics at ICANN 52.

< <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M62h5MLIzsw> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M62h5MLIzsw>

 

RIAA calls for tougher anti-piracy measures

Record industry organisation the RIAA has sent a letter to domain name oversight body ICANN calling for tougher measures against pirate domains.

< <http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/the-riaa-calls-for-tougher-anti-piracy-measures/061135> http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/the-riaa-calls-for-tougher-anti-piracy-measures/061135>

 

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Global Domain Growth Slows To Almost Half Of Two Years Ago: Verisign

The number of domain names around the world continues to grow, but the growth continues to slow even as new gTLDs add over 4.5 million registrations in the last 12 months.

< <http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23594> http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23594>

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/12/global-domain-growth-half/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/12/global-domain-growth-half/>

< <http://www.domainnews.com/global-domain-growth-half-two-years-ago-verisign.html> http://www.domainnews.com/global-domain-growth-half-two-years-ago-verisign.html>

 

Internet Grows to 288 Million Domain Names in the Fourth Quarter of 2014

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by four million domain names in the fourth quarter of 2014. The total number of domain names across all TLDs is now 288 million. This is a 1.3 percent increase over the third quarter of 2014.

< <http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/internet_grows_to_288_million> http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/internet_grows_to_288_million>

 

Internet Grows to 288 Million Domain Names in the Fourth Quarter of 2014

VeriSign, Inc. ... announced four million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 288 million worldwide across all topTLDs as of Dec. 31, 2014, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.

< <http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL3ZlcmlzaWduLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5Mjg2NTM%3D> http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL3ZlcmlzaWduLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5Mjg2NTM%3D>

 

New fee for ?.bm? websites approved

The introduction of a fee for ?.bm? websites has been approved by the House of Assembly.

< <http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150314/NEWS01/150319797> http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150314/NEWS01/150319797>

 

Dot-com at 30: will the world's best-known web domain soon be obsolete?

The world?s most recognised web address is celebrating its 30th anniversary, but how much longer will it be able to retain its dominance?

< <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/11470195/Dot-com-at-30-will-the-worlds-best-known-web-domain-soon-be-obsolete.html> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/11470195/Dot-com-at-30-will-the-worlds-best-known-web-domain-soon-be-obsolete.html>

 

coop: CentralNic signs first legacy gTLD

CentralNic has become the new back-end registry provider for .coop, a gTLD that was approved by ICANN almost 15 years ago.

< <http://domainincite.com/18160-centralnic-signs-first-legacy-gtld> http://domainincite.com/18160-centralnic-signs-first-legacy-gtld>

 

.eu web awards announcement

It is our pleasure to announce that the 2015 .eu Web Awards competition will go live on 1 April! An online application form will become available enabling .eu domain name holders to try their luck and submit their websites.

< <http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/mar-2015/eu-web-awards-announcement> http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/mar-2015/eu-web-awards-announcement>

 

Opening of 1 & 2 character(s) in .fr : 311 domains made available on 03/11

During the landrush phase of the opening of registrations for domain names under .fr with 1 & 2 character(s).

< <http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8862/show/opening-of-1-2-character-s-in-fr-311-domains-made-available-on-03-11-2.html> http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8862/show/opening-of-1-2-character-s-in-fr-311-domains-made-available-on-03-11-2.html>

 

GSA seeks .gov TLD management solutions

General Services Administration officials are looking for ways to keep its .gov program adaptable to evolving uses of the Internet and its domain system.

< <http://gcn.com/blogs/pulse/2015/03/dotgov-rfi.aspx> http://gcn.com/blogs/pulse/2015/03/dotgov-rfi.aspx>

 

What?s in a domain? Tapping an unlikely resource in Mali

MALI has long had links with the wider world. Tripoli and Gao were once connected by chariot. Trade routes shuttled scholars and goods from Timbuktu to the Mediterranean and beyond. The same routes ferry guns, drugs, people and pasta today. Now Mali?s government is finding new links on the web. Disappointed that its national TLD, ?.ml?, the national equivalent of ?.com? or ?.co.uk?, had just a few hundred users in 2012, Mali?s webmasters asked for help from Freenom, a Dutch internet firm.

< <http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21646254-tapping-unlikely-resource-mali-whats-domain> http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21646254-tapping-unlikely-resource-mali-whats-domain>

 

NiRA Restates Commitment to Populating Nigeria's Domain Name

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), manager of the .ng domain name, which is Nigeria's ccTLD name, has reiterated its commitment to populate the country's domain name.

< <http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nira-restates-commitment-to-populating-nigerias-domain-name/203886/> http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nira-restates-commitment-to-populating-nigerias-domain-name/203886/>

< <http://allafrica.com/stories/201503120418.html> http://allafrica.com/stories/201503120418.html>

 

.ng domain name doesn't impress

Almost three years after Nigeria's .ng ccTLD officially became available, the level of uptake has been below the target set by the Nigerian Internet Regulatory Association (NiRA).

< <http://www.itwebafrica.com/ict-and-governance/265-nigeria/234315-ng-domain-name-doesnt-impress> http://www.itwebafrica.com/ict-and-governance/265-nigeria/234315-ng-domain-name-doesnt-impress>

 

.POKER Domain Landrush Period Begins

Global registry services provider and poker fan Afilias announced that today is the start of the landrush period for the new ?dot POKER? or .POKER TLD.

< <http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/10/poker-domain-landrush-period-begins> http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/10/poker-domain-landrush-period-begins>

 

BLOG - Why we?re consulting on our WHOIS contact data policy - Eleanor Bradley

As the single official, authoritative database of .UK domains, Nominet has to balance running a responsible registry with an increasing desire for privacy online. In recent months we?ve seen the emergence of two trends impacting on this.

< <http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/blog-why-we?re-consulting-our-whois-contact-data-policy-eleanor-bradley> http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/blog-why-we?re-consulting-our-whois-contact-data-policy-eleanor-bradley>

 

Nominet to give nod to .uk privacy services

Nominet plans to start accrediting proxy/privacy services in .uk domain names, and to make it easier to opt-out of having your full contact details published in Whois.

< <http://domainincite.com/18139-nominet-to-give-nod-to-uk-privacy-services> http://domainincite.com/18139-nominet-to-give-nod-to-uk-privacy-services>

 

uk: Annual General Meeting documents now electronic only for members opted-in to email

Starting this year, members who have selected ?Contact me by email? as their preferred method for membership-related communications will no longer be posted a printed copy of Nominet?s Notice of Annual General Meeting, Annual Report and Accounts, and Director Elections voting papers. Members who have selected ?Contact me by email? will receive these materials via email. This email is sent to the email address held against the voting contact for the account.

< <http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/annual-general-meeting-documents-now-electronic-only-members-opted-email> http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/annual-general-meeting-documents-now-electronic-only-members-opted-email>

 

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Estimating Trademark Claims Notice Suppression of Non-Infringing New gTLD Registrations by Philip Corwin

On February 2nd ICANN staff announced the release of a Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review that is open for public comment until May 1st. This Draft Report is preliminary to an Issues Report requested by the GNSO Council that is due to be delivered by September 30th, and that may set the stage for a Policy Development Process (PDP) on Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) that could commence in 2016. Such a PDP could consider comprehensive reform of these RPMs as well as of the UDRP.

< <http://www.internetcommerce.org/tmchnew-gtld-registrations/> http://www.internetcommerce.org/tmchnew-gtld-registrations/>

 

Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

Domain-name overseer ICANN has decided that only one kind of doctor may be allowed online ? and that is a medical doctor.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/15/icann_doctors/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/15/icann_doctors/>

 

The .DOCTOR Quarantine by Jon Nevett

ICANN should reconsider its decision to quarantine .DOCTOR, given that it's not even sick. In an utterly surprising move, ICANN staff and the Board's New gTLD Program Committee ("NGPC") recently informed the applicants for .DOCTOR that it has singled out the gTLD as a test case for controlling content and limiting speech on the Internet. In the epitome of top-down policy making, ICANN issued an edict that it will implement nearly year-old advice from the Government Advisory Committee ("GAC") differently from all other similarly situated gTLDs and in contravention of subsequent GAC advice.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150312_the_doctor_quarantine/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150312_the_doctor_quarantine/>

 

Donuts challenges ICANN?s .Doctor decision

Donuts has filed a reconsideration request after ICANN decided to slam the door on who can register a domain name under the .doctor TLD.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/13/donuts-challenges-icanns-doctor-decision/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/13/donuts-challenges-icanns-doctor-decision/>

 

The quandary for brand owners as ?.sucks? unveils $2,499 registration fee 13 Mar 15

It has been announced that sunrise registrations (and most brand-related registrations outside sunrise) in the ?.sucks? string will cost $2,499, making defensive registrations a costly proposition and one many brands will struggle to justify. John Berard, CEO of Vox Populi Registry, has unapologetically told WTR that the pricing is ?responsive to the opportunity?.

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=76af1aa2-c1ba-4cf9-a3e3-31bc2c3dd356> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=76af1aa2-c1ba-4cf9-a3e3-31bc2c3dd356>

 

We Know This .Sucks

When we originally heard about Vox Populi?s plans to offer .SUCKS sunrise registrations for $25,000, we were outraged. We understand better than anyone that registries can charge whatever they want, and that registrars must mark up those fees to recover their costs for integration, registration, and ongoing management. All that said, their original pricing seemed extortionate to brand owners.

< <https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/we-know-this-sucks/> https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/we-know-this-sucks/>

 

Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

The TLD .sucks will launch later this month, sparking a fresh round of controversy over what is rapidly becoming the most notorious internet registry.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/sucks_domain_stirs_up_controversy/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/sucks_domain_stirs_up_controversy/>

 

Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

The internet is gradually gaining a whole lot of new TLDs, from the useful (.app, .dev) to the more whimsical (.ninja, .lol), thanks to ICANN's dot-word gold rush.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/google_developer_gtld_domain_icann/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/google_developer_gtld_domain_icann/>

 

New gTLDs: Room to grow

The first year of new gTLD availability has provided a promising snapshot of what?s to come in the revolution of online branding. Bob Samuelson of Donuts reports.

< <http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/new-gtlds-room-to-grow> http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/new-gtlds-room-to-grow>

 

MarkMonitor: we won?t profit on .Sucks

MarkMonitor says it understands its clients will feel compelled to pay for a .sucks domain name, but it won?t profit from the registrations.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/13/markmonitor-we-wont-profit-on-sucks/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/13/markmonitor-we-wont-profit-on-sucks/>

 

Brand TLDs: five potential benefits

Recently introduced, brand TLDs offer a range of potential opportunites for brands. Our latest report, A Marketer?s Guide to Brand Top-Level Domains, will help brands to understand these new TLDs and decide on a strategy.

< <https://econsultancy.com/blog/66191-brand-tlds-five-potential-benefits/> https://econsultancy.com/blog/66191-brand-tlds-five-potential-benefits/>

 

A Marketer?s Guide to Brand TLDs

Overview: The Marketer?s Guide to Brand TLDs explores the recent opportunity for brands to purchase their own brand TLD. It focuses on what brands have currently done with their brand TLDs and what they could do with them, pointing out some pitfalls and opportunities and providing a methodology to create a strategy that?s right for your brand.

< <https://econsultancy.com/reports/a-marketers-guide-to-brand-top-level-domains/> https://econsultancy.com/reports/a-marketers-guide-to-brand-top-level-domains/>

 

New gTLDs to impact adult, non-adult Internet

Stuart Lawley, chairman and CEO of ICM Registry, explains the impact of new .ADULT and .PORN gTLDs

< <http://www.insidecounsel.com/2015/03/12/new-generic-top-level-domains-to-impact-adult-non-> http://www.insidecounsel.com/2015/03/12/new-generic-top-level-domains-to-impact-adult-non->

 

Progressive .physio business reaps rewards from location-based domains

One of the single largest corporate acquisitions of a bulk domain name portfolio in Australia since the beginning of the new TLD program has been recorded, with the registration of over 300 .physio domain names by a single Australian health care provider.

< <http://www.ariservices.com/news-Progressive_.physio_business_reaps_rewards_from_location_based_domains> http://www.ariservices.com/news-Progressive_.physio_business_reaps_rewards_from_location_based_domains>

 

Amazon Wins The .Free New Domain Extension Beating Google, Donuts, Uniregistry M +M

Amazon has won the rights to operate the .Free new gTLD. Amazon beat Google, Donuts, Minds +Machines, and Uniregistry in a private auction to win the rights to .Free .

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/14/amazon-wins-the-free-new-domain-extension-beating-google-donuts-uniregistry-m-m/> http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/14/amazon-wins-the-free-new-domain-extension-beating-google-donuts-uniregistry-m-m/>

 

Uniregisty Wins The New Domain Extension .Mom Beating Google & Rightside

Uniregistry has won a three way battle for the new gTLD .Mom. Both Google and United TLD Holdco Ltd. which is now Rightside, have withdrawn their application with ICANN.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/14/uniregisty-wins-the-new-domain-extension-mom-beating-google-rightside/> http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/14/uniregisty-wins-the-new-domain-extension-mom-beating-google-rightside/>

 

NAR and Move tussle over .realtor domains [registration]

In what may be the first time that the longtime allies have bumped heads in court, the National Association of Realtors has filed a lawsuit against realtor.com operator Move Inc. in order to clear the way for NAR to license the new .realtor TLD outside of the United States.

< <http://www.inman.com/2015/03/12/nar-and-move-tussle-over-realtor-domains/> http://www.inman.com/2015/03/12/nar-and-move-tussle-over-realtor-domains/>

 

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The disastrous events that would break the internet

Could the internet ever be switched off ? or destroyed? Chris Baraniuk investigates what it would take to bring down the network we all now rely on.

< <http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150310-how-to-break-the-internet> http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150310-how-to-break-the-internet>

 

Is DNSSEC worth the effort?

A blog post has created some attention online through its extremely negative attitude to DNSSEC. Through the years, I have come in contact with many arguments against DNSSEC that suggest that anyone who is critical has not managed to or wanted to familiarize themselves with what DNSSEC is and does. We have received many questions concerning the article, so I feel it?s appropriate to respond to the criticism.

< <https://www.iis.se/english/blog/is-dnssec-worth-the-effort/> https://www.iis.se/english/blog/is-dnssec-worth-the-effort/>

 

Lessons Learned from APCERT Security Track &#167; APRICOT 2015

The dust has settled after APRICOT 2015 concluded last week. One of the highlights (for me) of last week?s event was the Security Track jointly organized by APCERT and APNIC.

< <http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/12/lessons-learned-from-apcert-security-track-apricot-2015/> http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/12/lessons-learned-from-apcert-security-track-apricot-2015/>

 

Now is the time to protect your domain names by George Pongas

A company?s domain name is intrinsically tied to its brand and service delivery ? making it an extremely important digital asset. Several high-profile brands have previously lost control of their valuable online properties and faced significant brand damage as a result.

< <http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names> http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names>

 

Stability in the .be zone

As is our yearly custom, we publish a report on the evolution of the .be domain. In the report for 2014, it is the stability that is the most remarkable.

< <http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/stability-be-zone> http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/stability-be-zone>

 

Global Map of DDoS Attacks

Among the security content on Akamai's new State of the Internet website is a very cool map where you can view DDoS attack activity worldwide in near real-time, including global sources, types, volume and targets.

< <https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/global-map-of-ddos-attacks.html> https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/global-map-of-ddos-attacks.html>

 

Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem

The Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) is requesting comment to identify substantive cybersecurity issues that affect the digital ecosystem and digital economic growth where broad consensus, coordinated action, and the development of best practices could substantially improve security for organizations and consumers.

< <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2015/rfc-stakeholder-engagement-cybersecurity-digital-ecosystem> http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2015/rfc-stakeholder-engagement-cybersecurity-digital-ecosystem>

 

The reason companies don't fix cybersecurity

U.S. air traffic control systems are vulnerable to hackers, says the General Accounting Office. Cybercriminals target retail loyalty cards. Obsolete encryption leaves phones vulnerable.

< <http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-reason-companies-dont-fix-cybersecurity/> http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-reason-companies-dont-fix-cybersecurity/>

 

Obama Administration Seeks More Legal Power to Disrupt Botnets

The federal government is seeking more legal power to step in and shut down botnets through an amendment to the existing criminal law, which would allow the Department of Justice to obtain injunctions to disrupt these malicious networks.

< <https://threatpost.com/obama-administration-seeks-more-legal-power-to-disrupt-botnets/111596> https://threatpost.com/obama-administration-seeks-more-legal-power-to-disrupt-botnets/111596>

 

EU plans new team to tackle cyber-terrorism

Plans for a new Europe-wide counter-terrorism unit are being presented to European ministers. The Internet Referral Unit would be part of law enforcement agency Europol and would seek to remove jihadist content from the internet.

< <http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31851119> http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31851119>

 

US Senate committee advances cybersecurity bill in secret session

The Senate intelligence committee advanced a priority bill for the National Security Agency on Thursday afternoon, approving long-stalled cybersecurity legislation that civil libertarians consider the latest pathway for surveillance abuse.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/12/us-senate-advance-cybersecurity-bill-nsa> http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/12/us-senate-advance-cybersecurity-bill-nsa>

 

The March 2015 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are: Fish bites angler ? Lenovo, Komodia and Superfish, Gemalto-gate ? secret service hack goes right to the roots of mobile security, Carbanak ? digital bank robbery on a grand scale, It?s not all bad news ? Europol takes down Ramnit botnet & the Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos. The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

< <http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/03/10/the-march-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/> http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/03/10/the-march-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/>

 

NYSE owner warns of cyber risks [registration]

Electronic sentries may slow markets? flash boys

< <http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/62d9101c-c9a1-11e4-b2ef-00144feab7de.html> http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/62d9101c-c9a1-11e4-b2ef-00144feab7de.html>

 

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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses? Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days. Some are misappropriating the very Web addresses?or domain names?of the businesses themselves.

< <http://www.wsj.com/articles/now-cybercriminals-are-misappropriating-businesses-web-addresses-1426120840> http://www.wsj.com/articles/now-cybercriminals-are-misappropriating-businesses-web-addresses-1426120840>

 

Complainant fails to obtain transfer of three-letter domain name consisting of its mark

In a recent case under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the panel has denied the transfer of a three-letter domain name, even though it consisted of the complainant's trademark.

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=e25b7c62-1ceb-4dee-afca-69a3be3a26d4> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=e25b7c62-1ceb-4dee-afca-69a3be3a26d4>

 

Walmart Not Horsing Around With Parody Domain Site

Walmart. Just saying the company's name is usually enough to evoke unbidden brain-sounds of terrifying organ music and images of pitchfork-wielding devil-imps. But, hey, it's a large business that's been around for quite a while, so I guess it's doing alright. It seems to me that somebody might want to call a meeting with the Walmart legal brain trust, because the company's campaign against a silly and simple parody website isn't achieving much of anything at all, and is in fact Streisanding the parody site into national views.

< <https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150310/05575230270/walmart-not-horsing-around-with-parody-domain-site.shtml> https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150310/05575230270/walmart-not-horsing-around-with-parody-domain-site.shtml>

 

UDRP Spotlight: Getting It Right the First Time

There are lots of crazy UDRP stories out there (domain owners listed as ?Mickey Mouse? or ?Haclav Vavel?) but, admit it, who doesn?t love a juicy decision on procedural grounds? This week?s case provides us with an opportunity to consider the application of res judicata (and poor lawyering) in the domain sphere.

< <http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-spotlight-getting-it-right-the-first-time> http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-spotlight-getting-it-right-the-first-time>

 

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IPv6 Security Myth #9: There Aren't Any IPv6 Security Resources by Chris Grundemann

We are approaching the end of this 10 part series on the most common IPv6 security myths. Now it's time to turn our eyes away from security risks to focus a bit more on security resources. Today's myth is actually one of the most harmful to those who hold it. If you believe that there is no good information out there, it's nearly impossible to find that information. So let's get down to it and dispel our 9th myth.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150312_ipv6_security_myth_9_there_arent_any_ipv6_security_resources/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150312_ipv6_security_myth_9_there_arent_any_ipv6_security_resources/>

 

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Google Apps ?Defect? Leaks Private WHOIS Data Of 280,000

Google has notified hundreds of thousands of domain registrants that their private WHOIS information has been exposed in the clear, opening them up to identity theft, phishing scams and more.

< <https://threatpost.com/google-apps-defect-leaks-private-whois-data-of-280000/111624> https://threatpost.com/google-apps-defect-leaks-private-whois-data-of-280000/111624>

 

Epic Google snafu leaks hidden whois data for 280,000 domains

Google leaked the complete hidden whois data attached to more than 282,000 domains registered through the company's Google Apps for Work service, a breach that could bite good and bad guys alike.

< <http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/epic-google-snafu-leaks-hidden-whois-data-for-280000-domains/> http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/epic-google-snafu-leaks-hidden-whois-data-for-280000-domains/>

 

Google Apps bug exposes some users' personal info

A set of Google software and tools for businesses exposed some users' personal information for nearly two years, despite those users opting to keep the data private, security researchers said Thursday.

< <http://www.cnet.com/news/bug-in-google-apps-exposes-some-users-personal-info/> http://www.cnet.com/news/bug-in-google-apps-exposes-some-users-personal-info/>

 

Google tells world where Apps users live after WHOIS SNAFU

Names, home and email addresses, and phone numbers for a whopping 282,867 Google Apps domains have been exposed through previously borked private WHOIS records, Cisco boffins say.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/cisco_googleapps_whois/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/13/cisco_googleapps_whois/>

 

EZTV.it Domain Compromised By ?Scammers?

The popular TV-torrent site EZTV has suffered several days of downtime over the past week, and the trouble doesn't stop there. The site's former .it domain name has been taken over by "scammers," causing all sorts of trouble for unsuspecting users.

< <http://torrentfreak.com/eztv-it-domain-compromised-by-scammers-150313/> http://torrentfreak.com/eztv-it-domain-compromised-by-scammers-150313/>

 

Melbourne IT plans acquisition spree

Domain name registration and web design company Melbourne IT is planning to continue an acquisition spree after buying cloud services provider UberGlobal for $15.5 million last week.

< <http://www.afr.com/technology/web/melbourne-it-plans-acquisition-spree-20150301-13qtry> http://www.afr.com/technology/web/melbourne-it-plans-acquisition-spree-20150301-13qtry>

 

APNIC supporting deployment of Internet measurements project

APNIC signed an MoU with RIPE NCC, in June 2014, to support the deployment of Atlas Anchors in the Asia Pacific.

< <http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/10/apnic-supporting-deployment-of-internet-measurements-project/> http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/10/apnic-supporting-deployment-of-internet-measurements-project/>

 

APNIC 2014 Annual Report published

APNIC?s 2014 Annual Report is now available.

< <http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/09/apnic-2014-annual-report-published/> http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/09/apnic-2014-annual-report-published/>

 

Do you carefully consider your domain extension?

To be present online, is to make choices. Do you build your own website? What will the design look like? Which (website) content do you provide? When you pick a domain name, you?ll think the name through. But does that thinking also apply for the domain extension? The recent internet (r)evolution enables us to choose out of more than 1.300 domain extensions. As a result, not only your domain name but also the extension matters. It tells something relevant about you, your company, product or service.

< <http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/do-you-carefully-consider-your-domain-extension> http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/do-you-carefully-consider-your-domain-extension>

 

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Trio of Six-Figure Sales (one Topping a Half Million Dollars) Headline This Week's Domain Sales Report 

Spring is still a couple of weeks away but impressive domain sales continue to blossom at a variety of venues. Heritage Auctions closed several sizeable sales made at the live auction they staged last month at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, including three that smashed through the six-figure barrier. That trio, led by NL.com at $575,000, fills the first three slots on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. NL.com also ranks as the third biggest sale reported so far this year.

< <http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150311.htm> http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150311.htm>

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: it might be about trade, but it?s far from free

This secretive agreement is less about free trade than about protecting American interests, writes John Quiggin. But there?s a glimmer of a chance it won?t proceed

< <http://insidestory.org.au/the-trans-pacific-partnership-it-might-be-about-trade-but-its-far-from-free> http://insidestory.org.au/the-trans-pacific-partnership-it-might-be-about-trade-but-its-far-from-free>

 

 

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