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Nominet Proposes Major Change in Handling Domain Name Disputes

Nominet, the registry for .uk domain names, has proposed a plan to streamline the .uk domain name dispute resolution process. It suggests that unopposed domain disputes be automatically resolved thus saving complainer the time and expense of mounting a full case where there is no opposition. From the report: "The move is designed to help brand and trade mark holders to cope with the rocketing problems of cybersquatters and domainers who register thousands of domains at a time and generally do not oppose attempts by legitimate rights holders to take the domain names back." more»

Botnets Now Number One Threat to ISP Backbones

Increasingly-intense distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks on ISP backbones are surpassing providers' capacity and knocking customers offline, according to a new survey of service providers by Arbor Networks. While most large ISPs have upgraded their backbones to 10-Gbit/s speeds over the past two years, three respondents said they have experienced sustained attacks from 20- to 22 Gbit/s, and one hosting services provider in the survey reported a 24-Gbit/s DNS-targeted attack. The most powerful sustained attack previously was 17 Gbit/s, which was reported in last year's survey by Arbor. more»

The .TK Domain Generates 10% of Tiny Pacific Nation's Wealth

Tokelau, a non-self-governing colonial territory of New Zealand that comprises three tropical coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, has come up with a novel way of making money via its country code top-level domain name .TK. Tokelau may only have 1,500 inhabitants and be a two-day boat trip from its nearest neighbor but selling its .TK domain is reaping benefits. A Dutch entrepreneur who bought the address now offers a free domain name service in return for targeted ads. The deal has allowed Tokelau to add 10% to its GDP as well as gain personal computers and net access for residents. more»

ICA Codes of Conduct Addresses Areas of Conflict in the Domain Name Industry

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) today announced it has adopted an eight-point member code of conduct designed to foster and promote fair and ethical business practices in the domain name industry. "We are very pleased to introduce the ICA's Member Code of Conduct," said ICA Executive Director Michael Collins. "We believe that following these best practices will go a long way toward addressing and resolving many of the important issues facing the domain name industry as it continues to grow and mature. more»

10,000 .EU Domains Suspended, Registrant Accused of Cybersquatting

A Chinese woman, Zheng Qingyin, who registered 10,000 .eu domain names, is facing a lawsuit from Eurid, the Belgian-based domain registry that manages the .eu top-level domain. Qingyin, whose 10,000 domain names are currently suspended, has retaliated by bringing her own legal complaint according to Eurid's legal adviser. more»

Dispute Over Western Sahara's .EH

Is Western Sahara a part of Morocco or is it truly independent? Never really settled in the real world, an old dispute now has repercussions on the Internet as two governments fight for one of the last unassigned country codes. Undelegated extensions -- ones that haven't been assigned to anyone yet -- are like 2 character .COMs: extremely rare... more»

Domain Names Registered Globally Now Over 138 Million

VeriSign has published its second quarter 2007 Domain Name Industry Brief where it reports that the number of new domain name registrations have hit an all time high in the second quarter of 2007 with 14.5 million new registrations, exceeding the previous high mark hit in the fourth quarter of 2006. From the report: "At the midpoint of 2007, the total base of domain name registrations worldwide was 138 million across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs). This represents a 31 percent increase over the same quarter last year and an eight percent increase over the first quarter 2007..." more»

Study Says Email Has Surpassed Telephony as Corporate Communication Tool

New research recently released by Dimension Data suggests that email usage has surpassed telephony as communication tool of choice in the workplace. The research surveyed 390 IT managers and 524 enterprise users across 13 countries in the United States, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa. According to the research, 100% of the end-users surveyed use e-mail, followed by fixed-line telephony (80%), mobile telephony (76%) and instant messaging (66%). more»

The .EU Domain Popular with Cross-Border Merger Groups

A recent report says that the .eu top-level domain, launched a year ago, has proven particularly popular with groups that have been created as a result of cross-border mergers. Example groups given include Dexia, the Franco-Belgian group, as well as companies registered outside their home country for regulatory reasons. Cyprus, a popular destination for company registrations, has boasted the seventh-highest number of .eu domain names. more»

Vint Cerf on Internet's Key Infrastructure

BBC News is running Vint Cerf's personal view on the Internet's future. From the article: "Improving the resilience and resistance to attack of key infrastructure such as the Domain Name System (the phone book of the internet) and the routing system will be major focal points for near-term internet development. Introducing DNSSEC (security for the Domain Name System) and the digital signing of address space by the Regional Internet Registries will assume much higher priority..." more»

Cyberattacks on Estonia Further Explored

The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that brought down most of Estonia's internet infrastructure a few months ago, has been explored by Joshua Davis in a recent story at the Wired Magazine. "In the coming months, commentators around the world would look back at this moment and debate its significance. But for Aaviksoo, the meaning was clear. This was not the first botnet strike ever, nor was it the largest. But never before had an entire country been targeted on almost every digital front all at once, and never before had a government itself fought back..." more»

Patent Application Reveals Microsoft's Anti-Phish Detection Technology

A Microsoft Patent application has just been published that goes into intricate detail about anti-phishing "predictive model" technology incorporated into Outlook and Outlook Express or providable to third-party providers. The app is entitled "Finding phishing sites." The Patent literature is arguably the most thorough description of how Microsoft email software attempts to find phish email. more»

North Korea Expected to Get Approval for ".KP" from ICANN

It has been reported today that North Korea is gradually moving towards opening its door to embrace the Internet as the tension on the Korean Peninsula eases after the South-North summit. A professor from the Dongguk University quoted in the North Korea Times says: "It is a natural choice for the self-enclosed nation to connect its network to the global Internet if it wants to be a member of global society." more»

Spam Distribution Infrastructure: New Study Finds 94% of Scams Hosted on Individual Web Servers

Computer scientists, Geoff Voelker and Stefan Savage, from UC San Diego have found striking differences between the infrastructure used to distribute spam and the infrastructure used to host the online scams advertised in these unwanted email messages. This discovery is believed to help aid in the fight to reduce spam volume and shut down illegal online businesses and malware sites. While hundreds or thousands of compromised computers may be used to relay spam to users, most scams are hosted by individual Web servers. more»

New Law Will Prevent Domain Registration of Another Living Person

A domain name bill by New York State Senator, Betty Little, will be taking effect in 120 days aimed at preventing any individual from registering a domain name - with the intent to profit - that resembles another living person or business. From the press release: "The law provides for a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each day the violation occurs. In addition, the New York State Attorney General is enabled to apply to the Supreme Court for an injunction, including forfeiture or cancellation of the domain name..." more»

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