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ICANN Reviews Domain Name Registrars

ICANN already has taken steps to decertify RegisterFly.com, whose troubles it said resulted in many customers unable to renew names before they expired or to transfer them to rival registration companies.

ICANN said broader changes may be needed to prevent similar troubles in the future. Paul Levins, the agency's vice president for corporate affairs, said Monday that the existing rules were written when there was little competition among registrars, while there are about 860 today. more»

Neiman Marcus Suing Companies for Domain Tasting

Neiman Marcus Group Inc. is suing a pair of domain name companies, accusing them of improperly registering more than 40 Internet addresses that resemble the department store chain's trademarks. The lawsuit accuses the companies of domain name tasting. more»

After U.S., China Biggest Source of Spam

Next to offshore outsourcing, spam is the other thing that has become synonymous with China.

Ranked second after the United States as the source from which spam originates, China faces an uphill battle in keeping spammers off its networks.  more»

Possible Final Vote on XXX Next Week

Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance as a key Internet oversight agency nears a decision on creating a virtual red-light district through a ".xxx" Internet address.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has already rejected similar proposals twice since 2000, planned to vote as early as next week on whether to approve the domain name for voluntary use by porn sites. more»

ICANN Discussing Domain Registrar Crackdown

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers is planning to review how it accredits and disciplines domain name registrars, after the fiasco at Registerfly.com that has put tens of thousands of web sites at risk.

In a strongly worded statement released yesterday, ICANN president Paul Twomey called for decisive action to reform its standard Registrar Accreditation Agreement, to help protect domain customers. more»

Whois Privacy for Domain Owners Moves Forward

Help may be on the way as the Whois task force last week endorsed a proposal that would give more privacy options to small businesses, individuals with personal websites and other domain name owners.

"At the end of the day, they are not going to have personal contact information on public display," said Ross Rader, a task force member and director of retail services for registration company Tucows Inc. "That's the big change for domain name owners." more»

Registerfly's Domain Registrar Accreditation Terminated by ICANN

ICANN has issued a formal notice to RegisterFly indicating that it will cease operating as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar on March 31, 2007. Under the terms of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), ICANN must provide 15 days written notice to RegisterFly of its intention to terminate. Effective immediately ICANN has terminated RegisterFly's right to use the ICANN Accredited Registrar logo on its website. more»

Microsoft Launches Court Actions Against Cybersquatters

Microsoft is launching a string of court actions in the United States and Europe against cybersquatters, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

"Cybersquatting is a growing problem for brands around the world and we hope to educate other brand holders and encourage them to take action," Aaron Kornblum, a senior Microsoft lawyer, told the business daily. more»

Cybersquatting Cases Rose 25 Percent Last Year, Says WIPO

The U.N. copyright agency (World Intellectual Property Organization) that arbitrates more than half the world's "cybersquatting" cases saw a 25 percent increase in complaints last year. WIPO received 1,823 complaints in 2006 alleging abusive registrations of trademarks as Internet domain names. more»

Anycast Technology Effectiveness in Recent DNS Attack

During the attack, which lasted almost eight hours, six of the 13 root servers that form the foundation of the Internet's DNS were targeted, ICANN said. However, only two were noticeably affected. These two did not have Anycast installed because the technology was still being tested, ICANN said.

"With the Anycast technology apparently proven, it is likely that the remaining roots--D, E, G, H and L--will move over soon," ICANN said. The letters refer to the five of the 13 official root DNS servers that do not yet have Anycast installed. more»

International Domain Names Tested Successfully

Internationalized domain names have moved a step closer to reality, after ICANN announced it had successfully completed testing.

ICANN commissioned a laboratory test of IDNs in October 2006. The test was designed to establish whether the use of encoded internationalized characters would "have any impact on the operations of the root name servers providing delegations, or the iterative mode resolvers." more»

ICANN Releases DNS Attack Factsheet Concerning Recent Attacks

ICANN has released a factsheet concerning the recent attack on the root server system on 6 February 2007. The factsheet is intended to provide an explanation of the attack for a non-technical audience and hopes to enlarge public understanding surrounding this and related issues.

Aside from covering the attack itself and the engineers' response to it, the factsheet also briefly reviews the root server system, the domain name system, Anycast technology, and what can be done in order to deal with such attacks in future. The fact sheet can be downloaded here [PDF]. more»

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