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ICANN Secures Preliminary Injunction to Terminate Registerfly's Accreditation

Under a preliminary injunction issued yesterday by US Federal Court Judge, Manuel J. Real, ICANN now has the right to terminate RegisterFly’s accreditation as soon as possible. The provision to ICANN of current and accurate data for all of RegisterFly’s domain names has also been ordered by the Court as RegisterFly failed to meet the conditions of a temporary restraining order (TRO) which the Court issued on April 16, 2007. more»

Dial-through Fraud Made Easier Using VoIP

Telephone switchboard hacking is not new, but criminals are now using the latest technology to cover their trails. Anyone who cracks the protection around the codes can make unlimited calls at the company's expense... "Before VoIP this kind of fraud required considerable investment, specialist skills and sophisticated equipment. Now, with VoIP, the equipment is readily available, low cost and easy to set up and then move when discovered," says one senior consultant. more»

ICANN Releases Toolkit to Handle New TLDs

ICANN has released a toolkit for Web site designers and application developers to fix problems caused by recently added Internet addresses. Some Web sites and applications are rejecting addresses ending in newer Top-Level Domains such as ".mobi" or ".info," causing inconvenience for users. Many TLDs have been added in recent years to supplement ".com" and ".net," but some applications have not been updated to accommodate the changes, ICANN said. The work can be time-consuming for developers, it added. more»

Another Top-Level Domain Price Rise: This Time It's .biz

Another week, another price increase in Internet addresses. This time, it's ".biz" whose fees are going up. In recent weeks, operators of ".com," ".net," ".org" and ".info" have announced increases beginning in mid-October in the wholesale prices for domain names -- what the operators collect from the companies that sell names on their behalf. ...Many of the announced hikes became possible when the ICANN agreed to new contract terms in December, permitting an annual hike of up to 10 percent a year upon six months' notice. more»

ICANN Given Temporary Restraining Order Against RegisterFly

RegisterFly has been ordered to hand over to ICANN current and accurate data for all of its domain names. ICANN's application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against RegisterFly was granted on Monday by US Federal Court Judge, Manuel J. Real. more»

Fee for '.info' Domain to Increase Same Day as ".com"

Wholesale prices for Internet addresses ending in ".info" are going up 2.5 percent on Oct. 15, the same day fees for ".com" and ".net" are increasing. Afilias, the registry managing ".info," disclosed the scheduled increase in a letter last week to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). more»

New Wave of Illegal Activity Breed of So-Called P2P Worm

Massive networks of infected computers controlled by attackers worldwide will serve as a powerful engine for the new breed of so-called P2P worm that is currently echoing across cyberspace.

Security experts have predicted over the last several years that botnets of hijacked PCs would pose one of the staunchest challenges faced by the IT community as criminals discovered new ways to use them to deliver attacks. more»

DHS Unprepared for DNS Security

Amid the outcry over allegations that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants the security keys to the DNSSEC encryption technology slowly -- very slowly -- being adopted by internet overlord ICANN, one ICANN board member, Susan Crawford, warns the DHS is woefully unprepared for what lies ahead. more»

Researchers Explore Redesigning Internet Infrastructure from Scratch

Government and university researchers have been exploring ways to redesign the Internet from scratch. Some of the challenges that led researchers to start thinking of clean-slate approaches... Researchers are questioning whether all devices truly need addresses. Perhaps sensors in a home could talk to one another locally and relay the most important data through a gateway bearing an address. This way, routers wouldn't have to keep track of every single sensor, improving efficiency. more»

Microsoft Investigating Windows DNS Server Attacks

Microsoft is investigating attacks exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows Server Domain Name System Service, as well as two types of hacks targeting Vista's OEM BIOS activation feature... "Our investigation reveals that this vulnerability could allow a criminal to run code in the security context of the Domain Name System Server Service, which by default runs as Local SYSTEM," a Microsoft spokesperson said. more»

More on Difficulties Transitioning to IPv6

Transitioning to a next-generation Internet could be akin to changing the engines on a moving airplane.

Routers and other networking devices will likely need replacing; personal computers could be in store for software upgrades. Headaches could arise given the fact that it won't be possible to simply shut down the entire network for maintenance, with companies, groups and individuals depending on it every day. more»

A Year After Launch, .eu Seventh Most Used Domain

A year after its launch, 2.5 million Europeans and companies have registered a .eu domain name, making it the seventh most widespread Web site address suffix in the world and the third in the European Union. ...Just under 80 percent of registered names are used, rather than bought only to reserve a name, the EU's executive arm said. more»

VeriSign Announces Increase in .Com and .Net Domain Name Fees

VeriSign has announced that as of Oct. 15, 2007, the registry fee for .com domain names will increase from $6.00 to $6.42 and that the registry fee for .net domain names will increase, from $3.50 to $3.85. This will be VeriSign's first registry fee increase for .com and .net since the fee structure was put in place by ICANN in 1999. more»

Catching Phishy Domains Before They Go Live

Jackson, a 26-year-old developer from New Bedford, Massachusetts, who works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is spending his spare time on a Web-based application called Crows Nest. It's designed to alert users when newly registered domain names that are likely to be used as phishing sites go live on the Internet. more»

ICANN Might be Seeking Immunity From U.S. Law

The closest thing the Internet has to a governing body seems to want the same kind of immunity from national laws that the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee have enjoyed for decades.

A recent report prepared for the board of ICANN says the organization should "explore the private international organization model" and it should "operationalize whatever outcomes result." more»

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