Security watchers are calling on net governance body ICANN to adopt a new top level domain name to be used exclusively by registered banks and financial organisations.
If ICANN introduced a .safe domain (or .sure or .bank), which could only be used by registered financial institutions, it would allow security providers to create better software to protect the public. more»
The chairman of a key ICANN committee said questions remain about how to implement a new ".xxx" domain name for pornographic and adult websites, but the agency plans to vote whether to create the online back alley tomorrow.
Janis Karklins, chairman of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, said Thursday that the board of ICANN had not yet answered questions about whether the application meets the standards needed to be established. more»
The unsealing of the two-week-old lawsuit yesterday reveals that when ICANN terminated Registerfly's accreditation to sell domain names earlier this month it did so just one day after it found out it was being sued. Customers of the failing domain name company Registerfly.com have sued the company, along with its accreditor and overseer ICANN, claiming thousands of people have lost or stand to lose their livelihoods due to their negligence. more»
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 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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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 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»
CHINA'S top Internet address registration agency has slashed the price of domain names ending with .cn to one yuan (13 US cents) a year in order to win users from the ".com" service, whose server is overseas.
The China Internet Network Information Center, or CNNIC, said the promotion is for the sake of national information security and to increase Internet use in the world's second-largest Web market. more»
Domain name research and appraisal services firm Zetetic reports that the domain name aftermarket broke the $100 million mark in 2006, reaching US$111,376,000 across 17,974 domain name sales.
"Everyone knew this was a record year for the industry, and these numbers confirm that across the board," Zetetic Senior Analyst Keith Pieper said. "It continues to be a sellers market. more»
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat, and Sen. Carl Marcellino, a Long Island Republican, have introduced matching bills that they argue will make it more difficult for known terrorist organizations to obtain domain space to spread their messages. more»
According to the Domain Name Industry Brief, released today by VeriSign for the fourth quarter of 2006, total domain name registrations reached 120 million, representing a 32 percent increase over the previous year, and an eight percent increase over the third quarter of 2006.
The domain name industry continued to experience strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2006, with more than 11.6 million new registered domain names. This figure represents a three percent increase year over year and a 23 percent increase from the third quarter. more»