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    • Ship explosion takes ICANN gear out of action

      An explosion and fire aboard a cargo ship has caused hardware destined for the ICANN’s upcoming meeting in Hyderabad to be impounded. A welding accident caused the explosion aboard the mega container vessel as it was docked in Hamburg, on September 1 according to reports. The resulting fire took four days for firefighters to put out, according to ICANN.

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  • Are .mail, .home and .corp safe to launch? Applicants think so

    … ICANN should lift the freeze on new gTLDs .mail, .home and .corp, despite fears they could cause widespread disruption, according to applicants. Fifteen applicants for the strings wrote to ICANN last week to ask for a risk mitigation plan that would allow them to be delegated. The three would-be gTLDs were put on hold indefinitely almost three…

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  • ICANN to flip the secret key to the internet

    … hierarchy — all trust in DNSSEC flows from it. It’s considered good practice in DNSSEC to rotate keys every so often, largely to reduce the window would-be attackers have to compromise them. The Zone Signing Key used by ICANN and Verisign to sign the DNS root is rotated quarterly, and individual domain owners can rotate their own keys…

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  • Verisign says new gTLDs put millions at risk

    … files on their local networks. The WPAD protocol tries to find the file using DHCP first, but fails over to DNS. So, your browser might look for a wpad.dat file on, depending on what domain your computer belongs to, using DNS. The vulnerability arises because companies often use previously undelegated TLDs — such as .prod or .global…

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  • It’s official: new gTLDs didn’t kill anyone

    … such as system failure and DNS queries leaking on to the internet. The applied-for gTLDs .corp and .home have been effectively banned, due to the vast numbers of organizations already using them. All other gTLDs were obliged, following JAS recommendations, to redirect all non-existent domains to, an IP address chosen to put network administrators…

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  • Verisign offers free public DNS

    … Verisign has launched a free recursive DNS service aimed at the consumer market. Public DNS, as the service is called, is being positioned as a way to avoid having your browsing history collated and sold for marketing purposes by your ISP. There’s no charge, and the company is promising not to sell your data. It also does not plan to monetize…

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  • .sexy may be blocked in Iran

    … at the national level, is indeed blocked in Iran and Syria. The study also found that there may be issues with Adobe’s Flash software, when used in Internet Explorer, when it comes to resolving internationalized domain names. That conclusion seems to have been reached largely because the test’s methodology saw a Flash advertisement discretely…

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  • Blue Coat explains .zip screw-up

    … Security vendor Blue Coat apparently doesn’t check whether domains are actually domains before it advises customers to block them. The company yesterday published a blog post that sought to explain why it denounced Google’s unlaunched .zip gTLD as “100% shady” even though the only .zip domain in existence leads to Unrepentant, Blue…

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  • Concern over mystery TMCH outage

    … as unscheduled by the TMCH on a mailing list, but requests for more information sent its way today were deflected to ICANN. An ICANN spokesperson said that the outage is being analyzed right now by is Global Domains Division, which will take a couple of days. The problem affected the IBM-administered Trademark Database, which registrars query…

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  • Group forms to stop new gTLDs breaking stuff

    … A little over a year into the live phase of the new gTLD program, a group of domain industry companies are getting together to make sure the expansion is supported across the whole internet. A new Universal Acceptance Steering Group has formed, with the support of ICANN and the Domain Name Association, to help fix many of the compatibility…

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  • Comcast users report name collision bugs

    … Xfinity hubs use the domain on residential networks and that this default configuration choice was not corrected by Comcast before .network went live. The collision doesn’t appear to be causing widespread internet access issues — Xfinity has close to 20 million users so we’d have heard about it if the problems were ubiquitous — some…

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  • Verisign plans TLD standards group

    …: The primary purpose of an association would be to facilitate communication and technical coordination among implementers and operators of the EPP protocol and its current extensions to address interoperability and efficiency obstacles. EPP is the Extensible Provisioning Protocol used by registrars to transact with all gTLD and many ccTLD…

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