Domain Tech

  • Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

    … Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages…

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  • Telco billed $2.7 million for failing to renew domain

    … the morning of June 8, 2016. The $2.7 million charge is a repayment of a reimbursement of the same amount paid out by the nation Telecommunications Relay Service Fund. Sorenson has agreed to pay a more modest $252,000 in formal penalties to the FCC for its indiscretion. Still, as domain renewal fumbles go, it’s got to be one of the biggest facepalms we’ve seen for a while. Tweet Tagged: fcc, renewal, sorenson …

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  • New gTLDs still a crappy choice for email — study

    … sites were 100% compliant for .com domains, the scores for new gTLDs are not great. There are currently over 800 TLDs over four characters in length, but according to the UASG research 22% of web sites will not recognize them. There are 150 IDN TLDs, but a maximum of 30% of sites will accept them in email addresses. When it comes to right-to-left…

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  • ICANN just came thiiis close to breaking the internet

    … ICANN has decided to postpone an unprecedented change at the DNS root after discovering it could break internet for potentially millions of users. The so-called KSK Rollover was due to go ahead on October 11, but it’s now been pushed back to — tentatively — some time in the first quarter 2018. The delay was decided after ICANN realized…

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  • Pilot program for Whois killer launches

    … ICANN is to oversee a set of pilot programs for RDAP, the protocol expected to eventually replace Whois. Registration Data Access Protocol, an IETF standard since 2015, fills the same function as Whois, but it is more structured and enables access control rules. ICANN said this week that it has launched the pilot in response to a request last…

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  • About that $3,800 emoji domain sale…

    …, IDNs are encoded with the “xn--” prefix. While applications may render ☮.com as the “peace” symbol, in the DNS it is in fact xn--v4h.com. Hoffman told me that the prefix had been picked more or less at random in March 2003, so there was no way a speculator could have known in April 2001 how to register a domain that would have no meaning…

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  • Want to be one of the internet’s SEVEN SECRET KEY-HOLDERS? Apply now!

    … ICANN has put out a call for volunteers, looking for people to become what are sometimes referred to as “the internet’s seven secret key holders”. Specifically, it needs Trusted Community Representatives, people of standing in the internet community who don’t mind carrying around a small key and getting a free trip to Los Angeles or Virginia…

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  • ICANN to host DNS event in Madrid

    … ICANN is to hold a “DNS Symposium” in Madrid this May. The event will “explore ICANN’s current initiatives and projects relating to DNS research, operations, threats and countermeasures and technology evolution”, according to ICANN. It’s a one-day event, focused specifically on DNS, rather than the domain name registration business…

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  • Ship explosion takes ICANN gear out of action

    …, according to ICANN. ICANN had two containers — a 40-footer and 20-footer — on the ship, moving gear from June’s Helsinki meeting to next month’s ICANN 57 in India, ICANN said. The smaller of the two containers was close to the fire and has been “detained” in Germany where it may not be released for months or years. It held “printers, remote…

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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…

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  • ICANN to flip the secret key to the internet

    … as and when they choose, but the same KSK has been in place since the root was first signed in 2010. Conrad said that ICANN is doing the first rollover partly to ensure that the procedures in has in place for changing keys are effective and could be deployed in case of emergency. That said, this first rotation is going to happen at a snail’s pace. Key…

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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 wpad.example.com, 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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