Domain Tech

  • About that $3,800 emoji domain sale…

    … The debate over the age of the emoji domain name ☮.com may have been settled. It probably is as old as it was claimed to be. You may recall that last week I blogged about the €3,400 ($3,816) sale of the domain to an end user. It wasn’t a big sale or a big story, but it’s so rare to see an emoji name sell I thought it was worth a few paragraphs…

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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

    … 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…

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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

    … 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

    … Verisign has revived its old name collisions security scare story, publishing this week a weighty research paper claiming millions are at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks. It’s actually a study into how a well-known type of attack, first documented in the 1990s, might become easier due to the expansion of the DNS at the top level. According…

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

    … The introduction of new gTLDs posed no risk to human life. That’s the conclusion of JAS Advisors, the consulting company that has been working with ICANN on the issue of DNS name collisions. It is final report “Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions”, published last night, JAS described the response to the “controlled interruption…

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  • Verisign offers free public DNS

    … interactions. Verisign also offers paid-for recursive DNS services to enterprises, so there may be an up-sell opportunity here. The market for free public DNS currently has big players including Cisco’s OpenDNS and Google. If you want to use the Verisign service, the IP addresses to switch to are 64.6.64.6 and 64.6.65.6. Related posts: VeriSign launches free cloud domain security service ICM scraps free .xxx porn star offer, starts new one ICM offers free .xxx domains to porn stars …

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  • .sexy may be blocked in Iran

    … Some networks in Iran appear to be systematically blocking Uniregistry’s .sexy gTLD. That’s one of the conclusions of a slightly odd experiment commissioned by ICANN. The newly published An Analysis of New gTLD Universal Acceptance was conducted by APNIC Labs. The idea was to figure out whether there are any issues with new gTLDs…

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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 google.com. Unrepentant, Blue…

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  • Concern over mystery TMCH outage

    … ICANN is investigating the causes and impact of a database outage that is believed to have hit the Trademark Clearinghouse for 10 hours last Friday. Some in the intellectual property community are concerned that the downtime may have allowed people to register domain names without receiving Trademark Claims notices. The downtime was confirmed…

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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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
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