• Afilias takes over .hotel, sidelines Krischenowski over hacking claims

    … Afilias has sought to distance itself from DotBerlin CEO Dirk Krischenowski, due to ongoing claims that he improperly accessed secret data on rival .hotel applicants. The company revealed in a recent letter to ICANN that it has bought out Krischenowski’s 48.8% stake in successful .hotel applicant Hotel Top Level Domain Sarl and that Afilias…

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  • .hotel fight gets nasty with “criminal” hacking claims

    … with its demands. Six applicants, represented by Flip Petillion of Crowell & Moring, claim that Hotel Top Level Domain Sarl should forfeit its application because one of its representatives gained unauthorized access to their trade secrets. That’s a reference to a story we covered extensively last year, where an ICANN audit found that DotBerlin CEO…

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  • ICANN reveals 12 more data breaches

    … to the account of Dirk Krischenowski, CEO of dotBerlin. ICANN said last night that its investigation is now over. Related posts: .berlin CEO prime suspect in ICANN data breach Most ICANN new gTLD breaches were over a year ago Dumb ICANN bug revealed secret financial data to new gTLD applicants …

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  • Donuts: glitch revealed price we would pay for gTLDs

    … belonging to any applicant. ICANN discovered the problem in February, two years after the portal launched. The results of a security audit were revealed in late April. But it was not until late May that it emerged that only one person, dotBerlin CEO Dirk Krischenowski, was suspected by ICANN of having deliberately viewed data belonging to others…

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  • .berlin zone drops off a cliff

    …. A possible explanation for the decrease is the expiration of domains that were given away for free a year ago, but the dates don’t quite tally. On June 16 2014, the zone file rocketed by over 67,000 names, most of which were registered via InternetX. The promotion was yanked just a few days later, with the dotBerlin registry citing unexpectedly…

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  • .berlin rockets to 116k on free domain offer

    … A promotion from dotBERLIN saw .berlin more than double its registration count yesterday, as speculators (apparently) swooped to claim over 67,000 free domain names. The new gTLD ended the day with 115,966 domains in its zone, up 67,347 or 138% on the day. That makes it the number two new gTLD again, snipping at the heels of .xyz, which has…

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