Freenom

  • Verisign report deletes millions of domains from history

    … Verisign has dramatically slashed its estimates for the number of domains in existence in its quarterly latest Domain Name Industry Brief reports, two of which were published this week. The headline number for the end of the fourth quarter is 329.3 million, a 0.7% increase sequentially and a 6.8% increase annually. But it’s actually a lower…

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  • Yes, you are dangerous, arbitrator tells “cybersquatter” OpenTLD

    … Free domains provider OpenTLD has been dealt a crushing blow in its fight against the suspension of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement. ICANN is now free to suspend OpenTLD’s RAA, due to the company’s “pattern of cybersquatting”, following a decision by an independent arbitrator. The arbitrator ruled yesterday that OpenTLD’s suspension…

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  • OpenTLD says suspension would “devastate” its business

    … Freenom, which offers free domains in .tk and other ccTLDS, is in excess of 25 million. But OpenTLD said the two businesses as “deeply intertwined” and separating the two would impair its ability to do business. ICANN is pushing for the suspension because OpenTLD lost two UDRP cases earlier this year. Both were filed by competitors — Key-Systems…

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  • OpenTLD cybersquatting fight escalates

    … ICANN has accused OpenTLD, the registrar arm of Freenom, of cybersquatting famous brands even after it was threatened with suspension. The claims may be worrying for some registrars as ICANN may in fact be holding the registrar responsible for the actions of its proxy service customers. OpenTLD was suspended by ICANN in early July, after two…

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  • OpenTLD suspension stayed in unprecedented arbitration case

    … “Cybersquatting” registrar OpenTLD, part of the Freenom group, has had its accreditation un-suspended by ICANN while the two parties slug it out in arbitration. Filed three weeks ago by OpenTLD, it’s the first complaint to head to arbitration about under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement. ICANN suspended the registrar for 90 days…

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  • Freenom suspended for cybersquatting rival registrars

    … Freenom, the company behind .tk and other freebie ccTLDs, has had its ICANN registrar accreditation suspended for cybersquatting competing registrars including Go Daddy and Key-Systems. OpenTLD, its registrar business, has been told it cannot accept new registrations or inbound transfers from July 8 to October 6 or until it provides ICANN…

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  • New gTLD phishing still tiny, but .xyz sees most of it

    … registered domains, .com fared worse, with over 62% share. According to APWG, 75% of maliciously registered domains were in .com, .tk, .pw, .cf and .net. Both .tk and .cf are Freenom-administered free ccTLDs (for Tokelau and the Central African Republic) while low-cost .pw — “plagued” by Chinese phishers — is run by Radix for Palau. New gTLDs…

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  • Freenom adds .gq to free African ccTLD roster

    … Freenom has struck a deal with registry for the once-dormant ccTLD for Equatorial Guinea to offer .gq domain names for free worldwide. The ccTLD is the latest from Africa to buy into the company’s free domains model, after .cf (Central African Republic), .ml (Mali) and .ga (Gabon). The local registry for Equatorial Guinea is telecom provider…

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  • Phishers prefer free ccTLDs to new gTLDs

    … to have such domains in their zones, the report reveals. The Freenom-operated ccTLDs .cf (Central African Republic), .ml (Mali) and .ga (Gabon) top the table of most-polluted TLDs, alongside PW Registry’s .pw (Palau). Freenom, which also runs .tk, offers free domains, while PW Registry has a very low registry fee. APWG measures the risk of phishing…

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