ICANN: “IANA Systems Not Compromised By Hackers”

icannAs ICANN reported on 16 December 2014, it was recently the target of a so-called “spear phishing” attack. During this attack the email credentials of some ICANN staff were compromised by hackers.

“As mentioned in our original announcement, we have confirmed that the attack has not impacted any Continue reading

ICANN Targeted in Spear Phishing Attack

icannICANN is investigating a recent intrusion into their systems.

We believe a “spear phishing” attack was initiated in late November 2014. It involved email messages that were crafted to appear to come from our own domain being sent to members of our staff. The attack resulted in the compromise of the email credentials of several ICANN staff members.

In early December 2014 ICANN also discovered that the compromised credentials were used to access other ICANN systems besides email: Continue reading

Release of Country and Territory Names Within .BMW & .MINI New gTLDs

newgtldI don’t know why ICANN bothered with any of rules on reserved domains in New gTLD contracts and agreements. One after the other all the reserved domains are released anyway.

After the release of 2-character New gTLD domain names ICANN just opened a comment period for the release of country and Continue reading

Proposed Renewal of .JOBS TLD Registry Agreement

gtldsICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .JOBS which is set to expire on 5 May 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Employ Media LLC (the Registry Operator for the .JOBS TLD).

The current Registry Agreement for .JOBS, like other registry agreements, provides for presumptive renewal so long as certain requirements are met. It also provides that upon renewal, changes Continue reading

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Stats: 43 ccTLDs, 35 gTLDs, 50+ New gTLDs

icannICANN shared some data about the considerable progress made to deploy Internationalized Domain Names in the Domain Name System (DNS) root zone file.

In 2010, hostnames used in the DNS were limited to a subset of the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) characters used for alphabetic letters, digits, and the hyphen (known as “LDH”). This meant that non-Latin characters could not be used for website and other domain names that people would type in or click on. However, in 2010, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and others were hard at work creating a robust, globally implementable Internationalized Domain Names in Applications (IDNA) standard that would enable billions of new users to access the Internet in their local language script.

This what has been achieved in Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs): Continue reading

ICANN 53 Will Be Held In Buenos Aires, Argentina & Will Cost Up To $1.5 Million

icannICANN announced that the ICANN 53 conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

ICANN’s intent was to hold its second Public Meeting of 2015 in the Latin America/Caribbean region and found that an available venue in Buenos Aires, Argentina was the most suitable.

The Board authorized the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to engage in and facilitate all necessary contracting and disbursements for the Continue reading

ICANN Accepting Comments To Develop Plan To Transition Away From The U.S. Government Stewardship

icannFollowing the request of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for ICANN “convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role” with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing to produce a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the Domain Name System (DNS).

The CWG has now published its Continue reading

ICANN Terminates Accreditation Of Panama Registrar With Zero (0) Domains!

icannICANN sent a notice of termination of registrar accreditation agreement for the registrar Vigson, Inc. from Panama on the 18th of November 2014.

As of 18 November 2014, Vigson, Inc.’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) with the Internet  Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”)  dated 3 October 2012 (“RAA”) is terminated pursuant to Section 5. 3.4 of the RAA. The termination shall become effective Continue reading

Dish DBS Wins .Dot New gTLD Auction For $700,000 Beating Google

newgtldDish DBS Corporation won today the auction for the .Dot New gTLD for just $700,000. Dish beat .dot other applicant Google’s company Charleston Road Registry Inc.

This was the cheapest Continue reading

Ultimate Domain Name “www.google” Ranks 20th New gTLD In Alexa But Does Not Resolve

newgtldAs many of you know Google applied for the .Google New gTLD and the application was accepted by ICANN as a .brand string. Google has since signed the registry contract with ICANN and the New gTLD has been activated.

ICANN New gTLD rules dictate that all registry operators should reserve Continue reading