Corsearch New gTLD Update: .VIP, Donuts' Rightside Acquisition, and Uniregistry 2-Letter and Premium Domains

by Kate Reid on Friday, 13 October, 2017

This week's update includes news about .VIP, the Donuts acquisition of Rightside, and Uniregistry 2-letter and premium domains.

.VIP – Chinese Script IDNs Available in November
Registry operator MMX announced that on November 21, 2017, it will be possible to register Chinese Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) under the TLD .VIP.

Donuts and Rightside DPML Update
Donuts registry successfully completed its acquisition of Rightside registry in July and has now provided an update on the DPML systems merger, scheduled for Quarter 2, 2018, outlining the four scenarios that apply to existing DPML customers, based on whether they have a Donuts DPML, a Rightside DPML, or both. 

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

Important Trends in the Domain Name Industry

by Brian Conchuratt on Thursday, 7 September, 2017

The number of worldwide phishing attacks continues to grow, having reached an all-time high of 255,065 unique attacks in 2016, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s (APWG) annual report, “Global Phishing Survey: Trends and Domain Name Use in 2016,” published this summer. 

Why is this important to IP professionals? For those that manage domain portfolios or monitor domain registrations, this is an important issue to understand because you have a role to play in defending your company or your clients from these attacks.

This wasn’t always the case. Over the past 10 years that the APWG has been publishing these reports, most phishing attacks have originated from compromised Web sites that had been hacked and used to execute these campaigns. However, the most recent data show that we’re experiencing an important new trend:  the use of malicious domain registrations to conduct phishing attacks is growing rapidly. As recently as 2012, phishing attacks from maliciously registered domain names comprised less than 9% of all phishing attacks worldwide. In 2016, nearly half of all phishing attacks originated from malicious registrations. 

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Topics: domains, domain management

Parody Mike Pence Website Highlights Importance of Protecting Your Domains

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017

Some media outlets recently reported that US Vice President Mike Pence’s website had been hacked. The website — http://www.officialmikepence.com — seemed to fall in line with assorted media reports that Pence was involved in campaign planning activities for a presidential run in 2020 since the home page calls Pence “The 46th President of the United States.”

It turns out that the website, called officialmikepence.com, is a parody site that was launched by Funny or Die, the comedy website and film/TV production company on April Fool’s Day earlier this year. Ultimately, media outlets published corrections to their reports of the “hacking.”

Beyond the nonsensical tag line “See you tomorrow, for tomorrow — is now — today,” other more obviously comic elements of the website should have been a tip-off that it was a parody site, like these sections:

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Topics: domains, domain management

Corsearch New gTLD Update: Japanese IDN TLDs, .WHOSWHO, .SHOP, and More

by Kate Reid on Thursday, 20 July, 2017

This week’s update includes news about Japanese IDN TLDs, .WHOSWHO, .SHOP, and more.

Amazon Registry Japanese IDN TLDs – Change of Date for General Availability
Please note that the General Availability launch date for Amazon Registry Services, Inc.’s Japanese IDN TLDs, below, has been updated from July 30, 2017 to September 12, 2017 (14:00 UTC):

.書籍(.book in Japanese)
.クラウド(.cloud in Japanese)
.ファッション(.fashion in Japanese)
.食品(.food in Japanese)
.セール(.sale in Japanese)
.ストア(.store in Japanese)
.家電 (.consumerelectronics in Japanese)

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .BOSTON, .RADIO, .STORAGE, and More

by Kate Reid on Wednesday, 5 July, 2017

This week’s update features news about .BOSTON, .RADIO, .STORAGE, and more.

.BOSTON
Registry operator Boston TLD Management, LLC announced tentative launch dates for its new geoTLD .BOSTON, relating to the city of Boston, Massachusetts, as follows:

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Sunrise Type

Boston Community Period Starts

Boston Community Period Ends

General Availability

01 August 2017
(16:00 UTC)

31 August 2017
(16:00 UTC)

Start Date Sunrise
(first-come, first-served)

17 August 2017
(16:00 UTC)

15 September 2017
(16:00 UTC)

26 September 2017
(16:00 UTC)

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

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