[DNS] domain name news - 4 June

[DNS] domain name news - 4 June

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 21:54:32 -0700 (PDT)
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China to raise key Internet issues at IGF meeting | Latest VeriSign
Domain Name Industry Brief Spotlights Growth Indicators for First
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ICANN wants your comments on the Registry Failure Report

Building Towards a Comprehensive Registry Failover Plan

ICANN Moves Forward Towards Introduction Of Internationalized Top Level Labels in the DNS

Security Through Obscurity as an Institution by Kurtis Lindqvist (on .bank proposal)

ENUM service launches in Ireland

Discussion at the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva by Patrik F?ltstr?m
While travelling home from Geneva, I was thinking quite a lot on the relationship between a ccTLD (registry) and a Country. This is because many countries are starting to talk louder and louder about the responsibilities Countries have on critical infrastructure, or (possibly more important) the management of the critical infrastructure. Will for example any (none?) of ccTLD operators (servers) sustain a denial of service attack of a scale similar to the attack on the root servers? What can ccTLD operators do to resist the malicious attacks? Should this be discussed?

Nominet launches UK web best practice challenge
The UK's internet movers and shakers will descend on the Houses of Commons next week as part of Nominet's best practice challenge.

ICANN wants your comments on the Registry Failure Report
ICANN has posted a detailed report titled Building Towards a Comprehensive Registry Failover Plan. This ICANN?s first study of registry failure, and represents a significant document with information for existing registries, future registries, registrars and registrants. The report will be discussed at the 29th ICANN International Public Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico as part of a public forum on protections for registrants.

Building Towards a Comprehensive Registry Failover Plan
The 2006-2007 ICANN Operating Plan describes the series of projects and deliverables based on the ICANN Strategic Plan. According to the Operating Plan, ICANN is to ?establish a comprehensive plan to be followed in the event of financial, technical or business failure of a registry operator, including full compliance with data escrow requirements and recovery testing?.
This report is being prepared as part of the registry failover project to provide guidance to ICANN and the Internet community in the event of a registry failure. This is not intended to be a policy document. The registry failover project poses a complex set of issues that involve ICANN?s mission in both ensuring DNS stability and promoting competition. Following the 29th ICANN International Public Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ICANN will synthesize a best practices document describing registry failover mechanisms. These mechanisms will also provide guidance or be incorporated into ICANN?s new gTLD process potentially as a best practices contractual requirement.

ICANN Moves Forward Towards Introduction Of Internationalized Top Level Labels in the DNS
ICANN posted a set of draft procedures describing how IANA will manage the insertion, administration and removal of internationalized top-level labels (as delegated A-records) in the DNS root zone. These procedures are intended to guide an evaluation plan providing for the insertion and monitoring of sample IDNs into the root zone later this year.

New Domain Names Increase E-Business Risks (reg req'd)
In May 2007, ICANN announced its intention to release new general-use domain names in 2008. This is the first expansion of general use domain names since 2000. Domain names that have been added since have been limited to specific regions or industries (for example .aero, .travel and .jobs). While it is customary for Australian businesses to reserve the .com and .com.au extensions, it has not been common practice for businesses to also protect themselves by securing other available general use domain names ? .net, .biz, .info and .org. Their risk exposure will increase when new general use names emerge next year. The argument for securing all available domain names is compelling. Not doing so could result in cyber squatters holding you to ransom at a later date. Worse still, a competitor could register a domain before you do, causing brand confusion and directing customers away from your business.

Security Through Obscurity as an Institution by Kurtis Lindqvist
One of my staff members pointed me to an article by Mikko Hypp?nen in Foreign Policy. In this article Mikko argues that a new TLD like .bank for some reason would prevent on-line fraud, at least partially. Mikko seems to be arguing that with a dedicated TLD registry for financial institutions and a fee high enough to act as an entry barrier you would have a trustworthy bank domains that would be immune against today?s phising attempts. I don?t believe in this for a second.

Russian domain expropriated by foreign "name owner"
One of Moscow's city courts satisfied a non-resident company's claim for its right for a domain name in .RU which spells the same as the company's name. We know many cases when domain names were legally returned to the trademark owners, but this is the first story about the plain word name.

ENUM service launches in Ireland
An ENUM service, which makes it possible to link commonly-used internet addresses with traditional telephone numbers, has been launched in Ireland by (IEDR) and Internet Privatstifung Austria and provided the first commercial ENUM registry service in the world.

Mergers and Acquisitions in Domain Industry Increasing at an Impressive Rate by Michele Neylon
As the year progresses the number of mergers and acquisitions in the domain industry is increasing at an impressive rate. Hot on the heels of GoDaddy's acquisition (saving?) of RegisterFly another media company acquires a domain company. Is anyone beginning to see a pattern emerging? Oversee.net has acquired SnapNames... It's an interesting acquisition for Oversee.net which already owns DomainSponsor as well as a very interesting portfolio of domains.

Update Regarding ICANN's Registrar Data Escrow Request For Proposals
In advance of the 8 June 2007 deadline for submission of Registrar Data Escrow proposals, ICANN is soliciting questions regarding the terms of the RFP and technical specifications of the RDE program from potential applicants.

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for Mongolia
ICANN announced today that it has signed an accountability framework with the country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager for .mn--Mongolia, Datacom LTD

How to get the best de-domains (news release)
Who is visiting www.domainregistry.de/de-domain.html will be surprised: One can see live the deletion of de-domains. Visitors, who come to the website www.domainregistry.de/de-domain.html of ICANN accredited Registrar Secura, will have a big surprise: They can watch live the deletions of de-domains.

Domain buyer to be acquired
Oversee.net, which manages more than 2.5 million bare-bones websites, plans to acquire a company that specializes in buying Web domain names the second they become available. Los Angeles-based Oversee expects the deal for Portland, Ore.-based SnapNames to close later this month, Oversee Chief Executive Lawrence Ng said. He declined to disclose the price.

US authorities net 'top spammer'
Web users worldwide could notice a welcome reduction in unsolicited emails offering penis enlargements and other dubious services after a man described as one of the globe's top 10 most prolific spammers was arrested. ... It is the first time federal prosecutors have used identity theft laws to prosecute a spammer for taking over someone else's internet domain name, theoretically leaving Mr Soloway facing a long prison sentence.

How Much is a Three Letter Domain Name Worth? Prices range from a couple thousand to millions
Domain Name Wire was just scrolling through Sedo?s auction page and came across a listing for a three letter domain, Pat.com, which has a bid of $62,000 with its reserve met. Sedo sold a number of three character domains over the past couple weeks at a wide variety of prices. A quick search at NameBio shows that recent .com three character domain sales range from a couple thousand dollars up to millions depending on a number of factors.

In Cannes Bid, Reverse Agency Domain Names Stolen. No One Cares
It's not often we find anything remotely resembling an original thought in this industry but we think we've found one in The Kidnapping Campaign, an effort by an unnamed interactive agency to hold other interactive agencies' reverse domain names captive until they pay a ransom. Once the ransom is paid, the agency can have its reverse domain name back and the identity of the agency behind the stunt will be revealed at Cannes only if it wins an award.

us: Geiger wins suit to control Web sites
Geiger, an 18-year-old singer and songwriter from Pittsford, alleged in a lawsuit that a Minnesota man violated the trademark status of Geiger's name by claiming ownership of the Web domain names www.teddygeiger.com and www.teddygeiger.net.

Why to register md-domains? (news release)
The md-domain is the web address that identifies you, your company or your organization with the healthcare industry.

Aero-domain: it's all in the name (news release)
The web address nafa.aero provides a case book example of the benefits of using the aero-domain as a means of providing the essential differential among domains.

Why coop-domains? (news release)
Co-operatives around the world can benefit from using a coop-domain name. Whether you have a web site or not or whether your cooperative is large or small, .coop provides many benefits to co-operatives. These are some of the reasons that organizations have bought coop-domains.

GoDaddy.com Takes Over RegisterFly Domains Names and Customers
This week marked a big week for two major domain registrars, GoDaddy.com and RegisterFly. With the ICANN approval, GoDaddy.com this week obtained all 850,000 gTLD names previously held by RegisterFly. Existing RegisterFly customers will be able to access and manage their domain names from GoDaddy's website.

Concern about Microsoft research in China into "profiling" Internet users
Reporters Without Borders is worried about a report in the British magazine The New Scientist that a Microsoft laboratory based in China is carrying out research on software that can analyse the behaviour of Internet users with precision and draw up a profile of them (their age, sex, geographic origin and so on). The US software corporation?s aim is get to know its users better in order to deliver targeted advertising.

nz: Dolphin and friends help protect children from internet sharks
Sprat the fish has a serious role despite looking cute. The cartoon character is part of the online cartoon series Hector's World, launched yesterday, which aims to educate children as young as 2 about internet safety. Figures from internet safety group NetSafe show that four out of five New Zealand children use the web to help with their homework.

au: Private schoolboys in 'fight clubs'
Students from some of Australia's most exclusive private schools are organising "fight clubs" in which teenagers ruthlessly beat one another while others capture the violence on video before posting it on the internet. Footage recently posted on the web shows two Melbourne school students fighting while more than 20 others watch the brawl and scream "fight" and "get the terrorist".

uk: Child protection chief slated in paedophile treatment row
A police child protection chief at the centre of a row about how paedophiles should be dealt with yesterday stressed that child sex abuse will not be tolerated. Jim Gamble of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre was criticised by a children's charity for arguing that paedophiles convicted of looking at child pornography should not necessarily go to prison. He argued that the offender could receive a caution and be managed within the community. He was praised elsewhere for saying that prison alone was not the answer to the problem.

uk: Paedophiles 'need treatment, not prison'
"Viewing" paedophiles should be treated in the community rather than be sent to jail, the head of the national police child protection unit said today.
Jim Gamble, head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), said too many people were being convicted of child sex offences to be dealt with in the criminal justice system.
He proposed that lower risk offenders, such as those convicted of downloading abusive images of children, should receive a police caution and then be managed in the community.

We bonded over the goths and the punks
This story by Observer journalist Ed Vulliamy is mostly about how when he returned from America four years ago, he wanted to nurture his relationship with his London-based daughter. A shared love of music proved crucial as he began taking Elsa, then aged 11, to see her favourite bands - obscure goths discovered on the internet. It was the start of an 18-month voyage of discovery that brought them closer than ever. This voyage of discovery includes Elsa subtly but effectively being bullied at primary school, which had awakened her interest in pop music. As Elsa?s musical tastes developed, she has bloomed says her father. She asserted herself and found company she enjoys - some of it on the internet, but mostly in the flesh - and which appreciates her in return. The article includes some background on how she made friends using the internet, discovering ?friends? with similar tastes around the world. It?s inclusion is an antidote to the regular stories of kids meeting
 strangers that should be avoided. It?s a good news story of a developing relationship between father and daughter and includes some detail on the role of the internet in a girl?s life, how it helps her develop.

us: Spying on the home front - in a permanent war against a hidden enemy, PBS examines how far has the US government gone in hunting terrorists by watching its citizens?
"So many people in America think this does not affect them. They've been convinced that these programs are only targeted at suspected terrorists. ? I think that's wrong. ? Our programs are not perfect, and it is inevitable that totally innocent Americans are going to be affected by these programs," former CIA Assistant General Counsel Suzanne Spaulding tells FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith in Spying on the Home Front.
9/11 has indelibly altered America in ways that people are now starting to earnestly question: not only perpetual orange alerts, barricades and body frisks at the airport, but greater government scrutiny of people's records and electronic surveillance of their communications. The watershed, officials tell FRONTLINE, was the government's shift after 9/11 to a strategy of pre-emption at home -- not just prosecuting terrorists for breaking the law, but trying to find and stop them before they strike.
President Bush described his anti-terrorist measures as narrow and targeted, but a FRONTLINE investigation has found that the National Security Agency (NSA) has engaged in wiretapping and sifting Internet communications of millions of Americans; the FBI conducted a data sweep on 250,000 Las Vegas vacationers, and along with more than 50 other agencies, they are mining commercial-sector data banks to an unprecedented degree.

Newly nasty: Defences against cyberwarfare are still rudimentary. That's scary
Imagine that agents of a hostile power, working in conjunction with organised crime, could cause huge traffic jams in your country's biggest cities?big enough to paralyse business, the media, government and public services, and to cut you off from the world. That would be seen as a grave risk to national security, surely?
Yes?unless the attacks came over the internet. For most governments, defending their national security against cyberwarfare means keeping hackers out of important government computers. Much less thought has been given to the risks posed by large-scale disruption of the public internet. Modern life depends on it, yet it is open to all comers. That is why the world's richest countries and their military planners are now studying intensively the attacks on Estonia that started four weeks ago, amid that country's row with Russia about moving a Soviet-era war memorial. 

The Economist also has a list of the internet's greatest hits  - Milestones in the history of information warfare:

Analysis: Russian Gov't Not Behind Estonia DDOS Attacks
The string of crippling DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks against Estonia didn't appear to be a coordinated attack by one entity within Russia, wrote Jose Nazario, senior security engineer with Arbor Networks Inc., in a commentary. Although Russia was quickly accused, Russian government officials denied involvement. Difficulties in tracing the source of the DDOS attacks left more suspicions than facts. But further analysis throws doubt on whether a single agency alone was involved, given that the attacks came from computers around the world, Nazario wrote.

Estonia: Under Siege on the Web
The siege of Estonia highlighted a major worry for governments, corporations and network administrators everywhere. "As familiarity with these technologies grows, and more and more actors get involved in information technology," this kind of attack will "become more of an issue," warned U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.

Ever been cyber-vetted?
Black marks on your web profile could mean that you miss out on a lucrative job opportunity
It can seem a laugh at the time, but be careful. That excruciating clip filmed by your drunken mates can return to haunt you. British firms are increasingly following American companies in using the internet to dig up ?digital dirt? on potential future employees. In March, in a poll of 500 employers by Poolia, recruitment agency two thirds admitted regularly carrying out internet searches, including checking social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. An even larger poll, of 2,000 workers and 600 employers, by the social networking site Viadeo suggested that one organisation in five carries out such checks ? and that a quarter of those that did had rejected applicants as a result.

New Zealanders most likely to hunt bomb recipes
Internet users in New Plymouth and Auckland are the keenest in the world to find recipes for making bombs, according to a leading counter-terrorism expert. Nicholas O'Brien, a former Scotland Yard terrorism expert, told a security conference in Sydney yesterday that the popular internet search engine Google had recorded an extraordinary number of NZ-based searches for bomb-making techniques, the West Australian newspaper reported.

All-seeing Google Street View prompts privacy fears
The latest phase in Google's mission to organise the world's information ? thousands of street-level photographs of major American cities ? has raised questions that the search engine is invading people's privacy. The new feature on Google's map service, called "Street View", was unveiled this week at the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California, but within hours of the photographs of downtown San Francisco and New York hitting the internet, bloggers were posting images of people, their faces visible, being arrested, sunbathing and urinating in public.

EU decision on Google data privacy months away (Reuters)
The European Union's data watchdog will take months to decide whether Google may be violating European privacy laws, a spokeswoman for the group said on Thursday.

Google privacy policy 'is vague'
Elements of Google's privacy policy are "vague" and need to be made more precise, the firm's global privacy counsel has told BBC News.

The US pole vaulter and her unwanted internet fans
Of all the clips you might expect to become a YouTube phenomenon, an interview with a student pole vaulter - in which she outlines her training and talks of her plans for the future - probably isn't one of them. In the past month, though, a three-minute interview with 18-year-old Californian athlete Alison Stokke has racked up almost 260,000 viewings. At the same time, an unofficial MySpace site called "Alison Stokke fans" has attracted 1,015 "friends". Countless blogs have run photographs of her, and she has been the subject of a fake Facebook entry in her name (which has been taken down).

Treating Different Types of Communications Differently by David Isenberg
A friend who read my Creating Sustainable Network Neutrality paper wrote to say, "Help me understand what is so bad about treating different types of communications differently." That's a really good question! If you want to offer vertically integrated services on special purpose networks, such as video entertainment or pager service or telephony, I do not have a problem with that, provided you don't use your market power to impede Internet applications that offer competing services.

au: ACMA publishes Media Diversity Report (news release)
Comprehensive information on media groups and operations across Australia is now available following the publication today of the Australian Communications and Media Authority?s Media Diversity Report. ?The Media Diversity Report is a supplementary report to the Register of Controlled Media Groups and was foreshadowed when the Register was launched on 27 March 2007,? said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman.

Spammers' use of AI only just begun
Though security industry experts were openly referring to the death of spam several years ago, the arrival of image-based attacks has resulted in a stunning renaissance in the volumes of unwanted e-mail reaching end-users' inboxes. And while filtering technologies have improved significantly and can thwart the ability of most image spam to force its way onto corporate networks today, some experts believe that the fight against the use of such AI (artificial intelligence) tactics on the part of spammers is only just getting underway.

'Spam King' pleads not guilty to charges in e-mail case
The 27-year-old businessman pleaded not guilty in Seattle to charges that he had sent millions of unsolicited junk e-mails.

Arrest of 'spam king' no relief for inboxes
The arrest of one of the world's most persistent spammers has failed to halt the growing deluge of junk e-mail

Watch out Second Life: China launches virtual universe with seven million souls
This week may mark a coming of age for virtual worlds - the three-dimensional spaces on the internet where people have their own avatars, or on-screen characters. Last night BBC2's The Money Programme was screened in Second Life, the best known of the dozens of virtual realities that are springing up. This week Sky News opened a replica of its studio in Second Life and IBM sponsored a ballet. Yesterday the Swedish virtual world Entropia Universe announced that it was teaming up with CRD, an offshoot of the Beijing municipality, to build a virtual universe able to handle 7 million users at any one moment. David Liu, chief executive of CRD, claimed that virtual worlds would generate about 10,000 jobs in China.

uk: Worried families ditch their Wi-Fi after watchdog voices health concerns
Schools and families are rushing to remove Wi-Fi systems after the Government's chief health protection watchdog voiced concerns over their safety. Sir William Stewart's call for a "timely" review of the possible effects of the technology - originally reported by The Independent on Sunday in April and featured by the BBC's Panorama programme last month - has led to an unprecedented reaction from the public, according to one large dealer.

au: No ban on Virginia Tech game
Australian authorities are powerless to ban a computer game inspired by the Virginia Tech massacre. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigated the game, "V-Tech Rampage", after receiving a complaint about it last month.

Google strikes at Microsoft
No longer just a search engine giant, Google is offering hybrid software that works offline and is encouraging developers to join in.

Google Gears churns toward Microsoft
Google just accelerated its rivalry with Microsoft, though Google executives still deny there is a competition over who will dominate in an increasingly Web-based computing world.

Google Gears up for MS fight
Google has launched software that allows people to use its services even when they are not connected to the internet.

Jobs and Gates bury the hatchet
Billed as a clash of the tech titans, the meeting between the bosses of Microsoft and Apple turned out to be more of a love-in

Will Microsoft beat Apple with its 'giant iPhone'?
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a product this week called Surface at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference. Surface is a Windows Vista "coffee table" computer that features multitouch -- the ability to respond to more than one input at a time. Surface needs no mouse or keyboard. On-screen objects move like real 3-D objects and are manipulated directly by touching the screen.

au: Telstra slams G9 net claim
TELSTRA'S chief executive yesterday dismissed a plan by rivals to build a high-speed broadband network as a "folly", lacking the detail to back up their claim of being able to provide 24Mbps connections for $50 per month.

au: Top speed for $50
TELSTRA's rivals yesterday offered consumers broadband speeds of 24 megabits per second for less than $50 a month, stepping up pressure on the carrier to reveal its plans for Australia's next high-speed broadband network.

au: Seven makes TiVo plans
THE Seven Media Group is taking on pay-TV group Foxtel's dominance of the digital video recorder market with a new alliance to introduce the TiVo digital recorder to Australia by 2008, even though it enables faster forwarding of ads.


Sources include Quicklinks <http://qlinks.net/> and BNA Internet Law News <http://www.bna.com/ilaw/>.


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