GoDaddy DNS Hack That Took Down Millions Of Sites Allegedly Came From Member Of Anonymous

GoDaddy Yesterday the world's largest domain provider, GoDaddy, experienced massive DNS outages that took down millions of sites worldwide for several hours. While GoDaddy didn't disclose the source of the issue, one member of 'Anonymous" took claim to the outages as his own doing. The Twitter account AnonymousOwn3r has confessed to the alleged attack saying: Hello everyone who wanna me to put 99% of the global Internet in #tangodown?— Anonymous Own3r (@AnonymousOwn3r) September 10, 2012 GoDaddy stated on their website that intermittent outages have occurred and that at no time was [...]

Dot.Bubble: ICANN Reveals New Top-level Internet Domain Applications

domains-money-featured Today, ICANN "revealed" the contenders for its new class of "generic top level domains"( gTLDs)—the purported salvation for everyone unable to buy, beg or steal a coveted "dot-com" domain, and also hawked as a brilliant new way for brand marketers to further "own" the mental shelf-space of customers. What are they? In a nutshell, the new gTLDs are a way for potentially anyone to create a "dot-anything" internet domain. Dot-company, dot-brand, dot-country, dot-religion... literally, dot-anything. We wrote extensively about what marketers need to know about the new generic top-level domains [...]

One Company Is Responsible For 300+ New Top-Level Domain Applications

domains-featured One week from today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN) is due to announce a list of more than 1,900 newly proposed generic top-level domains (TLDs) -- potential additions to the current and common TLDs such as .com, .net and .org. One company has applied for more than 300 of those new TLDs. That company is Donuts Inc., which announced this week (news release PDF) that it has submitted 307 applications for new domain name extensions. Who? Donuts Inc, is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington (just outside of Seattle) and was founded by a group with exten [...]

Google Applies For .google, .docs, .youtube & Reportedly More Than 50 New Domain TLDs

google-icann-logos If Google is successful, web users will someday be able to visit pages on new domains that end with .google, .youtube, .docs and even .lol. The company has confirmed its participation in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) application process for new generic top-level domains (TLDs), which ended last night. Shortly before the deadline, ICANN announced that it had received more than 1,900 applications. Today, Google announced that it applied for new TLDs in four separate categories: trademarks like .google; core business names like .docs; names that will impr [...]

ICANN’s Domain Name “Reveal Day” Is June 13

icann-logo-square The world should get its first look at the new batch of proposed top level domain (TLD) extensions on June 13. That's the target date that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has set for what it's calling "Reveal Day." ICANN shared its planned timeline yesterday -- a timeline that includes a formal objection period and two months for comments on the TLD proposals. Those are both due to begin as soon as the applied-for domain names are announced. Early this year, ICANN began accepting applications for new generic TLDs at the hefty price of $185,000 per appl [...]

Apple Wins Domain Name

apple-logo-black Apple Inc. has taken ownership of the domain name thanks to a quick decision by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Apple filed its complaint over the domain name earlier this month, and WIPO's case details page now indicates that the domain has been "terminated." The domain, which was previously used as a forum for iPhone-related discussion, now points to an empty page. The domain owner is currently listed as Corporation Service Company, which The Next Web speculates is a company that Apple used to help acquire the domain. Apple is expected to launch a ne [...]

Google Wins 750+ Domains From Cybersquatter Who Wants ‘Google’ Trademark Canceled

google-domains-icon The National Arbitration Forum (NAF) has given Google ownership of more than 750 domains that used its trademark name, often in conjunction with other well-known trademarks and/or celebrity names. In one of its legal filings, Google called it "one of the most aggressive campaigns of domain name infringement that [Google] has encountered." The domains were registered by Chris Gillespie between February 29 and March 10, 2012. They include domains like,, and For a time, according to Google's complaint, Gillesp [...]

ICANN Eyes May 22 To Re-Open TLD Application Process

icann-logo-square Having suffered through technical problems, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) now says it's planning to re-open the top-level domain (TLD) application system on May 22 and leave it open for five business days. That would make May 30 the last day for interested parties to apply for their own "dot anything" domain suffix. The application process is spendy: Each domain requested comes with a $185,000 price tag. Google has already confirmed that it plans to apply for its trademarked names and other new names. CNET reported yesterday that domain registrars like [...]

Paypal No Longer The World’s Top Phishing Target

paypal-logo Although phishing attacks were down worldwide in the second half of 2011, they were up significantly inside China and, as a result, a Chinese domain name replaced as the most commonly phished domain name. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) recently published its 2011 Global Phishing Survey (PDF download), which says that phishing attacks "exploded" in China last year. In the process, the Chinese e-commerce site became the world's most frequent phishing target in the second half of the year -- a "title" that Paypal had held for several years. From the report: In [...]

ICANN Extends Domain Application Deadline After Technical Issue

icann-logo-square The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has extended its deadline for applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) after discovering a "technical issue" with its software. The deadline, which was originally set for tonight, has been extended until next Friday, April 20th. In its announcement, ICANN explained the deadline delay: ICANN constantly monitors the performance of the TLD Application System (TAS). Recently, we received a report of unusual behavior with the operation of the TAS system. We then identified a technical issue with the TAS system softw [...]

What You Need To Know About The New Top Level Domains

icann-domains-featured ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has begun accepting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), allowing businesses, groups and even governments to request their own private "dot anything" website addresses. There are currently only 20 gTLDs, plus a couple-hundred two-letter country extensions over which ICANN has little control. The addition of the new gTLDs will mark the most significant change to the internet's addressing system since ".com" was first implemented in January 1985. Many brands have taken the prudent step of registering their n [...]

Google Wins Five YouTube Typo-Squatted Domains

youtube-logo Google has won a handful of domains with minor spelling differences from YouTube's domain:,,, and As reports, the five domains redirected users to, a site that used YouTube's legal marks while collecting personal information in exchange for "offers" such as gift cards from Best Buy and/or Visa. All five domains were owned by one individual and were registered in 2005. In his decision for the National Arbitration Forum, Judge Harold Kalina ruled Thursday that the five domains met the three requirements t [...]

Typosquatters Target Apple, Google & Facebook More Than Twitter, Microsoft

typosquat-domain Apple, Google and Facebook are preferred targets of domain typosquatters more so than competitors like Twitter and Microsoft. That's according to a new study from internet security company Sophos, which also found that there's not as much danger in typosquatted domains as you might think -- just a lot of URLs using Google to make a dime. Typosquatting involves registering domain names that are close in spelling to established company names/domains. Typosquatters get traffic when someone mistypes a domain in their browser's address bar -- think instead of -- and it can b [...]

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