Tag: domain names

Too slow to react? How major brands are falling prey to new domain name cybersquatters

Broadband, Cyber Security, Internet
Famous brands risk having their trade marks hijacked online by cybersquatters who are taking advantage of a new range of domain name registration opportunities  reports TechRadar Up to 1,400 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) – the suffixes visible to users at the end of a domain name – are being rolled out in stages by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). They are designed to increase domain name availability, change the way people find information online, and give the ability to better define sites, brands, businesses or organisations. The gTLD '.BIKE' was one of the first to launch. A sample study of '.BIKE' by Brad Newberg, a partner at Reed Smith, found that, taking 20 of the prominent bicycle brands and looking at corresponding '.BIKE' registration

Think ICANN Will End Up Rolling in New gTLD Cash? Think Again!

By Stéphane Van Gelder on CircleID. January 2014. The first registry contracts have been signed. The first Sunrise priority registration periods have been opened. The new gTLD program is well on the way. So maybe now, at last, we can start to find out the real costs of opening up the Internet root? And how much revenue doing so has brought ICANN! Short answer: ICANN has taken in USD 344.958 million from the first round of new gTLD applications. The figure comes from the first of ICANN's quarterly financial statements, covering the three months up until September 30th. With an initial 1,930 applications received, round one actually netted ICANN $359.994 million. But subsequent reimbursements at percentages of 80, 70 and 35 of the total $185,000 application fee meant that $15.037 million

2013 Domain Name Year in Review

By Elisa Cooper, Director of Product Marketing at MarkMonitor. Elisa Cooper also contributes to the MarkMonitor weblog located here. Well folks, it's that time of year again. It's time for our countdown of the top 10 biggest domain stories for 2013. And while my predictions from last year were accurate, in that we did see a record number of registry and registrar breaches, I had no idea that this year's biggest story would even appear on the list. So with that said, let's get started. #10 – Registry Security Vulnerabilities Exposed With 23 registry security breaches in this last year, the number of incidents reached an all-time high. Popular ccTLD registries such as .CN (China), .BE (Belgium) and .MY (Malaysia) were all impacted by issues arising from DDoS, Social Engineering and Brute

Hurricane domain names being registered and sold online ahead of anticipated 2013 storm season

list of 2013 storm monikers is a hot topic online even though it’s only March. Internet speculators are registering domain names for future hurricanes, anticipating heavy traffic and potential profits if one makes history like Sandy. The domain, HurricaneAndrea.com is already taken. In fact, multiple domain names have been registered for each 2013 storm, from Andrea through Wendy. “It’s like buying a lottery ticket,” said Andrew Allemann, editor at DomainNameWire.com. “You make a guess and if it turns out that Hurricane Andrea is one of the big storms of the year, people will go to that domain. We can call it distasteful, but it’s not illegal to buy a domain name of a disaster and try to sell it. It’s just kind of sad.” source