Tag: gTLD

ICANN e-mail accounts, zone database breached in spearphishing attack

Cyber Security, Internet
Password data, other personal information of account holders exposed Unknown attackers used a spearphishing campaign to compromise sensitive systems operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a coup that allowed them to take control of employee e-mail accounts and access personal information of people doing business with the group. Reported by Arstechnica. ICANN, which oversees the Internet's address system, said in a release published Tuesday that the breach also gave attackers administrative access to all files stored in its centralized zone data system, as well as the names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, fax and phone numbers, user names, and cryptographically hashed passwords of account holders who used the system. Domain registries use the data...

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

It is time for ICANN to walk the talk of accountability and stop playing the lame duck

Adding Africa to the Case: ICANN has long been the greatest promoter of the Multi Stakeholder process where every upcoming development issue was managed in a bottom up process. However having been interested in the New gTLD game, and blogging about it since it started, I was just beginning to start questioning ICANN's accountability and transparency issues when I think my suspicion was validated with a report covered by the new internet report  titled Walking the Talk: ICANN must address its Accountability Meltdown. The author writes: “Looking back over the record, we find ourselves increasingly alarmed. ICANN the corporation has jettisoned all pretense of bottom up policy development. Its staff has taken direct control of most essential policy decisions. Its board is clearly impotent:
The New gTLDs from ICANN Are Coming: Plan, Don’t Panic

The New gTLDs from ICANN Are Coming: Plan, Don’t Panic

By now, brand owners are probably aware of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). They may have received literature from various sources about recording trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse and preparing for the first deployment of new gTLDs. There is no cause for alarm yet, however, and ample time to formulate a thoughtful, cost-effective strategy. We can help. Updated Information It is important to have the most up-to-date information about the new gTLDs because the policies are fluid and still in debate. ICANN is meeting this week in Beijing to discuss the launch of the new gTLDs. Ballard Spahr attorney Amy Mushahwar is attending the meeting, and we will have updated information as it continues to become a...