Phishing, slamming and other fraudulent e-mails: stay alert during the end-of-year holidays!

Every year, the end of year holidays often announce the upsurge of fraudulent e-mails mass campaigns. During annual holidays, cybercriminals try to profit from these periods, when the vigilance is sometimes lowering, to launch phishing e-mails. What are phishing and slamming? Phishing is used by cybercriminals to obtain personal information in order to commit an identity theft. In the world of phishing (73% of companies affected in 2018), the slamming is a well-known variant that consists in enc... Read More

ICANN66 at Montreal – A contrasting summit

During the first half of November, the 66th ICANN Summit was held in Montreal, Canada. This third and final annual summit devoted to policies applicable to Internet naming was eagerly awaited as the topics under discussion are numerous. At its closing, however, it left many participants a little bit disappointed. A preview of the topics and postures during the weekend before the official launch of the Summit The weekend before the official opening of the Summit is usually an opportunity to get a... Read More

[New gTLD] Launch of .NEW by Google

Following the launch of .APP, .PAGE, and .DEV among others, Google (Charleston Road Registry), launches the new extension .NEW in Sunrise period as of October 15, 2019. Conditions for registration of a .NEW In order to use a .NEW domain name, you will need to acquire an SSL certificate and deploy HTTPS. For reminder, the .NEW extension is included on the HSTS pre-upload list, requiring HTTPS protocol on all .NEW domain names (more details in the article “Google makes HTTPS encryption mandatory ... Read More

The alarming Kaspersky report: nine times more attacks aiming connected objects than in 2018

Last October 15, Kaspersky, the antivirus software company, published an edifying report about the volume of cyberattacks directly aiming connected objects. Although the industry expected that this new generation of objects would be directly targeted by cyberattacks, the increase in the cyberattacks number is alarming and lets easily imagine the security flaws that the connected objects present. According to the estimation presented by Kaspersky, between the beginning of 2018 until mid-2019, the... Read More

New eligibility criteria for .EU

As of October 19, 2019, internationally-based EU citizens can now register .EU or .ею domain names. The .EU is the country code top level domain for the European Union. More than 3.6 million registrations spread out across Europe make this TLD a popular extension. Initially, this extension is only reserved to companies and individuals residing within EU and EEA member states. However in order to meet the needs of an ever-changing digital environment, EURid, the .EU registry, changes this eligibi... Read More

ccTLDs news : .AR domain name registrations for Argentina are opened

Argentina now offers the possibility to register .AR domain names. Until now, it was only possible to register third level domain names particularly in .COM.AR. Here are the launching periods planned: Sunrise period – From 11/09/2019 to 09/11/2019 Priority to holders of domain names registered in the zones .com.ar, .net.ar, .org.ar, .int.ar, .tur.ar, before December 1st, 2015 and in effect at August 27, 2019. At the end of this period, if only one request is received, the user who did the req... Read More

Satori Botnet: The hacker facing up to 10 years imprisonment did not act alone

We now know more about the cyberpirate, Nexus Zeta, whose real name is Kenneth Currin Schuchman, who distinguished himself with the creation of the Satori botnet. Pleading guilty to the charges regarding Satori botnet creation, his confessions describe the implementation of this attack using IoT flaws. For reminder, a botnet is a set of infected computers remotely controlled by a cybercriminal. The machines that belong to a botnet are often called “bots” or “zombies”. The aim: to spread a malwar... Read More

How to account and value a domain name?

The domain name is an integral intangible asset© The domain name has this unique particularity to be an intangible asset with four dimensions. It is simultaneously: An IT object allowing to access services on the Internet by doing the link between the IP address (a suite of numbers) of a physical object and a literal name (role of the Domain Name Server or DNS); A communication tool allowing to establish its identity on the Internet and gain a digital territory; A legal element through a temp... Read More

.AU domain names soon available for registration

Until now, Australian domain names were only available for registrations in second level extensions, in particular .COM.AU. If the decision to open the .AU registration goes back to 2015, it took four years to set the rules! It seems that starting October 1st, 2019, the holder of the existing .com.au domain name, for example forexample.com.au, will be able to apply for priority status to register the exact match of their existing name in .AU, forexample.au. The detail of the priority allocation ... Read More

Does the GDPR negatively affect enforcement efforts?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has without a doubt a negative impact on the enforcement efforts, according to the participants at the INTA 2019 annual meeting (International Trademark Association) in Boston. Margaret Lia Milam, domain name strategy and management lead at Facebook warned that the platform’s scale makes it a “huge target for bad actors”. Milam stated that because the site is working at such a scale, it cannot turn to lawyers for the “thousands” of requests it receiv... Read More