.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

Europe decides to apply sanctions to transboundary cybercriminals

On Friday May 17th, 2019, the Council of Ministers of the European Union presented the creation of a blacklist identifying the perpetrators of cybercrimes located outside the EU. Thus this is a new legal context which has been validated by the EU in order to try to reduce the continuously growing cyberattacks’ number. Now, the EU will indeed be able to sanction individuals or entities involved in the cyberattacks carried out from outside the EU. Europe seeks through this measure to protect as fa... Read More

Cyberattack: G7 and France organize a cyberattack simulation in the finance industry

Faced with the upsurge and the continually increasing strength of cyberattacks, a simulation exercise of a cyberattack in the finance industry will be organized by the members of the G7, the world’s major economic powers. In the French presidency context, France will be the one that will run this test in which 24 financial authorities of the 7 members of the G7 will participate during 3 days. Today it is no secret that the banking sector is one of the most targeted by cybercriminals . Thus, for ... Read More

Game of Thrones: The return of the [MALWARES] white walkers by dozens

As with each event where massive interest is expected, the launch of the final season of Game of Thrones is a golden opportunity for pirates. According to a Kaspersky’ study, this series would be the favorite of the cybercriminals. It represented 17% of the infected contents last year, i.e. 20 934 web users! According to this same study, the most targeted episodes are logically the first and last episodes of the season. For if the fans are many in France, without subscription, the only solution ... Read More

15 websites proposing DDoS attacks closed by the FBI

In its last quarterly report, Nexusguard stated that after the FBI closed 15 websites providing cyberattacks services, a decrease of 85% of the DDoS attacks’ scale and 24% of big attacks were observed. In the same way, these closings would lead to the decrease of 11% of the attacks’ volume comparing to the same period in 2018 and at an international level. Indeed, it was in December 2018 that the FBI successfully shut down 15 websites proposing DDoS attacks services, called “booters” or “booters... Read More

The .UK soon available to all: .CO.UK’s holders, don’t miss the end of the priority period!

Remember, in June 2014, Nominet, the registry of .CO.UK, launched the opening of the .UK registrations. At the time of the extension’s launch, the registry applied a 5 years restriction during which the .UK registration rights were restricted to the holders of the corresponding names in .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, .ME.UK, .NET.UK, .LTD.UK or .PLC.UK. The 1st of July 2019 will mark the end of the period when .UK extensions were blocked from registration if the .CO.UK was not already registered. The names wi... Read More

Attack on the domain name system: the priority is to protect your access

Last weekend, the media has widely communicated on the consequences of an unprecedented attack that targeted the domain names. Indeed, during the night of 22-23 February ICANN reported the large-scale attacks on the domain names: it is DNS hijacking. These attacks consist in “replacing the authorized servers addresses” with “addresses of machines controlled by the attackers”, as explained by the organization, allowing the attackers to examine the data in order to find passwords, email addresses ... Read More

Can Russia disconnect from the global Internet?

On February 13, 2019, the Duma (lower Chamber of the Russian Parliament) has begun to study a draft legislation with the aim to create a “sovereign Internet” in Russia, meaning an ability to function in total independence if Russia was cut from the major global servers. To achieve this, it will be necessary to create an “infrastructure allowing to ensure the functioning of the Russian Internet resources in case of the impossibility for the Russian operators to connect to the foreign sources Inte... Read More

DNS Flag Day: Are you ready?

Lately, the DNS keeps being talked about! After the first KSK rollover of October 2018, then the deactivation of the former KSK key on last January 11, here comes the time of the DNS Flag Day! DNS Flag Day: What is it all about? The Flag day is an expression used in IT to indicate the deadline and/or radical change. Let us remember that when it was created, the weight of cybercrime threats affecting the DNS infrastructure didn’t exist. If the security was relegated to the background, the evoluti... Read More

GDPR and consequences: DomainTools appeals injunction decision in .NZ whois case

DomainTools sued by DNCL In June 2018, .NZ registry, DNCL (Domain Name Commission Limited) sued the American company specialized in tools of monitoring and investigation, on the ground that it violated the registry’s terms of use. The DNCL was successful and the Federal Court in the State of Washington granted a preliminary injunction that banned DomainTools to collect the whois data of .NZ and ordered the suppression of the data used in the existing publications, while the lawsuit proceeded. In... Read More