COVID19.com – The domain name registered by a third party redirects to the website of the World Health Organization (WHO)

“Domainers” are always a step ahead when it comes to taking advantage of a good or bad situation. For example, some will anticipate elections by registering the names of political figures, others by taking advantage of a sport or cultural event. Consequently, regarding domain names, there will be opportunities for speculative registrations. In the case of “COVID19.com“, it seems clear that at the time of this domain name registration on February 11, 2020, the holder obviously wants t... Read More

.ZA websites will have to propose a link towards the COVID-19 official website implemented by the government

Since last Thursday, the South African government has imposed to all websites using domain names in .ZA to propose a link that redirects towards the official Covid-19 information website implemented by the government:  www.sacoronavirus.co.za This new rule applies to all .ZA websites, regardless of their content. The two other extensions managed by ZADNA registry, JOBURG and .CAPETOWN are also affected by this rule. In the same logic, the registry also invites Internet services providers to bloc... Read More

Let’s Encrypt, do not confuse confidentiality and security

Let’s Encrypt was recently the subject of discussions in the small world of TLS certificates, by suddenly revoking 3 048 289 certificates which should not have been issued. A bug in its validation software prevented CAA registrations controls, and the certificates in question should not have been initially issued. These significant disruptions resulted from this mass revocation, but it is difficult to complain about a free service. I am often asked what I think of Let’s Encrypt, and I ... Read More

Nameshield renews its ISO 27001 certification

Nameshield Group is an expert in domain names, DNS, TLS/SSL certificates management. Through our experience gained from world-renowned customers with ever-increasing security requirements, we have also become technical experts in Information security. That is why we have implemented an Information Security Management System (ISMS). In 2017, we obtained the ISO 27001 certification of this ISMS for our activities of domain names portfolio, DNS and TLS/SSL certificates management. Nameshield Group ... Read More

.ORG news – NGOs against the .ORG registry’s sale to Ethos Capital

At the end of 2019, the announcement of the .org registry’s sale, Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Internet Society to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm, created a debate, which was also the subject of a previous article on this blog. For reminder, this announcement caused several concerns from NGOs, such as the increase of .ORG prices and the implementation of rights protection policies that could lead to a form of censorship, as is already the practice in some countries. These fears led El... Read More

The launch of 8 new extensions for India

.IN Registry launches new Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) in Indian Language. IDN registrations will begin on March 16th 2020 and listed as below: Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) .ಭಾರತ .ଭାରତ   .ভাৰত    .भारतम्   .भारोत  .بارت     .ڀارت        .ഭാരതം      Language Kannada Oriya Assamese Sanskrit Santali Kashmiri Sindhi Malayalam The launch sch... Read More

Apple announces the limitation of SSL certificates duration to 1 year in Safari

Apple announced this week that the maximum lifetime of SSL / TLS certificates on its devices and Safari browser would be limited to 398 days (1 year, and 1 month to cover the renewal period). The change, announced by Apple at the CA / Browser Forum meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, will take effect for certificates issued after August 31, 2020. Apple’s announcement follows a failure of the CA / B Forum’s vote on one-year certificates (Bulletin SC22), which was held in August 2019, and... Read More

Municipal elections 2020: buzyn2020.fr and buzyn2020.paris domain names redirect towards Anne Hidalgo’s campaign

Following the announcement on Sunday February 16, of Agnès Buzyn’s candidacy to Paris municipal elections, several political journalists discovered on Monday that the domain name buzyn2020.fr was registered but redirected towards “Paris en commun”, the campaign website of another candidate, Anne Hidalgo. Several other names were registered on Sunday night, also redirecting towards Paris en commun’s homepage like buzyn2020.paris, agnesbuzyn2020.fr and agnesbuzyn2020.com. If several of these names... Read More

ICANN67 – COVID19 : 0-1

The 67th annual ICANN Summit, a summit dedicated to Internet naming regulations, was to be held in Cancún, Mexico, from 7th to 12th March. Often referred to by the acronym ICANN67, it is finally another acronym COVID19 that designates the now famous coronavirus that forced ICANN to reconsider all the logistics of this major event. Since 1999, ICANN has organised three annual meetings devoted to the regulations applicable to Internet naming and a fourth devoted to more operational aspects, often ... Read More

Grandfathering registrations of a .TW in Chinese characters are opened for .TW domain names’ holders

The .TW registry (TWNIC) offers grandfathering registrations for holders of existing ASCII.TW domains that wish to register the same ASCII domain under .台灣 (.xn--kpry57d). Before the official opening, TWNIC provides priority registration for registrants who meet the eligibility requirements. For example, twnic.tw can be registered for twnic.台灣 in the grandfathering period. The following eligibility criteria apply and are checked by the registry: The creation date for ACSII.tw should be earlier ... Read More