General availability of .MADRID as of December 17, 2019

The general availability of .MADRID, the geographical extension of Madrid, the capital city of Spain is near. Managed by the Comunidad de Madrid registry, this extension was launched last April following the calendar below: Launching schedule APL period (Approved Launch Program): from 11/04/2019 to 06/06/2019 Sunrise and LRP (Limited Registration Period) period: from 16/07/2019 to 10/12/2019 General availability: from 17/12/2019 Some requirements must be respected to register a .MADRID domain... Read More

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

The financial industry, the target of more and more costly attacks on the DNS

Financial services companies are particularly affected by cyberattacks. They possess a wealth of information on the customers, protect their money and provide essential services which must be available day and night. They are a lucrative target. Among the favored lines of attacks: the DNS. The Efficient IP’s Global DNS threat annual report shows a constant growth of the DNS attacks’ number and the financial impacts, with an average financial loss of 1.2 million euros in 2019. This amount was est... 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

Nameshield signs up the Paris Call in order to actively contribute to the Internet’s stability

Just one year ago, in the context of the first Paris Peace Forum, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, launched the Paris Call for trust and security in cyberspace. This call is a political declaration aiming to express a mobilization on the stability in the cyberspace and strengthens the efforts of the international community and many actors involved in the digital security issues. This text reminds some principles that we think are fundamental, like the application of the international right... Read More

Advices on how to change the domain name without losing its referencing

During a rebranding for marketing purposes, in the context of a merger or an acquisition for example, a company can change its website’s domain name. At the search engines’ level, it is all the pages that change, as if this was a brand new website. Therefore, how not to lose the work done on the SEO and make a successful transition, in particular if the website is old? In the case of a rather old website with an optimal referencing on the existing domain name, transferring a website on a new nam... 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