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Domain Name News Archive - September 2004

September 2004
ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has changed the domain name transfer policy for all accredited domain name service providers. We are concerned that this policy change puts your domain name at greater risk for being "slammed" (fraudulently transferred). The prior policy allowed you to expressly approve a transfer request with your current domain name service provider before any transfer would occur. The new policy, however, eliminates this express approval safeguard, removing an additional protection against unauthorized transfer requests.

We, at, protect our customers by turning on DomainProtect (Registrar Lock), only removing it at the express desire of the customer. This step allows our customers to control the "transferability" of their domain names, and provides protection against "domain hijackers."

If you have concerns about this transfer policy change, you can contact ICANN directly at


  • ICANN hearings Thursday/today
    So the US Government is holding hearings on ICANN again.
    .... full story


  • Dear diary - Internet governance
    Preaching/ranting to the interested (as opposed to the converted)
    .... full story


  •, Microsoft Team Against Online Fraud; Companies file lawsuits against spammers and phishers, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT) today announced the filing of several lawsuits against phishers and spammers who targeted consumers by spoofing's domain name and perpetrating phishing scams with spoofed Web sites
    .... full story


  • Public 'left out' as governments plot Internet regulation
    The UN's new policy on Internet governance is alarming some parts of the Web community
    Individual Internet users are being frozen out of a key debate on the future governance of the Internet, Web visionary Esther Dyson warned on Friday.
    .... full story
  • UK schools get domain
    Every standard curriculum primary and secondary school in the UK now has its own Internet address, following the completion of a five year project by Nominet.
    .... full story


  • Nominet wins UK domain scammers case in Australia
    An Aussie judge has branded the actions of two internet domain conmen as "nothing less than deceitful" after they sent out 50,000 fake invoices to domain name holders in the UK
    .... full story


  • House Ups Prison Time For Domain Fraudsters
    The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed by voice vote a bill that would boost prison time for scammers who register Web sites under false pretenses. Sponsored by Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and now heading to the Senate, would up jail time by seven years for identity thieves who "knowingly falsely register a domain name."
    .... full story
  • Namesco buys
    UK web host outfit Namesco Limited ( has snapped up Limited for 2.15m in an all cash deal
    .... full story


  • Domain Name Infringement?
    Where does blatant mimicry stop and similarity start?
    .... full story


  • Internet Domain Owners to Converge on Florida for First Worldwide Traffic-Building Conference; Celebrity Ben Stein to Keynote 'T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2004' in October
    For the first time in history, the owners of the Internet's most valuable virtual "real estate" will gather in October to discuss building site traffic and other business development strategies.
    .... full story
  • Network Solutions Offers New, Enhanced Backorder Service that Provides Preferred Access to Expired Domain Names
    Network Solutions, the world's leading domain name registrar and web solutions provider, today announced a new backorder service that helps Network Solutions' customers get the domain names they really want by giving them preferred access to expired .COM and .NET domain names.
    .... full story


  • ICANN plans African presence
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) wants to engage Africa in its activities and has called for African input on establishing a regional presence
    .... full story


  • VeriSign Domain Report Shows Criticality of .net
    .net is the largest TLD by number of hosts, or machines connected to the Internet. More than 44 percent of hosts use .net. 31 percent of all web page views are dependent on the .net TLD for resolution. 32 percent of all business-to-consumer ecommerce forecast at about $100 billion worth of business in 2004 - is dependent on the .net TLD for resolution
    .... full story
  • South Africa Still Fighting for Domain
    The South African government is still fighting to own the domain name despite expensive litigation against Virtual Countries, the US company that owns the domain
    .... full story


  • Over 1,000 firms apply for .sg domain names on first day
    Singapore launches 2nd-level Internet domain names
    .... full story
  • Domain names skyrocket - just don't mention the dot-com boom
    Small businesses rediscover online
    .... full story


  • Domain Name Registry Spots Country Trend
    While .com remains the most popular domain extension on the Web with a 45 percent market share, country code TLDs (ccTLDs) are the fastest-growing classification
    .... full story
  • Domain name registrations hit record
    Domain name registration hit an all-time high of 64.5 million at the end of the second quarter, VeriSign said Tuesday
    .... full story
  • VeriSign Issues Quarterly Domain Name Report; Total Domain Name Registration Reaches All-Time High of 64.5M
    Third Report of Series Reveals Continued Increase in Domain Name Registration; ccTLDs Remain Fastest Growing Domain Group Comprising 39 Percent of All Registrations
    .... full story


  • IT Ministry Ties Up With ICANN For More .in Internet Addresses
    US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to collaborate with the ministry of communications and information technology to expand country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) or .in Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation in the country
    .... full story


  • First spammers. Now slammers? Registrar says new ICANN rules makes domains easier to hijack
    Network Solutions is advising its clients that a rule change at ICANN will leave domain names open to fraudulent transfers. In an e-mail sent to its clients, the domain registrar says the new policy is reminiscent of the days that shady long distance providers could switch a household's long distance service by calling a phone number and simply hanging up or "slamming" the phone
    .... full story
  • VeriSign Implements 'Rapid Updates' for DNS
    Because VeriSign's registry service is used by all registrars offering .com and .net registration services, such as GoDaddy, Open SRS and even VeriSign's own registrar service in the form of Network Solutions, this registry change will likely have a broad impact on the Internet
    .... full story
  • Nominet chairman resigns
    Dr Willie Black today announced his intention to resign as chairman of Nominet, the .uk internet domain registry, after nine years of leading the company
    .... full story
  • DNA loses appeal
    THE federal court has dismissed an appeal by Domain Names Australia against an April ruling that letters it sent out concerning the domain names of local businesses were misleading and deceptive
    .... full story


  • eBay domain 'thief' evades charges... for now
    eBay wants to work out how it happened first...
    .... full story


  • VeriSign to bump up forecast
    VeriSign on Tuesday said it will increase its third-quarter revenue forecast, citing better-than-expected performance from its recent acquisition of Jamba
    .... full story
  • Tucows to Launch Auction Service for Expiring Domain Names
    Tucows Inc. today announced the upcoming release of its new auction service for reselling expiring domain names
    .... full story


  • Teenager admits eBay domain hijack
    A 19-year-old school pupil has reportedly confessed to taking ownership of the domain of the eBay Germany Web site
    .... full story


  • eBay domain hijacker
    Police in Germany have arrested a 19 year-old from Helmstedt for hijacking the site of eBay Germany about a week ago. Visitors to eBay Germany were redirected to a site hosted by internet provider Intergenia AG. Initially, phishers were suspected of the domain hijack
    .... full story
  • The Link Game
    Before you start your publicity campaign, get custom domain names for your blogs
    .... full story
  • VeriSign To Gain On Domain-Name Registration
    Research shows a slight upside for VeriSign's registry business for the quarter ending September
    .... full story


  • Hijacking Brings Down eBay Germany
    Online auction Web site eBay Germany ( and German domain registrar DeNIC ( are investigating a domain hijacking scam that went undetected for several hours, causing the ebay Germany Web site to go offline, according to a report by the Register
    .... full story
  • DENIC sets out stall on eBay domain issue
    DENIC, the German Domain Name Registry controlling the .de country code, has reported that online Internet auction provider eBay was the victim of a domain hijacking incident on 28th August
    .... full story
  • Squatter of HPCL domain name evicted
    In a major relief to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, the World Intellectual Property Right Organisation ordered the domain name "" be given back to the PSU from a US-based cyber squatter
    .... full story
  • ICANN Evaluation Report on New gTLDs Published
    The report results provide ammunition to those who criticized ICANN for deferring too much to trademark interests in its rollout of new TLDs, and those who believe that ICANN took an over-regulatory approach to new TLD introductions
    .... full story


  • Anti-abortion cybersquatter loses appeal
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday said an anti-abortion activist had violated trademark law by registering a slew of domain names, including,,,, and
    .... full story
  • VeriSign suing ICANN again
    VeriSign has launched another legal action against ICANN for stomping on its controversial SiteFinder redirection service
    .... full story
  • Phishers suspected of eBay Germany domain hijack
    eBay Germany and German domain registry organisation DeNIC are to investigate a partly successful domain hijacking scam that remained unnoticed for at least a couple of hours
    .... full story


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