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VeriSign sells off NetSol

VeriSign today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell off the registrar and hosting business of its Network Solutions subsidiary to Pivotal Private Equity for approximately $100 million. But VeriSign will retain the registry business it obtained when it acquired Network Solutions three years ago. This business …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2003
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VeriSign wins back .net registry

VeriSign has won the battle over the .net registry, reclaiming the five million Internet domains as its own. The decision announced late last night by ICANN will see it and the monster company "promptly enter negotiations... to reach a mutually acceptable registry agreement". The approval follows an independent evaluation by …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Mar 2005
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VeriSign dead cert causes net instability

The expiration of one of VeriSign's master digital certificates on Wednesday created confusion for Net users and glitches to the operation of some applications, notably Norton Anti-Virus (NAV). After the cert VeriSign used to sign other certs expired, the chain of trust was broken, leaving some aps unable to set up a secure …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2004
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Verisign granted DNS lookup patent

Verisign has been granted a patent protecting the lookup of domain names. The patent protects the act of performing several look-ups at once, or "performing a multitude of searches simultaneously, transparent to the user. "Specifically, the improved query server searches for an existing domain name records in various domains …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2003
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VeriSign unveils flash new site seal

VeriSign today unveiled a redesign of its ubiquitous Trust Mark seal symbol. Instead of a static GIF image, the new Trust Mark features a Flash-based animated design to make it more recognizable online. By clicking on the new VeriSign Trust Mark, consumers can verify a business's legal name, determine the validity period for …
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2003
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Verisign Scrooges envisage £4.86bn festive forfeit

Online retailers have rubbished claims from the security industry they stand to miss out on billions of pounds of trade this Christmas because of lingering public mistrust in internet transactions. According to Verisign's 2006 online shopping research, 54 per cent of UK consumers have abandoned a transaction because of security …

It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has fixed security bugs in Internet Explorer and Windows that allow hackers to remotely execute code on victims' vulnerable machines – one bug a result of poor JPEG handling. Redmond said the March edition of Patch Tuesday – out today, natch – tackles programming errors in the software giant's web browser, operating …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2014

US govt: You, ICANN. YOU can run the internet. We quit

The US Department of Commerce is ready to leave the keys to the internet's worldwide DNS system in the hands of non-profit net overseer ICANN. The department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is charged with stewarding the administration of the internet and managing the authoritative root zone …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2014
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VeriSign snags RFID tag deal

VeriSign has snagged the tag contract, to manage a key component of a Net trading systems for consumer products identified by radio-frequency identification tags. Standards organization EPCglobal has asked VeriSign to manage the root directory for its EPCglobal trading network. The EPCglobal network will use Radio Frequency …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2004
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Web crams down 7 MEEELLION more domain names

The number of registered domain names on the internet increased by 7.5 million to stand at 233 million in the first quarter of the year. That's according to Verisign, which found that the web address universe grew 11 per cent year-on-year and 3.3 per cent sequentially in Q1. The mega-registry's own mountain of .com and .net …
Kevin Murphy, 16 Jul 2012
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VeriSign enters MMS market with Lightsurf buy

VeriSign is to buy LightSurf Technologies, the privately-held mobile-phone photography firm, for $270m in stock. The deal will enable VeriSign to offer multimedia messaging capabilities and interoperability services to carriers. VeriSign already sells a number of security and Domain Name System (DNS) services to carriers, but …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2005
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VeriSign bows to ICANN, suspends Net Grab

VeriSign has responded to a deadline from Internet quango ICANN and today suspended its SiteFinder service. SiteFinder redirected DNS wildcards, such as misspelled URLs, to Verisign's own website, a practice which breaches time-honored Internet behavior. The move broke many spam filters and in its brief life - it was launched on …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2003
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VeriSign lied in ICANN race case

A Virginia court has ordered a retrial in the case of VeriSign's ICANN point man, who was dismissed by VeriSign in February 2001. In January a Virginia court ruled in favor of VeriSign in an unfair dismissal case brought by the former Network Solutions employee, Michael Johnson, who served as Director of Internet Relations. …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jul 2002
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ICANN urges VeriSign to suspend SiteFinder

Net governing body ICANN has called on VeriSign to "voluntarily suspend" Site Finder amid renewed concerns that the web typo replacement service could undermine key Net standards. Last week VeriSign deployed a "wildcard" service into the .com and .net Top Level Domain zones. This VeriSign wildcard redirects traffic that would …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2003
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Syrian Electronic Army: We hijacked FACEBOOK ... honest, guv

Hacktivists with the Syrian Electronic Army (briefly) meddled with Facebook’s domain on Wednesday night, according to recent reports. The pro-Assad hacking crew claimed to have gained access to an administrative panel at DNS provider MarkMonitor and altered the registrant contact details to point towards Damascus and a Gmail …
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2014
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VeriSign given control of .net until 2011

ICANN has finally voted in favour of giving VeriSign control of the .net registry for the next six years. The Board handed back control of the registry on Tuesday at the third special meeting in a month called to sort out what has become a highly controversial issue. The decision was announced late yesterday - 36 hours after …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jun 2005
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VeriSign settles slamming charge with BulkRegister

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence BulkRegister Inc and VeriSign Inc said yesterday they have settled a false advertising lawsuit that helped spark a US Federal Trade Commission investigation into a VeriSign marketing campaign that ended in May. Terms were not disclosed, but it seems likely VeriSign will part with some …
ComputerWire, 08 Aug 2002
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Cybercrook? Bent on mischief? WE'LL GET YOU, vow Facebook and pals

Internet heavyweights have teamed up to form a non-profit organisation designed to supply internet infrastructure operators with free tools and intelligence in the fight against cybercrime. Facebook, security intelligence firm Crowdstrike, Verisign, ESET Anti-Virus, Verizon and the Anti-Phishing Working Group, among others, are …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2014
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VeriSign builds $1bn internet security Titan

RSA Verisign will spend $1bn during the next three years beefing up its internet infrastructure following this week's high-profile root server attack. Verisign, the company managing .com and .net addresses, today announced Project Titan will drastically increase its server and bandwidth capacity to offset attacks as millions of …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2007
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Registrars urge rejection of VeriSign's .com deal

Nineteen internet companies, including Network Solutions, have asked ICANN’s Board of Directors to reconsider a controversial agreement giving VeriSign control of the .com top-level domain until 2012. Domain name registrar GoDaddy has also petitioned the US Department of Commerce, which has yet to approve the agreement, asking …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Mar 2006
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Verisign buys .tv rights for $45m

Verisign is tightening its grip on the wacky world of domain registration with the $45m cash purchase of the rights to flog .tv names from existing rights holder .tv Corp international. Verisign maintains the directory of approx. 30 million .com, .net, and .org addresses. With .tv, the Net country code for Tuvalu, under its …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jan 2002

Verisign backs Vista security green streak

The Mozilla Foundation risks losing the browser battle if it fails to keep up with Microsoft by incorporating new security technology into Firefox, a Verisign exec has claimed. According to Verisign product marketing director Tim Callan, the "loose collection of technoanarchists" which make up the open source development …
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Make room, internet, there's another 5 million domains to fit in

There were almost 220 million internet domain names at the end of September, an increase of 4.9 million on June, according to the latest numbers from Verisign. The 2.3 per cent increase was driven largely by growth in country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs such as .uk and .de), according to the company's latest quarterly Domain …
Kevin Murphy, 23 Dec 2011
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VeriSign's Site Finder is undead

VeriSign is to relaunch Site Finder, its highly controversial domain typo redirection service. VeriSign suspended Site Finder earlier this month, following an order from ICANN, the Net governing body, which claimed the company was in breach of its terms of operation. Site Finder was launched in September when VeriSign applied …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2003
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100 MEEELLION .com domains now registered

There are now over 100 million .com domain names on the internet. The milestone was passed in either October or January, depending on how you measure "registered" domains. But whichever way you cut it, .com is now into nine figures. VeriSign, which runs .com, revealed yesterday in is monthly report with industry overseer ICANN …
Kevin Murphy, 03 Feb 2012
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FTC probes VeriSign over slamming claims

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The US Federal Trade Commission is investigating a recent VeriSign Inc domain name marketing campaign, following allegations from competitors that it constituted deceptive business practices, a spokesperson for the company confirmed yesterday. "We've been asked by the FTC not to comment …
ComputerWire, 07 Aug 2002
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VeriSign misses trial deadline

Domain registration giant VeriSign has missed a deadline to ask a federal appeals court to reconsider a landmark decision in the case, which established that Internet domain names are subject to state property law. Last month, Gary Kremen, rightful owner of the domain name, won the right to sue VeriSign- …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2003

Docker loads up $15m to push containerization into bit barns

Containerization expert Docker has slurped $15m in filthy valley lucre to help it push its tech further into data centers under the leadership of a new, experienced chief executive. The funding will give the company the money needed to grow its engineering team while also ploughing more money into sales and support, says new …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014
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VeriSign slammed for domain renewal scam

VeriSign has been rapped over the knuckles by the FTC for its calculated attempt to steal domains from competitors - a practice called "slamming". However in a ruling by the government arm, VeriSign was found not to have broken the law and so avoided a hefty fine. It has however been barred from suggesting that someone’s domain …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Sep 2003
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VeriSign stands firm on Site Finder

VeriSign is refusing to back down in the increasingly acrimonious row over its controversial Site Finder redirection service. Last week, Net governing body ICANN called on VeriSign to "voluntarily suspend" Site Finder amid concerns that the service conflicts with key Net technical standards. Site Finder was launched last week …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2003
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VeriSign and ICANN strike monster net deal

VeriSign has dropped all its lawsuits against internet overseeing organisation ICANN, agreed to hand over ownership of the root zone, and in return been awarded control of all dotcoms until 2012. The agreement is a huge boost to ICANN, dragged down by the lawsuits and fighting for autonomy against both the US government and the …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2005
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VeriSign: illiterate ramblings

VeriSign's [VRSN] controversial Site Finder service, launched last week, has helped VeriSign become one of the top ten websites in terms of user numbers. However, industry estimates of how much revenue it could generate from this service seem to be overly optimistic - unless VeriSign is planning to make some modifications. …
Datamonitor, 25 Sep 2003
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Verisign backlash gathers force

The backlash against Verisign's controversial decision to direct users who get lost on the Web to a search engine site run by the company is gaining momentum. Net users have set up an online petition to protest the move, which critics say is an abuse of Verisign's role as steward of the .com and .net top level domains and a …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2003
The Register breaking news could cost VeriSign $100m, says suit

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Sex.Com, the disputed adult web portal currently owned by Grant Media LLC, said it is a step closer to a ruling on whether it can claim damages from VeriSign Inc for alleged negligence in the transfer of the domain name to another party. The company said in a statement Thursday …
ComputerWire, 20 Jan 2003
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Intel selects Verisign for mobile security

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence VeriSign Inc has secured itself a place at the heart of Intel Corp's mobile strategy with a deal to embed its technology in the chip giant's next generation notebook processor. Under the deal, announced at the chip vendor's developer forum in San Jose yesterday, VeriSign will optimize …
ComputerWire, 11 Sep 2002
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RSA and Verisign beat SSL patent infringement rap

An American jury has rejected claims by a retired Florida engineer that RSA Security and VeriSign infringed his encryption patent. In a February 2001 patent infringement lawsuit, Leon Stambler contended that products marketed by RSA Security that use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) version 3.0, infringed three of his patents. SSL …
John Leyden, 14 Mar 2003
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BIND developer blocks Verisign Net grab move

The developer of the technology used to direct surfers on the Web has announced it is developing a workaround designed to stop users who mistype URLs ending up at VeriSign's new search site. The Internet Software Consortium, the nonprofit body that develops the ubiquitous BIND domain name server, is adapting its software so …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2003
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ICANN mulls over Verisign land grab

ComputerWire logo A service for resolving so-called internationalized domain names (IDNs) introduced by VeriSign Inc last Firday has drawn the attention of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has certain powers over the internet's domain name system. ICANN said it became aware of "expressions of …
ComputerWire, 07 Jan 2003
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ICANN demand sees VeriSign pull SiteFinder

VeriSign has pulled its controversial SiteFinder application after ICANN demanded in a formal statement and letter that the company shut it down by Saturday or face the consequences. In an official statement and a letter to VeriSign’s general manager Russell Lewis on Friday, the overseeing organisation accused VeriSign of …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Oct 2003
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VeriSign takes token stance

VeriSign is to start selling hardware authentication tokens and is leading a group of security companies in a standards initiative. The move appears to be an effort to soften RSA Security's dominance of the authentication market. VeriSign has announced the formation of the Open Authentication Reference Architecture (OATH) …
Datamonitor, 24 Feb 2004
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Armouring up online: Duncan Campbell's chief techie talks crypto with El Reg

Crypto toolbox, Part I I think I was about 15 or 16 when PGP was making headlines for being classified as munitions by the US government and was (supposedly) banned from export. While I wasn’t a subversive type at the time, I got a very strong sense that any software that scared the mighty USA so badly was something I ought to play with and try to …
Matt Fowler, 19 Dec 2014
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ICANN approves VeriSign's .com monopoly

It appears that VeriSign is going to control the .com registry for all eternity following a decision by ICANN Monday which guarantees it ownership until November 2007, and sweetens the pot with an option to renew for four years thereafter. VeriSign will retain rights to the .org registry through 2002, and .net through 2005. …
Thomas C Greene, 03 Apr 2001
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DoC shrugs off Simsgate to rubber stamp VeriSign monopoly

Checklist: water the rubber plants for the weekend, turn all the office lights out and, oh yes - sign-off the VeriSign domain name monopoly for another five years. Then home. It was a particularly eventful Friday at the Department of Commerce, which timed rubber stamping the VeriSign deal for the moment (five o'clock) …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2001
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VeriSign focuses on managed security services

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence VeriSign Inc will today announce a series of new and enhanced managed services aimed at enterprises that want to outsource the complexity of their security infrastructure. The company has inked a number of partnerships to help it manage customers' firewalls, VPNs and intrusion detection …
ComputerWire, 19 May 2002
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VeriSign exits UK domain retail biz

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence VeriSign Inc is closing its retail domain name business in the UK with the loss of about a dozen jobs, ComputerWire has learned, writes Kevin Murphy The company, which has seen its share of the domain market steadily eroded over the last two years, has sold its 60,000-strong UK customer …
ComputerWire, 13 Dec 2002
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RSA cosies up to AOL as VeriSign enters token market

The hardware authentication market is hotting up with VeriSign entering the market. Also announced today is a deal between market leader RSA Security and AOL that extends the technology for the first consumer internet access. America Online users are to be offered a second level of account protection via the optional …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2004

VeriSign plans Web Services security gateway

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence VeriSign Inc plans to announce web services security gateway software early next year, it emerged yesterday. Speaking at a gathering in San Francisco, CEO Stratton Sclavos disclosed the plan, which seems likely to place the company in competition against a number of startups and …
ComputerWire, 11 Dec 2002
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Verisign, nCipher tout hardware-based SSL certs

VeriSign and hardware encryption specialist nCipher are coming to market with hardware-based SSL Certificates, designed to boost protection against online data theft and Web site spoofing. The VeriSign Hardware Protected SSL Certificate, available from next month, proves that the private key associated with the certificate is …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2003

VeriSign and IBM Team for hosted access, provisioning

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Taking aim at a traditionally software-only market, VeriSign Inc this week introduced a hosted access control service, the fruit of a deal signed with IBM Corp back in January, Kevin Murphy writesThe companies also expect to work together further on hosted provisioning services in the …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002
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Antivirus biz's founder unmasked as noted Chinese hacker

Antivirus startup Anvisoft was founded by an infamous Chinese hacker who allegedly cut his teeth exploiting Microsoft Office security holes to hack US defence contractors, it has emerged. Investigative journalist Brian Krebs uncovered evidence - largely based on historic domain records for Anvisoft and reports compiled by …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012