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Nominet throws out US corp's attempt to seize Brit domain names

A British domain name reseller has won an appeal against an American multinational that tried to have it stripped of a parked domain, having rebuffed an offer to sell the disputed moniker for up to £20,000. In a rare appeal case, Nominet's Dispute Resolution Service upheld its earlier verdict and allowed Successful Internet …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jun 2018

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

Domain and hosting biz 123 Reg will hike its prices 20 per cent later this year. One customer got in touch to confirm he had received an advanced renewal notification from 123 Reg, which quoted the two-year renewal price of a domain as being £19.98 plus VAT. "I contacted 123 Reg support to query this as the ' …
Kat Hall, 16 Aug 2017

Boffins predict web scams with domain registration data

A group of American boffins is loosing artificial intelligence on web scams, demonstrating that analysis of domains at the time of registration can provide an early warning of those that will later be home to spammers and scammers. The idea is to tag the kinds of behaviour at registration time that hints someone is preparing …

404 Boss not found — Bye bye ICANN CEO Chehade

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has surprised the internet community by announcing he will step down from the job after just three years in the post. In an announcement on the domain name overlord's website, the organization said that Chehade has "informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 May 2015
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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

Comment The internet is gradually gaining a whole lot of new top-level domain names, from the useful (.app, .dev) to the more whimsical (.ninja, .lol), thanks to ICANN's dot-word gold rush. Most of these dot-words are available to world + dog to register fresh domains, such as However, some owners are keeping …
Smilin' Marv

Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

Another month, another Patch Tuesday, but this release has a special sting in the tail: a flaw in the fundamental design of Windows that's taken a year to correct, and is unfixable on Server 2003. The critical blunder allows miscreants to completely take over a domain-configured Windows system if it is connected to a malicious …
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2015

Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com

Notorious blue-movie director Max Hardcore has decided he will not bid for his namesake dot-com, seven years after it was seized by the US government. Hardcore – real name, Paul Little – had planned to win back the grabbed domain. "I'm gonna take it back! It's about damn time if you ask me," he told adult industry magazine …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jan 2015

Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to

Worstall on Wednesday The European Union is arguing that the so-called "right to be forgotten" (you know, sure, I was a paedophile mass murderer but it was only the once and I've been to confession now so nobody should know about it) in Google and other search engine results should be extended to the domain, as well as those aimed more …
Tim Worstall, 3 Dec 2014
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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to – which isn't owned by Banksy

Street artist Banksy is renowned for satirizing society through the unexpected, and a battle over his namesake dot-com domain seems to have provided him with another opportunity. We reported earlier this month that the anonymous artists appeared to have gone corporate, filing a trademark infringement case against the owner of …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Oct 2014
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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in cybersquat brouhaha

Street artist Banksy has gone corporate, using a trademark of his name to try to win control of the domain. A formal complaint has been sent to domain arbitrator WIPO by Banksy’s “authentication” company Pest Control Office, which now, it seems, has moved into trademark enforcement. WIPO will decide in case D2014- …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2014

Jodee 'One.Tel' Rich spruiks .CEO sites for email LIKE A BOSS

Jodee Rich, a technology entrepreneur best known for his part in the spectacular collapse of Australian mobile telco One.Tel, has thrust himself into inboxes around the world with an offer to register for the .CEO global top-level domain (GTLD). Rich is now the CEO of Peoplebrowsr, a social media analysis outfit chiefly …
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Who! wants! Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

Just when you thought there were no more good domains available, Yahoo! has decided to auction off a list of URLs that it says it no longer needs – and a lot of them are prime internet real estate. "This year, we found a huge list of domain names that the company has owned for quite some time," Yahoo! attorney Kevin Kramer …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013

New York Times, Twitter domain hijackers 'came in through front door'

Updated Hacktivist collective the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) – or someone using its name – has claimed responsibility for hijacking the, and web addresses. At the time of writing, many of the domain names the SEA claimed to have seized were back under their owners' control. In some …
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Chinese authorities say massive DDoS attack took down .cn domain

The China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) has reported that on Sunday it suffered the largest ever DDoS attack it has ever experienced against the .cn domain, an assault that took ten hours to knock down. In a statement, the CINIC said that attacks began around midnight Sunday on Chinese time and intensified a few …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Google U-turn DID preempt ICANN's block on corporate gTLD-snatchers

It's official - Google did indeed correctly judge that ICANN would halt corporate attempts to exclusively snatch generic top level domain names for commercial use. The internet overlord, which is charging companies to take control of new suffixes to supplement the established TLDs such as .com, .org and .uk, said (PDF) at a …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Michelin critics to football blogger: Salaud! Unhand that URL

Michelin restaurant guides have issued a cease-and-desist notice to a blogger who has nabbed the URL and filled it with photoshopped pictures of European football boss and 1984 European Championship top goalscorer Michel Platini. The blogger bought the domain, retitled it "Michel In Guides" and filled it …
Anna Leach, 11 Feb 2013
The Register breaking news

Turkish officials reach for YouTube's joystick

Google has given in to demands from Turkey to operate YouTube under a Turkish web domain, thus allowing the country's officials to patrol its content and the country's courts to throw out whatever is deemed objectionable. As noted by Reuters, the move not only means that Ankara can exercise more rigid control over the material …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Bogus Android markets seized in FBI software crackdown

The US Department of Justice reports that three domains selling stolen Android applications have been seized in a combined operation by the FBI and international police. Visitors to,, and hoping for hooky apps will be disappointed to see the FBI's warning page showing that the Feds …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2012

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