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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

European Union bureaucrats are turning their namesake .eu top-level domain into a red-tape nightmare. Back in May, the European Commission stunned the DNS community – including the company that runs the .eu registry, EURid – by announcing it would scrap 300,000 .eu domain names owned by UK residents due to the country's …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2018

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

NSFW The US government has conceded that you can indeed fuck Nazis on the internet. You can also shit and piss on the cocksucking motherfucking cu... [we get the picture, Kieren – ed.]... tits [that's enough – ed.] Yes, the "seven dirty words" made famous by the comedian George Carlin in 1972 were until just a few weeks ago also …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2018
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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

The internet has a case of .men behaving badly, based on new data from international watchdog Spamhaus. In a listing of the top ten worst top-level domains compiled by Spamhaus, .men has come top, followed somewhat bizarrely by .GQ, which is the country code for Equatorial Guinea but also happens to be the name of a famous men …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jun 2018

Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote

A protest vote against corporate mismanagement at Africa's main internet body has sent the organization into freefall. Following the poor handling of a sexual harassment scandal that eventually led to the resignation of its chair and vice-chair, members of Afrinic asked for a vote of no-confidence in the organization's entire …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2018

US citizen sues France over France-dot-com brouhaha

An expat in the US is suing the French government and Verisign after the Fifth Republic seized the domain name The lawsuit, filed in the American federal courts, seeks the return of to the control of the online travel agency Jean-Noel Frydman, a French-born US citizen, set up around the domain …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Apr 2018

Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation. Nominet ran a short one-month public comment period asking for feedback on a range of proposed changes to its current system and …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2018

Australia’s .au admins told to reform or get rooted

The administrator of Australia’s top level .au domain, auDA, has been told to reform or be forcibly stripped of its role. That edict was delivered yesterday by Australia’s minister for communications Mitch Fifield, who ordered a review of auDA after the organisation’s board introduced a Code of Conduct that restricted members …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2018
Uncle Sam

US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

The US government has waded into the omni-shambles that is the internet infrastructure industry's failed effort to comply with European privacy laws. Having tried to use its behind-the-scenes influence at a recent meeting of DNS overseer ICANN to drive decisions, the Department of Commerce's frustration had led to it going …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Apr 2018
An angry woman steaming from the ears

Angry Australians, in the .au registry, with the vote of no confidence: CEO, execs face ousting

Australia's .au internet registry members have called for the scalps of its CEO and three Board members as part of an ongoing dispute over how the organization is being run. The call comes as the Australian government continues an investigation into the governance structure of auDA following a series of controversial decisions …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Apr 2018
dump truck

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

Brexit has hit the internet, and not in a good way. In an official statement Thursday, the European Commission announced it will cancel all 300,000 domains under the .eu top-level domain that have a UK registrant, following Britain's eventual departure from the European Union. "As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Mar 2018

Uncle Sam slams plans to give govts final say over domain privacy

A plan by ICANN to let governments collectively decide who is allowed to bypass new European privacy rules over domain names has been blasted by its most powerful member, the United States. At a meeting of DNS oversight organization ICANN, the US government representative told colleagues from across the globe his country didn' …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Mar 2018

It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

You will never be able to own an official .home, .mail or .corp domain name or email address on the public internet. It means if you have machines called things like storage.home or buildserver.corp on your home or private business network, you can be sure no one will be able to buy domains like storage.home or buildserver. …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Feb 2018

.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

Special report Nominet, which runs the UK's domain-name registry, has abandoned its own charitable foundation, raising questions about the organization's direction and accountability. In an email earlier this week, CEO Russell Haworth stunned members of the non-profit, public-interest outfit by announcing that he was withdrawing from the …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jan 2018

Two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cockroaches and crafty URLs like ғасеьоок.com

It's been known for a long while that people can use similar-looking non-Roman characters to create internet addresses that look similar to real ones. These dishonest URLs have been doing the rounds for years. And, sadly, the abuse of homographs to craft dodgy web addresses continues well into this day, according to security …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jan 2018
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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has insisted on having a Panama company trading as the “Whois Foundation” formally stripped of a handful of dodgy web domains, even though the firm instantly offered to hand them over when challenged. The sites,,, and, were …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Jan 2018
Man confused by laptop

Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?

Network admins, code wranglers and other techies have hit an unusual problem this week: their test and development environments have vanished. Rather than connecting to private stuff on an internal .dev domain to pick up where they left off, a number of engineers and sysadmins are facing an error message in their web browser …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017

ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

Internet overlord ICANN has hit on an ingenious solution to the impending collision of the domain name system's Whois service and incoming European privacy legislation: let everyone else figure it out. Following a week of testy meetings in which domain registries and registrars complained they face business-destroying fines if …

Dell forgot to renew PC data recovery domain, so a squatter bought it

Dell forgot to re-register a domain name that many PCs it has sold use to do fresh installs of their operating systems. The act of omission was spotted by a third-party who stands accused of using it to spread malware. The domain in question is, which offers anodyne information about …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2017

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