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Cindy Mikul

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dotFM embraces emoji domain names

dotFM, the Registry responsible for the .FM Top Level Domain (TLD), is to join the handful of TLDs that are making emoji domain names available to register.  The Registry, which is the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Micronesia but which, in view of its .FM extension, has up to now mainly marketed its

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual flourish on “Cyber Monday”.  In the U.S., and increasingly elsewhere, the Monday following “Black Friday” (the first Friday after Thanksgiving),

$10 domain name halts spread of WannaCry ransomware

A major global ransomware attack going by the name of WannaCry was recently short circuited by the registration of a single domain name costing just over $10.  The unregistered domain name consisting of random characters was apparently programmed into the WannaCry malware by its creators in order to function as a “kill switch” and was

ICANN sticks two characters up for countries

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released a document called “Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes”.  Under the measures proposed in this document, governments and independent country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) operators would be given the first option on a list of

ICANN sets course for change of Internet stewardship

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took another step towards a tectonic shift in Internet governance at its 55th meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in March.  Extensive discussions with the global Internet community spanning a period of two years culminated at the meeting in a plan under which the U.S. government will pass

UK: Nominet gets tough on cybercrime

Nominet recently released an annual report that, on the one hand, shows a decrease in the number of suspensions of domain names containing banned words and on the other hand, an increase in the number of take downs due to criminal activity such as intellectual property infringement and fraud.  Nominet implemented its policy concerning offensive names

The dragon rises… but mainly in the officially-approved TLDs

China’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), .CN, has recently edged ahead of Germany’s .DE to become the second most registered TLD in the world, whilst other Chinese-run (and Chinese government approved) TLDs, such as .TOP and .WANG are seeing explosive growth.  Brand owners should thus be vigilant and ensure that their brands are protected