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ICANN found a zero-day hole in Adobe Connect

It’s looking like ICANN may have found a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Connect, until recently its default collaboration tool. The organization on Friday announced the results of a “forensic investigation” into the bug, and said it has reported its findings to Adobe, which is now “working on a software fix to address the root cause […]

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Research finds homograph attacks on big brands rife

Apparent domain name homograph attacks against major brands are a “significant” problem, according to research from Farsight Security. The company said last week that it scanned for such attacks against 125 well-known brands over the three months to January 10 and found 116,113 domains — almost 1,000 per brand. Homographs are domains that look like […]

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Second delay for domain security key rollover

ICANN has decided to delay changing the security keys to the DNS for the second time. The “KSK Rollover” had been rescheduled from October 11 to some time in the first quarter 2018, but that will no longer happen. We’re now looking at Q3 at the earliest. “We have decided that we do not yet […]

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Davies named new IANA boss

Kim Davies has been named the new head of IANA. ICANN said today that he’s been promoted from his role as director of technical services to VP of IANA services and president of Public Technical Identifiers, the company that manages the IANA functions. With ICANN since 2005, he replaces Elise Gerich, who announced her departure, […]

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Up to 20 million people could get broken internet in domain security rollover

Twenty million people losing access to parts of the internet is considered an acceptable level of collateral damage for ICANN’s forthcoming DNS root security update. That’s one of a number of facts and figures to emerge from recent updates from the organization, explaining its decision to delay the so-called “KSK rollover” from October 11 to […]

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Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages and designed for […]

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Telco billed $2.7 million for failing to renew domain

A US telecommunications provider has agreed to pay $2.7 million after an emergency service went offline because it forgot to renew a domain name. According to the Federal Communications Commission, Utah-based Sorenson Communications saw its “video relay service” go offline for two days in June 2016 after a domain was not renewed. The service is […]

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New gTLDs still a crappy choice for email — study

New gTLDs may not be the best choice of domain for a primary email address, judging by new research. Over 20% of the most-popular web sites do not fully understand email addresses containing long TLDs, and Arabic email addresses are supported by fewer than one in 10 sites, a study by the Universal Acceptance Steering […]

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ICANN just came thiiis close to breaking the internet

ICANN has decided to postpone an unprecedented change at the DNS root after discovering it could break internet for potentially millions of users. The so-called KSK Rollover was due to go ahead on October 11, but it’s now been pushed back to — tentatively — some time in the first quarter 2018. The delay was […]

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Pilot program for Whois killer launches

ICANN is to oversee a set of pilot programs for RDAP, the protocol expected to eventually replace Whois. Registration Data Access Protocol, an IETF standard since 2015, fills the same function as Whois, but it is more structured and enables access control rules. ICANN said this week that it has launched the pilot in response […]

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