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Are ISOC’s claims about .org’s history bogus?

The Internet Society has started to fight back against those trying to put a stop to its $1.13 billion sale of Public Interest Registry to Ethos Capital. Among the tactics being deployed appears to be an attempt to play down the notion that .org has always been considered as a home for non-profits run by […]

Read more got pwned, which owns top 20 registrars Network Solutions and, got itself and millions of its customers hacked a few months ago. The company disclosed last week that malicious hackers broke into its network in late August, making off with customer account information. The attack was not discovered until October 16. The compromised data included […]

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Operation September Thrust leads to another million-domain Radix gTLD

Radix has become the first new gTLD portfolio registry to hit over one million domains in more than one TLD. It said today that .site has crossed the seven-digit threshold, joining .online, which hit a million names in 2018. It’s huge recent growth for .site, which had around 561,000 domains under management at the end […]

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50 cent domains at Network Solutions? Not so fast

Promo offers cheap domains but they aren’t as inexpensive as they look. Network Solutions sent out a Cyber Monday special that looks tempting: Up to 5 .com, .net, .biz, .info or .org domains for only 50 cents each. The devil is in the very fine print: Domains transferred out prior to one year renewal will […]

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ICANN turns 20 today (or maybe not)

ICANN is expected to celebrate its 20th anniversary at its Barcelona meeting next month, but by some measures it has already had its birthday. If you ask Wikipedia, it asserts that ICANN was “created” on September 18, 1998, 20 years ago today. But that claim, which has been on Wikipedia since 2003, is unsourced and […]

Read more obtains ICANN accreditation — bad news for

Web site building tools provider has got itself an ICANN accreditation, potentially bad news for current partner The Nasdaq-listed, Israel-based company popped up on the official registrar list in the last day or so with the IANA ID 3817. That means it could before long start selling gTLD domains directly from the registries […]

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Oops: Network Solutions tells customers that their domain is now available

Aftermarket sales email worries customers because of wrong subject line. Domain name registrar Network Solutions mixed up an aftermarket promotion email blast, accidentally informing its customers that their domain name was available for purchase. It seems that someone used the wrong mail merge token in the subject line of the emails. The first errant message was […]

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Check your Network Solutions account if you have one

Namepros member Arca posted a disturbing story about their account at Network Solutions. Everyone should read the post below and check their account. I just logged into my Network Solutions account and discovered that my “primary payment option” has been changed. The credit card and personal information of another NetworkSolutions customer is now listed there. […]

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An #infosec consultant dealt with New Ventures to get his family #domain back

An information security consultant dealt with New Ventures Services Corp., the domain warehousing branch of Network Solutions, in order to regain control of his expired domain. Mark Burnett‘s family domain,, was registered in 1998 and over the course of several years he managed it along with several hundred other domains at Network Solutions. Eventually, he […]

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NY Supreme Court rejects domain name conversion claim

Court denies conversion claim because it says domain names are not property. New York Supreme Court tosses out domain name dispute. The Supreme Court of the State of New York has denied (pdf) a claim one of Michael Gleissner’s companies brought against Network Solutions. Gleissner’s company NextEngine Ventures LLC said it bought the domain name […]

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