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10|23|2013 03:25 pm EDT

First four new gTLDs in the Root Zone

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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The first four new gTLDs of this latest round have just been added to the root zone, even though the IANA database has not yet been updated.

The four strings delegated are:

  • شبكة  (xn--ngbc5azd) –Arabic for “web/network”, Registry: International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
  • онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”, Registry: CORE Association
  • сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”, Registry: CORE Association
  • 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)”, Registry: Spring Fields, LLC

The delegation doesn’t mean that those names are available for registration at this point, as the registry operators have yet to announce their sunrise launch phase where trademark holders can registrar domain names.

See the full press release from ICANN after the jump.


04|18|2012 10:20 am EDT

IANA contract opened again for re-bid by the US government

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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After the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had canceled the first RFP for a new IANA contractor because they “received no proposals that met the requirements“, the RFP was opened again for bids two days ago. ICANN had submitted a bid, which was not accepted by  NITA. The deadline for bids to the new RFP, which doesn’t seem to deviate from the previous one by much, is May 31st, 2012.

The current contract was to expire on March 31st of this year, but was extended by six months just before ICANN’s 43rd meeting.

As reported by DomainIncite, ICANN is to report on a debriefing as to why their previous bid was not accepted:

Over a month ago, at an ICANN press conference in Costa Rica, CEO Rod Beckstrom said: “We were invited to have a debriefing with [the NTIA] to learn more about this. Following that discussion we will share any information we are allowed to share.”


04|15|2011 07:34 pm EDT

.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating. While a number of registrars have already been taking pre-registrations, the actual timeline for the launch has not yet been published. The Sunrise launch is a three phased approach. After much back and forth and protests against the sTLD the ICANN board had approved the application for the new TLD at their meeting on March 18th of this year.

[Update] As Kevin over at DomainIncite points out in his post on the same topic, the registry website, and (both placeholder pages, safe for work) are now resolving under the new TLD. is resolving as well.

The delegation record for the new TLD can now also be found on the IANA website.

Below the output of the dig query:

dig ns xxx.

;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER< <- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 22036
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 6, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;xxx.				IN	NS

xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS

See the IANA record after the jump

07|08|2008 08:29 am EDT

ICANN Blames Hack on

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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After several of ICANN‘s domain names were hacked in June, ICANN has blamed the attack on

Although ICANN didn’t name the registrar explicitly, a WHOIS search shows that all the temporarily hacked domains –,, and – were registered with

“The DNS redirect was a result of an attack on ICANN’s registrar’s systems,” said ICANN today in an article by The New York Times. “A full, confidential, security report from that registrar has since been provided to ICANN with respect to this attack.”

[via The New York Times]

06|27|2008 04:23 pm EDT

ICANN and IANA Domain Names Hijacked

by Adam Strong in Categories: ICANN / Policy, Miscellaneous

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According to website Zone-H, a group of Turkish hackers hijacked ICANN and IANA domain names on Thursday morning. All of the domain names are registered at The group took over control of the domain names, including,, and The DNS records were changed and redirected to the hackers site with the following message :

You think that you control the domains but you don’t! Everybody knows wrong. We control the domains including ICANN!

Don’t you believe us?

haha :)

(Lovable Turkish hackers group)

This is the second major group to have their domain names hijacked in the last 30 days.  Previously domain names were hijacked at Network Solutions. So much for “preserving and enhancing the operational stability, reliability, security, and global interoperability of the Internet” eh ?