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11|05|2013 10:25 am EDT

Demand Media to Spin Off Domain Registration Business into RightSide [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Rightside websiteAs already predicted by Andrew over at DNW:

Demand Media Announces Key Executives and Name for Proposed Domain Services Company

Company Will Lead Expansion of Generic Top Level Domains under Rightside Brand; Taryn Naidu Selected as Incoming CEO

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–()–Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD), a leading media and domain services company, today announced that Taryn Naidu, who currently serves as Demand Media’s Executive Vice President of Domain Services, will become the CEO and a Director of the newly formed domain services company that is proposed to be spun off from Demand Media. Demand Media also announced that it has selected the name Rightside Group, Ltd. (“Rightside”) for the spun off domain services business.

“It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

Rightside will be a Kirkland, WA based technology and services company for the Internet domain industry. The company will advance the way consumers and businesses define and present themselves online through a comprehensive technology platform making it possible to discover, register, develop, and monetize domain names. Rightside will play a leading role in the historic launch of new generic Top Level Domains, and the name represents a new way to navigate the Internet, while establishing the new company as the one to guide users in the right direction. It’s everything to the right of the dot – and beyond.

Taryn Naidu, who has led Demand Media’s domain services business since 2011 will become Chief Executive Officer of Rightside, upon completion of the separation. Additionally, Rightside executive management will include Wayne MacLaurin as Chief Technology Officer and Rick Danis as General Counsel. David Panos will be appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Shawn Colo, Demand Media’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, will be appointed as a Director of Rightside in connection with the separation.

“Establishing the leadership team and brand identity of the proposed new company marks an important milestone in achieving our plan to separate our business into two distinct market leaders,” said Demand Media Interim President and Chief Executive Offer Shawn Colo. “I am pleased to announce a very strong executive team led by Taryn. This team has a wealth of industry experience, has played an integral role in building the largest wholesale domain registrar and is driving the transformation of this business into one of the largest end-to-end domain name service providers in the world.”

“Rightside’s mission will be to help millions of businesses and consumers define and present themselves online. We’re able to deliver on this through our distribution network of more than 20,000 active partners, one of the leading domain services technology platforms, a large number of applications for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), and a deep bench of industry talent,” said Taryn Naidu, newly designated incoming Chief Executive Officer of Rightside. “It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

About Rightside

Rightside plans to inspire and deliver new possibilities for consumers and businesses to define and present themselves online. The company will be a leading provider of domain name services, offering one of the industry’s most comprehensive platforms for the discovery, registration, development, and monetization of domain names. This will include 15 million names under management, the most widely used domain name reseller platform, more than 20,000 distribution partners, an award-winning retail registrar, the leading domain name auction service and an interest in more than 100 new Top Level Domain applications. Rightside will be home to some of the most admired brands in the industry, including eNom, Name.com, United TLD and NameJet (in partnership with Web.com). Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside will have offices in North America and Europe. For more information please visit www.rightside.co.

About Demand Media

Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD) is a leading digital media and domain services company that informs and entertains one of the internet’s largest audiences, helps advertisers find innovative ways to engage with their customers and enables publishers, individuals and businesses to expand their online presence. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Demand Media has offices in North America, South America and Europe. For more information about Demand Media, please visit www.demandmedia.com

05|10|2013 01:59 am EDT

Moniker.com and Name.com Respond to Hack Claims

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registrars

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Wednesday DNN ran an article about a purported hack of several domain name registrars by HTP (Hack the Planet).  While HTP claimed that the hosting company Linode.com was the intended target, the group also claimed they were able to hack in to Melbourne IT, Name.com, Moniker and Xinnet and provided “evidence” of this on their HTP5 zine in a file called registrar-data.txt .

Linode.com acknowledged the hack in a blog post.

Name.com has not responded specifically to the claims made by HTP, but the company sent out an email on the same day of our story alerting customers to change their passwords.

Name.com recently discovered a security breach where customer account information including usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords and encrypted credit card account information may have been accessed by unauthorized individuals. It appears that the security breach was motivated by an attempt to gain information on a single, large commercial account at Name.com.

Moniker.com representatives sent DNN a statement today about the claims made by HTP.  As we had mentioned in the earlier article, the information published (which we are not reprinting for obvious reasons) contained a handful of user names and passwords for administrative personnel with email addresses using @oversee.net.  Moniker is no longer owned by Oversee and some of the employees on that list are no longer with Moniker or Oversee for that matter. The information seemed dated at best.

Moniker’s letter to DNN stated :

“In regards to the alleged attack, our investigation has revealed the following facts.

-The published file does not contain any access or information related to or about Moniker customers, their accounts or their domains.

-The information was also not accessed through the Moniker registrar platform.

-The information included in the file contained access to a discontinued standalone content only site intended for public viewing.

We take any security questions extremely seriously and felt it important to provide a detailed response.”

 

From what DNN saw in the HTP published files, there did not appear to be any customer user names or passwords from any of the registrars mentioned including Melbourne IT, Name.com, Moniker.com or Xinnet.  (In other words, your log-in information isn’t published somewhere online for everyone to grab.)  The published file seems to be more of a “look what we saw” snapshot.

05|08|2013 08:49 am EDT

Hackers Break in to Prominent Domain Registrars, Moniker, Melbourne IT, Name.com and Xinnet

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registrars

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A story on Hacker News from earlier Tuesday  mentions that a group of hackers , Hack The Planet (HTP), was able to hack in to several domain name registrars late last year . The registrars were not  specifically targeted, rather they were hacked in order to take down the hosting of another hacker’s IRC channel.

Even though the registrars were not specific targets of the attack, HTP have posted a file called registrar-data.txt (not resolving now which details some of the info accessed from the registrars.

The HTP5 zine (now apparently down, cached copy here) brags about the registrars being “owned”. Name.com, MelbourneIT, Moniker and Xinnet are mentioned: Speaking of registrars, Xinnet, MelbourneIT, and Moniker – you’re all owned. Back in November, we hinted at Huawei access in our Symantec release. Their registrar? Xinnet. Total domains owned: about 5.5 million total. No kidding. :P

The hackers admitted difficulty with Melbourne IT security specifically because the registrar controls the DNS for Twitter.   “Domain management credz for Melbourne IT are mostly internal SOAP requests. DNS control of Twitter is tight.”

The info that was accessible from the hack in to Name.com seems to include data base access to a great amount of information.  The registrar-data file lists countless databases including quickbooks, customer info, hosting accounts, etc.

The Moniker information that was published included several administrator accounts with user names and passwords. Some of the accounts included former employees of Moniker/Oversee. Moniker is no longer a company owned by Oversee so that information seems to be somewhat dated.

As these are claims by hackers that have yet to be verified by the registrars involved, DNN is making attempts to contact all registrars involved to find out what breaches of security occurred and what was done to fix these problems.  To our knowledge no customer account information has been published publicly and there are no reports of domains stolen.

As reported by Michael Berken’s The Domains, name.com sent an email alerting their customers of the breach asking them to change their passwords.

01|07|2013 09:03 am EDT

Demand Media to buy Name.com

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Demand Media just announced this morning that the are acquiring the retail registrar name.com. name.com was founded by Bill Mushkin in 2003. Demand Media also owns eNom and BulkRegistrar.com and is an active player in the new gTLD space. The acquisition will increase their reach into direct domain sales. name.com has over 1.5 million domain names under management.

Santa Monica, California – January 7, 2013 – Demand Media® (NYSE:  DMD), a leading digital media company, today announced the acquisition of Denver-based Name.com, a domain name registrar known for its strong retail footprint, award-winning customer service and creative spirit.  The acquisition is intended to expand Demand Media’s platform as it prepares for the historic release of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) this year.

Founded in 2003, Name.com customers have registered nearly 1.5 million domains, and use the company’s tools and services to grow their online presence.  As the second largest registrar in the world, Demand Media’s eNom subsidiary has over 13.5 million domain names on its platform registered by over 8,800 resellers and partners.  “Name.com will provide a direct channel for us to reach consumers and small businesses as they develop and manage their online identities,” said Richard Rosenblatt, chairman and CEO, Demand Media. “This becomes even more valuable as over one thousand new domain extensions are expected to become available for registration in the years ahead.”

 

In 2011, ICANN initiated the process for creating new domain extensions as a way to increase domain name choices for memorable or descriptive web addresses (for example, integritymortgagesolutions.com can become integrity.mortgage or integritymortgage.solutions) and help organize websites and information better (for example, gwathmey-siegel.com could end in a domain extension that maps to the nature of the business, such as .law, .architect or .cpa).  Last June, ICANN announced it had received 1,930 applications for new TLDs that were submitted by entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and communities around the world looking to operate a TLD registry of their own choosing.

Demand Media will retain the Denver-based team and the business will report to Taryn Naidu, executive vice president, Registrar Services.  “Our strategy is to provide an end-to-end solution for all things domains — whether you are looking to consume or distribute names and services,” said Naidu.  “Name.com brings innovation, creativity and a deep commitment to their customers – factors which we believe are essential in the environment of new gTLDs.”

[via Press Release]

01|18|2012 05:27 pm EDT

Domain Registrars “Blackout” in Opposition of SOPA and PIPA legislation

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the online protest with sites like Wikipedia, Reddit.com and thousands of other sites going “dark” to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation. Even Google blacked out their logo today in protest.

If you haven’t noticed this maybe you noticed that your favorite registrar also joined in the protest. Domain name registrars such as NameCheap.com, Name.com, Hover.com (and likely some others I’m not aware of) jumped on the protest bandwagon today as well. Name.com blacked out their sites name similar to what Google.com did. Hover.com, whose parent company Tucows shut down their software downloading site for the day, ran a simple header across the top of their site in protest.  Namecheap.com took it the furthest with a complete “overlay” of their home page turning it in to a virtual blackout in protest of the US legislation.

Godaddy.com which had previously been blasted for supporting the bill also did their best to protest their new stance with a pip-squeak banner ad “below the fold/babes” on their homepage. With all the bells and whistle distractions on the Godaddy homepage, I’m sure this caused mass confusion for their customer base :)

Many before me have pointed out the concern with the SOPA and PIPA legislation and why it is dangerous. Hopefully the US legislators begin to hear from the people that are opposed to this and start to change their stance or reconsider the way to fix the problem without creating more problems.

  Here’s a video that explains things

11|11|2010 10:55 am EDT

Namemedia adds Name.com to AfternicDLS

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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As announced this morning NameMedia has now added Name.com to their AfternicDLS distribution system. Along with the recent addition of eNom and Moniker to their network, this further strengthens the distribution of domain names listed in the company’s network. Once the integrations are complete, this type of partnership allows registrants at the partner registrars to sell domain names directly at a fixed price as part of a domain lookup at Register.com, NetworkSolutions and other partners, thus increasing the exposure to endusers as potential buyers.

03|13|2009 03:35 pm EDT

Name.com Launches Their Daily Domain Aftermarket Newsletter

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Name.com, a leading ICANN accredited registrar that specializes in more than 50 TLDs, is launching a new daily domain aftermarket newsletter later today. It will serve as a premium source for aftermarket domains from Name.com’s brokerage clients while also offering the best expiring domains for only $19.99 each.

“As we’ve taken on brokerage clients over the year many have asked that their names be shown on our site or in newsletters,” said Kellie Peterson, the Director of Marketing & Operations at Name.com. “We’re taking the first step and will be introducing a daily newsletter for aftermarket domain sales – beginning Friday March 13.

As you know many investors are looking for liquidity in this tough market and because of our reach we believe strongly that we can assist those investors – and now is the perfect time.”

The initial edition featured a wide-range of premium, generic, brandable, and geo-targeted domain names. Click here to sign up for the newsletter or here for more information.

[via Name.com]

02|16|2009 09:50 pm EDT

Twitter Users Gang Up On Godaddy

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registrars

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Not getting anywhere with domain name support ?  Why not enlist the help of your friends and associates on a social media platform and go after the company directly ?

Christian Van Der Herst recently had his email address at Gmail.com Godaddy account compromised by a hacker. According to Christian, having access, the hacker was “able to get my emails and retrieve passwords from several account.  I tried to change them as soon as possible, but since they had access to the @maestrosdelweb.com, they were able to trick companies, even calling them on the phone.”  Christian’s site www.maestrosdelweb.com is a web developers community that started in 1997 and has over 5 million unique users a month. (more…)

12|06|2008 04:00 pm EDT

WARNING : Stolen Domain Names Being Reportedly Offered For Sale

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

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The domaining message boards have been buzzing ever since a purported domain thief created a website to offer his long list of stolen domains for sale.  The purported thief, sometimes referred to as Omid J, has been tracked down by other domainers in the past but he hasn’t typically been as brazen to create a website to list and sell the domain names. However, over the last week many domainers have been receiving emails advising them to go to LuxaryDomains.com to receive great deals on premium domain names. It wasn’t long until the domaining community caught on.  According to several reports, after responding to the emails the seller reported that some of the domains had already been sold. (more…)

05|27|2008 11:31 am EDT

Name.com Launches Name Wiki

by Adam Strong in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Name.comlogoDomain name registrar Name.com announced in a press release today the launch of their name wiki at wiki.name.com. The company aims for the wiki to be the top name encyclopedia online. Company founder Bill Mushkin stated “I imagine having an article for every name on the planet. All names are dynamic and rich with meaning.”