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11|01|2013 11:27 am EDT

Web.com signs 2013 RAA, launches expression of interest site [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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New gTLD Extensions | Get the right targeted domain name for you and your business | Web.com 2013-11-01 11-29-24

Another group of registrars will be switching to the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with ICANN, allowing them to participate in selling new gTLDs. Web.com owns the original Domain registrar, Network Solutions and Register.com. The company also launched an expression of interest site for new gTLDs, promising a “Best price guarantee” and 10% discount for a “buyer’s club”. It appears that there’s no cost to participating in this club.

“We are staying ahead of the curve with our customers at the top of our minds,” said David Brown, Chairman and CEO of Web.com. “As owner of two of the largest retail registrars in the world, we are committed to enabling our customers to be among the first to acquire new gTLDs.”

See the full press release after the jump.

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11|26|2012 02:14 pm EDT

132 Domain Names seized on Cyber Monday

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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This Messages Appears on the Seized Domains

According to a Reuters release United States and European authorities seized 132 domain names. According to DNN’s knowledge this is the first time that an international cooperation in order to seize domain names happened like this:

ICE agents seized 101 domain names in the United States and 31 were taken over by officers in Britain, Romania, Belgium, France and Denmark and by Europol, the European Police Office, ICE Director John Morton said.

A list of the domains has not been published, so it is not quite clear if ccTLDs were also involved. One person in the US was arrested.

The Cyber Monday seizures raise the total number of U.S. sites taken over to 1,630 since ICE began its anti-counterfeit campaign in June 2010.

PayPal accounts identified with the sites and holding a total of more than $175,000 are being targeted for seizure, the ICE statement said.

According to Dailychanges there have been no domains there were added to the previously used nameservers (ns1.seizedservers.com) recently, however we did notice that apparently one of the seized names, golfstaring.com, has expired at Network Solutions and the nameservers were changed to “ns1/2.pendingrenewaldeletion.com”.

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08|03|2011 04:17 pm EDT

Web.com to Acquire Network Solutions

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Web.com (Nasdaq: WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and privately-held Network Solutions, a leading provider of website services, online marketing and global domain name registration focused on the needs of SMBs, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Web.com to acquire Network Solutions, the original domain registrar.

Under the terms of the agreement, upon the closing Web.com will pay Network Solutions $405 million in cash and issue 18 million shares of Web.com common stock, in addition to refinancing existing net debt of Network Solutions and paying certain fees.  Network Solutions is currently majority owned by General Atlantic LLC, a leading global growth equity firm.

The transaction, which is subject to Web.com shareholder approval as well as customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2011. Web.com bought Register.com a little over a year ago for $135M USD.

As Elliot points out in his post about the acquisition, adding the domains for Register.com and Network Solutions brings the total count above today’s 3rd largest registrar, Tucows using the numbers at Webhosting.info. However that would not be counting their recent acquisition and the other registrars they manage. It also appears that web.com still holds a large number of domains in a Tucows reseller account.

See the full press release after the jump.

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08|16|2010 06:14 pm EDT

Millions of Network Solutions Parked Pages Were Serving Malware

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registrars

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Armorize, a web security company, reported on their blog today that Network Solutions had been displaying a widget box that contains malware.  The company was notified and quickly remedied the parking pags.  Based on a yahoo search only, there are over 5 million domain names with NSI parked landers that may have been affected by this drive by malware.

According to Help Net Security, the malware is a drive-by variety that doesn’t take much to infect the users computer. Simply visiting a parking page hosted by NSI would trigger the download.

The malware then modifies the registry, monitors four of the most popular browsers, redirects users using popular search engines to other websites, pops up advertisement according to a list of search terms and duplicates and renames itself to resemble a varied assortment of legal and illegal software (mostly key generators and cracked software versions). It then “phones home” to several URLs in order to receive further instructions and download more malware.

Only 50% of the antivirus solutions included in VirusTotal’s check detected this malware a couple of days ago, and it was discovered to have the ability to block well-known by download analysis services such as Wepawet and jsunpack.

This attack definitely marks the beginning of the exploitation of hosting providers as a means to compromise a massive amount of domains and spread malware to millions of users in a short period of time. Let’s hope that hosting providers will take this occurrence seriously and rethink their defenses from top to bottom.

This is not good news for parking companies and domain owners who rely on parking revenue. As parked pages become synonymous with malware or problems, users will shift away from clicking more and more. . . Is this just another nail in the coffin for domain parking?

04|06|2010 09:50 am EDT

Register.com partners with AfternicDLS

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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After partnering with Network Solutions a while back, AfternicDLS has now also added Register.com as a partner registrar for their Domain Listing Service thus increasing the reach to end users and small business customers for their domain sales.

Domains listed with the (more expensive) premium promotion option have an average sales price (ASP) of $1,600, 33% higher than the expanded promotion ($1,200) and 78% higher than sales within the basic promotion level ($900). The premium level is currently only available for domains registered through Network Solutions or Register.com for domain names with a fixed price.

Premium Promotion partners are:

  • Network Solutions
  • Register.com
  • Afternic
  • Buydomains
  • GoDaddy
  • DomainTools
  • Tierranet
  • DomainDiscover
  • DomainsBot
  • Miss Domain
  • directNIC
  • PremierDomains
  • Ultimate Domains
  • domize
  • Instant Domain Search
  • FreshDrop
  • JustDropped.com
  • DomainsNewsletter.com
  • Rick Latona
  • Premium Domains

See the full press release after the jump.

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02|22|2010 04:38 pm EDT

Network Solutions Takes Over RollingStone.com ?

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registrars

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As of this writing, the RollingStone.com website has become a Network Solutions domain parking page.  Gawker Media first pointed out that the music industry website was no longer active.

I know what you are thinking, the domain expired and NSI took it over.  WRONGO!  The domain doesn’t expire until September 2011.

The company refers to the problem as a “glitch” .  A pretty good size glitch given that according to Compete.com the site averages over 1 million monthly unique visitors.  This seems like a pretty large mistake  for a well-known publishing company to make on their own, so we’re left wondering who dropped the ball here.

Mashable is also covering the story and a commenter pointed out that the domain may be experiencing issues with their DNS provider or Akamai.

11|20|2009 03:59 pm EDT

3 Charged With Comcast.net Hijacking at Network Solutions

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

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Three hackers — Christopher Allen Lewis, 19,  James Robert Black Jr., 20, and Michael Paul Lebel, 28 — have been hit with a federal conspiracy charge this week due to their involvement in the 2008 hijacking of Comcast.net – a prank that took down the cable company’s homepage and email service for more than five hours and supposedly cost the company over $128,000.

According to the indictment, the hackers gained control of the Comcast.net domain along with 200 other domains with two phone calls to Network Solutions, the company’s domain registrar, as well as one email sent from a hacked Comcast email account.

This gave them entry to the Network Solutions control panel for all of Comcast’s domains.

Then, after changing the contact information for Comcast.net, the hackers phoned Comcast’s original technical contact to tell him what they’d done. When the Comcast manager scoffed at their claims, the hackers decided to take it a step further and redirect the site’s traffic to servers that were under their control.

The hackers are being charged under the US. Code for fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

“I wish I was a minor right now,” said hacker James Robert Black Jr., “because this is going to be really bad.”

[via Wired]

09|23|2009 05:00 pm EDT

Businesses Urge ICANN To Initiate New gTLDs Without Further Delay

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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It seems ICANN is getting it from both sides these days – with Republican lawmakers opposing the new TLDs and trying to delay the process as well as supporters of the new system urging the Board of Directors of ICANN to “initiate the new top-level domain application period without further delay.”

Sixty-one businesses, organizations, and individuals including many notable players within the domain industry — such as Antony Van Couvering of Minds+Machines; Paul Stahura, CEO of eNom; Jonathon Nevett, Senior VP of Network Solutions; Elliot Noss of Tucows; and many more — sent a letter to ICANN detailing the reasons why new top-level domains are required without further delay.

The letter [click here to view] stated that the new TLDs will help fix a number of issues including consumer demands, safety considerations, Internet stability, innovation, and ICANN’s own credibility.

“The undersigned, many of whom helped create ICANN and over the course of years have a keen understanding of the domain name market, and many of whom have significant experience dealing with intellectual property,” the document states, “respectfully but forcefully request the Board of Directors of ICANN to fulfill ICANN’s original mandate to introduce choice and competition to the domain name market.”

Seperately, the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) sent a letter to the US government on September 22, 2009, calling for a full-scale audit of ICANN. The letter offers a ‘Top Ten List’ of things wrong with ICANN, stating the organization is a captured regulator, not independent, not transparent, fueled by profits, not accessible, ignorant of numerous Internet issues, incompetent in regards to the new gTLD process, not looking at itself critically, risking cybersecurity, and not connected to relevant agencies within the US government. [click here for letter]

08|05|2009 06:00 am EDT

“No Evidence of Front Running” Says Internet Security Expert Following ICANN-Commissioned Study

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

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Front-Running has been a significant issue within the domain industry in the past – most notably with Network Solutions – however Benjamin Edelman, an Internet security expert, has exclaimed that he found “no evidence of current front running” following a ten-month study at ICANN’s request.

Edelman’s study involved testing 604 domains (304 .com, 200 .net, and 100 .info) on 200 domain registration and domain availability-checking websites to see whether front-running was taking place.

“My tests offer no evidence of front-running,” stated Edelman. “Not one of the domains I requested, in any of the three rounds of testing, was registered during the seven-day period during which availability was checked twice each day.”

Sadly, after looking through the official testing report, the study fails to deliver the evidence that most domainers would be looking for. Not only does it fail to mention any of the specific websites Edelman searched for, but it also excludes any mention of the registrars or whois services he searched at.

“My methodology cannot prove that front-running is not occuring or that front-running has not occured in the past,” concluded Edelman. “Rather, I have simply failed to find evidence of current front-running via the test scenario I used. It is possible that front-running occurs based on leads from web sites I did not test or based on data sources other than web sites (e.g. NXDOMAIN data from ISPs, navigation requests obtained from client-side software, etc). It is possible that front-running occurred at some point in the past. I cannot rule out these possibilities via the methodology used in this report.”

Yes…it is possible.

[via ICANN]

07|29|2009 02:49 pm EDT

Network Solutions Releasing New Website, Improving Products and Services

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Network Solutions is getting ready to launch its new website – and along with the fresh design it has also improved its services by offering additional features and content.

“We are reinventing ourselves to better meet your needs,” the Network Solutions website preview says. “Beyond the redesign of our website, we’ve made some changes to our products and services to help you be more successful in your online ventures.”

Some of the changes include:

  • Redesigned website for a more customized experience.
  • Improved support and educational materials.
  • Communities feature tools for connecting with others and growing your business.
  • More product features than ever before.
  • New website design services.

Visit preview.networksolutions.com to browse through all the changes.

[via Network Solutions]