Krebs on Security: Bad .Men at .Work. Please Don’t .Click. “Web site names ending in new top-level domains (TLDs) like .men, .work and .click are some of the riskiest and spammy-est on the Internet, according to experts who track such concentrations of badness online. Not that there still aren’t a whole mess of nasty .com, .net and .biz domains out there, but relative to their size (i.e. overall number of domains) these newer TLDs are far dicier to visit than most online destinations.”
The Register: Whois? Whowas. So what’s next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?. “DNS overseer ICANN has tried to put a brave face on it but even for an organization with a self-importance that often leads it down a path to delusion, being told that your most important contract is effectively unenforceable has to sting. This week, a German court in Bonn informed the organization, which oversees the naming and numbering functions of the global internet, that one of its most critical services is so outdated that its contractors have every right to ignore it.” A pretty deep dive.
ITNews: ICANN files suit to protect WHOIS database. “Domain overseer ICANN is mounting a legal test case against a German registrar as a last-ditch attempt to protect the WHOIS master database, which identifies who owns what internet domain. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has filed suit against EPAG – part of the Tucows Group.”
Google Blog: Introducing .app, a more secure home for apps on the web. “Even if you spend your days working in the world of mobile apps, you can still benefit from a home on the web. With a memorable .app domain name, it’s easy for people to find and learn more about your app. You can use your new domain as a landing page to share trustworthy download links, keep users up to date, and deep link to in-app content.”
Ars Technica: France seizes France.com from man who’s had it since ‘94, so he sues. “A French-born American has now sued his home country because, he claims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has illegally seized a domain that he’s owned since 1994: France.com. In the mid-1990s, Jean-Noël Frydman bought France.com from Web.com and set up a website to serve as a ‘digital kiosk’ for Francophiles and Francophones in the United States.”
Krebs on Security: Omitting the “o” in .com Could Be Costly. “Take care when typing a domain name into a browser address bar, because it’s far too easy to fat-finger a key and wind up somewhere you don’t want to go. For example, if you try to visit some of the most popular destinations on the Web but omit the ‘o’ in .com (and type .cm instead), there’s a good chance your browser will be bombarded with malware alerts and other misleading messages — potentially even causing your computer to lock up completely. As it happens, many of these domains appear tied to a marketing company whose CEO is a convicted felon and once self-proclaimed ‘Spam King.'”
Oh boy, this really made me laugh. From Boing Boing: A place to memorialize the domain names you let lapse. “goodbye.domains is an obituary column for the domain names that you, after years of squatting, now accept will never be put to use and which are, furthermore, worthless.” I have all kinds of stupid domain names registered.