Ars Technica: GoDaddy weakness let bomb threat scammers hijack thousands of big-name domains

Ars Technica: GoDaddy weakness let bomb threat scammers hijack thousands of big-name domains. “Remember the December 13 email blast that threatened to blow up buildings and schools unless recipients paid a $20,000 ransom? It triggered mass evacuations, closures, and lockdowns in the US, Canada, and elsewhere around the world. An investigation shows the spam run worked by abusing a weakness at GoDaddy that allowed the scammers to hijack at least 78 domains belonging to Expedia, Mozilla, Yelp, and other legitimate people or organizations.”

The Hill: Google to ban white supremacist website that was forced out by GoDaddy

The Hill: Google to ban white supremacist website that was forced out by GoDaddy. “A white supremacist website that had its domain name under GoDaddy canceled for attacking the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally victim will now also be forced to move its content out of a Google domain name.”

GoDaddy Launches Search Engine for Emoji Domains

GoDaddy has launched a search engine for emoji domain names. “Technically, emoji domains have been around for years. GoDaddy provides a timeline on its search site. But they were difficult to search for and required some understanding of how the domain name system handles characters. (If ASCII or Punycode mean anything to you, you probably already knew about emoji-based domains.) GoDaddy’s site aims to make it easy for anyone with a phone to find available emoji domains.”