Archives For ccTLDs

Trouble Abroad

FairWinds Partners —  December 5, 2012

It can be a scary world out there in cyberspace, even for big companies with ample resources. Just ask the likes of Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and others, who recently saw their domain names ending in .RO, the Romanian ccTLD, hacked. The attack, which hijacked the DNS records of the domain names and pointed them to a server in the Netherlands, came less than a week after Eboz, a little-known hacker group out of Turkey, attacked these and other companies’ .PK (Pakistan) domain names in mid-November. Continue Reading…

Early this week, Mashable reported that Nic.ly, the site of Libya’s country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) .LY registry, had been hacked by a group calling itself Electr0n. The group pointed the domain to a site with anti-Muammar Gaddafi messages. Fortunately, the hack did not impact the most widely-used .LY sites like Bit.ly and Ow.ly, but the vulnerability of Nic.ly points out something that brand owners need to be very much aware of, which is that certain ccTLDs are much less stable than others. Some brand owners with whom we have been brainstorming about the new gTLD program have suggested that they may apply for and operate .BRAND gTLDs in hopes of making this an issue of the past. Continue Reading…